The Week Ahead: The Week of October 1

By October 1, 2007General

Just another manic Monday, as the Supreme Court opens its term. For a good review of the business-related issues facing the court, see this Wall Street Journal article, “Supreme Court Is Battleground In Pre-Emption Campaigns.” Meanwhile, the dollar is supposed to continue falling. And today marks the start of the new federal fiscal year. Number of appropriations bills passed: 0.

The House convenes at noon with business to start at 2:30 p.m. The usual array of post office christenings and other recognitions are on suspension. The high-profile issue of the week is the likely attempt to override President Bush’s veto of SCHIP expansion. The House schedule for the week is here.

The Senate convenes at noon, and on the schedule is H.R.1585, the defense authorization. This week the Senate may get to H.R. 3093, the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill, which includes funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, the Office of Science & Technology, and more. The week’s Senate committee hearings are here.

  • House hearings: A Ways & Means subcommittee holds a joint hearing Thursday with a House Oversight subcommittee on the safety of imports. Details here.
  • The Education and Labor Committee marks up H.R. 3685, the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act,” Tuesday. The bill would bar workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Details. The committee meets Wednesday for a hearing on the Utah mining disaster, with family members testifying. Details.
  • Energy and Commerce, the telcom and Internet subcommittee, holding a hearing on the future of telecommunications competition. The health subcommittee meets Tuesday on H.R. 1108, FDA regulation of tobacco products. On Thursday, the environment subcommittee holds a hearing on the toxic inventories and “environmental justice. Details for all the hearings.
  • House Small Business Committee, a full committee hearing on the expiring Internet tax moratorium is on Tuesday. A House Science and Technology subcommittee holds a hearing Wednesday on how companies choose where to site their R&D facilities.
  • Senate hearings: The HELP Committee considers mine safety and disasters today. Details. Judiciary holds a subcommittee hearing Wednesday on S. 722, the Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2007. Details.
  • A Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on S. 2045, the CPSC Reform Act of 2007, on Thursday. (Details, and Sen. Inouye’s news release. Thursday, the full committee reviews port and cargo security. Details.
  • Executive Branch: Today the Presidential Interagency Working Group on Import Safety meets at the USDA. Secretary Leavitt, EPA Administrator Johnson, and Acting USDA Secretary Chuck Conners are expected to attend. Details.
  • Potpourri
  • : We rarely mention the week ahead for the European Parliament, but given events, will make an exception: “EP Cinema Prize. The procedure for choosing the first winner of the EP’s Prix Lux for European cinema begins with a press conference by Vice-President Gérard Onesta (Monday).” Fiat Prix Lux!

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