The Week Ahead: The Week of November 19

By November 19, 2007Trade

Congress is gone for a two-week Thanksgiving break, having finished all appropriations bills for the fiscal year, crafted an energy bill that embraces the expansion of domestic production, and put a final stop to all talk about investment-throttling tax increases.

Along the same lines, here’s a video from the 1968 NBC special, Elvis Presley singing, “If I Can Dream.”

The House reconvenes at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 4th. The Senate meets in pro forma sessions at 9 a.m. Tuesday, November 20th, and again at 10 a.m. Friday. Majority Leader Reid has called the sessions to prevent President Bush from making recess appointments. (Washington Post story.) The Senate then returns Monday, December 3rd, for sure enough real business. (Schedules from the bottom of Daily Digest.)

The only committee hearing we see is being held today at the Presidio in San Francisco, reviewing the Nov. 7 crash of the M/V COSCO BUSAN into the Bay Bridge, by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

Executive Branch: President Bush travels to Berkeley Plantation, Virginia, today to deliver a Thanksgiving message. On Tuesday, he commutes the sentence of….er, pardons…the Thanksgiving turkey. News story about the Virginia trip here — Berkeley Plantation lays claim to having the REAL first Thanksgiving — and the White House Thanksgiving page is here.

Otherwise, it’s a good week for foreign travel. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is in Ghana. U.S. Trade Rep. Susan Schwab is in Singapore today to meet with ASEAN minister, and she then travels to Cambodia. (Brunei’s official name is Brunei Darussalam?) Also …

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2007-Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner will lead the U.S. delegation to the 34th Ministerial Conference of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy, Nov. 17-24. While in Rome, Conner will present the U.S. view of the state of global food and agriculture at the conference’s plenary session on Monday, Nov. 19.

Funny. We thought turkey tetrazzini was more a Sunday-after-Thanksgiving kind of dish.

Commerce Secretary Gutierrez is leading a Congressional delegation to Colombia, giving members a chance to see in person the democratic progress being made in Colombia and the export opportunities presented by the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The NAM’s materials on the agreement are available at our trade resources page, here.

Safe travels to all this Thanksgiving holiday.

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