The Week Ahead: The Week of November 5

By November 5, 2007General

The House convenes at the usual 12:30 p.m., starts legislative business at 2 p.m., and sometime soon thereafter congratulates Ethiopia on its second millennium. It’s about time!

Other items on the floor this week: The conference report on H.R. 3043, the Labor/HHS/Education appropriations bill; the override of President Bush’s veto of H.R. 1495, the water resources and development appropriations; and adoption of the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement (Wednesday vote), and an AMT fix (Thursday or Friday). The House schedule for the week is here.

The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. and soon plows ahead into H.R. 2419, the Farm Bill. Like the House, the Labor/HHS/Education conference report is on the agenda; veterans funding is included in the bill’s to make it politically veto-proof.

The newsiest vote of the week is Judiciary’s expected approval of AG nominee Michael Mukasey on Tuesday. A schedule of committee hearings is here.

House hearings: High-profile hearing Tuesday by a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee on consumer product safety legislation. Also Tuesday, a Science and Technology subcommittee holds a hearing on the globalization of R&D and its effects on the science and engineering workforce. Wednesday morning, the Energy Independence and Global Warming Congregation Committee considers the consequences of disrupted oil markets. Thursday, the Small Business Committee looks at the economy, with Fed officials testifying. On Friday, House oversighters review EPA approval of new power plants.

Senate hearings:On Tuesday, Energy and Natural Resources considers the energy industry’s workforce needs. On Wednesday, Judiciary considers U.S. enforcement of intellectual property rights. Also Wednesday, a Commerce subcommittee ponders how to sequester C02. Thursday, Environment and Publics Works holds a hearing on America’s Climate Security Act, S. 1291, aka EPA regulations to control carbon dioxide emissions. (Take a deep breath, now hold…)

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on the economy Thursday before the Joint Economic Committee.

Today, President Bush honors eight people with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, including Cuban political prisoner, Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, CSPAN’s Brian Lamb, and former Representative Henry Hyde. A week of foreign visitors for POTUS. Today, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister. On Tuesday, the President hosts French President and tax cutter Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor and tax cutter Angela Merkel. (Economist summary here.)

Virginia holds legislative elections Tuesday. Results will or will not be a bellwether for upcoming elections, depending on the results, presumably.

Finally, NAM President John Engler continues a two-week Asian trade and policy mission in China, this week heading a delegation of the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy Negotiations.

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