The House gavels itself back, voters pick presidential candidates in Michigan, Nevada and South Carolina, and President Bush returns from the West Bank to the West Wing. Which is safer? (Trick question: It’s South Carolina!) A high-profile report on infrastructure will be released.
The Senate remains out this week, returning at its leisure on January 22. The House resumes floor sessions at noon Tuesday, with debate expected first on overriding the President’s veto of H.R 1575, the 2007 defense authorization. Later in the week, action expected on H.R. 2768, the mine safety bill. The majority leader’s schedule for the week is available here.
House hearings: A House Education and Labor subcommittee holds a field hearing this afternoon in Linden, N.J., “Workplace Tragedies: Examining Problems and Solutions.” Details here and background story. Alarum Wednesday at an Energy Independence and Global Warming hearing on polar bears, endangered species, global warming and oil drilling (Details.) Also Wednesday, a Small Business Committee hearing on the SBA’s Women’s Procurement Program. On Thursday, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on the economy before the House Budget Committee. Also Thursday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing on the report issued by the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission.
Infrastructure Report: The release of the long-awaited report from the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Commission (where have we seen that name before?) takes place Tuesday at a National Press Club event. To quote from the news release: “After 20 months of nationwide hearings and deliberations, the 12-member Commission has produced a wide-ranging report that will likely shape the transportation system for decades to come.” Expect news coverage to focus on the recommendation for an increase in the gas tax. And as noted above, a House hearing on Thursday. The report will be posted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the commission’s website.
The economy: On Tuesday, Commerce releases December retail figures and Labor releases the latest Consumer Price Index figures. The Fed reports on industrial production Wednesday, and figures on December housing starts come out Thursday. (More.) How will the news affect the polar bears?
Politics: The future of Western civilization is determined by primary voters (mostly Republicans) in Michigan Tuesday, and by by caucus voters (Democrats and Republicans) on Saturday in Nevada. South Carolina Republicans also vote Saturday in a primary.
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