The Week Ahead: The Week of January 21

By January 21, 2008General

A short week, a busy week, a STIMULATING week. Because everything is a stimulus.

Today is the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., and the NAM is not in session. The President and First Lady travel to 9th and G NW to visit the main D.C. library named after the civil rights leader. (A mundane design by the Bauhaus architect, Mies Van Der Rohe, by the way.) President Bush’s statement marking the holiday is here. His public schedule is limited this week, as POTUS gets ready for next Monday’s State of the Union.

The House convenes at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, with lots of post offices, memorials and the like on suspension. Congratulations to UCLA’s women’s water polo team, NCAA champions and UCLA’s 100th national sports title in history. Big floor vote should be on overriding the President’s veto of H.R. 3963, expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program. From the Majority Leader’s office, the House schedule for the week.

House Republicans will gather at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia Thursday through Saturday. Senate Republicans will hold a retreat on Wednesday at the Library of Congress, the first meeting chaired by new GOP Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Senate Democrats plan a similar one-day session at Mt. Vernon on February 1.

The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. Tuesday and considers S. 1200, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments. Debate on S. 2248, revising the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, is possible. List of the week’s committee hearings here.

Senate Hearings: Many high-profile, big-picture, full-committee hearings this week. Senate Finance holds two on the economy and stimulus plans, Tuesday and Thursday. Otherwise, the following hearings are all Thursday. Senate Budget hearing on the economy. Energy and Natural Resources on reforming the 1872 Mining Act. Environment and Public Works on the EPA declining California’s request for a waiver on regulating the very air that we breathe and auto emissions, too; EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson testifies, and the witness list has Governors O’Malley of Maryland, Rendell of Pennsylvania, and Jim Douglas of Vermont. Senate Agriculture considers the nomination of former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer to be Ag Secretary at 2 p.m. (Details.) Foreign Relations on international climate change negotiations. HELP Committee holds a hearing on S. 1843, the Fair Pay Restoration Act, which would vastly expand the legal basis for filing workplace discrimination suits. Lilly Ledbetter will testify; the version that passed the House, H.R. 2831, is known as the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The NAM has prepared a Manufacts fact sheet on the legislation.

House hearings: Energy Independence and Global Warming holds a hearing on carbon cap and trade on Wednesday. House Budget holds a hearing on the CBO’s economic forecast Wednesday. That same day, the Small Business Committee considers “Limited Health Care Options for Small Businesses in the Small Group Market.” A House Transportation subcommittee considers Great Lakes water quality.

Existing home sales will be released Thursday.

South Carolina’s Democrats vote in the presidential primary on Saturday, the small peak before Republicans keep climbing to the Florida primary on January 29th.

UPDATE (9:25 p.m.): Davos. Starting Tuesday. How could we forget the World Economic Forum? Among the dignitaries/celebrities, after New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine:

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Israeli President Shimon Peres and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

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