The Week Ahead: The Week of March 10

By March 10, 2008General

It’s budget resolution week in Congress, and the House (at least) will consider intelligence matters, as policymakers prepare for the two-week Easter recess. The White House may send the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement up to the House, starting the clock ticking on Congressional action. Mississippi’s voters weigh their primary choices on Tuesday. Wednesday is a big day, regulatorywise, with the EPA expected to release its new emissions standards for ground-level ozone. The NAM will certainly have a response. And Leonard Cohen gets inducted into the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame tonight; he was not born in a small town.

This morning NAM President John Engler heads to the Department of Transportation to take part in a news conference on the U.S.-Mexico pilot border trucking program. Secretary Peters leads the event.

The House begins business at 2 p.m. today, voting this week on overriding the President’s veto of H.R. 2082, the FY08 Intelligence Authorization. The possibility potentially exists, perhaps, that the House will also consider legislation to update electronic surveillance authority. Maybe. And the FY09 budget resolution will come to the floor. The Majority Leader’s schedule for the week is here. The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. and debates the budget resolution. Schedule of Senate hearings for the week is here.

House hearings: Oh, where to be at 10 a.m. Tuesday? Separate subcommittees of House Appropriations hold hearings then: (Schedule here.) Commerce Secretary Gutierrez testifies to the Commerce subcommittee on his agency’s budget. The Energy and Water Development Subcommittee considers energy conservation and electricity delivery. And the Financial Services Subcommittee holds a hearing on the CPSC, with acting Chairman Nancy Nord testifying. The Training and Employment Services Subcommittee holds a hearing, “Implications of a Weakening Economy for Training and Employment Services.”

Also Tuesday a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on the role of private equity in the communications marketplace. (Details.) A Judiciary subcommittee considers corporate settlement agreements and deferred prosecution. A subcommittee of House Science reviews the National Nanotechnology Initiative on Tuesday (details), and another Science subcommittee consider NIST’s budget: “What are the Right Technology Investments to Promote U.S. Innovation and Competitiveness.” On Wednesday, the full Science Committee hears from Microsoft’s Bill Gates on innovation. Also Wednesday, an Energy and Commerce subcommittee considers pipeline inspection and safety. The Oversight subcommittee reviews regulatory failure and asks, “Must America Live with Unsafe Food?” On Wednesday the Select Committee on Energy Independence will discuss nuclear power, and then on Thursday, the committee will scold EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson over Massachusetts v. EPA. Also Thursday, House Small Business considers reauthorizing the Small Business Innovation Research program.

Senate hearings: The full Senate Banking Committee discusses infrastructure Tuesday, focusing on roads, bridges, transit systems, publicly-owned housing properties, and water treatment facilities. (Details here.) Senate Commerce holds a full committee hearing Tuesday afternoon on DOT’s cross-truck program, with Secretary Peters testifying. Also Tuesday, the full HELP Committee holds a hearing, “The Broken Pipeline: Losing Opportunities in the Life Sciences.” On Wednesday, Senate Energy and Natural Resources ponders abandoned mine lands and uranium mining. On Wednesday, Senate Finance mulls replacing the estate tax with the inheritance tax. A Senate Commerce subcommittee on Thursday considers the financial state of the airline industry. And on Thursday, Senate Judiciary marks up a variety of bills, including S. 2041, the False Claims Act Correction Act.

Executive Branch:President Bush meets with Poland’s prime minister, Donald Tusk, this morning. Treasury Secretary Paulson speaks Tuesday to the American Bankers Association. (Hey, whatever happened to GSE reform?)

Economic reports: Big report this week is the Consumer Price Index, released Friday.

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