The Week Ahead: The Week of March 17th

By March 17, 2008General

Congress is on its two-week Easter recess, the President promotes trade, and the Supreme Court considers D.C.’s gun control law. More headlines about the economy this week. Or so we speculate.

Congress: A couple of field hearings have a business angle. Today in Tucson the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of House Science will hold a hearing, “Utility-Scale Solar Power: Opportunities and Obstacles.” On Thursday, a House Education and Labor Committee subcommittee will hold a hearing in Hartford, Conn., on H.R 2833, the Preexisting Condition Exclusion Patient Protection Act. Details.

White House: The President meets today with the Prime Minister of Ireland and takes part in a St. Patrick’s Day lunch at the Capitol. On Tuesday, he travels to Florida to talk trade and the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. Wednesday at the Pentagon he gives remarks at the Pentagon on the global war against terror. Thursday, he meets with the prime ministers of the Bahamas, Barbadoes and Belize and then heads to Camp David for the Easter Weekend. (From the WH press briefing.) Meanwhile, Vice President Cheney is on a 10-day trip to the Middle East, including visits to Oman, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Turkey. Secretary Rice is in Moscow. Commerce Secretary Gutierrez is in Kanas City today, speaking on innovation at the Kaufmann Foundation.

Supreme Court: The Supreme Court starts a two-week schedule of oral arguments today. The high-profile case comes Tuesday, D.C. v. Heller, determining the constitutionality of the district’s ban on handguns.

Economic reports:The Federal Open Market Committee meets Tuesday, announcing its monetary policy decision at 2:15 p.m.

Finally, today is a day to celebrate, Rumble Day! Fifty years ago today Link Wray released the recorded-in-Washington single, “Rumble,” the first popular song with guitar distortion.

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