The Week Ahead: The Week of March 24

By March 24, 2008General

Congress remains on Easter recess this week, save for the thwart-the-President pro forma meetings of the Senate today and Thursday. The Senate and House return professionally formally on Monday, March 31st.

A Senate field hearing of some interest in Bismarck, N.D., on Wednesday: The Energy and Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Energy Oversight, will receive testimony on the challenges associated with rapid deployment of large-scale carbon capture and storage technologies. Details here.

Executive Branch: The President starts the week with the White House Easter Egg Roll and he ends it next Sunday tossing the ceremonial first pitch at the Nationals’ opener (in the new stadium). In between, it’s pretty quiet: Remarks on the GWOT in Dayton on Thursday, and White House meetings with Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Friday.

Tuesday morning there’s a news conference on the Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports. Attending are Treasury Secretary Paulson, Labor Secretary Chao, HHS Secretary Leavitt and Commissioner of Social Security Michael J. Astrue. It’s also a busy week in Denver. Tuesday DOT Secretary Peters promotes the cross-border trucking pilot program; Secretary Bodman on Friday attends the New Frontiers in Energy Summit.

Economic reports: February existing home sales today and the Conference Board’s consumer confidence report for March on Tuesday. Labor releases February unemployment figures on Friday. From Brussels and the European Parliament, we learn: Jean-Claude Trichet. The ECB President’s regular dialogue with the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee comes at a time on increasing concerns about the impact of the financial market crisis on the real economy. (Wednesday)

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