The Week Ahead: The Week of April 28

By April 28, 2008General

Truckers descend on Washington this morning, protesting high fuel prices by driving in symbolic excess. Will they demand an FTC investigation into price gouging? A joint session of Congress convenes Wednesday to hear from Prime Minister Bertie Ahern of Ireland. Movement is possible on the Farm Bill, given the conferees’ breakthrough on Friday.

On Tuesday, national leaders will gather at a “convocation” in Washington to weigh how much progress has been made in bolstering math and science education and strengthening the nation’s research enterprise in recent years. The National Academies is sponsoring the event, following up on its important 2005 report, “Rising Above the Gathering Storm.” New release.

The House convenes Tuesday and on Wednesday will start considering H.R. 5522, expanding worksite regulation against combustible dust, and H.R. 493, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, which passed the Senate unanimously last week. The House floor schedule is here.

The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. today and takes up the FAA reauthorization, H.R. 2881.

For a full list of this week’s committee hearings, see the Daily Digest pages here.

House hearings: Energy Independence/Global Warming on Tuesday considers the effects of global warming on the oceans. Also Tuesday, an Energy and Commerce subcommittee waxes on “The Heparin Disaster: Chinese Counterfeits and American Failures.” Government Oversight reviews defense department acquisitions. House Science disposes with the issue Tuesday of E-waste. Wednesday, House Small Business weighs in on the credit crunch and access to capital. The health subcommittee of Energy and Commerce Thursday kicks around the drug and device provisions of the draft “FDA Globalization Act.” House Judiciary subcommittee on Thursday holds a hearing on H.R.4081, the “Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act of 2007”; and H.R.5689, the “Smuggled Tobacco Prevention Act of 2008.” A separate Judiciary subcommittee considers the Protecting Americans from Unsafe Foreign Products Act, or PAUFP. And Thursday, Small Business reviews rail transportation access for small businesses and family farmers.

Senate hearings: Environment and Public Works hold an oversight hearing Tuesday on EPA Toxic Chemical Policies. (Details) Also Tuesday, Senate Finance considers customs and trade enforcement. The HELP Committee on Tuesday asks: “When a Worker is Killed: Do OSHA Penalties Enhance Workplace Safety?” A Senate Appropriations subcommittee holds a hearing Wednesday on the CPSC. On Thursday, Energy and Natural Resources holds a hearing on the adequacy of state and federal regulations for governing electric utility holding companies; the FERC commissioners have been invited.

Executive Branch: President Bush meets with the President of Guatemala today and later with the Co-Chairs of U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. Commerce Secretary Gutierrez participates in the Brazil forum. Also today, Ambassador Susan Schwab speaks to the National remarks to the National Marine Manufacturers Association and later to the Korea FTA Business Coalition.

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