The Week Ahead: The Week of April 7th

By April 7, 2008General

Figure it will be a busy week of back-and-forth on the economy. Again. And Iraq, as General Petraeus testifies. Again.

President Bush could well send the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement to the Hill.

The House takes Monday off, perhaps in early recognition of Araw ng Kagitingan, and returns to the floor on Tuesday with an array of suspensions. Later in the week there’s consideration of H.R. 2016, the National Landscape Conservation System Act, and H.R. 2537, the Beach Protection Act.

The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. Monday and moves to consideration of H.R. 3221, the housing/economic stimulus bill, on which Sen. Reid has filed cloture.

The House floor schedule from the Majority Leader’s office. The list of Senate hearings is here.

Senate Hearings: Senate Commerce Committee has two hearings of interest Tuesday, an oversight hearing on the FTC and an update on the transition to digital television with the FCC’s Kevin Martin testifying. On Wednesday, the committee’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Subcommittee holds a hearing on coal gasification, IGCC and the once-and-FutureGen. Also Wednesday, Senate Environment and Public Works considers S. 1870, the Clean Water Restoration Act, if by restoration you mean cost-increasing government power grab. (Hearing details.)

House Hearings: Lengthy list of House Appropriations subcommittee hearings this week on all sorts of federal agencies. List here. The House Education and Labor votes Wednesday on the Combustible Dust Explosion and Fire Prevention Act. On Thursday the Workforce Protections Subcommittee holds a hearing on the 15th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act, with former Rep. Pat Schroeder (D-CO) testifying. Also Thursday, an Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing, “Strengths and Weakness of Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Using Existing Clean Air Act Authorities.” And a couple of Small Business Committee hearings of interest: A subcommittee hearing Wednesday on gas prices and the full committee Thursday on the tax code.

Executive Branch. President Bush returns from Russia and meets today with small and mid-sized business owners on the economic stimulus package. (Here’s a good column on the tax provisions targeted at small business, and here’s the POTUS schedule.) Also today, Treasury Secretary Paulson and Commerce Secretary Gutierrez are in Miami Beach for the Inter-American Development Bank Annual Meeting. Paulson participates in the G-7 Ministerial here in Washington on Friday, focusing on the “international credit crisis.” (Treasury schedule here.)

On Tuesday, President Bush awards posthumously the Medal of Honor to Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor, who died in Iraq saving three fellow Navy Seals.

Economics and Finance: Thin week for economic data reports, although Tuesday sees the release of the Fed’s last Open Market Committee’s transcript. Next Sunday, the 8th Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade opens in Qatar.

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