The Week Ahead: The Week of June 16

By June 16, 2008General

President Bush returns from Europe this week and Administration officials will try to climb the greased obelisk of Chinese trade starting Tuesday at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, site of the U.S.-China Joint Economic Dialogue.

The House convenes at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, with major legislation to be considered including H.R. 6063, the NASA authorization; H.R. 5781, the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act; and possible, H.R. 2642, the Iraq/Afghanistan supplemental appropriations.  The Majority Leader’s office has the schedule.

The Senate convenes at 12:30 p.m. today and takes another whack at H.R. 6049, the tax extenders bill, with another cloture motion.  Other items that could also come to the floor this week: H.R. 5749, legislation that would extend unemployment compensation benefits; S. 3001 Defense Dept. authorization bill.

Possible actions in both chambers include the Farm Bill Veto Override, The Sequel, and a compromise on surveillance authority, AKA the FISA bill.

For the week’s committee hearings, go to the Daily Digest starting here.

Senate Hearings: Senate Agriculture joins an appropriations subcommittee Tuesday to eye the CFTC and its handling of energy and ag commodity futures and derivatives. (Details.) Senate Commerce on Wednesday examines the privacy implications of online advertising. Energy and Natural Resources Tuesday considers developing transmission for renewable electricity resources. (Not in my backyard, it won’t!) The Finance Committee on Tuesday examines the U.S. economy, deficits and debt. A HELP subcommittee on Thursday reviews the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act after two years. Judiciary holds a hearing Tuesday on protecting intellectual property; another hearing Tuesday on the growing need for federal judgeships. On Wednesday, a Judiciary subcommittee joins the Special Committee on Aging to hold a joint hearing on S. 2838, vitiate ban arbitration in nursing home contracts. Appropriations and its subcommittees mark up spending bills, as well.

House Hearings: House  Appropriations and its subcommittees mark up a wide variety of spending bills. For details, go here. Two Judiciary subcommittees hold a joint hearing Thursday on H.R. 4854, the False Claims Correction Act. (Details.) On Wednesday, Education and Labor marks up H.R. 3195, ADA Restoration Act of 2007,” “H.R. 2343, Education Begins at Home Act,” and “H.R. 3036, No Child Left Inside Act of 2007. (Details.) On Thursday, the committee holds a hearing, “Hidden Tragedy: Underreporting of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.” An Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Thursday holds a hearing entitled, “Legislative Proposals to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” The Science and Technology oversight subcommittee on Thursday considers a subpoena on FutureGen documents. (Chairman Barton’s statement.) House Small Business on Thursday, “Small Business Exports in the Current Economic Climate.” Ways & Means subcommittees on Thursday hold a joint hearing on economic stimulus payments.

Executive Branch: President Bush returns from Europe this evening. The hot spot this week is Annapolis, where the U.S.-China Economic Dialogue takes place. Scheduled to attend are the Secretary of Labor Chao, Secretary of Commerce Gutierrez, OMB Director Nussle, HHS Secretary Leavitt, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab and Secretary of Treasury Paulson. Details.

Economic Reports: On Tuesday, Commerce releases the Producer Price Index for May. More on the week’s economic reports here.

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