The Week Ahead: The Week of August 18

By August 18, 2008General, Trade

The President heads back to Texas, the Commerce Secretary highlights trade and competitiveness in Atlanta, and the politics of energy will no doubt continue to stir.

Executive Branch: President Bush has a busy Wednesday, speaking at the VFW national convention in Orlando, remarking on Gulf Coast recovery in New Orleans, and holding a dinner with community leaders in Mississippi. Otherwise, it’s Crawford.

Secretary of Commerce Gutierrez speaks this morning at the Americas Competitiveness Forum in Atlanta, which also features a panel discussion with President Uribe of Colombia, President Saca of El Salvador, and President Colom of Guatemala. Afterwards, a news conference.

On Wednesday, Labor Secretary Chao will unveil the America’s Heroes at Work initiative at the National Press Club. Thursday, Energy Secretary Bodman is in Las Cruces, NM, for the Domenici Public Policy Conference. Randy Travis tickets still available.

Senate hearings: The Senate Agriculture Commitee has a couple of field hearings today, one in Omaha,  “Food, Feed and Fuel Production: Today and Tomorrow.” In the afternoon, it’s Rapid City, S.D., “Transforming Forest Waste to Biofuels and the Renewable Fuels.”

And the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the Producer Price Index for July on Tuesday. Inflation will be mentioned in the news reports. More on the week’s economic stuff at

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