The Week Ahead: The Week of September 29

By September 29, 2008Economy, General

Financial relief legislation dominates the week, along with Wall Street troubles, the reaction of global markets, and the economy, and banks, and real estate, and employment and then Congress leaves town.

The House convenes at 8 a.m. today and turns to the  Senate Amendments to H.R. 3997, Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. An adjournment resolution is also on tap, according to the Majority Leader’s floor schedule for the day.

Today the Senate convenes at  11 a.m., and moves to debate the H.R. 2095, Federal Railroad Safety Improvement Act; cloture vote at 12:30 p.m. It will also consider the financial rescue legislation if and when it passes the House.

You can read the financial bill and related materials at the House Financial Services Committee’s website.

Senator Biden and Governor Palin debate Wednesday Thursday at Washington University in St. Louis. Good topics to discuss: energy (clean coal, perhaps?) and tort reform.

Executive Branch: President Bush today at 10:05 a.m. honors winners of the 2007 National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. In separate meetings today, the President meets with the President of Lithuania and the President of Ukraine.

Commerce Secretary Gutierrez leads a trade mission to the Dominican Republic today and Costa Rica Tuesday and Wednesday, speaking and meeting. On Wednesday, he participates in a press availability with the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Centroamérica. (Looks like the global food crisis — la crisis mundial de alimentos — has been the big issue for Wal-Mart down there.) Secretary of Labor Chao speaks in Irvine, Calif., discussing global competitiveness with the California Fraternal Order of Police. Energy Secretary Bodman travels to Vienna and Paris to attend the 52nd annual International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference and the third annual Global Nuclear Energy Partnership Ministerial Meeting. 

 On Friday, the Labor Department releases employment figures for September.

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