Dispatch from the Front: The Week of December 8

By December 8, 2008General

The 110th Congress pulls out of the pit for one last run around the track, heading into the home stretch, spotting the checkered flag, but…oh no, what’s that?

The House reassembles at 10 a.m. Tuesday for possible consideration of economic recovery legislation and/or aid to the domestic auto industry, a $15 billion package to keep the industry going through the spring. The Senate convenes at 3 p.m. Monday.

President Bush enjoys the holidays amid national defense and intelligence events.

President-elect Obama is expected to continue announcing appointments to his cabinet, including the formal naming of former Senator Tom Daschle to head Health and Human Services and lead efforts to restructure, refinance, redo and remake health care.

House Hearings:

Senate Hearings:

Executive Branch: The President and First Lady this morning attend the Children’s Holiday Reception and Performances, and then the President travels to McLean to visit the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center. On Tuesday, the President travels to West Point for defense events. On Friday, he delivers the commencement address at Texas A&M.

Economic Reports: On Thursday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the Import and Export Price Indices for November (although BLS uses the plural form, “indexes.”) Friday, BLS releases the Producer Price Index for November.

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