Dispatch from the Front: The Week of June 15

By June 15, 2009General

The Detroit Economic Club hosts the National Summit today through Wednesday, exploring the importance of manufacturing in the United States and across the world, its role in the economic recovery, and where government can help and hinder competitiveness. The summit is chaired by William Clay Ford, Jr. of Ford Motor Co. and Andrew N. Liveris of Dow. Many top executives from NAM-member companies are attending and speaking, and NAM President John Engler participates.

President Obama speaks today to the American Medical Association’s meeting in Chicago — health care’s a big Washington theme this week — and returns to the White House to meet Italian Prime Minister Berlucsconi. On Tuesday, the President meets with South Korean President Lee at the White House.

The House convenes at 12:30 p.m. and begins business at 2 p.m. Following the suspension measures, the House will deal with three major bills: the conference report on H.R. 2346, the Iraq/Pakistan/swine flu supplemental; H.R. 2847, the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations; and the homeland security appropriations. For the House Majority Leader’s schedule, go here

The Senate convenes at 1:45 p.m. today, and debates a motion to proceed to S. 1023, to establish a non-profit corporation to promote tourism to the United States. Willkommen in Regent!

Two important confirmation hearings are scheduled Tuesday in the Senate Commerce Committee: At 10 a.m., Inez M. Tenenbaum to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission; at 2:30 p.m., Julius Genachowski, to chair the Federal Communications Commission, and Robert McDowell to be an FCC commissioner.

NAM President John Engler testifies Thursday on export controls before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade. The hearing is called, “The Export Administration Act: A Review of Outstanding Policy Considerations.”

For the full committee listings, see the last Daily Digest. Some highlights…

House Hearings: House Ed & Labor on Tuesday, a hearing on technology and the public schools. On Wednesday, the committee marks up H.R.1984, the 401(k) Fair Disclosure for Retirement Security Act, and H.R.1988, the Conflicted Investment Advice Prohibition Act. (So conflicted…) House Science and Technology holds a hearing Wednesday, “Advancing Technology for Nuclear Fuel Recycling: What Should Our Research, Development and Demonstration Strategy Be?” House Small Business on Wednesday, “Legislative Initiatives to Strengthen and Modernize the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) Programs.” (Earlier release.) On Thursday, an Energy and Commerce subcommittee rhetorically asks, “Medical Devices: Are Current Regulations Doing Enough for Patients?” A separate subcommittee considers, “‘Behavioral Advertising: Industry Practices And Consumers’ Expectations.” House Financial Services on Thursday, “The Administration’s Plan for the Restructuring of the American Financial Regulatory System,” with Treasury Secretary Geithner in the dock.

Senate Hearings: Senate Banking holds a full committee hearing Tuesday on “greener communities” and sustainable development with Transportation Secretary LaHood, EPA Administrator Jackson and HUD Secretary Donovan testifying. (Details.) On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Geithner testifies to Senate Banking on the Administration’s plan to regulate the financial sector. (Details.) Energy and Natural Resources on Tuesday marks up pending energy legislation. The Finance Committee ponders the tax considerations behind climate change legislation. Also Tuesday, the HELP Committee marks up the super-big health care bill, “Affordable Health Choices Act.” (Details.) Wednesday, Finance marks up health care legislation. On Thursday, a Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing, “Freight Transportation In America: Options For Improving The Nation’s Network.” Also Thursday, Judiciary has once against scheduled a mark up of pending bills, including the federal media shield.

Economic Reports: From Reuters, “Investors will get a clearer picture of inflation with producer price data on Tuesday, followed by consumer price data on Wednesday. Housing starts are also expected on Tuesday, along with industrial production figures.”

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