Dispatch from the Front: The Week of June 22

By June 22, 2009General

Health care will dominate the week in Washington, even as one of the most important regulatory deadlines in American history passes: On Tuesday, the comment period closes on the EPA’s proposed endangerment finding that would allow the regulation of carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act. For more information, visit www.nam.org/epa. A House vote is possible, maybe, on the Waxman-Markey command, control, cap and trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. and moves toward a cloture vote on  S.1023, establishing what looks like a government-sponsored enterprise to promote tourism. (Travel Mac? Vegas Mae?)

The House convenes at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Major items of floor consideration for the week are H.R. 2892, the Department of Homeland Security appropriations; H.R. 2647, DOD authorization; and the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations. For more, see the House Majority Leader’s report.

For the full list of committee hearings, see the Daily Digest starting here.

President Obama signs the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act today. On Tuesday, he meets with the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet. Wednesday is the White House health care reform event promoted the media outlet that calls itself ABC News. On Thursday, the President celebrates service and meets with members of Congress on immigration reform. Friday he welcomes German Chancellor Merkel to the White House.

Senate Hearings: The Senate HELP Committee continues to mark up the Affordable Health Choices Act at 3 p.m. today and continues its restructuring of U.S. health care throughout the week. A Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday reviews high-speed passenger rail, with Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania testifying. A Banking subcommittee reviews over the counter derivatives. Senate Judiciary on Wednesday holds a hearing on “Promoting Job Creation and Foreign Investment in the United States: An Assessment of the EB-5 Regional Center Program.” A Senate EPW subcommittee on Thursday considers mountaintop removal coal mining and water quality. The full EPW on Thursday ponders the expected Highway Trust Fund insolvency. Senate Judiciary tries yet again Thursday to mark up several bills, including the federal media shield, S. 448.

House Hearings:  House Education and Labor holds a full committee hearing Tuesday on the House Democratic draft proposal for health care reform. Energy and Commerce’s health subcommittee considers its portion of the PLAN on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the full committee also weighs in. Ways & Means looks at health care Wednesday, as well. The Homeland Security Committee continues its mark-up of H.R. 2868, the Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Act. House Oversight on Tuesday considers the future of the V-22 Osprey. House Financial Services on Wednesday, “Regulatory Restructuring: Enhancing Consumer Financial Products Regulation.” A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Wednesday, a hearing on U.S.-Africa trade relations. On Wednesday, a Small Business subcommittee considers Health IT and small group healthcare practices. The highways and transit subcommittee of House Transportation marks up the surface transportation reauthorization bill on Wednesday; on Thursday, the full committee reviews the stimulus bill’s effect on infrastructure. Science and Technology on Wednesday marks up bills on research and natural gas vehicles; a subcommittee on Thursday considers DHS and NIST cybersecurity efforts. A Ways & Means subcommittee holds a hearing Thursday on highway and transit investment needs. The trade subcommittee reviews the performance of the trade advisory committees. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies Thursday at a House Oversight Committee hearings on Bank of America’ acquisition of Merrill Lynch.

Executive Branch: Cabinet secretaries join the White House and First Lady Michelle Obama today in kicking off the “United We Serve” summertime program to lend a federal government imprimatur to local volunteer efforts. News coverage,

Economic Reports: The National Association of Realtors release the May home price index on Tuesday, and the Federal Reserves Open Market Committee begins a two-day meeting. Commerce releases May figures on new-home sales and durable goods Wednesday. Commerce on Thursday issues a report on first-quarter GDP and Friday releases figures on personal income and May spending. More from CNNMoney.com.

Here in Washington, the Smithsonian’s annual Folklife Festival kicks off Wednesday on the National Mall. Themes are African-American literature, music in the Latino culture, and Wales. For the latter, the schedule of events includes a few items related to Wales’ industrial heritage, including coal and slate mining, but it looks like there’s more promotion of wind turbines.

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