Dispatch from the Front: The Week of June 27

By July 27, 2009General

Health care again dominates the political, policy and media scene this week amid Presidential and Congressional inveighing and inveigling. Will the House vote on H.R. 3200, the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act, before it leaves at the end of the week for the August recess? Speaker Pelosi is vowing ultimate victory.  President Obama does a health care tour Wednesday to Virginia and North Carolina.

The U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue begins today across the street from NAM HQ (The Ronald Reagan International Trade Center), with President Obama, Vice Premier Wang, SOS Clinton and Treasury Secretary Geithner at the opening ceremonies. Schedule.

Senate Judiciary votes on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to join the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The House convenes at 12:30 p.m. today and has 33 items on the suspension calendar for today and Tuesday, including several substantive pieces of legislation, e.g., H.R. 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act. Then, defense spending and government “guidance” over salaries, H.R. 3269, Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Act (which is being marked up Tuesday). For the full floor schedule, see the House Majority Leader’s weekly report.

The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. today and moves to consideration of H.R. 3183, the energy and water appropriations bill.

For the full schedule of committee hearings, visit The Daily Digest, starting here.

Senate Hearings: A big week for appropriations markups: The Labor-HHS-Education subcommittee on Wednesday; also the Transportation-HUD subcommittee on Wednesday. A Senate Banking subcommittee on Wednesday, “Protecting Shareholders and Enhancing Public Confidence by Improving Corporate Governance.” Senate Commerce on Thursday, “Climate Services: Solutions from Commerce to Communities.” EPW on Thursday, “Climate Change and National Security.”

House Hearings: A House Appropriations subcommittee holds a hearing Tuesday on safety of meat and poultry imports. House Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday considers the burden of personal medical debt. House Transportation subcommittee hearing, Tuesday, on the TVA’s Kingston coal ash slide. Full House Oversight committee hearing Wednesday on inadvertent file sharing over peer-to-peer networks, privacy and national security. The aviation subcommittee of House Transportation on Wednesday, a hearing, “NextGen: Area Navigation (RNAV)/Required Navigation Performance (RNP).” A House Armed Services subcommittee on Thursday holds a hearing on shipbuilding effectiveness, with testimony from Michael Petters, president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding. House Natural Resources, a subcommittee, holds a hearing on methane hydrates as an energy source. A House Science subcommittee on Thursday, “A Systems Approach to Improving K-12 STEM Education.” On Friday, a Transportation hearing on the stimulus and infrastructure spending.

Executive Branch: Later today the President meets with the president of FIFA, the international soccer body. On Wednesday, the President holds events on health care in Raleigh, N.C., and Bristol, Virginia. Thursday, he meets with President Arroyo of the Philippines. On Tuesday, Secretary Geithner follows up the U.S.-China SED with a speech to the U.S.-China Business Council and National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Economic Reports: Today, it’s new home figures. On Tuesday, the Conference Board issues its July survey of consumer confidence. Also Tuesday, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index will be released. The Commerce Department releases its June durable goods orders report on Wednesday. Friday, the news is second quarter GDP figures; Marketwatch anticipates: “GDP likely fell at a 1.2% annualized rate in the three months ending on June 30, according to economists surveyed by MarketWatch.”

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s “town hall” meeting held Sunday in Kansas City is played out over three nights on the PBS News Hour. This evening is the competition, on Tuesday the viewers vote and Wednesday is results night.

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  • Hal says:

    Does it seem absurd to anyone else that we would be telling China how to invest and spend their money? Don’t we have enough woes of our own brought on by bad economic policies?

    Could be that Geithner and the admin is concerned by how China is spending all those dollars they have of ours. Buying up gold, mining companies, and other assets in other nations.

    Or maybe it’s just show for Wall Street. Anymore everything that comes from DC starts high on my skeptical meter.

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