Dispatch from the Front: The Week of August 3

By August 3, 2009General

President Obama includes topics other than health care in his weekly activities, Cash for Clunkers remains a popular topic, the Senate spends one more week in town before the August recess and the House’s absence has us singing, “See you in September.” Have a good time, but remember, there is danger …

The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. today and continues consideration of H.R. 2997, the Agriculture appropriations bill. Floor consideration of Judge Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court begins Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Commerce Committee holds the confirmation hearing for Robert Adler and Anne Northup, the former Kentucky congresswoman, to serve on the Consumer Product Safety Commission. For the full schedule of committee hearings, see the latest Daily Digest starting here.

The House is in recess until 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 8.

President Obama’s manufacturing-related event for the week is his return trip Wednesday to Elkhart, Ind., hit hard by the recession. Crop-dusters are grounded for the day.

Senate Hearings: Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing Tuesday, “Climate Change Legislation: Allowance and Revenue Distribution.” Judiciary,“The Performance Rights Act and Parity among Music Delivery Platforms.” The Senate HELP Committee on Tuesday continues the 111th Congress’ undermining of preemption with a hearing, “Protecting Patients from Defective Medical Devices.” Senate Banking Wednesday, a hearing on regulation of credit rating agencies. After the CPSC confirmation hearing Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee marks up a slew of bills, including S.1538, the Black Carbon and Other Aerosols Research Act, and S.1539, the Greenhouse Gas Observation and Analysis System Act. Senate Foreign Relations on Wednesday, a closed hearing on U.S.-UAE Civil Nuclear Cooperation. On Thursday, a Commerce subcommittee reviews aviation safety, network airlines and regional airlines. Energy and Natural Resources on Thursday, a confirmation hearing on John Norris to serve on FERC and Joseph Pizarchik to be director of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation Enforcement.

On Thursday, the full Commerce Committee holds a hearing, “Climate Change and Ensuring that America Leads the Clean Energy Transformation.” Interior Secretary Salazar testifies, as does the president of the Environmental Defense Fund and Bill Fehrman, President and CEO of the MidAmerican Energy Company

Executive Branch: President Obama travels this morning to George Mason University to hail new educational benefits for veterans, the “Post-9/11 GI Bill.” Later today the Emir of Kuwait visits the White House, as does Jimmie Johnson, 2008 Sprint Cup Champion, and other NASCAR stars. (Cash for Clunkers IS popular!) Thursday evening POTUS does a fundraiser for Virginia gubernatorial candidate, Creigh Deeds. Today, Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in Chicago, where Bill Gates receives the ABA Medal, the group’s highest honor. (DOJ schedule.) Secretary of State Clinton leaves for 10 days in Africa on Tuesday, starting with the U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum.

The FCC begins on Thursday begins 22 public workshops (schedule) as it develops a national broadband plan to submit to Congress 198 days from today. The webpage is www.broadband.gov.

Economic Reports: Automakers report monthly sales figures today, and the Institute for Supply Management issues its July manufacturing report. Retailers report their sales on Thursday, and on Friday the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the July unemployment report. More from The Washington Post here.


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