Dispatch from the Front: The Week of March 1

A meaty, big and bouncy week in Washington, with an updated health care proposal from President Obama, jobs legislation in the House, and Senate action on a tax extenders bill.

The House convenes at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, and after endorsing National Engineers Week amid the many suspensions, will consider H.R. 4247, the Keeping All Students Safe Act, which expands the federal government’s power into local classroom discipline. Action on jobs legislation is also anticipated. For the floor schedule, see the Majority Leader’s week ahead.

The Senate convenes at 2 p.m. today and begins consideration of H.R. 4213, the Tax Extenders Act. Subtitle B extends through 2010 many business tax provisions supported by the National Association of Manufacturers, such as the R&D tax credit. A dispute over extending unemployment benefits will continue, expressively.  For the week’s schedule, see the Democratic caucus’ calendar.

President Obama today highlights education in remarks at America’s Promise Alliance Education, the group started by Gen. Collin Powell and Alma Powell. The President travels to Savannah, Ga., Tuesday for a stop on the White House to Main Street Tour, speaking at Savannah Technical College on the economy. The White House is expected to unveil its post-summit version of restructuring U.S. health care on Wednesday, followed by more speculation about reconciliation. Call it reconspeculation.

The full list of committee hearings for the week starts here.

House Hearings: House Ed&Labor holds a hearing Wednesday on education reform, with Secretary Duncan testifying. Science & Technology considers DOE’s R&D budget Wednesday; Secretary Chu testifies. House Judiciary looks at, “Domestic and International Trademark Implications of HAVANA CLUB and Section 211 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 1999.” House Transportation Wednesday reviews implementation of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007. An Armed Services subcommittee on Wednesday considers the Navy’ shipbuilding budget; executives with General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding testify. House Science on Thursday, holds a hearing, “Reform in K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education.” A Natural Resources Committee on Thursday considers budget requests for MMS, BLM and other sub-cabinet agencies. An Appropriations subcommittee on Thursday reviews the CPSC budget, with Commissioners Tenenbaum and Nord testifying. A House Energy & Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on stimulus spending on broadband development Thursday; a separate subcommittee holds a hearing on the Toxic Substances Control Act and persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic chemicals. The commerce subcommittee of Appropriations on Thursday reviews the Department of Commerce’s budget, with Sec. Locke testifying. House Transportation Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee reviews agency budgets under its purview.

Senate Hearings: The Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday holds a hearing on Toyota’s recalls and the government’s response. (Details.) Senate Judiciary continues its examination of global Internet freedom. An Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday looks at the USDA budget, with Secretary Vilsack testifying. Senate Homeland Security on Wednesday holds a hearing on chemical security and CFATS reauthorization, with testimony from representatives of the American Chemistry Council and the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates. Also Wednesday, an Appropriations subcommittee considers EPA’s budget; Administrator Jackson testifies. Interior Secretary Salazar on Wednesday testifies on his agency’s budget before Senate Energy and Natural Resources. EPW on Wednesday considers “transportation investments.” U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk details the Administration’s 2010 trade agenda before Senate Finance Wednesday. HELP Committee holds a hearing, “Childhood Obesity: Beginning the Dialogue on Reversing the Epidemic.” (Why haven’t we heard about this issue before?) Small Business on Thursday marks up S. 2989, Small Business Contracting Revitalization Act. An Appropriations subcommittee on Thursday hears from Commerce Secretary Locke on his agency’s budget. Energy and Natural Resources on Thursday looks at DOE implementation of stimulus-funded projects. Senate EPW holds a hearing on S. 2995, the Clean Air Act Amendments. Senate Appropriations, energy subcommittee, considers DOE’s budget, with Secretary Chu testifying. The Commerce Committee on Thursday reviews DOT’s budget request.

Executive Branch: Vice President Biden and Transportation Secretary LaHood today visit a highway construction site in Clermont, Fla., to draw attention to stimulus spending. This afternoon the Veep speaks to the AFL-CIO’s executive council annual meeting at Walt Disney World. Secretary of State Clinton travels to Latin America this week, stopping in Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.

Judicial Branch: The U.S. Supreme Court today hears oral arguments in Skilling v. U.S., on how far the federal government can go in prosecuting people for the vaguely defined “honest services fraud.” On Tuesday, the Court hears oral arguments in a prominent Second Amendment case, McDonald v. Chicago.

Economic Reports: February’s snows will figure in this week’s enervating economic reports. Today ISM releases its manufacturing index for February, and the most-anticipated report of the week is February employment due on Friday. Also this week (via CNBC): personal income and construction spending [today]; ADP employment, ISM nonmanufacturing and the Fed beige book Wednesday; productivity and costs; factory orders and pending homes sales Thursday, and consumer credit, reported Friday. See also AP’s listing and Neil Irwin’s “This Week.”

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