Dispatch from the Front: The Week of May 31

Today is Memorial Day, a federal holiday. Congress is on a one-week recess. The Senate reconvenes at 2 p.m. Monday, June 7, taking up judicial nominations. The House reconvenes at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 8.

President Obama participates in a Memorial Day ceremony today at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Ellwood, Ill. Vice President Obama attends ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. On Tuesday, the President meets with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Peruvian President Alan Garcia at the White House. Separate meetings.

NAM President John Engler speaks Thursday in Fort Wayne, Ind., to the Economic Club of Indiana.

Tuesday is primary day in New Mexico, Alabama and Mississippi.

Senate Hearings: Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) is working this recess, taking his Senate Budget Committee to North Dakota on June 1 for field hearings in Williston, “The Energy Industry’s Impact on Housing in North Dakota,” and then in Watford City, “Infrastructure Investments: Promoting Economic Growth and Improving Safety Along the US 85 Corridor.”

Executive Branch: Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at an OECD conference in Paris today on international corruption. The first India-U.S. Strategic Dialogue begins Tuesday in Washington, with Secretary of State Clinton leading the U.S. side. Nuclear weapons, trade and the economy are among the issues.  On Friday, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood joins Sen. Conrad in Bismarck, N.D., and regional transportation directors to talk about Great Plains highway needs. Why, they need pedal parity! Secretary Clinton leaves this weekend for travels to Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Barbados.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data will include the ISM manufacturing index for May and construction spending for April (Tuesday); pending home sales for April (Wednesday); ADP employment for May, revised first-quarter productivity, weekly jobless claims, the ISM service index for May, and factory orders for April (Thursday); unemployment figures for May (Friday).”

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