We’re updating yesterday’s holidaysome Dispatch with new developments. The President’s Memorial Day speech in Illinois was thunderstormed out and his scheduled meeting with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu today was canceled for obvious reasons.
President Obama today meets with the BP Oil Spill Commission’s co-chairmen in the Oval Office, then makes a press statement, and later meets with Peruvian President Alan Garcia at the White House. (Today’s schedule.) On Wednesday the President flies to Pittsburgh for a speech on the economy at Carnegie Mellon University before returning to Washington to honor Paul McCartney. So won’t you listen to what the man said?
Attorney General Eric Holder tours the Gulf Coast today and meets with attorneys general from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.
Today is primary day in New Mexico, Alabama and Mississippi. (USA TODAY story.)
NAM President John Engler speaks Thursday in Fort Wayne, Ind., to the Economic Club of Indiana.
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: The first India-U.S. Strategic Dialogue begins Wedneday in Washington, with Secretary of State Clinton leading the U.S. side. (State Department briefing, Reuters Q&A.) 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. Following this weekend’s successful democratic elections in Colombia, we look forward to the Administration’s announcement it will submit the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement to Congress for enactment.
Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data will include the ISM manufacturing index for May and construction spending for April [today]; 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).” See also Neil Irwin’s report on the week ahead in The Washington Post.
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