Dispatch from the Front: The Week of June 20

Dispatch from the Front: The Week of June 20

The President delivers another address on the economy, the House considers an offshore drilling measure and the Senate holds hearings on the nomination of John Bryson to serve as Commerce Secretary.

President Obama meets with a bipartisan group of mayors today.  He travels to Pittsburgh, Pa., on Friday to deliver a speech on the economy. The First Lady visits Africa this week with the First Daughters.

The House returns on Tuesday and will take up several items on the suspension calendar, specifically some bills to name post offices. Later in the week, the House could consider patent reform (H.R. 1249), an energy measure (H.R. 2021) and defense appropriations (H.R. 2219). The temporary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bill expires at the end of this month, so there could be action on that front. For more, see the Majority Leader’s calendar here.

The Senate returns Monday afternoon. It continues its consideration of the Economic Development Revitalization Act (S. 782). On Tuesday, it will vote on the nomination of Leon Panetta to serve as Secretary of Defense. The Senate could move to legislation (S. 679) to reduce the number of presidential appointments subject to Senate confirmation.

For more, see the Hill’s Week Ahead. Additional information from the Washington Post.

Senate Hearings: TUESDAY—The Banking Committee holds a hearing on “Cybersecurity and Data Protection in the Financial Sector.” A Judiciary subcommittee examines the Administration’s cybersecurity proposals. The Commerce Committee hosts John Bryson, the President’s nominee for Commerce Secretary, and Terry Garcia, the nominee for deputy secretary. WEDNESDAY—The Judiciary Committee conducts oversight of intellectual property law enforcement efforts. THURSDAY—The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “Federal Regulation: A Review of Legislative Proposals.” The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hears “Stories from the Kitchen Table: How Middle Class Families are Struggling to Make Ends Meet.” The Finance Committee looks at how Medicare and Medicaid will fit in a deficit reduction plan.

House Hearings: TUESDAY—A Energy and Commerce subcommittee continues its markup of the Recycling Coal Combustion Residuals Accessibility (RCCRA) Act of 2011 (H.R.1391), which would exempt fly ash waste, bottom ash waste, slag waste and flue gas emission control waste from regulation as hazardous waste. WEDNESDAY—The Small Business Committee hears from Secretary Tim Geithner about small businesses’ access to credit. A Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on the Jobs, Growth and Regulatory Accountability Act of 2011. Another Judiciary subcommittee asks, “Does the J Visa Program Abuse Foreign Students and American Workers?” THURSDAY—The Budget Committee hears from Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf about the long-term budget outlook. A Ways and Means subcommittee examines the potential effects of tax reform on foreign businesses that have operations in the United States. A Natural Resources subcommittee marks up several bills, including the Cutting Federal Red Tape to Facilitate Renewable Energy Act (H.R. 2170). A Small Business subcommittee examines the outsourcing of small business jobs. A Ways and Means subcommittee considers potential Social Security reforms. FRIDAY—A House Homeland Security subcommittee looks at the Administration’s cybersecurity plan.

Executive Branch: U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk addresses the United States Conference of Mayors in Baltimore, Md., on Monday. On Tuesday, Secretary Geithner addresses a meeting on the CFO Network. On Friday, FDIC chairwoman Sheila Bair speaks at the National Press Club. Vice President Biden continues his meeting with congressional negotiators on the debt limit.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times, “Data will include existing home sales for May (Tuesday); weekly jobless claims and new home sales for May (Thursday); durable goods orders for May and final first-quarter gross domestic product (Friday).”

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