Dispatch from the Front: The Week of July 25

The August 2 deadline to raise the debt limit is fast approaching, and the House and Senate are both preparing debt ceiling measures that could come up this week.

Tomorrow, President Obama welcomes the 2010 World Series champs San Francisco Giants to the White House. On Friday, he meets with the leaders of the African nations of Benin, Guinea, Niger and Cote d’Ivoire.

The House meets today at 10 a.m. and will consider three bills on the suspension calendar, including a measure, S. 1103, to extend the term of the FBI director. Later in the week, the House is expected to consider the North American-Made Energy Security Act (H.R. 1938) and the Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587), a bill that would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from ordering any employer to relocate, shut down, or transfer employment under any circumstance. See Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s schedule here.

The Senate goes into session today at 2 p.m. and will proceed to consideration of judicial nominations.

More from The Hill here.

Senate Committees: MONDAY—The Small Business Committee holds a hearing on “The Role of Small Businesses in Strengthening Cybersecurity Efforts in the United States.” TUESDAY—The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee examines “How Oversight Failures and Regulatory Loopholes Allow Large Businesses to Get and Keep Small Business Contracts.”  The Finance Committee looks at deficit reduction.  The Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on “The Economic Imperative for Enacting Immigration Reform.” WEDNESDAY—The Finance Committee hears from CEOs about “How the Tax Code Affects Hiring, Businesses and Economic Growth.”  The Commerce Committee considers reauthorization of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  THURSDAY—The Health, Labor, Education and Pensions Committee looks at FDA user fees.

House Hearings: TUESDAY—The Rules Committee preps for floor consideration of the North American-Made Energy Security Act (H.R. 1938). The Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on consumption-based tax systems. An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on “Cybersecurity: An Overview of Risks to Critical Infrastructure.” An Armed Services subcommittee looks at the Defense Department investment in technology intended to combat security threats. A House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee considers “Lights Out: How EPA Regulations Threaten Affordable Power and Job Creation.” A Financial Services subcommittee hears about monetary policy from regional Federal Reserve banks. WEDNESDAY—The Small Business Committee looks at bureaucratic obstacles faced by small exporters. A Financial Services subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Impact of the World Bank and Multi-Lateral Development Banks on U.S. Job Creation.” THURSDAY—An Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee holds a hearing on the “Impact of Obamacare on Job Creators and Their Decision to Offer Health Insurance.” A Small Business subcommittee explores “Small Businesses and PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act): If They Like Their Coverage, Can They Keep It?” Another Small Business subcommittee looks at the impact of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on small business.

Executive Branch: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues her trip abroad with a visit to Hong Kong. The White House hosts an event to unveil its strategy against transnational organized crime today.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include the S.& P./Case-Shiller housing price index for May; new home sales for June; consumer confidence for July (Tuesday); durable goods for June; the Federal Reserve’s beige book (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims and pending home sales for May (Thursday); second-quarter gross domestic product; the Chicago PMI and Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for July (Friday).”

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