Dispatch from the Front: The Week of September 26

The House and Senate scramble this week to avoid a government shutdown.

Today, President Obama is in Mountain View, Calif., for a LinkedIn town hall meeting on the economy. (Click here for President Obama’s LinkedIn profile.) Tomorrow, he is in Denver, Colo., to promote his jobs plan. The President delivers a “back to school” speech Wednesday at a Washington, D.C., high school.

The House and Senate had scheduled a recess this week, but the failure to pass a bill to fund government operations has complicated that plan. The fiscal year ends on September 30—and Congress has not yet passed a bill to fund the government for next year. The House passed a funding measure last week, but it was rejected by the Senate. Today, the Senate begins work on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) version of the House measure. The House and Senate have until the end of the week to send legislation to the President.

More from The Hill.

House Hearings: MONDAY—A Natural Resources subcommittee holds a field hearing in West Virginia on “Jobs at Risk: Community Impacts of the Obama Administration’s Effort to Rewrite the Stream Buffer Zone Rule.” The Science, Space and Technology Committee holds a field hearing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Executive Branch: Today Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner stumps for President Obama’s jobs plan at a UPS facility in Kentucky. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is in New York for NBC’s “Education Nation Summit.” On Tuesday, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank will talk about the President’s jobs plan in Louisiana.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “This week’s data will include new-home sales for August (Monday); the S.& P./Case-Shiller housing price index for July; consumer confidence for September (Tuesday); durable goods orders for August (Wednesday); final second-quarter gross domestic product; weekly jobless claims; pending home sales for August (Thursday); personal income and spending for August; the Chicago Purchasing Managers Index for September; the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for September (Friday).” More from the Washington Post.

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