Dispatch from the Front: The Week of October 10

Lawmakers are poised to pass the free trade agreements with Colombia, Korea and Panama when Congress returns after Columbus Day.

On Tuesday, President Obama travels to Pittsburgh and visits an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers facility. On Thursday, he welcomes the President of Korea and hosts a state dinner. The Korean President addresses a joint session of Congress on Thursday.

The Senate returns on Tuesday and will hold three votes: one on a judicial nomination, another on final passage of the China currency bill and another relating to the American Jobs Act (S. 1660), which includes the so-called millionaires tax. On Wednesday, the full Senate will likely consider the free trade agreements.

The House gavels in Tuesday and will complete its consideration of the EPA Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 2250), which would delay the Boiler MACT rules. It will also take up the free trade agreements; votes are expected on those bills on Wednesday. On Friday, the House will consider the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2273), which would stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating coal ash as a hazardous material. The Majority Leader’s schedule is available here.

More from The Hill here.

Senate Hearings: TUESDAY—The Finance Committee considers the free trade agreements with Colombia, Korea and Panama. WEDNESDAY—The Finance Committee considers “Tax Reform Options: Capital Investment and Manufacturing.” The Commerce Committee holds a hearing on “Universal Service Reform – Bringing Broadband to all Americans.” The Environment and Public Works Committee considers “Innovative Practices to Create Jobs and Reduce Pollution.” THURSDAY—The Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on forced arbitration.

House Hearings: TUESDAY—The Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the Government Litigation Savings Act (H.R. 1996). WEDNESDAY—A Space, Science and Technology subcommittee holds a hearing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The Agriculture Committee looks at proposals to amend the Dodd-Frank financial services bill. The Education and Workforce Committee holds a hearing on the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094). The Natural Resources Committee examines the impact of the Gulf drilling moratorium. A Transportation subcommittee looks at the proposed national infrastructure bank. An Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee holds a hearing on fuel economy standards. The Energy and Commerce Committee considers cutting EPA spending. The Small Business Committee holds a hearing on “LightSquared: The Impact to Small Business GPS Users.” A Financial Services subcommittee holds a hearing on the Small Business Lending Enhancement Act of 2011 (H.R. 1418). THURSDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee examines electricity transmission. The Natural Resources Committee reviews the report on the Gulf oil spill. An Education and Workforce subcommittee holds a hearing on “Regulations, Costs, and Uncertainty in Employer Provided Health Care.” A Science and Space subcommittee examines coal research and development. FRIDAY—A Financial Services subcommittee reviews “Legislative Proposals to Bring Certainty to the Over-the-Counter Derivatives Market.” An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 (H.R. 1633).  An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on “Continuing Developments Regarding the Solyndra Loan Guarantee.”

Executive Branch: On Wednesday, the Vice President travels to Michigan to promote the President’s jobs plan.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include the trade deficit for August and weekly jobless claims (Thursday); and retail sales for September, import prices for September, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for October and business inventories for August (Friday).” More from the Washington Post.

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