Dispatch from the Front: The Week of October 17

President Obama begins a three-day bus tour to promote his jobs plan today. The road trip kicks off in Asheville, N.C., and continues on to Greensboro. On Tuesday, the President makes a few more North Carolina stops before heading into Virginia. The tour wraps up on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Prime Minister of Norway visits the White House.

The Senate returns this afternoon and begins work on appropriations legislation. It will consider a package of four appropriations bills for the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, and Transportation and HUD.

The House is in recess this week.

More from The Hill here.

Senate Hearings: TUESDAY—The Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the nation’s capability to respond to offshore oil spills. The Small Business Committee looks at the Small Business Jobs Act. Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner will testify. A Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on pipeline safety. WEDNESDAY—An Environment and Public Works subcommittee holds a hearing on the Brownfields Program. THURSDAY—A Banking subcommittee examines global economic financial risks. An Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee examines shale gas production and water resources.

House Hearings: A Veterans Affairs subcommittee holds a field hearing on “Hiring Heroes: Job Creation for Veterans and Guard/Reserve Members.” A Small Business subcommittee holds a field hearing on “Pursuing the Entrepreneurial American Dream.”

Executive Branch: Today, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk meets with his Canadian counterpart, Minister of Trade Ed Fast. The Vice President is in Pennsylvania today to tout the President’s jobs plan. Throughout the week, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank will be on the road talking about the President’s jobs plan and the recently passed trade deals. She has stops in Newark, N.J., Milwaukee, Wisc. and Chicago, Ill.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include industrial production and capacity use for September (Monday); the Producer Price Index for September (Tuesday); the Consumer Price Index for September, housing starts for September and the Federal Reserve beige book (Wednesday); existing-home sales for September, Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index for October and leading economic indicators for September (Thursday).” More from the Washington Post.

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