Dispatch from the Front: The Week of October 31

The National Association of Manufacturers hosts its first-ever presidential forum on Tuesday.

President Obama meets with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair today. On Thursday, he heads across the Atlantic to Cannes, France, for a meeting of the G-20.

The Senate convenes this afternoon and will vote on a judicial nominee at 5:30 p.m. The Senate may take up 2012 appropriations legislation and an infrastructure bill during the rest of the week.

The House begins business on Tuesday. On Thursday, it will consider two bills intended to help small businesses gain access to capital: H.R. 2940 and H.R. 2930. See the Majority Leader’s schedule here.

More from The Hill here.

On Tuesday, the Super Committee holds a hearing on proposals to reduce the debt.

Senate Hearings: WEDNESDAY—A Foreign Relations subcommittee holds a hearing on the European debt crisis. THURSDAY—A Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “Excessive Speculation and Compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act.” The Judiciary Committee marks up the Discount Pricing Consumer Protection Act (S. 75), which would overturn a Supreme Court decision that vertical pricing agreements are not per se violations of antitrust laws.

House Hearings: MONDAY—A Financial Services subcommittee holds a hearing on “Regulatory Reform: Examining How New Regulations are Impacting Financial Institutions, Small Businesses and Consumers.” TUESDAY—The Oversight and Government Reform Committee considers the proposed Utility MACT standards. A Small Business subcommittee examines small business contracting. WEDNESDAY—A Natural Resources subcommittee holds a hearing on “North American Offshore Energy: Mexico and Canada Boundary Treaties and New Drilling by Cuba and Bahamas.” A Science, Space and Technology subcommittee discusses innovation. A Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee holds a hearing on “Assuring the Safety of Domestic Energy Production: Lessons Learned from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.” An Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee looks into the “Green Energy Debacle.” Another Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee examines obstacles to innovation in the U.S. An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on the health care law. A Financial Services subcommittee reviews the first 100 days of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. A Science, Space and Technology subcommittee looks at motor fuel standards. The Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the Gulf oil spill. A Foreign Affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “Efforts to Transfer America’s Leading Edge Science to China.” THURSDAY—A Science, Space and Technology subcommittee holds a hearing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. An Education and Workforce subcommittee holds a hearing on the Fair Labor Standards Act. A Small Business subcommittee considers the impact of tax reform on small businesses. FRIDAY—A Natural Resources subcommittee looks at the stream buffer zone rule.

Executive Branch: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in London on Tuesday for a conference on cybersecurity. She then travels from London to Turkey for the Istanbul conference on Afghanistan.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Chicago purchasing managers’ index for October (Monday); the I.S.M. manufacturing index for October and construction spending for September (Tuesday); ADP employment for October (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims, third-quarter productivity, the I.S.M. nonmanufacturing index for September, and factory orders for August (Thursday); and unemployment for October (Friday).” More from the Washington Post.

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