Dispatch from the Front: The Week of November 14

President Obama is in Hawaii today. On Tuesday, he departs for Australia (arriving on Wednesday) for a two-day stay, which includes a speech to the Australian parliament. From Australia, the President goes to Indonesia for the East Asia Summit.

Funding for the government runs out on Friday, so the House and Senate must pass another continuing resolution. A short-term measure running through mid-December will likely be included in H.R. 2112 (FY 2012 appropriations legislation for the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development).

The Senate gavels in this afternoon and will take up H.R. 2354, energy and water appropriations legislation.

The House also convenes this afternoon and will vote on some non-controversial measures to name post offices and a courthouse. During the remainder of the week, the House will vote on the Senate-passed 3 percent withholding bill (H.R. 674) and a balanced budget amendment (H.J. Res. 2). See the full agenda at the Majority Leader’s calendar.

More from The Hill.

Senate Hearings: MONDAY—The Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a field hearing on “Marcellus Shale Gas Development and Production in West Virginia.” TUESDAY—The Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on two bills: S. 1703, which would require the Department of Energy to conduct a quadrennial review, and S. 1807, which would streamline energy research and development programs. The Budget Committee looks at the “Economic Effects of Fiscal Policy Choices.” The Commerce Committee holds a hearing on nominees for the Federal Trade Commission. The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on medical devices. THURSDAY—The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee asks, “Weeding Out Bad Contractors: Does the Government Have the Right Tools?” The Budget Committee looks at ways to improve regulatory performance. FRIDAY—The Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the establishment of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

House Hearings: TUESDAY—The Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on cybersecurity. A Ways and Means subcommittee examines the small business health insurance tax credit. WEDNESDAY—A Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee looks at the regulation of hydraulic fracturing. The Natural Resources Committee looks at “The Future of U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Development on Federal Lands and Waters.” The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261). The Small Business Committee looks at small business contracting. The Rules Committee marks up the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (H.R. 10). THURSDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee receives testimony from Energy Secretary Chu on the Solyndra loan guarantee. A Space, Science and Technology subcommittee holds a hearing on “Fostering Quality Science at EPA: The Need for Common Sense Reform.” FRIDAY—An Armed Services subcommittee holds a hearing on “Creating a 21st Century Defense Industry.” A Natural Resources subcommittee considers four energy bills, including ones dealing with resources in Alaska, shale and coal. The Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

Executive Branch: Vice President Biden swears in Commerce Secretary Bryson this afternoon. Secretary Clinton travels to the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia this week.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include retail sales for October, the Producer Price Index for October and business inventories for September (Tuesday); Consumer Price Index for October and industrial production and capacity utilization for October (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims, housing starts for October and Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index for November (Thursday) and leading economic indicators for October (Friday).” More from the Washington Post.

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