Dispatch from the Front: The Week of November 28

President Obama hosts European Union officials at the White House today, and tomorrow he hosts the prime minister of the Netherlands. On Wednesday, the President travels to Scranton, Pa., to talk about the payroll tax cut. On Thursday, he and his family attend the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.

The Senate returns this afternoon and takes up the defense authorization bill (S. 1867).

The House returns tomorrow. Highlights for the week include consideration of the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 3094), which would undo some recent actions of the National Labor Relations Board, and two regulatory reform bills, H.R. 527 and H.R. 3010. See the Majority Leader’s schedule here.

Senate Hearings: WEDNESDAY—A Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on a balanced budget amendment. FRIDAY—The Agriculture Committee holds an oversight hearing on the Dodd-Frank law.

House Hearings: TUESDAY—A Financial Services subcommittee examines “The State of Manufactured Housing.” The Energy and Commerce Committee marks up a number of bills, including the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 (H.R. 1633). WEDNESDAY—The Financial Services Committee marks up the Small Company Job Growth and Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 3213); the Business Risk Mitigation and Price Stabilization Act of 2011 (H.R. 2682); and other bills. An Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee looks at proposed truck driver hours of service rules. A Science, Space and Technology subcommittee holds a hearing on “Fostering Quality Science at EPA (Environmental Protection Agency): Perspectives on Common Sense Reform.” THURSDAY—A Small Business subcommittee holds a hearing on “Cyber Security: Protecting Your Small Business.” FRIDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Executive Branch: Treasury Secretary Geithner and Secretary of State Clinton join the President’s meetings with European Union leaders today. Prior to those meetings, Secretary Clinton and Energy Secretary Chu hold a U.S.-EU Energy Council Ministerial Meeting.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include new home sales for October (Monday); the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index for September and the third quarter, and consumer confidence for November (Tuesday); pending home sales for September and the Federal Reserve beige book (Wednesday); the ISM manufacturing index for November and construction spending for October (Thursday); and unemployment for November (Friday).” More from the Washington Post.

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