Dispatch from the Front: The Week of December 19

President Obama holds meetings at the White House today as all eyes are on the House and its vote on a year-end tax bill.

The House is in session today, with its biggest vote coming on a measure to extend expiring tax provisions through early next year. Reports suggest the House may not pass the bill, which the Senate cleared on Saturday. See the Majority Leader’s schedule for the day here.

The Senate is out for the year, though it will hold pro forma sessions in an effort to prevent President Obama from making recess appointments.

Executive Branch: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosts the first meeting of the Foreign Affairs Policy Board today. This afternoon, she delivers a speech on “Women, Peace and Security” at Georgetown University. Also today, Secretary Clinton and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk hold separate meetings with Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include housing starts for November (Tuesday); sales of existing homes for November (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims, third-quarter gross domestic product (final), the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for November, and leading economic indicators for November (Thursday); durable goods for November, personal income and spending for November, and sales of new homes for November (Friday).” More from the Washington Post.

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