Dispatch from the Front: The Week of January 16

President Obama honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. today. Tomorrow morning, he meets with the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. In the afternoon, he hosts King Abdullah of Jordan and later the World Series champs St. Louis Cardinals. On Thursday, he travels to Orlando, Fla., for a speech on the economy.

The Senate is out until next week. The House returns tomorrow for a short week. On Wednesday, the House is expected to vote on a measure (H.J. Res. 98) disapproving President Obama’s request to raise the debt ceiling. The House is out Thursday and Friday. See the Majority Leader’s schedule here.

House Hearings: TUESDAY—An Armed Services subcommittee holds a hearing on defense contracting among small and medium-sized businesses. WEDNESDAY—A Financial Services subcommittee holds a hearing on the Volcker rule. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on “Government Mandated Domain Name Service Blocking and Search Takedowns: Will It End the Internet as We Know It?” A Science, Space and Technology subcommittee holds a hearing on hydraulic fracturing and its effects on groundwater.

Executive Branch: Secretary Clinton is in Africa, visiting the nations of Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo and Cape Verde. Today she is meeting with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Other Cabinet members are marking Martin Luther King, Jr. day at events across the country.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include the Producer Price Index for December, and industrial production and capacity utilization for December (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims, the Consumer Price Index for December, housing starts for December, and the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index for January (Thursday); and existing home sales for December (Friday).”

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