Dispatch from the Front: The Week of February 27

President Obama welcomes the nation’s governors to the White House today. Tomorrow, he addresses the United Auto Workers, who are meeting in Washington, D.C. Thursday, the President travels to New Hampshire to deliver a speech on the economy. Wednesday and Friday are dedicated to recognizing the sacrifices of the U.S. military, with a dinner Wednesday for the men and women who served in Iraq and a visit Friday to Walter Reed Medical Center.

The Senate returns today and will consider a judicial nomination this afternoon.

The House meets this afternoon and will consider a couple of bills on the suspension calendar. For details on today and the rest of the week, see the Majority Leader’s calendar here.

More from The Hill here.

Senate Hearings: TUESDAY—The Budget Committee holds a hearing on defense spending. WEDNESDAY—The Budget Committee holds a hearing on health care spending. THURSDAY—The Budget Committee considers tax reform. The Banking Committee receives the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

House Hearings: MONDAY—A Natural Resources subcommittee holds a field hearing on natural gas development. The Judiciary Committee reviews the Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act (H.R. 4078), which will prevent agencies from adopting major regulations until unemployment falls. TUESDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee looks at the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Another Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on “Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity: Assessments of Smart Grid Security.” WEDNESDAY—A Science, Space and Technology subcommittee considers “Promoting Innovation, Competition, and Economic Growth: Principles for Effective Domestic and International Standards Development.” The Agriculture Committee examines the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s agenda for the year. The Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on monetary policy with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifying. The Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on “President Obama’s Trade Policy Agenda.” An Appropriations subcommittee reviews the EPA’s budget. The Budget Committee reviews the defense budget.

Executive Branch: On Tuesday, Commerce Secretary John Bryson will chair a meeting of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee. On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden will speak about manufacturing at Iowa State University. Also Thursday, Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez begins a weeklong trip to Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include pending home sales for January (Monday); durable goods for January, the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index for December and the fourth quarter, and consumer confidence for February (Tuesday); the revised gross domestic product for the fourth quarter, the Chicago Purchasing Managers’ Index for January, and the Federal Reserve beige book (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims, personal income and spending for January, the I.S.M. manufacturing index for February, and construction spending for January (Thursday).”

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