Dispatch from the Front: The Week of February 6

President Obama highlights science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education tomorrow as part of the White House Science Fair. On Thursday, he welcomes Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti to the White House.

The Senate convenes this afternoon and considers the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (H.R. 658).

The House meets today to consider several bills on the extension calendar. Later this week, it will consider several budget process reforms as well as the congressional insider trading bill (S. 2038). See the Majority Leader’s schedule here.

Senate Hearings: TUESDAY—The Budget Committee holds a hearing on U.S. monetary and fiscal policy. THURSDAY—The Energy and Natural Resources Committee reviews legislation that would facilitate a mining project. The Budget Committee holds a hearing on income inequality.

House Hearings: TUESDAY—A Homeland Security subcommittee holds a hearing on maritime security and trade. The Education and Workforce Committee considers the recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. The Foreign Affairs Committee holds a hearing on export controls. WEDNESDAY—The Ways and Means Committee looks at accounting rules. An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on cybersecurity. The Science, Space and Technology Committee considers “America’s Nuclear Future.” An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on the Utility MACT rule. THURSDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee looks at drug shortages. A Small Business subcommittee holds a hearing on small business contracting.

Executive Branch: Vice President Joe Biden is in Tallahassee, Fla., today to deliver remarks on the cost of college at Florida State University. On Thursday, he is on Ohio for the Ohio Newspaper Association Convention. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk meets with the Singaporean Second Minister of Trade and Industry today. Tomorrow, Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank is in Madison, Wis., to highlight a workforce training program. On Friday, Commerce Secretary John Bryson is in Minneapolis, Minn., to visit a community college and highlight the country’s workforce needs.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include consumer credit for December (Tuesday); weekly jobless claims and wholesale trade inventories for December (Thursday); and the trade deficit for December and the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for February (Friday).”

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