Dispatch from the Front: The Week of March 12

By March 12, 2012General

President Obama discusses energy policy with local television news anchors today. He also hosts British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House this week. The pair travels to Dayton, Ohio, tomorrow to watch Mississippi Valley State take on Western Kentucky in the first game of the NCAA tournament. On Wednesday, the President and First Lady host a state dinner for Cameron and his wife.

The Senate gavels in today and resumes consideration of the transportation bill (S. 1813). Votes resume on Tuesday.

The House is out this week.

The NAM hosts its Spring Board Meeting on Thursday and Friday.

Senate Hearings: TUESDAY—The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the Freedom of Information Act. WEDNESDAY—An Appropriations subcommittee reviews onshore and offshore energy development programs. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on congressional reform measures. An Appropriations subcommittee reviews the proposed budget for the Department of Labor. THURSDAY—An Appropriations subcommittee holds a hearing on the Transportation Department budget. An Environment and Public Works subcommittee holds a hearing on “Lessons from Fukushima and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Implementation of Recommendations for Enhancing Nuclear Reactor Safety in the 21st Century.” The Finance Committee considers Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization.

House Hearings: MONDAY—A Natural Resources subcommittee holds a field hearing on the “Explosion of Federal Regulations Threatening Jobs and Economic Survival in the West.”

Executive Branch: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in New York today for meetings at the United Nations. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talks about public transit at a meeting of the American Public Transportation Association’s Legislative Conference. Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez is in Baltimore today to mark the two-year anniversary of the National Export Initiative. Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement David Mills will be in the United Arab Emirates this week discussing export control reform.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include retail sales for February and business inventories for January (Tuesday); import prices for February and the current account deficit for the fourth quarter (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims, the Producer Price Index for February and the Philadelphia Fed index for March (Thursday); and the Consumer Price Index for February, industrial production for February and the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for March (Friday).”

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