Dispatch from the Front: The Week of March 5

President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. On Tuesday, the President meets with members of the Business Roundtable. On Wednesday, he travels to North Carolina to visit Daimler Trucks North America’s Mt. Holly Truck Manufacturing Plant. He continues his focus on the economy with a speech at a Rolls-Royce aircraft engine manufacturing facility in Prince George County, Va., on Friday. On Thursday, he meets with the President of Ghana at the White House.

The Senate gavels in this afternoon and continues its work on surface transportation legislation (S. 1813). On Tuesday, the Senate will vote to conclude debate on the measure and move toward a vote on final passage. It will take 60 senators to move the process forward.

The House convenes at noon today and will vote on several measures to name post offices and a courthouse. Later in the week, the House is expected to consider a measure (H.R. 4105) to apply countervailing duties on imports from non-market economies (background on the Shopfloor blog here). It will also likely take up a jobs bill, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act (H.R. 3606).

See the Majority Leader’s schedule for the week here.

Senate Hearings: TUESDAY—The Finance Committee holds a hearing on “Tax Reform Options: Incentives for Capital Investment and Manufacturing.” The Banking Committee holds a hearing on “Spurring Job Growth through Capital Formation While Protecting Investors.” A Commerce subcommittee considers investments in research and development. WEDNESDAY—The Finance Committee examines the President’s trade agenda. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee looks at the President’s plan to reorganize the executive branch. THURSDAY—The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee considers “America’s Global Competitiveness: A Quality Education.”

House Hearings: TUESDAY—A Natural Resources subcommittee holds a hearing on the impact of the President’s budget on surface mining. A Ways and Means subcommittee holds a hearing on the Independent Payment Advisory Board. A Science, Space and Technology subcommittee holds a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency budget. A Homeland Security subcommittee examines chemical facility security. WEDNESDAY—An Appropriations subcommittee holds a hearing on the nuclear energy budget. The Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the budget request for the Council on Environmental Quality. An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on cybersecurity. The Ways and Means Committee looks at the “Treatment of Closely-Held Businesses in the Context of Tax Reform.” An Energy and Commerce subcommittee examines rising gas prices. An Appropriations subcommittee considers the budget requests for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. THURSDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on the Department of Energy budget. An Appropriations subcommittee looks at the transportation budget. A Natural Resources subcommittee holds a hearing on the impact of the budget on energy development and exploration. A Small Business subcommittee asks “Are Government Regulations Impeding Small Energy Producers and Harming Energy Security?” An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on Federal Drug Administration User Fees.

Executive Branch: Vice President Joe Biden is traveling in Mexico and Honduras to begin the week. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis is speaking at an event hosted by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness today. Trade Representative Ron Kirk addresses the annual summit of the National Association of Counties. On Wednesday, Commerce Secretary John Bryson holds a meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Plan Steering Committee. On Thursday, Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez speaks at an event hosted by the Brookings Metro Export Initiative.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include the I.S.M. nonmanufacturing index for February and factory orders for January (Monday); ADP employment for February, revised fourth-quarter productivity and consumer credit for January (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims (Thursday); and unemployment for February, trade deficit for January and wholesale trade inventories for November (Friday).”

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