Dispatch from the Front: The Week of April 2

By April 2, 2012General

President Obama meets with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon at the White House today. On Tuesday, he speaks to the American Society of News Editors. On Wednesday, he hosts the Easter Prayer Breakfast, and on Friday, he hosts a Passover Seder. Also on Friday, the President will speak at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy. The President will sign two bills into law this week: the congressional insider trading bill (the STOCK Act) and the JOBS Act.

The House and Senate are out.

Senate Hearings: WEDNESDAY—The Veterans Affairs Committee holds a field hearing on “Washington’s Veterans: Helping the Newest Generation Transition Home.” THURSDAY—The Budget Committee holds a field hearing on the “Multi-Year Surface Transportation Bill: Key to Infrastructure Investments.”

House Hearings: MONDAY—A Small Business subcommittee considers the “Impact of U.S. Trade Policies on Small Businesses and Manufacturing.”

Executive Branch: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is in North Dakota today to visit a drilling rig and oil production site. On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden travels to Norfolk, Va., to talk about the cost of college.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include the I.S.M. manufacturing index for March and construction spending for February (Monday); factory orders for February (Tuesday); ADP employment for March and I.S.M. nonmanufacturing for March; weekly jobless claims and unemployment for March and consumer credit for February (Friday).”

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