Dispatch from the Front: The Week of April 23

By April 23, 2012General

President Obama delivers remarks at the Holocaust Museum today. On Tuesday, he welcomes the finalists for the National Teacher of the Year to the White House. Later Tuesday and through Wednesday, President Obama visits three colleges (the universities of North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa) to talk about student loan interest rates.

The Senate gavels in today and begins a busy week. It will debate reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (S. 1925) as well as a postal reform bill (S. 1789). Today, the Senate will debate a resolution (S.J. Res. 36) disapproving of the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush election” rule.

The House begins legislative business on Tuesday. On Wednesday, it will consider the Small Business Credit Availability Act (H.R. 3336) and a spending transparency bill (H.R. 2146). On Thursday, it will take up four cybersecurity measures. See the Majority Leader’s schedule here.

Senate Hearings: TUESDAY—A Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on the enforcement of immigration laws by state and local governments. The Commerce Committee considers “The Emergence of Online Video: Is It the Future?” WEDNESDAY—The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee marks up the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act.

House Hearings: TUESDAY—The Energy and Commerce Committee marks up the Gasoline Regulations Act and the Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012. WEDNESDAY—The Budget Committee considers ways to replace the sequestration of defense funding. A Ways and Means subcommittee holds a hearing on “Moving from Unemployment Checks to Paychecks: Implementing Recent Reforms.” A Judiciary subcommittee considers the Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act (H.R. 4377). THURSDAY—The Natural Resources Committee considers “Increased Electricity Costs for American Families and Small Businesses: The Potential Impacts of the Chu Memorandum.” A Judiciary subcommittee looks at international patent issues. A Ways and Means subcommittee holds a hearing on expired and expiring tax extenders. A Small Business subcommittee examines “Small Business Innovators: On the Cutting Edge of Energy Solutions.” A Natural Resources subcommittee holds a hearing on a number of energy bills.

Executive Branch: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is traveling in South America this week. On Tuesday, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar speaks at the National Press Club about domestic energy development. On Friday, Secretary of Commerce John Bryson will discuss manufacturing at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index for February, new home sales for March and consumer confidence for April (Tuesday); durable goods for March, weekly jobless claims and pending home sales for March (Thursday); gross domestic product for the first quarter and the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for April (Friday).”

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