Dispatch from the Front: The Week of June 25

The Supreme Court’s ruling in the health care law case will likely overshadow a busy legislative week in Washington.

President Obama begins the week campaigning in the Northeast before heading to Georgia and Florida. On Wednesday, he meets with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.

The Senate convenes on Monday and continues its consideration of the flood insurance bill (S. 1940). It will also take a procedural vote on the Food and Drug Administration reauthorization bill (S. 3187). The Senate passed a version of the bill once already, and the action this week should clear the way for the bill to reach the President’s desk.

The House begins legislative business on Tuesday and takes up a number of noncontroversial bills. It will likely begin work this week on the transportation and housing and urban development appropriations bill (H.R. 5972) as well as agriculture appropriations legislation (H.R. 5973). The House may also take up the contempt vote on Attorney General Eric Holder, consider legislation (H.R. 4628) dealing with student loan interest rates and try to move forward on the highway bill (H.R. 4348). Highway funding and current student loan rates expire at the end of this month. See the Majority Leader’s calendar here.

Senate Hearings: THURSDAY—The Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on “Financing Efficient Buildings.” The Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the Law of the Sea Treaty. National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons testifies, as does the chairman and CEO of NAM member company Verizon. The Commerce Committee examines “The Need for Privacy Protections: Is Industry Self-Regulation Adequate?”

House Hearings: MONDAY—A Small Business subcommittee holds a field hearing in Illinois on the impact of high fuel prices on small businesses. WEDNESDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee considers the “Future of Video.” The Natural Resources Committee looks at federal regulation of hydropower. A Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on intellectual property enforcement. An Energy and Commerce subcommittee reviews two bills: the Superfund Common Sense Act (H.R. 2997) and the Increasing Manufacturing Competitiveness Through Improved Recycling Act. The Small Business Committee asks “Is EPA Failing Small Businesses?” THURSDAY—The Science, Space and Technology Committee holds a hearing on “Strengthening the Scientific Backbone of the EPA: An Examination of Agency Practices and Foundations for Regulations Affecting the American Economy.” An Education and Workforce subcommittee examines voluntary workplace protection programs. A Small Business subcommittee looks at the impact of contracting preferences for federal prison industries on small businesses. An Energy and Commerce subcommittee looks at the EPA’s proposed rules on fine particulate matter. FRIDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee hold a hearing on greenhouse gas regulations.

Executive Branch: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travels to Finland, Latvia and Russia this week. Acting Secretary of State Rebecca Blank is in Turkey along with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “New home sales for May (Monday); the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index for April and consumer confidence for June (Tuesday); durable goods for May and pending home sales for May (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims and first-quarter gross domestic product (final) (Thursday); personal income and spending for May, the Chicago purchasing managers’ index for June and the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for June (Friday).”

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