Dispatch from the Front: The Week of June 4

The National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) 2012 Manufacturing Summit kicks off on Wednesday. Hundreds of manufacturers will flood Capitol Hill to make the case to lawmakers about the need for pro-growth policies in the United States.

President Obama has a busy week of campaigning. He is headlining campaign events in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. While on the West Coast swing, he will attend an official event at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas on Thursday. On Friday, he hosts the president of the Philippines, as well as the Super Bowl champs, the New York Giants.

The Senate begins debate this afternoon on the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3220). If that measure fails to proceed, the Senate will likely turn to the farm bill (S. 3240).

The House returns on Tuesday and continues its work on the energy and water development appropriations bill (H.R. 5325). A vote on the bill should be held by the end of the week. The House is also expected to take up the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2011 (H.R. 436), which would repeal the medical device tax. If time allows, the House may take up more appropriations bills. See the Majority Leader’s calendar here.

Senate Hearings: WEDNESDAY— The Banking Committee holds a hearing on “Implementing Wall Street Reform: Enhancing Bank Supervision and Reducing Systemic Risk.” The Commerce Committee looks at the European Union’s Emissions Trading System. THURSDAY—The Environment and Public Works Committee considers “America’s Nuclear Future.”

House Hearings: MONDAY—A Natural Resources subcommittee holds a field hearing in Arizona on “How Federal Actions Are Driving Up Water and Power Costs.” WEDNESDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee looks into what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is doing. Another Energy and Commerce subcommittee considers “The Future of Audio.” A Foreign Affairs subcommittee examines the United States–Korea relationship. A Science, Space and Technology subcommittee looks at “Understanding the Real Costs and Benefits of Environmental Regulations.” The Small Business Committee examines the Small Business Administration’s capital access programs.

Executive Branch: Vice President Biden addresses graduates of Cypress Bay High School in Miami, Fla., today. Secretary of State Clinton is in the midst of a trip through Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey; today she is in Armenia. Defense Secretary Panetta is also traveling, with stops in Hawaii, Singapore, Vietnam and India.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data to be reported this week will include: factory orders for April (Monday); the Institute for Supply Management service index for May (Tuesday); revised first-quarter productivity and the Federal Reserve’s beige book (Wednesday); consumer credit for April and weekly unemployment claims (Thursday); and the trade deficit and wholesale trade inventories for April (Friday).”

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