Dispatch from the Front: The Week of July 23

The President’s campaign trail takes him out west the first part of the week with a stop in Reno, Nev., where he delivers remarks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention. His campaign also makes stops in Oakland, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle. He travels to New Orleans Wednesday for campaign events and delivers remarks at the National Urban League Conference. He returns to Washington on Wednesday and has official meetings at the White House the rest of the week with campaign events scheduled in the D.C. area Friday.

The Senate considers the nomination of Federal Magistrate Judge Michael Shipp of the U.S. District Court in New Jersey to U.S. district judge for that court.

The House meets at 12:00 today and takes up a number of bills. Later in the week, the House turns to an offshore energy development bill, the Congressional Replacement of President Obama’s Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan (H.R. 6082). The bill would implement a new lease plan for developing U.S. offshore energy resources over the next five years. The bill adds several new areas along the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines and off the coast of Alaska for offshore oil and gas exploration. See the Majority Leader’s calendar here.

Senate Hearings: TUESDAY—The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee examines natural gas as a fuel for transportation. The Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on the EPA’s actions to control exposure to toxic chemicals. A Senate Judiciary subcommittee discusses the rise of Super PACs. A Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs subcommittee looks at private student loans. WEDNESDAY—An Appropriations subcommittee considers “The Impact of Sequestration on Education.” The Senate Finance Committee discusses “Education Tax Incentives and Tax Reform.” A Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee holds a hearing on water use efficiency and its impact on energy use. A Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee examines grant management practices. A Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee explores job creation through exports to Africa. FRIDAY—The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee talks about Vermont’s gas prices.

House Hearings: MONDAY—The House Rules Committee discusses offshore energy development. The Committee will also look at legislation on regulations in relation to the unemployment rate. TUESDAY—The Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on “The Impact of Dodd-Frank’s Insurance Regulations on Consumers, Job Creators and the Economy.” An Energy and Commerce subcommittee marks up the No More Solyndras Act. The subcommittee reconvenes Wednesday. WEDNESDAY—An Education and Workforce subcommittee considers proposals to strengthen the National Labor Relations Act. The Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on “Investigation of President Obama’s Gulf Drilling Moratorium: Questioning of Key Department of the Interior Officials.” The Agriculture Committee examines impending regulatory reforms. The Small Business Committee holds a hearing on “Tales of Resilience: Small Business Survival in the Recession.” The Oversight and Government Reform Committee looks at “The Obama Administration’s $8 Billion Extralegal Healthcare Spending Project.” A Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee talks about the EPA’s proposed permitting process under the Clean Water Act. THURSDAY—A Science, Space and Technology subcommittee discusses the Department of Energy’s use of taxpayer funding. A Financial Services subcommittee holds a hearing on “The 10th Anniversary of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.” A Small Business subcommittee explores trade barriers facing small agriculture exporters. An Armed Services subcommittee considers civilian workforce requirements for the defense program.

Executive Branch: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta welcomes Spain’s Minister of Defense Pedro Morenes to the Pentagon Monday. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies before Congress this week on Wall Street reform.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data will include new home sales for June (Wednesday); durable goods orders for June and weekly initial jobless claims (Thursday); and second-quarter gross domestic product and the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for July (Friday).”

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