Dispatch from the Front: The Week of September 10

On Tuesday, President Obama marks the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. On Wednesday, he hits the campaign trail with trips to Las Vegas and Denver. He concludes the week by hosting the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House.

The Senate returns after a month off this afternoon. It will consider a judicial nomination this evening. On Tuesday, it will take up the Veterans Jobs Corps Act (S. 3457).

The House is back as well, and there are a number of bills on its agenda. One is a measure to extend government funding for six months after the end of this fiscal year (September 30). Another bill would replace the automatic defense spending cuts that will take effect in 2013. You can view the Majority Leader’s calendar here.

Senate Hearings: WEDNESDAY—The Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the Nuclear Waste Administration Act (S. 3469). The Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s efforts to improve nuclear reactor safety. The Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee examines the Mars Curiosity Mission. THURSDAY—The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee looks at college affordability.

House Hearings: TUESDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee examines the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program. The Ways and Means Committee looks at the taxes in the President’s health care law. A Small Business subcommittee holds a hearing on “Medicare’s Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Program: How are Small Suppliers Faring?” An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on the Accountability in Grants Act (H.R. 4255), which would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from offering financial assistance to projects outside the United States. The Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on “The Chu Memorandum: Directives Could Increase Electricity Costs for Over 40 Million Families and Small Businesses.” WEDNESDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee considers “Where the Jobs Are: There’s an App for That.” Another Energy and Commerce subcommittee examines the nuclear weapons complex. A Transportation subcommittee holds a hearing on the NextGen program. The Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on “The Obama Administration’s Abuse of Power.” A Ways and Means subcommittee looks at the health insurance exchanges created by the health care law. THURSDAY—A Transportation subcommittee looks at the Department of Transportation’s truck and bus safety program. An Energy and Commerce subcommittee considers the “Outlook for Achieving North American Energy Independence Within the Decade.” The Oversight and Government Reform and Financial Services Committees hold a joint hearing on the JOBS Act. The Intelligence Committee considers the national security implications of Chinese telecommunications companies operating in the United States. A Small Business subcommittee holds a hearing on “Adding to Uncertainty: Small Businesses’ Perspectives on the Tax Cliff.” An Energy and Commerce subcommittee considers “Creating Opportunities through Improved Government Spectrum Efficiency.” FRIDAY—The Energy and Commerce Committee looks at H.R. 6172, which would limit the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon emissions.

Executive Branch: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is in Pennsylvania today visiting the Flight 93 memorial. Vice President Biden is slated to visit tomorrow. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank is in Chicago today to address the International Manufacturing Technology Show. After that, she’ll head north to deliver remarks on the economy in Milwaukee.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data will include consumer credit for July (Monday); the trade deficit for July (Tuesday); import prices for August and wholesale trade for July (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims and the producer price index for August (Thursday); and retail sales for August, the Consumer Price Index for August, industrial production for August, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for September and business inventories for July (Friday).”

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