Dispatch from the Front: The Week of September 17

President Obama has a busy week on the campaign trail. He is in Ohio today, with visits to Columbus and Cincinnati. Tomorrow, he campaigns in New York and will appear on The Late Show with David Letterman. On Thursday, he travels to Miami and Tampa and rounds out the week with a campaign event on Friday in northern Virginia.

The Senate has a short week and doesn’t return until Wednesday in observance of Rosh Hashanah. It will then continue its work on the Veterans Jobs Corps Act (S. 3457) and also take up the measure passed by the House last week to extend funding for government operations for six months.

The House also returns on Wednesday and considers a number of bills on the suspension calendar. For the remainder of the week, the House may consider a measure relating to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, as well as a bill (H.R. 3409) to stop regulations impacting coal development. See the Majority Leader’s schedule here.

Senate Hearings: WEDNESDAY—The Foreign Relations Committee marks up a number of bills, including the Increasing American Jobs Through Greater Exports to Africa Act (S. 2215). The Commerce Committee looks at the results of the America COMPETES Act. THURSDAY— The Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee hold a joint hearing on “Tax Reform and the Tax Treatment of Capital Gains.” The Judiciary Committee marks up legislation, including the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act (S. 3486) and the Innovative Design Protection Act (S. 3523). The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee looks at pension modernization. A Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “Offshore Profit Shifting and the U.S. Tax Code.”

House Hearings: WEDNESDAY—An Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee looks at trade adjustment assistance. THURSDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on a bill (H.R. 6172) to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate carbon emissions. An Appropriations subcommittee examines the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program. The Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on “Regulation Nation: The Obama Administration’s Regulatory Expansion vs. Jobs and Economic Recovery.” The Financial Services Committee conducts oversight of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The House Small Business Committee holds a hearing on “Sequestration: The Threat to Small Businesses, Jobs and the Industrial Base.” A Science, Space and Technology subcommittee considers “The Impact of International Technology Transfer on American Research and Development.” A Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on intellectual property enforcement.

Executive Branch: Vice President Biden is campaigning in Iowa today. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is in Vienna, Austria, for a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is in the midst of a foreign trip that takes him to Japan, China and New Zealand.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data to be released include the current account deficit for the second quarter (Tuesday); housing starts for August and existing home sales for August (Wednesday); and weekly jobless claims, the Philadelphia Fed index for September and leading economic indicators for August (Thursday).” Additional information from The Washington Post here.

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