Dispatch from the Front: The Week of November 12

Happy Veterans Day!

With the election behind him, President Obama turns his focus to the economy. On Wednesday, he meets with representatives from the business community to discuss the way forward on the economy. He’ll also meet with labor leaders. Then on Friday, he meets with congressional leaders on the economy.  In between on Thursday, he travels to New York to survey the storm damage.

The Senate and House return to the Capitol this week.  The Senate convenes Tuesday afternoon and will consider the Sportsmen’s Act (S. 3525).

The House also convenes Tuesday afternoon. The big item on the House’s schedule for the week is legislation (H.R. 6156) that would grant permanent normal trade relations to Russia. See the Majority Leader’s calendar here.

On Thursday, the NAM’s Vice President for Energy and Resources Ross Eisenberg takes part in an event on “America’s Energy Future.” The event begins at 8 a.m. and will be streamed live here.

Senate Hearings: WEDNESDAY—The Banking Committee holds a hearing on global banking rules. THURSDAY—The Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on the Water Resources Development reauthorization bill.

House Hearings: WEDNESDAY—An Oversight and Government Reform Committee subcommittee looks at Trade Adjustment Assistance programs. THURSDAY—A Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on initiatives aimed at helping veterans find employment.

Executive Branch: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is traveling in Asia and Australia until November 20. Today, she is meeting with Australian government officials.  Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta joins the meetings in Australia today before he continues on to Thailand and Cambodia.

Economic Reports: The Washington Post previews what’s ahead this week here.

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