Dispatch from the Front: The Week of December 17

President Obama’s schedule is in flux after the tragedy in Connecticut. Today, he is holding meetings at the White House.

The Senate meets this afternoon and will consider a bill (H.R. 1) providing disaster relief for the recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

The House meets at noon today and is scheduled to consider a number of noncontroversial pieces of legislation throughout the week. It could consider the defense authorization bill (H.R. 4310) and perhaps other measures that need to pass by year’s end. See the Majority Leader’s calendar here.

Senate Hearings: WEDNESDAY—The Judiciary Committee considers “The State of the Right to Vote After the 2012 Election.” The Banking Committee holds a hearing on consumer credit reports. THURSDAY—The Banking Committee looks at the recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy.

House Hearings: WEDNESDAY—The Judiciary Committee marks up the Foreign Counterfeit Merchandise Prevention Act (H.R. 6654). The Education and Workforce Committee holds a hearing on multiemployer pension plans. THURSDAY—The Intelligence Committee holds a closed hearing on “National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE.”

Executive Branch: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner attends a Financial Stability Oversight Board meeting today. On Tuesday, Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk host a two-day meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data to be released this week include the current account deficit for the third quarter (Tuesday); housing starts for November (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims, final third-quarter GDP, existing home sales for November, the Philadelphia Fed index and leading economic indicators for November (Thursday); and personal income and spending for November and the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index for December (Friday).”

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