Dispatch from the Front: The Week of December 3

President Obama meets with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov today. Later, he delivers remarks on efforts to secure nuclear material around the world. On Tuesday, the President hosts a meeting with governors at the White House and then addresses members of the Business Roundtable on Wednesday.

The Senate convenes this afternoon and continues its consideration of the defense authorization bill (S. 3254). A procedural vote on the measure is scheduled for this evening.

The House meets at noon today and is in session through Wednesday. There are no big legislative items on the schedule this week. See the Majority Leader’s calendar here.

The Joint Economic Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal cliff on Thursday.

Senate Hearings: TUESDAY—The Commerce Committee considers a number of nominations, including to positions in the Commerce Department and the Federal Communications Commission. WEDNESDAY—An Appropriations subcommittee holds a hearing on the response to Hurricane Sandy. THURSDAY—A Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

House Hearings: TUESDAY—The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee holds a hearing on the response to Hurricane Sandy. WEDNESDAY—A Science, Space and Technology subcommittee looks at “The Impact of International Technology Transfer on American Research and Development.” A Financial Services subcommittee holds a hearing on derivatives. THURSDAY—The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee holds a hearing on high-speed rail.

Executive Branch: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is traveling in Europe. Today, she is conducting meetings with foreign officials in the Czech Republic. After leaving Prague, she is off to Belgium and then Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data will include ISM manufacturing index for November and construction spending for October (Monday); revised third-quarter productivity, ISM service index for November and factory orders for October [and ADP employment for November] (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims (Thursday); and unemployment for November, Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index for December and consumer credit for October (Friday).” The Washington Post has additional information.

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