Dispatch from the Front: The Week of January 28

The Miami Heat visit the White House today as President Obama honors their NBA championship last year. He also holds a meeting at the White House with members of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriffs’ Association on gun control. On Tuesday, the President will deliver remarks in Las Vegas. The President closes out the week by hosting an awards ceremony for recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

The Senate convenes this afternoon and will take up the Hurricane Sandy emergency aid bill (H.R. 152). Later in the week, the Senate may vote on the confirmation of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) as Secretary of State. It may also take up the House-passed measure that raises the debt limit for three months.

The House is out this week.

Senate Hearings: WEDNESDAY—The Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on “What Should America Do About Gun Violence?” THURSDAY—The Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) to serve as Secretary of Defense. The Environment and Public Works Committee examines the nation’s port infrastructure.

Executive Branch: Vice President Biden joins the President in the meeting with members of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and Major County Sheriffs’ Association.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data to be released this week include durable goods for December and pending home sales for December (Monday); the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller housing price index for November; consumer confidence for January (Tuesday); A.D.P. employment for January (WEDNESDAY); fourth-quarter weekly jobless claims and personal income and spending for December (Thursday); and unemployment for January (Friday).” The Washington Post has additional information here.

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