Dispatch from the Front: The Week of February 4

President Obama is in Minneapolis today to deliver remarks on gun control. On Wednesday, he joins Senate Democrats at their annual retreat. He speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday before addressing the House Democratic Issues Conference.

The Senate convenes this afternoon and takes up the Violence Against Women Act (S. 47). A procedural vote on the measure will be held at 5:30 p.m. Senate Democrats go on their annual retreat on Tuesday and Wednesday, so the Senate will not be in session.

The House gavels in this afternoon. Its priority for the week is consideration of the Require a PLAN Act (H.R. 444), which would require the President to present a plan to balance the budget.

The Majority Leader’s calendar for the week is available here.

House Hearings: TUESDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on North American energy resources. The Education and Workforce Committee holds a hearing on “Challenges and Opportunities Facing America’s Schools and Workplaces.” National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons testifies. The Judiciary Committee examines the country’s immigration system. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee looks at government waste. WEDNESDAY—The Science, Space and Technology Committee holds a hearing on “American Competitiveness: The Role of Research and Development.”

Executive Branch: Secretary of State John Kerry starts work at his new job today. Attorney General Eric Holder joins the President at the gun control event in Minnesota. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius delivers remarks on the “Administration’s Health Policy Priorities” today.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data to be released include factory orders for December (Monday); the Institute for Supply Management nonmanufacturing index for January (Tuesday); weekly jobless claims, fourth-quarter productivity and consumer credit for December (Thursday); and the trade deficit for December and wholesale trade inventories for December (Friday).”

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