Dispatch from the Front: The Week of March 11

On Tuesday, the President meets with the Sultan of Brunei. Later in the day, he heads to Capitol Hill to meet with Senate Democrats. The following day, he will visit House Republicans. On Thursday, he completes his Hill visits, meeting with House Democrats and Senate Republicans. (Here’s a roundup of his Hill trips.) President Obama rounds out the week with a trip to the Argonne National Laboratory to speak about energy policy.

The Senate meets today and will take up two judicial nominations. It is likely to consider the continuing resolution (H.R. 933) passed by the House during the week.

The House meets for regular business on Tuesday. It plans to consider two workforce-related bills this week: the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act (H.R. 890) and the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act (H.R. 803). On Wednesday, the Budget Committee will mark up the fiscal year 2014 budget measure.

Senate Hearings: TUESDAY—The Banking Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Richard Cordray to serve as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. THURSDAY—The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee considers “Keeping up with a Changing Economy: Indexing the Minimum Wage.” FRIDAY—The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee examines the “JPMorgan Chase Whale Trades: A Case History of Derivatives Risks and Abuses.”

House Hearings: WEDNESDAY—An Appropriations subcommittee holds a hearing on water infrastructure financing. The Homeland Security Committee considers cybersecurity and U.S. infrastructure. A Science, Space and Technology subcommittee examines science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. A Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on abusive litigation. Another Judiciary subcommittee reviews the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act (H.R. 982). An Energy and Commerce subcommittee considers “Obamacare’s Impact on Jobs.” A Judiciary subcommittee looks at “Investigating and Prosecuting 21st-Century Cyber Threats.” A Science, Space and Technology subcommittee considers “Federal Financial Support for Energy Technologies.” THURSDAY—A Judiciary subcommittee looks at “Separation of Nuclear Families under U.S. Immigration Law.” An Education and Workforce subcommittee holds a hearing on lower-skilled guest worker programs. An Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee holds a hearing on sequestration. A Small Business subcommittee holds a hearing on the impact of regulations on small businesses. A Foreign Affairs subcommittee explores “U.S. Energy Security: Enhancing Partnerships with Mexico and Canada.” An Appropriations subcommittee holds a hearing on immigration enforcement. A Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee looks at the implementation of the surface transportation bill. A Natural Resources subcommittee holds a hearing on “America’s Onshore Energy Resources: Creating Jobs, Securing America and Lowering Prices.” A Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on patent trolls.

Executive Branch: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel concludes his trip to Afghanistan today.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Information to be released includes retail sales for February, import prices for February and business inventories for January (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims, the Producer Price Index for February and the current account deficit for the fourth quarter (Thursday); and the Consumer Price Index for February, industrial production for February and the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index for March (Friday).”

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