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Dispatch from the Front: The Week of February 25

President Obama addresses the National Governors Association today. Tomorrow, he travels to Newport News, Va., to visit Newport News Shipbuilding. The event is part of the President’s effort urging Congress to avert the sequester, which will take effect at the end of the week.

The Senate gavels in at 2:00 p.m. when Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) will read Washington’s Farewell Address. Later this afternoon, the Senate will vote on a judicial nomination. The Senate could consider legislation addressing the sequester during the week.

The House convenes today and looks to have a fairly light schedule for the week. You can see the Majority Leader’s schedule here.

Senate Hearings: TUESDAY—The Finance Committee looks at the 10-year budget and economic outlook. The Banking Committee receives the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. WEDNESDAY—The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on “Animal Drug User Fee Agreements: Advancing Animal Health for the Public Health.” The Agriculture Committee conducts an oversight hearing for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

House Hearings: TUESDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee considers “Private-Sector Successes and Opportunities in Energy-Efficient Technologies.” A Science, Space and Technology subcommittee looks at “Cybersecurity R&D Challenges and Solutions.” An Education and Workforce subcommittee holds a hearing on “Putting America Back to Work: Reforming the Nation’s Workforce Investment System.” A Science, Space and Technology subcommittee holds a hearing on ethanol blends. WEDNESDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee asks “Is the Broadband Stimulus Working?” The Financial Services Committee receives the monetary policy report from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee examines the “Implementation of the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act: One Year Later.” A Judiciary subcommittee looks at the E-Verify program. THURSDAY—A Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Obama Administration’s Regulatory War on Jobs, the Economy and America’s Global Competitiveness.” An Energy and Commerce subcommittee looks at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Executive Branch: Acting Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin delivers an address to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs about the President’s jobs plan. Vice President Biden speaks at a meeting of the National Governors Association. Secretary of State John Kerry is in the United Kingdom meeting with government officials there. Secretary Kerry is on a week-and-a-half-long trip that will take him through Europe and the Middle East.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data to be released this week include the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller housing price index for December and the fourth quarter, new home sales for January and consumer confidence for January (Tuesday); durable goods for January and pending home sales for January (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims, fourth-quarter GDP (revised) and the Chicago PMI for February (Thursday); and personal income and spending for January, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index for February, the ISM manufacturing index for February and construction spending for January (Friday).”

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Dispatch from the Front: The Week of February 19

President Obama speaks about the sequester this morning. He will urge Congress to avert the automatic budget cuts set to take effect at the end of next week. On Friday, the President meets with Japan’s prime minister.

The House and Senate are out this week.

Executive Branch: Vice President Joe Biden takes part in an event on gun violence today. On Thursday, he travels to Connecticut to deliver remarks on gun control. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers his first speech as the nation’s top diplomat on Wednesday.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Economic data to be released include the Producer Price Index for January and housing starts for January (Wednesday); and weekly jobless claims, the Consumer Price Index for January, used home sales for January, the Philadelphia Fed index for February and leading economic indicators for January (Thursday).”

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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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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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Dispatch from the Front: The Week of January 22

President Obama attends the National Prayer Service this morning. In the evening, inauguration activities continue, with the Staff Inaugural Ball.

The Senate meets this morning and may take up H.R. 152, the House-passed measures providing relief for Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. At some point during the week, the Senate may take up filibuster reform. Democrats and Republicans are discussing potential options this week.

The House meets today at 10:00 a.m. and will consider the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (H.R. 307). On Wednesday, the House will likely take up a bill extending the debt limit for three months. The Majority Leader’s schedule is available here.

Senate Hearings: THURSDAY—The Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) to serve as Secretary of State.

House Hearings: TUESDAY—The Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on the debt limit.

Executive Branch: Vice President Biden joins the President at this morning’s National Prayer Service and at the Staff Inaugural Ball later today.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data will include sales of existing homes for December (Tuesday); weekly jobless claims and leading economic indicators for December (Thursday); and sales of new homes for December (Friday).” The Washington Post has additional information here.

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Dispatch from the Front: The Week of January 14

President Obama receives the credentials from a number of new foreign ambassadors today. The President’s schedule for the rest of the week is to be determined, though he is scheduled to be in Washington.

The Senate is out this week.

The House meets this afternoon and will take up the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act, which would expedite the payment of disaster relief funds. (More information about the bill is available here.) Later in the week, the House will consider a measure providing funds for the Hurricane Sandy recovery, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (H.R. 152). You can see the Majority Leader’s schedule here.

Executive Branch: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta leaves for Europe today and is set to visit Portugal, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom. Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank is attending the Detroit Auto Show. On Friday, she addresses the Advanced Manufacturing Task Force, an initiative of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data scheduled to be released include retail sales for December, the Producer Price Index for December and business inventories for November (Tuesday); the Consumer Price Index for December, industrial production for December and the Federal Reserve Beige Book (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims, housing starts for December and the Philadelphia Fed index for January (Thursday); and the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index for January (Friday).” Here is more information from The Washington Post.

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Dispatch from the Front: The Week of January 7

President Obama is expected to make several personnel announcements today, likely nominating former Sen. Chuck Hagel to serve as secretary of defense and Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan to serve as CIA director.

After welcoming new members to the Capitol last week, the Senate and House are taking this week off. The House returns next week, and the Senate returns the week after.

Executive Branch: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returns to work today, Vice President Biden is in the Virgin Islands until tomorrow, and Treasury Secretary Geithner meets with his Israeli counterpart, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data to be released this week include consumer credit for November (Tuesday); weekly jobless claims and wholesale trade inventories for November (Thursday); and the trade deficit for November and import prices for December (Friday).” The Washington Post has additional information here.

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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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Dispatch from the Front: The Week of December 10

President Obama travels to Michigan to visit the Daimler Detroit Diesel facility. On Thursday, he hosts a Hanukkah reception at the White House.

The House and Senate are both in session this week. The Senate convenes this afternoon and will continue its consideration of legislation (S. 3637) to extend a deposit insurance program.

The House meets tomorrow. There’s no major legislation on the calendar, though the House will hold a vote to go to a House-Senate conference on the defense authorization bill (H.R. 4310).

Senate Hearings: WEDNESDAY—A Finance subcommittee holds a hearing on “Tax Reform and Federal Energy Policy: Incentives to Promote Energy Efficiency.”

House Hearings: WEDNESDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on “Keeping the New Broadband Spectrum Law on Track.” THURSDAY—An Agriculture subcommittee considers derivatives reform. The Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on the Volcker Rule. The Intelligence Committee holds a closed meeting on “U.S. National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE.” An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on implementation of the health care law. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee holds a hearing on high-speed rail in the Northeast.

Executive Branch: Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner meets with an official from the Bank of England today.

Economic Reports: From The New York Times: “Data scheduled to be released include the trade deficit for October and wholesale trade for October (Monday); import prices for November (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims, retail sales for November, the Producer Price Index for November and business inventories for October (Thursday); and the Consumer Price Index for November and industrial production for November (Friday).” Additional information from The Washington Post is available here.

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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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