Dispatch from the Front: The Week of August 16
Congress is on recess, and President Obama departs on vacation.
President Obama visits a battery manufacturer, ZBB Energy Corp., in Wisconsin today and then travels to Los Angeles to raise campaign cash. On Tuesday the President is in Seattle to promote exports and speak at a fundraiser. On Wednesday he speaks on the economy in Ohio and attends a campaign event in Columbus and then Miami, Fla. The President and his family depart Thursday for a vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. See President’s schedule, CQ Politics.
John Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, speaks Thursday to Nebraska chambers of commerce at their the 2010 Legislative Summit, taking place at the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Omaha.
Senate Committee Hearings: Monday — Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) holds the first of three committee field hearings in eastern North Dakota, starting in West Fargo, “Devils Lake Flooding Disaster: A Red River Valley Perspective.” Tuesday – Chairman Mary Landrieu (D-LA) sponsors a Senate Small Business committee holds a field hearing in Lafayette, La., “The Deepwater Drilling Moratorium: An Economic Disaster for Louisiana’s Small Business?” The Senate Commerce Committee conducts a field hearing in Barrow, Alaska, “The Changing Arctic: Implications for Federal Resources and Local Communities.” Another Senate Budget Committee hearing is scheduled for the Stake Out Supper Club and Lounge in Lisbon, N.D., “Devils Lake Flooding Disaster: How Should Downstream Impacts be Addressed?” Wednesday — The Senate Budget Committee meets in Wahpeton to consider, “Transportation Infrastructure’s Role in Economic Growth: ND 13,” with testimony from Bobcat and Cargill executives.
Executive Branch: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is in Louisiana today for events on the Gulf seafood industry. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office hosts the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations in Washington starting today, a very private affair. Treasury Secretary Geithner speaks at an Administration-sponsored conference on housing finance in Washington Tuesday.
Economic Reports: New York Times summarizes: “Data will include the Producer Price Index for July, housing starts for July, and industrial production and capacity utilization for July (Tuesday); and weekly jobless claims, Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index for August and leading economic indicators for July (Thursday).” See also Washington Post’s column on the week ahead.