Dispatch from the Front: The Week of September 12
President Obama promotes his jobs bill this week and will send the proposal to Congress today. He continues his jobs plan push on Tuesday and Wednesday with trips to Ohio and North Carolina. On Thursday, he awards the Medal of Honor to U.S. Marine Dakota Meyer.
This afternoon, the Senate holds a procedural vote on a Burmese sanctions measure (H.J. Res. 66). Shortly thereafter, lawmakers gather on the Capitol steps for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony.
This week, the House is scheduled to consider extensions of surface and air transportation programs. It is also slated to hold a vote on the Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587).
The “Super Committee” meets on Tuesday. Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf testifies.
More from The Hill.
Senate Hearings: MONDAY—The Finance Committee holds a hearing on various nominations related to trade. TUESDAY—The Defense appropriations subcommittee marks up the 2012 defense appropriations bill. A Finance subcommittee considers “Whether There is a Role for Tax Reform in Comprehensive Deficit Reduction and U.S. Fiscal Policy.” WEDNESDAY—The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee examines the pharmaceutical supply chain. A Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on intercity passenger rail. THURSDAY—The Finance Committee holds a hearing on tax rates on capital gains and dividends. The Budget Committee considers “Policy Prescriptions for the Economy.” The Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on nominations in the Department of Energy.
House Hearings: TUESDAY—A Natural Resources subcommittee holds a hearing on various energy bills. The Science, Space and Technology committee holds a hearing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. An Energy and Commerce subcommittee marks up the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 (H.R. 2250) and the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 (H.R. 2681). An Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee examines President Obama’s jobs plan. WEDNESDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on the “Impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s New and Proposed Power Sector Regulations on Electric Reliability.” An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on the Solyndra situation. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on “How a Broken Process Leads to Flawed Regulations.” The Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on domestic mining. The Budget Committee weighs “The Need for Pro-Growth Tax Reform.” A Judiciary subcommittee looks at the investor visa Program. THURSDAY—The Science, Space and Technology Committee holds a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. A Natural Resources subcommittee holds a hearing on legislation to reorganize offices in the Department of the Interior. A Small Business subcommittee holds a hearing on “Helping Small Businesses Compete: Challenges Within Programs Designed to Assist Small Contractors.” An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on the new health care law regulations. The Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on “Sustaining GPS for National Security.”
Executive Branch: Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank participates in a discussion on STEM education today. On Tuesday, Vice President Biden meets with the President of Romania. On Friday, he travels to the University of Delaware to deliver a lecture on the constitution and citizenship.
Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include import prices for August (Tuesday); retail sales for August, business inventories for July and the Producer Price Index for August (Wednesday); the Consumer Price Index for August, the current account deficit for the second quarter, industrial production and capacity utilization for August, the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index for September and weekly jobless claims (Thursday); and the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for September (Friday).” More from the Washington Post.