Dispatch from the Front: The Week of October 3
President Obama is in Texas on Tuesday to promote his jobs plan. Visits with foreign leaders and championship teams highlight the remainder of the week. The President of Honduras visits the White House on Wednesday and the Prime Minister of Tunisia visits on Friday. On Thursday, the President hosts the national champion Texas A&M women’s basketball team, and on Friday, the 1985 Chicago Bears meet the President—25 years after their Super Bowl win.
The Senate returns to Washington on Monday and will hold two votes: one to confirm Henry Floyd to a seat of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and another relating to the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act (S. 1619).
The House votes Tuesday on the Senate-passed legislation to fund government operations through the middle of November. Later in the week, the House will consider legislation that would delay the Environmental Protection Agency’s Boiler and Cement MACT rules. See the Majority Leader’s schedule here.
On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gives “The Economic Outlook” to the Joint Economic Committee.
More from The Hill.
Senate Hearings: TUESDAY—The Senate Budget Committee considers “Improving the Budget Process: Strategies for More Effective Congressional Budgeting.” WEDNESDAY—A Banking subcommittee examines the economic impact of the budget deficit. The Judiciary Committee hosts Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia for a hearing on the role of judges. THURSDAY—A Homeland Security subcommittee holds a hearing on “Excessive Speculation and Compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act.” The Banking Committee receives the annual report from the Financial Stability Oversight Council.
House Hearings: TUESDAY—The Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on President Obama’s oceans policy. An Education and Workforce subcommittee considers “Modernizing the Workforce Investment Act: Developing an Effective Job Training System for Workers and Employers.” The Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on a balanced budget amendment. WEDNESDAY—A Science, Space and Technology subcommittee looks at the science relating air quality. An Education and Workforce subcommittee examines workplace safety regulations. A Transportation subcommittee holds a hearing on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NextGen program. The Small Business Committee holds a hearing on “Adding to Uncertainty: The Impact of Labor Department/National Labor Relations Board Decisions and Proposed Rules on Small Businesses.” A Judiciary subcommittee asks, “Should America Try to Prevent an Exodus of Foreign Graduates of U.S. Universities with Advanced Science Degrees?” THURSDAY—An Energy and Commerce subcommittee looks at the economic impact of chemical risk assessment. The Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the Gulf oil spill report. The Financial Services Committee receives the annual report from the Financial Stability Oversight Council.
Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “This week’s data will include the Institute for Supply Management manufacturing index for September and construction spending for August (Monday); factory orders for August (Tuesday); ADP employment for September and the I.S.M. nonmanufacturing index for September (Wednesday); weekly jobless claims (Thursday); and unemployment for September, wholesale trade for August and consumer credit for August (Friday).” More from the Washington Post.