Dispatch from the Front: The Week of September 19
President Obama travels to New York today to participate in the United Nations General Assembly. He returns to Washington on Wednesday. On Thursday, he travels to Cincinnati, Ohio, to promote his jobs plan and talk about infrastructure.
The Senate gavels in this afternoon and will vote at 5:30 p.m. to proceed to consideration of the Generalized System of Preferences bill (H.R. 2832), which sets the stage for approval of the free trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea and Panama.
Business in the House begins on Tuesday. Later in the week, the House is expected to vote on the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act of 2011 (H.R. 2401). That measure is the second piece of legislation in the House’s regulatory repeal agenda.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s full schedule is available here.
More on the week from The Hill here.
Senate Hearings: TUESDAY—The Budget Committee holds a hearing on “Promoting Job Creation in the U.S.” The Finance Committee looks at “Tax Reform Options: Incentives for Innovation.” WEDNESDAY—A Judiciary subcommittee asks if Google is serving consumers or threatening competition. THURSDAY—The Banking Committee considers nominations, including the nomination of Alan Krueger to serve as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers. A Banking subcommittee examines the impact of Europe’s debt crisis on the U.S.
House Hearings: MONDAY—The Small Business subcommittee asks “Are Excessive Energy Regulations and Policies Limiting Energy Independence, Killing Jobs and Increasing Prices for Consumers?” TUESDAY—The Energy and Commerce Committee marks up the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 (H.R. 2250); the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 (H.R. 2681); and the Pipeline Infrastructure and Community Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 2937). WEDNESDAY—The Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: “ANWR: Jobs, Energy and Deficit Reduction.” The Budget Committee hears from former Congressional Budget Office directors about the broken budget process. The Ways and Means Committee examines how the Joint Committee on Taxation scores tax reform legislation. A Foreign Affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “China’s Monopoly on Rare Earths: Implications for U.S. Foreign and Security Policy.” The Small Business Committee conducts oversight of the President’s regulatory review efforts. THURSDAY—A Energy and Commerce subcommittee looks at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory actions. A Ways and Means subcommittee holds a hearing on “Energy Tax Policy and Tax Reform.” The Oversight and Government Reform Committee considers “How Obama’s Green Energy Agenda in Killing Jobs.” The Education and Workforce Committee looks at the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recent actions. FRIDAY—The Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Foreign Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
Executive Branch: On Tuesday, Vice President Biden will be in Ohio to talk about the Administration’s jobs plan. On Friday, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank will be promoting the jobs plan in Colorado.
Economic Reports: From the New York Times: “Data will include housing starts for August (Tuesday); existing home sales for August (Wednesday); and weekly jobless claims and leading economic indicators for August (Thursday).” More from the Washington Post.