Weekly Washington Outlook – December 2, 2013

Congress Instagram

What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

The House: The House will reconvene Monday afternoon to consider three bills under suspension of the rules. The most notable among these is a measure by Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.) that would extent an existing law for ten years requiring guns to be manufactured with metal components to ensure they can be detected by X-ray machines and security devices. On Tuesday the House will take up nine more minor bills under suspension of the rules that relate to the Transportation Security Administration and natural resources issues. The remainder of the week, the House will consider the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act (H.R. 1105) sponsored by Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) and may also take-up a patent troll bill sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).

The Senate: The Senate is in recess, returning December 9th.

White House: On Monday, the president will deliver remarks from the White House in observance of World AIDS Day. On Tuesday, Mr. Obama will welcome President Santos of Colombia to the White House. On Wednesday, the president will deliver remarks on the economy at the Center for American Progress. On Thursday, he will host a Hanukkah reception at the White House. The president and the First Family on Friday will attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting also at the White House.  Continue reading

Weekly Washington Outlook – November 25, 2013

White House at Night

What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

The House: The House is in recess, returning December 2nd.

The Senate: The Senate is in recess, returning December 9th.

White House: On Monday, the president will travel to San Francisco for an event on immigration at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center as well as an event for the DNC. In the afternoon, he will travel to Los Angeles where he will take part in two DCCC/DSCC events. On Tuesday, the president will attend an event for the DNC followed by an event on the economy at Dreamworks Animation. The President will return to Washington on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, he will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House. On Thursday, the President will celebrate Thanksgiving at the White House. No public events are scheduled on Thursday or Friday.  Continue reading

Weekly Washington Outlook – November 4, 2013

White House at Night

What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

The House:

The House is in recess until Tuesday, November 12th.

The Senate:

The Senate on Monday will vote on a motion to proceed to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (S. 815) and two judicial nominations.

White House:

Monday: The president will welcome the five-time Stanley Cup Champions the Chicago Blackhawks to the White House to honor the team and their 2013 Stanley Cup victory. Following the visit, President Obama will deliver remarks at an Organizing for Action event.

Tuesday: The president will travel to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and visit with Wounded Warriors who are being treated at the hospital and their families.  Mr. Obama will also visit the Fisher House, a program that supports military families by welcoming them to stay at the House while their loved one receives specialized medical care.

Wednesday: President Obama will travel to Dallas to participate in Democratic party fundraising events.

Thursday: The president is scheduled to attend unspecified meetings at the White House.

Friday: President Obama will travel to the New Orleans area for an event on the economy.  Later that day, he will travel to Miami to participate in Democratic National Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee events.

Supreme Court:

The Supreme Court is back hearing oral arguments this week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Among the cases being considered, is one involving the role of prayer in government meetings in Town of Greece v. Galloway.  Visit the Supreme Court website for the full list of cases. Additional information is also available on SCOTUS Blog.   Continue reading

Weekly Washington Outlook – Oct. 21, 2013

White House at Night

What to Watch This Week:

Congress:

The House:

This week, the House will meet on Tuesday to consider three bills under suspension of the rules.  These would name a courthouse (H.R. 185), incentivize adoption (H.R. 3205), and require criminal background checks for school employees (H.R. 2083).  On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet to consider the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (H.R. 3080), a reauthorization bill determining Army Corps of Engineers priorities for waterway projects.

The Senate:

The Senate is not in session this week.

White House:

On Monday, the president will host a health care event at the White House.  In his remarks, he is expected to address some of the technical flaws affecting the rollout of the healthcare exchanges.  On Tuesday, the Mr. Obama will attend unspecified meetings at the White House.  On Wednesday, he will welcome Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan to the White House. The meeting will highlight the importance and resilience of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship and provide an opportunity to strengthen cooperation on issues of mutual concern, such as energy, trade and economic development, regional stability, and countering violent extremism.  On Thursday, the president will again attend unspecified meetings at the White House and on Friday he will travel to NY for a DCCC event.  Continue reading