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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/09/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: Boehner to give debt ceiling speech; deficit talks, Round Two; Senate gets a new member


(Joshua Roberts - BLOOMBERG)
The battle lines in the fight over raising the country’s $14.3 trillion debt limit could come into focus this week at a series of congressional events.

First up is House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) speech Monday night to the Economic Club of New York. In the address, Boehner is expected to sketch out House Republicans’ strategy in the fight over raising the legal limit on federal borrowing, which is expected to be reached in early August. In addition to delivering a speech, Boehner will also engage in a question-and-answer session with financial executives.

Then comes Tuesday’s meeting between Vice President Biden and congressional leaders at Blair House. The Blair House huddle marks the second round in the administration’s deficit-reduction talks with bipartisan, bicameral leaders. Last week, the participants emerged from their two-hour meeting saying they were optimistic about the path ahead. That optimism will be put to the test as the group begins to delve into the specifics of the debt-limit debate.

In addition, this week the Republican Study Committee is expected to release its guidelines for members on the debt ceiling; the Heritage Foundation holds a debt-reduction event on Tuesday; and a tea party group holds an event at the National Press Club Monday morning putting the pressure on House Republican leaders ahead of Boehner’s address.

On the House floor this week, the focus will be on a measure on oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico (the second of two drilling-related measures) as well as the fiscal year 2011 intelligence authorization bill – which will be particularly worth watching in the wake of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

The Senate continues its long slog through a small-business bill and may also consider legislation that would eliminate tax breaks for big oil companies. And making his debut in the upper chamber today will be former Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who will be sworn in as the successor to former senator John Ensign (R-Nev.). Biden visits the Capitol at 2 p.m. to administer the oath.

Here’s a closer look at the week ahead:

Monday

The Senate is in session at 2 p.m., when Vice President Joe Biden swears in former Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) as the Silver State’s new senator. A cloture vote on the nomination of James Cole to be deputy attorney general is expected at 5:30 p.m. The House is not in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

10 a.m.: The Tea Party Freedom Jamboree holds a news conference at the National Press Club targeting House Republican leaders on the debt ceiling.

2 p.m.: The Advisory Committee on Transparency hosts an event in 2203 Rayburn on the future of the Congressional Research Service.

7 p.m.: The Fix posse holds their not-to-be-missed Politics and Pints trivia night at Capitol Lounge. Bring teammates or join a team at the event, and sign up on Facebook here.

Tuesday

The House is in at noon to consider H.R. 1229, the “Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act,” and H.R. 1016, a bill on measuring the progress of relief efforts in Haiti. The Senate is also in session.

Vice President Biden hosts his second meeting with bipartisan, bicameral members of Congress to discuss a comprehensive deficit-reduction plan; details of the meeting have yet to be released.

Committee hearings/other events:

9 a.m.: The Heritage Foundation holds an event on debt reduction.

9:30 a.m.: Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) speaks at the Arms Control Association’s annual meeting at the Carnegie Endowment. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) speaks at 2:45 p.m.

10 a.m.: Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) delivers remarks at a U.S. Institute of Peace event on Lebanon.

10 a.m.: Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) speaks at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event on the pending U.S.-Panama trade deal.

10 a.m.: The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on “Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy.”

10 a.m.: The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing on “Perspectives on Deficit Reduction: Social Security.”

10 a.m.: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on “Steps Needed for a Successful 2014 Transition in Afghanistan.”

10:30 a.m.: Harry Connick Jr. headlines a Library of Congress event introducing the new “National Jukebox” song library.

12:30 p.m.: Senate Democrats and Republicans hold their weekly policy luncheons.

2:30 p.m.: The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence holds a closed-door briefing.

5 p.m.: The House Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on H.R.1231, the “Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act.”

5 p.m.: Sens. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) are honored at a Council of the Americas event at the Inter-American Development Bank.

Wednesday

The House is in at 10 a.m. to continue working on the offshore drilling bill. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

8 a.m.: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) speaks at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and Conference, 325 Russell Senate Office Building.

9 a.m.: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), Education Secretary Arne Duncan and others participate in a George Washington University event on education.

9:30 a.m.: A House Appropriations subcommittee holds a hearing on the 2012 fiscal year budget for the National Endowment for the Arts.

9:30 a.m.: The House Foreign Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “The Peace Corps at 50.”

10 a.m.: A House Judiciary Subcommittee holds a hearing on the Patriot Act.

10 a.m.: The House Armed Services Committee holds a hearing to markup the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2012.

10 a.m.: A House Financial Services subcommittee chaired by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) holds a hearing on the relationship between the Federal Reserve and government debt.

10 a.m.: The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing on the pending U.S.-Columbia trade deal.

10 a.m.: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on human rights and democratic reform in Iran.

11:30 a.m.: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) delivers remarks at a Council of the Americas event at the State Department.

1:30 p.m.: A House Oversight subcommittee holds a hearing on USAID funding.

2:30 p.m.: The Senate Commerce Committee holds a hearing on manufacturing jobs.

Thursday

The House is in at 10 a.m. On the agenda is H.R. 754, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

7 a.m.: President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) address the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast at Mellon Auditorium.

9 a.m.: The House Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on comprehensive tax reform.

9:45 a.m.: The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions holds a hearing on “The Endangered Middle Class: Is the American Dream Slipping Out of Reach for American Families?”

10 a.m.: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and others testify at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on financial regulatory reform.

10 a.m.: The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing on “Oil and Gas Tax Incentives and Rising Energy Prices.”

10 a.m.: The House Financial Services Committee marks up legislation on financial regulatory reform.

1:30 p.m.: Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew and others testify at a joint hearing of the House Oversight and Small Business Committees on “Politicizing Procurement: Will President Obama’s Proposal Curb Free Speech and Hurt Small Business?”

2:30 p.m.: The Senate Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing on “Ten Years After 9/11: Is Intelligence Reform Working?”

2:30 p.m.: A Senate Appropriations subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal year 2012 budget for the U.S. Capitol Police and the Secretary of the Senate.

2:30 p.m.: The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence holds a closed-door meeting.

7 p.m.: Assistant House Democratic Leader James Clyburn (S.C.) and others headline an event at the National Press Club honoring civil rights activist Rosa Parks.

Friday

The House comes in at 9 a.m. to finish work on the fiscal year 2011 intelligence bill. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

9 a.m.: An Energy and Commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on “The American Energy Initiative: the Jobs and Permitting Act of 2011.”

10 a.m.: A House Education subcommittee holds a hearing on “Examining the Costs of Federal and Overreach into School Meals.”

10 a.m.: The House Select Committee on Intelligence holds a closed-door hearing on the fiscal year 2012 intelligence budget.

10 a.m.: A House Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on “Whether the Constitution Should be Amended to Address the Federal Deficit?”

Noon: The Cato Institute holds a discussion in B-340 Rayburn on “Why Are We at War in Libya?”

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