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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 10/31/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: Herman Cain visits the Capitol, and the debt supercommittee meets again

(Dave Martin - AP)

The big event this week on the Hill: Businessman Herman Cain’s visit on Wednesday to a meeting of the Congressional Health Care Caucus.

Cain, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and GOP presidential candidate whose campaign late Sunday was dealt a blow by a Politico report detailing allegations that he sexually harassed two former employees during his tenure as chief of the National Restaurant Association, is slated to address the health care group at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday.

How will lawmakers respond to Cain’s visit? And will the GOP presidential hopeful continue to deny the allegations, as he did in a Fox News Channel appearance on Monday morning?

Also happening this week: The Senate and House are both in session simultaneously for the first time in recent weeks, and the debt supercommittee holds its fifth public hearing on Tuesday.

Here’s a closer look at the week ahead:


The House is in at 1 p.m. for a pro forma session during which no business is conducted. The Senate is in at 3 p.m. A roll call vote is expected at 5:30 p.m. on a judicial nomination.

Committee hearings/other events:

Noon: The Aspen Institute hosts a forum to discuss “The Future of Work: How Do We Build the Skills We Need for the Jobs We Want?”

Noon: The Cato Institute holds a book forum on “The Relationship between Intelligence and Policy.”

1 p.m.: Businessman Herman Cain (R) addresses a National Press Club Luncheon.

7 p.m.: The National Museum of Crime & Punishment holds a Halloween event called, “Fright at the Museum: Dead Men Walking.”


The House is in at noon. At 6:30 p.m., votes under suspension of the rules are expected on three measures: the Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011; the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011; and a measure “reaffirming ‘In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the United States.” The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

8 a.m.: National Journal hosts a “2012 Election Preview,” with a look at key races and the strategy driving the Republican presidential contest and President Obama’s re-election campaign.

8:30 a.m.: The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a media briefing on “President Obama’s Trips to G20 and APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation).”

11:15 a.m.: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation hosts an event at Reagan National Airport to unveil a 9-foot-tall, 900-pound bronze statue of President Ronald Reagan, as part of the Reagan Centennial Celebration.

Noon: The Wilson Center hosts a discussion on “Afghanistan: Is There a Regional Endgame?”

1 p.m.: The House Oversight Committee holds a hearing on “Lights Out II: Should EPA Take A Step Back To Fully Consider Utility MACT’s (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) Impact on Job Creation?”

1:30 p.m.: The debt supercommittee holds its fifth public hearing in 1100 Longworth on “Overview of Previous Debt Proposals.”

2:15 p.m.: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on “China’s Role in Africa: Implications.”


The House is in at 10 a.m. Suspension votes are expected on four measures: the Civilian Service Recognition Act of 2011; the Small Company Capital Formation Act of 2011; the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011; and H.R. 1965, a measure “to amend the securities laws to establish certain thresholds for shareholder registration.” The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

9 a.m.: The United States Institute of Peace James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy hosts a conference on “Twenty Years After Madrid: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward for Arab-Israel Peacemaking.”

9:30 a.m.: A Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee holds a hearing on “The European Debt Crisis: Strategic Implications for the Transatlantic Alliance.”

10 a.m.: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) chair a Helsinki Commission hearing on “Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime: Assessing Trends and Combat Strategies.”

10 a.m.: The House Energy and Commerce Committee holds a hearing on “Do New Health Law Mandates Threaten Conscience Rights and Access to Care?”

10 a.m.: The House Oversight Committee holds a hearing on “The Green Energy Debacle: Where Has All The Taxpayer Money Gone?”

10 a.m.: The House Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: The First 100 Days.”

10:30 a.m.: Bob Barker and actress Jorja Fox speak in B-308 Rayburn House Office Building at an event sponsored by Animal Defenders International and the Performing Animal Welfare Society to launch a congressional initiative on “the use of animals in the entertainment industry.”

Noon: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) discusses “U.S. Policy in the Asia-Pacific,” in delivering the Heritage Foundation’s annual B.C. Lee lecture.

1 p.m.: A House Judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on the “China Democracy Promotion Act of 2011.”

1:15 p.m.: Businessman Herman Cain addresses the Congressional Health Care Caucus in 2218 Rayburn.

2:30 p.m.: A Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee holds a hearing on “Women and the Arab Spring.”

5:30 p.m.: The John H. Adler Memorial Fund for Veterans’ Affairs hosts a fund-raising reception featuring Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) to support “research and related programmatic activities across schools and disciplines at Harvard University devoted to veterans’ affairs and policy.”


The House is in at 10 a.m. to begin work on H.R. 2940, the Access to Capital for Job Creators Act; and H.R. 2930, the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

8 a.m.: National Journal holds a policy summit on “Tax Reform: Leading Tax Proposals to Encourage Capital Investment in the U.S. Economy.”

10 a.m.: The House Foreign Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the “Congressional-Executive Commission on China: 2011 Annual Report.”

10 a.m.: The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion on “Russian Duma Elections: Implications for the Future.”

Noon: The Family Research Council hosts a lecture on “More God, Less Crime: How Faith and Community Impact Criminal Behavior.”

1 p.m.: Tom Brokaw of NBC News discusses new book titled, “The Time of Our Lives,” at a National Press Club luncheon.

1 p.m.: A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “2014 and Beyond: U.S. Policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan, Part I.”

5 p.m.: Americans for Prosperity Foundation holds meetings and events prior to its Defending the American Dream Summit.

6:30 p.m.: National Defense University Foundation hosts its 2011 American Patriot Award Gala, “celebrating the spirit of patriotism” to honor Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.).

6:30 p.m.: The Center for American Progress holds a “Progressivism on Tap” event focusing on the “Occupy Wall Street” movement at Busboys and Poets, 1025 Fifth Street NW.

7:30 p.m.: The Common Sense Society hosts a forum titled, “Debating Non-Interventionism in U.S. Foreign Policy,” featuring Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.); Kurt Volker, former U.S. ambassador to NATO; and others.


The House is in at 9 a.m. to resume consideration of the measures it began taking up on Thursday, with last votes expected no later than 3 p.m. The Senate is also in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

8 a.m.: Americans for Prosperity Foundation holds its fifth annual Defending the American Dream Summit at the Washington Convention Center.

12:30 p.m.: The American Enterprise Institute holds a discussion on “Return to Sender: Reforms for the Failing Postal Service.”

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