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Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 11/07/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: Supercommittee trudges on; Senate to take up withholding, veterans measures


(J. Scott Applewhite - AP)
Only 16 days remain until the deadline for Congress’s bipartisan debt supercommittee — but don’t expect much movement this week, at least not out in the public eye.

The panel’s 12 members have been holding closed-door meetings individually and in small groups as they work toward a plan that would achieve at least $1.2 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade. But with the House out of session this week, the earliest a plan is likely to be announced would be next Monday or Tuesday.

The Senate is in today at 2 p.m. and will consider the House-passed measure to repeal the three-percent withholding tax on government contracts, a small part of President Obama’s jobs plan (and one that would repeal a regulation that has yet to go into effect).

One factor worth watching this week will be whether Senate Democrats move to include as part of the bill a measure that would offer a tax credit to businesses that hire unemployed or disabled veterans. (For more on that, read the Post’s Roz Helderman here.)

A closer look at the week ahead:

Monday

The Senate is in at 2 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., a roll call vote is expected on the motion to end debate on the motion to proceed to H.R. 674, a measure to repeal the three-percent withholding rule on government contracts. The House is not in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

2 p.m.: Virginia Democrats including Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner; Reps. Gerry Connolly and James Moran; and former Rep. Thomas Perriello, hold a Get Out the Vote Rally at GMU’s Johnson Center.

3 p.m.: Assistant Treasury Secretary for International Finance Charles Collyns holds a briefing in advance of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s trip to Honolulu, Hawaii, to host the 2011 APEC meeting.

4 p.m.: The Wilson Center hosts a discussion on “The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the South.”

5:30 p.m.: The American Enterprise Institute holds a discussion on “The American Future: The Case for Optimism,” featuring Commentary magazine editor John Podhoretz.

6 p.m.: The Georgetown University Black Law Students Association holds a discussion on “Forecasting the 2012 Election: Voter Protection.”

7 p.m.: Politics and Prose sponsors a forum with former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens, who discusses his book, “Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir.”

7 p.m.: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers keynote address at the National Democratic Institute’s 2011 Democracy Awards Dinner.

8 p.m.: George Washington University holds a discussion on “Covering Crisis and Conflict,” with Lara Logan, chief foreign correspondent for CBS News; and Marvin Kalb, host of “The Kalb Report.”

Tuesday

The Senate is in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

7:30 a.m.: Government Executive holds a town hall event at the Ronald Reagan Building titled, “Congress and the Federal Budget.”

8 a.m.: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds an Infrastructure Investment Forum to discuss ways private investment in the nation’s infrastructure can help solve transportation problems.

9:30 a.m.: The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on its investigation into counterfeit electronic parts in the Defense Department supply chain.

10 a.m.: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on market developments for U.S. natural gas, including the approval process and potential for liquefied natural gas exports.

10 a.m.: The Senate HELP Committee holds a hearing on No Child Left Behind.

10 a.m.: Attorney General Eric Holder testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Justice Department.

10 a.m.: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg discusses deficit reduction in a speech to the Center for American Progress.

10:30 a.m.: The Public Religion Research Institute holds an event at Georgetown University to release the findings of the 2011 American Values Survey.

10:30 a.m.: Washington Mayor Vincent Gray holds an event outside the Wilson Building to launch www.StatehoodDC.com, a new nationwide campaign to promote statehood for the District of Columbia.

12:15 p.m.: The University of Maryland holds a policy forum on “Will Hispanics Decide the Next Election? The Growing Hispanic Vote.”

6 p.m.: The University of Pennsylvania Law School holds a discussion on “Political Compromise or Permanent Crisis: Can the White House, Congress and the Courts Carry Out the People’s Business?” Among the expected participants is former Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).

6:30 p.m.: Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) speak at a Hudson Institute event at the Willard Hotel.

Wednesday

The Senate is in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

9:30 a.m.: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke delivers opening remarks at a conference on “Small Business and Entrepreneurship during an Economic Recovery.”

Noon: The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs holds a discussion on “Euro at the Crossroads?”

2:30 p.m.: Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole testifies at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on “Securing Our Nation’s Transportation System: Oversight of TSA’s Current Efforts.”

2:30 p.m.: A Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee holds a hearing on U.S. Policy in Syria.

Thursday

The Senate is in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

7:30 a.m.: Campaigns & Elections holds its 2011 Campaign Tech Conference at the Washington Marriott.

10 a.m.: The Senate Judiciary Committee meets to markup several measures including S.598, the “Respect for Marriage Act.”

10 a.m.: The Senate Banking Committee holds a hearing on “Opportunities and Challenges for Economic Development in Indian Country.”

10 a.m.: The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing on “Unemployment Insurance: The Path Back to Work.”

2:30 p.m.: The Senate HELP Committee holds a hearing on “Improving Quality, Lowering Costs: The Role of Health Care Delivery System Reform.”

3:30 p.m.: The Brookings Institution holds a discussion on “Vietnam’s Long Shadow: The War’s Impact on U.S. Foreign and Military Policy.”

6:30 p.m.: Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) discusses “The Future of American Power and the U.S. Military,” at a forum hosted by the American Enterprise Institute and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Friday

The Senate is not in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

8 a.m.: Campaigns & Elections holds the second day of its 2011 Campaign Tech Conference.

3 p.m.: Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation holds a Veterans Day ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington.

7 p.m.: Politics & Prose Bookstore hosts a discussion with Jim Newton, author of “Eisenhower: The White House Years.”

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