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Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 05/16/2011

The week ahead on the Hill: The House on the road, the Senate takes up oil subsidies, and the U.S. hits its debt ceiling


Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. (Alex Wong - GETTY IMAGES)
The House may be out this week on a district work period, but its Republican and Democratic leaders are still delivering their respective messages on the debt-ceiling fight. As the country officially hits its debt limit Monday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is set to deliver remarks Monday afternoon at the Economic Club of Chicago. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and other House Democratic leaders, meanwhile, are in New York to talk with financial executives.

The Senate, which is in session all week, will vote Tuesday on a judicial nomination and will probably take up legislation mid-week on ending subsidies for large oil and gas companies. A vote on the Ryan budget is expected to come later this month.

Here’s a closer look at the week ahead:

Monday

The Senate is in from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for morning business. No votes are expected.

Committee hearings/other events:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (S.C.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) are in New York to talk with financial leaders about the debt-limit debate.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) delivers remarks at the Economic Club of Chicago.

11 a.m.: Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) speaks on a Family Acceptance Project/Center for American Progress Action Fund conference call on bullying of young gay people and suicide.

11 a.m.: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) delivers remarks on Medicare and Social Security at the annual meeting of the United Seniors of Maryland.

Noon: The Cato Institute holds a briefing on “Leashing the Surveillance State: How to Renew and Reform Patriot Act Surveillance Authorities.”

Noon: The Center for American Progress holds a discussion on “Asian American and Pacific Islander Voters in the Electorate.”

1 p.m.: Former national security adviser James Jones speaks at a National Press Club luncheon on the impact of Osama bin Laden’s death on al-Qaeda and the U.S.-Pakistan relationship.

1:30 p.m.: The American Enterprise Institute holds a discussion on “CIA Interrogations and the Bin Laden Operation.”

2:15 p.m. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) holds a “Make it in America” roundtable in La Plata, Md.

3 p.m.: Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) speaks at a Howard Baker Forum on clean energy at the Reagan Building.

Tuesday

The Senate is in at 10 a.m. At noon, a vote is expected on the nomination of Susan Carney to be a U.S. circuit court judge for the Second Circuit.

Committee hearings/other events:

8:30 a.m.: Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) speaks at the Howard Baker Forum’s event on clean energy technology at the Reagan Building.

9:30 a.m.: Former national security adviser Gen. James Jones Jr. testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Pakistan.

10 a.m.: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on several drilling-related pieces of legislation.

10 a.m.: Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell (D) testifies at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on “Financing 21st Century Infrastructure.”

10 a.m.: The Census Bureau releases new demographic profiles for Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

10:15 a.m.: Amtrak President Joseph Boardman and others testify at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on rail funding.

11:30 a.m.: Congress holds an event in the Rotunda for a National Day of Remembrance commemoration of the Holocaust.

Noon: Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) participate in an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation discussion on “Waves of Innovation: Spectrum Allocation in the Age of the Mobile Internet.”

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

3:30 p.m.: Lisa Monaco, the nominee to serve as assistant attorney general for national security, testifies at a Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing.

Wednesday

The Senate is in session. Votes are expected on legislation that would end subsidies for oil and gas companies.

Committee hearings/other events:

8 a.m.: The National Defense University Foundation holds a forum on “U.S. Strategic Options in the Persian Gulf.”

9:30 a.m.: A Senate Banking subcommittee holds a hearing on the state of the securitization markets.

10 a.m.: The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the materiel readiness of U.S. forces.

10 a.m.: The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on “Improving Efficiency and Ensuring Justice in the Immigration Court System.”

10:30 a.m.: The Senate Commerce Committee holds a hearing on “Contributions of Space to National Imperatives.”

5:30 p.m.: The American Enterprise Institute holds a discussion on “How to Fix a Broken Pentagon: Lessons From World War II.”

Thursday

The Senate is in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

9 a.m.: The Aspen Institute and Partners for a New Beginning hold a forum on “Public Private Partnerships and the Cultivation of Diaspora Engagement on Economic Opportunity in North Africa, Turkey, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, and the West Bank.”

10 a.m.: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing titled “Ten Years After 9/11: Is Intelligence Reform Working? Part II.”

10 a.m.: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on advanced vehicle technologies and electric-drive vehicles.

10 a.m.: The Senate Judiciary Committee meets to mark up legislation including S.623, the “Sunshine in Litigation Act,” and S.890, the “Fighting Fraud to Protect Taxpayers Act of 2011.”

11 a.m.: The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion on “How Should Washington Control Medicare Spending?”

2:30 p.m.: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on “Next Steps in Cote D’Ivoire.”

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

4:45 p.m.: Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) delivers closing remarks at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies’ discussion on “Enhancing the U.S.-Japan Partnership: Education and Cultural Ties in a Changing Global Context.”

6 p.m.: Politico’s Jon Allen and Julie Mason hold a discussion on Washington’s divided landscape at the Boeing Company Conference Center in Arlington.

Friday

The Senate is in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

8 a.m.: The National Defense University Foundation holds a seminar at the Capitol Hill Club on “Iran and Terrorism: Material Support From Kohobar Towers to 9/11 and Beyond.”

8:30 a.m.: The Library of Congress hosts a conference on “Re-Imagining the U.S. Civil War: Reconnaissance, Surveying and Cartography.”

10:30 a.m.: The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion on “Conservatism in Britain Beyond the Coalition.”

12:15 p.m.: The Alliance for Health Reform holds a briefing on “Keeping Coverage Continuous: Smoothing the Path between Medicaid and the Exchange.”

12:30 p.m.: The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion on “So Many Regulations, So Little Time: The View From the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.”

12:30 p.m.: The Cato Institute holds a briefing on “Answering the Critics of Comprehensive Immigration Reform.”

1 p.m.: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addresses a National Press Club luncheon.

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