What to Watch

What to Watch

Monday, February 23, 2009

· After a black-tie dinner with governors at the White House last night [Story, C1], President Obama is scheduled to meet more formally with them this morning, on the final day of the National Governors Association meeting.

· Are we becoming a nation of Bob the Builders? Other notable events of the day suggest so. At 2:30 p.m., Govs. Edward G. Rendell (D) of Pennsylvania and Jim Douglas (R) of Vermont -- along with Danish Innovation Foundation minister Rob Atkinson -- present "International Infrastructure Best Practices" at the NGA meeting.

· Infrastructure repair and development will be high on the agenda elsewhere around the area, too, as the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials kicks off its two-day meeting, featuring a who's who of local transportation authorities discussing railways, climate change and, at 1:30 p.m., the "Outlook for Transportation, Energy, and the Environment." That panel includes House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James L. Oberstar (D-Minn.), ranking panel Republican John Mica (Fla.) and Rep. Jon W. Olver (D-Mass.).

· Moving from stimulating the economy to reining in the federal deficit, Obama and Vice President Biden host the Fiscal Responsibility Summit with lawmakers this afternoon.

· A separate political-star-studded summit will be underway at the Newseum as the Center for American Progress holds the "National Clean Energy Project: Building the New Economy" forum. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and climate czar Carol M. Browner are expected to participate, and, at 10:15 a.m., former president Bill Clinton, former vice president Al Gore, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), U.N. Foundation President Tim Wirth and oilman T. Boone Pickens will discuss clean-energy policy.

· D.C. voting is back on the agenda as the Senate resumes consideration of the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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