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Monday, March 30, 2009

-- Carmakers will get some eagerly awaited news about bailout plans as President Obama announces the results of his auto industry task force at the White House. In the afternoon he will sign, and deliver remarks on, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, and in the evening he will meet with House Democrats on Capitol Hill to again discuss his budget. On Tuesday morning, the president and Michelle Obama are wheels-up for their week-long overseas trip, which will take them to London, where the president will attend a summit of the group of 20 major nations; Strasbourg, France, where he will attend a NATO summit; Prague; and Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey.

-- Vice President Biden begins his day in Costa Rica, where he has been meeting with Latin American leaders, returning to Washington with Jill Biden late tonight.

-- The National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Brewers Association continue their annual legislative conference, which opened Sunday and continues through Wednesday, on beer industry concerns. Top issues on the agenda will include "card check" legislation, strengthening state-based regulation of alcohol and lowering excise taxes on beer, because, as the groups point out, "Nearly 50 percent of all beer in the U.S. is purchased by consumers with household incomes less than $50,000." The beer summit is being held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.

-- The National Academies, in response to a request from Congress, has launched the America's Climate Choices project to develop "a suite of studies designed to inform and guide responses to climate change across the nation," with the goal of releasing a final report in 2010. Today, the project opens a two-day summit to frame the questions and issues that the studies will address. Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-W.Va.) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco lead a panel on why the study is needed, followed by a session on what information Congress needs, with House Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.).

-- The National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations holds its annual Capacity Building and Policy Summit, which opened Sunday and continues through Wednesday. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will give the keynote address over lunch at the Doubletree Hotel on Rhode Island Avenue NW.

-- Reps. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) and Patrick T. McHenry (R-N.C.) launch the 2010 Census Partnership Program, in which the Census Bureau joins with local community groups, schools, churches and others to help count hard-to-reach populations. Acting Commerce Department Chief of Staff Rick Wade; acting Census Bureau Director Thomas L. Mesenbourg; and Arnold Jackson, associate director for decennial census at the Census Bureau, also will participate.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com


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