What to Watch

What to Watch: Obama Heads East

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

-- President Obama hosts a health-care discussion mid-afternoon and then, in the evening, heads for Andrews Air Force Base to depart on the first leg of a trip to the Middle East and Europe, starting with Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He will be traveling through June 6 and will also visit Egypt, Germany and France.

-- Vice President Biden holds a round-table discussion with business leaders at Pace University's Lubin School of Business in New York to examine how the Recovery Act is "creating new business opportunities." He will be joined at the meeting by Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal S. Wolin and New York Gov. David A. Paterson (D). In the evening, Biden attends the kickoff for Democratic New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine's reelection campaign in West Orange.

-- Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor has a super-packed day of meetings with key leaders on Capitol Hill. She'll be meeting separately in the morning with Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and ranking Judiciary Committee Republican Jeff Sessions (Ala.). She lunches with Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), then in the afternoon meets with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.).

She will also meet with Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

-- The Campaign for America's Future and Institute for America's Future "America's Future Now" conference continues into the future -- well, day two of three, at any rate -- at the Omni Shoreham Hotel with appearances by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), former congressman David E. Bonior (D-Mich.) and a large number of labor leaders. In the evening, the conference holds its annual awards gala.

-- The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Victor M. Mendez to be federal highway administrator. Mendez, a past president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, ran Arizona's transportation agency under then-Gov. Janet Napolitano, now secretary of homeland security.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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