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What to Watch: Obama Heads to Green Bay to Discuss Health Care

The secretary of state will name the 2009 World Food Prize winner.
The secretary of state will name the 2009 World Food Prize winner. (J. Scott Applewhite - AP)
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Thursday, June 11, 2009

-- President Obama takes flight to Green Bay, Wis., for a noon town hall meeting at Southwest High School, where he's expected to focus on overhauling the health-care system. [Story, A9]

-- Vice President Biden also will be out of town, launching his Road to Recovery tour of stimulus-funded, job-creating infrastructure projects at the groundbreaking for the Route 34 bridge project in Cumberland County, Pa., with Pennsylvania Democrats Gov. Ed Rendell and Sen. Arlen Specter. From there, he hopscotches to Overland Park, Kan., for the groundbreaking of a construction project that will increase the number of lanes on a stretch of U.S. Highway 69 that's one of the state's worst bottlenecks. Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson (D) and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also will attend. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will accompany the veep.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announces the 2009 World Food Prize laureate at the State Department. The prize recognizes the achievements of individuals "who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world," according to the State Department, and comes with a cash award of $250,000.

-- The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a 10 a.m. hearing on "Bank of America and Merrill Lynch: How Did a Private Deal Turn into a Federal Bailout?" Bank of America chief executive Kenneth D. Lewis testifies.

-- The Center for a New American Security holds its third annual conference, "Striking a Balance: A New American Security," at the Willard InterContinental Washington. Highlights include remarks by Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, at 8:45 a.m. and the appearance of Iraqi Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie on a subsequent panel discussion titled "After the Fire: Shaping the U.S. Relationship with Iraq."

-- The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing at 3 p.m. on health-care reform, featuring an extensive list of witnesses. Among them are the chief executive of Aetna, the chairman of Service Employees International Union Healthcare and the chief executive of Safeway.

-- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a 2 p.m. hearing: "North Korea Back at the Brink?"

-- And the House Agriculture Committee holds an afternoon hearing on pending climate legislation. Among the participants: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman and Fertilizer Institute President Ford West.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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