What to Watch

What to Watch: A New Consumer Agency

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

-- President Obama announces a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency and delivers remarks on the economy. [Story, A1]

-- Vice President Biden delivers the keynote address at the Green Jobs Summit hosted by Senate Democrats; the event brings together leaders from the solar and wind power, electric car, and biofuel industries.

-- The Labor Department issues the consumer price index for May.

-- Operation HOPE, a nonprofit group focused on economic empowerment, holds its first Global Financial Literacy Summit at the Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus (THEARC) on Mississippi Avenue SE. Speakers include Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair.

-- The Bipartisan Policy Center's advisory board, led by former Senate majority leaders Howard Baker (R-Tenn.), Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) and Robert J. Dole (R-Kan.), releases the final report of the Leaders' Project on the State of American Health Care, titled "Crossing Our Lines: Working Together to Reform the U.S. Health System."

The project was co-directed by the bipartisan team of health wonks Chris Jennings and Mark McClellan.

-- Government may be growing by leaps and bounds, but some members of Congress are looking to push back. Reps. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), along with members of the Republican Study Committee, introduce the Sunset Caucus, which will focus on shrinking the size of government and eliminating federal programs, offices and agencies.

-- It's softball season all over town, but today hardballs are back in style at the 48th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, which pits Democratic lawmakers against Republican ones at Nationals Park.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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