What to Watch

What to Watch: Obama to Meet With Chilean President

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

-- President Obama will hold an afternoon news conference in the Rose Garden. Later, he meets with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet at the White House.

-- Bachelet will discuss trade with Chile and the international economic downturn at a breakfast sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the Willard InterContinental. She will also address the Brookings Institution at 10 a.m. and, later in the day, meet with members of the House and Senate.

-- The White House holds a round-table discussion at 2:30 p.m. to mark the 37th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the education amendments of 1972, which barred sex discrimination in federally funded education activities and programs. Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett and Education Secretary Arne Duncan will be joined on the panel by female scientists and athletes, including tennis great Billie Jean King and Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Dominique Dawes.

-- Vice President Biden heads to Ohio for a meeting of the White House Task Force on Middle Class Families in Perrysburg Township. The theme is "Promoting American Manufacturing in the 21st Century." Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) will attend. Biden will later attend a Democratic fundraiser in Boston.

-- A Senate Commerce subcommittee at 2:30 p.m. holds the hearing "High-Speed Passenger Rail: How Fast Will It Get Here?" with Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell (D), Federal Railroad Administration chief Joseph Szabo and Amtrak President Joseph Boardman, among others.

-- The House Education and Labor Committee at noon holds a hearing on "The Tri-Committee Draft Proposal for Health Care Reform," with Christina Romer, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, and others.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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