What to Watch

What to Watch: Obaa in Midwest

(Brendan Hoffman - Bloomberg News)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

-- President Obama will meet with Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende at the White House, then head to the Midwest. In Warren, Mich., a Detroit suburb hit hard by the decline in auto sales, he will hold a town hall forum at Macomb Community College. Then he will travel to St. Louis, where he will throw out the first pitch at baseball's All-Star Game.

-- Judge Sonia Sotomayor will return to the Hart Senate Office Building for day two of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings, as senators begin to pose questions to her.

-- Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, right, will go before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for a hearing on "Transportation's Role in Climate Change and Reducing Greenhouse Gases." Among the others appearing will be Assistant Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Regina McCarthy; Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker; and Ray Kuntz, chief executive of Watkins and Shepard Trucking.

-- The House Financial Services subcommittee on capital markets will hear from Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro on SEC oversight.

-- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and former HUD secretary Henry Cisneros will speak at the National Press Club at a Brookings Institution forum, "From Despair to Hope: Two HUD Secretaries on Urban Revitalization and Opportunity."

-- Members of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues and Women's Policy Inc. hold a briefing on "Maternal Health in Afghanistan" at noon, with Ambassador at Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer, Afghanistan Minister of Public Health S.M. Amin Fatimie, and former undersecretary of state for democracy and global affairs Paula Dobriansky.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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