Federal City Digest

What to Watch: Obama and Maliki

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

-- President Obama will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House. At 8 p.m., Obama will hold a prime-time news conference in the East Room, where he is expected to continue to press his case for health-care reform.

-- Vice President Biden will begin his day in Kiev, Ukraine, then depart for Tbilisi, Georgia, where he will attend a dinner and concert with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Thailand for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) Post-Ministerial Conference and ASEAN Regional Forum in Phuket.

-- Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will go before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee for a morning hearing on "The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress."

-- Robert M. Groves will be sworn in today by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as 23rd director of the Census Bureau. Afterward, Groves will gather with seven former directors at bureau headquarters in Suitland for a panel on the 2010 Census.

-- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will go before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee as part of a day-long hearing on "The Role of Agriculture and Forestry in Global Warming Legislation." Also appearing will be Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union; John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology; and Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

-- Nominations in progress: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hear from Sam D. Hamilton on his nomination as director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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