What to Watch

What to Watch: Obama Having Senate Democrats Over for Lunch

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

-- President Obama hosts Senate Democrats -- "all of them," according to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs -- for lunch at the White House, where conversation doubtless will turn to unfinished business with health care and climate legislation as the Senate wraps up its final week before summer recess.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Nairobi for the eighth U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, part of her week-long trip to Africa that will take her to Kenya, South Africa, Angola, Congo, Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde.

-- The Commerce Department releases personal income figures for June.

-- The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee at 9:30 a.m. holds a hearing on "Strengthening and Streamlining Prudential Bank Supervision." Featured speakers include Sheila C. Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Comptroller of the Currency John C. Dugan; and John E. Bowman, acting director of the Office of Thrift Supervision.

-- The Senate Finance Committee at 10 a.m. holds a hearing on "Climate Change Legislation: Allowance and Revenue Distribution."

-- At 2:30 p.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on "The Performance Rights Act and Parity among Music Delivery Platforms," taking testimony from musician Sheila E., representing the MusicFirst Coalition, and Internet and radio executives on a bill seeking to end the more than half-century-old royalty exemption given to radio stations. Not surprisingly, the radio executives oppose the bill.

-- The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service and CyberScience Laboratory hold the Global Cyber Security Conference, through Thursday at the JW Marriott on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is the keynote speaker at 8:45 a.m.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta


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