Three trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama move forward; the debt supercommittee takes a look at comprehensive tax reform; both chambers consider a measure to keep the government funded through mid-November; and lawmakers react to President Obama’s deficit-reduction plan. Here’s a look at what’s ahead this week:


The House is in at noon for a pro-forma session, during which no legislative business is conducted. The Senate is in at 2 p.m. to consider the motion to proceed to H.R.2832, the Generalized System of Preferences Act, which will be the vehicle for Trade Adjustment Assistance. At 5:30 p.m., a roll call vote will be held on ending debate on the motion to proceed.

Committee hearings/other events:

3 p.m.: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a book discussion on “The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad.”

4 p.m.: The Wilson Center holds a discussion, “On the Docket: The Legal and Media Worlds Look at the Supreme Court 2011 Term.”

7 p.m.: The Fix posse holds their monthly “Politics and Pints” trivia night at Capitol Lounge. Be there!


The House is in at noon. Votes under suspension of the rules are expected at 6:30 p.m. on five non-controversial measures: the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011; the Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2011; the Veterans Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act of 2011; the U.S. Parole Commission Reauthorization; and the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2011. The Senate is also in session to continue consideration of the TAA bill.

Committee hearings/other events:

8:15 a.m.: The National Hispanic Council on Aging holds a summit on “key aging issues affecting Hispanic seniors, families and caregivers” at the National Press Club.

9:30 a.m.: The Senate Budget Committee holds a hearing on “Promoting Job Creation in the U.S.” Former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Alice Rivlin and others testify.

10 a.m.: The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing on “Tax Reform Options: Incentives for Innovation.”

10 a.m.: The Joint Economic Committee holds a hearing on the effects the federal debt may have on the U.S. economy.

11 a.m.: House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) holds a pen-and-pad with reporters.

2 p.m.: House Republicans hold a Jobs and Innovation Forum, on “the role of the medical device industry for patients and the economy.”

7 p.m.: The National Archives holds a discussion featuring NPR’s Diane Rehm, who discusses “A Voter’s Primer: Presidential Politics and the Constitution.”


The House is in at 10 a.m. to begin consideration of several measures: a concurrent resolution authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to award the Congressional Gold Medal; the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Extension; and the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act. The House will also begin considering H.J.Res. 79, the Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2012; and H.R. 2401, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011. The Senate also is in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

10 a.m.: The House Budget Committee holds a hearing on “The Broken Budget Process: Perspectives From Former CBO (Congressional Budget Office) Directors.”

10 a.m.: The House Foreign Affairs Committee meets to mark up H.R.2699, to establish policies and procedures in the Peace Corps to provide for the safety and security of volunteers from rape and sexual assault; and H.R.2337, to amend the Peace Corps Act to require sexual assault risk-reduction and response training.

1 p.m.: The House Small Business Committee holds a hearing on “Eliminating Job-Sapping Federal Rules through Retrospective Reviews — Oversight of the President’s Efforts.”

2 p.m.: The Joint Economic Committee holds a hearing on “Manufacturing in the USA: How U.S. Trade Policy Offshores Jobs.”


The House is in at 10 a.m. to resume consideration of the measures it began taking up on Wednesday. The Senate also is in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

9:30 a.m.: The House Oversight Committee holds a hearing on “How Obama’s Green Energy Agenda in Killing Jobs.”

10 a.m.: The debt supercommittee holds its third public hearing in Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Tom Barthold, chief of staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation, will testify.

10 a.m.: The House Education and Workforce Committee holds a hearing on “Culture of Union Favoritism: Recent Action of the National Labor Relations Board.”

10 a.m.: The House Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing on “TSA Reform: Exploring Innovations in Technology Procurement to Stimulate Job Growth.”

2 p.m.: A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “China’s One-Child Policy: The Government’s Massive Crime Against Women and Unborn Babies.”

3 p.m.: The Wilson Center hosts a discussion on “Japan’s Peace Constitution at 65: Time for a Change?”


The House is in at 9 a.m. The Senate also is in session.

Committee hearings/other events:

10 a.m.: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Corinne Beckwith and Catharine Easterly to be associate judges for the D.C. Court of Appeals; and Ronald McCray to be a member of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.

10 a.m.: The House Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement/U.S. Coast Guard Joint Investigation Team Report on the causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

Noon: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) discusses his book titled, “Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans,” at a forum hosted by the Heritage Foundation.