The Week Ahead: Reid cancels recess as debt-ceiling deadline quickly approaches

After the Independence Day fireworks subside in the skies over Washington, flaring rhetoric from the left and right is likely to ensue again as the impending deadline for a deficit deal approaches.

Following President Obama’s feisty press conference last Wednesday, in which he compared congressional lawmakers to his school-age children and chided them for putting off work on negotiations, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) canceled the Senate’s July 4 recess.

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Obama is expected to meet with Senate Democrats this week after rejecting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) impromptu invitation last Thursday to meet with Senate Republicans. Senate Democratic leaders said Vice President Biden was also invited to participate in discussions.

Republicans remain in steadfast opposition to any tax increases, while Obama has called for eliminating tax breaks for corporate jet ownership and raising taxes on the wealthy. Cuts to defense spending are also expected to come up in discussions.

Meanwhile, the White House will hold a first-ever Twitter town hall to discuss the economy and jobs. Jack Dorsey, the Twitter co-founder and executive chairman, will serve as moderator.

Twitter will select the questions, using its own search tools to identify the most popular queries and topics raised before and during the town hall from users who use the hashtag #AskObama. Dorsey will present the questions to the president with two screens behind them displaying live tweet updates. The hour-long event will begin at 2 p.m. in the East Room.


Tuesday, July 5

The House will meet at 1 p.m. in a pro forma session.

The Senate will meet at 2 p.m. The upper chamber is expected to vote on a motion to proceed on a resolution authorizing the use of forces in support of the NATO mission in Libya.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) will brief the Democratic leadership on his budget plan. It could be released to the public any time after that.

First lady Michelle Obama will be at the Washington Nationals-Chicago Cubs game to honor military families. She will be escorted to home plate by children from military families, one of whom will throw out the first pitch. The game begins at 7:05 p.m.


Wednesday, July 6

The House will meet at 2 p.m. for legislative business — the first votes are expected at 6:30 p.m. Among other things, the lower chamber will continue consideration of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for 2012.

Obama will participate in the Twitter town hall in the East Room of the White House at 2 p.m.

Former President Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the Campus Progress National Conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Other slated speakers at the event, which is dedicated to mobilizing young progressive voters, include Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), former associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and “Harold and Kumar” star Kal Penn, National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will honor the 37 Middle Eastern and North African women who participated in TechWomen, an initiative dedicated to empowering women with technology. The event will take place at the Department of State at 12 p.m.


Thursday, July 7

The House Intelligence Committee will hold a closed hearing for an update on Afghanistan and Pakistan. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in HVC-304 in the Capitol.

A House Homeland Security subcommittee will hold a hearing on "Homeland Security Investigations: Examining DHS's Efforts to Protect American Jobs and Secure the Homeland." Witnesses are yet to be announced. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in 311 Cannon.

The House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing on "Rushing Union Elections: Protecting the Interests of Big Labor at the Expense of Workers' Free Choice." Witnesses are yet to be announced. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. in 2175 Rayburn.


Friday, July 8

The House will meet at 9 a.m. for legislative business, with last votes expected by 3 p.m.