The Week Ahead: Lawmakers turn attention to jobs

The focus on Capitol Hill this week will be on jobs, as President Obama plans to send his American Jobs Act to Congress, members of the ‘supercommittee’ will hold their second meeting and Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFormer top Treasury official to head private equity group GOP strategist Steve Schmidt denounces party, will vote for Democrats Zeal, this time from the center MORE (R-Ohio) will give an economic address.

Obama touted his $447 billion jobs proposal in a speech to a joint session of Congress Thursday night and a follow-up event in Richmond on Friday. He heads to BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFormer top Treasury official to head private equity group GOP strategist Steve Schmidt denounces party, will vote for Democrats Zeal, this time from the center MORE’s home state of Ohio on Tuesday to discuss his plan.

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Democrats are pushing for Congress to pass the full, comprehensive package, but Republicans have shown some reservations and are insisting any spending be offset with cuts. Obama has called on the supercommittee to find ways to pay for his plan.

Boehner will get his chance at a rebuttal on Thursday, when he addresses the Economic Club of Washington D.C.

On the political side, Republican presidential contenders will gather for their second debate of the month and the GOP will try to win a House seat in New York’s special election.

The GOP White House candidates will be in Tampa, Fla., on Monday night for a debate sponsored by the Tea Party Express and CNN. Observers will be watching for more fighting between front-runners Mitt Romney and Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas). It’s also the first debate the Tea Party has sponsored and it will be interesting to see if Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannYes, condemn Roseanne, but ignoring others is true hypocrisy Bachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate MORE (R-Minn.) – a favorite of that movement -- stands out more at this one than she did at last week’s.

And if it’s Tuesday, there must be voting. New York and Nevada hold special elections for House seats that evening.

The race to watch is for former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-N.Y.) seat as Republicans have a decent chance of picking it up. A poll out last week showed Republican candidate Bob Turner up by six points over Democrat David Weprin.

Meanwhile, Republicans are favored to hold former Rep.-turned-Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Defiant Trump meets with House GOP amid border blowback MORE’s (R) seat in Nevada.

Monday, Sept. 12

Congressional leaders and other lawmakers will attend a Congressional Remembrance Ceremony for the Sept. 11th attacks at 6 p.m. on the East Front Steps of the Capitol.

Obama will hold a Rose Garden event to discuss his American Jobs Act and will send it to Congress that evening.

The Republican presidential debate, sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express, begins at 8 p.m. Participating candidates include: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Before the debate, Romney will visit Boeing’s South Carolina plant and deliver a policy speech on labor relations.

Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, will speak to the American Enterprise Institute on the experience of America’s armed forces since the Sept. 11th attacks. The event begins at 10:30 a.m.

Members of Congress and their staff play in the 13th Annual Hoops for Hope Congressional Charity All-Star Classic at George Washington University at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 13

The supercommittee will hear testimony from Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf on the history and drivers of the nation’s debt at 10:30 a.m. in 216 Hart.

Obama travels to Columbus, Ohio, to tout his American Jobs Act.

Polls in New York close at 9 p.m. and close in Nevada at 10 p.m. ET.

Vice President Biden meets with Romanian President Traian Basescu. In the evening, he and Jill Biden will host a reception at the Naval Observatory in honor of the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; FBI director Robert Mueller; and Director of National Intelligence Matthew Olsen testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on "Ten Years After 9/11: Are We Safer?" The hearing starts at 10 a.m. in 342 Dirksen.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus testify before a joint hearing of the House (Select) Intelligence Committee and Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee on "The State of Intelligence Reform 10 Years After 9/11." The hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. in HVC-210.

The Senate Armed Services Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. on the nomination of Ashton Carter to be deputy secretary of the Defense Department. The hearing takes place in 106 Dirksen.

Several senators – including Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerThe ‘bang for the buck’ theory fueling Trump’s infrastructure plan Kamala Harris endorses Gavin Newsom for California governor Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response MORE (D-Calif.), EPW ranking Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiIcebreaking ships are not America’s top priority in the Arctic 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families Trump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril MORE (R-Alaska), and Foreign Relations Chairman John KerryJohn Forbes KerryShould President Trump, like President Obama, forsake human rights in pursuit of the deal with a tyrant? GOP Senate report says Obama officials gave Iran access to US financial system Democrats conflicted over how hard to hit Trump on Iran MORE (D-Mass.) – will hold a press conference at noon to announce the formation of the Senate Oceans Caucus.

Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump mocks 'elites' at campaign rally Trump backs down in rare reversal Election Countdown: Family separation policy may haunt GOP in November | Why Republican candidates are bracing for surprises | House Dems rake in record May haul | 'Dumpster fire' ad goes viral MORE and former President George W. Bush are among the participants at the announcement of a new initiative to expand cancer screenings for women in developing nations in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. The event takes place at 4 p.m. at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaTrump backs down in rare reversal Trump gives in, signs order ending family separations Melania Trump contacted Secret Service after Peter Fonda tweets MORE hosts the annual luncheon honoring the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award winners and finalists at 12:45 p.m. in the East Room of the White House.

The Bipartisan Congressional Awards Gala honors Sens. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor Live coverage: FBI chief, Justice IG testify on critical report Hugh Hewitt to Trump: 'It is 100 percent wrong to separate border-crossing families' MORE (D-Ill.) and Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziHouse panel to mark up 2019 budget Overnight Defense: Top general defends Afghan war progress | VA shuffles leadership | Pacific Command gets new leader, name | Pentagon sued over HIV policy Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA MORE (R-Wyo.) at the Willard Intercontinental at 5:30 p.m.

Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinCommunity development impact remains clear with NMTC post-tax reform Dem sen: ‘Difficult to understand’ Trump’s treatment of allies Dem sen: No military option in North Korea ‘without extreme risks’ MORE (D-Md.) and Rep. Shelley Berkley (R-Nev.) receive the USPRA Congressional Award from the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association at 5 p.m. at the Florida House.

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidAmendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP Donald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary MORE (D-Nev.) holds a Twitter town hall at 4 p.m.

Obama will travel to the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina to discuss his jobs plan.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Rev. Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., at noon and attends a Republican Governor's Association fundraiser in Richmond later in the day.

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 34th Annual Awards Gala at the Washington Convention Center.

Biden will host a Cabinet meeting as part of the Administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste.

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan testifies before the House Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Committee at 2 p.m. in 311 Cannon.

World Bank President Robert Zoellick speaks about the changing world economy at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium at 11:30 a.m.

The 33rd Annual Ambassador's Ball, given by the National MS Society, honors Sens. Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending Senators hammer Ross over Trump tariffs Overnight Finance: Senators introduce bill to curb Trump's tariff authority | McConnell calls it 'exercise in futility' | Kudlow warns WTO won't dictate policy | Mulvaney feud with consumer advocates deepens MORE (R-Ga.) and Kay HaganKay Ruthven Hagan2020 Dems compete for top campaign operatives Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Politics is purple in North Carolina MORE (D-N.C.) and Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) at 6:30 p.m. at the Ritz Carlton.

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park holds a Lion Cub Birthday Celebration at the National Zoo at 11 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 15

Boehner speaks to the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building at 12:30 p.m.

Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former active-duty Marine Corps corporal Dakota Meyer at 2:30 p.m. at the White House.

Biden will attend fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee in Raleigh, N.C., and Dallas, Texas.

The Senate Budget Committee hosts a hearing on "Policy Prescriptions for the Economy” with testimony from Chand Stone, chief economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics; and Kevin Hassett, senior fellow and director of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. The hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. in 608 Dirksen.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hears nominations on Gregory Woods to be general counsel for the Energy Department; David Danielson to be an assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy; and LaDoris Harris to be director of the Energy Department's Office of Minority Economic Impact. The hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. in 366 Dirksen.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump says he will sign executive order to end family separations Trump backs narrow bill halting family separations: official Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Trump officials move to expand non-ObamaCare health plans | 'Zero tolerance' policy stirs fears in health community | New ObamaCare repeal plan MORE (R-S.C.) speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations about his recent trip to Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, as well as other foreign policy issues, at 12:30 p.m.

Reps. Jim McDermottJames (Jim) Adelbert McDermottLobbying World Dem lawmaker: Israel's accusations start of 'war on the American government' Dem to Trump on House floor: ‘Stop tweeting’ MORE (D-Wash.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), and Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksFreedom Caucus bruised but unbowed in GOP primary fights Eric Schneiderman and #MeToo pose challenges for both parties The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ariz.) join other officials in announcing the launch of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus. The event takes place at the House Triangle at 10:30 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 16

Michele Bachmann speaks to the California state Republican Convention in Los Angeles.

Ron Paul addresses the Liberty Political Action Conference in Reno, Nev.

Biden will visit the University of Delaware to donate his senatorial papers and deliver the James R. Soles Lecture on the Constitution and Citizenship.