The Week Ahead: Obama heads to NYC

Capitol Hill’s attention will be focused on the supercommittee again this week as President Obama is set to send his recommendations to the deficit reduction panel on Monday.

The president’s proposal is expected to include alterations to Medicare and Medicaid, as well as tax changes that would limit deductions intended for wealthy Americans and businesses. The supercommittee is under no obligation to act on the president’s plan, but it is expected to help set the shape of the debate.

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The 12-member debt panel meets again on Thursday to hear from Thomas Barthold, the chief of staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation, about possible ways to change the tax code.

Meanwhile, Obama heads to New York City on Monday. His three-day trip will include speaking before the United Nations General Assembly and giving remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative.

The GOP probe of the failed solar company Solyndra will stay in high-gear this week when executives appear before a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel on Friday.

And keep this in the back of your minds: Congress needs to approve legislation to keep the government funded beyond the end of the month sometime before they take a brief recess at the end of the week.

Yes folks, it’s budget time again.

The House is scheduled to vote sometime this week on a stopgap measure that would keep the government running past Sept. 30, when the fiscal year ends and current funding expires. The GOP measure, a continuing resolution, goes through Nov. 18 and abides by the $1.043 trillion spending level for 2012 that congressional leaders agreed to as part of the debt-limit deal in August. The bill also includes $3.65 billion in disaster relief funding, which is partially offset by cuts to a fuel-efficiency program. The measure would give the House and Senate more time to complete appropriations bills for 2012.

And tune into Fox on Thursday for the final GOP presidential debate of September (don’t worry if you miss it, there are two more in October).


Monday, Sept. 19

Obama will announce his recommendations to the supercommittee in a 10:30 a.m. address in the Rose Garden. He then heads to New York City where he’ll meet with United Nations staff. He will remain in New York City through Wednesday.

Leaders from the Health and Human Services Department will discuss insurance exchanges with representatives from 46 states, Washington and the territories. HHS has been tight-lipped about the two-day, closed-door meeting.


Tuesday, Sept. 20

Obama, at the U.N., meets with the Transitional National Council, which the U.S. recognizes as the legitimate government of Libya. He’ll then attend a high-level, multilateral meeting on Libya hosted by the U.N. secretary general. After that, Obama has separate meetings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Brazilian President Dilma Vana Rousseff, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Vice President Biden heads to Solon, Ohio, to discuss the importance of the American Jobs Act.

The Federal Reserve’s policy-setting committee will convene for a closely-watched meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Former Congressional Budget Office director Alice Rivlin is among the witnesses at a Senate Budget Committee hearing on job promotion. It’s being held at 9:30 a.m. in 608 Dirksen.

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on "Tax Reform Options: Incentives for Innovation” at 10 a.m. in 215 Dirksen.


Wednesday, Sept. 21

Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly.  He will pay courtesy calls on the President of the U.N. General Assembly and the Secretary General of the United Nations. He has separate meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir. He will also address the Clinton Global Initiative.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Nextag CEO Jeff Katz are among those testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "The Power of Google: Serving Consumers or Threatening Competition?" The hearing begins at 2 p.m. in 226 Dirksen.

Rivlin testifies before the House Budget Committee on the budget process at 10 a.m. in 210 Cannon.


Thursday, Sept. 22

Obama delivers remarks at the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The final GOP presidential debate of the month takes place in Orlando, Fla. It is sponsored by Fox News and Google and begins at 9 p.m.

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The Joint Deficit Reduction Committee – the supercommittee -- hears from Thomas Barthold, chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, on options to reform the tax code. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts at 9:30 a.m. in 216 Hart.

Biden will travel to Charleston, S.C., to attend a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.

The Senate Banking Committee will discuss the nomination of Alan Krueger to head the president’s Council of Economic Advisors.

The 15th Annual Celebrity Pet Night on Capitol Hill begins with a 5 p.m. reception in 345 Cannon. Celebrity guests include Bodie, the French bulldog who starred in the movie "Due Date," and Cheeto, the cat who played Azrael in the movie "The Smurfs.”


Friday, Sept. 23

Solyndra executives, including CEO Brian Harrison, are slated to appear before the House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.

Michigan Republican Party's 29th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference begins. The event lasts all weekend and includes a straw poll.

Biden will be in Boca Raton and Miami, Fla., for DNC fundraisers.
The Hay-Adams Author Series hosts a luncheon to celebrate Toni Morrison, the 2011 recipient of the Library of Congress' National Book Festival Award for Creative Achievement, at the Hay-Adams hotel at noon.
Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.) speaks at noon at the Heritage Foundation about his book “Keeping the Republic.”
 
-- Russell Berman, Sam Baker and Peter Schroeder contributed.