The Week Ahead: Back to the budget battle

Congress returns after its one-week recess to prepare for the next phase of the budget battle.

First off, the House is likely to vote Tuesday on a six-week government-funding measure that has already been approved by the Senate. A separate measure funding the government — passed in the House by unanimous consent last week — runs out at midnight on Tuesday.

The House is likely to approve the six-week extension, which funds the government through Nov. 18, but observers will be watching to see if there are any defections from conservatives.

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Meanwhile, the Senate will take up the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act, which is aimed at pressuring China to let its currency appreciate more quickly.

President Obama is going on the road to promote his American Jobs Act and to do a little campaigning. Plus, the president, who had to host the Green Bay Packers at the White House in August to celebrate their Super Bowl victory, gets to have his beloved Chicago Bears honored Friday, when he’ll host the 1985 Super Bowl winning team. That team had their original White House ceremony canceled because of the space shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986.

And — no small news — the September jobs numbers will be out Friday.

Check out the White House and the vice president’s residence Monday evening, which will be lit pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Monday, Oct. 3


The Senate is scheduled to take a cloture vote on the currency bill at about 5:30 p.m.

First votes in the House are scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will hold a meeting at the State Department with 40 women entrepreneurs from 36 African nations participating in the 2011 African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program.

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain will meet with businessman Donald Trump in New York City.

The “Take Back the Dream” conference begins and runs through Oct. 5th at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Scheduled speakers include Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), as well as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Seconf lady Jill Biden will participate in several events to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, including a tour of the Inova Breast Care Center in Alexandria, Va., at 2:30 p.m. with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and actress Jennifer Aniston.

In the evening, Biden will deliver remarks at the screening of the Lifetime movie "Five." And at sunset, both the White House and the vice president’s residence will be lit pink to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Actress Mandy Moore and Barbara P. Bush hold a reception at the Newseum to honor investments in global health.

Tuesday, Oct. 4

The president will be at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, to deliver remarks urging Congress to pass the American Jobs Act.  He will also travel to St. Louis, Mo., for campaign events.

Vice President Biden will visit Oakstead Elementary School in Land O’Lakes, Fla., to promote the American Jobs Act.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Joint Economic Committee at 10 a.m. in G-50 Dirksen.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Obama will host President Porfirio Lobo of Honduras at the White House.

Clinton travels to the Dominican Republic for the fourth Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas ministerial.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) speaks at a National Press Club luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on "Considering the Role of Judges Under the Constitution of the United States." The hearing takes place at 2:30 p.m. in 226 Dirksen.

Thursday, Oct. 6

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies before the Senate Banking Committee at 10 a.m. in 538 Dirksen. He then testifies before the House Financial Services Committee at 2 p.m. in 2128 Rayburn.

Obama will welcome Texas A&M University's women’s basketball team to the White House at 1:45 p.m. to celebrate their 2011 NCAA championship. 

Biden will attend the Washington Ideas Forum at the Newseum.

FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies at a House Intelligence Committee hearing at 10 a.m. in HVC-210.

Friday, Oct. 7

The Labor Department will release its latest jobs report for September.

Obama will welcome the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears to the White House at 3 p.m. to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Super Bowl victory.  In 1986, the team’s White House reception was canceled due to the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy. 

The president also will host Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia at the White House.

Clinton will deliver remarks to the 2011 U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

The Values Voter Summit begins at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Friday’s speakers include Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Republican presidential candidates Gov. Rick Perry (Texas), former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), Herman Cain and Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.).  Saturday’s speakers include Republican presidential candidates Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) and former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.).