The Week Ahead: Time for votes on trade deals

The long-awaited votes on the trade deals are set to happen this week.


On Tuesday, the House is expected to consider the arrangements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea, and will vote on passage Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Senate will vote on them Wednesday. The deals are expected to pass both chambers.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will be in Washington this week. He’ll be feted at the White House with a state dinner on Thursday.

There will be another Republican presidential debate Tuesday, this one focusing on economic issues.

And Friday is the deadline for any House and Senate standing committee to get its deficit-reduction recommendations to the supercommittee.


Monday, Oct. 10

It’s Columbus Day so government offices are closed.

President Obama will travel to the Bethesda Naval Walter Reed Medical Center to visit with wounded service members.

The Association of the U.S. Army begins a three-day conference in Washington. Scheduled speakers include Army Secretary John McHugh, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.


Tuesday, Oct. 11

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Obama travels to Pittsburgh, Pa., to visit the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and promote the American Jobs Act. He will also be in Orlando, Fla., for campaign events.

The Republican presidential candidates gather at Dartmouth University for a debate sponsored by Bloomberg News and the Washington Post. It begins at 8 p.m., airing on Bloomberg Television, and will focus on economic issues.

The House will vote on trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. They are likely to approve them.

Vice President Biden will be at CIA headquarters for the swearing-in for Director David Petraeus. Later in the day he meets with Prime Minister Igor Lukšić of Montenegro.

The Senate Finance Committee meets at 4 p.m. in 215 Dirksen to mark up the trade bills.

First lady Michelle Obama will help launch an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. She will join National Geographic Kids magazine to lead hundreds of local children in doing one minute of continuous jumping jacks. To break the record, more than 20,000 people from around the world need to do jumping jacks for one minute.


Wednesday, Oct. 12

President Obama will deliver remarks at the American Latino Heritage Forum being hosted by the White House and the Department of the Interior.

The Senate is set to approve the Colombia, Panama and South Korea trade deals.

Vice President Biden travels to Michigan where he will promote the American Jobs Act in Flint and Grand Rapids. He will also attend a campaign fundraiser in Grand Rapids.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks at the “American Idea: A More Perfect Union” conference hosted by the Center for American Progress, at the Decatur House at noon.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host an event with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to talk about the trade deals. It begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Willard Hotel.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) will be honored at the Friends of Cancer Research Cancer Research Leadership Awards Reception, which takes place at the Regis Hotel at 6 p.m.


Thursday, Oct. 13

The Obamas will welcome South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok to the White House for a state visit.

Vice President Biden, Jill Biden and Secretary of State Clinton host a lunch for President Lee and his wife at the State Department.

Obama and President Lee will hold a press conference. Lee will also address a joint session of Congress at 4 p.m.

Michelle Obama will host Yoon-ok at Annandale High School in Virginia, which is home to one of the largest Korean-American communities in the Washington area.

That evening there will be a state dinner at the White House.

Clinton will deliver remarks to the U.S.-India Higher Education Summit at Georgetown University at 8 a.m.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood addresses a National Press Club luncheon at 1 p.m.

The Senate Banking Committee will discuss economic sanctions on Iran, hearing from officials from the Commerce, State and Treasury Departments.  It begins at 10 a.m. in 538 Dirksen.

The House Natural Resources Committee will hear from the co-chairmen of the joint Interior Department-U.S. Coast Guard investigation of the 2010 BP oil spill. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. in 1324 Longworth.


Friday, Oct. 14

Friday is the deadline for any House and Senate standing committee that so chooses to send its deficit-reduction recommendations to the supercommittee. The supercommittee is seeking at least $1.2 trillion in spending cuts.

-- Peter Schroder, Ben Geman, and John T. Bennett contributed.