By Emily Goodin - 10/17/11 09:15 AM EDT
But there will still be plenty happening both in Washington and around the country.
President Obama hits the road Monday, starting a three-day bus tour to North Carolina and Virginia to promote his jobs plan. The first lady will join him on day three.
And Friday marks an annual D.C. tradition for kids and parents alike -- "Boo at the Zoo."
Monday, Oct. 17
Obama begins his three-day bus trip in Asheville, N.C. and he will overnight in the Greensboro area.
Vice President Biden travels to York, Pa., to visit Goode Elementary School as part of the administration's promotion of the American Jobs Act.
First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaIf Hillary wins, she should serve one term and move on Arizona and Georgia: Not swing states — yet Political map shifts on Trump MORE and Jill Biden deliver remarks at an event for the Joint Forces initiative, which supports members of the armed services and their families. The event begins at 11:15 a.m.
Later in the afternoon the first lady will host a reception on the White House lawn for schools that met her goal to double the number of participants in the HealthierUS School Challenge in a year. Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackThomas J. VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE will join her at the 3:30 p.m. event.
Rep. Michele BachmannMichele BachmannThe right-wing wants a revolution, and we had better pay attention Bachmann: Trump, GOP feud isn't a 'civil war' Trump says 2016 is the GOP's last chance to win MORE (R-Minn.) will hold a nation-wide tele-town hall with businessman Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWhat a Trump presidency could mean for American privacy rights Trump praises Gingrich for Megyn Kelly interview: 'We don't play games' State Dept. months late on explaining Clinton aide's missing emails MORE at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18
The GOP presidential candidates gather in Las Vegas for a debate hosted by CNN. It begins at 8 p.m.
Obama's bus tour takes him to Jamestown, N.C., and Emporia, Va. He will overnight in Hampton, Va.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will deliver a speech on how the financial crisis and resulting recession have changed the way central banks operate.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee at 10 a.m. in 485-A Russell.
Michael Bromwich, the director of the Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on whether the United States is capable of responding to another massive oil spill. The hearing takes place at 10 a.m. in 366 Dirksen.
Wednesday, Oct. 19
The Obamas will hold an event at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va., as part of the president's bus tour. The president will also visit a firehouse in North Chesterfield, Va.
Acting Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall and Lt. Gen. Brooks Bash, director of the Joint Staff’s logistics directorate, will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the final report of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The hearing begins at 2:30 p.m. in 232-A Russell.
The Western Republican Leadership Conference begins in Las Vegas. Wednesday's speakers include Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).
CBS' Bob Schieffer hosts Karaoke in the Capitol, where staffers, lawmakers and members of the media come together to sing. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Rock and Roll Hotel.
Thursday, Oct. 20
Obama will host the 13 recipients of the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor, at the White House.
The president will meet with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway later in the day.
Thursday's speakers at the Western Republican Leadership Conference include Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.).
Friday, Oct. 21
Friday's speakers at the Western Republican Leadership Conference include National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John CornynJohn CornynPotential Cruz challenger: 'Don't close off your options' Report: Investor visa program mainly funds wealthy areas GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election MORE (R-Texas), Govs. Linda Lingle (R-Hawaii) and Haley Barbour (R-Miss.), and Sens. Mike LeeMike LeeDonald Trump's Mormon PR problem Trump's big worry isn't rigged elections, it's GOP establishment GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election MORE (R-Utah), Orrin HatchOrrin HatchThe holy grail of tax policy GOP lawmakers ask IRS to explain M wasted on unusable email system GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election MORE (R-Utah) and Dean HellerDean HellerGOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election More Senate Republicans pressure Treasury over debt-equity rules Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears MORE (R-Nev.).
The National Zoo hosts its annual Halloween event "Boo at the Zoo."