The Week Ahead: Obama hits the road

It'll be a relatively quiet week on Capitol Hill with just the Senate in session.

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.

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There's another presidential debate on Tuesday. This one is in Las Vegas and marks the beginning of the Western Republican Leadership Conference.

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 LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama criticizes lack of diversity in politics: one side is 'all white, all men' Obama interrupts Michelle's appearance with 25th anniversary tribute Michelle Obama: Young people feel what's happening now 'not what they were taught' 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 Marie BachmannTom Petty dies at 66 Bachmann: Muslim immigrants trying to undermine Western civilization Religious leaders pray over Trump in Oval Office MORE (R-Minn.) will hold a nation-wide tele-town hall with businessman Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open 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 CornynGun proposal picks up GOP support House bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Republicans jockey for position on immigration MORE (R-Texas), Govs. Linda Lingle (R-Hawaii) and Haley Barbour (R-Miss.), and Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong How the effort to replace ObamaCare failed Overnight Regulation: Trump temporarily lifts Jones Act for Puerto Rico | Bill would exempt some banks from Dodd-Frank | Senators unveil driverless car bill MORE (R-Utah), Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchGOP eyes limits on investor tax break Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Overnight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled over stock sales | House panel approves B for border wall | Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot MORE (R-Utah) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerNevada senators urge airlines to enact new policies after Las Vegas shooting Dems plan to make gun control an issue in Nevada GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers MORE (R-Nev.).

The National Zoo hosts its annual Halloween event "Boo at the Zoo."