The Week Ahead: Obama address, GOP fight moves to Florida

Two Republican presidential debates, the State of the Union address and the return of the Senate make it a busy week in Washington.

President Obama will be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday at 9 p.m. to deliver his remarks, which will be viewed through the lens of the upcoming election. He is expected to draw a line between himself and congressional Republicans.

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Meanwhile, the men who want to replace him will meet for two debates — one on Monday and one on Thursday — ahead of next week’s Florida primary. Following Newt Gingrich's win in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, expect Mitt Romney to go on the attack.

And this is Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s (D-Ariz.) last week in Congress. 


Monday, Jan. 23

The GOP presidential debate of the week will be in Tampa, Fla., and starts at 9 p.m.

Obama will welcome the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins to the White House at 1:35 p.m. 

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will deliver opening remarks at the 39th annual March for Life on the National Mall.


Tuesday, Jan. 24

Obama gives his State of the Union address at 9 p.m.

The conference committee charged with coming up with a deal on extending the payroll tax cut meets for the first time.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee examines the Occupy movement in Washington, D.C., with a hearing titled: "McPherson Square: Who Made the Decision to Allow Indefinite Camping in the Park?" D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is among those testifying. The hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn.


Wednesday, Jan. 25

Obama heads to Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Phoenix; and Las Vegas, where he will remain overnight.

First lady Michelle Obama joins Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., to talk about USDA’s new and improved nutrition standards for school lunches. The event begins at 11:15 a.m.

House Democrats hold their annual retreat from Wednesday to Friday at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Md.

Senate Republicans have their annual issues conference at Mount Vernon, Va.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) formally steps down as GOP conference chairman.


Thursday, Jan. 26

Obama will travel to Denver and Detroit, where he will remain overnight.

Michelle Obama will be in Tampa, Fla., to join Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods, to promote My Plate, which encourages healthy family meals. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. She will then do two fundraising events for the Democratic National Committee, one in Sarasota, Fla., and one in Palm Beach, Fla. 

The GOP presidential candidates meet in Jacksonville, Fla., for a debate, which begins at 8 p.m.

Vice President Biden will be in Rochester, N.H.


Friday, Jan. 27

Obama returns to Washington.

Biden addresses the Democratic retreat in Maryland.