OPIOID SERIES:

The Week Ahead: Insider-trading bill hits the House floor

President Obama’s budget proposal was originally scheduled to come out on Monday but it’s been delayed a week to Feb. 13th, which will leave lawmakers and observers one more week to ponder what the president is planning.

But there’s still plenty of action in the executive branch and the legislative branch this week.

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, which forbids insider trading by members of Congress, will hit the House floor sometime this week. The Senate passed it on Thursday. The lower chamber is expected to amend the legislation and House Democrats are pushing their own version of the bill — all this is expected to be worked out in conference committee.

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The race for the Republican presidential nomination continues with three states holding their contests on Tuesday. These will be the last contests until Feb. 28th. And the annual Conservative Political Action Conference — featuring an all-star list of Republican names — begins on Thursday.


Monday, Feb. 6

Vice President Biden and Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter will visit Florida State University to discuss ways to combat rising college costs. The event begins at 11 a.m.

The Senate begins consideration of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Last week the House approved the first long-term funding of the FAA in eight years.  The $63 billion package would fund the agency through 2015.

The states suing over Obama’s healthcare law must file their brief with the Supreme Court on the central question of whether the healthcare law is constitutional.


Tuesday, Feb. 7

Colorado and Minnesota hold their GOP presidential caucuses. Missouri holds its primary but its delegates won’t be decided until the state party’s March 17 convention.

Obama will host the second White House Science Fair.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on U.S. monetary and fiscal policy.  It begins at 10 a.m. in 608 Dirksen.

The bicameral Joint Economic Committee meets to discuss extending the payroll tax cut. The hearing begins at 2:30 p.m. in 216 Hart.

Librarian of Congress James Billington, U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, Acting U.S. Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks, and CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf testify before the House Appropriations Committee about their budgets. The hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. in HT-2, U.S. Capitol.


Wednesday, Feb. 8

The Washington Press Club Foundation holds its 68th Annual Congressional Dinner at 8 p.m. at the Mandarin Oriental.

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Philip Morse testifies before the House Appropriations Committee about the budget for the Capitol police force. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. in HT-2, U.S. Capitol.


Thursday, Feb. 9

Obama will host Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti for meetings at the White House.

Biden will be in Columbus, Ohio, to deliver remarks at the Ohio Newspaper Association Convention. 

First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMelania Trump to attend Barbara Bush's funeral The Hill says goodbye to 50 Most Beautiful Family, friends mourn death of Barbara Bush MORE will begin a three-day, nation-wide tour celebrating the second anniversary of Let’s Move!, her initiative to combat childhood obesity. She will be in Des Moines, Iowa; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Fort Worth, Texas.

Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers testifies before the House Appropriations Committee about the budget for his office. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. in HT-2, U.S. Capitol.

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) begins its annual conference at Washington D.C.’s Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Speakers include Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenate confirms Trump’s pick to lead NASA Key senators warn Trump of North Korea effort on Syria Rep. Jordan: Action in Syria ‘should be debated in Congress’ MORE (R-Utah), Rep. Tom GravesJohn (Tom) Thomas GravesRepublicans express doubts that Ryan can stay on as Speaker Ryan rebuffs calls that he make a speedier exit House Republicans grumble about the 'worst process ever' MORE (R-Ga.), Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senator: Congress needs ‘to move on’ from Russia probe GOP senator: ‘Way too early’ to talk about supporting Trump in 2020 IG report faults fired FBI official McCabe for leak to media MORE (R-Wis.), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.), Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate Pawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota MORE (R-Minn.), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas), Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSome doubt McCarthy or Scalise will ever lead House GOP Lobbying World McCarthy courts conservatives in Speaker's bid MORE (R-Ohio), Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Herman Cain, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHeitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State Senate committee sets Monday vote even as Pompeo appears to lack support Trump checkmates Democrats in sending Pompeo to North Korea MORE (R-Ky.), and Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFreedomWorks backs Jim Jordan for House Speaker House, Senate GOP compete for cash Some doubt McCarthy or Scalise will ever lead House GOP MORE (R-Wis.).


Friday, Feb. 10

CPAC begins its second day and the speakers include: Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.), Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoOvernight Energy: Watchdogs unveil findings on EPA, Interior controversies | GAO says EPA violated law with soundproof booth | IG says Zinke could have avoided charter flight | GOP chair probes Pruitt's four email addresses GOP chairman probes Pruitt’s four email addresses GAO: EPA violated law with Pruitt's soundproof booth MORE (R-Wyo.), Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeDems give muted praise to Pompeo-Kim meeting Overnight Energy: Former Pruitt aide alleges more wasteful spending, retaliation | Senate confirms EPA No. 2 | Zinke backs off big park fee increases Senate approves Trump’s pick for No. 2 at EPA MORE (R-Okla.), former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), Rep. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottPartisan tensions rise as Mueller bill delayed GOP dismisses report that tax law will add .9 trillion to debt Gowdy on video questions how long Pruitt is ‘going to make it’ MORE (R-S.C.), Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.), and Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.).

Sarah Palin gives the keynote address to CPAC attendees on Saturday.

Michelle Obama continues her tour in Dallas, Texas; Homestead, Fla.; and Orlando, Fla. She will spend Saturday in Longwood, Fla., and Orlando, which includes a stop at Disney World.

— Sam Baker contributed