The Week Ahead: GOP unveils 2013 budget

Both chambers of Congress are back in session this week and Republicans will release their 2013 budget plan.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is expected to outline the GOP plan in a speech Tuesday with his committee holding a hearing on it on Wednesday.

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Also, the House will vote to repeal the health law's cost-cutting panel. The lower chamber is expected to hold the vote on repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board on Wednesday. The bill was expected to pass with broad bipartisan support but any chance of that evaporated after Republicans decided to pay for it by tying it to legislation capping medical malpractice damages.

President Obama will begin a four-state tour on Wednesday to highlight his energy policies — a move that comes as Americans are seeing rising prices at the gas pump.

Illinois holds its primary on Tuesday and while most will be watching the GOP presidential race, two Republican members of Congress — freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger and 10-term Rep. Dan Manzullo — are facing off in a nasty primary battle.

Also on Tuesday, the Taoiseach of Ireland is in town for a St. Patrick’s Day lunch at the Capitol and meetings at the White House.


Monday, March 19

First Lady Michelle Obama will be in New York City for an appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” She will then attend a couple of fundraisers.

President Obama attends a fundraiser at the W Hotel in the evening.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski testifies before the House Appropriations Committee about the 2013 budget request for his agency. The hearing begins at 3 p.m. in 2359 Rayburn.


Tuesday, March 20

Illinois holds its primary. Polls close at 8 p.m. EDT.

Obama hosts Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny at the White House. In the morning, Vice President Biden will host Kenny at a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at the Naval Observatory.  In the evening, the Obamas will host a St. Patrick’s Day reception at the White House.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) hosts a St. Patrick’s Day lunch at the Capitol with Obama, Biden, Kenny, and several lawmakers in attendance. It begins at 1:15 p.m.

Also on Tuesday, Obama and Biden will meet with First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of Northern Ireland at the White House.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) speaks at the American Enterprise Institute about the Republican budget plan. The speech begins at 11:30 a.m.

The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hold a nomination hearing. Those testifying include: Jerome Powell and Jeremy Stein to be members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors; Jeremiah Norton to be a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Board of Directors; Richard Berner to be director of the Office of Financial Research; and Christy Romero to be special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. in 538 Dirksen.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies before the House Financial Services Committee about the state of the international monetary system. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. in 2128 Rayburn.


Wednesday, March 21

Obama begins a two-day tour of four states to promote his energy policies. He begins in Boulder City, Nev., where he will visit the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility. He then heads to Carlsbad, N.M, an area home to more than seventy active drilling rigs.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee about her department’s 2013 budget request. The hearing begins at 2:30 p.m. in 342 Dirksen.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis testifies before the House Education and the Workforce Committee about the 2013 budget request for her department. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. in 2175 Rayburn.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) delivers remarks at a Women's History Month reception honoring Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.). It begins at 5 p.m. in room H-207 of the Capitol building.


Thursday, March 22

Obama heads to Cushing, Okla., to discuss his plan for improving and supporting the infrastructure that helps leverage domestic resources, including the pipeline that will transport oil from Cushing to the Gulf of Mexico. He then visits Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hear from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson about the agency's 2013 budget plan. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. in 406 Dirksen.

— Julian Pecquet and Peter Schroeder contributed