The Week Ahead: Senate takes up Obama’s ‘to do’ list

The Senate starts to tackle President Obama’s “to-do” list while the president prepares for this weekend’s NATO summit.

In the House, lawmakers will spend most of the week debating the National Defense Authorization Act and will also vote on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

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The Senate begins the week with a vote on the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, whose charter expires May 31.

Then the upper chamber moves on to one of the five elements of Obama's five-point "To Do" list for Congress — a 10 percent tax credit for small businesses that hire.

World leaders begin arriving in town on Thursday for the NATO summit at Camp David.


Monday, May 14

President Obama will deliver the commencement address at Barnard College in New York City. He will also tape an appearance for ABC's "The View," which will air Tuesday, and then he'll attend a couple of campaign fundraisers.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack holds a Twitter town hall, beginning at 1:30 p.m., to celebrate the Agriculture Department's 150th anniversary. Use the #AskUSDA and #USDA150 hashtags.


Tuesday, May 15

President Obama will speak at the National Peace Officers Memorial Service, an annual ceremony honoring law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty.

He'll also welcome Major League Soccer champions, the L.A. Galaxy to the White House to honor their 2011 season and their MLS Cup victory. The team will also take part in a “Let’s Move” event.

In the evening, the Obamas will host a dinner for the Combatant Commanders and spouses at the White House.

The House Rules Committee meets on the National Defense Authorization Act at 10 a.m. in H-313. 

The House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights will hold a hearing to examine the status of blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng. It begins at 1 p.m. in 2172 Rayburn.

The state of Nebraska holds its GOP Senate primary. The winner will face former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) in the general election. Nebraska and Oregon also hold their presidential primaries.


Wednesday, May 16

Obama will award Specialist Leslie Sabo, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor posthumously. He'll also give a speech in the Washington, D.C.-area encouraging Congress to complete his "To Do" list.

Vice President Biden travels to Ohio to tout the president's manufacturing record in campaign stops.

FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 10 a.m. in 226 Dirksen.


Thursday, May 17

World leaders start arriving in Washington for the NATO summit.

Biden continues his Ohio trip with stops in Youngstown and Martins Ferry.


Friday, May 18

Obama will deliver the opening keynote to the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security at the Ronald Reagan Building as part of the lead up to the NATO summit. He'll travel to Camp David later in the day for the NATO summit.

Biden will host a fundraiser in Delaware.

— Peter Schroeder contributed