The Week Ahead: Obama heads west on fundraising swing

All action is in the Senate this week as the House is out of session.

Meanwhile, there's a series of campaign fundraisers on the schedule for President Obama, Vice President Biden and first lady Michelle Obama.

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The upper chamber is expected to act on a must-pass Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bill, which would reauthorize the user fees that the FDA collects from drug and medical device makers. 

The Senate will also tackle the Defense authorization bill after the House passed its $643 billion version of the bill on Friday.

And JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon is expected to testify before the Senate Banking Committee sometime this week.

Obama has fundraisers on the West Coast in the latter half of the week while the first lady has one in Cleveland, Ohio, and Biden has one in Boston.


Monday, May 21

Obama attends final meetings of the NATO summit in Chicago in the morning and then heads to Joplin, Mo., to deliver the commencement address at Joplin High School. He returns to DC in the evening.

First lady Michelle Obama will be in Cleveland, Ohio, for a campaign fundraiser.


Tuesday, May 22

Biden is in Keene, N.H., for a campaign rally at the Young Student Center at Keene State College. Then he heads to Boston for a fundraiser.

Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission; and Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, testify before the Senate Banking Committee at 10 a.m. in 538 Dirksen.

Arkansas and Kentucky hold their congressional and presidential primaries.


Wednesday, May 23

Obama delivers the commencement address at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He then travels to Denver for a fundraiser and, after that, heads to fundraisers in Atherton, Calif., and Redwood City, Calif. He will spend the night in San Jose, Calif.

Biden hosts a reception for leaders of labor organizations at the Naval Observatory. 

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at 10 a.m. in 419 Dirksen.

In the evening, Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the Gala Dinner for the International Special Operations Forces Week at the Tampa Convention Center.

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee at 10:30 a.m. in G-50 Dirksen.


Thursday, May 24

Obama attends a fundraiser in Palo Alto, Calif. He then heads to Newton, Iowa, to talk about the economy and continue his push for Congress to finish his "To Do" list. He then has a fundraiser in Des Moines and returns to D.C. in the evening.

Biden attends a fundraiser for Senate candidate Tim Kaine (D) in McLean, Va.

New Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioners, Ajit Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel, will be at their first meeting. It will also be the first time that the FCC will have all five commissioners at a meeting since April of last year. It begins at 10:30 a.m. at the FCC building.


Friday, May 25

Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, address the opening session for the 18th Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp.

— Peter Schroeder, Jeremy Herb, Brendan Sasso and Elise Viebeck contributed