The Week Ahead: Holiday crunch time

It’s the last week Congress is in session before the Memorial Day recess and there’s a lot of legislation on the table.

The tax extenders bill is back in play and, with it, the Medicare “doc fix.” This marks lawmakers’ last chance to act before the break: If they fail, physicians face a 21.3 percent Medicare pay cut on June 1, right after Congress gets back in session.

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President Barack Obama welcomes several foreign dignitaries to the White House this week. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will be there Monday and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will visit Tuesday.

Obama also will travel to San Francisco Tuesday for a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and remain overnight in order to talk jobs and the economy on Wednesday.

The American Jobs, Closing Tax Loopholes and Preventing Outsourcing Act, which extends unemployment insurance benefits and reduced COBRA payments through the end of 2010, will come to the House floor for a vote sometime this week.

And first lady Michelle Obama heads to Detroit Wednesday to talk about youth mentoring.

Monday, May 24

— The House Rules Committee is scheduled to pick up the tax extenders bill. House floor action could begin as early as Tuesday, and the Senate would take up the bill after that.

— At 3 p.m. the Senate will proceed to H.R. 4899, the $58.8 billion Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act.

— At 5:30 p.m. the Senate will vote on two Republican motions to instruct conferees in advance of bicameral talks on Wall Street reform. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hopes to finish the supplemental spending bill early next week and then move on to a package of expiring tax provisions expected to cost nearly $200 billion. Reid said both items need to pass the Senate by Memorial Day.

— The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan will hold a hearing at 9:30 a.m. in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on preventing contract fraud and waste.

 President Barack Obama welcomes the Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri, to the White House.

Tuesday, May 25

— The Senate Armed Services Committee begins marking up its version of the fiscal year 2011 Defense authorization bill. House authorizers last week approved hundreds of millions of dollars in spending the White House and Pentagon say is unnecessary and unaffordable, setting up what could be a protracted standoff.

— The Joint Economic Committee meets at 10:30 a.m. for a hearing on the recession’s impact on young workers.

— The Senate Energy and Natural Resources and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees hold hearings on issues related to the Gulf oil spill at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

— Obama will meet with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the White House.

— Obama will be in California for a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in San Francisco. Obama headlined three fundraisers for Boxer in Los Angeles on April 19.

— Only one primary tonight after last week's madness. In Idaho, several Republicans are fighting for the right to face Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho), a top GOP target. This race has seen some interesting dynamics. The favored Republican candidate, Vaughn Ward, has seen his momentum slowed after several campaign errors, while Minnick is the only Democrat endorsed by the Tea Party.

— The National Geographic Society hosts the preliminary round of the 2010 National Geographic Bee (this continues Wednesday).

Wednesday, May 26

— The White House fiscal commission, charged with finding ways to bring down the deficit, meets.

— Obama remains in California where he’ll will tour Solyndra, Inc., a solar panel manufacturing facility in Fremont, and then make remarks to workers about jobs and the economy.

— First lady Michelle Obama travels to Detroit to promote the White House youth leadership and mentoring efforts.

— The House Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the Gulf oil spill at 10 a.m. (A second is scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m.)

— The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee meets at 10 a.m. to mark up Rosa’s Law, Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s (D-Md.) bill to eliminate the use of the word “retarded” in federal law.

— Barbara Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush and head of the nongovernmental organization Global Health Corps, talks about global health disparities at a National Press Club luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 27

— The House is expected to take up the 2011 defense authorization bill.

— The House Judiciary Committee meets at 10 a.m., for a hearing on legal liability issues and the Gulf oil spill.

— Obama, whose strong and very public criticisms of Israel in recent months have prompted complaints from Jewish lawmakers, hosts the first-ever White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.

— Obama also welcomes NCAA Men's Basketball Champion the Duke Blue Devils to the White House.

— Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) will be signing copies of his memoir Teaching the Pig to Dance: A Memoir of Growing Up and Second Chances at the Barnes and Noble at Tyson’s Corner.

Friday, May 28

— Vice President Joe Biden delivers the commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy's commissioning ceremonies at 10 a.m.

Alexander Bolton, Sam Youngman and Julian Pecquet contributed to this article