The Week Ahead: Obama hits the road

It'll be a relatively quiet week on Capitol Hill with just the Senate in session.

But there will still be plenty happening both in Washington and around the country.

President Obama hits the road Monday, starting a three-day bus tour to North Carolina and Virginia to promote his jobs plan. The first lady will join him on day three.

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There's another presidential debate on Tuesday. This one is in Las Vegas and marks the beginning of the Western Republican Leadership Conference.

And Friday marks an annual D.C. tradition for kids and parents alike -- "Boo at the Zoo."


Monday, Oct. 17

Obama begins his three-day bus trip in Asheville, N.C. and he will overnight in the Greensboro area. 

Vice President Biden travels to York, Pa., to visit Goode Elementary School as part of the administration's promotion of the American Jobs Act.

First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama leads USA dodgeball against Corden's Team UK Michelle Obama leads USA dodgeball against Corden's Team UK Michelle Obama to lead female celebrity dodgeball team in 'Late Late Show' face-off MORE and Jill Biden deliver remarks at an event for the Joint Forces initiative, which supports members of the armed services and their families. The event begins at 11:15 a.m.

Later in the afternoon the first lady will host a reception on the White House lawn for schools that met her goal to double the number of participants in the HealthierUS School Challenge in a year. Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackThomas James VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE will join her at the 3:30 p.m. event.

Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannKlobuchar urges CNN town hall audience: 'That's when you guys are supposed to cheer, OK?' Michele Bachmann praises Trump: Americans will 'never see a more godly, biblical president' Michele Bachmann praises Trump: Americans will 'never see a more godly, biblical president' MORE (R-Minn.) will hold a nation-wide tele-town hall with businessman Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE at 8 p.m.


Tuesday, Oct. 18

The GOP presidential candidates gather in Las Vegas for a debate hosted by CNN. It begins at 8 p.m.

Obama's bus tour takes him to Jamestown, N.C., and Emporia, Va. He will overnight in Hampton, Va.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will deliver a speech on how the financial crisis and resulting recession have changed the way central banks operate.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies before the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee at 10 a.m. in 485-A Russell.

Michael Bromwich, the director of the Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on whether the United States is capable of responding to another massive oil spill. The hearing takes place at 10 a.m. in 366 Dirksen.


Wednesday, Oct. 19

The Obamas will hold an event at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va., as part of the president's bus tour. The president will also visit a firehouse in North Chesterfield, Va.

Acting Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall and Lt. Gen. Brooks Bash, director of the Joint Staff’s logistics directorate, will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the final report of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The hearing begins at 2:30 p.m. in 232-A Russell.

The Western Republican Leadership Conference begins in Las Vegas. Wednesday's speakers include Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

CBS' Bob Schieffer hosts Karaoke in the Capitol, where staffers, lawmakers and members of the media come together to sing. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Rock and Roll Hotel.


Thursday, Oct. 20

Obama will host the 13 recipients of the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor, at the White House.

The president will meet with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway later in the day.

Thursday's speakers at the Western Republican Leadership Conference include Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.).


Friday, Oct. 21

Friday's speakers at the Western Republican Leadership Conference include National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John CornynJohn CornynWillie Nelson on supporting O'Rourke: 'Anything he wants to do, I'm with Beto' Willie Nelson on supporting O'Rourke: 'Anything he wants to do, I'm with Beto' Koch political arm endorses Colorado Sen. Gardner MORE (R-Texas), Govs. Linda Lingle (R-Hawaii) and Haley Barbour (R-Miss.), and Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump doesn't want war with Iran Senators demand Trump explain decision to deploy troops amid Iran tensions Senators demand Trump explain decision to deploy troops amid Iran tensions MORE (R-Utah), Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchA health insurer takes on his own industry: Describe clearly what we favor, not attack what we oppose A health insurer takes on his own industry: Describe clearly what we favor, not attack what we oppose Trump to award Medal of Freedom to economist Arthur Laffer MORE (R-Utah) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThis week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary MORE (R-Nev.).

The National Zoo hosts its annual Halloween event "Boo at the Zoo."