The Week Ahead: Back in session

It’ll be a busy week as Congress returns from its August recess and the last of the major 2010 primaries takes place Tuesday.

After a month back home listening to voters, lawmakers return to the Capitol for some unfinished legislative business.

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The Senate will discuss the small-business jobs bill; a vote could happen as early as this week. Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) announced his support for the legislation, giving Democrats the 60 votes needed to end debate on the measure, presuming all of their members stay in line.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will appear before Congress on Thursday to discuss exchange rate policies as discussions over China's currency heat up.

The return of Congress means the start of the Washington fall social season. Wednesday night will feature the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 33rd Gala with scheduled guests President Obama, first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama’s book tour to include stadium events Michelle Obama teams up with BET to urge women of color to vote Healthy food has gone high end, but is the lifestyle trend worth the cost? MORE, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidKavanaugh furor intensifies as calls for new testimony grow Dems can’t ‘Bork’ Kavanaugh, and have only themselves to blame Dem senator: Confidential documents would 'strongly bolster' argument against Kavanaugh's nomination MORE (D-Nev.), New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and actress Eva Longoria Parker.

And the Family Research Council holds its Fifth Annual Values Voter Summit in Washington beginning Friday. There are several big-name conservatives scheduled to speak.

Monday, Sept. 13


-- The Senate reconvenes at 2:30 p.m. after its August recess.

-- President Obama will visit Fairfax, Va., where he will meet with a local family at their home before hosting a discussion on the economy with families from the area. His official remarks are scheduled for 1:55 p.m.

Later, he’ll host championship teams and student athletes from across the NCAA with a reception at the White House. That event begins at 5:45 p.m.

-- Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden: Presume the 'essence' of sexual assault accusations are 'real' Sanders, Warren ask whether there’s room for both in primary Kavanaugh hires attorney amid sexual assault allegations: report MORE will be in Philadelphia to campaign for Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak.

-- First lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks at the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) Fall Board Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Washington at 10:30 a.m.

-- Geithner and Labor Treasury Secretary Hilda Solis will speak at 2010 Hispanic Heritage Month events held by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. The events take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano speaks at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 14

-- The House is back in session, with the first votes scheduled for early evening.

-- Obama will deliver his second annual Back-to-School Speech at Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia. The event takes place at 1 p.m.

-- Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin hold primaries Tuesday.

The biggest House race to watch is that of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who faces a challenge from State Assembly member Adam Clayton Powell IV. A couple of other House primaries worth watching are the Democratic battles for retiring Reps. Bill Delahunt’s (D-Mass.) and Patrick Kennedy’s (D-R.I.) seats, because the primary winner will likely win the general election.

On the Senate side, New Hampshire and Delaware Republicans will pick their candidates. The Tea Party has made inroads in Delaware, hoping candidate Christine O’Donnell can mimic what happened in Alaska and knock off party-backed Rep. Mike Castle. In New Hampshire, a tough, multi-candidate primary features party favorite Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteGOP mulls having outside counsel question Kavanaugh, Ford Pallbearers, speakers announced for McCain's DC memorial service and Capitol ceremony Tributes pour in for John McCain MORE in a nasty battle with Jim Bender while former gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne tries to claim the Tea Party mantle.

D.C. primary voters will pick their candidates for mayor, with the winner of the Democratic contest the favorite to win in November. Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) has brought in big-name Democratic consultant Anita Dunn to help his final push as he faces a tough challenge from City Council Chairman Vincent Gray (D).

-- Michelle Obama will attend the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Conference at the Ronald Reagan Building to talk about her Let’s Move! Initiative. Her speech is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

-- The Cato Institute holds a book forum, Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto, with its author, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas). It begins at noon; a lunch follows. 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

-- The Center for American Progress holds a discussion called “Debating Our Fiscal Future” on policy responses to the U.S. budget deficit. The event runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st Street NW.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and special Middle East envoy George Mitchell attend Israeli-Palestinian peace talks Tuesday and Wednesday in the region.

-- There will be a book launch for Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders with authors Reps. Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorFake political signs target Democrat in Virginia Hillicon Valley: GOP leader wants Twitter CEO to testify on bias claims | Sinclair beefs up lobbying during merger fight | Facebook users experience brief outage | South Korea eyes new taxes on tech Sinclair hired GOP lobbyists after FCC cracked down on proposed Tribune merger MORE (R-Va.), Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanCorey Stewart fires aide who helped bring far-right ideas to campaign: report GOP super PAC hits Randy Bryce with ad starring his brother Super PACs spend big in high-stakes midterms MORE (R-Wis.). This invitation-only event takes place at Johnny's Half Shell at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

-- The Brookings Institution, Migration Policy Institute and Active Voice co-host a screening and discussion of “Welcome to Shelbyville.” The documentary “takes an intimate look at a Southern town as its leaders and residents — whites and African-Americans, Latino and Somali immigrants — grapple with their beliefs, their histories and their evolving ways of life.” The event runs from 4 to 6:15 p.m. at Brookings. 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

-- The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute holds its 33rd annual gala awards at 7 p.m. with scheduled guests President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. There will be a presentation of the "Medallion of Excellence" to actress Eva Longoria Parker. The event takes place at the Washington Convention Center.

Thursday, Sept. 16

-- Geithner will testify before Congress on exchange rate policies and discuss the Treasury Department’s "International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies" report. He’s scheduled to appear before the Senate Banking Committee at 10 a.m. and the House Ways and Means panel at 2 p.m.

-- Jacob Lew, the nominee to be director of the Office of Management and Budget, will testify before the Senate Budget Committee at 10 a.m. He speaks before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee at 2:30 p.m.

-- Obama heads to Connecticut to attend events for Democratic Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal and the Democratic National Committee.

-- Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle will be in town for a National Republican Senatorial Committee fundraiser.

-- Michelle Obama will attend the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference at the Washington Convention Center. Once again, she’ll discuss her Let’s Move! Initiative. Her speech will be at 1:45 p.m.

-- The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) holds another in its “Election Watch” series, featuring analysis by Michael Barone and Norman Ornstein. The event runs from 8:30 to 10 a.m. 1150 17th Street NW, 12th floor.

-- Brookings and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs unveil the results of a public opinion survey on American attitudes toward U.S. foreign policies. The panel discussion runs from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. at Brookings.

-- The U.S. Census Bureau releases its poverty and family income report, and Brookings’s Center on Children and Families holds a 2:30 p.m. briefing on the new data. Reserve Officers Association of the United States, 1 Constitution Ave. NE.

-- AEI holds a discussion on the Deficit Reduction and Budget Reform Act with its sponsor, Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneMore Dems want focus on job creation than wage growth Google, Apple, Amazon execs to testify at Senate privacy hearing this month Trump gets good news on wages MORE (R-S.D.). It runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the think tank's headquarters.

Friday, Sept. 17

-- The Family Research Council holds its Fifth Annual Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Scheduled speakers include:

8:45 a.m.: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.), Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannYes, condemn Roseanne, but ignoring others is true hypocrisy Bachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate MORE (R-Minn.), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) and group President Tony Perkins deliver opening remarks.

2 p.m.: Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), American Values President Gary Bauer and Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer are among the participants in the afternoon plenary session.

7:30 p.m.: Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity will be joined by the Duggar family of "19 Kids and Counting" in the evening plenary session.

-- Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo will be at the Brookings Institution to discuss "Regulating the Shadow Banking System” at 11:30 a.m.

-- The National Archives holds events to celebrate the 223rd anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, including a "Happy Birthday, U.S. Constitution!" party with a birthday cake and a Dolly Madison re-enactor. The party will begin at 1 p.m.