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The Week Ahead

Roll Call’s Monday Guide to Events Worth Noting On and Off Capitol Hill


The jobs debate will continue in and out of Washington, D.C. The week will open with the White House unveiling an outline for how the super committee might go about cutting the deficit. Although the committee is responsible for coming up with $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions, the White House is expected to offer details on how to reach $2 trillion to also cover the cost of its jobs plan, which the president continues to tout in campaign-style events around the country, such as the one he’ll do Thursday in Ohio.

The super committee has only one hearing scheduled, but it may add others. On Thursday, the panel will hold a kind of groundwork-laying hearing on tax policy.

After months of talk about the early GOP primary states in the presidential election, Florida will spend much of the week in the national spotlight. The state Republican Party holds its Presidency 5 convention starting Wednesday. The presidential contenders will hold receptions for delegates and will also have the chance to address the group in advance of Saturday’s poll.


The president’s deficit plan will be introduced. The White House will outline ideas for reducing the deficit, perhaps by as much as $2 trillion over 10 years.


The end of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” a Defense Department policy against openly gay service members, will be discussed in a news conference. A handful of Senators are hosting the event.

The Internet sales tax is at the center of a National Retail Federation lobbying campaign that it calls its biggest ever to make sure any talk about tax reform includes the idea of making online retailers collect sales tax like brick-and-mortar stores do.


The deficit committee holds a public hearing, including testimony from the chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation.

President Barack Obama is in Ohio, where he will highlight the poor condition of a bridge between that state and Kentucky. Obama advocates using federal money to fix the bridge.


Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) speaks at the Heritage Foundation. He has a new book out that discusses his brand of fiscal conservatism.


The Florida straw poll will be held on the final day of Presidency 5, the state Republican Party’s convention. About 3,000 delegates are expected to participate in the poll.

The Dream Act Sabbath is a new push to revive the bill that would give children of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. More than 200 events are planned to enlist churches, synagogues and mosques; Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will attend four of events in Chicago.

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