Week In Review

Posted on October 21, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

by Caren Z. Turner

This week was about energy and money (isn’t it always, though?). On Monday we discussed how competing labor and pro-environment interests are complicating the Keystone Pipeline decision for President Obama. On Tuesday we shared the results of two polls that revealed a greater number of Americans blame Washington more than Wall Street for our economic problems. Back to energy, on Wednesday we learned that Senate and House Democrats are pressuring the Deficit Super Committee to repeal oil and gas industry tax breaks, while yesterday we discussed how we still have no clue as to the Super Committee’s progress towards creating a plan to come up with $1.2 trillion in spending cuts.

The latest on the Hill and in the country . . .

The violent death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is being seen as a major foreign policy victory for President Obama.

NATO’s mission in Libya will soon end says the organization’s top general.

President Obama today signed the three trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea that Congress approved last week.

Senate Republicans yesterday blocked two parts of Obama’s jobs bill, with Vice President Biden saying Republicans are protecting the rich at the expense of teachers and first responders.

The Senate yesterday approved the nomination of former utility executive John Bryson as Commerce Secretary, replacing Gary Locke.

Poll reveals 72% of Americans feel the country is generally headed in the wrong direction.

Campaign 2012:

DCCC brought in nearly twice as much fundraising dollars as the NRCCfor third straight month.

Steve Jobs warned that President Obama could be heading toward a one-term presidency.

Mitt Romney yesterday said “There’s a good shot I might become the next president.

Rick Perry’s campaign sees a major drop in fundraising.

After a sharp and almost testy exchange at the recent Republican debate in Las Vegas, it is reported that Mitt Romney and Rick Perry really don’t like each other.

Rick Santorum said Perry’s jab at Romney over immigration was a “cheap shot.

Herman Cain continues to defend his 9-9-9 economic plan which his rivals have pummeled as unworkable.

Upcoming Hearings In Congress:

Monday October 24, 2011
House Armed Services Committee – Defense Industrial Base
Business Challenges within the Defense Industry Panel Subcommittee hearing on “The Defense Industrial Base: A National Security Imperative.”

Tuesday October 25, 2011
House Financial Services Committee – Insurance Oversight (Part II)
Insurance, Housing, and Community Opportunity Subcommittee hearing on “Insurance Oversight: Policy Implications for U.S. Consumers, Businesses and Jobs, Part 2.”

Tuesday October 25, 2011
House Financial Services Committee – Eurozone Crisis Implications of the U.S.
International Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee hearing on “The Eurozone Crisis and Implications for the United States.”

Tuesday October 25, 2011
House Ways and Means Committee – U.S.-China Economic Relationship
Full committee hearing on “The U.S.-China Economic Relationship.”

Wednesday October 26, 2011
House Natural Resources Committee – Ocean Coastal/Inland Activities Restrictions
Full committee hearing on “The President’s New National Ocean Policy – A Plan for Further Restrictions on Ocean Coastal and Inland Activities.”

Wednesday October 26, 2011
House Armed Services Committee – Economic Consequences of Defense Sequestration
Full committee hearing on “Economic Consequences of Defense Sequestration.”

Turner GPA is a leading D.C.-based national lobbying and government affairs firm dedicated to delivering cutting edge policy advocacy for the manufacturing, defense, aerospace, and energy industries. Members of our professional policy team can be reached at (202) 466-2511. We are also on the Web at www.turnergpa.com.

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