The House is in recess this week, making the Senate the only show in town. Senators will be working to line up a minibus of three appropriations bills.
Last Saturday, campaign finance reports were due to the FEC for the third quarter of the year. Candidates with the best stories to tell have already told them, but this week weíll see volumes of data surface on fundraising. Interesting places to look: California, Illinois and Michigan, where redistricting has created a batch of Member-vs.-Member races. And it will be telling to peek at the bank account of Rep. Michele Bachmann. The Minnesota Republican has been an exceptional fundraiser, but she hasnít had many bright days as a contender for the GOP presidential nomination since winning the Ames straw poll back in August.
The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction is likely to meet throughout the week, though times and locations have not been set.
Another White House Bus Tour. President Barack Obama will travel to Asheville, N.C., to talk about his jobs plan. Itís the first stop of a three-day event.
Another GOP Debate. The Republican field ó minus at least one ó will be in Las Vegas for a debate. But Jon Huntsman is skipping it out of deference to New Hampshire, where voters are annoyed because Nevada might move its caucuses ahead of Iowa and New Hampshire. Huntsmanís poll numbers are so low he almost didnít make the cut to participate anyway.
The President Is Still in North Carolina. And also in Virginia, talking about his jobs plan.
Chelsea Clinton Is in D.C. The former first daughter will be at George Washington University for an event to recycle old cellphones as a way to fund health projects in developing countries.
The President Is Still in Virginia. First lady Michelle Obama will join the president at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton to talk about the hire-veterans provision of his jobs proposal.
A Senate Vote on Approps? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has set this day as his target for getting final passage of the appropriations minibus, which includes Commerce-Justice-science; Agriculture and Transportation-Housing Urban Development. A recess scheduled for the following week provides motivation.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.