The Week Ahead

Roll Call’s Monday guide to events worth noting on and off Capitol Hill

The House returns and is set to consider a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. The Senate moves forward with the second fiscal 2012 minibus appropriations bill, as leaders try to add the financial services and state and foreign operations spending measures to the Energy and water development appropriations bill.


Rep. Giffords on TV
ABC News will conduct the first interview with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) since she was shot at a constituent meeting January. The interview comes with the release of a family memoir, "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope."


The Martian Chronicles
The Science, Space and Technology Committee holds a hearing on the exploration of Mars "and beyond" with witnesses from NASA and the National Academy of Sciences.

Future Leaders Hear From Paul
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is the featured guest at the America's Future Foundation Leadership Dinner at the Monocle Restaurant.

You Could Look It Up
As part of a monthlong series of events on genealogy, the National Archives hosts research and training sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday this week.


Come Home America, or at Least to the Portrait Gallery
In case you were wondering just what it means to be a Democrat, 1972 presidential nominee and former Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D) gives a talk on his new book, "What It Means to Be a Democrat," at the National Portrait Gallery museum bookstore.


Tea Party Deficit Plan
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and FreedomWorks will present a deficit reduction plan that was drawn up by the group's tea party deficit commission.


GOP Candidates Talk Family
Most of the Republican presidential candidates are expected to attend the Thanksgiving Family Forum debate in Des Moines, Iowa. The event is sponsored by the Christian group the Family Leader.

Correction: Nov. 14, 2011

An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated where the Thanksgiving Family Forum would be broadcast.