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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24

  • President Joe Biden is in Delaware.
  • First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy are scheduled to hold a listening session focused on youth mental health with members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Later, the first lady will give the keynote address at the Yeshiva Beth Yehudah Annual Dinner in Detroit.
  • This is United Nations Day, which is devoted to making known to the people of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations, and to gaining their support for the work of the United Nations.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25

  • President Biden is scheduled to visit New Jersey and discuss the bipartisan infrastructure bill and Build Back Better agenda.
  • First Lady Dr. Jill Biden is scheduled to travel to Charleston, South Carolina to visit the Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center for Breast Cancer Awareness.
  • The U.S. Senate will convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of Jia Cobb to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia, with agenda including votes on the nominations of Douglas Parker to be assistant secretary of Labor, and Myrna Perez to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.
  • The New York State Independent Redistricting Commission will hold a public hearing to receive feedback on its draft redistricting plan for state legislative and congressional election districts at Innovative Technologies Complex located in Vestal, New York.
  • The North Carolina General Assembly will hold a public hearing on proposed state and congressional maps at the North Carolina Legislative Building in Raleigh, North Carolina.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26

  • Congressional committee hearings in the Senate today include:
    • Armed Services Committee on security in Afghanistan and South and Central Asia
    • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee nominations hearing
    • Finance Committee nominations hearing
    • Foreign Relations Committee nominations hearing
    • HELP Committee Executive Session
    • Administration Committee hearing on emerging threats to election administration
    • Intelligence Committee closed briefing
  • Congressional committee hearings in the House of Representatives today include:
    • Agriculture subcommittees joint hearing on biotech
    • Appropriations subcommittee hearing on workforce development and the DoD
    • Labor subcommittees joint hearing on vaccine requirements and employee accommodations
    • Commerce Committee hearing on supporting patients and caregivers
    • Financial Services subcommittee hearing on ‘Taking Stock of ‘China, Inc.’
    • Homeland Security subcommittees joint hearing on transportation cybersecurity
    • Natural Resources subcommittee oversight hearing on Indigenous communities and cultural and environmental preservation
    • Natural Resources subcommittee oversight hearing on protecting human rights in international conservation
    • Judiciary subcommittee hearing on judicial ethics and transparency
    • Infrastructure subcommittee hearing on wildfire and FEMA assistance programs
    • Veterans Affairs subcommittee hearings on supporting servicewomen and on VA EHRM program
  • FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting will consider a request from Pfizer to amends its emergency use authorization to allow the use of its coronavirus vaccine in children aged five- to 11-years old.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27

  • The Senate Committee on the Judiciary holds a hearing on ‘Oversight of the Department of Justice’, with testimony from Attorney General Merrick Garland.
  • Other Congressional committee hearings in the Senate today include:
    • Agriculture Committee considers nominated CFTC chairman
    • Environment and Public Works Committee Business Meeting and nominations hearing
    • Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the State Department and Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing on Black Sea security
    • Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing on improving critical energy infrastructure
    • Indian Affairs Committee hearing on ‘voting matters’
    • Small Business Committee hearing on women entrepreneurs
    • Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on ‘improving employment, education, and home loan opportunities’
    • Intelligence Committee closed briefing
  • The Joint Economic Committee holds a hearing on ‘Help Wanted: A Stronger Labor Market for Robust Growth’, with testimony from University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Professor of Economics and Public Policy Dr. Betsey Stevenson; Employ America Executive Director Skanda Amarnath; Butter Bakery Cafe owner Daniel Swenson-Klatt; and Heritage Foundation Research Fellow in Economics, Budget and Entitlements Rachel Greszler.
  • DIA, CIA, ODNI, and NSA directors testify to House Intelligence Committee Hearing on ‘Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility in the Intelligence Community: An Enduring Mission Imperative’.
  • Other Congressional committee hearings in the House of Representatives today include:
    • Appropriations subcommittee hearing on U.S. COVID-19 response
    • Education subcommittee hearing on the Office of Federal Student Aid
    • Commerce Committee hearing on the Lautenberg Act
    • Financial Services Committee biannual review of the CFPB
    • Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on combating global human trafficking and Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on FY’22 budget request for MCC, DFC and Peace Corps
    • Homeland Security Committee hearing on equity in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery
    • Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on wildland firefighting workforce reforms and Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on the federal coal program
    • Small Business subcommittee hearing on SBA SBIC program
    • Veterans Affairs subcommittee hearing on ‘building a culture of patient safety within the VHA’

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28

  • U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reveals first set of GDP data for third quarter of 2021.
  • Congressional committee hearings in the Senate today include:
    • CFPB Director Chopra testifies to Senate Banking Committee on biannual report
    • Homeland Security Committee hearing on social media, domestic extremism, and harmful content
    • Judiciary Committee Executive Business Meeting
    • Aging Committee hearing on building a stronger retirement system
  • House Committee on Oversight and Reform holds a hearing with ExxonMobil Corporation CEO Darren Woods, BP America CEO David Lawler, Chevron Corporation CEO Michael Wirth, Shell Oil Company President Gretchen Watkins, American Petroleum Institute President Mike Sommers, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Suzanne Clark having been invited to testify.
  • Other Congressional committee hearings in the House of Representatives today include:
    • Armed Services subcommittee hearing on depot modernization and optimization
    • Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on U.S. engagement in the Balkans

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29

  • President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visit Vatican City and have an audience with Pope Francis, discussing ‘working together on efforts grounded in respect for fundamental human dignity’, including ending the coronavirus pandemic, tackling the climate crisis, and caring for the poor.
  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen attends the G20 Joint Finance and Health Ministers Meeting in Rome, Italy.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30

  • The G20 Leaders’ Summit, attended by heads of govt from the 19 leading industrialized nations plus the European Union, including President Joe Biden (accompanied by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen), begins in Rome, Italy. Leaders discuss details of a major reform of the international tax system, which was finalized at the OECD earlier this month and which will ensure that multinational enterprises will be subject to a minimum 15% tax rate implemented in 2023.

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