The Note: June Comes in Like a Lamb

House Ways and Means Chairman William Thomas (R-CA) delivers remarks on key legislation pending on economic policy, international trade, Social Security, and health care policy at a Policy Insiders breakfast hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce tomorrow morning.

The Senate has a busy day tomorrow. Lawmakers will hold a cloture vote on the nomination of William Pryor to be a circuit judge for the 11th Circuit. The Finance Committee looks at preventing pensions from collapsing. The nomination of John Bolton to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations could also come up this week if Democrats find themselves without the votes to continue to block him.

New Jersey holds its gubernatorial primary tomorrow, with a very contested GOP field.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is in New Hampshire Tuesday and Wednesday.

Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada on Wednesday.

Medicare administrator Mark McClellan delivers remarks on the Medicare drug benefit at a luncheon of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Sen. Evan Bayh gets to speak to the Greater Des Moines Partnership's Congressional leaders lunch at the Washington Court hotel in the nation's capital. South Dakota Sen. John Thune represents Republicans at the event.

On Wednesday night, the 12th annual Rock the Vote Awards honor Sen. John McCain, Sen. Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and the Black Eyed Peas.

On Thursday, the House Government Reform Committee considers the mission and effectiveness of the Department of Homeland Security.

Also on Thursday, the Council on Foreign Relations holds an on-the-record discussion on "Promoting Reform in the Arab World: Report of an Independent Task Force," with Madeleine Albright and former Rep. Vin Weber (R-MN).


The Los Angeles Times' Maura Reynolds and Richard Simon have a very nice overview of the atmosphere Senators are returning to this week after their recess, with judges, John Bolton, the energy bill, the highway bill, and the opinions of disillusioned voters to contend with -- which could add up to more fighting and not necessarily resolution. LINK

"Some senators had speculated that the deal on judges might lead to a more collegial, bipartisan atmosphere in the chamber. Instead, as a result of the dispute over Bolton, many lawmakers left town seething -- Republicans over what they considered Democratic bad faith, Democrats over what they considered Republican high-handedness."

"As they return this week, that bad feeling is expected to linger. Republicans believe that they are only two votes short of the 60 they need to end debate on Bolton, and they are working to find them. Frist is unlikely to put the nomination back on the agenda until he is certain he has all the votes."

USA Today's Kathy Kiely looks at the influence freshman lawmakers are finding themselves wielding in the 109th Congress. LINK

As well as their relatively bipartisan approach to legislating and dealmaking. LINK

The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin takes Note of a provision in the House energy bill that gives major automakers credit for building cars that can run on ethanol, even if those who own them only ever use gas. LINK

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