Washington Watch, Week of Aug. 24

Washington Watch bugPresident Obama returns from his two-week vacation in Cape Cod, but Congress remains on its summer break.

That does not mean Connecticut lawmakers won’t be busy. Rep. Jim Himes, D-5th District, continues his “17 Towns in 17 Days Tour” and other state politicians will be touching base with constituents, too.

The slowdown in Washington is just a calm before the storm.

Besides an avalanche of unfinished business, Congress is expected to hold a series of hearings on the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., and the situation in Iraq, and the beheading of American journalist James Foley in Syria by a militant group known as ISIS.

Monday, Aug. 25:

Sen. Richard Blumenthal will meet with child trafficking victim advocates and law enforcement at the New Haven headquarters of Love146 to discuss Connecticut’s response to child trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. He’ll also make a stop at Fairfield University to meet with students, advocates and administrators to discuss a bill aimed at combating campus sexual assault.

Also on Monday, Rep. Jim Himes, 4th District, will Himes will host a brown bag lunch at the Weston Town Hall to meet with local residents.

Tuesday, Aug. 26:

Rep. Elizabeth Esty will present Donald Andrews, a veteran from Waterbury, with the medals that he earned for his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Also on Tuesday, Obama will travel to Charlotte, N.C. to deliver remarks at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention.

Thursday, Aug. 28:

Himes will tour Ridgefield’s Prospector Theater, a newly opened non-profit movie theater that provides vocational training and opportunities for individuals with disabilities

Friday, Aug. 29.:

President Obama will make a quick return trip to New England to attend a fundraiser for House Democrats in Newport, R.I He’ll also make another fundraising stop in New York for the Democratic National Committee Party.