Washington Watch, Week of Aug. 30 to Sept. 6

Washington Watch bugPresident Obama makes a quick trip to Milwaukee, Wis., on Monday to celebrate Labor Day before taking off for Estonia, then Wales for a NATO summit. The situation in Ukraine will be the main topic of conversation at the summit.

Meanwhile Connecticut lawmakers will be celebrating Labor Day, and the rest of the week in the state as they wrap up a long summer break.

When Congress reconvenes, approval of a budget to keep the federal government running past the end of this fiscal year, Sept. 30, is at the top of the agenda.

Monday Sept. 1:

Connecticut lawmakers will be at a number of Labor Day parades and events. Rep. Elizabeth Esty,  D-5th District, for example, choses to attend the Labor Day Parade in Newtown.

Tuesday, Sept. 2:

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Esty will hold an event in New Britain to announce a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to Capital Workforce Partners to support the city’s YouthBuild project.

Also on Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton will be speaking at the Omni New Haven Hotel to raise money for the state Democratic Party.