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This week in Washington: June 27-July 1

Senate is in session, while House is off this week.

Many this week will be keeping an eye on whether or not the Senate can make time on the floor for the last-minute biotechnology food labeling bill deal struck by Sens. Pat Roberts (R., Kan.) and Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) last Thursday.

The House left for its recess early last week after Democrats staged a sit-in on the House floor over gun control fights. It is not scheduled to be back until July 5, whereas the Senate is in session this week and then plans to recess July 1-5.

Senate Energy & Resources Committee hearing on sage grouse: On Tuesday, June 28, at 2:30 p.m., the subcommittee on public lands, forests and mining will hold an oversight hearing to examine the state of the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service’s efforts to implement amendments to land use plans and specific management plans regarding sage grouse conservation and those agencies’ coordination activities with affected states. For more information or to listen to the hearing live, click here.

NAFTA leaders to meet in Ottawa

President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will meet in Ottawa, Ont., June 29 for the North American Leaders Summit.

“The summit is further recognition of the value of a more integrated North America to advance the security and prosperity of the continent. It also highlights the importance of continuing to strengthen the bilateral and trilateral ties between the United States, Canada and Mexico,” the White House said in a statement.

Obama is likely to discuss the Trans Pacific Partnership, which includes all three North American countries.

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