Washington Daybook: Tourists

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Prince Harry learns sign language from deaf children during at visit to the Kananelo Centre for the deaf, a project supported by his charity Sentebale, on February 27, 2013 in Maseru, Lesotho.

Swedish King Gustaf and Queen Silvia join Prince Harry of Great Britain among the throngs of tourists visiting the U.S. capital today. Gustaf fills his day in Washington with seven events including a ceremony in conjunction with the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Gold Medal at Treasury, while Harry’s schedule has two appearances including, of course, a party.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis is also visiting Washington. He’ll testify to a House panel today on the bombings in his city last month.

President Barack Obama is taking a tour of Texas, speaking on jobs and the economy at a high school in Manor and a factory in Austin today.

Secretary of State John Kerry is visiting Rome for meetings with Italian leaders as well as Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

Perhaps concerned about tourists who overstay their welcome, the Senate Judiciary Committee is to begin rewriting U.S. immigration policy in much-anticipated and debated legislation.

Also today, the Committee for Economic Development holds Spring Policy Conference with speakers including Senators Bob Corker, Saxby Chambliss,and Mark Warne, as well as National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling.

The House is scheduled to vote today on a bill that would exempt federal payments to creditors from a borrowing-limit cap. The bill has almost no chance of advancing in the Senate and faces a veto threat from President Obama if passed, yet signals the start of a “protracted debate” over the nation’s borrowing authority, Bloomberg reports.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivers remarks on U.S. defense policy in the Middle East at the Washington Institute for Near East Peace’s Soref Symposium. The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure meets to mark up H.R. 3, the Keystone pipeline approval bill.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts its “IP Champions” conference, with speakers including John Morton, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Rick Cotton, chairman of the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy and general counsel at NBC Universal.

And the Federal Communication Commission holds an open meeting to consider rules to improve broadband access on airplanes and access to spectrum for commercial space launch operators

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