- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 15, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the White House, with a press conference in the Rose Garden; hosts a congressional picnic on the South Lawn.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases a report on manufacturing and trade inventories and sales for April. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

1:30 p.m. Internal Revenue Service holds a meeting by teleconference of the Joint Committee of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel to discuss improving customer service. Location: None given. Contact: 888/912-1227.

1:30 p.m. —Employee Benefits Security Administration holds a meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefits Plans to receive an update from the assistant secretary of labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration and determine the topics to be addressed this year. Location: Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-8664.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

In session. At 9:10 a.m. the Senate will meet in joint session with the House to receive Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing, “Sea Island and Beyond: Status Report on the Global Partnership Against Weapons of Mass Destruction.” Witnesses include Sen. Pete V. Domenici, New Mexico Republican, and John Bolton, undersecretary for arms control and international security at the State Department. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. —Special Committee on Aging holds a hearing, “Strengthening Social Security: What Can Personal Retirement Do For Low-Income Workers?” Witnesses include David Walker, comptroller general in the General Accounting Office; Jeffrey Brown of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Peter Ferrara of the Institute for Policy Innovation and the Club for Growth. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.

10:45 a.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the crude oil supply, gasoline demand and the effects on prices. Witnesses include Guy Caruso, administrator of the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration, and Red Cavaney, president of the American Petroleum Institute. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

11 a.m. —Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Alan Greenspan to be Federal Reserve chairman. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

HOUSE

Meets at 8:30 a.m. and recesses immediately to reconvene at 9:10 a.m. in joint session with the Senate to receive Afghan President Hamid Karzai. At the conclusion of the joint session, the House will consider including the Energy Policy Act of 2004, the U.S. Refinery Revitalization Act of 2004 and the Renewable Energy Project Siting Improvement Act of 2004. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10:30 a.m. Transportation and Infrastrureaviation subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, “The Status of the Air Traffic Controller Workforce.” Witnesses include Marion Blakey, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, and JayEtta Hecker, director of the General Accounting Office’s Physical Infrastructure Team. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10:30 a.m. —Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on strategic implications of U.S. troop withdrawals from South Korea. Witnesses include Peter Brookes, senior fellow for national security affairs and director of the Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center, and Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow for foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151; recorded schedule, 202/225-2675.

11 a.m. —Government Reform Committee holds a hearing, “Unprecedented Challenges: Contracting and the Rebuilding of Iraq.” Witnesses include David Walker, comptroller general of the General Accounting Office, and William Reed, director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

Drug law conference — all day Food and Drug Law Institute holds a conference, “Introduction to Drug Law and Regulation Workshop.” Events begin at 7:30 a.m. Location: Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/956-1420 or 800/956-6293.

Turkey’s EU prospects — 8:30 a.m. The Western Policy Center holds a meeting, “Turkey’s EU Prospects and Europe’s Domestic Politics.” Location: St. Regis Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Crystal Ballroom. Contact: 202/530-1425.

Egypt economics discussion — 9 a.m. The Center for International Private Enterprise holds a breakfast discussion, “Economic Modernization in Egypt: Using Property Rights to Alleviate Poverty.” Participants include Sen. Robert F. Bennett, Utah Republican, and Andrew Natsios of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/721-9225.

Awards ceremony — 11:30 a.m. The Blinded American Veterans Foundation holds its 19th annual Congressional Awards ceremony. Participants include Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, Hawaii Democrat, and Rep. Walter B. Jones, North Carolina Republican, who will receive the Gillespie Congressional Award for Meritorious Service; and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/257-5446.

Sick leave news conference — 2:30 p.m. — The National Partnership for Women & Families holds a news conference to announce the first paid sick days legislation and to release a report on laws and regulations governing paid sick leave. Participants include Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut Democrat. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/986-2600.

Free trade ceremony — 4:30 p.m. Office of the U.S. Trade Representative holds a signing ceremony for the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement. U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick and Moroccan Trade Minister Taib Fassis-Fihri participate. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW. Benjamin Franklin Room. Contact: RSVP required, 202/395-3230.

Zoellick speech — 6:30 p.m. Hispanic Council on International Relations hosts a address by U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick. Location: Organization of American States, Hall of the Americas, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/776-1818.

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