- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 18, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Trade discussion — 2:30 p.m. — The Brookings Institution holds a discussion, “Trade Agreements and Labor Standards.” Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Anniversary gala — 6 p.m. — The Competitive Enterprise Institute holds a reception for its 20th anniversary gala. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow participates. Location: Capitol Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/331-2252.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with his Cabinet, the White House. Meets with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the White House. Attends the Sons of Italy Foundation National Education and Leadership Awards Gala, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW.

VICE PRESIDENT

Delivers a commencement address, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10:30 a.m. — Energy Information Administration releases its weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

3 p.m. — National Agricultural Statistic Service releases its weekly broiler hatchery report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Ave SW. Contact: 1/800-727-9540.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — Federal Aviation Administration holds a meeting of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee’s working groups on technology and innovation, reusable launch vehicle, risk management, and launch operations and support. Location: Federal Aviation Administration Headquarters, 800 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/385-4713.

9:30 a.m. — Export-Import Bank holds a meeting to discuss marketing strategies for reaching middle-market exporters and an update on Ex-Im Bank-related legislative issues. Location: Ex-Im Bank, Room 1143, 811 Vermont Ave. NW. Contact: 202/565-3502.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

8:30 a.m. — Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the accusations of mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners. Gen. John Abizaid, commander, U.S. Central Command; Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander, Multi-National Force-Iraq; and Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, deputy commander for detainee operations, Multi-National Force-Iraq, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. — Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “Congressional Oversight of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and World Bank.” John Taylor, undersecretary for international affairs, Treasury Department; and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director, Congressional Budget Office, testify. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. — Finance Committee holds a hearing on the antiterrorism financing efforts of the Treasury Department and the nominations of John Colvin to be judge of the U.S. Tax Court; Juan Zarate to be an assistant secretary in the Treasury Department; and Stuart Levey to be undersecretary for enforcement in the Treasury Department. Joseph Myers, former acting deputy assistant secretary for enforcement, Treasury Department; Jonathan Winer, former deputy assistant secretary for internal law enforcement, State Department; and the nominees, testify.

Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

2:30 p.m. — Special Committee on Aging holds a hearing, “Health Savings Accounts and the New Medicare Law: The Face of Health Care’s Future?” Treasury Secretary John W. Snow testifies. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Education and the Workforce Committee holds a markup of the “Improving Access to Assistive Technology for People With Disabilities Act of 2004.” Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527, recorded schedule 202/226-2026.

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure aviation subcommittee holds a hearing on the use of biometrics to improve aviation security. Stewart Verdery, assistant secretary for the policy, border and transportation security directorate of the Homeland Security Department; and Keith Rhodes, chief technologist for applied research and methods, General Accounting Office, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. — Government Reform government efficiency and financial management subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, “Mission Impossible? Fixing NASA’s Financial Management.” Gwendolyn Brown, chief financial officer, NASA; Robert Cobb, inspector general, NASA; and Greg Kunt, director of financial management and assurance, General Accounting Office, testify. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

2 p.m. — Small Business Committee holds a hearing on “Red Tape Reduction: Improving the Competitiveness of America’s Small Manufacturers.” John Graham, administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget; and J.B. Mason, president, Mid-Atlantic Finishing, testify. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.

GENERAL AGENDA

Transportation conference # — all day — National Defense Transportation Association holds the Second Annual National Transportation Week Conference and Exhibition. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and transportation security, Homeland Security Department, “Meeting Security’s Priorities.”

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 703/751-5011.

Renewable power — 9 a.m. — Worldwatch Institute holds a discussion on “Renewable Power: On the Brink of an Energy Revolution.” Mohamed El-Ashry, Global Environmental Facility; Christopher Flavin, Worldwatch Institute; David Hales, Bonn Multi-Stakeholders Forum; and Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Germany, participate. Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/452-1992, Ext. 540.

Copyright law discussion — 9 a.m. — Washington Legal Foundation holds a discussion on “Copyright Laws and Lawsuits: Seeking a Balance Between Public Domain and Digital Commerce.” Stewart Baker, former general counsel, NSA; and Peter Jaszi, American University Washington College of Law, participate. Location: Washington Legal Foundation, M.J. Murdock Center for Free Enterprise, 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.

Training exercise — 10 a.m. — Defense Department holds a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training exercise, “Gallant Fox II.” Location: Near the heating and refrigeration plant, the Pentagon. Contact: 703/697-5131.

Senior health discussion — 12:30 p.m. — Pfizer surgical ophthalmology holds a discussion on “Seeing Is Believing: Advancing Senior Health and Automotive Safety,” with Sen. John B. Breaux, Louisiana Democrat, and Rep. Nancy L. Johnson, Connecticut Republican. Location: Phoenix Park Hotel, 520 North Capitol St. Contact: 212/537-8166.

Stop DUI Caucus — 1 p.m. — The National Commission Against Drunk Driving, the National Association of Broadcasters and Congress hold a press conference to launch the new Congressional Stop DUI Caucus and begin a new public-awareness campaign. Rep. Jon Porter, Nevada Republican; Rep. Shelley Berkley, Nevada Democrat; and Rep. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, participate. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 301/652-6016, 202/270-4415 or 301/656-0348.

European Union discussion — 4:30 p.m. — National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a discussion on “After Joining the European Union — Malta’s Dimension in Europe and the Mediterranean.” Minister of Foreign Affairs John Dalli of Malta, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7540.

Sons of Italy dinner# — 7 p.m. — The Sons of Italy Foundation holds a dinner program, “The National Education and Leadership Awards Gala.” President Bush; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, Minority Leader; and Silvio Berlusconi, prime minister of Italy, participate. Location: The Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/547-2900.

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