- The Washington Times - Monday, April 11, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

In Crawford, Texas. Addresses the troops, Fort Hood, Texas. Returns to Crawford, Texas.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census and Bureau of Economic Analysisrelease information about the U.S. international trade in goods and services for February 2005. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

1 p.m. National Aeronautics and Space Administrationholds a meeting of the NASA Advisory Council, Task Force on International Space Station Operational Readiness. Topics include: assessment of the operational readiness of the International Space Station to support a new crew and assessment of the Russian flight team’s preparedness to accomplish the Expedition 11 mission. Location: NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW. Room 7U22. Contact: 202/358-4621.

1:30 p.m. —Directorate of Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protectionholds a meeting of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council to receive a briefing on the status of Working Group activities. Topics include: report on Common Vulnerability Scoring System placement status; intelligence coordination; and risk management approaches to protection. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/235-5352.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. AppropriationsAgriculture, rural development and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Agriculture Department. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns; Keith Collins, chief economist; Lawrence Wachs, acting budget officer, testify. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

9:30 a.m. —Foreign Relations Committeeholds a hearing on the nomination of John R. Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Carl Ford, former assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research, testifies. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10:15 a.m. —Commerce, Science and Transportation Committeeholds a hearing on the nominations of Michael Griffin to be administrator of NASA; Joseph Boardman to be administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration; Nancy Nord to be a member of the Consumer Product Safety Commission; and William Cobey to be a member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

HOUSE

Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning hour debate and 2 p.m. to consider “Colorado River Indian Reservation Boundary Correction Act,” “Gateway Communities Cooperation Act,” “Southern California Groundwater Remediation Act.” Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

11 a.m. Government ReformNational security, emerging threats and international relations subcommittee holds a oversight hearing on U.N. management of the Iraq sanctions regime and the oil-for-food program. Thomas Schweich, chief of staff, U.S. Mission to the United Nations; Paul Conlon, former deputy secretary, U.N. Security Council, Iraq Sanctions Committee, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

1 p.m. —AppropriationsTransportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, District of Columbia subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the U.S. Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas testifies. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

2 p.m. —Select Homeland SecurityEmergency preparedness, science, and technology subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Need for Grant Reform and the Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act of 2005.” Richard Berman, assistant inspector general for audits, Homeland Security Department; William Jenkins Jr., director of homeland security and justice issues, Government Accountability Office, testify. Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Public policy seminar — all day Moscow School of Political Studies holds a seminar on “American Federalism and Public Policy.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. Thomas Graham, special assistant to the president and senior director for Russian Affairs at the National Security Council; John Tefft, deputy assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, discuss “Recent Developments in U.S.-Russian Relations.” (Event at the State Department)

2:30 p.m. —Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, chairman, Indian Affairs Committee, speaks on “U.S.-Russian Relations.”

3 p.m. —Rep. Ron Kind, Wisconsin Democrat, discusses “U.S. and EU Views of Policy Toward Russia.”

4:30 p.m. —Rep. Tom Lantos, California Democrat, remarks on “Recent Developments in Russian Domestic and Foreign Policy.”

5 p.m. —Sen. Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Delaware Democrat, discusses “U.S.-Russian Relations.”

Location: 385 Russell Senate Office Building (except as noted) Contact: 312/282-7775.

Ukraine briefing — 9 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing, “Cleaning Up Corruption in Ukraine.” Roman Kupchinsky, coordinator, Corruption Studies, RFE/RL, participates. Location: RFE/RL, 4th Floor, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/457-6949.

Institute of Peace discussion — 10 a.m. United States Institute of Peace holds a discussion, “Islamists at the Ballot Box: Findings from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and Turkey.” Janine Astrid Clark, associate professor of political science, University of Guelph, Toronto; Sultan Tepe, assistant professor of political science, University of Illinois, participate. Location: United States Institute of Peace, 1200 17th St. NW. 2nd Floor Conference Room. Contact: RSVP to 202/429-3842.

Greek Minister visit — 10:30 a.m. Embassy of Greece hosts the visit of Greek Minister of Public Order George Voulgarakis.

Highlights — 10:30 a.m. Meets with Robert Mueller, FBI director, FBI Headquarters.

1:15 p.m. —Meets with Nicholas Burns, undersecretary of state for political affairs, State Department.

3 p.m. —Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, Justice Department

Location: As noted above. Contact: 202/332-2727.

Conservation partnership — 11 a.m. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Wal-Mart hold a press conference to announce “Acres for America,” an innovative conservation partnership under which the company will contribute to conservation and protect vital wildlife habitat across the country. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton participates. Location: National Geographic Society, 1145 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/208-6416.

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