- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 12, 2005

HEADLINERS

Affordable homeownership — 10 a.m. — Congress holds a press conference to announce the introduction of homeownership tax-credit legislation that will open the door to affordable homeownership for families. Reps. Thomas M. Reynolds, New York Republican, and Benjamin L. Cardin, Maryland Democrat, participate. Location: Room 2105, Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5265 or 202/225-4016.

Global Study — 10:30 a.m. — National Geographic Society holds a press conference to announce its five-year global study that will uncover the connections and differences that make up the human race. John Fahey, president and chief executive officer of the National Geographic Society, and Spencer Wells, National Geographic explorer in residence and geneticist/anthropologist, participate. Location: NGS, Grosvenor Auditorium, 17th and M streets NW. Contact: 202/775-6709.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Hosts a breakfast for congressional leaders. Welcomes the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots to the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of the Census releases the advance monthly sales for retail and food services for March 2005. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Department of the Army holds a meeting of the U.S. Military Academy Board of Visitors to review academic, military and physical education programs at the USMA. Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 845/938-4200.

10 a.m. — State Department holds a meeting of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, to review efforts that expand interagency coordination of public diplomacy programs to increase their effectiveness in communicating with foreign audiences. Location: State Department, 301 Fourth St. SW. Contact: 202/203-7880.

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

10 a.m. — Armed Services readiness and management support subcommittee holds a hearing on high-risk areas in the management of the Defense Department in review of the fiscal 2006 defense budget. David Walker of the Government Accountability Office and Michael Wynne, undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, Defense Department, testify. Location: 232-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. — Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Thomas McCool, Government Accountability Office, testifies. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. — Finance Committee holds a hearing on United States-Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement. Peter Allgeier, acting U.S. trade representative, and Lochiel Edwards, Montana Grain Growers Association, Big Sandy, Mont., testify. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

11 a.m. — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee meets to mark up the Homeland Security Grant Enhancement Act of 2005, to reauthorize the Congressional Award Act and to consider the Federal Employee Protection of Disclosures Act. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure water resources and environment subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on “wastewater blending,” a process used to manage peak flows of water and waste into wastewater-treatment plants during and after storms as a way to prevent conditions that result in raw-sewage backups. Rep. Bart Stupak, Michigan Democrat, and Alan Vicory Jr., Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10 a.m. — Financial Services Committee holds a hearing, “The Administration Perspective on GSE (government-sponsored enterprises) Regulatory Reform,” focusing on the reform of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow and HUD Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson testify. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10:15 a.m. — Appropriations Labor, HHS, education, and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, accompanied by the Administration on Aging. Mark McClellan, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Josefina Carbonell, Administration on Aging, testify. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

1:30 p.m. — Select Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing, “The Department of Homeland Security: Promoting Risk-Based Prioritization and Management.” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testifies. Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Missile-defense conference — all day — American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics holds the Third Missile Defense Conference and Exhibit. Events begin at 7:45 a.m.

Highlight — 9 a.m. — Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, “Understanding the Challenges of Homeland Defense”

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/264-7500.

Food and agricultural policy conference — all day — Informa Economics hosts the 13th annual Food and Agricultural Policy Conference. Events begin at 10 a.m. Highlight — 1:15 p.m. — Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns delivers remarks. Location: Wyndham Washington Hotel, 1400 M St. NW. Contact: 703/734-8787.

Teaching after 9/11 — noon — Ethics and Public Policy Center hosts a discussion “Teaching About the World After 9/11” Gilbert Sewall, the American Textbook Council, and John Fonte, the Hudson Institute, participate. Lunch will be served at noon, and the discussion begins at 12:30 p.m. Location: The Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1015 15th St. NW, Suite 900. Contact: 202/682-1200.

Greek minister’s visit — 12:30 p.m. — Embassy of Greece hosts the visit of Greek Minister of Public Order George Voulgarakis. Highlights — 12:30 p.m. — Meets with CIA Director Porter J. Goss, CIA headquarters. Location: As noted above. Contact: 202/332-2727.

Saving America — 2:30 p.m. — The Speaker’s Saving America’s Working Group holds a press conference to announce members of its Urban Advisory Committee. Reps. J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, and Michael R. Turner, Ohio Republican; former Reps. Jack Kemp, New York Republican, and J.C. Watts, Oklahoma Republican; D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams; and National Urban League President Marc Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, participate. Location: H-122, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-6465.

Gala — 6 p.m. — National Parks Conservation Association holds a gala celebration, “Salute to the Parks,” of America’s national park rangers. Rep. Norm Dicks, Washington Democrat, and Tom Brokaw, former anchorman of “The NBC Nightly News,” participate. Location: The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd St. NW. Contact: 703/339-0098.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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