- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 14, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Addresses the American Society of Newspaper Editors convention; throws out the first pitch at the first home game of the Washington Nationals at RFK Stadium.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

11 a.m. Bureau of Transportation Statistics releases a report on airline traffic for January. Location: 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m. State Department holds an advisory committee meeting to recommend grant recipients for the fiscal 2005 competition of the Program for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-0243.

2 p.m. — Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting by teleconference of the Ecological Effects Subcommittee to discuss a draft advisory report on the agency’s benefits and costs of the Clean Air Act. Location: None given. Contact: 202/343-9862.

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

9:30 a.m. —Appropriations transportation, Treasury, the judiciary, housing and urban development and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Housing and Urban Development Department. HUD Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson testifies. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 138. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. —Finance Committee holds a hearing, “The $350 Billion Question: How to Solve the Tax Gap.” Witnesses include David Walker of the Government Accountability Office and Mark Everson of the Internal Revenue Service. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-50. Contact: 202/224-4515.

2 p.m. —Appropriations energy and water development subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the National Nuclear Security Administration. Linton Brooks of the security administration testifies. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 124. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2 p.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “U.S. Postal Service: What Is Needed to Ensure Its Future Viability?” Timothy Bitsberger and Roger Kodat of the Treasury Department testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure aviation subcommittee holds a oversight hearing, “Transforming the Federal Aviation Administration: A Review of the Air Traffic Organization and the Joint Program Development Office.” Witnesses include Russell Chew of the Air Traffic Organization and Jeffrey Shane of the Transportation Department. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167. Contact: 202/225-9446.

11 a.m. —Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing, “The Need for Grant Reform and the Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act of 2005.” Witnesses include Lee H. Hamilton, vice chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, and Mary Fetchet of Voices of September 11th. Location: Cannon House Office Building, Room 210. Contact: 202/226-9600.

2 p.m. —International Relations Africa, global human rights and international operations subcommittee holds a hearing, “Foreign Relations Authorization for fiscal 2005-2006: Department of State Management Initiatives.” Christopher Burnham and Louise Crane of the State Department testify. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172. Contact: 202/225-5021.

2 p.m. —Transportation and Infrastructure economic development, public buildings and emergency management subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, “The National Preparedness System: What Are We Preparing For?” Witnesses include Corey Gruber of the Office for Domestic Preparedness and Gil Jamieson of the Homeland Security Department. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167. Contact: 202/225-9446.

GENERAL AGENDA

Editors convention — All Day The American Society of Newspaper Editors holds its convention. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 12:30 p.m. — President Bush, luncheon speaker

2:30 p.m. —Ted Kooser, poet laureate of the United States

Location: J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/453-1122.

Global defense — all day Congress hosts a conference, “Facts and Myths of Global Defense Cooperation and Trade,” to improve defense cooperation among our allies. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights: 8:10 a.m. — Introductory remarks by Reps. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania Republican, and Roscoe G. Bartlett, Maryland Republican

1 p.m. —Rep. Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii Democrat, and Robert Stevens of Lockheed Martin, “Operating in a Globalizing World”

1:30 p.m. —Rep. John M. Spratt Jr., South Carolina Democrat, “International Defense Cooperation”

Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-369. Contact: 202/225-2011.

Homeland security spending — 8:45 a.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “What Does Homeland Security Spending Buy?” Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Fair Tax Act — 9:30 a.m. — Members of Congress hold a press conference to reintroduce the Fair Tax Act. Participants include Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican; Rep. John Linder, Georgia Republican; Rep. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican; Reps. Kevin Brady and John Culberson, Texas Republicans; and Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room HC-6. Contact: 202/226-2035.

Iraq reconstruction — 10 a.m. The United States Institute of Peace holds a briefing, “Security, Governance and Reconstruction: What Have We Learned in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Participants include Rick Barton of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post, Marty Hoffmann of the Defense Department, and Robert Perito and Daniel Serwer of the institute of peace. Location: U.S. Institute of Peace, 1200 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/457-1700.

Work force legislation — 1:30 p.m. Members of Congress hold a press conference on the Workforce Health Improvement Program Act. Participants include Rep. Zach Wamp, Tennessee Republican, and Rep. Mark Udall, Colorado Democrat. Location: Results Gym, Fourth and G streets SE. Contact: 202/225-3271.

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