- The Washington Times - Monday, April 18, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Attends the dedication of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Censusreleases figures of new residential construction in March. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Office of Management and Budget holds a meeting of the Acquisition Advisory Panel to receive reports from its working groups about commercial practices/commercial items; performance-based contracting; governmentwide contracts and interagency contract vehicles; and other matters. Location: Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Auditorium, 801 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/208-7279.

9:30 a.m. International Trade Commissionholds a public hearing, “Renewable Energy Services: An Examination of U.S. and Foreign Markets.” Topics include overview of foreign and domestic markets for renewable energy services and examination of trade and investment in renewable energy services markets, including barriers affecting such trade and investment. Location: ITC, 500 E St. SW. Contact: 202/204-3450.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case.

Docket Number 04-637 Bradshaw v. Stumpf

Docket Number 04-563 Mayle v. Felix

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

In session to consider the Iraq-Afghanistan supplemental appropriations bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Gordon England to be deputy defense secretary and Adm. Michael Mullen to be chief of naval operations. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican, and the nominees testify. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. —Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing, “Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act of 2005.” Sens. Olympia J. Snowe, Maine Republican and chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee; Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat; Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat; and David Vitter, Louisiana Republican, testify. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

10:30 a.m. —Appropriations legislative branch subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Library of Congress, the Open World Leadership Center and the Government Accountability Office. Librarian of Congress James Billington and Comptroller General David M. Walker testify. Location: 116 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2:15 p.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a meeting to vote on the nomination of John R. Bolton to be U.S. representative to the United Nations. Location: S-116, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning-hour debate and 2 p.m. to consider expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the issuance of the 500,000th design patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

2 p.m. Appropriations Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, District of Columbia subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Internal Revenue Service. IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson testifies. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

2 p.m. —Education and the Workforce Committee holds a hearing, “College Access: Is Government Part of the Solution, or Part of the Problem?” Richard Vedder, distinguished professor of economics at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and Donald Heller, associate professor and senior research associate at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, testify. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

2 p.m. —International RelationsAfrica, global human rights and international operations subcommittee holds a hearing, “The [United Nations] Commission on Human Rights: Protector or Accomplice?” Mark Lagon, deputy assistant secretary of state for international organizations affairs, and Bob Fu, president of the China Aid Association, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

3 p.m. Financial Services Committeeholds a hearing, “The State of the International Financial System.” Treasury Secretary John W. Snow testifies. Contact: 202/225-7502.

GENERAL AGENDA

Legislative Conference — all day The Building and Construction Trades Department at AFL-CIO holds its 2005 legislative conference, “Blueprint: 2005, United for Progress.” Events begin at 9 a.m. Sen. George V. Voinovich, Ohio Republican and chairman of the Select Committee on Ethics; Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, West Virginia Democrat; Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat; Rep. Steven C. LaTourette, Ohio Republican; and Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, participate. Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 978/774-0492.

Leadership and advocacy conference — all day American College of Emergency Physicians holds its 2005 leadership and advocacy conference to discuss critical emergency-medicine issues and to interact with members of Congress and the administration. Events begin at 8 a.m. Highlight — noon Mark McClellan, administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, speaks before a presentation of Journalism of Excellence awards.

Location: Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/728-0610.

Climate change — 8 a.m. TheEuropean Union’s delegation to the United States sponsors a press briefing by Stavros Dimas, the EU commissioner for energy and environment. Mr. Dimas is in Washington to meet with Bush administration officials and members of Congress on climate change and other environmental issues. Mr. Dimas will meet with Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman; Paula Dobriansky, undersecretary of state for global affairs; and Kim Nelson, Judith Ayres and Suzie Hazen, assistant Environmental Protection Agency administrators. Location: European Commission delegation offices, 2300 M St. NW. Contact: 202/862-9523 or 202/862-9549.

Conference — 9 a.m. TheMortgage Bankers Association holds the 2005 National Policy Conference. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican; Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana Democrat; Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat; Treasury Secretary John W. Snow; and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson deliver remarks.

11:45 a.m. Mr. Bayh delivers remarks

Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/557-2727, 202/557-2829.

Labor law — 11:15 a.m. The AFL-CIO holds a briefing to highlight failures in labor law and to demand passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat; Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican; Rep. George Miller, California Democrat; John Sweeney, president of AFL-CIO; and Ron Steif of United Church of Christ participate. Location: 124 Senate Dirksen Office Building. Contact: 202/637-5018.

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