- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 20, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with the 2005 national and state teachers of the year in the Rose Garden; discusses energy policy at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 15th annual Legislative Conference at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the Consumer Price Index for March. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. State Department holds a meeting of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee to prepare positions on regulations for the next working group meeting. Location: Squire Sanders and Dempsey, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/647-2593.

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket No.10-1237: Merck KGaA v. Integra Lifesciences 1, LTD

Docket No. 04-169: Graham County Water District v. United States

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions education and early childhood development subcommittee holds a hearing, “Early Education and Care: What Is the Federal Government’s Role?” Witnesses include Wade Horn of the Health and Human Services Department and Raymond Simon of the Education Department. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 430. Contact: 202/224-5375.

10:30 a.m. — Appropriations homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Homeland Security Department. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testifies. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 124. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Administration Committee holds a hearing on the regulation of 527 organizations. Witnesses include Rep. Christopher Shays, Connecticut Republican; Rep. Martin T. Meehan, Massachusetts Democrat; Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana Republican; and Rep. Albert R. Wynn, Maryland Democrat. Location: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1310. Contact: 202/225-8281.

10 a.m. —Appropriations foreign operations, export financing and related programs subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Administrator Andrew Natsios testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2359. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. —Homeland Security management, integration and oversight subcommittee holds a hearing, “Management Challenges Facing the Department of Homeland Security.” Former Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson and former Inspector General Clark Kent Ervin testify. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2261. Contact: 202/226-9600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Legislative conference — all day United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce holds its 15th annual legislative conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight 10:30 a.m.House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, delivers remarks.

11:30 a.m. —President Bush discusses energy policy.

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/842-1212.

Travel and tourism — all day U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts its third annual Travel and Tourism Summit, “Redefining America at Home and Abroad.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights —8:45 a.m. —Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican: “Outlook from the Senate”

9:10 a.m. —Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Republican: “Creating Jobs and Growth Through Travel and Tourism”

10:45 a.m. —Rep. Bill Delahunt, Massachusetts Democrat, and Rep. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican: “Outlook from the House of Representatives”

11:15 a.m. —Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton: “Strategic Promotion of America’s Natural Resources to Enhance our Global Appeal”

12:45 p.m. —Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana Democrat, and Frances Fragos Townsend, assistant to the president and homeland security adviser, keynote speakers

Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Construction trades conference — all day The Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, holds a legislative conference, “Blueprint: 2005, United for Progress.” Events begin at 9 a.m. Participants include Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat; Rep. Melissa Bean, Illinois Democrat; Sen. Ken Salazar, Colorado Democrat; Howard Dean, Democratic National Committee chairman; and former Sen. John Edwards, North Carolina Democrat. Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 978/774-0492.

Legislating values — 8:30 a.m. Stanford University and the Economist hold a discussion, “Legislating Values: Setting Priorities for the 109th Congress.” Participants include Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, and Adrian Wooldridge of the Economist. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room S-211. Contact: 202/778-6336.

Services sector discussion — 9 a.m. — Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development holds a discussion, “Services and the Risk of Off-Shoring: How OECD Countries Can Strengthen the Contribution of the Services Sector.” Nobuo Tanaka of OECD participates. Location: OECD Washington Center, 2001 L St. NW, Suite 650. Contact: 202/822-3866.

Evolution in schools debate — 9 a.m. Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture hosts a debate about public schools’ teaching of evolution versus intelligent design. Participants include Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute and William Provine of Cornell University. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/683-5004, Ext. 132, or 202-/92- 0401, Ext. 154.

Earth Day checkup — 10 a.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research presents its annual Earth Day checkup and the 10th edition of the Index of Leading Environmental Indicators. Participants include Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute, and Steven Hayward and Roger Bate of AEI. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

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