- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 5, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Tours the Bureau of Public Debt facility in Parkersburg, W.Va., and discusses Social Security at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

5 p.m. American Petroleum Institute releases its weekly report on petroleum inventories. Location: 1220 L St. NW. Contact: 202/682-8000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. U.S. Coast Guard holds a meeting of the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee. Topics include report on issues concerning the International Maritime Organization and the International Organization for Standardization. Location: Coast Guard Headquarters, Room 2415, 2100 Second St. SW. Contact: 202/267-1082.

9:30 a.m. —Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting to receive a briefing on programs, performance and plans of the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. Live Webcast at www.nrc.gov. Location: NRC, Commissioners’ Conference Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-6601.

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. Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing on S.113 to require the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians to follow the regulatory process set out in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act for building a casino on the site of their card room in San Pablo, Calif. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat; Rep. George Miller, California Democrat; and George Skibine, acting deputy assistant secretary for policy and economic development at the Interior Department, testify. Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.

10 a.m. —Finance Committee holds a hearing, “Charities and Charitable Giving: Proposals for Reform.” Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Mark W. Everson and George K. Yin, chief of staff of the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, testify. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

10 a.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs oversight of government management, the federal work force, and the District of Columbia subcommittee holds a hearing, “Monitoring [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] Vital Signs: Implementation of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit.” Mark McClellan, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Max Stier, president and chief executive officer of the Partnership for Public Service, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

Meets at 2 p.m. to consider commemorating the life of Zurab Zhvania, the late prime minister of Georgia. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Government Reform federal workforce and agency organization subcommittee holds a hearing, “Yucca Mountain Project: Have Federal Employees Falsified Documents?” Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat; Sen. John Ensign, Nevada Republican; Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn, Republican, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

2 p.m. — Government Reform national security, emerging threats and international relations subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, “Assessing Anthrax Detection Methods,” focusing on the anthrax detections at postal facilities in the U.S. capital region. Keith Rhodes of the Government Accountability Office and Tanja Popovic, associate director for science at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

2 p.m. —Education and the Workforce Committee holds a hearing, “Financial Accountability in the Head Start Early Childhood Program.” Wade Horn, assistant secretary for children and families at the Health and Human Services Department, and Marnie Shaul of the Government Accountability Office testify. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

GENERAL AGENDA

Tax conference — all day Tax Executives Institute holds its 55th Midyear Conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee

Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/638-5601.

AAPA conference — all day American Association of Port Authorities holds its 2005 spring conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — 12:15 p.m. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta

Location: Park Hyatt Hotel, 1201 24th St. NW. Contact: 703/706-4704.

YMCA programs and mission — all day YMCA of the USA holds its annual legislative conference to educate policy-makers about YMCA programs and mission. Events begin at 10 a.m.

Highlights — 10 a.m. Former Sen. Don Nickles, Oklahoma Republican, delivers remarks on the role of nonprofits.

5:30 p.m. — Sen. Richard C. Shelby, Alabama Republican and chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Arkansas Democrat; Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, New Jersey Republican; and Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, recipients of the YMCA Congressional Champion Award, G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Location: Wyndham Washington Hotel, 1400 M St. NW or as noted above. Contact: 202/835-9043.

Physician survey — noon TheAmerican Medical Association holds a press briefing to release the results of a physician survey highlighting changes physicians plan to make as a result of steep Medicare payments cuts scheduled to begin next year. AMA President-elect J. Edward Hill participates. Location: AMA, 1101 Vermont Ave. NW, 12th floor. Contact: 202/789-7447, 202/789-7419.

Peace discussion — noon Americans for Peace Now holds a discussion, “Is Jerusalem-Area Settlement Expansion Closing the Door on the Two-State Solution?” Danny Seidmann, legal adviser with Ir Shalem of Israel and Dan Rothem, director of research at the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, participate. Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/728-1893; 202/887-0177; 202/835-3650.

Book discussion — 12:15 p.m. TheNew America Foundation holds a book discussion on “The Evolution of Cities: Lessons from Humankind’s Greatest Creation.” Joel Kotkin, Irvine senior fellow at the foundation and author, and Sherle Schwenninger, director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Fellows Program at the foundation, participate. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Gun immunity bill — 12:15 p.m. Congress holds a press conference on a National Rifle Association gun-immunity bill. Sen. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat; Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat; Rep. Carolyn B. McCarthy, New York Democrat.; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, participate. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4642.

Water supply — 2:15 p.m. TheSenate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a bipartisan conference to discuss solutions to meeting the nation’s ever-increasing demand for water. Sens. Pete V. Domenici, New Mexico Republican; Larry E. Craig, Idaho Republican; Craig Thomas, Wyoming Republican; and Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Republican, participate. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

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