- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 6, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

In Rome and Vatican City to meet foreign leaders and attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Meets with Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. Bureau of the Censusreleases the wholesale trade for February 2005. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Office of Personnel Managementholds a meeting of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee, to review the Prevailing Rate System and other matters pertinent to establishing prevailing rates. Location: Office of Personnel Management, Room 5A06A, 1900 E St. NW. Contact: 202/606-1500.

1:30 p.m. —Environmental Protection Agencyholds a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council’s Water Security Working Group, to consider its draft report and recommendations on features of active and effective security programs for the water sector (drinking water and wastewater utilities), including incentives to encourage broad adoption of active and effective security programs and measures to track the performance of water security programs. See contact to access this meeting by teleconference. Location: EPA East Building, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/564-1597.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Schedule to be announced. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committeeholds a hearing “Regulatory Reform of the Government Sponsored Enterprises.” Treasury Secretary John W. Snow and HUD Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson testify. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

2 p.m. —Appropriationsenergy and water subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation. John Woodley Jr., principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for civil works; Lt. Gen. Carl Strock, chief of engineers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, testify. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2:30 p.m. —Armed Servicesstrategic forces subcommittee holds a hearing on ballistic missile defense programs in review of the fiscal 2006 defense budget. Michael Wynne, undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, Defense Department; Gen. James Cartwright, commander, U.S. Strategic Command, testify. Location: 222 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

HOUSE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Appropriationsagriculture, rural development, Food and Drug Administration, and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for research, education and extension programs of the Agriculture Department. Joseph Jen, undersecretary for research, education and economics, Agriculture Department; Edward Knipling, administrator, Agricultural Research Service, testify. Location: 2362-A Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. —AppropriationsLabor, HHS, Education, and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Mine Safety and Health Administration, and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Jonathon Snare, acting assistant secretary, Occupational Safety and Health Administration; David Dye, acting assistant secretary, Mine Safety and Health Administration, testify. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. —Transportation and Infrastructureaviation subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on “Transforming the Federal Aviation Administration: a Review of the Air Traffic Organization and the Joint Program Development Office.” Jeffrey Shane, undersecretary for policy, Transportation Department; Russell Chew, Air Traffic Organization; Kenneth Mead, inspector general, Transportation Department, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

GENERAL AGENDA

Fire and emergency services dinner and seminars — all day Congressional Fire Services Institute holds the 17th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars, “Protecting Our Communities … and Everyone Goes Home.”

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. Rep. Robert E. Andrews, New Jersey Democrat; Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., New Jersey Democrat; Rep. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania Republican; and Steve Austin, International Association of Arson Investigators, Congressional Roundtable Discussion, 325 Russell Senate Office Building

7 p.m. —Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, delivers remarks at the CFSI Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner, Hilton Washington and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Location: Hilton Washington and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW or as noted above. Contact: 202/371-1277.

World health day — 9 a.m. Pan American Health Organization holds a conference in observance of World Health Day, “Maternal and Child Health,” and release of the World Health Report 2005.

Highlights — 9:05 a.m. HHS Secretary Michael O. Leavitt, keynote address

9:20 a.m. —Mirta Roses Periago, director, PAHO, World Health Day “Call for Action”

10:05 a.m. —Rep. Silvestre Reyes, Texas Democrat, “Message for World Health Day”

Location: PAHO, 525 23rd St. NW, Room A, second floor. Contact: 202/974-3459; 202/974-3036.

Obesity and poverty — 2 p.m. German Embassy holds a press conference, “Obesity — Symptom of New Poverty?” German Minister of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture Renate Kunast participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7540 or 202/298-4246.

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