- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 11, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Presidents Abel Pacheco of Costa Rica, Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic, Elias Antonio Saca of El Salvador, Oscar Berger of Guatemala, Ricardo Maduro of Honduras and Enrique Bolanos of Nicaragua to discuss the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement, the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m. International Trade Commission holds a public hearing on final phase anti-dumping investigations. Location: International Trade Commission, 500 E St. SW. Contact: 202/205-1819.

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 National Railroad Passenger Corp. David Gunn and David Laney, Amtrak, and Jeffrey Rosen, Transportation Department, testify. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. —Foreign Relations Committee meets to vote on the nomination of John R. Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

2 p.m. —Appropriations commerce, justice and science subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for NASA. Michael Griffin, NASA, testifies. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2 p.m. —Appropriations state, foreign operations and related programs subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the State Department and foreign operations. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testifies. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the “Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act of 2005.” Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Resources national parks, recreation and public lands subcommittee holds a hearing to redesignate the Ellis Island Library on the third floor of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum as the Bob Hope Memorial Library and to adjust the boundary of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Reps. Jeb Bradley, New Hampshire Republican, and Eliot L. Engel, New York Democrat, and Sue Masica, National Park Service, testify. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

10 a.m. —Transportation and Infrastructure Coast Guard and maritime transportation subcommittee holds a hearing on the Coast Guard Amendments of 2005. Calvin Kederer, U.S. Coast Guard, testifies. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

11 a.m. International Relations Africa, global human rights and international operations subcommittee holds a hearing, “Foreign Relations Authorization for Fiscal 2006: Embassy and Border Security.” Gregory Starr and Charles Williams, State Department, testify. Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Rebuilding after disaster — all day Chamber of Commerce holds a summit to discuss the concerns and challenges of rebuilding areas affected by the December tsunami. Former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton; Jan Egeland, United Nations; Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Indonesia; Kantathi Suphamongkhon, Thailand; James Lee Witt, Federal Emergency Management Agency; and Robert B. Zoellick, State Department, participate. Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: jbetti@asiafound.org.

Vietnam War ceremony — 10 a.m. Center for Public Policy Analysis holds a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War in Laos. Col. Mangyee Vang, Lao Veterans of America; Philip Smith, Center for Public Policy Analysis; and Jane Hamilton-Merritt, Laos and Hmong scholar, participate. Location: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington. Contact: 202/534-1444.

Health care — 10 a.m. Lawmakers hold a press conference to introduce legislation, “The Patients’ Health Care Reform Act.” House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican; Rep. John Shadegg, Arizona Republican; Robert de Posada, Latino Coalition; and representatives from EBay and the National Federation of Independent Business, participate. Location: H-210, U.S. Capitol Contact: 703/683-5004, Ext. 128.

Exhibition — 11 a.m. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s the Heart Truth campaign hosts the First Ladies Red Dress Collection exhibit featuring red dresses and suits worn by seven of America’s first ladies, to raise awareness about heart disease in women. First lady Laura Bush and former first lady Nancy Reagan; Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt; and Michael Kaiser, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, participate. Location: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Contact: 301/496-4236.

America’s cities — 1:30 p.m. Lawmakers hold a press briefing, “Saving America’s Cities,” to announce the newly formed Urban Advisory Committee.House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican; Rep. Michael R. Turner, Ohio Republican; D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams ; Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley; Jack Kemp, former HUD secretary; Marc Morial, National Urban League; and Valerie Lemmie, Cincinnati city manager, participate. Location: H-236, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-6465.

Congressional briefing — 2 p.m. National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum holds a congressional briefing on Asian-Pacific American women and reproductive health care. Reps. Michael M. Honda and Hilda L. Solis, California Democrats, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus participate. Location: 1537 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/293-2688.

Asian affairs — 4 p.m. National Press Club Newsmaker Program sponsors a program featuring Kanthati Suphamongkhon, minister of foreign affairs of Thailand, discussing “Thailand in Southeast Asia and Beyond.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Zenger Room. Contact: 202/662-7593.

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