- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 24, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses Social Security reform at a town-hall meeting at Greece Athena High School in Rochester, N.Y.

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

10 a.m. U.S. Election Assistance Commission holds an open meeting to discuss reports on payments for Title II requirements, guidance on statewide voter registration lists, and a study on provisional voting and voter identification. Location: U.S. Election Assistance Commission, 1225 New York Ave. NW, Suite 1100. Contact: 202/566-3100.

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

10 a.m. Appropriations commerce, justice and science subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Justice Department. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 192. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. — Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing to authorize funding for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and to designate it as the official anti-doping agency of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Witnesses include Terry Madden, chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, and Jim Scherr, chief executive of the U.S. Olympic Committee. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. —Finance Committeeholds a hearing on the nominations of Alex Azar II to be deputy secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Timothy Adams to be undersecretary for international affairs at the Treasury Department. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 628. Contact: 202/224-4515.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. Lawmakers will consider the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, and the Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal 2006. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Government Reform federalism and the census subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, “Bringing Community Development Block Grant Program Spending into the 21st Century: Introducing Accountability and Meaningful Performance Measures Into the Decades-Old CDBG Program.” Witnesses include Roy Bernardi, deputy secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Ron Schmitt, council member in Sparks, Nev.; and Thomas Downs, a fellow at the National Academy of Public Administration. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2154. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. —Resources fisheries and oceans subcommittee holds a hearing on the Federal Fish Hatchery System. Location: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1324. Contact: 202/225-2761.

2 p.m. —Homeland Security management, integration and oversight subcommittee holds a hearing, “Training More Border Patrol Agents: How the Department of Homeland Security Can Increase Training Capacity Most Effectively.” Witnesses include Luis Barker, deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, and Connie Patrick, director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Location: Cannon House Office Building, Room 210. Contact: 202/226-9600.

2 p.m. —Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee holds a hearing, “Protecting and Strengthening Social Security,” focusing on the financial outlook under current law. Stephen Goss, chief actuary of the Social Security Administration, testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-318. Contact: 202/225-3625.

GENERAL AGENDA

AIPAC policy conference — all day American Israel Public Affairs Committee holds its policy conference. Events begin at 9:30 a.m.

Highlight — 9:30 a.m. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon deliver remarks.

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 202/639-5363.

Small-business conference — all day U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a conference, “Agenda For Growing Your Business: It Takes Money to Make Money,” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — 12:15 p.m. Melanie Sabelhaus, deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration

Participants include Joseph Lodda, district director of the Small Business Administration’s Washington Metropolitan Area District Office, and Elizabeth Wilson, vice president and business development/loan officer at Business Loan Express. Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Darfur action — 9:30 a.m. Africa Action hosts a press briefing by leaders of national advocacy groups to discuss “What the President Must Do to Stop the Genocide in Darfur.” Participants include Salih Booker, executive director of Africa Action, and Ruth Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service. Location: Hay Adams Hotel, Hay Room, 16th and H streets NW. Contact: 202/546 7961.

Election studies — 10 a.m. U.S. Election Assistance Commission holds a public meeting focusing on election studies and guidance to states. Location: EAC Offices, Suite 1100, 1225 New York Ave. NW. Contact: 202/566-3100.

PBS briefing — 12:30 p.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon Program holds a press briefing, “PBS: More Essential Than Ever.” Pat Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of the Public Broadcasting Service, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/295-0121.

Southeast Asia discussion — 3 p.m. The National Press Club holds a discussion, “Developments in their countries of assignment and Southeast Asia in general.” Participants include Lynn Pascoe, U.S. ambassador to Indonesia; Christopher LaFleur, U.S. ambassador to Malaysia; Frank Lavin, U.S. ambassador to Singapore; Ralph Boyce, U.S. ambassador to Thailand; and Michael Marine, U.S. ambassador to Vietnam. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/530-1210.

Karzai meeting — 5 p.m. Members of Congress meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, participates. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room HC-230. Contact: 202/225-0600.

Spirit of Faith awards — 5:30 p.m. PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) National Network holds a ceremony to present the Spirit of Faith awards to Sen. Christopher S. Bond, Missouri Republican; Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat; Rep. Cliff Stearns, Florida Republican; and Rep. Susan A. Davis, California Democrat. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106. Contact: 202/448-3127.

Gala fundraiser — 6:30 p.m. The U.S. Dream Academy Inc. holds its fourth annual fundraiser and dinner, “Power of a Dream Gala,” which supports mentoring and enrichment programs for nearly 1000 at-risk children in 11 major markets. Witnesses include Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican; Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Texas Democrat; and Oprah Winfrey. Location: Grand Hyatt, Independence Ballroom A, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 312/751-9689, 410/902-5035 or 443/538-4184.

Journalism awards — 6:30 p.m. The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial holds the 37th RFK Journalism Awards ceremony. Honorees include Celia Dugger of the New York Times, Ofra Bikel of “Frontline”/WGBH, Greg Barker of “Frontline”/WGBH, Manny Crisostomo of the Sacramento Bee, and Daniel Zwerdling of National Public Radio. Location: George Washington University, 2121 I St. NW. Contact: 202/994-6460.

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