- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 25, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Tours a hydrogen fueling station in the District; meets with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono; meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases a report on manufacturers’ shipments and orders of durable goods for April. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Historically Black Colleges and Universities Capital Financing Board holds a meeting to discuss the capital needs of the schools. Location: Education Department, eighth-floor conference center, 1990 K St. NW. Contact: 202/502-7555.

10 a.m. — International Trade Administration holds a meeting of the President’s Export Council to discuss trade priorities and initiatives, subcommittee activity and proposed letters of recommendation. Participants include Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, export council Chairman J.W. Marriott Jr., and Albert Frink, Commerce Department assistant secretary for manufacturing and services. Location: Commerce Department, Room 4832, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-1124.

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. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Ben Bernanke to be a member of the Council of Economic Advisers and Brian Montgomery to be assistant secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 538. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. —Finance Committee holds a hearing, “Social Security: Achieving Sustainable Solvency.” Witnesses include Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director of the Congressional Budget Office; Eugene Steuerle, senior fellow at the Urban Institute; and Stanford Ross, former commissioner of the Social Security Administration. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-50. Contact: 202/224-4515.

2 p.m. —Appropriations District of Columbia subcommittee holds a field hearing on the condition of the D.C. Public Schools. Superintendent Clifford B. Janey and Board of Education President Peggy Cooper Cafritz participate. Location: Hine Junior High School, 335 Eighth St. SE. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

2 p.m. Agriculture Committee holds a hearing, “Review of National Forest Land Management Planning.” Witnesses include David Tenny, Agriculture Department deputy undersecretary for natural resources and environment; and Donald Floyd, professor of forest and natural resource management at the State University of New York at Syracuse. Location: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1300. Contact: 202/225-2171.

2:30 p.m. —Judiciary immigration, border security and claims subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, “The Diversity Visa Program.” Witnesses include former Rep. Bruce Morrison, Connecticut Democrat and chairman of the Morrison Public Affairs Group; and Howard Krongard, member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141. Contact: 202/225-3951.

GENERAL AGENDA

Government security conference — all day The Government Security Expo and Conference, the U.S. Law Enforcement Conference and Exposition, and the Ready Emergency Preparedness and Response Conference and Exposition are held concurrently. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 7:30 a.m. Charles Phalen, FBI assistant director for security

12:45 p.m. —Rep. Christopher Cox, California Republican, delivers the keynote address.

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 703/243-4515.

Health care discussion — 9 a.m. Washington Legal Foundation holds a discussion, “Hospital-Physician Gainsharing: Legal and Healthcare Implications for Patients, Providers and Product Producers.” Participants include Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, Maryland Democrat, and David Nexon, senior executive vice president of AdvaMed. Location: Washington Legal Foundation, M.J. Murdock Center for Free Enterprise, 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.

Principal preparation — 10 a.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Leave No Principal Behind: What Is Being Taught in Principal Preparation Programs.” Participants include Frederick Hess of AEI; James Donnelly, 2004 National Principal of the Year; and Sharon Robinson of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Human rights — 10 a.m. Amnesty International holds a press conference to call for accountability in the U.S. torture scandal and to release the “Amnesty International Report 2005” on human rights in 149 countries. Executive Director William Schulz participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/544-0200, Ext. 302.

Leadership ceremony — 10:30 a.m. U.S. Army holds a ceremony to recognize officers with the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. Honorees include Nicholas Ayers, Hunter Belcher, Julia Bell, Jason Benson, John Cecil, Robert Clapper II, Jeffrey Cole, Clinton Cox, Frank Davis, Justin Davis, Joel Dillon, Thomas Enright, Joseph Ewers, Anthony Gibbs, John Grantz, Allen Horner, Pamela Howell and Joshua Kennedy. Location: Pentagon, Auditorium Room BH650. Contact: 703/697-5343.

Alliance for Justice luncheon — noon Alliance for Justice holds a luncheon to honor Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, as the 2005 Champions of Justice. Participants include Rep. George Miller, California Democrat, and Newsweek contributing editor Eleanor Clift. Location: Capitol Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/464-7356.

Saudi Arabia discussion — noon Middle East Institute hosts a discussion with Khaled Al-Maeena, editor in chief of the Arab News, on recent trends in Saudi Arabia, including political reforms, Persian Gulf security and the outlook on developments in the region. Location: MEI, Boardman Room, 1761 N St. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/785-1141.

Speakers forum — 3 p.m. Americas Global Foundation holds a Capitol Hill Speaker Series forum. Participants include Sen. Jon Corzine, New Jersey Democrat; Rep. Dan Burton, Indiana Republican; William Lane of the Caterpillar Corp.; Colombian Ambassador Luis Moreno; and Victor Pinzon, president and founder of Americas Global Foundation. Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902. Contact: 202/371-9696.

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