- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 3, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

10:30 a.m. Discusses Social Security reform at a Latino Coalition Small Business Economic Conference, J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10:30 a.m. Energy Information Administration releases its weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10:30 a.m. Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board holds a meeting of the Employee Thrift Advisory Council, to receive the report of the executive director on Thrift Savings Plan status and discuss “Life” funds. Location: Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, fourth floor, conference room, 1250 H St. NW. Contact: 202/942-1660.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Not in session. Spring recess. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Francis C. Goodpaster Post Office Building Designation Act; the Honorable Judge George N. Leighton Post Office Building Designation Act and the Vocational and Technical Education for the Future Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure aviation subcommittee holds a hearing, “Financial Condition of the Aviation Trust Fund: Are Reforms Needed?” Marion Blakey, Federal Aviation Administration, and Kenneth Mead, Transportation Department, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. —Government Reform government management finance and accountability subcommittee holds a hearing, “Financial Management Challenges at the Justice Department.” Paul Corts and Glenn A. Fine, Justice Department, testify. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

3 p.m. —International Relations Middle East and Central Asia subcommittee holds a hearing, “9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act Oversight, Part I — Oppressors vs. Reformers in the Middle East and Central Asia.” Michael Kozak and Elizabeth Cheney, State Department, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Russian forum — all day Free Congress Foundation and the American University in Moscow hold the “World Russian Forum,” which will examine the current state of U.S.-Russian relations on issues such as energy and commerce. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 12:30 p.m. Lunch and keynote address by Rep. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania Republican

2 p.m. —Round-table discussion on U.S.-Russian cooperation on nuclear nonproliferation, war on terror, Middle East, Iran’s nuclear program, and on the most important issues facing Russia today, free press, rule of law, civil society, the Yukos affair and Chechnya, with Republican Reps. Chris Cannon of Utah, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Mark Souder of Indiana and Todd Tiahrt of Kansas.

3:30 p.m. —Presentation of the U.S.-Russian Freedom and Democracy Award to Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, Maryland Republican

Ambassador Yuri Ushakov; Vladimir Danilov, adviser to the government of the Russian Federation; Vladimir Milov, Institute of Energy Policy; Trevor Gunn, Commerce Department; and Andrew Sommers, American Chamber of Commerce in Russia. Location: 902 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/986-6010.

Hispanic small business economic conference — all day Latino Coalition and the Hispanic Business Roundtable holds a Hispanic small business economic conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 4 a.m. Media preset for TV cameras (must be in place by 5 a.m.)

8 a.m. —Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Larry Glasscock, Wellpoint Inc., policy session

9:15 a.m. —Reps. Chris Cannon, Utah Republican; Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat; and Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, immigration-reform town hall meeting

9:30 a.m. —Final press deadline for Mr. Bush’s discussion

10:30 a.m. —Mr. Bush discusses Social Security reform

11:30 a.m. —Rep. Bill Thomas, California Republican, “Impact of Tax Policy on Individuals and Entrepreneurs”

noon —Sen. George Allen, Virginia Republican; Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales; and Charles Fote, First Data Corp., “Policies to Promote Economic Development and Opportunity for All”

Location: J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP required, 202/546-0008 or 703/684-5100.

News conference — 10:30 a.m. Congress holds a news conference to introduce legislation, “The Medicare Ambulance Payment Reform and Rural Equity Act,” which is intended to aid rural area emergency medical personnel and providers nationwide, and improve patients’ access to care. Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, New York Republican, and Rep. Tom Allen, Maine Democrat, participate. Location: HC-8, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-5265 or 202/225-6116.

Campaign-finance reform legislation — 10:30 a.m. Congress holds a press conference on “527” campaign-finance reform legislation. Republican Reps. E. Clay Shaw Jr. of Florida, Phil English of Pennsylvania and Mark Foley of Florida participate. Location: House Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-3026; 202/225-5406; 202/225-5792.

Intelligence capabilities — noon American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a presentation on the recent report by the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. Judge Lawrence Silberman, panel member; and Judge Richard Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

USPAACC conference — 1 p.m. U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce holds its 20th anniversary CelebrAsian 2005: Diversity Means Business conference.

Highlights — 1 p.m. Discussion titled “Break Cultural Barriers,” Kurt Nguyen, president and CEO Qnexis Inc.; Victor Tsao, co-founder, Linksys; Jeong Kim, Lucent Technologies’ Bell Labs; and Viet Dinh, Commerce Department, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW.

2:30 p.m. —Women Pioneers Symposium with U.S. Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral; Susan Ralston, special assistant to the president and assistant to the senior adviser, the White House; Melanie Sabelhaus, Small Business Administration; Jeannie Diefenderfer, Verizon; Anh Duong, Thermobarics Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division; and Pauline Lo Alker, Amplify.Net Inc., participate. Location: Commerce Department, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW.

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