- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 15, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

In Kyoto, Japan. No public events are scheduled.

VICE PRESIDENT

10:55 a.m. — Delivers remarks at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena, 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way, Knoxville, Tenn.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleases the Producer Price Index for October. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energyholds a meeting of the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products and Commercial and Industrial Equipment to discuss appliance standards scheduling issues. Location: Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C St. SW. Contact: 202/586-2945.

1 p.m. —Veterans Affairs Department holds a meeting of the Construction Advisory Board to discuss its final recommendations to the secretary and to discuss selected personnel matters affecting the management of the VA’s construction program. Location: Veterans Affairs Department, 810 Vermont Ave. NW, Room 430. Contact: 202/273-6675.

SENATE

Resumes consideration of the defense appropriations bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Foreign Relations Committeeholds a hearing on a treaties with Japan and Germany on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. Witnesses include Samuel Witten, deputy legal adviser at the State Department, and Mary Ellen Warlow, director of the Office of International Affairs in the Justice Department Criminal Division. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. —Commerce, Science and Transportation Committeeholds a hearing, “Public Policy Options for Encouraging Alternative Automotive Fuel Technologies.” Witnesses include Jeffrey Shane, transportation undersecretary for policy, and Steven Plotkin, transportation energy analyst at the Center for Transportation Research of the Argonne National Laboratory. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 562. Contact: 202/224-1251.

HOUSE

Meets at 10:30 a.m. for debate and at noon to consider legislation to provide for the preservation of the historic confinement sites where Japanese-Americans were detained during World War II. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructurerailroads subcommittee holds a hearing, “Current Governance Issues at Amtrak.” Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. —Financial Services domestic and international monetary policy, trade and technology subcommittee holds a hearing, “Increasing Efficiency and Economic Growth Through Trade in Financial Services.” Witnesses include Christine Bliss, acting assistant U.S. trade representative for services and investment; Assistant Treasury Secretary Clay Lowery; and Norman Sorensen, president and chief executive officer of Principal International Inc. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2128. Contact: 202/225-7502.

3 p.m. —Judiciary immigration, border security and claims subcommittee holds a hearing, “How Illegal Immigration Impacts Constituencies: Perspectives From Members of Congress (Part II).” Witnesses include Rep. Jim Kolbe, Arizona Republican; Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Arizona Republican; Rep. Virginia Foxx, North Carolina Republican; and Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2237. Contact: 202/225-3951.

SUPREME COURT

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

GENERAL AGENDA

Africa symposium — all day The National Defense University holds a symposium, “Africa: Vital to U.S. Security?” Events begin at 7:45 a.m.

Highlight — 9 a.m — “U.S. Policy Toward Africa” by Jendayi Frazer, assistant secretary of state for African affairs

Location: National Defense University, Fort McNair. Contact: 202/685-2220.

‘Wal-Mart economy’ — 9:30 a.m. The Campaign for America’s Future holds a press conference to discuss the impact of the “Wal-Mart economy” as detailed in the film “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price.” Participants include Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat; Rep. George Miller, California Democrat; Robert Greenwald, filmmaker; and Robert Borsage, president of the Campaign for America’s Future. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room S-207. Contact: 202/224-2633.

Space station talk — 9:30 a.m. — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration holds a discussion via downlink between students and William S. McArthur and Valery Tokarev of the International Space Station to mark International Education Week. Participants include Education Secretary Margaret Spellings and NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale. Location: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria. Contact: 202/358-1696.

Philanthropic impact — 9:30 a.m. The Association of Fundraising Professionals holds an awards ceremony to celebrate National Philanthropy Day and release the results of a survey on the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on charities in several states. Participants include fundraiser Carol Madson Russell, and Cheryl Reynolds of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 703/519-8457.

Avian flu briefing — noon The Congressional Global Health Caucus and the United Nations Foundation hold a briefing on U.N. efforts to combat avian influenza and a potential human influenza outbreak. David Nabarro, system coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza at the United Nations, participates. Location: Cannon House Office Building, Room 345. Contact: 202/419-3230; RSVP required.

Tibet awards — 6:30 p.m. The International Campaign for Tibet holds its 10th anniversary Light of Truth Awards ceremony. The Dalai Lama presents awards to Carl Gershman of the National Endowment for Democracy; Elie Wiesel, Nobel peace laureate; and Lowell Thomas, whose work has brought Tibet alive for millions of Americans. Participants include Paula Dobriansky, undersecretary of state for global affairs and democracy and special coordinator on Tibet; Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke; and Lodi Gyari, special envoy to the Dalai Lama and executive chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet. Location: Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/785-1515. (Note: Invited press members only for the awards ceremony from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.)

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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