- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 25, 2006

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Retiring baby boomers — 9:30 a.m. — The National Center for Policy Analysis holds a briefing, “10 Steps to Baby Boomer Retirement.” John Goodman, president of the NCPA; Stephen J. Entin, president of the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation; and J. Mark Iwry of the Brookings Institution participate. Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 972/308-6481.

Iraq discussion — 11 a.m. — The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Entrepreneurship and Civil Society in Iraq: At Work Amidst the War.” Iraqi Finance Minister Ali Allawi and Kamal Al-Basri, chairman of the Iraq Institute for Economic Reform, participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

PRESIDENT BUSH

1:30 p.m. — Makes remarks at a ceremony honoring the 2006 National and State Teachers of the Year at the White House Rose Garden.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of the Census releases an advance report on manufacturers’ durable goods shipments and orders for March. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-223.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Bureau of Industry and Security holds a meeting of the Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee to discuss export controls applicable to computer systems and technology. Location: Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 3884, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. Contact: 202/482-4814.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin 10 a.m., one hour per case:

Docket number 05-8794 Hill v. McDonough

Docket number 05-465 Mohawk Industries v. Williams

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a hearing, “The State of the Biofuels Industry.” Bob Dinneen, president and chief executive officer of the Renewable Fuels Association, and Joe Jobe, chief executive officer of the National Biodiesel Board, testify. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2035.

10:30 a.m. — Appropriations legislative branch subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2007 appropriations for the Government Accountability Office. U.S. Comptroller General David Walker and George Strader, controller of the GAO, testify. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10:30 a.m. — Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee holds a hearing on reauthorization of finance and entrepreneurial development programs administered by the Small Business Administration. SBA Administrator Hector V. Barreto and Harry Alford, president and chief executive officer of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, testify. Location: 428-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5175.

2 p.m. — Appropriations commerce, justice, science and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2007 appropriations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin testifies. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets 10 a.m. to consider urging China to reinstate all licenses of Gao Zhisheng and his law firm, remove all legal and political obstacles for lawyers attempting to defend criminal cases in China, and revise laws and practices in China so that it conforms to international standards. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Homeland Security Committee holds a markup of the Security and Accountability For Every Port Act. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure railroads subcommittee holds a hearing, “The U.S. Rail Capacity Crunch.” Joseph H. Boardman, administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, and Frank Busalacchi, transportation secretary of Wisconsin and chairman of the States for Passenger Rail Coalition, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

11:30 a.m. — International Relations Committee holds a hearing, “Iraq: Update on U.S. Policy.” James Jeffrey, senior adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and coordinator for Iraq at the State Department, and Peter Rodman, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

National policy conference — all day — The Mortgage Bankers Association holds its National Policy Conference. Events begin 7 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; Rep. Michael G. Oxley, Ohio Republican and chairman of the Financial Services Committee; and Treasury Secretary John W. Snow deliver remarks.

11 a.m. — Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson deliver remarks.

Noon — Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee chairman, and Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee chairman

Location: Mandarin Oriental hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/557-2829.

Madison Council meeting — 12:05 p.m. — First lady Laura Bush delivers remarks at the spring meeting of the James Madison Council. The council is a private-sector group created to serve as the Library of Congress’ primary link to the business community. Location: Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, the Members Room, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 202/456-6313.

Immigration discussion — 12:30 p.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, “Ending the Dishonesty: The Way Forward on Border Patrol and Patriotic Immigration.” Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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