- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 27, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in National Volunteer Week service projects in Louisiana and Mississippi.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

11:30 a.m. Bureau of Transportation Statistics releases the air travel price index for the 2005 fourth quarter. Location: 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy holds a meeting to discuss and receive comments on rule making for energy conservation standards for residential electric and gas ranges and microwave ovens, dishwashers, dehumidifiers and commercial clothes washers. Location: Energy Department, 1000 Independence Ave. SW, Room GE-086. Contact: 202/586-2945.

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

9:30 a.m. Appropriations transportation, treasury, the judiciary, and housing and urban development subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2007 appropriations for the Internal Revenue Service. IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson; Raymond Wagner, chairman of the IRS Oversight Board; and J. Russell George, inspector general for tax administration at the Treasury Department testify. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. —Veterans’ Affairs Committee meets to vote on the nomination of Daniel Cooper to be undersecretary for benefits at the Veterans Affairs Department and to hold a hearing, “VA Research: Investing Today to Guide Tomorrow’s Treatment.” Jonathan Perlin, VA undersecretary for health, and Joel Kupersmith, VA chief research and development officer, testify. Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9126.

2:30 p.m. —Judiciary Committee holds a hearing, “Renewing the Temporary Provisions of the Voting Rights Act: An Introduction to the Evidence.” Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat and ranking member of the committee, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

HOUSE

Meets 9 a.m. for Former Members Day. At 10:45 a.m. the House will consider the Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Appropriations science, state, justice, and commerce and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2007 appropriations for the Securities and Exchange Commission. SEC Chairman Christopher Cox testifies. Location: H-309, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. —Transportation and Infrastructure Coast Guard and maritime transportation subcommittee holds a hearing, “Implementation of the Oil Pollution Act.” Rear Adm. Thomas Gilmour, assistant commandant for marine safety, security and environmental protection at the U.S. Coast Guard, and Jan Lane, director of the Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. —Judiciary Constitution subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Constitution and the Line-Item Veto.” Rep. Mark Kennedy, Minnesota Republican; Rep. Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican; Cristina Firvida, senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center; and Charles Cooper, partner at Cooper & Kirk PLLC, testify. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

GENERAL AGENDA

International Day of Peace — all day The Community of Sant’Egidio, the Archdiocese of Washington, Georgetown University and the Catholic University of America sponsor the 2006 International Day of Peace, “Religion and Culture: The Courage of Dialogue.” Events begin 9 a.m.

Highlights — 2:30 p.m. — Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia and Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community of Sant’Egidio, media availability, Hall of Cardinals, 207 Healey Hall

6:30 p.m. — Procession from Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 36th and O streets Northwest through the main gates at Georgetown University for the final ceremony

7 p.m. — Final ceremony: Closing remarks, testimonies and signing of an appeal for peace, Healey Lawn

Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets Northwest, Gaston Hall. Contact: 202/687-4328.

Event — 11:30 a.m. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson participates in a event in which he will join other volunteers to serve lunch at So Others Might Eat to promote National Volunteer Week. Location: So Others Might Eat, 71 O St. NW. Contact: 202/321-6798.

Press conference — 11:30 a.m. Democratic Sens. Max Baucus of Montana, Ron Wyden of Oregon and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas hold a press conference to introduce legislation correcting “problems that have arisen” in the implementation phase of the Medicare Part D drug benefit. The bill would require the health and human services secretary to define “easily comparable benefit packages” so that seniors and people with disabilities can reach informed decisions about their Medicare drug plans. The bill also will outline uniform consumer protections for drug-benefit participants. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-4515.

Homeland security — 1:30 p.m. George Mason University holds a discussion with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on the department’s challenges, politics and priorities. Location: George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Dewberry Hall, Fairfax. Contact: 410/321-0137.

Law, economics, and politics — 2:15 p.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a conference, “Federal Pre-emption: Law, Economics and Politics.”

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times.

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