- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 24, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Visits the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md. Makes a statement with former clerks of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., the Rose Garden, the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

4 p.m. Economic Research Servicereleases the agricultural exchange rate data set report and monthly milk cost of production report. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/694-5050.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m. National Transportation Safety Boardholds a meeting to review, “Special Investigation Report on Emergency Medical Services Operations and Briefs of Seven EMS Accidents.” Location: NTSB Board Room, 429 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/314-6100.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Meets at 9:30 a.m. for morning business. After that, the Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Foreign Relations Committeeholds a hearing on the nominations of Mark Wallace to be U.S. representative to the United Nations for management and reform and alternate U.S. representative to the sessions of the General Assembly, and Jackie Sanders to be alternate U.S. representative for special political affairs and alternate U.S. representative to the sessions of the General Assembly. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

9:30 a.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committeeholds a hearing on “Lobbying Reform: Proposals and Issues.” Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, chairman, Indian Affairs Committee; Sen. Russell D. Feingold, Wisconsin Democrat; Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican, chairman, Senate Republican Conference; Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota Republican; Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

10 a.m. —Appropriationshomeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on “United States Entry/Exit Tracking: Is the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology on Track for Success?” Jim Williams, director of U.S. VISIT, Homeland Security Department, and Randolph Hite, director of IT architecture and systems issues at the Government Accountability Office, testify. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Not in session. The House next meets at noon on Tuesday. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Meeting — all day The National Council of Agricultural Employers holds its 42nd annual meeting. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, delivers the keynote address.

Noon — Barry Jackson, of the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives, discusses the Bush administration’s comprehensive immigration reform proposal and its implications for agriculture.

Location: Hamilton Crowne Plaza, 1001 14th St. NW. Contact: 202/728-0300.

Conference — all day The United States Conference of Mayors holds its annual winter meeting. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 10 a.m. — D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams delivers remarks.

12:30 p.m. — Long Beach, Calif., Mayor Beverly O’Neill, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, delivers remarks.

Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets Northwest. Contact: 202/861-6719.

Forum — 8 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a forum on the “Next-Generation Global Positioning Systems for Enhanced Business Productivity: Because Time Is Money, and Location Is Everything.” Commerce Deputy Secretary David Sampson participates. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Patriot Act — 10 a.m. The Heritage Foundation holds a press conference addressing the legal issues surrounding the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act. Former Attorney General Edwin Meese; former Attorney General Richard Thornburgh; and Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Korea policy briefing — 10 a.m. Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, hosts a press briefing to discuss “The Future of U.S. Policy Toward Korea and a Background on the Reunification Movement Between North Korea and South Korea.” Eric Sirotkin, National Lawyers Guild; Pilju Kim Joo, Agglobe Services International; Thomas Kim, Korea Policy Institute, participate. Location: 1116 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5871 or 202/494-5141.

Press conference — 10:15 a.m. Sen. Pete V. Domenici, New Mexico Republican, chairman, Energy and Natural Resources Committee; Sen. Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico Democrat; Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican; and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, hold a press conference to announce the Protecting America’s Competitive Edge Act, a package of three bills aimed at helping America maintain its leading edge in science and technology. Norman Augustine, former chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin, participates. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6977.

Lebanon discussion — 11:30 a.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion, “The Future of Democracy in Lebanon,” with Saad Hariri, leader of the Future Bloc in the Lebanese parliament and son of the slain former prime minister, Rafik Hariri. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, sixth floor auditorium. Contact: 202/691-4016.

Real estate briefing — 12:30 p.m. The Mortgage Bankers Association holds its “Annual State of the Real Estate Finance Industry Briefing.” Regina Lowrie, chairman; Jonathan Kempner, president and CEO; Doug Duncan, chief economist and senior vice president, participate. Location: Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/557-2924.

Homeland Security conference — 1 p.m. Equity International holds a “Homeland Security Outlook Conference.” Andrew Maner, Keith Ward and Kerry Thomas of the Homeland Security Department; Bill Hoagland, director of appropriations for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, participate. Location: GW, 805 21st St. NW, Jack Morton Auditorium. Contact: 202/994-6460.

Tsunami lecture — 6:30 p.m.The Asia Society holds a lecture on “The Tsunami: One Year Later.” Jonathan Simon of the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Eric Schwartz, special envoy of the U.N. secretary-general for tsunami recovery, participate. Location: 1800 K St. NW. B-1 Conference Level. Contact: 202/833-2742.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times.

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