- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 7, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

10:45 a.m. — Delivers remarks for Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day in the East Room of the White House; meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office; votes in the Texas Republican primary at the Crawford Fire Station, Crawford, Texas.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleases the productivity and costs figures for the fourth quarter of 2005 (revised). Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

2 p.m. Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Boardholds a meeting of the Employee Thrift Advisory Council to receive a status report of the executive director on Thrift Savings Plan. 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

In session. The Senate is expected to vote on cloture of S.2328, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Appropriations Committeeholds a hearing to review the president’s request for additional resources to assist the Gulf Coast in its recovery from the 2005 hurricanes. Witnesses include Gov. Bob Riley, Alabama Republican; Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Louisiana Democrat; Gov. Haley Barbour, Mississippi Republican; and Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Republican. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

9:30 a.m. —Appropriationsdefense subcommittee holds a hearing on the president’s fiscal 2007 budget request for the Defense Department. Witnesses include Defense Undersecretary/Comptroller Tina Jonas and Vice Adm. Evan Chanik, director of force structure, resources and assessments. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committeeholds a hearing on rural telecommunications.Witnesses include Thomas Dorr, undersecretary, Rural Development Authority, Agriculture Department; and Mark Johnson, commissioner, Regulatory Commission of Alaska. Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. —Veterans’ Affairs Committeeholds a hearing to receive the legislative presentation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Witnesses include James Mueller, VFW commander-in-chief, and William Bradshaw, director, National Veterans Service. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9126.

HOUSE

Meets at 12:30 p.m. for an hour debate and 2 p.m.. to consider post office naming bills H.R.3934, H.R.4054 and H.R.4509 and the USA Patriot Act Additional Reauthorizing Amendments Act of 2006. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

1:30 p.m. Appropriationsmilitary quality of life and Veterans Affairs, and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the Air Force budget for military quality of life programs. Witnesses include Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley. Location: H-140, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-2771.

2 p.m. —Government Reformcriminal justice, drug policy and human resources subcommittee holds a hearing, “Human Cloning and Embryonic Stem-Cell Research after Seoul: Examining Exploitation, Fraud and Ethical Problems in the Research.” Witnesses include James Battey, chairman, NIH Stem Cell Task Force, and director, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, and Bernard Schwetz, director, Office for Human Research Protections, Health and Human Services Department. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

Legislative conference — all day The National Council of State Housing Agencies holds its legislative conference. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson delivers keynote address

9 a.m. — A discussion, “The View From Congress,” with Sens. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat, and Michael D. Crapo, Idaho Republican; Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Ohio Democrat; Mark Calabria, economist for the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee; and Clinton Jones III, senior counsel for the House Financial Services Committee.

5:30 p.m. — The 20th anniversary celebration of the low-income housing tax credit, 325 Rayburn House Office Building

Location: Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/624-7710.

Israel policy conference — all day The American Israel Public Affairs Committee holds its annual policy conference. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlight — 9 a.m. — Vice President Dick Cheney; House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican; and House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, “America and Israel: The View From Capitol Hill,” closing plenary session

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW. Contact: 202/997-4614, 202/639-5229

Homeland security — 8 a.m. The Homeland Security Department’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee holds a meeting to discuss the activities of the privacy office.

Highlights — 8:20 a.m. — Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff delivers remarks.

10 a.m. — Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector Al Martinez-Fonts and Acting Director for the Office of State and Local Government Coordination Chet Lunner deliver remarks

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. Polaris Room. Contact: 571/227-3813.

Press conference — 10:30 a.m. The Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis holds a press conference to mark “DVT Awareness Month 2006,” and a “Kick Camp,” with members of the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, who will attempt to set the world record for the longest kick line. Location: the Mall, between Seventh and 14th streets Northwest. Contact: 202/530-4552.Press conference — 2:15 p.m. U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman with Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade Mark Vaile. Location: USTR Offices, 600 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/395-3230

Capital awards gala — 5:30 p.m. The National Council of La Raza will honor Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, and House Majority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, for their leadership on issues of concern to the Hispanic community. Location: National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Contact: 202/785-1670.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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