- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 8, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Visits New Orleans and Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

1 p.m. Energy Information Administrationreleases its weekly price data report on heating oil and propane. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Internal Revenue Serviceholds a public hearing on proposed regulations for preparing or executing returns. Location: Internal Revenue Building, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW, auditorium. Contact: 202/622-7180.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Appropriations Committeereviews the president’s request for additional resources to assist the Gulf Coast region in hurricane recovery. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106. Contact: 202/224-7363.

9:30 a.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committeeholds a hearing, “Hurricane Katrina: Recommendations for Reform.” Witnesses include Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, Comptroller General David Walker, and Homeland Security Inspector General Richard Skinner. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342. Contact: 202/224-4751.

2:30 p.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairsfederal financial management, government information, and international security subcommittee holds a hearing, “Crime Victims Fund Rescission: Real Savings or Budget Gimmick?” Former Attorney General Edwin Meese testifies. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342. Contact: 202/224-4751.

2:30 p.m. —Armed Services Committeeholds a hearing on the Quadrennial Defense Review. Witnesses include Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and Adm. Edmund Giambastiani, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216. Contact: 202/224-3871.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the San Diego Water Storage and Efficiency Act of 2005 and legislation to redesignate the facility of the Bureau of Reclamation at 19550 Kelso Road in Byron, Calif., as the C.W. “Bill” Jones Pumping Plant. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. International Relations Committeeholds a hearing, “United States Policy Toward Iran — Next Steps.” Witnesses include R. Nicholas Burns, State Department undersecretary for political affairs, and Robert Joseph, State Department undersecretary for arms control and international security. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172. Contact: 202/225-5021.

10 a.m. —Appropriationsenergy and water development and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2007 appropriations for the Energy Department. Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2362-B. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10:15 a.m. —Appropriationslabor, health and human services, education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2007 appropriations for the Health and Human Services Department. HHS Secretary Michael O. Leavitt testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2358. Contact: 202/225-2771.

SUPREME COURT

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

GENERAL AGENDA

Energy future — all day agricultural and forestry leaders, corporate, state and national government partners, and renewable-energy champions hold a summit “Growing America’s Energy Future: Solutions From the Land.” Events begin at 7 a.m. Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/822-5200.

Ocean science programs — all day The Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education holds its annual public policy forum on the development and implementation of major ocean science programs. Events begin at 8 a.m. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325. Contact: 202/332-0063, Ext. 1231.

Federal pre-emption policy — 9 a.m. The Washington Legal Foundation holds a discussion, “The Food and Drug Administration’s Federal Pre-Emption Policy: Implications for Drug Labeling and Product Liability Litigation.” Participants include Daniel Troy, former FDA chief counsel, and Mark Brown, former FDA associate chief counsel for enforcement. Location: Washington Legal Foundation, M.J. Murdock Center for Free Enterprise, 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.

Human rights 11 a.m. — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivers the opening remarks at a press briefing on the release of the State Department’s 2005 “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.” Other participants include Undersecretary Paula Dobriansky and Barry Lowenkron, assistant secretary for democracy, human rights and labor. Location: State Department, Room 2209, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-2013 or 202/647-2492.

Hispanic leaders luncheon — 11:30 a.m. Mickey Ibarra and Associates holds a lecture by Rep. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, to kick off the 2006 Latino Leaders Luncheon Series. Location: St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th St. NW. Contact: 703/876-1714.

Iran discussion — 2:30 p.m. The Global Coalition Against Fundamentalism holds a discussion in “solidarity” with Iranian women who will be gathering in Laleh Park in Tehran, “despite all limitations imposed by the regime.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 703/856-2565.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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