- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 2, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

To be announced

ECONOMIC REPORTS

Noon National Agricultural Statistics Servicereleases the crop weather summary report. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 800/727-9540.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m.Nuclear Regulatory Commissionholds a meeting to receive a briefing on the status of emergency planning activities. Location: NRC, 11555 Rockville Pike, Commissioners’ Conference Room, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-1662.

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.Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committeeholds a hearing to review the implementation of the peanut program. Floyd Gaibler, deputy undersecretary of Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services in the Agriculture Department, and Stanley Fletcher, National Center for Peanut Competitiveness in the Department of Applied Economics of the University of Georgia, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2035.

9:30 a.m. —Budget Committeeholds a hearing on S.2381 to amend the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to provide line-item rescission authority. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, West Virginia Democrat, and Austin Smythe, acting deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, testify. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

9:30 a.m. —Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III; Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, Justice Department; and Linda Calbom, director of financial management and assurance, Government Accountability Office, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

HOUSE

Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning hour debate and 2 p.m. to consider postal building naming bills H.R.5107, H.R.4811, H.R.4674, H.R.4995, and H.R.4101; the “Native American Technical Corrections Act of 2006”; the “Salt Cedar and Russian Olive Control Demonstration Act”; and H.R.3929, the “Dana Point Desalination Project Authorization Act.” Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Government Reformnational security, emerging threats and international relations subcommittee holds a hearing on “U.N. Sanctions After Oil-for-Food: Still a Viable Diplomatic Tool?” John R. Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Joseph Christoff, Government Accountability Office, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

2:30 a.m. —Education and the Workforceselect education subcommittee holds a hearing on the “Seniors Independence Act of 2006.” Josefina Carbonell, assistant secretary for aging in the Health and Human Services Department, and Mason Bishop, deputy assistant secretary of the Employment Training Administration in the Labor Department, testify. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

GENERAL AGENDA

China summitall day —The Hudson Institute holds its Freedom in China Summit 2006. Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Dissident author Yu Jie; Yang Maodong (aka Guo Feixiong), assistant to Gao Zhisheng; legal scholar and activist Li Baiguang; and Wang Yi, author of China’s most-read dissident blog. Gao Zhisheng, Fan Yafeng and Zhang Xingshui also accepted invitations to speak yet were prevented by the Chinese government from attending the summit. Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St. NW, sixth floor. Contact: 202/223-7770.

Korea forumall day The Brookings Institution and the Sejong Institute host the “Seoul-Washington Forum,” focusing on issues facing the Korean Peninsula and the U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) alliance. Events begin at 10 a.m.

Highlights — 10 a.m. — Former ROK Defense Minister Kim Dong-shin participates in a panel discussion on “The ROK’s Self-Reliant Military Policy and the CFC (Combined Forces Command): Replacing the Armistice.”

12:30 p.m. — Christopher Hill, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, luncheon discussion

2:15 p.m. — Choi Seok-young, minister of economic affairs for the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United States, participates in a panel discussion on “Korea-U.S. Economic Cooperation.”

Location: Westin Grand Hotel, 2350 M St. NW. Washington Room. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Telecommunications forum — 8:30 a.m. National Journal’s Technology Daily holds a forum on the state of telecommunications policy focusing on recent congressional efforts to modernize telecommunications laws. Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan Republican, and Drew Clark, senior writer for Technology Daily, participate. Location: Phoenix Park Hotel, 520 North Capitol St. NW. Contact: 202/266-7180.

Medicare discussion — 9 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Has the Drug Benefit Added to Medicare’s Financing Woes?” Mark McClellan, administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and Richard Foster, chief actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

EU- Balkan discussion — 10 a.m. — The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars holds a discussion, “EU- Balkan Relations: The Greek Factor,” with Angelos Pangratis, deputy head of the Delegation of the European Commission to the United States, and Ambassador Alexandros Mallias of Greece, as part of the Tsakopoulos Kounalakis Lecture Series. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Press conference — 10 a.m. The National Geographic Society holds a press conference to release the results of a new survey that says U.S. youths are poorly prepared for a “global future.” John Fahey, president and chief executive officer, National Geographic Society; Annie Weber, senior vice president, Roper Public Affairs; and Anna Marie Weselak, president, National PTA, participate. Location: National Geographic Foundation, 1600 M St. NW. Contact: 202/828-5664.

Returned checks briefing — noon Public Citizen holds a conference call briefing to present stories of victims of so-called “check diversion” companies, private companies who make deals with prosecutors to collect returned checks. Contact: 202/588-7703.

Energy forum — 1 p.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a Statesmen’s Forum with Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Ibrahim al-Naimi and U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Press conference — 1:30 p.m. Nonviolent Peaceforce holds a press conference with Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of the Mahatma Gandhi, who will speak on the historic nonviolence movement. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 651/271-1574.

Address — 2:30 p.m. The Hudson Institute holds an address by Edward Lazear, chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, on the state of the U.S. economy and the labor market. Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St. NW. Stern Conference Center, 6th floor. Contact: 202/223-7770.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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