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HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

11 a.m. Administration Committeeholds a hearing, “The Smithsonian in Transition.” Rep. Doris Matsui, California Democrat; Charles Bowsher, former U.S. comptroller general; Christian Samper, acting Smithsonian secretary; and A. Sprightley Ryan, Smithsonian inspector general, testify. Location: 1310 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2061.

2 p.m. Armed Servicesmilitary personnel subcommittee holds a hearing on active Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve recruiting and retention. Michael Dominguez, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and Army Lt. Gen. Michael Rochelle, U.S. Army headquarters, testify. Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

2 p.m. Foreign AffairsMiddle East and South Asia subcommittee holds a hearing, “Political Crises in South Asia: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.” Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., New Jersey Democrat, and Steven Mann, State Department, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Farming and rural communities — all day The Agriculture Department holds its fourth annual Community and Faith-Based Organizations Partners Meeting on “Challenge, Choice, Change: Solutions that Strengthen Farming and Rural Communities.” Events begin at 9:30 a.m.

Highlights — 1 p.m. — Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns delivers keynote address.

3:15 p.m. — Discussions on the Animal Identification Act, “Coordination and Cooperation Between Minority-Serving Institutions and Community-Based Organizations,” “Disaster Preparedness and Policy,” and “New and Beginning Farmers”

Location: DoubleTree Hotel, 300 Army/Navy Drive, Arlington. Contact: 202/720-4623; 800/880-4143.

Energy industry —10 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a briefing on the state of the energy industry with William Kovacs, vice president of environment technology and regulatory affairs. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Small business — 10 a.m. Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, delivers opening remarks at a Senate Small Business Committee round-table discussion, “The Small Business Innovation Research Program and the Findings and Recommendations of a Five-Year Study of the Small Business Innovation Program by the National Academies.” Location: 428-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5175.

Free trade — 2 p.m. The Club for Growth holds a press conference to announce its free-trade petition and to protest legislation that would attach high tariffs to U.S. imports in China. Rep. Jim McCrery, Louisiana Republican, and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Texas Republican, participate. Location: Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St. SE. Contact: 202/887-7039.

Ice cream social — 6 p.m. The Library of Congress hosts a summer ice cream social for members of Congress, congressional staff and the press to celebrate “American Treasures of the Library of Congress,” a decadelong rotating exhibition of the rarest, most interesting or significant items relating to America’s history. Location: LOC, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 202/707-0022.

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