- The Washington Times - Monday, February 12, 2007

PRESIDENT

Participates in a briefing on volunteerism, Roosevelt Room, the White House. Participates in a visit to the Anthony Bowen YMCA in the District and delivers remarks on volunteerism.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

9 a.m. Economic Research Service releases the Wheat Outlook Report and Feed Outlook Report. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/694-5050.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Internal Revenue Service holds a meeting by teleconference of the Open Meeting of the Area 5 Taxpayer Advocacy Panel to solicit public comment on improving customer service at the IRS. Location: None given. Contact: 888/912-1227 or 414/231-2360.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. There will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the continuing funding resolution in the morning. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Veterans’ Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2008 budget for the Veterans Affairs Department. VA Secretary Jim Nicholson and acting VA Undersecretary for Health Michael Kussman testify. Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9126.

10 a.m. —Budget Committee holds a hearing on the president’s fiscal 2008 budgetary proposals for the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS Secretary Michael O. Leavitt testifies. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

10 a.m. —Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on “The Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change,” examining the economic effects of climate change and stabilizing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Nicholas Stern, adviser to the British government on climate policy and development and Gary Yohe of the Department of Economics at Wesleyan University testify. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

10 a.m. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the Homeland Security Department’s budget submission for fiscal 2008. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testifies. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. for morning hour debate and 10 a.m. to consider the Small Business Tax Relief bill and the Iraq War Resolution. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Appropriations interior, environment and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on “Overview of the National Forest Service.” Agriculture Undersecretary for National Resources and the Environment Mark Rey and Forest Service chief Abigail Kimball testify. Location: B-308 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. —Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on security and stability in Afghanistan and developments in U.S. strategy and operations. Mary Beth Long, principal deputy assistant secretary for international security affairs at the Defense Department, and Army Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, deputy chairman of the NATO Military Committee, testify. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151; recorded schedule 202/225-2675.

10 a.m. —Foreign Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “The Future of the United Nations Under Ban Ki-moon.” Former Sen. Tim Wirth, Colorado Republican and president of the United Nations Foundation; former Sen. George Mitchell, Maine Democrat and former co-chairman of the United States Institute for Peace Task Force on the United Nations; and former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations John R. Bolton testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

1:30 p.m. Appropriations defense subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2007 supplemental appropriations for the Navy and the Marine Corps. Donald Winter, secretary of the Navy; Adm. Michael Mullen, chief of naval operations, and Gen. James Conway, commandant of the Marine Corps, testify. Location: H-140, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-2771.

GENERAL AGENDA

Liberia forum — all day The government of Liberia holds a forum to appeal for global support.

Highlight — 9 a.m. — Open session with keynote address by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

World Bank Group President Paul Wolfowitz and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf participate. Location: World Bank, 1818 H St. NW, Preston Auditorium. Contact: 202/473-1367.

Legislative health care agenda — all day The American Medical Association holds its National Advocacy Conference. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Chris Matthews of NBC News delivers remarks.

10:15 a.m. — Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat, and Sen. Richard M. Burr, North Carolina Republican, deliver remarks.

3 p.m. — Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., New Jersey Democrat, delivers remarks.

3:45 p.m. — Food And Drug Administrator Andrew von Eschenbach

Location: J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-7430.

Terrorism index — 9 a.m. The Center for American Progress, and Foreign Policy magazine hold a discussion on “The Terrorism Index: A Survey of America’s Top Experts on the State of Terrorism and U.S. National Security.” House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Silvestre Reyes, Texas Democrat; Rep. Christopher Shays, Connecticut Republican; and former Sen. Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, participate. Location: CAP, 1333 H St. NW, 10th floor. Contact: 202/741-6388.

Human rights — 9:30 a.m. The Georgetown University Law Center holds its Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights, “Constitutional Checks and Balances in the Post-9/11 Era: Revitalizing Congress’s Role.”

Highlights — 9:35 a.m. — Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, discusses “Revitalizing Congress’ Role in Safeguarding Security and Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities.”

11:50 a.m. — Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, discusses “Issues and Challenges Facing the Congress in Asserting Its Role in Our System of Checks and Balances.”

Location: Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/662-9519.

Archbishop lecture — 6:30 p.m. The Library of Congress holds a lecture by Cardinal Francis George, the eighth archbishop of Chicago, “What Kind of Democracy Leads to Secularization?” Location: LOC, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 202/707-7302.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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