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- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 18, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Tours Man & Machine Inc. in Landover and participates in a round-table discussion of health care initiatives at the computer-accessories provider.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the consumer price index for June. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

1 p.m. Nuclear Regulatory Commissionholds a meeting to receive a briefing on digital instrumentation and control. Location: NRC, Commissioners' Conference Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-1662.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments 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. — Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing, "Modernization of Federal Housing Administration Programs." Brian Montgomery, assistant secretary for housing and federal housing commissioner for the Housing and Urban Development Department, and Kenneth Donohue, inspector general for HUD, testify. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing, "Safety of Chinese Imports: Oversight and Analysis of the Federal Response." Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio Democrat, and Nicole Nason, administrator at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, testify. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10:30 a.m. Special Committee on Agingholds a hearing, "Abuse of Our Elders: How We Can Stop It," focusing on a national system of background checks for long-term care workers. Jennifer Coldren, granddaughter of a 90-year-old sexual-assault victim from New York, and Ralph Tortora, prosecutor in the New York state Medicaid fraud-control unit, testify. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the fiscal 2008 Labor, Health & Human Services and Education appropriations bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Financial Services Committeeholds a hearing, "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy (Part Two)." Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke testifies. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4247.

2 p.m. Foreign AffairsMiddle East and South Asia subcommittee and international organizations, human rights and oversight subcommittee hold a joint hearing, "Reconstruction in Iraq's Oil Sector: Running on Empty?" Joseph Christoff, director of international affairs and trade at the Government Accountability Office; and Tariq Shafiq, director of Petrolog & Associates, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

3 p.m. Foreign AffairsAsia, the Pacific and the global environment subcommittee holds a hearing, "The Impact of Coup-Related Sanctions on Thailand and Fiji: Helpful or Harmful to U.S. Relations?" Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric John of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs testifies. Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Training program — all day Federally Employed Women holds its 38th annual national training program. Events begin at 7 a.m.

Highlight — 7 a.m. — Sen. Ted Stevens, Alaska Republican, and Rep. Danny K. Davis, Illinois Democrat, attend the legislative breakfast.

Location: Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/898-0994.

Tribal lands — all day Law Seminars International holds a conference, "Successful Techniques for Energy Development on Tribal Lands." Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Jacqueline Johnson, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, delivers remarks on "Forecast for Economic Growth in Indian Country."

2:30 p.m. — Steven Begay, general manager of Dine Power Authority, and Dirk Straussfeld, executive vice president of Sithe Global Power LLC, deliver remarks, "Developing New Coal-Fired Generation: The Desert Rock Energy Project."

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/567-4490, 800/854-8009.

Global energy — 9 a.m. The National Petroleum Council holds a meeting to consider the proposed final report, "Global Oil and Gas." A press conference will follow the meeting.

Highlight — 10 a.m. — Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman delivers remarks.

Location: J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/393-6100, or 202/586-5600.

Book discussion — 9:30 a.m. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) holds a book discussion with Carol Swain, editor of "Debating Immigration." Jonathan Tilove of Newhouse News Service and Steve Camarota of CIS participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/466-8185.

Public health — 10 a.m. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention holds a ceremony to sign a memorandum of understanding to "help local communities advance their environment and public health efforts." EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson and CDC Administrator Dr. Julie Gerberding participate. Location: EPA, 1200 Constitution Ave. NW, East Building. Contact: 202/564-4355, or 202/564-4355.

Communication grants — 10 a.m. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez hold a press conference to announce the $968 million Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grants program to help state and local first responders improve public safety communications during a natural or man-made disaster. Location: Commerce Department, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW, auditorium . Contact: 202/482-4883.

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