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- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 19, 2007

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Amnesty's impact — 10 a.m. — You Don't Speak for Me and Choose Black America hold a press conference to discuss "the negative impact of illegal alien amnesty on American blacks and Hispanics." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Murrow Room. Contact:202/328-7004.

U.S.-Korea free trade — noon — The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement Business Coalition holds a luncheon discussion on the trade agreement and to preview coalition member testimony to be given the following day to the International Trade Commission. Location: Citigroup Washington Office, 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1000. Contact: 202/336-7692.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in the Oval Office of the White House. Attends, with first lady Laura Bush, the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Census Bureau releases the new residential construction for May. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Federal Aviation Administration holds a meeting of the RTCA Special Committee 203/Minimum Performance Standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Unmanned Aircraft. Location: RTCA Inc., 1828 L St. NW, Suite 805. Contact: 202/833-9339.

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. — Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Preston Geren to be secretary of the Army. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

2:30 p.m. — Foreign Relations international operations, and organizations, democracy and human rights subcommittee holds a hearing on "The Passport Backlog and the State Department's Response to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative." Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Maura Harty testifies. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

2:30 p.m. — Select Intelligence Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of John Rizzo to be CIA general counsel. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1700.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. for morning hour and 10 a.m. to consider the fiscal 2008 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Natural Resources national parks, forests and public lands subcommittee holds a hearing on "Wildfire Preparedness: An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure." Agriculture Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment Mark Rey and Assistant Interior Secretary for Land and Mineral Management Stephen Allred testify. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6065.

2 p.m. — Foreign Affairs Middle East and South Asia subcommittee holds a hearing on "Working in a War Zone: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Civilians Returning From Iraq." George Staples, director general of the Foreign Service and director of Human Resources at the State Department, testifies. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

4 p.m. — Judiciary immigration, citizenship, refugees, border security and international law subcommittee holds a hearing on "Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Government Perspectives on Immigration Statistics." Steven Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, and Shannon Benton, executive director of the Retired Enlisted Association Senior Citizens League, testify. Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

GENERAL AGENDA

Small vessel security — all day — The Homeland Security Department holds its National Small Vessel Security Summit. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen delivers remarks.

9:30 a.m. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner W. Ralph Basham delivers remarks.

Noon — Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff delivers remarks.

Location: Marriott Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Drive, Arlington. Contact: 202/282-8010.

Take Back America — all day — The Campaign for America's Future holds its 2007 Take Back America Conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Democratic 2008 presidential candidate Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico delivers remarks.

Noon — Democratic 2008 presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois delivers remarks.

12:30 p.m. — Democratic 2008 presidential candidate and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina

7 p.m. — Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, California Democrat; actor Jason Alexander; and author Roger Wilkins deliver remarks during the Gala Awards Dinner.

Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. Contact: 202/955-5665.

Leadership conference — 8 a.m. — The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees holds its 2007 National Leadership Conference.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat; Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat; Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat; Gov. Bill Richardson, New Mexico Democrat; and former Sen. John Edwards, North Carolina Democrat, participate in a presidential candidate forum.

11 a.m. — Union members speak during an open-mike session of a town meeting to evaluate candidates' presentation and positions.

2 p.m. — Employee Free Choice Act Rally, Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution Avenue NE, U.S. Capitol

Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, or as noted. Contact: 202/429-1145.

Diabetes caucus — 8:30 a.m. — The Congressional Diabetes Caucus holds a briefing on "the findings of a new study that assesses all federal diabetes spending and provides recommendations from the diabetes community to improve the leadership to combat the disease." Reps. Michael N. Castle, Delaware Republican, and Diana L. DeGette, Colorado Democrat, participate. Location: 2168 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/572-2870.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times.