- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 1, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers remarks to the Centcom Coalition Conference at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla. Participates in a briefing at Centcom.

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. International Trade Commissionholds a public hearing, “U.S. Agricultural Sales to Cuba: Certain Economic Effects of U.S. Restrictions.” Location: ITC, 500 E St. SW. Contact: 202/205-3319.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. for the weekly party luncheons. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Appropriationsinterior, environment and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed fiscal 2008 budget estimates for the Forest Service. Agriculture Undersecretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Mark Rey and Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell testify. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2 p.m. —Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committeeholds a hearing, “Conservation Policy Recommendations for the Farm Bill.” Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Maryland Democrat, and Gov. James E. Doyle, Wisconsin Democrat, on behalf of the Midwestern Governors Association, testify. Location: 328-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2035.

2:30 p.m. —Armed Servicesseapower subcommittee holds a hearing on Defense Department transportation programs in review of the fiscal 2008 Defense authorization request and the Future Years Defense Program. Sue Payton, assistant secretary for acquisition for the Air Force Department, and Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz, commander of the Transportation Command, testify. Location: 222 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

HOUSE

Meets at 10:30 a.m. for morning hour debate and noon to consider recognizing the 45th anniversary of John H. Glenn Jr. becoming the first U.S. astronaut to orbit Earth and honoring the career and research accomplishments in computing of Frances E. Allen, the 2006 recipient of the A.M. Turing Award. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Homeland Security Committeeholds a hearing, “The Direction and Viability of the Federal Protective Service.” James Taylor, deputy inspector general of the Homeland Security Department, and Gary Schenkel, director of the Federal Protective Service in the Homeland Security Department, testify. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-2616.

12:30 p.m. —Foreign Affairs Committeeholds a hearing, “The Future of Political, Economic and Security Relations with China.” Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte testifies. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

1:30 p.m. —Education and Laborhigher education, lifelong learning and competitiveness subcommittee holds a hearing, “Paying For a College Education: Barriers and Solutions for Students and Families.” Dallas Martin, president of the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators, and Claude Pressnell, vice chairman of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Aid, testify. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-0853.

GENERAL AGENDA

ADL leadership conference — all day The Anti-Defamation League hosts its national leadership conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Remarks by Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican

9:15 a.m. — Remarks by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat

12:30 p.m. — Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff

Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 212/885-7747 or 212/885-7755.

U.S. defense — all day Jane’s Information Group sponsors a conference, “U.S. Defense to 2008 and Beyond: Policy, Programs, Partnerships.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights: William Greenwalt, deputy undersecretary of defense, discusses “Change with the Defense Department” and Sherman Baldwin, global managing director for aerospace and defense at Accenture, discusses “the Challenges to Business.”

Jonathan Hoyle, minister of defense materiel, British Defense Staff, Washington, addresses “Developments in the United Kingdom.”

Michael Pillsbury, consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, discusses “Hedging Against a Rising China.”

Location: Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-2424.

Media freedom — 8:30 a.m. The Broadcasting Board of Governors and Freedom House host a conference, “21st-Century Threats to Media Freedom.” House Foreign Affairs Chairman Tom Lantos, California Democrat, and Reps. Alcee L. Hastings, Florida Democrat, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican, participate. Location: 2261 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/203-4557.

Democracy in Belarus — noon The Center for International Private Enterprise hosts a discussion with Jaroslav Romanchuck, founder and president of the Scientific Research Mises Center in Minsk, Belarus, titled, “How Economic Reform Can Pave the Way to Democracy in Belarus.” Location: CIPE, 1155 15th St. NW, Suite 700. Contact: 202/721-9200.

Voting procedures — 2 p.m. The Election Assistance Commission holds a public meeting to discuss Florida’s request on whether Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds can be used to replace touch-screen voting systems originally purchased with HAVA funds. Location: EAC, 1225 New York Ave. NW, Suite 150. Contact: 202/566-3100.

Taxes and entitlements discussion — 2 p.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Work, Taxes and Entitlements in America and Europe.” Richard Rogerson of Arizona State University, Gary Burtless of the Brookings Institution and Steven Davis of AEI participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

EEOC program — 2 p.m. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission holds an event to start a new fellows program to strengthen partnerships with the federal sector and educational communities. EEOC Chairman Naomi Earp and Office of Federal Operations Director Carlton Hadden participate. Location: EEOC, 1801 L St. NW. Contact: 202/663-4921.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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