- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 15, 2007

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

National tourism week — 12:30 p.m. — Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez holds an event to celebrate National Tourism Week, with Roger Dow, president and chief executive officer of the Travel Industry Association. Location: The corner of 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. Contact: 202/482-4883.

Cancer screening — 2 p.m. — Members of Congress hold a press conference with cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong to introduce the Cancer Screening, Treatment and Survivorship Act of 2007. Participants include Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat; Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, Maine Republican; Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Illinois Democrat; and Rep. Sue Myrick, North Carolina Republican. Location: Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution avenues Northeast, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-3254.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in a round-table discussion on the Electronic Employment Verification System at the Embassy Suites Hotel-Convention Center, 900 10th St. NW. Welcomes British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the North Portico of the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m.

—Bureau of the Census releases a report n new residential construction for April 2007. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Office of Public Health and Science holds a meeting of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee. Location: Health and Human Services Department, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave. SW, Room 800. Contact: 202/401-7899.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. The Senate will begin consideration of an immigration-reform bill today. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Finance Committee holds a hearing, “U.S. Preference Programs: How Well Do They Work?” Meredith Broadbent, assistant U.S. trade representative for industry, market access and telecommunications, and Muhammed Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, Dhaka, Bangladesh, testify. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

10:30 a.m. — Special Committee on Aging holds a hearing on Medicare Advantage marketing and sales. Abby Block, director of the Center for Beneficiary Choices at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Sean Dilweg, of the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, Madison, Wis., testify. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.

3 p.m. — Appropriations financial services and general government subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2008 budget for the Securities and Exchange Commission. SEC Chairman Christopher Cox testifies. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2008. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Judiciary immigration, citizenship, refugees, border security and international law subcommittee holds a hearing, “Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Becoming Americans — U.S. Immigrant Integration.” John Fonte, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, and Gary Gerstle, professor of history at Vanderbilt University, testify. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

11 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure Committee holds a hearing, “Climate Change and Energy Independence: Transportation and Infrastructure Issues.” Jonathan Lash, president of the World Resources Institute, and William Millar, president of the American Public Transportation Association, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4472.

3:30 p.m. — Foreign Affairs Africa and global health subcommittee holds a hearing, “Africa’s Water Crisis and the 2006 U.N. Development Program Human Development Report.” Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Oregon Democrat, and Assistant Secretary of State Claudia McMurray of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Employee stock options— all day — The Employee Stock Option Program Association holds its 30th annual conference, “ESOPs: Creating a Real Ownership Society,” Events begin at 7:30 a.m. Location: Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/293-2971.

Asian financial crisis — all day — The Woodrow Wilson Center Asia Program hosts a discussion, “The 10th Anniversary of the Asian Financial Crisis: Lessons Learned, Critical Assessments, and Charting the Path Forward.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 9:10 a.m. — Discussion, “Remembering the Asian Financial Crisis: Causes, Effects, Results and the Lessons Learned”

11:15 a.m. — Discussion, “The International Financial System and the International Monetary Fund: Assessing the Links Between Economic and Financial Globalization and the Asian Financial Crisis” with David Burton, director of the Asia and Pacific Department at the International Monetary Fund

2 p.m. — Discussion, “Charting the Path Forward: Identifying Policy Initiatives Amidst New Developments in Global and Regional Political Economy”

Soedradjad Djiwandono, former governor of Bank Indonesia from 1992 to 1998 and professor of economics at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, participates. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Autonomy gap — 9 a.m. — The Thomas B. Fordham Institute holds a discussion, “Freedom to Lead: The Principal’s Autonomy Gap,” focusing on the institute’s report, “The Autonomy Gap,” which studied the gap between the authority that public school principals view as key to leading their schools effectively. Steven Adamowski, superintendent of the Hartford Public Schools in Conn., participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, 13th floor, Holeman Lounge. Contact: 202/223-5452.

Students in crisis — 9 a.m. — The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law holds a press conference with Bazelon Center Executive Director Robert Bernstein and senior staff lawyer Karen Bower to release a model policy on colleges and universities on how to deal fairly and nonpunitively with students in crisis. Location: 1101 15th St. NW, Suite 1212. Contact: 202/467-5730, Ext. 116.

Employment testing — 9:30 a.m. — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission holds a public meeting on how agency-enforced laws apply to employment testing and screening. Location: EEOC, 1801 L St. NW. Contact: 202/663-7100.

School of the Year — noon — The Center for Education Reform holds its National Charter School of the Year Award ceremony.

4:45 p.m. — Education Secretary Margaret Spellings delivers remarks in S-207, U.S. Capitol.

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/822-9000.

America’s role — noon — The Center for National Policy holds a discussion with Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, as part of its Presidential Series, “America’s Role in the World.” Location: National Guard Memorial, 1 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Walsh-Reckord Hall of States. Contact: 202/682-1800.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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