- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 17, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in a meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the Oval Office of the White House. Participates in a joint press availability with Mr. Blair in the Rose Garden of the White House. Participates in a Joint Reserve Officer Training Corps commissioning ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

4:30 p.m. Federal Reserve Board releases its weekly reports on condition statement of Federal Reserve Banks; factors affecting reserves of depository institutions; money stock; liquid assets; and debt measures. Location: 20th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Election Assistance Commission holds a meeting to receive updates on the activities of the EAC Standards Board; the EAC Board of Advisors; and the EAC Technical Guidelines Development Committee. Location: Election Assistance Commission, 1225 New York Ave. NW, Suite 150. Contact: 202/566-3100.

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs oversight of government management, the federal workforce and the District of Columbia subcommittee holds a hearing on “Evaluating Progress and Identifying Obstacles in Improving the Federal Government’s Security Clearance Process.” Clay Johnson, Office of Management and Budget, and Robert Andrews, Defense Department, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

10:15 a.m. —Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on “The U.S. European Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal 2008 and the Future Years Defense Program.” Army Gen. Bantz Craddock, commander of the U.S. European Command and supreme allied commander, Europe, testifies. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

2:30 p.m. —Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs securities, insurance and investment subcommittee holds a hearing on consolidation of National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and the regulatory functions of the New York Stock Exchange. Erik Sirri, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Mary Schapiro, NASD, testify. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the “National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2008” and the “Federal Housing Finance Reform Act of 2007.” Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Education and Labor higher education, lifelong learning and competitiveness subcommittee holds a hearing on “Preparing Teachers for the Classroom: The Role of the Higher Education Act and No Child Left Behind.” George Scott, Government Accountability Office, and Sharon Robinson, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, testify. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-0853.

10 a.m. —Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing on “Protecting Our Schools: Federal Efforts to Strengthen Community Preparedness and Response.” Robert Sica, U.S. Secret Service, and Deborah Price, Education Department, testify. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-2616.

2 p.m. —Foreign Affairs international organizations, human rights and oversight subcommittee holds a hearing on “Declining Approval for American Foreign Policy in Muslim Countries: Does It Make It More Difficult to Fight al Qaeda?” Steven Kull, Program on International Policy Attitudes, testifies. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

SUPREME COURT

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

GENERAL AGENDA

Medical device — all day The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) holds its annual meeting, “Celebrating 15 Years of Achievement 1992-2007,” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 10 a.m. — Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary for Legislation Vincent Ventimiglia Jr. delivers an update.

11 a.m. — Larry Kessler, director of the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories in the Center for Devices and Radiological Research at the Food and Drug Administration, participates in a panel discussion on “[Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act] II, Unique Device Identification and Other [Food and Drug Administration] Issues.”

5:30 p.m. — Reception to present the 2007 MDMA Chairman’s Award to Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, California Democrat

Location: Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St. NW, or as noted. Contact: 202/349-7172.

Farm bill — all day The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) holds a conference on “The 2007 Farm Bill and Beyond.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Copyright — 9 a.m. — The Copyright Alliance hosts a panel discussion on the “role of copyright in promoting creativity, jobs and economic growth and to announce the formation of a new comprehensive advocacy organization of artists, producers and distributors dedicated to a robust copyright system.” Reps. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, and Howard Coble, North Carolina Republican, participate. Location: Reserve Officers Building, 1 Constitution Ave. NE, top floor. Contact: 202/715-1538.

Rally — noon The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers hosts a rally on the Transportation Day of Action.

Highlight — 12:45 p.m. — Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat

1 p.m. —Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat, delivers address.

2 p.m. — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, delivers remarks.

Location: National Mall, between Fourth and Seventh streets. Contact: 202/628-7772.

c Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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