- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 23, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

1 p.m. — Energy Information Administration releases its weekly heating oil, propane residential and wholesale price data report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m. — Equal Employment Opportunity Commission holds a meeting on “Achieving Work/Family Balance: Employer Best Practices for Workers With Caregiving Responsibilities.” Location: EEOC Office Building, 1801 L St., NW, ninth floor, Clarence M Mitchell Jr. Conference Room. Contact: 202/663-7100.

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

10 a.m. —Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on “Communications, Taxation and Federalism.” Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, and Sen. Michael B. Enzi, Wyoming Republican, testify. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. —Finance Committee holds a hearing on “Funding Social Security’s Administrative Costs: Will the Budget Meet the Mission?” Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue and Nancy Shor, executive director of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, testify. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

1:30 p.m. —Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on “Ending Taxation Without Representation: The Constitutionality of S.1257.” Rep. Chris Cannon, Utah Republican, and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, District Democrat, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider urging Americans and people of all nationalities to visit the American Cemeteries, Memorials and Markers; the Veterans Outreach Improvement Act of 2007. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the Energy Policy Reform and Revitalization Act of 2007. Former Gov. John Engler, Michigan Republican, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Manufacturers, and Walter Cruickshank, deputy director of the Mineral Management Service at the Interior Department, testify. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6065.

10 a.m. —Veterans Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “Disability Claims Roundtable.” VA Undersecretary for Benefits Daniel Cooper and Deputy Undersecretary for Benefits Ronald Aument testify. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9756.

2 p.m. —Foreign Affairs Middle East and South Asia subcommittee holds a hearing on “U.S. Assistance to the Palestinians.” Assistant Secretary of State David Welch, of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and Army Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton, U.S. security coordinator, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Economic meeting — 8 a.m. The U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue holds a meeting on work plans agreed to at the December meeting and to continue discussions in areas including policies to address economic imbalances to ensure continued global growth, China’s economic development and further integration into the world trading system, greater openness of markets, cooperation on energy security and the environment, and innovation.

Highlights — 10:45 a.m. — Closing statements by Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao and Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. Location: EPA, East Building, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

11:30 a.m. — U.S. delegation press conference with Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. and Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. Location: EPA, East Building, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab and Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte participate. Location: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Organic farming — 11:30 a.m. The Library of Congress’ Science and Technology Division holds a lecture on organic farming and foods. Jim Crawford, a Pennsylvania farmer, and Sam Fromartz, author of “Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew,” participate. Location: LOC, 10 First St. SE, Dining Room A. Contact: 202/707-5664.

Obama generation — 7:30 p.m. — Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, holds an event to kick off “Generation BO.” Location: H2O Restaurant and Lounge, 800 Water St. SW. Contact: 312/819-2423.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times.

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