- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 6, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates with first lady Laura Bush in an arrival ceremony for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on the South Lawn of the White House. Participates with Mrs. Bush in a photo op with Elizabeth and Philip in the Grand Foyer of the White House. Hosts with Mrs. Bush a state dinner for Elizabeth and Philip in the State Dining Room of the White House. Hosts, with Mrs. Bush, Elizabeth and Philip for entertainment in the East Room of the White House.

VICE PRESIDENT

Attends with Lynne Cheney a state dinner for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, in the State Dining Room of the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

4:30 p.m. Energy Information Administrationreleases its weekly U.S. retail gasoline prices report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Veterans Affairs Departmentholds a meeting of the National Research Advisory Council to review the VA research portfolio, a summary of current budget allocations and a discussion of information security. The council will also provide feedback on the direction and focus of VA’s research initiatives. Location: Greenhoot Cohen Building, 1722 I St. NW, Room 900. Contact: 202/254-0267.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Meets at 2:15 p.m. for morning business and 4 p.m. to resume consideration of Food and Drug Administration authorization bill. The first roll-call vote is expected to occur about 4 p.m. today. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

1:30 p.m. Appropriationslabor, health and human services, education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed fiscal 2008 budget estimates for the National Institutes of Health, Frontiers in Science. Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH, and Dr. Donald Lindberg, director of the National Library of Medicine at NIH, testify. Location: 116 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning-hour debate and 2 p.m. to consider commending the East-West Center for hosting the Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders; authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service; and the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Transportation and InfrastructureCoast Guard and maritime transportation subcommittee holds a field hearing, “Safety and Security of Liquefied Natural Gas.” Location: Town of Brookhaven Auditorium, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville, N.Y. Contact: 202/225-4472.

GENERAL AGENDA

Treasurers forum — all day The Association for Financial Professionals holds its Global Corporate Treasurers Forum to explore the challenges, risks and opportunities involved in managing an international treasury. Events begin at 7:15 a.m.

Highlights — 8:15 a.m. — Eric Ball, vice president and treasurer of Oracle Corp., delivers the keynote address, “Blocking & Tackling: Executing the Treasury Playbook in the Global Arena.”

9 a.m. — Gary Barth, assistant treasurer for UPS; Marci Lerner, assistant treasurer of Staples Inc.; and Ron Chakravarti, managing director of Citi GT, participate in the general session panel, “Optimizing Global Cash through Strategic Management.”

Noon — House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, delivers the luncheon address.

4:15 p.m. — Jaime Caruana, director of monetary and capital markets for the International Monetary Fund; and Geoffrey Bell, founder of the Group of Thirty, deliver a keynote address, “Identifying Risks and Opportunities: A Global View.”

Location: Ritz-Carlton hotel, 1150 22nd St. NW. Contact: 301/961-8869.

Pacific Island conference — all day The State Department holds the eighth Pacific Island Conference of Leaders. Events begin at 9:45 a.m.

9:45 a.m. — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivers opening remarks.

Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW, Loy Henderson Auditorium. Contact: 202/647-2492.

U.S.-Afghanistan relations — 9 a.m. The Middle East Institute (MEI) holds a briefing on the challenges affecting the relationship between the U.S. and Afghanistan, with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann. Location: MEI, 1761 N St. NW, Boardman Room. Contact: 202/785-1141.

Nuclear waste — 9 a.m. Public Citizen sponsors a briefing with international specialists on nuclear-waste-reprocessing programs in Britain, France and Japan, and the “economic and technical failures” of the programs in those countries. William Walker, a professor of international relations at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland; Shaun Burnie, an independent consultant specializing in the back end of the fuel cycle; and Aileen Mioko Smith, the founder and director of Green Action, a Japanese citizen organization based in Kyoto, Japan, participate. Location: Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th St. NW, Cabinet Room. Contact: 202/454-5134.

MLK memorial — 10 a.m. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation holds a press conference to announce a major donation by Prudential Financial. Reps. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat, and Donald M. Payne, New Jersey Democrat; and Art Ryan, chairman and chief executive officer of Prudential Financial, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/253-8974.

Disability insurance — 10 a.m. America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) holds a conference-call briefing, beginning at 10 a.m., to release two new reports on disability insurance. Karen Ignagni, president and chief executive officer, AHIP; and David Stapleton, director, Cornell University Institute for Policy Research, participate. Contact: 202/778-8494 [Note: Call-in, 866/814-8470].

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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