- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 1, 2007

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Burma sanctions — 11 a.m. — The Congressional Human Rights Caucus holds a briefing, Burma Sanctions: Gems, Oil and Money. Participants include Maung Maung, general secretary of the National Council of the Union of Burma, and Brian Leber, jeweler and specialist on the Burmese gem trade. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2255. Contact: 202/225-3531.

Drought issues — 11 a.m. — Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne holds a meeting to discuss water issues associated with a drought affecting the Southeast. Participants include Gov. Bob Riley, Alabama Republican; Gov. Charlie Crist, Florida Republican; and Gov. Sonny Perdue, Georgia Republican. Location: Interior Department, 1849 C St. NW. Contact: 202/208-6416.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers remarks on the “Global War on Terror” at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Takes photo with the 2007 Little League World Series Champions in the Oval Office of the White House. Takes photo with recipients of the 2006 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers in the North Portico of the White House. Attends a Republican National Committee Regents Dinner at a private residence in Washington.

VICE PRESIDENT

11:30 a.m. — Delivers remarks to the American Legion, the Indiana War Memorial, 431 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis.

7 p.m. — Attends a reception for Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee at a private residence in Dallas.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysisreleases the personal income and outlays for September 2007. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

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

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Social Security Administration holds a meeting of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel to review the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program. Location: Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/358-6126.

11 a.m. — Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration holds a meeting by teleconference of the Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors to continue its work in developing and implementing the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement. Contact: 505/827-4565.

1 p.m. — Internal Revenue Service holds a meeting by teleconference of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, Wage & Investment Reducing Taxpayer Burden (Notices) Issue Committee. Contact: 888/912-1227 or 954/423-7979.

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

9 a.m. Environment and Public Worksprivate sector and consumer solutions to global warming and wildlife protection subcommittee holds a markup of the America’s Climate Security Act of 2007, to direct the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8832.

10 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a markup of the Public Corruption Prosecution Improvements Act, the Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act and the Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2007; and votes on the nominations of John Tinder to be U.S. circuit judge for the Seventh Circuit; Julie Myers, to be an assistant secretary of Homeland Security and to head U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and Michael Sullivan to be director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

2 p.m. — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs federal financial management, government information, federal services, and international security subcommittee holds a hearing, “Small Business Administration: Is the 7(a) Program Achieving Measurable Outcomes?” The hearing will focus on the efficacy of the Small Business Administration’s 7(a) program, which provides loan guarantees to approved banks and other approved lenders that lend to small businesses. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. — for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Energy and Commerceoversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing, “FDA Foreign Drug Inspection Program: A System at Risk.” Marica Crosse, director of public health and military health care issues at the Government Accountability Office, and William Hubbard, senior adviser at the Coalition for a Stronger FDA, testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure highways and transit subcommittee holds a hearing, “Drug and Alcohol Testing of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers.” Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator John Hill and Jim Swart, acting director of the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance at the Transportation Department, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4472.

11 a.m. — Education and Labor Committee holds a hearing, “Barriers to Equal Educational Opportunities: Addressing the Rising Costs of a College Education.” King Alexander, president of the California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif., and John Bassett, president of Clark University, Worcester, Mass., testify. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-0853

11:30 a.m. — Budget Committee holds a hearing, “Counting the Change: Accounting for the Fiscal Impacts of Controlling Carbon Emissions.” Peter Orszag, director of the Congressional Budget Office, and Robert Greenstein, executive director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, testify. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7200.

GENERAL AGENDA

Export conference — all day The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security holds its 2007 Export Conference. Events begin at 7 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez delivers remarks

5:30 p.m. — Gala reception

Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/482-6031.

Diversity and inclusion summit — all day Diversity Best Practices holds its annual Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Summit and Gala, “Examining Critical Issues & Exploring the Opportunities,” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 11 a.m. — Session on “Instant Polling”

6 p.m. — Gala reception and dinner

Location: Hilton Washington and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/463-3784, or 202/255-8455.

HIV/AIDS research symposium — all day The National Cancer Institute holds a HIV/AIDS research symposium. Events begin at 8:45 a.m.

Highlights — 8:45 a.m. — John Niederhuber, director of National Cancer Institute; Jack Whitescarver, director of the Office of AIDS Research; and Samuel Broder, former NCI director and chief medical officer at Celera, deliver welcoming and introductory remarks.

2:10 p.m. — Larry Arthur, Sriram Subramaniam, Barbara Felber, Eric Freed, and Louis Henderson of NCI deliver remarks, “HIV Virology and Molecular Pathogenesis.”

Location: NIH, 9000 Rockville Pike, Masur Auditorium, Building 10, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-4000.

Bombing prevention — 10 a.m. Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff hold a press conference to introduce the National Bombing Prevention Act of 2007, which aims to better prepare for improvised explosive device attacks in the U.S. Location: Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution avenues Northeast. U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-2523.

Film screening — 6 p.m. The National Geographic Society and YouthAIDS hold a premiere film screening of “India’s Hidden Plague,” which discusses how HIV travels from high-risk groups to the general population and why young women are increasingly at risk for infection in India. Ashley Judd, YouthAIDS global ambassador, and Karl Hofmann, president and CEO of Population Services International, participate. Location: National Geographic Society, 1145 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/683-3137, or 202/683-3112.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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