- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 31, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers remarks at the 2007 Grocery Manufacturers Association/Food Products Association fall conference at the Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. — Census Bureau releases the construction put in place for September. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

11 a.m. — Bureau of Transportation Statistics releases the North American surface-freight data for August. Location: 400 7th St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, Subcommittee on AP1000. Location: 11545 Rockville Pike, Room T-2B3, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-6889.

8:30 a.m. — Institute of Education Sciences holds a meeting of the National Board for Education Sciences to discuss one contract to evaluate the work of the institute since its inception in 2002 and another that supports the work of the What Works Clearinghouse. Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/219-2195.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case

Docket number 06-8273: Danforth v. Minnesota

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. — Budget Committee holds a hearing on the Bipartisan Task Force for Responsible Fiscal Action Act of 2007. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, and U.S. Comptroller General David Walker testify. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

9:30 a.m. — Veterans Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act. George Stalcup of the Government Accountability Office and Charles Ciccolella of the Labor Department testify. Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9126.

10 a.m. — Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing, “Examination of the Licensing Process for the Yucca Mountain Repository.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat; Republican Sens. John Ensign of Nevada and Jim DeMint of South Carolina; and Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons, a Republican, testify. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8832.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2007 and to amend the Trade Act of 1974 to reauthorize trade-adjustment assistance. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing, “Oil and Gas Development: Exemptions From Health and Environmental Protections.” Amy Mall of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Kendrick Neubecker of Trout Unlimited testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5051.

1:30 p.m. — Science and Technology Committee holds a hearing, “Aviation Safety: Can NASA Do More to Protect the Public?” NASA Administrator Michael Griffin and Robert Dodd of Dodd & Associates LLC testify. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6375.

2 p.m. — Foreign Affairs international organizations, human rights and oversight subcommittee holds a hearing, “Activities of the Department of State’s Office of the Inspector General.” U.S. Comptroller General David Walker testifies. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

2:30 p.m. — Homeland Security emerging threats, cybersecurity, and science and technology subcommittee and transportation security and infrastructure protection subcommittee hold a joint hearing, “Enhancing and Implementing the Cybersecurity Elements of the Sector-Specific Plans.” Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Greg Garcia and David Powner of the Government Accountability Office testify. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-2616.

GENERAL AGENDA

Grocery Manufacturers conference — all day The Grocery Manufacturers/Food Products Association holds its 2007 fall conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 10:50 a.m. — President Bush delivers remarks.

Noon — David Gregory, NBC News, delivers remarks, “The Run to the White House: Election 2008.”

Location: Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/639-5994.

Global health — all day The Health and Human Services Department holds its eighth annual Global Health Security Initiative ministerial meeting. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Pandemic Influenza Working Group meeting

11 a.m. — Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt delivers remarks, “Working Together to Counter Global Health Threats,” at the Woodrow Wilson Center, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Location: National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, or as noted. Contact: 202/690-6343.

U.S.-India energy conference — all day The U.S.-India Business Alliance holds a reception for the U.S.-India Renewable Energy Conference. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Roger Ballantine of Green Strategies Inc. and Mark Reidy of Andrews Kurth participate in a panel discussion, “Project Finance and Government Support.”

1 p.m. — Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, a Democrat, and Alexander Karsner, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, deliver luncheon keynote addresses.

Location: Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE., Members Room. Contact: 202/628-3450; 202/628-3450.

Event — 9 a.m. Sen. Pete V. Domenici, New Mexico Republican; Reps. Brad Miller, North Carolina Democrat, and Michael R. Turner, Ohio Republican; and first lady Laura Bush deliver remarks at a Preserve America/Save America’s Treasures legislation announcement. John L. Nau III of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and Richard Moe of the National Trust for Historic Preservation participate. Location: Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. Contact: 202/224-7098 (Mr. Domenici) or 202/456-6313 (Mrs. Bush).

Future of Russian democracy — 9:15 a.m. The Hudson Institute holds a discussion, “The Future of Russian Democracy: Is Putin President for Life?” Zeyno Baran and Andrei Piontkovsky of the Hudson Institute participate. Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St. NW, sixth floor. Contact: 202/223-7770.

Higher-education briefing — 10:30 a.m. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings holds a conference-call briefing to provide an update on higher-education issues, including the release of the department’s final regulations on student loans, Academic Competitiveness and National SMART grants, and to discuss the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. Contact: 202/401-1576.

Health care forum — 11 a.m. The Federation of American Hospitals and Families USA hold their Healthcare 2008 Presidential Candidate Forum with Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican. Location: Barbara Jordan Conference Center, Kaiser Family Foundation Building, 1330 G St. NW. Contact: 202/347-5270.

Philippine veterans — noon The American Coalition for Filipino Veterans Inc. holds a wreath-laying ceremony to mark “All Souls Day” in the Philippines and to honor the million casualties of Filipinos during World War II and their U.S. comrades. Location: Bataan Corregidor Leyte Manila Foundation, Independence Avenue and 17th Street NW. Contact: 202/246-1998.

Argentine elections — 12:45 p.m. Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) holds a discussion, “The Argentine Elections.” Riordan Roett and Francisco Gonzalez of SAIS participate. Location: SAIS, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Women’s leadership — 1 p.m. The British Embassy and National Geographic hold a conference, “Ideas to Support Women’s Leadership Roles in the Democratic Process in Africa.” Location: National Geographic Society, 1145 17th St. NW, Grosvenor Auditorium. Contact: 202/518-7525.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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