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Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the HOPE VI Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2007. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Armed Services Committeeholds a hearing on Iraqi security forces. Army Lt. Gen. James Dubik, commanding general of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq in Baghdad, testifies. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

10 a.m. Judiciaryimmigration, citizenship, refugees, border security and international law subcommittee holds a hearing, “Naturalization Delays: Causes, Consequences and Solutions.” Emilio Gonzalez, director of U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services, and Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund, testify. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

10 a.m. Oversight and Government Reform Committeeholds a hearing, “Assessing Veterans’ Charities — Part II.” Roger Chapin, president of Help Hospitalized Veterans Inc. and the Coalition to Support America’s Heroes Foundation, and Richard Viguerie, president of American Target Advertising, participate. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5051.

GENERAL AGENDA

Seminar — 8:15 a.m. The National Press Foundation, the Center on Congress and the Regional Reporters Association hold a seminar for the press on the federal budget, the congressional appropriations process and earmarks.

Highlights — 8:45 a.m. — Former Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, Indiana Democrat, director of the International Center for Scholars, delivers remarks.

9 a.m. — U.S. Comptroller General David Walker of the Government Accountability Office delivers remarks.

10:15 a.m. — James Horney, director of federal fiscal policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Rob Nabors, majority staff director of the House Appropriations Committee; Donald Wolfensberger, director of the Wilson Center Congress Project; and Mary Naylor, staff director of the Senate Budget Committee, discuss “Budget and Appropriations: Who Holds the Cards?”

12:15 p.m. — Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation, David Clarke of Congressional Quarterly, Martin Kady of Politico and Linda Topping Streitfeld of the National Press Foundation participate in a discussion, “The Ongoing Story: Bringing the Budget Home.”

Location: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, One Woodrow Wilson Center Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Winter meeting — 9:30 a.m. The Republican National Committee holds its 2008 winter meeting, “Leadership We Can Trust.”

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — The Standing Committee on Rules meets.

2 p.m. — House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, delivers welcoming remarks.

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