- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 12, 2008

30 a.m. - The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation commemorates the first anniversary of the Victims of Communism Memorial. Speakers include Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez; House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat; and Reps. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat; Thaddeus McCotter, Michigan Republican; Steve King, Iowa Republican; Shelley Berkley, Nevada Democrat; and Jackie Speier, California Democrat. Following the ceremony, Rep. Tom Lantos, California Democrat who died in February, will be awarded the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom. His wife, Annette Lantos, will accept the medal on his behalf. Location: Ceremony at Massachusetts and New Jersey avenues Northwest. Luncheon at Georgetown University Law Center, 550 First St. NW, Eric Hotung International Law Building, Room 2001. Contact: 202/589-1991.

Global attitudes - 2 p.m. - The Pew Research Center holds a news conference on its 2008 Global Attitudes survey conducted in 24 countries. The report examines attitudes toward the United States, including U.S. foreign policy and the presidential election. Briefers include Andrew Kohut, president, Pew Research Center, and director, Pew Global Attitudes Project; David Brooks, New York Times columnist; and Moises Naim, editor in chief, Foreign Policy magazine. Location: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge. Contact: 202/419-4372.

PRESIDENT BUSH

7:20 p.m. - Joint news availability with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at Chigi Palace, Rome.

SUPREME COURT

10 a.m. - Meets to hand down opinions.

SENATE

10 a.m. - Joint Economic Committee holds hearing on the Iraq war’s impact on the economy, including state and federal funds and the future care costs of veterans. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat; Christine Eibner, Rand Corp.; Tom Tarantino, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; and William Beach, Heritage Foundation, testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106.

10 a.m. - Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds hearing on the nation’s infrastructure. New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin; Jacksonville, Fla., Mayor John Peyton; and Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Mark Funkhouser, testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 538.

2:15 p.m. - Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds oversight hearing on the relationship between U.S. renewable fuels policy and food prices. Assistant Energy Secretary Andy Karsner; Joseph Glauber, chief economist, Department of Agriculture; Joe Outlaw, Texas A&M; University; Jason Pyle, CEO, Sapphire Energy, San Diego; Joachim von Braun, International Food Policy Research Institute; and Jack Huttner, Genencor, testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 366.

2:30 p.m. - Foreign Relations Committee holds hearing on energy from Central Asia to Europe. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Leon Fuerth, George Washington University; Zeyno Baran, Hudson Institute; and Roman Kupchinsky, AZEast Group, testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419.

HOUSE

9:30 a.m. - Foreign Affairs Committee holds hearing on “Russia, Iran and Nuclear Weapons: Implications of the Proposed U.S.-Russia Agreement.” Acting Undersecretary of State John Rood; Robert Einhorn, Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Henry Sokolski, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, testify. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172.

10 a.m. - Natural Resources subcommittee on energy and mineral resources holds oversight hearing on enhancing oil recovery using carbon dioxide. Timothy Spisak, Bureau of Land Management; Scott Klara, National Energy Technology Laboratory; Tracy Evans, Denbury Resources Inc.; William Roby, Occidental Oil and Gas Corp.; Greg Kunkel, Tenaska Inc.; Ian Duncan, University of Texas at Austin; and Mark Demchuk, Weyburn EnCana Oil and Gas Partnership, testify. Location: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1334.

10 a.m. - Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds vote on a committee investigative report, “Jack Abramoff’s Contacts With White House Officials.” Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2154.

GENERAL AGENDA

8:30 a.m. - Plug-in vehicles - The Brookings Institution and Google.org will host, “Plug-In Electric Vehicles 2008: What Role for Washington?” focusing on electric plug-in vehicles and their potential for freeing the United States from its dependence on oil. Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-4396.

Source: Associated Press

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