- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 8, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schussel at the Oval Office.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

1 p.m. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. releases its weekly survey on fixed-rate mortgages. Location: 8200 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/903-2000.



FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission holds a public hearing on issues that will be discussed next week at the Doha round of the World Trade Organization’s negotiations. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/624-1409.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Thanksgiving recess. The Senate will reconvene 2 p.m. Monday. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to Hurricane Katrina. FEMA officials Scott Wells and Philip Parr testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

2:30 p.m. — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of George W. Foresman to be undersecretary for preparedness and Tracy Henke to be executive director of the Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness at the Homeland Security Department. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

Meets 10 a.m. to consider the Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Financial Services housing and community opportunity subcommittee holds a hearing on housing options in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. David Garratt of the Federal Emergency Management Agency testifies. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10 a.m. — Resources Committee holds a hearing on the Indian Trust Reform Act. James Cason of the Interior Department, Elouise Cobell of the Blackfeet Reservation Development Fund and Keith Harper, an attorney with the Native American Rights Fund, testify. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

1:30 p.m. — Science energy subcommittee holds a briefing on the status of efforts to promote plug-in hybrid vehicles. Frank J. Gaffney Jr. of the Center for Security Policy and Roger Duncan of Austin Energy and the Electric Drive Transportation Association testify. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9662 or 202/225-6375.

GENERAL AGENDA

Conference — all day Jobs for America’s Graduates holds its National Student Leadership Conference. Events begin 8:15 a.m. Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/684-9479.

Highlight — 11:40 a.m. — Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales delivers remarks. Location: Marriott Metro Center, Grand Ballroom, 775 12th St. NW.

Discussion — 8:30 a.m. Americans for Peace Now and the Foundation for Middle East Peace hold a discussion, “Under the Guise: The Security Barrier and Settlement Expansion in the West Bank.” Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/728-1893.

Kazakhstan — 9 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a discussion on Kazakhstan’s presidential election. Merhat Sharipzhan, Kazakh service director, and Daniel Kimmage, Central Asia analyst at RFE/RL, participate. Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Investing in Russia — 9 a.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Committee holds a press conference with the American-Russian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ARCCI), “Politics and Investing in Russia’s Regions: Opportunities Beyond Moscow.” Republican Reps. Curt Weldon of Pennsylvania and Charles H. Taylor of North Carolina; Victor Kress, governor of Tomsk region; Yuri Axenenko, mayor of Saratov; and Helen Teplitskaia of ARCCI participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7540.

Software piracy — 9:30 a.m. The Business Software Alliance holds a press conference to release a study on the global economic effect of software piracy. Chris Israel of the Commerce Department and John Gantz of the International Data Corp. participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/530-5127.

Address — 12:15 p.m. Price WaterhouseCoopers Global Tax Symposium hosts an address by Treasury Secretary John W. Snow. Location: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St. NW. Contact: 646/471-0456.

Conference — 12:30 p.m. The American Legislative Exchange Council holds its States and Nation Policy Summit.

Highlight — 2:30 p.m. — Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao, delivers opening remarks.

Location: Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 202/431-6461.

Chertoff address — 1 p.m. Greater Washington Board of Trade hosts an address by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at its annual meeting. Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/857-5900.

Ukraine — 3 p.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Committee holds a press conference, “Ukraine: Still Out In The Cold?” Olexiy Haran of the Eurasia Foundation and Hryhoriy Nemyria, who was adviser to Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7530.

Poetry reading — 6:45 p.m. The Library of Congress holds a poetry reading by John Haines, with an introduction by U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. Location: LOC, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Contact: 202/707-1639.

Ceremony — 8 p.m. The Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital holds a ceremony to dedicate the new Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Library. Yuval Rabin, son of the slain Israeli prime minister; Paul Wolfowitz of the World Bank and David Brooks of the New York Times participate. Location: JPDS-NC, 6045 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/297-5737.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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