- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 10, 2005

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Budget hearing — 10 a.m. — The Senate Budget Committee holds a hearing on the president’s fiscal 2006 budget request. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow testifies. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

Homeland security — 10 a.m. — The House Committee on Homeland Security holds a hearing, “The 2006 Budget Proposal: Enhancing Terrorism Preparedness for First Responders.” Witnesses include Penrose Albright, assistant secretary of science and technology at the Homeland Security Department, and Matt Mayer, acting executive director of the department’s Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness. Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses Social Security reform in Raleigh, N.C., and Blue Bell, Pa.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of the Census and Bureau of Economic Analysis release a report on U.S. international trade in goods and services for December. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

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. — Farm Credit Administration holds a meeting to discuss the spring unified agenda and regulatory performance plan. Location: Farm Credit Administration, 1501 Farm Credit Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/883-4009.

9 a.m. — Federal Aviation Administration holds a meeting of the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee on transport airplane and engine issues. Location: Boeing Co., 1200 Wilson Blvd., Room 234, Arlington. Contact: 202/267-5174.

10 a.m. — Office of Personnel Management holds a meeting of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee. Location: Office of Personnel Management, Room 5A06A, 1900 E St. NW. Contact: 202/606-1500.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on lessons learned from the U.S. response to the tsunami disaster. Witnesses include Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican; Paul Wolfowitz, deputy defense secretary; and Alan Larson, State Department undersecretary for economic, business and agricultural affairs. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. — Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “The Role of the Government Sponsored Enterprises in the Mortgage Market.” Witnesses include John Weicher, federal housing commissioner and assistant secretary of housing in the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Richard Green, a professor at the George Washington University School of Business; and Anthony Sanders, professor of finance at Ohio State University. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Real ID Act of 2005. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Energy and Commerce energy and air quality subcommittee holds a hearing, “Department of Energy’s Fiscal 2006 Budget Proposal and the Energy Policy Act of 2005: Ensuring Jobs for Our Future With Secure and Reliable Energy.” Witnesses include Gov. Frank H. Murkowski, Alaska Republican, and David Garman, assistant secretary in the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a. m. — Small Business Committee holds a hearing, “The President’s Fiscal 2006 Budget Request: What Does It Mean For Small Business?” Witnesses include Hector Barreto, administrator of the Small Business Administration; Tony Wilkinson, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders; and Don Wilson, president of the Association of Small Business Development Centers. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.

11 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure highways, transit and pipelines subcommittee holds a meeting on organizational matters. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

GENERAL AGENDA

Insurance legislative conference — all day — Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers holds its legislative conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Speakers breakfast featuring Sen. Judd Gregg, New Hampshire Republican; Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican; Rep. Pete Sessions, Texas Republican; Rep. Richard H. Baker, Louisiana Republican; and Rep. Deborah Pryce, Ohio Republican, 345 Cannon House Office Building

Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, or as noted above. Contact: 202/783-4400.

Iraq after elections — 10 a.m. — Brookings Institution’s Saban Center holds a discussion, “Iraq After the Elections.” Participants include Bathsheba Crocker of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Michael O’Hanlon of Brookings, and Noah Feldman of the New York University School of Law. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Policy options on Iran — 10 a.m. — Iran Policy Committee holds a press conference, “U.S. Policy Options on Iran.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/320-8434.

Sex education legislation — 10:30 a.m. — Members of Congress hold a press conference to introduce the Responsible Education About Life (REAL) Act, to provide funding to states for comprehensive sex education programs that would include information about abstinence and contraception. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat, and Rep. Barbara Lee, California Democrat, participate. Location: SC-6, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-2661.

Book discussion — 10:30 a.m. — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a book discussion, “The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy.” Participants include authors Peter Huber and Mark Mills, Spencer Reiss of Wired magazine, and Steven Hayward of the American Enterprise Institute. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Faith-based initiative — 11 a.m. — Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Religious Liberties Practice Group holds a discussion, “A Post-Election Look at Charitable Choice and the President’s Faith-Based and Community Initiative.”

Highlights — 11:30 a.m. — Jim Towey of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, “The Faith-Based Initiative Agenda and the Bush Administration”

2:15 p.m. — Rep. Mark Green, Wisconsin Republican, “Prospects in the 109th Congress and Beyond”

Location: Cannon House Office Building, Room 345. Contact: 202/822-8138.

Climate stewardship act — 11:30 a.m. — Members of Congress hold a press conference to announce the reintroduction of the Lieberman-McCain Climate Stewardship Act. Participants include Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican; Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat; Rep. John W. Olver, Massachusetts Democrat; and Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, Maryland Republican. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-9965.

Kyoto Protocol — 2:30 p.m. — Cooler Heads Coalition and the George C. Marshall Institute hold a press briefing, “The Kyoto Protocol and Beyond: A Roundtable Discussion on the Future of International and U.S. Climate Policy.” Participants include Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, and Harlan Watson, the State Department’s senior climate negotiator. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: RSVP to 202/296-9655.

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