- The Washington Times - Monday, July 18, 2005

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Border security bill — 11:30 a.m. — Sens. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, and Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, hold a press conference to introduce a comprehensive border security and immigration reform bill. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery, Capitol. Contact: 202/224-2934 or 202/224-4521.

Central America trade — 12:30 p.m. — Rep. Earl Pomeroy, North Dakota Democrat, holds a press conference with the National Farmers’ Union on the Central America Free Trade Agreement. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2611 or 202/314-3104.



PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Australian Prime Minister John Howard at the White House

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Census Bureau releases report on new residential construction for June 2005. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Health and Human Services Department holds a joint meeting of the national vaccine advisory committee and the advisory committee on immunization practices to discuss the HHS draft plan on pandemic influenza preparedness and response. Location: National Institutes of Health, 5635 Fishers Lane, terrace level conference room, Rockville. Contact: 202/690-5566.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Meets at 10 a.m. in a joint session with the House to receive an address by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601 or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

11 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the Violence Against Women Act. Actress Salma Hayek testifies. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

11:15 a.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the proposed plan to modify the organizational structure and operations of the Homeland Security Department. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testifies. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

2:30 p.m. — Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds an oversight hearing on the effects of the U.S. nuclear testing program on the Marshall Islands. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

3:30 p.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation aviation subcommittee holds a hearing to examine the Federal Aviation Administration’s rule on mandatory retirement for pilots at age 60. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

11 a.m. — Armed Services military personnel subcommittee holds a hearing on military recruiting and retention figures and strategies. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

11 a.m. — House-Senate Conference Committee holds a meeting on the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

2 p.m. — Energy and Commerce health subcommittee holds a hearing on legislation to reauthorize the National Institutes of Health. NIH Director Elias Zerhouni testifies. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

2 p.m. — Judiciary Constitution subcommittee holds an oversight hearing titled “Can Congress Create a Race-Based Government?: The Constitutionality of the ‘Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005.’” Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

2 p.m. — Resources Committee holds an oversight hearing on “Potential Listing of the Eastern Oyster Under the Endangered Species Act.” Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

4 p.m. — Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on the bill to reauthorize the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Location: H-313, Capitol. Contact: 202/225-9191.

GENERAL AGENDA

Hadassah convention — all day — Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, holds its 91st national convention, “What So Proudly We Hail.” Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlight — 2 p.m. — “State of the World Message,” plenary session

Location: Hilton Washington and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/265-3000.

Korean freedom — all day — Liberty in North Korea holds a conference titled “Freedom for All Koreans.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — Rep. Jim Leach, Iowa Republican, delivers opening statement.

1:30 p.m. — Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican; Kang Chol-hwan, North Korean defector and author of “The Aquariums of Pyongyang”; and Natan Sharansky, former Soviet gulag inmate and author of “The Case for Democracy”

Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: [email protected]

Rumsfeld’s revolution — 9 a.m. — The Brookings Institution holds a discussion titled “Rumsfeld’s Revolution at Defense.” Participants include Paul Light, Brookings Institution, and former Rep. Lee Hamilton, Indiana Democrat. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Protecting democracy — 9 a.m. — The Center for American Progress holds a discussion titled “Protecting Democracy: International Responses.” Location: CAP, 1333 H St. NW, 10th floor. Contact: 202/741-6388.

African oil drilling — 9:30 a.m. — The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation holds a press briefing to release a study titled “Breaking the Oil Syndrome: Responsible Hydrocarbon Development in West Africa.” Location: Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 202/723-2200.

Anti-tobacco rally — 11:30 a.m. — Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids holds an anti-tobacco rally to urge Congress to pass legislation regulating tobacco. Location: Capitol Reflecting Pool, West Front between First and Third streets, Capitol. Contact: 202/296-5469.

Voting Rights Act — 11:30 a.m. — Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat, holds a press conference on the Voting Rights Act. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3801.

Environment and trade — 2:30 p.m. — The Inter-American Development Bank holds a press conference to discuss the result of the donor’s meeting on environment issues related to the Central America Free Trade Agreement. Participants include U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, and Enrique Iglesias, Inter-American Development Bank president. Location: Cecilio Morales Room, 12th floor, Inter-American Development Bank, 1300 New York Ave. NW. Contact: 202/623-2407.

Film Registry screening — 6:30 p.m. — The Library of Congress screens the films “Let Us Live,” and “Homicide Bureau” as part of its National Film Registry series. Location: LOC, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Contact: 202/707-5677.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times.

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