- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 21, 2005

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Reclaiming Christianity — 10 a.m. — Christian Alliance for Progress holds a press conference to announce a grass-roots organization leading the movement to reclaim Christianity and transform American politics. Participants include Patrick Mrotek, founder; Timothy Simpson, director of religious affairs; and Kathleen LeRoy, vice president. Location: National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/265-3000.

Medicare drug benefit — 10:30 a.m. — Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services holds a press briefing to kick off a nationwide speaking tour to promote Part D of the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, Kansas Republican, participates. Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/256-7824.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Tours the Calvert Cliffs nuclear-power plant and discusses economic security and energy, Lusby, Md.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10:30 a.m. — Energy Information Administration releases its weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board holds a public hearing to solicit public input on its investigation of combustible dust hazards. Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Horizon Ballroom, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/261-3607.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments 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. — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds markups of the Postal Accountability Enhancement Act, the Purchase Card Waste Elimination Act and the Emergency Medical Services Support Act. Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

9:30 a.m. — Indian Affairs Committee holds an oversight hearing, “In Re Tribal Lobbying Matters, et al.” Charlie Benn, director of administration, Office of the Chief, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and Donald Kilgore, attorney general, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.

10 a.m. — Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Richard Raymond to be undersecretary for food safety at the Agriculture Department. Location: 328-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2035.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution authorizing the Congress to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States and the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act for fiscal 2006. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — International Relations Committee holds a hearing, “Sudan: Consolidating Peace While Confronting Genocide.” Robert B. Zoellick, deputy secretary, State Department, testifies. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

10 a.m. — Appropriations homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on the U.S. Coast Guard’s submission of a revised plan for the deepwater program that was cut from the fiscal 2006 homeland security appropriations bill. U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thomas Collins and Rear Adm. Patrick Stillman, executive officer for the deepwater program, testify. Location: 2362-A Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

2 p.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure aviation subcommittee holds a hearing, “Airline Pensions: Avoiding Further Collapse.” Bradley Belt, executive director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., and JayEtta Hecker, director of physical infrastructure issues, Government Accountability Office, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

GENERAL AGENDA

National policy forum — all day — New America Foundation holds a national policy forum on america’s economic future. Events begin at 8:15 a.m.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, minority whip; Gov. Edward G. Rendell, Pennsylvania Democrat; Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director, Congressional Budget Office; and Paul Magnusson, correspondent, Business Week, “Beyond Ideology: What is Going On in the American Economy? A Discussion About Deficits, Jobs, Innovations and Offshoring”

12:30 p.m. — Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat, “What Should America’s Future Economic Road Map Be?”

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP to [email protected]

Leadership Trust meeting — all day — National Federation of Independent Businesses holds the ninth annual meeting of its Leadership Trust. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 10 a.m. — Sen. Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican, chairman, Rules and Administration Committee, delivers remarks.

7:45 p.m. — Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Maryland Republican, delivers remarks.

Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 800/643-2669 or 615/872-5800.

International trade discussion — 8:30 a.m. — Washington International Trade Association holds a discussion, “Planes, Grains and Much More Than Automobiles — U.S.-EU Trade and Related Global and Domestic Issues: Is Unity on Key Issues Possible?” Hugo Paemen, former head, EU delegation to Washington, and John Veroneau, former general counsel, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, participate. Location: Hogan and Hartson Fulbright Center, 555 13th St. NW. Contact: 202/312-1600.

Transforming transportation — 9:30 a.m. — Electric Drive Transportation Association holds a press briefing, “Transforming Transportation: Opportunities in Energy Policy and Mobility Technology.” Sens. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, and Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat; Rep. John T. Doolittle, California Republican; and David Garman, assistant secretary, energy efficiency and renewable energy, Energy Department, participate. Location: 428 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/408-0774.

EU Constitution — noon — Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “The EU Constitution: America Must Beware.” Kim Holmes, the Heritage Foundation, participates. Location: Heritage Foundation, Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/675-1752.

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