- The Washington Times - Monday, June 27, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers a televised speech to the nation from Fort Bragg, N.C., about the situation in Iraq.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

2:30 p.m. — Treasury Department auction of three- and six-month Treasury bills. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m. — National Transportation Safety Board holds a meeting to review an accident report on the capsizing of the U.S. small passenger vessel Taki-Tooo at Tillamook Bay Inlet, Ore., on June 14, 2003. Location: NTSB Board Room, 429 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/314-6100.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Meets to consider the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal 2006. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Finance Committee holds a hearing, “Medicaid Waste, Fraud and Abuse: Threatening the Health Care Safety Net.” Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

10 a.m. — Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing on regulation of Indian gaming. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.

10:30 a.m. — Veterans’ Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the shortfall in VA’s medical care budget. VA Secretary Jim Nicholson testifies. Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9126.

3 p.m. — Special Committee on Aging holds a hearing, “Mandatory or Optional? The Truth About Medicaid.” Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. for debate and 10 a.m. to consider the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act for fiscal 2006. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. — Appropriations military quality of life and Veterans Affairs and related agencies subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on its fiscal 2006 appropriations bill, focusing on recently announced veterans health care budget shortfalls. VA Secretary Jim Nicholson testifies. Location: 2362-A Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

9 a.m. — Homeland Security prevention of nuclear and biological attacks subcommittee holds a hearing, “Pathways to the Bomb: Security of Fissile Materials Abroad.” Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

10 a.m. — Science Committee holds a hearing, “The Future of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.” NASA Administrator Michael Griffin testifies. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

2 p.m. — Armed Services military personnel subcommittee holds a hearing on the religious climate at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

2:30 p.m. — Government Reform Committee holds a hearing, “Under Fire: Does the District of Columbia’s Gun Ban Help or Hurt the Fight Against Crime?” D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams and D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

3 p.m. — Judiciary immigration, border security and claims subcommittee holds a hearing on the Alien Gang Removal Act of 2005 to render inadmissible and deportable aliens who have participated in criminal street gangs. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

GENERAL AGENDA

Conservatism’s future — 8:30 a.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “The Future of Conservatism.” The participants include Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana Republican; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Georgia Republican; and David Frum of AEI. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Religion and Iraq — 9 a.m. — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a discussion, “Religion and Iraq’s Permanent Constitution: Constitutional Models of Predominantly Muslim Countries.” Location: 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Africa press conference — 9:30 a.m. — The Nelson Mandela Institution for Knowledge Building and the Advancement of Science and Technology in Sub-Saharan Africa holds a press conference to introduce the African Institute of Science and Technology and the Sub-Saharan African Learning Network. Location: World Bank Group, 701 18th St. NW. Contact: 202/473-2049.

Homeland security — 9:30 a.m. — The 9/11 Public Discourse Project holds a discussion, “Securing The Homeland.” Location: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Stem-cell research — 10 a.m. — Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, Maryland Republican, holds a press conference on embryonic stem-cell research. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2721.

Air pollution — 10 a.m. — The American Lung Association holds a press conference, “More Danger in the Air: The New Science of Fine Particle Pollution,” on the Environmental Protection Agency’s 1997 air quality standards. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/785-3355.

Low-income housing tour — 11 a.m. — The Community Preservation and Development Corp. holds a press conference and tour of 1330, a newly renovated building for low-income housing in the Shaw neighborhood. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Democrat, and D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams participate. Location: 1330 Seventh St. NW. Contact: 202/895-8900.

Umbilical cord blood — 11 a.m. — Members of Congress holds a press conference on umbilical cord blood and stem cells. Location: Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution avenues NE, Capitol. Contact: 202/224-5251 or 202/224-2823.

Air Force Academy religion — 11 a.m. — Members of Congress hold a press conference with Air Force Academy chaplain Melinda Morton on the religious climate at the academy. Location: 121 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3335 or 202/225-3601.

Hydrogen vehicles — noon — The House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus holds its inaugural event, featuring military and civilian hydrogen vehicles. Location: Corner of C and South Capitol streets SW. Contact: 864/494-8754

Cold medicine bill — noon — Members of Congress hold a press conference to discuss a bill to limit access to cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, the primary ingredient to make methamphetamine. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery, Capitol. Contact: 202/224-4812 or 202/224-9629.

Border Patrol documents — 1 p.m. — Judicial Watch holds a press conference to reveal previously undisclosed Border Patrol documents. Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, and Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch president, participate. Location: 2456 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/646-5188.


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