- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 9, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act in Columbus, Ohio.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Energy Department holds a meeting of the National Coal Council’s Office of Fossil Energy to discuss reports by the Communications and Finance committees and to hear remarks by Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman. Location: Wyndham Washington Hotel, 1400 M St. NW. Contact: 202/586-4753.

1 p.m. — Office of Personnel Management holds a meeting of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee. Location: Office of Personnel Management Building, 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

10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a markup of the “Little Rock Central High School Desegregation 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act” and a vote on the nominations of Ben Bernanke to be a member of the Council of Economic Advisers, and Brian Montgomery to be assistant secretary of housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. — Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on “Protecting America’s Pensions Plans from Fraud: Will Your Savings Retire Before You Do?” Barclay Grayson, former chief executive of Capital Consultants in Portland, Ore.; Stephen English of Bullivant Houser Bailey in Portland, Ore., testify. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

11 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing to review general aviation security, the Transportation Security Administration’s proposed plan to reopen Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to general aviation operations, and to examine the security procedures followed during the recent air incursion that caused the emergency evacuation of the White House and the U.S. Capitol. Michael Cirillo of the Federal Aviation Administration testifies. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

2:30 p.m. Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and narcotics affairs subcommittee holds a hearing, “Safety and Convenience in Cross-Border Travel: An Analysis of the Western Hemisphere Initiative.” Frank Moss of the State Department and Elaine Dezenski of the Homeland Security Department testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal 2006; withdrawing the approval of the United States from the agreement establishing the World Trade Organization; and the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure railroads subcommittee holds a hearing, “Amtrak Food and Beverage Operations.” JayEtta Hecker of the Government Accountability Office and Fred Weiderhold Jr. of Amtrak testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10 a.m. —Government Reform Committee holds a hearing, “Assessing the Homeland Security Department’s Mission Effectiveness: Is it Enough to Meet the Terrorist Threat?” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testifies. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

11 a.m. —Homeland Security economic security, infrastructure protection, and cybersecurity subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Promise of Registered Traveler,” a program being developed by the Transportation Security Administration to accelerate airport security screening. Stewart Verdery Jr. of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc. and Robert Isom of Northwest Airlines Inc. testify. Location: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

2 p.m. —International Relations international terrorism and nonproliferation subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, “Proliferation Security Initiative: An Early Assessment.” Stephen Rademaker of the State Department testifies. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Conference — all day Big Brothers Big Sisters holds its 2005 national conference. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlight — 9 a.m. First lady Laura Bush delivers remarks.

Mrs. Bush will be introduced by a Big Brother, Vincent Thomas of Washington, who had been incarcerated and now mentors the son of a prisoner through the Amachi Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW.

Symposium — all day National Marine Sanctuary Foundation holds symposiums to mark Capitol Hill Oceans Week. Events begin at 9:30 a.m.

Highlight — 9:30 a.m. Rep. Tom Allen, Maine Democrat; Paul Sandifer of the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Oceans; and Don Perkins of the Gulf Maine Research Institute, “Panel: Oceans and Human Health: A Prescription for the Future”

2 p.m. —Rep. Jay Inslee, Washington Democrat; Tyler Duval of the Transportation Department; and Cmdr. BrianPoskaitis of the U.S. Coast Guard, “Moving America: Ensuring Safe Marine Transportation”

Location: Reserve Officers Association Building, 1 Constitution Ave. NE. Contact: 703/276-2772, Ext 21.

Press summit — all day National Association of Hispanic Publishers Inc. holds its 2005 Media Summit focusing on public policy issues important to America’s Hispanic community and its publishers. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — noon Rep. Hilda L. Solis, California Democrat, Latina Publishers Luncheon and Awards

Location: Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Contact: 202/662-7250.

Government by consent decree? — 8 a.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Government by Consent Decree?” Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican; House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican; and Michael Greve of AEI participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Report — 8:30 a.m. — Council on Foreign Relations presents a bipartisan report, “Promoting Reform in the Arab World.” Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright; former Rep. Vin Weber, Minnesota Republican; and Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations participate. Location: CFR, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP required, 202/518-3419 or 202/518-3428.

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