- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 17, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the real earnings for April 2005. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m. Bureau of Industry and Security holds a meeting of the Transportation and Related Equipment Technical Advisory Committee. Topics include: identification of duties and election of Transtac chairman; update on country-specific policies; and update on policies and procedures. Location: Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 6087B, 14th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution avenues NW. Contact: 202/482-4814.

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

8:30 a.m. Judiciary Committee holds a hearing, “Protecting the Judiciary at Home and in the Courthouse.” Joan Lefkow, U.S. district judge, Northern District of Illinois, and Jane Roth, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

9:30 a.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “FEMA’s Response to the 2004 Hurricanes: Was There a Breakdown of Safeguards Against Fraud and Abuse in FEMA’s Disaster Relief Program?” Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat, and Richard Skinner, Homeland Security Department, testify. Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

9:30 a.m. —Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the taking of land into trust. George Skibine, Interior Department, and David Sprague, Gun Lake Tribe, Dorr, Mich., testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Energy and Commerce commerce, trade and consumer protection subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Drug-Free Sports Act.” Bud Selig, Major League Baseball, and Don Fehr, Major League Baseball Players Association, testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

11 a.m. —Transportation and Infrastructure Committee holds a markup of expressing the sense of Congress in support of a national bike month and in appreciation of cyclists and others for promoting bicycle safety and the benefits of cycling; and recognizing the Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the National Safe Boating Council for their efforts to promote National Safe Boating Week. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2:30 p.m. —International Relations Africa, global human rights and international operations subcommittee holds a hearing, “U.N. Peacekeeping Reform: Seeking Greater Accountability and Integrity.” Philo Dibble, State Department, and Eric Schwartz, Council on Foreign Relations, testify. Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Wildlife conservation — all day American Wildlife Conservation Partners hosts an address by Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 8:40 a.m. Mrs. Norton, delivers remarks

9:05 a.m. —Press availability with Mrs. Norton, Tokyo Room

Balance of AWCP meeting is closed to the press.

Location: Marriott Metro Center, salons A and B, 775 12th St. NW. Contact: 202/208-06416.

General meeting — all day American Iron and Steel Institute holds its 2005 general meeting. Events begin at 7 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. Rep. Joe L. Barton, Texas Republican, keynote address

11:50 a.m. —Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, luncheon speaker

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd St. NW. Contact: 202/452-7115.

Breakfast — all day Afterschool Alliance holds a breakfast and other activities throughout the day to encourage lawmakers to increase funding for after-school programs. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. “Breakfast of Champions” with Sens. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat; James M. Jeffords, Vermont independent; Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Republican; Ken Salazar, Colorado Democrat; Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat; and Craig Thomas, Wyoming Republican; and television star Kevin Sorbo

4 p.m. —Reps. Patrick J. Kennedy, Rhode Island Democrat; Nita M. Lowey, New York Democrat; Ralph Regula, Ohio Republican; Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat; and C.W. Bill Young, Florida Republican; and television star Kevin Sorbo, “Afterschool Rocks the House,” Rayburn House Office Building cafeteria

Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Regency Ballroom A, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/371-1999.

Religious and secular institutions — 10 a.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion, “Religious and Secular Institutions: A Necessary Alliance to Reconstruct Post-Conflict Societies.” Marc Gopin, George Mason University, and Joe Montville, American University, participate. Location: SAIS, Nitze Building, Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: Members of the public should RSVP to 202/663-5941, 202/663-5626.

Press conference — 10:15 a.m. Coalition for a Fair and Independent Judiciary holds a press conference to speak out on saving the judicial filibuster. Sens. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, and Patty Murray, Washington Democrat; and Reps. Louise M. Slaughter, New York Democrat, and Lois Capps and Hilda L. Solis, California Democrats, participate. Location: S-211, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/464-7356 or 202/588-7619.

Philippines and the United States — 10:30 a.m. Heritage Foundation holds a discussion with Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, “The Philippines and the United States: An Enduring Alliance.” Topics include Manila’s new relationship with China, the fight against al Qaeda and associated terrorist groups, and its decision to withdraw troops from Iraq early. Helle Dale, the Heritage Foundation, participates. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Press conference — 11:30 a.m. Members of Congress hold a press conference to call for a complete overhaul of the sex-offender registration laws. Sens. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, and Reps. Mark Foley and Ginny Brown-Waite, Florida Republicans, and Robert E. “Bud” Cramer Jr., Alabama Democrat, participate. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5792.

Egypt discussion — noon Council on Foreign Relations holds a discussion with Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif titled, “Political and Economic Development in Egypt.” David Sanger, New York Times, participates. Location: CFR, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP required, 202/518-3428, 212/434-9716.

“The Case for Democracy” — noon The Israel Project holds a discussion with Natan Sharansky, author of “The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror.” Location: The Israel Project, seventh-floor conference room, 2020 K St. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/857-6644.

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