- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 17, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in a swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleases a report on the Producer Price Index for April. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m. Office of the Secretary of Defenseholds a meeting of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. Testimony from the Department of the Air Force

1:30 p.m. —Testimony from the Department of the Navy

Former Veterans Affairs Secretary and commission Chairman Anthony J. Principi participates.

Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-50. Contact: 703/699-2952.

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 Committeeholds a hearing, “Examining the Current Legal and Regulatory Requirements and Industry Practices for Credit Card Issuers with Respect to Consumer Disclosures and Marketing Efforts.” Witnesses include Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat; Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, Hawaii Democrat; and Edward Gramlich of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 538. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. —Health, Education, Labor and Pensionsretirement security and aging subcommittee holds a hearing, “Planning for an Aging Population: The Administration.” Witnesses include Josefina Carbonell of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Emily DeRocco of the Labor Department. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 430. Contact: 202/224-5375.

10:30 a.m. —Appropriationslegislative branch subcommittee holds a hearing on the Capitol Visitor Center. Capitol architect Alan Hantman and David Walker of the Government Accountability Office testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 138. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2:30 p.m. —Judiciaryimmigration, border security and citizenship subcommittee and the terrorism, technology and homeland security subcommittee hold a joint hearing, “The Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Strengthening Our National Security.” Witnesses include former Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson and Margaret Stock of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226. Contact: 202/224-5225.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. for debate and at 10 a.m. to consider the fiscal 2006 Homeland Security Department Appropriations Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Education and the Workforce Committeeholds a hearing, “High School Reform: Examining State and Local Efforts.” Gov. Mitt Romney, Massachusetts Republican, and Gov. Tom Vilsack, Iowa Democrat, testify. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2175. Contact: 202/225-4527.

10 a.m. —Government Reformnational security, emerging threats and international relations subcommittee holds a hearing, “Defeating Terrorism with Ballots,” to examine the effect of U.S. efforts to foster democracy in the Middle East. Witnesses include Natan Sharansky, former Israeli prime minister and author of “The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror,” and Iraqi politician Mithal al-Alusi. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2154. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. —Ways and Meanstrade subcommittee holds a hearing on prospects for U.S. participation in the World Trade Organization. Witnesses include Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Peter Allgeier and Norman Sorensen of the Principal International and Coalition of Services Industries. Location: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1100. Contact: 202/225-3625.

2 p.m. —Education and the Workforceemployer-employee relations subcommittee holds a hearing, “Examining Pay-for-Performance Measures and Other Trends in Employer-Sponsored Health Care.” Witnesses include Karen Ignagni of America’s Health Insurance Plans, and Jeffrey Hanson of Verizon Communications and Bridges to Excellence. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2175. Contact: 202/225-4527.

SUPREME COURT

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

GENERAL AGENDA

Teachers conference — all day Urban Institute holds a conference on teacher collective bargaining. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlight — 9 a.m. “Three Perspectives on Collective Bargaining by Teachers”

Location: Urban Institute, 2100 M St. NW. Contact: 202/833-7200.

Cable in the classroom — 9 a.m. Cable in the Classroom holds a discussion, “The Intersection of Technology, Innovation and Educational Leadership.” Participants include Elizabeth Hale of the Institute for Educational Leadership, and Helen Soule of Cable in the Classroom. Location: 1724 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 703/276-2772, Ext. 20.

Russia discussion — 9 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a discussion, “Defining Religious Extremism in Russia.” Participants include Alexander Verkhovsky of the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis in Moscow. Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6947.

Homeland security — 9:30 a.m. Lawmakers hold a press conference to offer an amendment to the Homeland Security Department’s authorization bill regarding cargo transportation. Participants include Rep. Christopher Shays, Connecticut Republican; Rep. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat; Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, New York Democrat; and members of the Association of Flight Attendants, the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations and family members of September 11 victims. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5541 or 202/225-2836.

Award ceremony — 9:45 a.m. AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families holds a ceremony to present its Public Policy Award.

Highlights — 9:45 a.m. Sen. Christopher S. Bond, Missouri Republican, recipient

10 a.m. —Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, recipient

Location: Steps of the Grant Memorial, in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool. Contact: 202/299-0939 or 202/329-3254.

College costs — 1:30 p.m. Lawmakers hold a press conference on a college tuition savings plan. Rep. Earl Pomeroy, North Dakota Democrat, and Rep. Melissa A. Hart, Pennsylvania Republican, participate. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2611 or 202/225-2565.

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