- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 25, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases a preliminary estimate of the gross domestic product for the first quarter. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

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

Meets to consider the nomination of John R. Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

2 P.M. —Appropriations commerce, justice and science subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Commerce Department. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez testifies. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room S-146. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2:30 p.m. —Judiciary immigration, border security and citizenship subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Serving Our National Economy.” Witnesses include Deputy Labor Secretary Steven Law; Dan Griswold of the Cato Institute, Tom Donahue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Douglas Massey of Princeton University. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226. Contact: 202/224-5225.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the National Defense Authorization Act and 2006 appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Small Businessrural enterprises, agriculture and technology subcommittee and the tax, finance and exports subcommittee hold a joint hearing, “Does China Enact Barriers to Fair Trade?” Witnesses include William Lash, assistant secretary of commerce for market access and compliance, and Steve Pinkos, director of the U.S. Patent and Trade Office. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2360. Contact: 202/225-5821.

10 a.m. —Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing, “A Review of the Tax-Exempt Hospital Sector.” Witnesses include David Walker, U.S. comptroller general, and Mark McClellan, director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Location: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1100. Contact: 202/225-3625.

10:30 a.m. — Education and the Workforce workforce protections subcommittee holds a hearing, “Improving Access to Workers’ Compensation for Injured Federal Workers Act and Federal Firefighters Fairness Act of 2005.” Witnesses include Rep. Jo Ann Davis, Virginia Republican, and James Johnson, 16th District vice president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2175. Contact: 202/225-4527.

GENERAL AGENDA

Prisoner conference — all day The Labor Department holds a conference about the prisoner re-entry initiative’s solicitation for grant applications. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlight — 9 a.m. — “Solicitation for Grant Application Program Design”

Location: Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 301/589-2547.

Security conference — all day The Government Security Expo and Conference, the U.S. Law Enforcement Conference and Exposition, and the Ready Emergency Preparedness and Response Conference and Exposition are held concurrently. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 11 a.m. Former counterterrorism czar Richard A. Clarke

12:45 p.m. —Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 703/243-4515.

Meat export — 8 a.m. U.S. Meat Export Federation holds its semiannual board of directors meeting. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns delivers remarks. Location: Omni Shoreham, Blue Room, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 303/226-7312.

Indonesian president’s speech — 8:30 a.m. U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a speech by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Ad Council breakfast — 8:30 a.m. The Ad Council holds a breakfast to highlight contributions of its media partners to campaigns and public service advertising. Participants include Sen. Ted Stevens, Alaska Republican; Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii Democrat; Rep. Joe L. Barton, Texas Republican; Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan Republican; and former Rep. Vin Weber, Minnesota Republican. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106. Contact: 212/984-1964.

World affairs lecture — noon The World Affairs Council of Washington hosts a lecture by Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Abdullah. Location: Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/293-1051.

Nuclear briefing — 2 p.m. NuStart energy consortium holds a background briefing on six candidate sites for a nuclear power plant. Participants include Clay Sell, deputy energy secretary; Marvin Fertel, chief nuclear officer and senior vice president at the Nuclear Energy Institute; and Marilyn Kray, president of NuStart. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 601/368-5658.

Human rights report — 2:30 p.m. Steven Schneebaum, Ronald Precup and Relatives of Camp Ashraf residents in the United States hold a press conference to release a report on the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran. Participants include Steven Schneebaum of Greenberg Traurig LLP, and Ronald Precup of Carpenter & Precup. Location: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/530-8544 or 703/549-6520.

Family values — 3:30 p.m. New America Foundation holds a discussion, “Family Values and Valuing Family: Moynihan’s Last Look at the Future of the Family.” Participants include Timothy Smeeding, director of the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University, and Wade Horn, health and human services assistant secretary for children and families. Location: New America Foundation, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Book discussion — 6 p.m. Council on Foreign Relations holds a book discussion with Richard Haass, author of “The Opportunity: America’s Moment to Alter History’s Course.” Location: CFR, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP required, 202/518-3419 or 202/518-3428.

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