- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 8, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses South Asia earthquake relief efforts; participates in a ceremony for recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases a report on wholesale trade for September. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Bureau of Industry and Security holds a meeting of the Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee. Location: Herbert C. Hoover Building, 14th Street between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues Northwest, Room 3884. Contact: 202/482-4814.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case

Docket No. 04-1203: United States v. Georgia, consolidated with Docket No. 04-1236, Goodman v. Georgia

Docket No. 04-721: Evan v. Chavis

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on the water resources needs of coastal Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, including flood damage reduction, ecosystem restoration and navigation. Witnesses include George Dunlop, U.S. Army principal deputy assistant secretary for civil works, and Maj. Gen. Don Riley, director of civil works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 406. Contact: 202/224-6176.

9:30 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on avian influenza preparation issues. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Appropriationsinterior, environment and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the effects of natural-gas costs on consumers. Witnesses include Guy Caruso, administrator of the Energy Information Administration, and Assistant Interior Secretary Lynn Scarlet. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-308. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m.Select Hurricane Katrina committee holds a hearing on Alabama’s preparedness and response. Witnesses include Gov. Bob Riley, Alabama Republican, and Bruce Baughman, director of the Alabama State Emergency Management Agency. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2154. Contact: 202/225-5074.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Secure Access to Justice and Court Protection Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Law symposium — all day The American Bar Association holds its International Rule of Law symposium. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — “Why the Rule of Law Matters,” with Hilario Davide, chief justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, and Ana Palacio, lawmaker and former foreign minister of Spain

1 p.m. — Remarks by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Location: Capital Hilton, 16th and K streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-1091.

Africa society banquet — noon The Africa Society holds its second annual awards banquet, “Visionaries: Forging Partnerships With Africa,” to honor Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican, and Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat. Participants include Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat; Rep. Ed Royce, California Republican; Rep. Donald M. Payne, New Jersey Democrat; and MSNBC journalist Forrest Sawyer. Location: Cannon House Office Building, Room 345. Contact: 202/232-3862.

Religion and China — 2 p.m. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom holds a press conference to release a report, “Policy Focus on China,” which has found that the Chinese government systematically violates the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Participants include House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat; Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican; and Michael Cromartie, chairman of the religious freedom commission. Location: Cannon House Office Building, Room 441. Contact: 202/523-3240, Ext. 27.

Russian journalism — 3 p.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a discussion, “Regional Voices for Change: Moi Rayon as a Model for Print Journalism in Russia,” with Diana Kachalova, editor in chief of Moi Rayon newspaper in St. Petersburg. Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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