- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 18, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

No public events scheduled.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of the Census releases the new residential construction for September. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

2 p.m. — Federal Communications Commission holds a meeting of the Network Reliability and Interoperability Council to discuss potential recommendations in the areas of enhanced 911 implementation and evolution, network security, network reliability and broadband. Location: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th St. SW, Room TW-305. Contact: 202/418-1096.

2 p.m. — Employee Benefits Security Administration holds a meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans Working Group on Improving Plan Communications for Health and Welfare Plan Participants to discuss their report and recommendations to the labor secretary. Location: Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-8668.

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

9:30 a.m. — Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the potential of stem-cell and nuclear-transplantation research. Judith Gasson, Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California at Los Angeles; Anthony Herrera, author and cancer survivor; and Steven Teitelbaum, Washington University, testify. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

9:30 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on “Reporters’ Privilege Legislation: An Additional Investigation of Issues and Implications.” Judith Miller, New York Times; Chuck Rosenberg, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas; and David Westin, ABC News, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

10 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on “Iraq and U.S. Foreign Policy.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

2 p.m. — Health, Education, Labor and Pensions employment and workplace safety subcommittee holds a hearing on “Enhancing Cooperation Between Employers and Guardsmen/Reservists.” Bob Hollingsworth, National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve; and Dennis Donovan, Home Depot Inc., testify. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act and the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act of 2005. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. — Select Intelligence oversight subcommittee holds a hearing on the status of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Georgia Republican; William Studeman, member of the former Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction; and Zoe Baird, Markle Foundation, testify.

Location: H-405, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-4121.

10 a.m. — Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing on “Federalism and Disaster Response: Examining the Roles and Responsibilities of Local, State and Federal Agencies.” Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Republican; Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Republican; and Gov. Janet Napolitano, Arizona Democrat, testify. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

10 a.m. — Select Hurricane Katrina Committee holds a hearing to review hurricane-relief response, focusing on the role of the Homeland Security Department, which oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testifies. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

Winning Afghanistan — all day — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a conference, “Winning Afghanistan.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlight — 12:30 p.m. — Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, commanding general of Combined Forces Command, Afghanistan, delivers the keynote address.

Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Ceremony — 8:15 a.m. — The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) holds a signing ceremony for an agreement between USTDA and the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CACC) to promote bilateral trade relations and strengthen U.S.-Chinese cooperation in aviation standards and air safety practices. Rep. John L. Mica, Florida Republican; Rep. James L. Oberstar, Minnesota Democrat; Thelma Askey, USTDA; Yang Yuanyuan, CACC; Zhou Wenzhong, Chinese ambassador to the United States; and Marion Blakey, Federal Aviation Administration, participate. Location: B-340 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/875-4357.

Fighting corruption — 10 a.m. — The National Press Club Newsmaker Committee holds a press conference with Asian Development Bank Auditor General Peter Pedersen, “ADB Anti-Corruption Efforts in the Asia-Pacific Region.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7540.

Foster care — 11:30 a.m. — The Freddie Mac Foundation and Gifts In Kind International sponsor the Orphan Foundation of America’s National Care Package Day for 2,500 college students who have become too old for foster care. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; Sen. Elizabeth Dole, North Carolina Republican; Sen. Mike DeWine, Ohio Republican; Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat; and Rep. Deborah Pryce, Ohio Republican, participate. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 703/526-0090 or 703/855-4900.

Discussion — 12:15 p.m. — The New America Foundation holds a discussion with Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff at the State Department, “Weighing the Uniqueness of the Bush Administration’s National Security Policy: Boon or Danger to American Democracy.” Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Exhibition — 4 p.m. — The Sheila Wellstone Institute and the National Network to End Domestic Violence sponsor an exhibition of artwork created by children who have witnessed domestic violence.

Highlight — 5:45 p.m. — Program and reception, 385 Russell Senate Office Building

Sen. Mark Dayton, Minnesota Democrat; Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat; Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat; and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, participate. Location: Rotunda, Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/543-5566.

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