- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 18, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso; signs the Homeland Security Department appropriations bill.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleases the producer price indexes for September. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. National Marine Fisheries Service gathers information to prepare an environmental-impact statement related to whale hunting off the coast of Washington State. Location: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration auditorium, 1301 East-West Highway, Silver Spring. Contact: 301/713-2322, Ext. 105.

2 p.m. —National Institutes of Healthholds a meeting of a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases subcommittee studying kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases to review procedures and discuss policy. Location: Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Road. Contact: 301/594-7798.

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. Foreign Relations Committeeholds a hearing, “Prospects for United Nations Reform.” Witnesses include Paul Volcker, chairman of the Independent Inquiry Committee into the U.N. Oil-for-Food Program, and John R. Bolton, permanent U.S. representative to the United Nations. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106. Contact: 202/224-4651.

9:30 a.m. —Judiciary Committeeholds a hearing, “Comprehensive Immigration Reform II.” Witnesses include Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao; Frank Sharry, executive director of the National Immigration Forum; Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies; and Douglas Massey, professor of sociology at Princeton University. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226. Contact: 202/224-5225.

10 a.m. —Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committeeholds a markup of the Safe and Fair Deposit Insurance Act of 2005 and the FHA Asset Disposition Act 2005, followed by a hearing, “The Future of the National Flood Insurance Program.” Witnesses include David Maurstad of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and William Jenkins of the Government Accountability Office. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 538. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10:30 a.m. —Appropriationslegislative branch subcommittee holds a hearing on the progress of the Capitol Visitor Center construction. Witnesses include architect Alan Hantman, and Bernard Ungar and Terrell Dorn of the Government Accountability Office. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 138. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at 10:30 a.m. for debate and at noon to consider the Assistance for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act of 2005 and the Santa Ana River Water Supply Enhancement Act of 2005. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Government Reformnational security, emerging threats and international relations subcommittee holds a hearing, “Iraq: Perceptions, Realities and Cost to Complete.” Witnesses include Stuart Bowen Jr., special inspector general for Iraq Reconstruction, and Howard Krongard, State Department inspector general. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2154. Contact: 202/225-5074.

9:30 a.m. —Transportation and Infrastructureeconomic development, public buildings and emergency management subcommittee and water resources and environment subcommittee hold a joint hearing, “A Vision and Strategy for Rebuilding New Orleans.” Witnesses include Rep. Richard H. Baker, Louisiana Republican; Rep. William J. Jefferson, Louisiana Democrat; Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Louisiana Democrat; and New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167. Contact: 202/225-9446.

GENERAL AGENDA

Public safety at stake — 8:45 a.m. The New America Foundation holds a briefing, “Public Safety at Stake: How the DTV Transition Can Redeploy Unused Airwaves for America’s First Responders.” Participants include Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican; Timothy Roemer of the September 11 commission; and Greg Meffert, chief information officer for New Orleans. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 562. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Security symposium — 9 a.m. The Information Security Oversight Office holds a symposium, “Classified National Security Information: The Vision, the Reality, the Future.”

Highlights — 9:05 a.m. — Remarks by Allen Weinstein, archivist of the United States

9:15 a.m. — Remarks by Lee Hamilton, president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

10 a.m. — Panel discussion with Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists; Lawrence Halloran, staff director for the House Government Reform subcommittee on national security, emerging threats and international relations; Charles Phalen Jr. of the FBI; and Robert Rogalski of the Defense Department

11:35 a.m. — Panel discussion with Thomas Blanton of the National Security Archive; Edmund Cohen of the CIA; Margaret Grafeld of the State Department; Michael Kurtz of the Office of Records Services; and Anna Nelson of American University

Location: National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/219-5250.

College pricing — 9:30 a.m. The College Board holds a press conference to release the findings of two reports, “Trends in College Pricing 2005” and “Education Pays 2004: The Benefits of Higher Education for Individuals and Society.” Participants include Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board, and Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 212/713-8052.

‘Supreme’ reporter — 6:30 p.m. The National Press Club Young Members Committee holds a discussion, “How To Be a ‘Supreme’ Reporter,” on covering the nation’s highest court. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7501.

c Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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