- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House, followed by a joint press availability in the Rose Garden; travels to Los Angeles for an overnight visit to address a Republican National Committee event.


1 p.m. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac) releases it weekly survey on fixed-rate mortgages. Location: 8200 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/903-2000.


9 a.m. — Office of Justice Programs holds a meeting of its advisory committee on global justice information-sharing to explore and recommend policies in support of the administration’s priorities. Location: Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/616-0532.


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


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


9:30 a.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Federal Emergency Management Agency representative Marty Bahamonde testifies. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342. Contact: 202/224-4751.

10 a.m. —Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “Implementation of the Exon-Florio Amendment and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.” Witnesses include Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt, Deputy Commerce Secretary David Sampson, and Peter Licthenbaum, assistant commerce secretary for export administration. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 538. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. —Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing, “Transportation Security Improvement Act,” focusing on domestic passenger and freight rail security. Witnesses include Edmond Hawley of the Transportation Security Administration and Joseph Boardman of the Federal Rail Administration. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 562. Contact: 202/224-1251.


Meets at 10 a.m. to consider a resolution to amend the fiscal 2006 budget. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


9 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the Army’s distribution strategy for up-armored M1114 vehicles to forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Witnesses include Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard A. Cody. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2118. Contact: 202/225-4151.

10 a.m. —Financial Services housing and community opportunity subcommittee holds a hearing, “Management and Oversight of the National Flood Insurance Program.” Witnesses include Rep. Richard H. Baker, Louisiana Republican; Rep. Gene Taylor, Mississippi Democrat; and David Maurstad of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2128. Contact: 202/225-7502.

1 p.m. —Homeland Security prevention of nuclear and biological attacks subcommittee holds a hearing, “Mitigating Catastrophic Events Through Effective Medical Response.” Witnesses include Roy Alson of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Richard Bradley of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Location: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1310. Contact: 202/226-9600.

2 p.m. —Transportation and Infrastructure highways, transit and pipelines subcommittee holds a hearing on rebuilding highway and transit infrastructure after Hurricane Katrina. Witnesses include Richard Capka of the Federal Highway Administration and Jennifer Dorn of the Federal Transit Administration. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167. Contact: 202/225-9446.


AARP forum — all day AARP holds a forum on long-term care, “Delivering Quality Care with a Global Workforce.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

8:35 a.m. — Remarks by Jennie Chin Hansen of the AARP

Noon — Remarks by Sheba George, author of “When Women Come First: Gender and Class in Transitional Migration”

Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/434-2419.

Retirement planning — 8:15 a.m. — Aetna, the Financial Planning Association and Women’s Policy Inc. hold a press briefing, “Do Women Plan for Retirement More Than Men? Survey Finds Americans Falling Flat on Retirement Planning.” Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Rooms B-338 and B-339. Contact: 917/318-7730.

Federal spending — 10 a.m. The American Conservative Union, the Heritage Foundation, the Family Research Council and the Club for Growth hold a press conference to challenge Congress and the Bush administration to rein in federal government spending. Participants include David Keene of the American Conservative Union, Edward Feulner of the Heritage Foundation and former Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Pat Toomey of the Club for Growth. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2261. Contact: 703/739-5920.

Taiwanese relations — 10 a.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Committee holds a press conference, “From Taiwan to Washington: A Journey for Democracy and Mutual Understanding,” with Lee Teng-Hui, former president of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7540.

American Parity Act — 10:30 a.m. — Members of Congress hold a press conference to introduce the American Parity Act of 2005, which would mandate spending a dollar rebuilding America for every dollar spent on rebuilding Iraq. Participants include Democratic Reps. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts, Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon and Timothy H. Bishop of New York. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7639, 202/225-3111, 202/226-5740 or 202/225-3826.

Army transformation — 11 a.m. The Heritage Foundation holds a lecture by Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey on the transformation of the Army. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Veterans employment — 2 p.m. The Labor Department holds a press conference, “Hire Vets First,” to announce plans to promote veterans’ employment. Participants include Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao; former Sen. Bob Dole, Kansas Republican; and Thomas Hall, assistant defense secretary for reserve affairs. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/693-4676 or 202/693-6129.

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