- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 26, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Addresses the Economic Club of Washington at the J.W. Marriott.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

11:30 a.m. Bureau of Transportation Statistics releases the Air Travel Price Index for the second quarter. Location: 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the Exposure Modeling Work Group to discuss transportation and pesticide exposure issues. Location: Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs, Crystal Mall 2, 1801 S. Bell St., Room 1126, Arlington. Contact: 703/697-3420.

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

10:30 a.m. Judiciary terrorism, technology and homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing, “Terrorism: Emergency Preparedness.” Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226. Contact: 202/224-5225.

2 p.m. Energy and Natural Resources public lands and forests subcommittee holds a hearing on the implementation of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 366. Contact: 202/224-4971.

2:30 p.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs federal financial management, government information and international security subcommittee holds a hearing, “Uncollected Taxes: Can We Reduce the $300 Billion Tax Gap?” Witnesses include Mark Everson of the Internal Revenue Service and Michael Brosteck of the Government Accountability Office. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Hurricane Katrina Financial Services Relief Act of 2005 and to congratulate Israel on the election of Ambassador Dan Gillerman as vice president of the 60th United Nations General Assembly. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10:30 a.m. Homeland Security emergency preparedness, science and technology subcommittee holds a hearing, “Ensuring Operability During Catastrophic Events.” Witnesses include Mark Rey of the Agriculture Department and David Boyd of the Department of Homeland Security. Location: Cannon House Office Building, Room 311. Contact: 202/226-9600.

1 p.m. —Armed Services regional powers panel holds a meeting on military capabilities and threats to U.S. interests. Witnesses include Franklin Kramer, former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, and Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2212. Contact: 202/225-4151

GENERAL AGENDA

Class-action lawsuits — all day The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds its sixth annual Legal Reform Summit to release a study, “The Economic Reality of Securities Class Action Litigation.” Events begin at 8:45 a.m.

Highlights — 12:30 p.m. — Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, delivers the keynote address.

Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Hurricane relief — 8 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a discussion with the Southeast Louisiana Business Coalition on Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Participants include Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Small Business Administration Administrator Hector V. Barreto. Location: Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

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