- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 27, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

9:35 a.m. — Delivers remarks at the White House Conference on Helping America’s Youth, Howard University, Armour J. Blackburn University Center, 2400 Sixth St. NW. 1:15 p.m. — Meets with Macedonian Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski, Oval Office. Travels to Florida to tour areas devastated by Hurricane Wilma and to visit the National Hurricane Center.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases the new residential sales for September 2005. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Department of the Army holds a meeting of the Defense Department Historical Advisory Committee to review and discuss the status of historical activities in the U.S. Army. Location: U.S. Army Center of Military History, Collins Hall, Building 35, 103 Third Ave. Fort McNair, D.C. Contact: 202/685-2709.

10 a.m. —Federal Communications Commission holds a meeting of the Technological Advisory Council to discuss wireless device security and IP network security. Location: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th St. SW. Commission Meeting Room TW-C305. Contact: 202/418-1096.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on hurricane recovery efforts related to energy and to discuss energy policy. Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

2 p.m. —Finance Trade subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Status of World Trade Organization Negotiations.” Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Peter Allgeier; Jim Jarrett, vice president for worldwide government affairs, Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, Calif., testify. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515. finance.senate.gov.

2 p.m. —Veterans Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the rising number of disabled veterans deemed unemployable relating to the Veterans Affairs Department’s individual unemployment benefit. VA Undersecretary for Benefits Daniel Cooper; Renee Szybala, director of VA Compensation and Pension Services, testify. Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9126.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider disapproving the recommendations of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission; the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2005 Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202-225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202-225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Select Hurricane Katrina Committee holds a hearing on “Hurricane Katrina: Preparedness and Response by the Department of Defense, the Coast Guard, and the National Guard of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.” Maj. Gen. Bennett Landreneau, adjutant general, state of Louisiana; Maj. Gen. Harold Cross, adjutant general, state of Mississippi, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10:30 a.m. International Relations Middle East and Central Asia subcommittee holds a hearing on “U.S. Security Policy in Central Asia.” Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs testifies. Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

2 p.m. —Transportation and Infrastructure highways, transit and pipelines subcommittee holds a hearing on “Rebuilding Highway and Transit Infrastructure on the Gulf Coast Following Hurricane Katrina — State and Local Officials.” Johnny Bradbery, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development; Dick Hall, central district commissioner, Mississippi Department of Transportation, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. —Homeland Security management, integration and oversight subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Department of Homeland Security Second-Stage Review: The Role of the Chief Medical Officer,” focusing on prevention and mitigation of biologically based attacks on human health or on the food supply. DHS Chief Medical Officer Jeffrey Runge; Timothy Moore, director of federal programs, National Agricultural Biosecurity Center, Kansas State University, testify. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Youth conference — all day The White House holds its “Conference on Helping America’s Youth.” Events begin at 9:20 a.m.

Highlights — 9:35 a.m. — President Bush and first lady Laura Bush, deliver remarks.

10 a.m. — “Challenges Facing America’s Youth”

2 p.m. — “Connecting With Family”

Education Secretary Margaret Spellings participates. Location: Howard University, Armour J. Blackburn University Center, 2400 Sixth St. NW. Contact: 202/456-6313.

Iraq situation — 8:30 a.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Committee holds a press conference with Masoud Barzani, president of the Iraqi Regional Government of Kurdistan, on “The Current Situation in Iraq.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7540.

Medical malpractice reform — 9 a.m. The Washington Legal Foundation holds a discussion on “Medical Malpractice Reform: Advances, Stalemates and Prospects for 2006.” Richard Anderson, chairman and CEO of the Doctors Company; Sherman Joyce, president of the American Tort Reform Association, participate. Location: Washington Legal Foundation, M.J. Murdock Center for Free Enterprise, 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.

U.S. Syrian relations — 10:30 a.m. The Brookings Institution holds a discussion on “How the Lebanese Prime Minister’s Assassination Will Affect U.S.-Syrian Relations.” Flynt Leverett, former senior director for Near Eastern Affairs under President Bush; and Ammar Abdulhamid, visiting fellow in the Arab Democracy and Development Project at the Brookings Institution, participate. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Initiative awards — 11:30 a.m. The Labor Department holds a ceremony with Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to honor recipients of the annual New Freedom Initiative Award, which recognizes exemplary efforts to train, recruit and hire people with disabilities. Location: Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-4676.

Armenian security — 2 p.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Committee holds a press conference with Armenian Defense Minister Serzh Sargysan, titled, “Armenia and Developments in the South Caucasus: A Security Perspective.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7540.

Journalism awards — 6 p.m. The International Women’s Media Foundation holds a reception to honor three women with the Courage in Journalism Award. Eleanor Clift, contributing editor at Newsweek; Sumi Khan, correspondent with Samakal, Bangladesh; Anja Niedringhaus, the Associated Press, Germany; and Shahla Sherkat, editorial director of Zanan, Iran, participate. Location: The National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets Northwest. Contact: 310/216-7895.

Asia Society dinner — 7 p.m. The Asia Society holds its 19th Annual Washington Center Dinner. Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/833-2742.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times.

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