- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Addresses the United Nations General Assembly and meets with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Chinese President Hu Jintao, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.


8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases the advance monthly sales for retail and food services for August 2005. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Contact: 202/482-2235.


8:30 a.m. Office of the Secretary of Defense holds a meeting of the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Scientific Advisory Board, to review continuing projects requesting Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program funds in excess of $1 million. Location: SERDP Program Office, 901 N. Stuart St., Suite 804, Arlington. Contact: 703/696-2126.


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


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


9:30 a.m. Judiciary Committee hold a hearing on the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to be chief justice of the Supreme Court. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

10 a.m. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “Recovering From Hurricane Katrina: The Next Phase.” Former California Gov. Pete Wilson; former Mayor of Grand Forks, N.D., Patricia Owens; former Mayor of New Orleans Marc Morial, president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.


Meets at 10 a.m. to consider reauthorizing the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 1999 and to amend the swine reporting provisions of that act; to reauthorize the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10 a.m. Financial Services financial institutions and consumer credit subcommittee holds a hearing on “Hurricane Katrina: The Financial Institutions’ Response,” focusing on whether legislative and regulatory solutions are needed given that the displacement of people has made access to financial services difficult. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10:30 a.m. Appropriations science, the Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce, and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the transformation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Director Robert S. Mueller III; Richard Thornburgh, former governor, Pennsylvania Republican, and former U.S. attorney general, who is working with the National Academy of Public Administration on a report examining FBI human capital, participate. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

2 p.m. — Government Reform energy and resources subcommittee holds a hearing on “Meeting America’s Natural Gas Demand: Are We in a Crisis?” focusing on the effect of Hurricane Katrina on natural gas, current and future sources of supply and the effects these choices have on the national economy. Rebecca Watson, assistant secretary for land and minerals management, Interior Department; Guy Caruso, administrator of the Energy Information Administration, Energy Department, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.


Middle schools — 9 a.m. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute hosts a panel discussion to debate whether “middle schoolism” is to blame for the trend of fourth- through eighth- grade students’ achievements beginning to stall, and whether the nation’s leaders “in their rush to fix high schools,” have overlooked an “even more pressing concern.” Cheri Pierson Yecke, chancellor, K-12 education, state of Florida; James Beane, professor, National-Louis University and middle schools archivist, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Holeman Lounge. Contact: 202/223-5452.

Romanian adoption — 10 a.m. The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) holds a hearing titled, “In the Best Interest of the Children? Romania’s Ban on Inter-Country Adoption.” Maura Harty, assistant secretary for consular affairs at the State Department; Sorin Ducaru, ambassador of Romania; Thomas Atwood, president and chief executive officer of the National Council for Adoption, participate. Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact:202/225-1901.

Health insurance — 1:30 p.m. CNBC Television hosts a summit for lawmakers and business leaders on the costs, challenges and commitment of offering health insurance coverage to the American work force. Research findings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation revealing cost concerns among business leaders will be released. David Cote, chief executive officer, Honeywell International; Michael Critelli, CEO, Pitney-Bowes; Sen. Richard M. Burr, North Carolina Republican; Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat; Gov. Mitt Romney, Massachusetts Republican; Gov. Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat, participate. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/745-5050, or 202/745-5100.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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