- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition; meets with the President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security.


10:30 a.m. American Petroleum Institute releases a summary of its weekly report on petroleum inventories. Location: 1220 L St. NW. Contact: 202/682-8114.


10 a.m. Defense Department holds a meeting of the Military Compensation Advisory Committee to discuss the military pay and benefits system. Location: Crystal City Hilton, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/699-2700.


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


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


9 a.m. Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a hearing to review the status of the World Trade Organization negotiations on agriculture. Witnesses include Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 328-A. Contact: 202/224-2035.

10 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committeeholds a hearing on energy pricing. Robin West, chairman of the board of PFC Energy, testifies. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 562. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “After the London Attacks: What Lessons Have Been Learned to Secure U.S. Transit Systems?” Witnesses include Edmund Hawley, homeland security assistant secretary in the Transportation Security Administration; Michael Brown, chief operating officer of the London Underground; Polly Hanson, chief of the Metro Transit Police Department; and Rafi Ron, president of New Age Security Solutions. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342. Contact: 202/224-4751.

2:30 p.m. Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and narcotics affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on the nomination of Thomas Shannon Jr. to be assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, Charles Ford to be ambassador to Honduras, Mark Langdale to be ambassador to Costa Rica, and Brenda LaGrange Johnson to be ambassador to Jamaica. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419. Contact: 202/224-4651.


Meets at 10 a.m. to consider placing a statue presented by New Mexico in National Statuary Hall, and to consider the United States Parole Commission Extension and Sentencing Commission Authority Act of 2005. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10:30 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure railroads subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on Amtrak reform proposals, focusing on separation of the Northeast Corridor from Amtrak ownership and management. Witnesses include Jeffrey Rosen, Transportation Department general counsel, and Kenneth Mead, Transportation Department inspector general. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10:30 a.m. —International Relations Asia and the Pacific subcommittee holds a hearing, “The United States and Southeast Asia: Developments, Trends and Policy Choices.” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric John testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172. Contact: 202/225-5021.

2 p.m. —International Relations Middle East and Central Asia subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Middle East Peace Process and U.S. Strategic Priorities Post-Disengagement.” Witnesses include David Welch, assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and Lt. Gen. William Ward, deputy commander of U.S. Army Europe and U.S. coordinator for security to the Palestinians. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172. Contact: 202/225-5021.

2 p.m. Government Reform government management, finance, and accountability subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, “Implementing Cost Accounting at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor.” Witnesses include Samuel Mok, chief financial officer in the Labor Department; Tim McClain, VA general counsel and acting chief management officer; and Robert Martin, director of financial management and assurance in the Government Accountability Office. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2247. Contact: 202/225-5074.


Legislative conference — all day Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc. holds its 35th annual legislative conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 10:30 a.m. — Press conference on the L Street Bridge to focus on help for Katrina victims with Rep. Melvin Watt, North Carolina Democrat; Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Texas Democrat; Rep. Danny K. Davis, Illinois Democrat; Rep. William J. Jefferson, Louisiana Democrat; and Don Tharpe, president of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

6 p.m. — Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, delivers remarks at the welcome ceremony.

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 202/263-2800.

Fighting terrorism — 8:30 a.m. New America Foundation and AmericanRespect.com hold a conference, “Beyond Bullets: Economic Strategies in the Fight Against Terrorism.” Participants include Hernando de Soto, global development specialist; Peter Bergen, CNN analyst; Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; Michael Barone of U.S. News & World Report; and David Hale, international economist. Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/296-1680.

Methodist women’s forum — 10 a.m. The Renew Network holds a forum to debate the leaders of the United Methodist Women’s Division over political, theological and social issues. Participants include Faye Short, president of Renew; Janice Crouse, conservative activist and writer; and Carolyn Elias, board member of the Salvation Army and United Way. Location: Oxnam Chapel, Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 302/841-7869.

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