- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 17, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Signs the Pension Protection Act of 2006; spends the night at Camp David in Maryland.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Foreign Agricultural Servicereleases the U.S. Export Sales Report. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/720-0888.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

1:30 p.m. Social Security Administrationholds a quarterly meeting of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel to address issues related to work incentive programs, planning and assistance for people with disabilities. Location: DoubleTree Hotel Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington. Contact: 202/358-6420.

2 p.m. —Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energyholds a teleconference of the State Energy Advisory Board to update members on routine business matters and to finalize a resolution on the Weatherization Assistance Program. Location: None given. Contact: 303/275-4801.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

On summer recess. The Senate reconvenes Sept. 5 to resume consideration of the Defense Appropriations bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committeeholds a field hearing on the farm bill. Witnesses include Dave McClure, testifying on behalf of the Montana Farm Bureau, and Eric Dohney, testifying on behalf of the National Farmers Union. Location: University of Great Falls, Theatre Building, Great Falls, Mont. Contact: 202/224-2035.

10 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportationdisaster prevention and prediction subcommittee holds a field hearing on the impact of a severe hurricane on Beaufort, S.C. Witnesses include Col. Robert Lanham, commanding officer of the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, and Rob Fowler, chief meteorologist of Storm Team 2. Location: Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C. Contact: 202/224-1251.

HOUSE

On summer recess. The House reconvenes Sept. 6. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee holds a field hearing, “Should Mexico Hold Veto Power Over U.S. Border Security Decisions?” Witnesses include Leo Samaniego, sheriff of El Paso County, Texas; Alison Siskin, senior analyst at the Congressional Research Service; and Andrew Ramirez, chairman of Friends of the Border Patrol. Location: Chamizal National Memorial Park, El Paso, Texas. Contact: 202/225-3951.

10:30 a.m. —Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence holds a field hearing on the state of technical surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for monitoring the efforts of terrorists and drug cartels. Witnesses include Jim Woolsey, director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Southwest Field Intelligence Unit, and Victor Manjarrez, U.S. Customs and Border Protection deputy chief patrol agent. Location: Buena High School, 5225 Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista, Ariz. Contact: 202/225-4121.

GENERAL AGENDA

Constitutional convention — all day The Virginia AFL-CIO holds its 34th annual Constitutional Convention. Events begin at 8 a.m. Location: Sheraton Premiere Hotel at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Va. Contact: 804/755-8001.

Israel-Lebanon briefing — 9:30 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a briefing by Anthony Cordesman of CSIS on his recent visit to the Israel-Lebanon front. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Cyber-bullying — 10 a.m. — Fight Crime: Invest in Kids holds a press conference on cyber-bullying, or sending or posting harmful or harassing text or images using the Internet or other digital communication devices. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/464-7016.

Iran-Hezbollah connection — noon The United States Institute of Peace holds a discussion, “Understanding the Iran-Hezbollah Connection.” Participants include Vali Nasr and Ray Takeyh of the Council on Foreign Relations, Kenneth Pollack of the Brookings Institution and Hadi Semati of the Woodrow Wilson Center and Tehran University. Location: USIP, 1200 17th St., second-floor conference room. Contact: 202/429-3828.

Western conflicts — noon The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Conflict With the West: Religious Drivers and Strategies of Jihad.” Participants include Shmuel Bar, director of studies at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya’s Institute of Policy and Strategy; and James Jay Carafano of the Heritage Foundation. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Middle East crisis — 7 p.m. The Maryland Independent Voters Forum holds a discussion, “Independent Solutions for the Middle East Crisis.” Participants include Eric Bond of the Takoma/Silver Spring Voice and Noura Erakat of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Location: Takoma Park City Hall, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, Md. Contact: 301/996-6582.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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