- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 5, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Hosts a White House dinner for outgoing U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the productivity and costs for third quarter 2006 (revised). Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m. Antitrust Modernization Commission holds a meeting to deliberate on potential recommendations regarding the antitrust laws to Congress and the president. Location: Federal Trade Commission, Conference Center, 601 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/233-0701.

9:30 a.m. —Export-Import Bank holds a meeting of the advisory committee to receive a briefing on challenges for 2007, roles and responsibilities, and ethics. Location: Ex-Im Bank, 811 Vermont Ave. NW, Conference Room 1143. Contact: 202/565-3502.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case

Docket number 05-1629: Gonzales v. Duenas-Alvarez

Docket number 05-1272: Rockwell International v. United States

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Meets at noon for morning business and 2 p.m. to begin consideration of the fiscal 2007 agriculture appropriations bill. The first roll-call vote is expected to occur about 5 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Robert M. Gates to be defense secretary. The nominee testifies. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. —Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Jane Luxton to be assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere; Steven Chealander to be a member of the National Transportation Safety Board; and Charles Dorkey to be a member of the Advisory Board of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. The nominees testify. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. —Finance Committee holds a hearing, “Report Card on Tax Exemptions and Incentives for Higher Education: Pass, Fail, or Need Improvement?” Daniel Golden, deputy bureau chief of the Boston bureau of the Wall Street Journal, and Bridget Long, associate professor of education and economics at Harvard University, testify. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the National Transportation Safety Board Amendments Act of 2006; designating Room H-139 of the Capitol as “the Henry J. Hyde Room”; and to extend through Dec. 31, 2008, the authority of the secretary of the Army to accept and expend funds contributed by nonfederal public entities to expedite the processing of permits. Shelby Hallmark, director of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs at the Labor Department, and John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, testify. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEE

4 p.m. Judiciary immigration, border security and claims subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act: Are We Fulfilling the Promise We Made to Cold War Veterans When We Created the Program? (Part V).” Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

GENERAL AGENDA

Global nuclear renaissance summit — all day Exchange Monitor Publications holds the first Global Nuclear Renaissance Summit, “Assessing Potential Paths Forward for the Fuel Cycle and Expanding Nuclear Power.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8:05 a.m. — Deputy Energy Secretary Clay Sell, “Moving Forward to Expand Nuclear Power in the United States.”

3:35 p.m. — James Asselstine, managing director of Lehman Brothers, “The Multibillion-Dollar Question: Is Wall Street and the Investor Community Ready to Provide the Basic ‘Fuel’ to Finance the Nuclear Renaissance — Money?”

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 856/966-7124.

Hispanic Alliance — all day The Hispanic Alliance for Progress Institute holds its national policy meeting. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Manuel Lujan, chairman of HAPI, delivers welcoming remarks.

1:30 a.m. — Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez delivers remarks.

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/756-7732.

Protecting ports — 8:30 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Protecting Ports: Rethinking Border Security.” Laura Holgate of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and former Homeland Security Inspector General Clark Kent Ervin, now of the Aspen Institute, participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Future of privacy — 9 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Chamber Foundation holds a forum, “Minding Your Business: The Future of Privacy.” Rep. Melissa Bean, Illinois Democrat, and Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras participate. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Advertising regulations — 9 a.m. The Washington Legal Foundation holds a discussion, “Self-Regulation of Advertising: Promoting Responsibility and Maintaining Free-Speech Rights.” Members of the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. and Diane Bieri, deputy general counsel of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, participate. Location: Washington Legal Foundation, M.J. Murdock Center for Free Enterprise, 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.

Medicaid spending — 9:45 a.m. The American Health Care Association holds a press conference to urge year-end congressional action to stop what it says is the Bush administration’s planned five-year, $12.5 billion Medicaid cuts, scheduled for implementation after Congress adjourns. Reps. Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri Republican; Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia Republican; and Allyson Y. Schwartz, Pennsylvania Democrat; and Bruce Yarwood, president and CEO, American Health Care Association, participate. Location: 1302 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 410/212-3843 or 202/898-9354.

Volunteerism awards — 10:30 a.m. The State Department holds an event to present the secretary of state’s 2006 awards for outstanding volunteerism abroad. George Staples, director-general of foreign service and director of human resources at the State Department, participates. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-4282.

Mission event — 6:30 p.m. The International Justice Mission holds a benefit to raise awareness of its efforts to rescue victims trapped in slavery, illegal detention, sex trafficking and torture around the globe. Gary Haugen, president and CEO of IJM, participates. Location: J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/465-5495.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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