- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 15, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses health care at Wendy’s International Inc. in Dublin, Ohio.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

9:15 a.m. — Federal Reserve releases reports on the industrial production and capacity use for January. Location: 20th and C streets Northwest. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. — Antitrust Modernization Commission holds a meeting on international antitrust issues. Location: Federal Trade Commission, 601 New Jersey Ave. NW, Conference Center. Contact: 202/233-0701.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:45 a.m. —Foreign Relations Committeeholds a hearing, “The President’s Budget for Foreign Affairs.” Witnesses include Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216. Contact: 202/224-4651

10 a.m. —Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committeeholds a hearing, “Rebuilding Needs in Katrina-Impacted Areas.” Witnesses include Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat; Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican; Rep. Richard H. Baker, Louisiana Republican; and Donald Powell, federal coordinator for Gulf Coast recovery. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 538. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. — Budget Committee holds a hearing, “Understanding the Causes and Solutions to Addressing the Federal Tax Gap.” Witnesses include Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Mark Everson and Comptroller General David Walker of the Government Accountability Office. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 608. Contact: 202/224-0642.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the National Flood Insurance Program Further Enhanced Borrowing Authority Act of 2006, and to pay tribute to Shirley Horn in recognition of her contributions to the world of jazz and American culture. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Appropriations agriculture, rural development, food and drug administration and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2007 appropriations for the Agriculture Department. Witnesses include Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2362-A. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10:30 a.m. — Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on President Bush’s fiscal 2007 budget. Witnesses include Treasury Secretary John W. Snow. Location: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1100. Contact: 202/225-3625.

2 p.m. —Energy and Commerce Committee holds a hearing on the administration’s fiscal 2007 health care priorities. Witnesses include Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2123. Contact: 202/225-2927.

2:30 p.m. — Appropriations homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2007 appropriations for the Homeland Security Department’s management and operations. Witnesses include Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2359. Contact: 202/225-2771.

GENERAL AGENDA

Emergency management conference — 8 a.m. —National Emergency Management Association holds its midyear conference.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., New Jersey Democrat, delivers remarks.

8:30 a.m. — Sen. George V. Voinovich, Ohio Republican, delivers remarks.

Location: Hilton Alexandria Mark Plaza Hotel, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Contact: 859/244-8000.

Journalists’ protection — 9 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a discussion, “Attacks on the Press 2005: Uprising Fears Intensify Government Restrictions on Media,” with Alex Lupis of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Africa symposium — 9:30 a.m. Howard University and the British Embassy hold a symposium, “Africa: Looking Back and Ahead, Addressing the 2005 Promise for a Better World.” Participants include British Ambassador David Manning, Nigerian Ambassador George Obiozor and Florizelle Liser, assistant U.S. trade representative for Africa. Location: Howard University, Armour J. Blackburn University Center, 2400 Sixth St. NW. Contact: 202/518-7523.

Commitment to homeland — 10 a.m. The House Republican Conference holds a press conference to discuss a “commitment to protecting our homeland and winning the war on terror.” Participants include House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois, Majority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio, Majority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri, Rep. David Dreier of California, and Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan. Location: Republican National Committee, 310 First St. SE, lobby. Contact: 202/226-9000.

Afghanistan ceremony — noon U.S. Trade and Development Agency Deputy Director Leocadia Zak hosts a ceremony to present Afghan Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad with the agency’s 2005 Country of the Year honor. Participants include Rep. Jim Kolbe, Arizona Republican. Location: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1539. Contact: 703/875-4357.

Project 7th Grade — 3:30 p.m. NotMyKid holds a press conference to discuss its national program, Project 7th Grade, to help curb teen drug abuse. Participants include Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican; Rep. John Shadegg, Arizona Republican; Rep. Trent Franks, Arizona Republican; Debbie and Steve Moak, co-founders of NotMyKid; and former Major League Baseball player Todd Stottlemyre, national spokesman for Project 7th Grade. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room HC-7. Contact: 202/347-4995.

Drug trafficking — 3:30 p.m. Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, and Sen. Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat, hold a press conference to release the “High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas” annual report for 2004. Participants include Sen. Mike DeWine, Ohio Republican; Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican; Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat; and House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room HC-6. Contact: 703/217-5888.

Economic caucus — 4:30 p.m. Members of Congress and U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman hold a press conference to introduce the Congressional Middle East Economic Partnership Caucus. Participants include Rep. Ben Chandler, Kentucky Democrat; Rep. Phil English, Pennsylvania Republican; and Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-318. Contact: 202/225-5406.

Human rights caucus — 5:30 p.m. The Congressional Human Rights Caucus holds a reception to mark its expansion. Participants include Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat; Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican; Rep. Tom Lantos, California Democrat; Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican; and Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 425. Contact:202/225-6735.

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