- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 16, 2006


Attends a Republican National Committee luncheon, Evermay House, Washington


8:30 a.m. Census Bureau releases the new residential construction for January 2006. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.


10 a.m. Consumer Product Safety Commission holds a meeting to consider a final rule under the Flammable Fabrics Act for mattress flammability. Location: Bethesda Towers, 4330 East-West Highway, Room 420. Contact: 301/504-7923.


In session to resume consideration of the USA Patriot Act amendments bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


10 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing on “The President’s fiscal 2007 Budget Proposal.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testifies. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

10:30 a.m. —Veterans’ Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2007 budget for the Veterans Affairs Department. VA Secretary Jim Nicholson; VA Undersecretary for Benefits Daniel Cooper; VA Undersecretary for Health Jonathan Perlin, testify. Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9126.


Meets at 10 a.m. to consider a concurrent resolution condemning the government of Iran for violating its international nuclear nonproliferation obligations and expressing support for efforts to report Iran to the United Nations’ Security Council. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


9:30 a.m. Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing on “The President’s Proposed Fiscal 2007 Budget for the Department of Homeland Security: Maintaining Vigilance and Improving Mission Performance in Securing the Homeland.” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testifies. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

10 a.m. —Appropriations defense subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2007 budget for the Defense Department. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace; and Defense Comptroller Tina Jonas, testify. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

1:30 p.m. International Relations Committee holds a hearing on “The International Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal 2007.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testifies. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

1:30 p.m. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee holds a hearing on “Disasters and the Department of Homeland Security: Where Do We Go From Here?” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testifies. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.


Electricity deliver forum — all day Energy Department, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the Consumer Energy Council of America hold the 2006 National Electricity Deliver Forum, “Getting Serious About Modernizing the Infrastructure,” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/653-0404.

Private securities litigation — 8:30 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a conference on “Private Securities Litigation Ten Years After the PSL Reform Act: What’s Working? What’s Not?” Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat; Paul Atkins and Roel Campos of the Securities and Exchange Commission, participate. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Supreme Court — 9 a.m. The Washington Legal Foundation holds a press conference to assess the Supreme Court at midterm, to discuss some of the term’s rulings, and to analyze the direction and activities of the Court. Carter Phillips, managing partner of Sidley, Austin, Brown and Wood; H. Christopher Bartolomucci, partner at Hogan & Hartson, participate. Location: Washington Legal Foundation, M.J. Murdock Center for Free Enterprise, 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.

Muhammad cartoons forum — noon The Council on American-Islamic Relations holds a forum on the caricatures of Islam’s prophet Muhammad. Yahya Hendi, Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University; Rev. Clark Lobenstine, executive director of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/488-8787.

Veterans affairs — noon Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, Hawaii Democrat, and Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, hold a press conference with veterans to discuss “concerns” over protecting the Veterans Affairs health care system. The senators will also express concern over “mistakes that caused a financial crisis last year.” Veterans from Paralyzed Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, Blinded Veterans Association and a Priority 7 Korean War veteran, participate. Location: 485 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-636.

“The Syrian Bride” — 12:30 p.m. The Library of Congress holds a discussion with Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis on his newest film “The Syrian Bride.” Location: LOC, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Contact: 202/707-0022.

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