- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 9, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers remarks on the global war on terror, National Guard Memorial Building. Meets Polish President Lech Kaczynski, the White House.

VICE PRESIDENT

7:45 a.m. — Delivers remarks on the 2006 agenda at the 33rd annual Conservative Political Action Conference dinner, Omni Shoreham Hotel.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. National Agricultural Statistics Service releases the cotton-ginnings report and crop-production report. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 800/727-9540.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Farm Credit Administration holds a meeting of the board to receive the Office of Management Services Report and to discuss the proposed rules on disclosure and reporting requirements and regulatory burden. Location: Farm Credit Administration, 1501 Farm Credit Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/883-4009.

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

9:30 a.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2007 budget for the Energy Department. Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman testifies. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

10 a.m. —Finance Committee holds a hearing on the president’s fiscal 2007 budget proposal. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt testifies. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

10 a.m. —Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing, “The Role of Education in Global Competitiveness.” Education Secretary Margaret Spellings testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

HOUSE

Schedule to be announced. No votes expected. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. Government Reform Committee holds a hearing, “Sharpening Our Edge: Staying Competitive in the 21st-Century Marketplace.” Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez; Hector de J. Ruiz, president and chief executive officer of Advanced Micro Devices; and Brian O’Shaughnessy, president and CEO of Revere Copper Products, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

Conservative Political Action Conference — all day The American Conservative Union holds its conservative political action 2006 conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — David Keene of the American Conservative Union Foundation, welcoming remarks

10:05 a.m. — Former Gov. James S. Gilmore III, Virginia Republican, delivers remarks.

10:15 a.m. — Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, “Immigration Reform: A Report from the House”

10:30 a.m. — Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Arizona Republican, and Pedro Celis of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, “How Do We Secure Our Borders?”

12:15 p.m. — Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, “Immigration Reform: A Report from the Senate”

12:30 p.m. — Former Rep.Bob Barr, Georgia Republican, debates Viet Dinh, former assistant attorney general and drafter of the USA Patriot Act

1:15 p.m. — Rep. Sam Johnson, Texas Republican, “What about Iran?”

2:45 p.m. — Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican, chairman, Senate Republican Conference, delivers remarks.

4:45 p.m. — Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao delivers remarks.

7:30 p.m. — Vice President Dick Cheney and Sen. George Allen, Virginia Republican, deliver remarks at the presidential banquet.

Location: Omni Shoreham, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 703/836-8602.

‘Going for growth’ — 9 a.m. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development holds a discussion on two new reports, “Going for Growth, 2006” and “The Benefits of Liberalizing Product Markets and Reducing Barriers to International Trade and Investment in the OECD.” Jean Philippe Cotis, chief economist at the OECD, and Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute participate. Location: Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St. SE. Contact: 202/822-3869.

Iran discussion — 9 a.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion with Bijan Khajehpour of Atieh Bahar Consulting in Tehran, “An Analysis of Political and Economic Developments since the 2005 Iranian Presidential Elections.” Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Meeting — 10 a.m. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hosts a meeting of U.S. chief executive officers who have been engaged in the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, with the ambassadors from partner nations, principals from the Commerce and Energy departments and other interested parties. Sens. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, and Mark Pryor, Arkansas Democrat, participate. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW, Treaty Room. Contact: 202/647-2492.

Discussion — 10 a.m. The Energy Daily and BP America host a discussion with Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton on offshore oil and gas drilling issues. Location: Energy Daily (King Publishing Group), 1325 G St. NW, Suite 1003. Contact: 202/662-1555.

Conference-call briefing — 11 a.m. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities holds a conference-call briefing to discuss how it thinks the administration’s proposed budget would affect funding in various domestic discretionary program areas. Robert Greenstein, executive director; Richard Kogan, senior fellow; and Stacy Dean, director of food-stamp policy, participate. Location: None given. Contact: 202/408-1080.

Secure-border initiative — 11 a.m. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Border Patrol Chief David V. Aguilar, and acting Director of Detention and Removal Operations John Torres hold a news briefing on the Secure Border Initiative. Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room C1-47. Contact: 202/282-8010.

Meeting — 4:30 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican; Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat; and Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, hold a meeting with Polish President Lech Kaczynski. Location: S-230, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-6421 or 202/224-4651.

Middle East — 5 p.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion, “Next Steps in the Middle East: Egyptian, Israeli and Palestinian Perspectives.” Egyptian Ambassador Nabil Fahmy, Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon and Afif Safieh, head of the Palestine Liberation Organization mission to the United States, participate. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

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