- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 12, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Heiligendamm, Germany.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the report on unemployment-insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the blood products advisory committee. Location: Hilton Hotel, Washington D.C. North/Gaithersburg, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/827-0314.

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. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing to receive an update on Iraq. Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. ambassador to Iraq, testifies. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. — Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the future of military commissions. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. — Special Committee on Aging holds a hearing, “From Medicaid to Retiree Benefits: How Seniors Impact America’s Health Care Costs.” Gov. Janet Napolitano, Arizona Democrat; Richard Wagoner, chairman and chief executive officer of General Motors; and Donald Marron, acting director of the Congressional Budget Office, testify. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Government Reform Committee holds a hearing, “Can You Clear Me Now?: Weighing ‘Foreign Influence’ Factors in Security Clearance Investigations.” Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

Vitter address — 9 a.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) hosts an address by Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican, on business involvement in disaster relief. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Nuclear electricity — 9:30 a.m. — USEC Inc. and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) hold a press conference on converting U.S. nuclear weapons-grade material into electricity. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 301/564-3391.

Rally — noon — The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids holds a march and rally against smoking in movies. The march begins at noon at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, where the Health and Human Services Department, the American Cancer Society and the World Health Organization are holding the annual “World Conference on Tobacco or Health.” A press conference will be held at 12:20 p.m. in front of the Motion Picture Association of America, 1600 I St. NW, before the 12:55 p.m. rally at Lafayette Park in front of the White House. Contact: 202/296-5469.

Luncheon discussion — noon — The National Economists Club holds a luncheon discussion with Edward Lazear, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. Location: Chinatown Garden Restaurant, 618 H St. NW. Contact: 703/493-8824.

Cuba briefing — noon — Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida Republicans, hold a briefing, “Freedom of Expression and Information: The Reality in Cuba Today.” Location: 2203 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3931 or 202/225-820.

Luncheon program — 1 p.m. — The National Press Club holds a luncheon program, with Surgeon General Richard Carmona, “Priorities for Health.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, ballroom. Contact: 202/662-7516.

Awards dinner — 5:30 p.m. —The Washington International Trade Association (WITA) holds its annual awards dinner to honor Reps. Jim Kolbe, Arizona Republican, and Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat. Location: WITA, Meridian Suites, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/312-1600.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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