- The Washington Times - Monday, July 17, 2006


Penny costs — 11 a.m. — Rep. Jim Kolbe, Arizona Republican, holds a press conference to introduce legislation that addresses the production costs of the penny and includes provisions to reform the coinage and currency system. Location: Capitol, House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-1446 or 202/957-1563.

Immigration enforcement — 11 a.m. — Rep. Walter B. Jones, North Carolina Republican, holds a press conference to discuss the “immediate need” for immigration legislation that focuses on enforcement first. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2456. Contact: 202/225-3415.


Participates in photo opportunities with the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and with Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish.


8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the Producer Price Index for June. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.


8:30 a.m. — Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting of its advisory committee on nuclear waste. Location: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 2 White Flint North, Conference Room T-2B3, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-6805.


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


Completes action on three stem cell bills. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


9:30 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on oversight of the Justice Department. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales testifies. Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216. Contact: 202/224-5225.

10 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds hearing, “Islam and the West: Searching for Common Ground.” Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs oversight of government management, the federal workforce and the District of Columbia subcommittee holds hearing, “Examining the Challenges the District Will Face Today, Tomorrow and in the Future.” D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams testifies. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342. Contact: 202/224-4751.

11:15 a.m. — Appropriations defense subcommittee marks up the fiscal 2007 Defense Appropriations Act. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 192. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2 p.m. — Appropriations labor, health and human services, education and related agencies subcommittee marks up the fiscal 2007 appropriations act for those agencies. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 138. Contact: 202/224-7363.


Meets at 9 a.m. for debate and at 10 a.m. to consider stem-cell bills and other pending legislation. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10 a.m. — Judiciary immigration, border security, and claims subcommittee holds hearing, “Should We Embrace the Senate’s Grant of Amnesty to Millions of Illegal Aliens and Repeat the Mistakes of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986?” Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141. Contact: 202/225-3951.

10:30 a.m. — Veterans’ Affairs Committee holds hearing on a cyber-security bill. Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson testifies. Location: Cannon House Office Building, Room 334. Contact: 202/225-3527.

2 p.m. — Energy and Commerce commerce, trade and consumer protection subcommittee holds hearing, “Motor Vehicle Technology and the Consumer: Views From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.” NHTSA Administrator Nicole Nason testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2322. Contact: 202/225-2927.

2 p.m. — Government Reform national security, emerging threats and international relations subcommittee holds hearing, “Global War on Terrorism: Accuracy and Reliability of Cost Estimates.” U.S. Comptroller General David Walker of the Government Accountability Office testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2154. Contact: 202/225-5074.

2 p.m. — Science space and aeronautics subcommittee holds a hearing, “The National Academy of Science’s Decadal Plan for Aeronautics: A Blueprint for NASA?” Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2318. Contact: 202/225-6371.

3 p.m. — Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on the Pledge Protection Act of 2005. Location: Capitol, Room H-313. Contact: 202/225-9191.


NAACP convention — all day — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People holds its annual convention, “Voting Our Values, Valuing Our Votes.” Events begin at 8:45 a.m. Participants include House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, and Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat. Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 410/580-5780 or 410/580-5782.

Interfaith summit — all day — The Church World Service hosts the Interfaith Summit on Africa. Events begin at 8 a.m. Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 212/870-2676 or 347/513-4030.

Hydrogen power — 10 a.m. — The National Press Club holds a discussion, “Hydrogen Power and Energy Independence: Improving Collaboration Between the Federal Government and the Automobile Industry.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Zenger Room. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Meth epidemic — 10 a.m. — The National Association of Counties holds a press conference to release a survey, “The Methamphetamine Epidemic: The Criminal Effect of Meth on Communities.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/942-4220.

Immigration reform — 10 a.m. — The Cato Institute holds a policy forum, “Comprehensive Immigration Reform for a Growing Economy.” Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez participates. Location: Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, F.A. Hayek Auditorium. Contact: 202/789-5200.

Scholarship act — 10:30 a.m. — Sens. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican, and John Ensign, Nevada Republican, hold a press conference to introduce the America’s Opportunity Scholarships for Kids Act. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings participates. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2175. Contact: 202/224-4944 or 202/224-6244.

Electronic health records — 11 a.m. — The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology holds a press conference to announce the first round of vendors to earn certification for electronic health record products. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt participates. Location: George Washington University Medical Center, Ross Hall, 2300 I St. NW, Room 117. Contact: 202/690-6343.

Affordable prescription drugs — 11 a.m. — The Campaign for America’s Future holds a press conference to call for simple, affordable and guaranteed Medicare prescription-drug benefits. Location: Capitol, Room HC-9. Contact: 202/955-5665.

Peace rally — 5 p.m. — The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee holds a rally for peace to protest Israeli military action in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. Location: In front of the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/244-2990.

Compiled by FIND/Agence France-Presse and The Washington Times

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