- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 18, 2006

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

North Korean refugees — 10:30 a.m. — Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican, holds a press conference to introduce the first North Koreans admitted into the United States as refugees since the Korean War cease-fire. Mr. Brownback also discusses the human rights aspects of recent North Korean missile tests. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 138. Contact: 202/224-6521.

Middle East summit — noon — The Arab American Institute hosts an emergency summit, “Crisis in Lebanon and Palestine.” Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/429-9210.

PRESIDENT BUSH

To be announced.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the Consumer Price Index for June 2006. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. — United States Mint holds a meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee to review designs for the 2007 Little Rock Central High School Desegregation 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin and the Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal. Location: United States Mint, 801 Ninth St. NW, second floor. Contact: 202/354-7200.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “DHS (Homeland Security) Purchase Cards: Credit Without Accountability.” Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

2 p.m. — Judiciary Committee marks up the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Select Intelligence Committee holds a hearing on “Modernizing the Act (FISA).” Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4121.

10:30 a.m. — Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing to review the outcomes of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

11 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure Committee marks up pending legislation including the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Enhancement Act of 2005. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. — Energy and Commerce energy and air quality subcommittee holds a hearing on “DOE’s (Energy Department) Revised Schedule for Yucca Mountain.” Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

2 p.m. — Science Committee and the House Administration Committee hold a joint hearing on “Voting Machines: Will New Standards and Guidelines Prevent Future Problems?” Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371 or 202/225-8281.

GENERAL AGENDA

Africa summit — all day — The Church World Service hosts an 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.

NAACP convention — all day — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People holds its 2006 convention, “Voting Our Values, Valuing Our Votes.” Events begin at 8 a.m. Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat; Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican; Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat; and Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, participate. Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 410/580-5780 or 410/580-5782.

Christians for Israel — 9:30 a.m. — Christians United for Israel, an association of 3,000 Christians, holds a press conference to urge Congress and the public to strengthen defense of Israel. Location: Capitol, Room S-207. Contact: 202/530-4848.

Policy luncheon — 12:15 p.m. — The New America Foundation holds a policy luncheon with Brad Smith, general counsel and senior vice president of Microsoft Corp., who will present the company’s guiding principles as it prepares to debut Windows Vista. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Nanotechnology report — 12:30 p.m. — The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion on the release of a new report “Nanotechnology: A Research Strategy for Addressing Risk.” Andrew Maynard, chief science adviser, and David Rejeski, director of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, participate. Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Boehner speech — 12:30 p.m. — The Heritage Foundation hosts a speech, “A Majority Agenda That Matters: Why Strength and Prosperity Triumph Over Hesitation and Big Government,” by House Majority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Allison Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Higher education — 2 p.m. — The Democratic Governors Association hosts a press conference to announce a new proposal aimed at increasing college enrollment and improving college graduation rates, in part, by making higher education more affordable. Sens. Thomas R. Carper, Delaware Democrat, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; and Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack participate. Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/772-5620 or 202/374-0002.

Veterans Affairs anniversary — 2 p.m. — Congress and the Veterans Affairs Department hold a ceremony to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Veterans Affairs Department. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat; and Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson participate. Location: Capitol’s Rotunda. Contact: 202/224-6421 or 202/225-5214.

RFK’s future — 5 p.m. — The National Capitol Planning Commission holds a public meeting to discuss the future of the Robert F. Kennedy Stadium site. Location: The Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-7298.

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

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