- The Washington Times - Monday, July 24, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq, Oval Office, The White House. Holds a press availability with Mr. al-Maliki, East Room, The White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. — National Association of Realtors releases the existing home sales for June 2006. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. —Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board holds a meeting to discuss transportation vehicle access and communications access. Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1001 14th St. NW. Contact: 202/272-0001.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session to resume consideration of the nomination of Jerome Holmes to be a U.S. Circuit judge for the 10th Circuit. A roll call vote on the Holmes nomination is expected prior to the party luncheons. The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. for the weekly party luncheons. After the luncheons the Senate will resume consideration of the Child Protection Bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Armed Services airland subcommittee holds a hearing on the F-22A multiyear procurement proposal. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne; Deputy Defense Undersecretary James Finley, for acquisition and technology; U.S. Comptroller General David Walker of the Government Accountability Office, testify. Location: 222 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “Regulation of Hedge Funds.” Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox; Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Reuben Jeffrey III, testify. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

11 a.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a markup of the nomination of Stephen McMillin to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. Location: S-216, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-4751.

2:30 p.m. —Financehealth care subcommittee holds a hearing on “CHIP (Child Health Investment Partnership) at 10: A Decade of Covering Children.” Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat; Sen. Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island Republican; Mark McClellan, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, testify. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. for morning hour debate and 10 a.m. to consider the “Business Activity Tax Simplification Act of 2005”; the “Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006”; the “FHA Manufactured Housing Loan Modernization Act of 2006” Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Joint Economic Committee holds a hearing on “Energy and the Iranian Economy.” Paul Simons, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, State Department; testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-3234.

2 p.m. —International Relations Middle East and Central Asia subcommittee holds a hearing on “Assessing Energy and Security Issues in Central Asia.” Steven Mann, principal deputy assistant secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, State Department; Lana Ekimoff, director of the Office of Russian and Eurasian Affairs, Energy Department, testify. Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

2 p.m. — Small Business Committee holds a hearing on the “Failure to Comply With the Regulatory Flexibility Act: IRS (Internal Revenue Service) Endangering Small Businesses Yet Again.” Eric Solomon, acting deputy assistant secretary for tax policy and deputy assistant secretary for regulatory affairs at the Treasury Department; Donald Korb, chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service; Thomas Sullivan, chief counsel for advocacy at the Small Business Administration, testify. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.

GENERAL AGENDA

Pandemic preparedness 9 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a forum on pandemic preparedness. Rajeev Venkayya of the White House Homeland Security Council; R. James Caverly, director of Infrastructure Partnerships for the Homeland Security Department, participate. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Immigration forum — 9:30 a.m. Accuracy in Academia holds a forum on immigration. Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican; Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Arizona Republican; John Keeley of the Center for Immigration Studies; and Jessica Echard of Eagle Forum, participate. Location: B-369 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/364-440, Ext. 100.

Destabilizing Iraq — 11 a.m. The Iran Policy Committee holds a press conference to discuss “new intelligence” that “points to Iran destabilizing Iraq.” Raymond Tanter, former member of the National Security Council staff; retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Bill Cowan; Bruce McColm, president of the Institute for Democratic Strategies, participate. Location: Hay Adams Hotel, Concord Room, H and 16th Street NW. Contact: 202/249-1142.

Perspectives on Hezbollah — noon The Middle East Institute holds a discussion, “American Perspectives on Hezbollah,” with Fred Hof, president, AALC Ltd. and Mark Perry, former political adviser to Yasser Arafat and Fatah, will offer insights based on face-to-face meetings with Hezbollah officials in Beirut. Philip Wilcox, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, participates. Location: MEI, 1761 N St. NW. Boardman Room. Contact: 202/785-1141.

Drug sentencing disparity — noon Sens. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican; Mark Pryor, Arkansas Democrat; John Cornyn, Texas Republican; and Ken Salazar, Colorado Democrat, hold a press conference on the introduction of legislation that would reduce crack-powder cocaine sentencing disparity. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-4124.

Media shield legislation — 1 p.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon Program holds a discussion with Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican, and Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana Republican, on “the need for federal media shield legislation.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Ballroom. Contact: 202/662-7516.

North Korea developments — 2 p.m. The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “North Korea: Recent Developments, Unusual Solutions.” Taku Yamasaki of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Becky Norton Dunlop of the Heritage Foundation participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Middle East democracy — 2:30 p.m. — The Women’s Freedom Forum hosts a discussion, “Women: The Key to Establishing Democracy in the Middle East.” Issues to be discussed include the role of women in shaping the future of the Middle East; the role of women in combating the threat of Islamic fundamentalism; and the dynamics of women, Islam, and democracy. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Texas Democrat; Rep. Susan A. Davis, California Democrat; Louise Akers, Sister of Charity, feminist liberation theologian, participate. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/498-6792.

Home ownership — 3:30 p.m. Rep. Bob Ney, Ohio Republican, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson hold a news press conference on expanding home ownership legislation. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6265.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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