- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 26, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Attends a luncheon for military personnel and their families with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at Fort Belvoir; attends a reception at a private residence in Charleston, W.Va.

VICE PRESIDENT

Participates in a swearing-in ceremony for Steve Preston as administrator of the Small Business Administration, 409 Third St. SW.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

11:30 a.m. Bureau of Transportation Statisticsreleases the air travel price index for the first quarter of the year. Location: 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Environmental Protection Agencyholds a meeting of the Science Advisory Board staff office to receive public feedback on Web site development. Location: Science Advisory Board Conference Center, 1025 F St. NW, Suite 3700. Contact: 202/343-9986.

SENATE

Takes a roll-call vote on the Gulf of Mexico energy security bill. At 11 a.m., Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki addresses a joint meeting of Congress. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. Judiciary Committeeholds a hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Witnesses include CIA Director Michael V. Hayden and National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226. Contact: 202/224-5225.

2 p.m. —Financetaxation and IRS oversight subcommittee holds a hearing, “Closer Look at the Size and Sources of the Tax Gap.” Witnesses include Mark Mazur, director of research, analysis and statistics at the Internal Revenue Service; and Michael Brostek of the Government Accountability Office. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 215. Contact: 202/224-4515.

3:30 p.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairsoversight of government management, the federal workforce and the District of Columbia subcommittee holds a hearing, “STOP: A Progress Report on Protecting and Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights Here and Abroad.” Witnesses include Chris Israel, Commerce Department coordinator for international intellectual property enforcement. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki addresses a joint meeting of Congress. Representatives consider the United States and India Nuclear Cooperation Promotion Act of 2006, the United States-Israel Energy Cooperation Act and the Fuel Consumption Education Act, and congratulate the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative on 10 years of significant achievement. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

2 p.m. Government Reformgovernment management, finance and accountability subcommittee holds a hearing, “Implementing [the Freedom of Information Act] — Does the Bush Administration’s Executive Order Improve Processing?” Witnesses include Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, and Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2247. Contact: 202/225-5074.

2 p.m. —International RelationsWestern Hemisphere subcommittee holds a hearing, “Immigration: Responding to a Regional Crisis.” Witnesses include Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Crescenio Arcos and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Whitaker. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172. Contact: 202/225-5021.

2 p.m. —Transportation and Infrastructureeconomic development, public buildings and emergency management subcommittee holds a hearing, “Proposed Amendments to and Reauthorization of the National Dam Safety Program Act.” Witnesses include David Maurstad, Mitigation Division director at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Donald Basham, chief of the Engineering and Construction Division at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. —Ways and Means Committeeholds a hearing, “Impacts of Border Security and Immigration on Ways and Means Programs.” Witnesses include Wade Horn, Health and Human Services Department assistant secretary for children and families, and Julie Myers, assistant secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Location: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1100. Contact: 202/225-3625.

SUPREME COURT

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

GENERAL AGENDA

Middle East violence — 8:30 a.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a briefing on the escalating violence between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Participants include author and negotiator Aaron David Miller, Soli Ozel of Istanbul Bilgi University and Hadi Semati of Tehran University. Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, 1 Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Energy security — 9 a.m. The Center for American Progress holds a discussion, “Energy Security in the 21st Century: A New National Strategy.” Participants include former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner. Location: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th floor. Contact: 202/741-6388.

Group of Eight in St. Petersburg — 9 a.m. — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a discussion, “The G-8 in St. Petersburg: What Happened? What Does It Mean?” Participants include Andrei Piontkovsky of the Hudson Institute and Donald Jensen of RFE/RL. Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Disabilities act — 9 a.m. The National Council on Disability holds a town-hall meeting on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Participants include Gordon Mansfield, deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Assistant Education Secretary John Hager. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/272-2004.

Legislative priorities — 9:30 a.m. Members of Congress hold a press briefing to contrast Republican legislative priorities on energy security with those announced by Democrats. Participants include Sen. Pete V. Domenici, New Mexico Republican, Rep. Joe L. Barton, Texas Republican, and Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room S-207. Contact: 202/225-5735.

Disaster preparedness — 11 a.m. The Renal Leadership Council holds a briefing to address disaster preparedness and the dialysis provider’s community readiness. Participants include Rep. Charles W. “Chip” Pickering Jr., Mississippi Republican; and Delegate Donna Christian-Christensen, Virgin Islands Democrat. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room HC-5. Contact: 703/548-0019.

AIDS fight — 3:30 p.m. The Global Health Council holds a briefing highlighting the inequity for children in the global AIDS fight. Participants include Mark Dybul, acting U.S. Global AIDS coordinator, and Mark Kline, president of the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Institute. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 325. Contact: 202/296-9165.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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