- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 27, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers remarks on the line-item veto at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington. Participates in a photo opportunity with Staff Sgt. Christian Bagge at the Oval Office. Meets with National Endowment for Democracy award recipients at the Oval Office.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. National Association of Realtorsreleases the existing-homes sales figures for May. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commissionholds a meeting to resume a discussion, “Secretary of Labor v. Jim Walter Resources Inc.” Location: 601 New Jersey Ave. NW, ninth floor. Contact: 202/434-9950.

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

9 a.m. AppropriationsLabor, Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act, which would help derive human pluripotent stem-cell lines using techniques that do not knowingly harm embryos. Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican, and Dr. James Battey, chairman of the National Institutes of Health Stem Cell Task Force, testify. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairsoversight of government management, the federal workforce and the District of Columbia subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Right People? Oversight of the Office of Personnel Management.” U.S. Comptroller General David Walker and OPM Director Linda M. Springer testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

10 a.m. Special Committee on Agingholds a hearing, “The Globalization of Health Care: Can Medical Tourism Reduce Health Care Costs?” Bruce Cunningham of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. for debate and at 10 a.m. to consider the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 and the Seasoned Customer CTR Exemption Act of 2006, and to recognize National Homeownership Month and the importance of homeownership. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Appropriationsmilitary quality of life and Veterans Affairs and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on Department of Veterans Affairs data security. VA Secretary Jim Nicholson and David J. McIntyre Jr., president and chief executive officer of the TriWest Healthcare Alliance, testify. Location: H-140, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. —Transportation and Infrastructurerailroads subcommittee holds a hearing, “Current [Federal Railroad Administration] Rail Safety Initiatives.” FRA Chairman Joseph Boardman; Edward R. Hamberger, president of the Association of American Railroads; and a representative from the United Transportation Union testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10 a.m. —Veterans Affairshealth subcommittee holds a hearing on Department of Veterans Affairs efforts to provide quality health care to veterans in rural communities. VA Undersecretary for Health Jonathan B. Perlin and Patricia Vandenberg, assistant deputy VA undersecretary for health for policy and planning, testify. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3527.

GENERAL AGENDA

Christian mobilization — all day Sojourners and Call to Renewal hold a Christian mobilization conference, “From Poverty to Opportunity: A Covenant for a New America.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and a Republican National Committee representative discuss “How Do Democrats and Republicans Plan to Overcome Poverty?” Location: National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. Contact: 202/745-4614, 202/745-4625.

U.S.-Japan relationship — 10 a.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a press conference with John Malott, president and chief executive officer of the Japan-America Society of Washington, “The Ever-Evolving U.S.-Japan Relationship.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Gulf Coast investing — 10 a.m. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez holds a briefing on Gulf Coast investment opportunities. Location: Commerce Department, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-4883.

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