- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 15, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses the Medicare prescription-drug benefit, Riderwood Village, Silver Spring

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the U.S. import- and export-price indexes for February. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Bureau of Industry and Security holds a meeting of the Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee to receive a report on the upcoming April Wassenaar Experts Group meeting and a report on proposed changes to the Export Administration regulations. Location: Herbert C. Hoover Building, 14th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution avenues Northwest, room 1410. Contact: 202/482-4814.

9:30 a.m. —International Trade Commission holds a public hearing in connection with the investigation of “U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement: Potential Economy-wide and Selected Sectoral Effects.” Location: ITC, 500 E St. SW. Contact: 202/205-3263.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. At 1:45 p.m. the Senate will meet in joint session with the House to receive Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the Joint Strike Fighter F136 Alternate Engine Program in review of the fiscal 2007 defense budget. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and Navy Adm. Robert Willard, vice chief of naval operations, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

9:30 a.m. —Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the post-Palestinian election challenges in the Middle East. World Bank President James Wolfensohn and Army Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton testify. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. —Appropriations defense subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2007 appropriations for the Department of the Navy. Secretary of the Navy David Winter and Chief of Navy Operations Adm. Michael Mullen testify. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2:30 p.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs oversight of government management subcommittee holds a hearing, “Programs in Peril: an Overview of the GAO (Government Accountability Office) High-Risk List — Part II.” Comptroller General David Walker and Clay Johnson, Office of Management and Budget, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business to consider the fiscal 2006 “Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror and Hurricane Recovery.” At 1:45 p.m. the House will meet in a joint session with the Senate to receive Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

2 p.m. International Relations Africa, global human rights and international operations subcommittee and Europe and emerging threats subcommittee hold a joint hearing, “The Northern Ireland Peace Process: Policing Advances and Remaining Challenges.” Mitchell Reiss, State Department; and Maggie Beirne, Committee for the Administration of Justice, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

3 p.m. —Energy and Commerce energy and air quality subcommittee holds a hearing, “Status of the Yucca Mountain Project.” Deputy Energy Secretary Clay Sell testifies. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

3:15 p.m. —Government Reform federal work force and agency organization subcommittee holds a hearing, “Healthier Feds and Families: Introducing Information Technology into the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.” Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Georgia Republican, and David Powner, Government Accountability Office, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

Entertainment technology policy summit — all day the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) holds its Entertainment Technology Policy Summit. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Sean Wargo, CEA: “CEA’s Insight into the Future of Television”

3:15 p.m. — U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman delivers remarks

7:30 p.m. — Sen. John Ensign, Nevada Republican; Rep. Joe L. Barton, Texas Republican; and Bill Gates, Microsoft, deliver remarks at the Digital Patriots Award dinner, Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW.

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW or as noted above. Contact: 703/907-7664.

Cancer policy — 10 a.m. The American Society for Clinical Oncology holds a press conference, “Cancer Policy Priorities 2006: Patient and Physician Perspective.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 703/519-1427.

Iran discussion — noon The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) holds a discussion with Ladan and Roya Boroumand, creators of “Omid,” an interactive human rights memorial database, on “Memory and Accountability in Iran.” Anne Applebaum, The Washington Post, and Azar Nafisi and Francis Fukuyama, the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, participate. Location: NED, 1101 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/293-7396.

Insurance — 1:45 p.m. Consejo De Latinos Unidos holds a press conference to announce a major initiative to assist hospital efforts to aid the uninsured. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 703/548-1160.

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