- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 29, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo; delivers remarks to a Freedom House meeting; departs for Cancun, Mexico.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

4 p.m. Economic Research Servicereleases a report on the outlook for fruit and tree nuts. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/694-5050.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Federal Energy Regulatory Commissionholds a meeting of the Electric Quarterly Reports Users Group to update the technical compliance process and review clarifications and additions to the requirements guide. Location: FERC headquarters, 888 First St. NW. Contact: 202/502-8522.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Armed Services emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee holds a hearing on U.S. nonproliferation strategy and the roles and missions of the Defense Department and the Energy Department. Witnesses include Peter Flory, assistant secretary of defense for international security policy. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 222. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. — Appropriations defense subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2007 appropriations for the Air Force. Witnesses include Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 192. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2:30 p.m. —Appropriations military construction and veterans affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2007 appropriations for the Veterans Affairs Department. VA Secretary Jim Nicholson testifies. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 124. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the College Access and Opportunity Act of 2005 and the Online Freedom of Speech Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m.

Docket No. 04-10566: Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon, consolidated with Docket No. 05-51, Bustillo v. Johnson, for 90 minutes of arguments

Docket No. 05-130: EBay Inc. v. Mercexchange

Contact: 202/479-3211.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — International Relations Committee holds a hearing, “Status of Reform and Fraud Investigations at the United Nations.” John R. Bolton, U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172. Contact: 202/225-5021.

1 p.m. —Appropriations military quality of life and veterans affairs, and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2007 appropriations for the Veterans Affairs Department and the Defense Health Program information technology. Witnesses include Robert McFarland, assistant veterans affairs secretary for information technology, and Carl Hendricks, chief information officer of the Defense Department’s Military Health System. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room H-143. Contact: 202/225-2771.

2 p.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure highways, transit and pipelines subcommittee holds a hearing, “Transit and Over-the-Road Bus Security.” Witnesses include Sandra Bushue, deputy administrator at the Federal Transit Administration, and Tracy Henke, assistant secretary in the Homeland Security Department’s Office of Grants and Training. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167. Contact: 202/225-9446.

GENERAL AGENDA

Ocean industries conference — all day National Ocean Industries Association holds its annual meeting. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 9:25 a.m. — Rep. John E. Peterson, Pennsylvania Republican, delivers remarks.

10:10 a.m. — Rep. K. Michael Conaway, Texas Republican, delivers remarks.

Noon — Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman, delivers the keynote address.

Location: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St. NW. Contact: 202/347-6900.

International law conference — all day The American Society of International Law holds its annual meeting. Events begin at 8:15 a.m.

Highlight — 4:30 p.m. — “A Conversation With Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice,” with former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; Rosalyn Higgins, president of the International Court of Justice; Jose Alvarez, president-elect of ASIL; and Gwen Ifill, host of PBS’ “Washington Week”

Location: Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M St. NW. Contact: 202/939-6018.

Immigration discussion — 9:30 a.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a discussion with Sen. Mel Martinez, Florida Republican, on comprehensive immigration reform. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Fuel standards — 10:30 a.m. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta holds a press conference to announce new fuel standards for sport utility vehicles, light trucks and minivans. Location: M&T; Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St., South Side, Upper Concourse, Baltimore. Contact: 202/366-4570.

Holly’s Law — 12:15 p.m. Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican, holds a press conference to call for a House vote on Holly’s Law, which would suspend approval of RU-486, a medication that prevents a woman’s body from producing a hormone that sustains early pregnancy. Other participants are Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana Republican; Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, Maryland Republican; and Rep. Joe Pitts, Pennsylvania Republican. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3765.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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