- The Washington Times - Monday, May 15, 2006

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Online safety — 10 a.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a press conference to announce a joint effort among government organizations, advocacy groups and technology leaders to reach consumers directly on the issue of online safety. Participants include Tom Nelson of AARP, Paula Prahl of the Best Buy Geek Squad and Lorraine Howerton of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Stem-cell research — 11 a.m. — Members of Congress hold a press conference to announce poll results on Americans’ views on embryonic stem-cell research. Participants include Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican; Sen. Gordon H. Smith, Oregon Republican; Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat; Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat; and Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 138. Contact: 202/224-3254.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in a South Lawn arrival ceremony for Australian Prime Minister John Howard at the White House. Participates in a photo opportunity with the 2005 WNBA champion Sacramento Monarchs in the East Garden. Hosts an official dinner for Mr. Howard in the State Dining Room.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of the Census releases figures of the new residential construction in April. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10:30 a.m. — Office of Domestic Finance holds a meeting of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission. Location: Treasury Department, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Cash Room. Contact: 202/622-5770.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. At 10 a.m., the Senate will vote on the nomination of Milan Smith to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on U.S. energy security and oil dependence. Vinod Khosla, president of Khosla Ventures in Menlo Park, Calif., and Jason Grumet, executive director of the National Commission on Energy Policy, testify. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the Transportation Worker Identification Credential Program. Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Michael P. Jackson and George Cummings, director of homeland security for the Port of Los Angeles, testify. Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

2:30 p.m. — Energy and Natural Resources national parks subcommittee holds a hearing to amend the Constitution Heritage Act of 1988 to provide for the operation of the National Constitution Center; authorize the secretary of the interior to designate former President Bill Clinton’s birthplace home in Hope, Ark., as a national historic site and unit of the National Park System. Sens. John W. Warner, Virginia Republican; Paul S. Sarbanes, Maryland Democrat; and Mark Pryor, Arkansas Democrat, testify. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

HOUSE

Meets at 12:30 p.m. for debate and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 7 p.m. to accommodate the congressional delegation attending the funeral of former Rep. Gillespie V. “Sonny” Montgomery, Mississippi Democrat. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

2 p.m. — Government Reform energy and resources subcommittee and the national security, emerging threats and international relations subcommittee hold a joint hearing, “Energy as a Weapon: Implications for U.S. Policy,” focusing on states that withhold or threaten to cut off energy resources for political gain. Paul Simons, deputy assistant secretary of state for energy, sanctions and commodities, and Karen Harbert, assistant secretary of energy for policy and international affairs, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

2 p.m. — Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing, “Are We Ready?: Implementing the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza.” John Clifford, deputy administrator at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; Homeland Security Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jeff Runge; and John Agwunobi, assistant secretary for health, testify. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

4 p.m. — Judiciary courts, the Internet and intellectual property subcommittee holds a hearing on “Section 115 Reform Act of 2006,” regarding music licensing for the “digital age.” David M. Israelite, president and chief executive officer of the National Music Publishers’ Association, and Jonathan Potter, executive director of the Digital Media Association, testify. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

GENERAL AGENDA

Health information— all day — Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt hosts a meeting of the American Health Information Community. The community is charged with making recommendations to the HHS secretary on how to make health records digital and interoperable while protecting patient privacy and the security of those records. Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Location: HHS, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/690-6343.

Retail conference — all day — The National Retail Federation holds its 71st annual Washington Leadership Conference and Lobby Day. Events begin at 9 a.m. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, First Amendment Room. Contact: 202/626-8152.

Environmental discussion — 9:30 a.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) holds a discussion, “The Fate of the Earth: A Roundtable on Environmental Assessment.” Daniel Esty of Yale University, Robin O’Malley of the Heinz Center and Denice Shaw of the Office of Research and Development at the Environmental Protection Agency participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Darfur crisis — 10 a.m. — The Congressional Black Caucus holds a press conference to highlight the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. Democratic Reps. Melvin Watt of North Carolina, Barbara Lee of California, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Michigan, Al Green of Texas, Emanuel Cleaver ll of Missouri and Danny K. Davis of Illinois participate. Location: Sudanese Embassy, 2210 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/226-8481.

Falun Gong — 2 p.m. — The National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a press conference with Wenyi Wang, the Falun Gong member who protested the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao at the White House, “Persecution of the Falun Gong by the Communist Chinese Government.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Film screening — 6:30 p.m. — The Catholic Information Center holds a screening of the documentary “The Da Vinci Hoax.” Location: Catholic Information Center, 1501 K St. NW. Contact: 703/739-5920.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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