- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 17, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in a photo opportunity and addresses the 2006 U.S. Winter Olympic and Paralympics teams in the White House South Lawn. Signs the Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 at the White House. Attends the Republican National Committee 2006 Presidential Gala at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleases the consumer price index for April. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

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

9:30 a.m. Foreign Relations Committeeholds a hearing, “Iran’s Political and Nuclear Ambitions and U.S. Policy Options.” Robert J. Einhorn, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and David Albright, president and founder of the Institute for Science and International Security, testify. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

9:30 a.m. —Indian Affairs Committeeholds a hearing on American Indian youth suicide rates. Jerry Gidner, deputy director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the Interior Department, and Chet Eagleman, acting human resources chief in the Division of Human Services at the department, testify. Location: 485 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.

10 a.m. —AppropriationsDefense subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2007 appropriations for the Defense Department. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace testify. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act and the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal 2007. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Financial Services Committeeholds a hearing, “The State of the International Financial System,” focusing on the role of the U.S. in the Group of Eight, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the other multilateral lending institutions in fostering global economic growth. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow testifies. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

11 a.m. —Transportation and Infrastructure Committeeholds a markup of the Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006, which prohibits the confiscation of firearms during certain national emergencies; H.R.5187, to amend the John F. Kennedy Center Act to authorize additional appropriations for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for fiscal 2007; and the Restoring Emergency Services to Protect Our Nation From Disasters Act of 2006, to re-establish the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a Cabinet-level independent body in the executive branch. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. —International RelationsMiddle East and Central Asia subcommittee holds a hearing, “Review of U.S. Assistance Programs to Egypt.” C. David Welch, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, and James Kunder, assistant administrator for Asia and the Near East at the U.S. Agency for International Development, testify. Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Telecom reform — all day The Computer and Communications Industry Association hosts its 2006 Washington Caucus conference to consider pending legislation and administrative decisions relating to telecom reform, intellectual property and Internet freedom. Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Location: St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/783-0070, Ext. 113.

Generic drugs — 9 a.m. The Washington Legal Foundation holds a discussion, “‘Authorized’ Generic Drugs: What Impact on Health Care Competition and Innovation?” Michael S. Wroblewski of the Federal Trade Commission; David Balto of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP; and Christopher Kelly of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP participate. Location: Washington Legal Foundation, M.J. Murdock Center for Free Enterprise, 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.

Global warming campaign — noon The Competitive Enterprise Institute holds a press conference to introduce a national global warming ad campaign. Campaign developer Sam Kazman and Marlo Lewis Jr. of CEI participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/331-2252.

“Da Vinci” boycott — 1:30 p.m. The Interfaith Coalition Against “The Da Vinci Code” holds a press conference to urge a boycott of the film. Ted Baehr of the Christian Film and Television Commission and Don Feder of Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 703/739-5920.

Human rights — 2 p.m. The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe holds a briefing to examine human rights and democracy programs in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Kurt Volker, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, and Christian Strohal of the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights at the OSCE participate. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/225-1901.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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