- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 18, 2006

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Port security — noon — The Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection hold a briefing on port security, including the Container Security Initiative. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-354. Contact: 202/366-6658.

John Paul play — 8 p.m. — The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center presents a production of “The Jeweler’s Shop,” a play written by Pope John Paul II. Location: Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, 3900 Harewood Road NE. Contact: 202/635-5440.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Attends a reception for Rep. Thelma Drake, Virginia Republican, at a private residence in Virginia Beach. Discusses the American Competitiveness Initiative at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights. Attends a reception for Rep. Geoff Davis, Kentucky Republican, at Hilton Cincinnati Airport in Florence, Ky. Returns to Washington.

VICE PRESIDENT

Delivers a commencement address at Pete Maravich Assembly Center, Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the regional and state employment and unemployment figures for April. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

5 p.m. — Energy Information Administration releases its weekly coal production report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Bureau of Economic Analysis holds a meeting of its Advisory Committee. Agenda includes director’s report/update, measurement of research and development, methodology and integration update for input-output accounts, and topics in state and local government finance. Location: Bureau of Economic Analysis. 1441 L St. NW. Contact: 202/606-9642.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

8:30 a.m. — Appropriations labor, health and human services, education and related agencies subcommittee hearing on fiscal 2007 appropriations for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Elias Zerhouni of the NIH and Dr. John Niederhuber of the National Cancer Institute testify. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

9:30 a.m. — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a meeting to vote on the nominations of Rob Portman to be director of the Office of Management and Budget, Robert Irwin Cusick Jr. to be director of the Office of Government Ethics and David Norquist to be chief financial officer at the Homeland Security Department. Location: S-207, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

8 a.m. — Appropriations foreign operations, export financing and related programs subcommittee holds a markup of the fiscal 2007 appropriations bill. Location: H-140, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-2771.

GENERAL AGENDA

Expo — all day — BookExpo America sponsors BookExpo D.C. 2006. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — 9 a.m. — “China’s Role in the International Marketplace,” a discussion of three cultural perspectives on opportunities and challenges facing publishers in the Chinese market, Room 202A.

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 800/840-5614 or 203/840-5614.

Conference — all day — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds the “2006 Partnership Conference: Organizational Values and Stakeholder Trust.” Events begin at 8 a.m. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Panama Canal — 9 a.m. — The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion with Panamanian Vice President Samuel Lewis Navarro, “The Panama Canal.” Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Women and taxes — 9 a.m. — The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) holds a briefing on a report, “Taxes Are a Woman’s Issue: Reframing the Debate.” Linda Basch of the NCRW, Joan Entmacher of the National Women’s Law Center and Avis Jones-DeWeever of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research participate. Location: 2105 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 212/785-7335, Ext. 219.

Pension coverage — 9 a.m. — The Hudson Institute holds a discussion with Deputy Secretary of Labor Steven J. Law, “Is Pension Coverage Disappearing?” Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St. NW, sixth floor. Contact: 202/223-7770.

Pentagon meeting — 11 a.m. — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace hold a Pentagon Town Hall meeting. Location: Pentagon Auditorium, Room BH650. Contact: 703/697-5131.

Iran discussion — noon — The Defense Forum Foundation holds a discussion with Ilan Berman, author of “Tehran Rising: Iran’s Challenge to the United States.” Location: B-339 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/534-4313.

Medicare — 12:15 p.m. — The Alliance for Health Reform holds a discussion, “Medicare Advantage: Early Views and Trendspotting.” Karen Ignagni of America’s Health Insurance Plans and Abby Block of the Center for Beneficiary Choices at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services participate. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/789-2300.

Luncheon program — 1 p.m. — The National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon Program holds a discussion with Mayor Beverly O’Neill of Long Beach, Calif., president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, on the “Cities for a Strong America” initiative. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Ballroom. Contact: 202/662-7501.

Speech — 12:30 p.m. — The Center for Strategic and International Studies hosts a speech, “Beyond Iraq: Refocusing Our National Security Strategy,” by Sen. Russ Feingold, Wisconsin Democrat. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Symposium — 3 p.m. — The Organization of American States holds a symposium, “Freedom of Expression in the 21st Century in the Americas.” Santiago Canton of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Diana Daniels of the Washington Post Co. participate. Location: OAS, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Contact: 202/458-6824.

Commencement ceremonies — 3:30 p.m. — Georgetown University holds its 2006 commencement ceremonies.

Schedule — 3:30 p.m. — Robert Axelrod of the University of Michigan delivers remarks at the Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences commencement.

6:30 p.m. — Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez delivers remarks at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business MBA Award and Diploma ceremony.

Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets Northwest, McDonough Arena. Contact: 202/687-4328.

Event — 7 p.m. — The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and the American College of Nurse-Midwives hold the “2006 Safe Motherhood Champions Awards,” recognizing people and groups for their work aiding pregnant women, new mothers and infants affected by Hurricane Katrina. Location: Karma, 1900 I St. NW. Contact: 202/777-0933.

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