- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 23, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, with a joint media availability to follow, the White House.

VICE PRESIDENT

Delivers remarks at a rally for Expeditionary Strike Group One, USS Bonhomme Richard, Naval Base San Diego. Delivers remarks at a luncheon for congressional candidate Brian Bilbray, Sheraton San Diego, Harbor Ballroom I and II, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

2:30 p.m. — Treasury Department releases the results of weekly three- and six-months bill auctions. Location: 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. —Food Safety and Inspection Service holds a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection, to discuss issues related to building a more robust risk-based inspection system. Location: Agriculture South Building, 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Conference Room. Contact: 202/690-1079.

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

10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “Improving Financial Literacy in the United States.” Treasury Secretary John W. Snow and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox testify. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. — Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the National Research Council report, “Managing Construction and Infrastructure in the 21st Century Bureau of Reclamation,” and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Report, “Managing for Excellence: An Action Plan for the 21st Century.” Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

10:30 a.m. —Appropriations homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on “Biodefense and Pandemic Influenza.” John Clerici of McKenna, Long & Aldridge, LLP, and Scott Lillibridge, director of the Center for Biosecurity and Public Health Preparedness, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, testify. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. — for morning hour debate and 10 a.m. — to consider the Agriculture Appropriations bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Education and the Workforce 21st-century competitiveness subcommittee holds a hearing on “Paying for College: Innovative Private-Sector Proposals to Compliment Record Federal Investment in Student Aid.” Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

10 a.m. —Transportation and Infrastructure railroads subcommittee holds a hearing on “Impacts of Railroad-Owned Waste Facilities,” focusing on the effect of railroad-owned waste facilities that are protected from certain forms of state and local regulation by the pre-emptive federal jurisdiction of the Surface Transportation Board. Douglas Buttrey, chairman of the Surface Transportation Board, and William Haines Jr., deputy director of the Burlington County, N.J., Board of Chosen Freeholders, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

11 a.m. Energy and Commercehealth subcommittee holds a hearing on “Examining the Federal Government’s Partnership With America’s Pharmacists.” Leslie Norwalk, deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Mark Merritt, president and CEO of Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

GENERAL AGENDA

Energy conference — all day The Alliance to Save Energy holds its third annual “Great Energy Debate.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Sen. Mark Pryor, Arkansas Democrat; Rep. Zach Wamp, Tennessee Republican; and Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Alexander Karsner participate. Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/530-2203.

Discussion — 9 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement: Building on Success.” Paolo Di Rosa of the Chile American Chamber of Commerce and John Murphy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th Floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Meeting — 9:30 a.m. The Bretton Woods Committee holds its annual meeting.

Highlights — 10:15 a.m. — Rep. Jim Kolbe, Arizona Republican, delivers remarks.

11 a.m. —Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns delivers remarks.

1:15 p.m. — Paul Wolfowitz, World Bank president, delivers remarks.

Location: The World Bank, 1818 H St. NW. Contact: 202/331-1616.

Lecture on Turkey— 10:30 a.m. The Brookings Institution holds a lecture by World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz on “Turkey: Bridge Between East and West.” Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, participates. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Newseum press conference— noon The Newseum holds a press conference to announce one of the largest combined news media gifts in history and to introduce the founding partners who are supporting the building of the new Newseum. Charles Overby, chairman and CEO; Peter Prichard, president; and Alberto Ibarguen, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Newseum, participate. Location: Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street NW. Contact: 703/284-3593.

Medicare press conference — 12:30 p.m. Rep. Walter B. Jones, North Carolina Republican, and Rep. Marion Berry, Arkansas Democrat, hold a press conference to discuss legislation, “The Fair and Speed Treatment of Claims Act of 2006 ,” which would “alleviate the negative impact of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit on independent pharmacists by ensuring that pharmacists are not forced out of business by inadequate, slow reimbursement and unclear claims processing.” Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri Republican; Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Texas Democrat; and Rep. Virginia Foxx, North Carolina Republican, participate. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3415 or 202/225-4076.

Health care — 2 p.m. The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Another Step Forward for Free-Market Health Care Reform.” Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican, and Nina Owcharenko and Michael Franc of the Heritage Foundation, participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Alternative fuels — 3 p.m. — Rep. John Shimkus, Illinois Republican, and Rep. Rick Boucher, Virginia Democrat, hold a press conference to introduce legislation extending existing tax credits for alternative fuels to liquid fuel derived from coal. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5271 or 202/225-3861.

Africa press conference — 3 p.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a press conference, “Africans Building the Future,” with Djiboutian Ambassador and Dean of the Washington Diplomatic Corps Roble Olhaye. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

George Washington book prize — 6:30 p.m. George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens holds an event to announce the second annual winner of the George Washington Book Prize. Rep. Charles H. Taylor, North Carolina Republican; Chris Matthews of MSNBC; and author Roger Mudd participate. Location: George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon. Contact: 703/799-8607.

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