- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 25, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers remarks at a change of command ceremony for the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Fort McNair. Meets with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, White House. Holds a joint press conference with Mr. Blair, East Room.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases the gross domestic product for first quarter 2006 (preliminary estimate). Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Election Assistance Commission holds a meeting to receive presentations on the poll-worker recruitment and training project and to consider adopting an ex parte communications policy. Location: Hamilton Crowne Plaza, 1001 14th St. NW. Contact: 202/566-3100.

10 a.m. —Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission holds a meeting to consider and act upon Secretary of Labor v. Cumberland Coal Resources. The commission heard oral argument in this matter on May 11. Location: 601 New Jersey Ave. NW, Richard V. Backley Hearing Room, ninth floor. Contact: 202/434-9950.

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 Committee holds a hearing, “A Status Report on United Nations Reform.” U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations John R. Bolton testifies. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Veterans’ Affairs Committee hold a joint hearing, “VA (Veterans Affairs Department) Data Privacy Breach: Twenty-Six Million People Deserve Answers.” VA Secretary Jim Nicholson, VA General Counsel Tim McClain and VA Inspector General George Opfer testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751; 202/224-9126.

10 a.m. — Special Committee on Aging holds a hearing, “Preparing For Pandemic Flu.” Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt testifies. Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the homeland security appropriations bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Armed Services terrorism, unconventional threats and capabilities subcommittee holds a hearing, “Applying Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina: How the Department of Defense is Preparing for the Upcoming Hurricane Season.” Assistant Defense Secretary for Homeland Defense Paul McHale and Army Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, testify. Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

1:30 p.m. —Homeland Security prevention of nuclear and biological attack subcommittee holds a hearing, “Enlisting Foreign Cooperation in U.S. Efforts to Prevent Nuclear Smuggling.” Customs and Border Protection Assistant Commissioner Jayson Ahern and David Huizenga, assistant deputy administrator for international material protection and cooperation for the National Nuclear Security Administration, testify. Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

2 p.m. —Judiciary immigration, border security and claims subcommittee holds a hearing, “Alien Smuggling: Issues and Responses.” Rep. Henry Cuellar, Texas Democrat, and David Iglesias, U.S. attorney for the District of New Mexico, testify. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

GENERAL AGENDA

Aviation crisis — all day The U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Chamber Foundation holds a summit, “America’s Aviation Crisis: Delayed, Not Cancelled.” Events begin at 8 a.m. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Military honors — 8:30 a.m. The Hill Newspaper holds a breakfast with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker to honor members of the military. Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/628-8562.

American politics — 8:30 a.m. The Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation hold a discussion, “What’s the Big Idea? True Blue vs. Deep Red: The Ideas That Move American Politics.” Michael Barone of U.S. News & World Report and David Brooks of the New York Times participate. Location: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St. NW. Contact: 202/223-7770.

U.S.-Switzerland trade — 9:30 a.m. U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman hosts a signing ceremony for the U.S.-Switzerland Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement. Location: Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building, 1650 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Indian Treaty Room. Contact: 202/395-3230.

Human rights in Russia — 10 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion, “Human Rights in Russia and the Upcoming G-8 Summit.” Yuri Dzhibladze of the Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights and Tanya Lokshina, chairman of the Moscow-based think tank Demos, participate. Location: CSIS, 1800 K St. NW, B-1 Conference Level. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Marriage protection — 10:30 a.m. The Alliance for Marriage holds a press conference with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, in support of the Marriage Protection Amendment. Republican Sens. George Allen of Virginia, Wayne Allard of Colorado and David Vitter of Louisiana also participate. Location: S-211, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 703/683-5004.

Police-building in Iraq — noon The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Police-Building in Iraq, Afghanistan and Beyond: Successes, Failures and Lessons Learned.” Col. John Agoglia of U.S. Army War College and David Baily of the State University of New York at Albany participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-487.

Drug-free workplaces — 2 p.m. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao hosts a Drug-Free Workplace Alliance signing ceremony to expand the existing multiunion Drug-Free Workplace Alliance. John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the leaders of five labor unions and five contractors associations participate. Location: The new span of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Alexandria. Contact: 202/693-4676.

Sons of Italy gala — 7 p.m. The Sons of Italy Foundation holds its National Education and Leadership Awards Gala. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat; former President Bill Clinton; VA Secretary Jim Nicholson; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace; and professional wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino, participate. Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 202/547-2900.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times


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