- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 20, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in New York. Returns to Washington.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the regional and state employment and unemployment rates for August. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5200.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m. Export-Import Bank holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States to review work during the past year and other related issues and implications that the Ex-Im Bank may be facing. Location: Ex-Im Bank, 811 Vermont Ave. NW, Main Conference Room 1143. Contact: 202/565-3502.

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. Judiciary Committee holds a hearing, “Reporters’ Privilege Legislation: Preserving Effective Federal Law Enforcement.” Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty and Theodore Olson, partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

10 a.m. —Commerce, Science and Transportation trade, tourism and economic development subcommittee holds a hearing on the future of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. John Kneuer, acting assistant commerce secretary for communications and information, and Jon Leibowitz, Federal Trade Commission member, testify. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. —Veterans’ Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “Legislative Presentation of the American Legion.” Rep. Richard E. Neal, Massachusetts Democrat, and Paul Morin, national commander of the American Legion, testify. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9126.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Wichita Project Equus Beds Division Authorization Act of 2005, the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 2006, and the City of Oxnard Water Recycling and Desalination Act of 2005. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Agriculture Committee holds a hearing, “Review of Federal Farm Policy.” Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, and Tom Buis, president of the National Farmers Union, testify. Location: 1300 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2171.

11 a.m. —Transportation and Infrastructure Committee holds a markup of the Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Act of 2005 to designate a parcel of land in St. Louis as the Clyde S. Cahill Memorial Park. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. —International Relations Africa, global human rights and international operations subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Deteriorating Peace in Sudan.” Assistant Secretary of State Jendayi Frazer of the Bureau of African Affairs and Michael Hess of the U.S. Agency for International Development testify. Location: 2255 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Leadership summit — all day Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican, holds a Senate Leadership Summit for Young Professionals. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Mrs. Hutchison delivers remarks.

9:20 a.m. — Sen. John E. Sununu, New Hampshire Republican, “Economic Growth: Creating Jobs and Wealth in the 21st Century”

10:30 a.m. — Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican, “Competitiveness: Securing America’s Edge in Research, Technology and Entrepreneurship”

1:05 p.m. — Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican, “Building and Serving Successful Communities: Small Business Development and Volunteerism”

2:05 p.m. — Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao delivers remarks.

2:35 p.m. — Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Republican, and Mark McClellan, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/224-9767.

Al Qaeda report — 8:45 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) holds a discussion with Rep. Peter Hoekstra, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, on the committee’s new report on al Qaeda. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Values and voting survey — 10 a.m. The Center for American Values in Public Life holds a press conference to release the results of a new survey on the connections between religion, values and voting. Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, pollster Anna Greenberg and journalist Amy Sullivan participate. Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets Northwest. Contact: 202/467-4999.

Young voters — 10 a.m. Young Voter Strategies holds a press conference to show the results of a new poll that catalogues 18- to 30-year-olds’ attitudes in the 2006 election cycle, including top issue concerns, party preference and opinions on the direction of the country. Ed Goeas of the Tarrance Group and Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners participate. Location: George Washington University, Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW. Contact: 202/944-7470.

Katrina volunteerism — 11:45 a.m. — The Hudson Institute holds a discussion, “Service in the Storm: A Look at Volunteerism and Civic Renewal One Year After Katrina.” Diann Payne of the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Services and Kevin Brown of the Trinity Christian Community in New Orleans participate. Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St. NW, sixth floor. Contact: 202/223-7770.

Responders health — 12:15 p.m. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, New York Democrat, and Rep. Vito J. Fossella, New York Republican, hold a press conference with sick September 11 responders and doctors on federal help with the health crisis. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7944 or 202/225-3371.

Book discussion — 5 p.m. Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) holds a book discussion, “Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone,” with author Rajiv Chandrasekaran. Location: SAIS, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Kenney Auditorium. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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