- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 12, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in a meeting on reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases unemployment insurance claims for the week and U.S. import and export price indexes for March. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the arthritis advisory committee to discuss a new drug application for Arcoxia (etoricoxib), a proposed treatment for the relief of signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis. Location: Hilton Washington D.C. North/Gaithersburg, 620 Perry Parkway, ballrooms, Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/827-7001.

SENATE

IN SESSION. CONTACT: REPUBLICAN CLOAKROOM, 202/224-8601, OR DEMOCRATIC CLOAKROOM, 202-224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 A.M. — Armed Services Committee and Veterans’ Affairs Committee hold a joint hearing on disability rating systems and the transition of service members from the Defense Department to the Veterans Affairs Department. Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson testifies. Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216. Contact: 202/224-3871 or 202/224-9126.

10 a.m. — Appropriations military construction and veterans affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2008 budget estimates for the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA Secretary Jim Nicholson testifies. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 124. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. — Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the Biofuels for Energy Security and Transportation Act. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 366. Contact: 202/224-4971.

10 a.m. — Finance Committee holds a hearing, “Filing Your Taxes: An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure.” Witnesses include Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Mark Everson and a person convicted of crimes including identity fraud and submitting fraudulent claims to the IRS. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-50. Contact: 202/224-4515.

2 p.m. — Appropriations agriculture, rural development, food and drug administration and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the pet food recall. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 192. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2 p.m. — Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing, “Closing the Gap: Equal Pay for Women Workers.” Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 628. Contact: 202/224-5375.

2 p.m. — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs disaster recovery subcommittee holds a hearing on the Government Accountability Office’s analysis of Gulf Coast recovery. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342. Contact: 202/224-2627.

HOUSE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

11 a.m. — Education and Labor early childhood, elementary and secondary education subcommittee holds a field hearing, “How [No Child Left Behind] Affects Students with Disabilities.” Location: Sarvis Conference Center, 1231 East Kearsley St., Flint, Mich. Contact: 202/226-0853.

2 p.m. — Small Business Committee holds a field hearing on small-business participation in the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast. Small Business Administration Administrator Steven Preston testifies. Location: Louisiana Supreme Court, 400 Royal St., New Orleans. Contact: 202/225-5821.

SUPREME COURT

NO ORAL ARGUMENTS ARE SCHEDULED. CONTACT: 202/479-3211.

GENERAL AGENDA

Ex-Im Bank conference — all day — The Export-Import Bank of the United States holds its annual conference, “Closing the Deal: Export Opportunities and Financing Solutions.” Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — Deputy U.S. Trade Representative John Veroneau delivers the keynote address.

12:30 p.m. — James Lambright, president and chairman of the Ex-Im Bank, and Askar Sembin, president of the Kazakhstan Development Bank, sign a memorandum of understanding.

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 202/565-3200.

National Guard changes — 8:30 a.m. — The Commission on the National Guard and Reserves holds a hearing on proposed changes to the National Guard, including reforms to make the operational reserve a sustainable force for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and beyond. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2212. Contact: 703/699-2854 or 703/699-2875.

Funds for troops — 9:30 a.m. — Paul Morin, national commander of the American Legion, and Gary Kurpius, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, hold a press conference to urge Congress to “fund troops without restrictions.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 703/683-683-5004, Ext. 121.

‘Bodies’ preview — 10 a.m. — Premier Exhibitions Inc. holds a press preview of “Bodies … the Exhibition,” which showcases real, whole and partial body specimens. Location: Dome in Rosslyn, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: 703/534-4600.

North Korea discussion — 11 a.m. — The South Korean Embassy hosts a discussion, “U.S.-ROK Cooperation on North Korea: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” with David Kang of Dartmouth College. Location: Korus House, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/939-5685.

Pachyderm brunch — 12:30 p.m. — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus holds its pachyderm brunch, where elephants feast on 1,000 apples, 500 heads of lettuce, 700 bananas, 500 carrots and 30 loaves of bread. Location: Front parking lot of the D.C. Armory, 2100 E. Capitol St. SE. Contact: 202/448-3145.

Robinson honor — 5:30 p.m. — George Washington University honors baseball legend and former Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson on the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s integration of Major League Baseball. Sportswriter Roger Kahn, author of “The Boys of Summer,” participates. Location: GW, 805 21st St. NW, Jack Morton Auditorium. Contact: 202/994-6460.

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