- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 18, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers remarks on Holocaust remembrance at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10:30 a.m. Energy Information Administrationreleases its weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Office of Justice Programsholds a meeting of the Global Justice Information-Sharing Initiative Federal Advisory Committee to discuss the global initiative. Location: Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/616-0532.

9 a.m. —Veterans Affairs Departmentholds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War for the committee’s medical and administrative work groups to meet and discuss their activities. Additionally, the committee will review and analyze comments presented during the meeting to compile a report to be sent to the secretary. Location: VA, 810 Vermont Ave. NW. Contact: 202/273-5700.

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. Finance Committeeholds a hearing, “Examining the Administration’s Plan for Reducing the Tax Gap: What are the Goals, Benchmarks and Timetables?” Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., Assistant Treasury Secretary for Tax Policy Eric Solomon and Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Mark Everson testify. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

10 a.m. —Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committeeholds a hearing, “Sarbanes-Oxley and Small Business: Addressing Proposed Regulatory Changes and their Impact on Capital Markets.” Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox and Mark Olson, chairman of the Public Companies Accounting Oversight Board, testify. Location: 428-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5175.

2:30 p.m. —Commerce, Science and Transportationoceans, atmosphere, fisheries and Coast Guard subcommittee holds a hearing, “The U.S. Coast Guard Budget and Oversight.” Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen testifies. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider a resolution honoring the 53,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilians that make up the nation’s special-operations forces community, the “RECOVER Act” and the “Shareholder Vote on Executive Compensation Act.” Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Foreign AffairsMiddle East and South Asia subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Political Situation in Lebanon.” Assistant Secretary of State David Welch and Mark Ward, senior deputy assistant administrator of the Bureau for Asia and the Near East at the U.S. Agency for International Development, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

10 a.m. —Natural Resources Committeeholds a hearing on the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2006 and the Lumbee Recognition Act. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, North Carolina Republican; Rep. Mike McIntyre, North Carolina Democrat; Reps. James P. Moran and Robert C. Scott, Virginia Democrats; and Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican, testify. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6065.

2 p.m. —Energy and Commercehealth subcommittee holds a hearing, “Medicare Program Efficiency and Integrity.” Mark Miller, executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, and Leslie Norwalk, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, testify. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

GENERAL AGENDA

Middle East discussion — all day The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a conference, “Middle East Agenda for Reform: Challenges and Opportunities.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — Iraqi Ambassador Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaidaie and Bahraini Ambassador Naser Al Belooshi deliver remarks.

11:15 a.m. — Discussion, “U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East”

1:30 p.m. — Discussion, “From Khatami to Ahmadinejad to What? The Future of Democracy in Iran”

Location: SAIS, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Voluntary International Action — all day InterAction, the American Council for Voluntary International Action holds its Forum 2007. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 12:30 p.m. — George Soros, founder of the Open Society Institute, delivers the keynote address.

6 p.m. — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivers remarks.

Location: L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 429 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/667-8227.

Medicare drug plans — noon Families USA holds the release of its report, “No Bargain: Medicare Drug Plans Deliver High Prices,” which compares the Medicare Part D prices with Veterans Administration prices for the top drugs prescribed for seniors. Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, and Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, participate. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/628-3030.

State Medicaid programs — 12:30 p.m. Public Citizen holds a telephone press conference, beginning at 12:30 p.m., to release its new report that concludes “state Medicaid programs, which provide health care coverage to 55 million mostly low-income Americans, are failing to deliver adequate services to millions of people because of differing state benefits and eligibility requirements,” with Sidney Wolfe, director, and Annette Ramirez de Arellano, health researcher, Health Research Group, Public Citizen. Location: None given. Contact: 202/588-7742 or 202/588-7703.

Global power — 12:30 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion, “Rome and America: Grand Strategic Lessons for Global Power,” with Kimberly Kagan, senior fellow at the Center for Peace and Security Studies. Location: SAIS, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 507. Contact: 202/663-5626.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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