- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 24, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers remarks on No Child Left Behind reauthorization in New York. Attends a Republican National Committee Dinner at a private residence in New York.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. National Association of Realtorsreleases the existing home sales for March. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:45 a.m. African Development Foundationholds a meeting of the Board of Directors. Location: African Development Foundation, 1400 I St. NW, Conference Room, Suite 1000. Contact: 202/673-3916.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case

Docket number 06-134 Permanent Mission of India v. City of New York

Docket number 05-1448 Beck v. Pace International Union

Docket number 06-618 Dayton v. Hanson

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. Nutrition and Forestry Committeeholds a hearing on “Part II, Challenges and Opportunities Facing American Agricultural Producers,” focusing on specialty crops, dairy, sugar, organic production and marketing, and honey. Kathie Arnold of the National Organic Coalition, Truxton, N.Y., testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2035.

10 a.m. —Judiciaryhuman rights and the law subcommittee holds a hearing on “Casualties of War: Child Soldiers and the Law.” Ishmael Beah, author of “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier”; and Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

2:30 p.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairspermanent investigations subcommittee holds a hearing on “Transit Benefits: How Some Federal Employees Are Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride,” focusing on investigating possible abuses of the Federal Transit Benefit Program, which provides qualified federal employees with benefits for use on public transportation systems. Gregory Kutz, managing director of the Forensic Audits and Special Investigations Unit at the Government Accountability Office, testifies. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

HOUSE

Meets at 10:30 a.m. for morning hour debate and noon to consider the “Preservation Approval Process Improvement Act of 2007”; the “Native American Home Ownership Opportunity Act of 2007.” Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Education and Labor Committeeholds a hearing on the “Strengthening the Middle Class: Ensuring Equal Pay for Women.” Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut Democrat; and Catherine Hill, research director for the American Association of University Women, testify. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-0853.

9:30 a.m. —Energy and Commerceoversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing on “Diminished Capacity: Can the [Food and Drug Administration] Assure the Safety and Security of the Nation’s Food Supply?” The hearing will focus on the recent contamination of pet food, peanut butter and spinach. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. —Veterans Affairsdisability assistance and memorial affairs subcommittee holds a markup to direct the secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a national cemetery for veterans in the southern Colorado region; and hearing on “Helping Those Left Behind: Are We Doing Enough for the Parents, Spouses and Children of Veterans?” Reps. Brad Ellsworth, Indiana Democrat, and Tom Latham, Iowa Republican, testify. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9756.

GENERAL AGENDA

Heart and Stroke Lobby Day — all day The American Heart Association (AHA) holds its annual Congressional Heart and Stroke Lobby Day. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights —8 a.m. — Rep. Charles W. “Chip” Pickering Jr., Mississippi Republican; and Daniel Jones, president-elect of the AHA, participate in the kick-off breakfast.

Noon — “HEART for Women Act Rally” on the Mall, Third Street and Jefferson Drive Southwest.

5 p.m. — “Go Red for Women” congressional reception in 325 Russell Senate Office Building

Location: Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/785-7929.

Jewish conference — all day The National Jewish Democratic Council holds a conference of Jewish Democrat activists and donors, focusing on political leaders and candidates views on wide-ranging issues. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — Senate banking panel Chairman Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat and a 2008 presidential candidate, speaks.

1:30 p.m. — Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat and a 2008 presidential candidate, speaks.

Location: Almas Temple, 1315 K St. NW. Contact: 202/216-9060, Ext. 304.

National Small Business Week — 8:30 a.m. The Small Business Administration (SBA) announces the schedule of events for “National Small Business Week.”

Schedule — 8:30 a.m. — Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez; Michael Pappas, associate administrator of the SBA Office of Field Operations; and Donald Powell, federal coordinator of Gulf Coast Rebuilding, participate in the Phoenix Awards-Disaster Recovery Award ceremony.

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/205-6567.

Immigration report — 9:30 a.m. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) holds a press conference to release a report titled, “Illegitimate Nation: An Examination of Out of Wedlock Births Among Immigrants and Natives.” Steven Camarota, CIS research director, with Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation, and Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, West Room. Contact: 202/466-8185.

Native American press conference — 10 a.m. Amnesty International USA holds a press conference on the “failure” of U.S. authorities “to protect Native American and Alaska Native Women from shocking rates of rape” and sexual violence. Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA; and Sarah Deer, Minnesota tribal law specialist, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 212/633-4247.

Executive compensation — 10 a.m. The Washington Legal Foundation holds a media program titled, “Say on Pay” to review the movement demanding a greater voice for shareholders in setting executive compensation. John Olson, partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; and Ira Kay, program director for compensation program, Watson Wyatt Worldwide, participate. Location: Washington Legal Foundation, M.J. Murdock Center for Free Enterprise, 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times.

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