- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 25, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers remarks with first lady Laura Bush on Malaria Awareness Day in the Rose Garden of the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

11:30 a.m. Bureau of Transportation Statistics releases the air-travel price index for the fourth quarter. Location: 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Food Safety and Inspection Service holds a series of meetings on risk-based inspection. This meeting will discuss the issue of production volume. The final meeting will be held Monday. Location: George Mason University, Arlington Campus, 3401 N. Fairfax Drive. Contact: 202/690-6524.

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket number 06-969 FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life, consolidated with docket number 06-970 McCain v. Wisconsin Right to Life

Docket number 05-1284 Watson v. Philip Morris

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

2 p.m. Veterans’ Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “Mental Health Issues.” Tony Bailey, father of Justin Bailey; Randy Omvig, father of Joshua Omvig; and Patrick Campbell, congressional liaison for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America, testify. Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9126.

2:30 p.m. —Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a markup of the “Identity Theft Prevention Act of 2007”; the “Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2007”; the “Training for Realtime Writers Act of 2007.” Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

3:30 p.m. —Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee holds a hearing on Energy Department atomic energy defense programs in review of the fiscal 2008 Defense Authorization Request. Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman and Assistant Energy Secretary for Environmental Management James Rispoli testify. Location: 232-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Energy and Commerce health subcommittee holds a hearing on “Living Without Health Insurance: Why Every American Needs Coverage.” Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress; and Michael Smith, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Administration, testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

2 p.m. —Transportation and Infrastructure aviation subcommittee holds a hearing on “Essential Air Service Program/Small Community Air Service Development Program.” Reps. Terry Everett, Alabama Republican, and Mike Thompson, California Democrat, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4472.

2:30 p.m. —Foreign Affairs Africa and global health subcommittee holds a hearing on “Malaria Awareness Day: Leveraging Progress for Future Advances.” Timothy Ziemer, coordinator of the President’s Malaria Initiative at the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Stefano Lazzari, senior health adviser for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Agricultural conference — all day The Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference holds its national summit on “Ag and Food Truck Transport for the Future.” Events begin at 7:45 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns delivers remarks.

10 a.m. — House Agriculture Chairman Collin C. Peterson, Minnesota Democrat, and Agriculture Undersecretary for Rural Development Tom Dorr deliver remarks.

12:15 p.m. — Hunter Moorhead, special assistant to President Bush for agriculture, delivers remarks.

Location: Holiday Inn National Airport, 2650 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/838-7999.

Transportation summit — all day The United States Transport Council (USTC) holds its National Transportation Summit V, a conference focusing on nuclear materials transportation, including global energy considerations, threat reduction, and megaports and Yucca Mountain programs. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — Noon — Dennis Ashworth, director of the office of transportation of the Energy Department, releases a special report: “DOE Environmental Management Transportation Operations and Safety Initiatives.”

12:30 p.m. — Presentation of USTC Special Achievement Award to Jeffrey Merrifield, commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Location: Sofitel Lafayette Square Hotel, 806 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/332-8155.

Gonzales meeting — 10:30 a.m. Sen. Mark Pryor, Arkansas Democrat, holds a meeting with Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales to discuss the attorney general’s decisions regarding the firings of U.S. attorneys. Location: 257 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2353.

Economic power — 12:15 p.m. The New America Foundation holds a panel discussion on “Restructuring World Economic Power Relations Through High Oil Prices-Unintended Consequences of the Iraq War.” Oystein Noreng, professor and chairman of the Petroleum Economics and Management Norwegian School of Management; and Flynt Leverett, senior fellow and director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, participate. Location: New America Foundation, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, seventh floor. Contact: 301/801-3356.

Humanity awards — 5:30 p.m. The Arab American Institute hosts its ninth annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” awards gala to honor Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Search for Common Ground and Global Impact for their efforts to promote “understanding and coexistence and to raise awareness about regions plagued by war and poverty.” Location: JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/429-9210.

Environmental voice — 6:30 p.m. The League of Conservation Voters holds its annual dinner to celebrate its 37 years as the “independent political voice for the environment.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, delivers the keynote address. Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer, California Democrat; Sen. Jon Tester, Montana Democrat; and Rep. Christopher Shays, Connecticut Republican, participate. Location: Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, East Hall. Contact: 202/785-8683.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times.

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