- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 28, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

9:35 a.m. — Visits the Gulf Coast in Mississippi. 12:35 p.m.; — Participates in a lunch with state and local officials in New Orleans; 2:10 p.m. — Visits the Samuel J. Green Charter School and delivers remarks, New Orleans. Returns to Washington.

VICE PRESIDENT

7:45 p.m. — Addresses the American Conservative Union’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysisreleases figures on personal income and outlays for January. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

3 p.m. Commission on Civil Rightsmeets to consider its fiscal 2008 budget request. Location: Commission on Civil Rights, 624 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/376-7700.

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

9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committeeholds a hearing on Afghanistan. Witnesses include Eric Edelman, undersecretary of defense for policy, and Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, director of operations for the Joint Staff. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. —Appropriationscommerce, justice, science and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the Commerce Department’s fiscal 2008 budget request and justification. Witnesses include Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and William Jeffrey, director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. —Budget Committeeholds a hearing on war costs and President Bush’s 2008 defense budget request. Witnesses include Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and Adm. Edmund Giambastiani, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Employee Free Choice Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Appropriationstransportation, housing and urban development and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2008 appropriations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson testifies. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. —Budget Committeeholds a hearing on fiscal 2008 priorities for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7200.

2 p.m. —Foreign AffairsAsia, the Pacific and the global environment subcommittee holds a hearing, “North Korean Human Rights: An Update.” Jay Lefkowitz, special envoy for human rights in North Korea, testifies. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Agriculture outlook — all day The Agriculture Department holds its Agriculture Outlook Forum 2007, “Agriculture at the Crossroads: Energy, Farm and Rural Policy,” Events begin at 7 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Deputy Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner delivers remarks.

8:45 a.m. — Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns delivers remarks.

1:45 p.m. — “Making Rural Towns More Viable: A Look at Broadband, Health Care and Community Facilities”

Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/720-5447.

Conservative conference — all day The American Conservative Union holds its annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 11:45 a.m. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican; Rep. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican; Michael Tanner, Cato Institute; and Pat Toomey, Club for Growth, discuss “What Happened to the Fight Against Big Government?”

3:15 p.m. — Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao speaks.

3:45 p.m. — Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, discusses “Are Conservative Judicial Nominees DOA in the Democrat-Controlled Senate?”

7:45 p.m. — Vice President Dick Cheney delivers remarks.

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 800/752-4391.

Free trade — 8 a.m. The Embassy of Sweden hosts a discussion, “Challenging Times for Free Trade.” Participants include Swedish Minister of Foreign Trade Sten Tolgfors and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative John Veroneau. Location: House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. Contact: 202/467-2676.

Casualties care — 11:30 a.m. — Democratic Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and Claire McCaskill of Missouri hold a press conference to announce the introduction of the Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act of 2007, legislation aimed at ensuring injured soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan receive proper care. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/228-5511 or 202/228-6253.

Uganda discussion — 1 p.m. The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and Enough, a joint initiative of the Center for American Progress and the International Crisis Group, hold a event, “Prospects for Peace in Northern Uganda.” Participants include Betty Bigombe, senior fellow at USIP, and John Prendergast, senior adviser to the International Crisis Group and co-founder of Enough. Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/429-3828 or 202/741-6246.

Essay contest — 5:30 p.m. The National Veterans Business Development Corp. hosts an “Honoring America’s Veteran Entrepreneurs” essay contest reception, which includes other awards. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/449-9835.

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