- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 11, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates, with first lady Laura Bush, in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House; delivers remarks on the budget in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Room 450.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

11:30 a.m. Bureau of Transportation Statistics releases the Transportation Services Index for May. Location: 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

1 p.m. National Council on Disability holds a meeting to plan for the NCD board’s quarterly conference. Location: National Council on Disability, 1331 F St. NW. Contact: 202/272-2004.

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. Environment and Public Works clean air and nuclear safety subcommittee holds a hearing, “Review of the EPA’s Proposed Revision to the Ozone NAAQS (National Ambient Air Quality Standards).” Witnesses include Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen L. Johnson and Michelle Bell, assistant professor of environmental health at Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 406. Contact: 202/224-8832.

10 a.m. Finance Committee holds a hearing, “Carried Interest, Part I.” Managers of private equity funds receive a portion of their fund’s profits, known as carried interest. The hearing focuses on whether this income represents capital gains income or regular personal income under the federal tax code. Witnesses include Eric Solomon, assistant Treasury secretary for tax policy, and Congressional Budget Office Director Peter Orszag. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 215. Contact: 202/224-4515.

10 a.m. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “Strengthening the Unique Role of the Nation’s Inspector General.” Witnesses include Clay Johnson, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, and Glenn Fine, inspector general of the Justice Department. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342. Contact: 202/224-2627.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the SSI Extension for Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act, and to recognize November as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Foreign Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “Passport Delays: Affecting Security and Disrupting Free Travel and Trade.” Witnesses include Assistant Secretary of State Maura Harty of the Bureau of Consular Affairs and Paul Rosenzweig, acting assistant secretary for policy and counselor to the undersecretary for policy at the Homeland Security Department. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172. Contact: 202/225-5021.

10 a.m. Small Business Committee holds a hearing, “Small Businesses at the Forefront of the Green Revolution: What More Needs To Be Done to Keep Them Here?” D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Austin, Texas, Mayor Will Wynn testify. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2360. Contact: 202/225-5821.

Noon Judiciary Committee holds a hearing, “The Use and Misuse of Presidential Clemency Power for Executive Branch Officials.” Witnesses include former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, husband of former CIA operative Valerie Plame, and Roger Adams, Justice Department pardon lawyer. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141. Contact: 202/225-3951.

GENERAL AGENDA

Spam summit — all day The Federal Trade Commission holds a summit, “The Next Generation of Threats and Solutions,” to address spam. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — “Defining the Problem,” with remarks by Brian Huseman, FTC chief of staff; Susannah Fox, associate director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project; and Thomas Grasso Jr., supervisory special agent of the FBI

3:30 p.m. — “Emerging Threats,” with remarks by Sana Chriss, lawyer and spam coordinator of the FTC’s Division of Marketing Practices; Michael Altschul, senior vice president and general counsel of CTIA-The Wireless Association; and Dave Champine, senior director of Cloudmark Inc.

Location: FTC Conference Center, 601 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/326-2181.

Democracy defense — 9 a.m. The Organization of American States and the African Union hold a forum, “Democracy Bridge: Multilateral Regional Efforts for the Promotion and Defense of Democracy in Africa and America,” focusing on protecting human rights, respecting the rule of law, holding free and fair elections and ensuring the independence of different branches of government.

Highlights — 10 a.m. — Welcoming remarks by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza

10:30 a.m. — “Promoting Democracy in Latin American and Africa: From Rhetoric to Reality,” with keynote addresses by OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza and AU Commission Chairman Alpha Oumar Konare

Location: OAS, 17th and Constitution Avenue Northwest, Hall of the Americas. Contact: 202/458-6824.

Soy summit — 9:15 a.m. The American Soybean Association holds its second annual Capitol Hill Soy Issues Summit.

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — Rep. Marion Berry, Arkansas Democrat, delivers remarks.

10 a.m. Rep. Earl Pomeroy, North Dakota Democrat, delivers remarks.

1 p.m. Sen. Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat, delivers remarks.

2 p.m. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, Missouri Republican, delivers remarks.

Location: Westin Hotel, 1400 M St. NW. Contact: 703/281-7600 or 703/625-8230.

Portuguese presidency — 10 a.m. National Press Club Morning Newsmaker hosts a discussion, “Portugal and the Third EU Council Presidency,” with Portuguese Ambassador Joao de Vallera. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 301/530-1210.

Homeless veterans — 11:30 a.m. Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson holds a press conference to announce the selection of 92 community organizations to receive $24 million in grants for programs benefiting homeless veterans. Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/273-6000.

Low Carbon Economy Act — noon Sen. Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico Democrat, and Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, hold a press conference to introduce the Low Carbon Economy Act of 2007. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 366. Contact: 202/224-5243.

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