- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 12, 2007

PRESIDENT

Participates in a homeland security meeting in the White House Situation Room.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census and Bureau of Economic Analysis release the U.S. international trade in goods and services for May. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Forest Service holds a meeting of the Forest Counties Payments Committee to discuss how it will provide Congress with the information specified in Section 320 of the fiscal 2001 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Location: Holiday Inn on the Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/208-6574.

9 a.m. Employee Benefits Security Administration holds a meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans; working group on participant benefit statements to study benefit statement requirements of the Pension Protection Act of 2006. Location: Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, C5310-Room 1B. Contact: 202/693-8668.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments 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. Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Clarence Albright to be undersecretary of energy; Lisa Epifani to be an assistant secretary of energy for congressional and intergovernmental affairs; James Caswell to be director of the Bureau of Land Management and Brent Wahlquist to be director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

10 a.m. Finance Committee holds a hearing on “Airport Airways Trust Fund: The Future of Aviation Financing.” Federal Aviation Administrator Marion Blakey; Peter Orszag, director of the Congressional Budget Office, testify. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

2 p.m. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs state, local and private sector preparedness and integration subcommittee holds a hearing on state of public-private collaboration in preparing for and responding to national catastrophes. Assistant Homeland Secretary for Infrastructure Robert Stephan; Eileen Larence, director of Homeland Security and Justice issues at the Government Accountability Office, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Section 8 Voucher Reform Act of 2007. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Armed Services military personnel subcommittee holds a hearing on mental health. Assistant Defense Secretary for Health Affairs Ward Casscells; Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Donald Arthur, co-chairman of the Defense Health Board Task Force on Mental Health, testify. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151; recorded schedule 202/225-2675.

10 a.m. Oversight and Government Reform national security and foreign affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “Pakistan at the Crossroads; Afghanistan in the Balance.” Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher testifies. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5051.

3 p.m. Armed Services oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing on “A Third Way: Alternatives for Iraq’s Future.” Retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark, former NATO supreme allied commander Europe; and Max Boot, senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, testify. Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151; recorded schedule 202/225-2675.

GENERAL AGENDA

Leadership conference — all day The Asian American Government Executives Network holds its third annual leadership conference. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Brig. Gen. Bert Mizusawa delivers keynote remarks.

1:15 p.m. — Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao delivers the keynote address.

Location: J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/423-6801.

Energy security — all day The CNA Corp. and 2020 Vision hold the second annual National Summit on Energy Security, focusing on “National Security and America’s Addiction to Carbon: Solutions to Oil Dependence and Climate Change.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8:10 a.m. — Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey presents the Energy Security Leadership Award to Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican.

8:20 a.m. — Mr. Lugar delivers remarks.

9 a.m. — Mr. Lugar, Mr. Woolsey and arctic explorer Will Steger hold a photo opportunity with plug-in hybrid cars (outside).

11 a.m. Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, delivers keynote remarks.

6 p.m. — Reception and multimedia presentation by Mr. Steger on his recent four-month, 1,200-mile dog-sled expedition of Baffin Island to learn about the effects of global warming.

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/833-2020.

Preserve America — 8:30 a.m. — Preserve America presents the 2007 Preserve America Grants to 43 applicants. Rep. Brad Miller, North Carolina Democrat; Rep. Michael R. Turner, Ohio Republican; Interior Secretary Dick Kempthorne and first lady Laura Bush, participate. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/606-8513.

Capital planning — 12:30 p.m. The National Capital Planning Commission holds its monthly meeting. On the agenda is a text amendment to the zoning regulations to allow temporary parking lots on specifics squares near the new Nationals stadium and preliminary plans for streetscape and landscape design at the Yards. Location: NCPC, 401 Ninth St. NW, North Lobby, Suite 500. Contact: 202/482-7279.

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