- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 11, 2007


Visits a medical-readiness and training-exercise site in Santa Cruz Balanya, Guatemala. Visits the Santa Cruz Balanya town square. Visits the Labradores Mayas Packing Station in Tecpan, Guatemala. Visits Iximche, Guatemala. Participates in an arrival ceremony at the National Palace, Guatemala City. Meets with President Oscar Berger of Guatemala at the National Palace. Participates in a joint press availability with Mr. Berger at the National Palace. Participates in a social dinner with the president and first lady Wendy Widman de Berger at the National Palace.


9 a.m. — Addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference, Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.


2 p.m. Treasury Department issues the Treasury statement (the “monthly budget”) for February. Location: 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.


9:30 a.m. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration holds a public listening session to obtain feedback from interested parties on the agency’s notice of proposed rulemaking to establish new performance standards for electronic onboard recorders for documenting hours of service. Location: Transportation Department, 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-4009.


No oral arguments scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.


Meets at 2:30 p.m. There will be no roll-call votes. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


9 a.m. Appropriations agriculture, rural development, food and drug administration and related agencies subcommittee holds a field hearing on food safety. FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach and Pat Verduin, senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at the Grocery Manufacturers Association/Food Products Association testify. Location: West Madison Agricultural Research Center, Verona, Wis. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. — Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a field hearing, “2007 Farm Bill Opportunities for Vermont and the Northeast.” Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, a Republican, and Mark Magnan of Enosburg Falls, Vt., testify. Location: State House, 115 State St. Montpelier, Vt. Contact: 202/224-2035.


In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


2 p.m. Financial Services capital markets, insurance and government-sponsored enterprises subcommittee holds a hearing, “Legislative Proposals on GSE (Government Sponsored Enterprise) Reform.” Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4247.

2 p.m. — Appropriations labor, health and human services, education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the Education Department. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings testifies. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.


Israel policy conference — all day The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) holds its annual policy conference. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Vice President Dick Cheney, Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Livni and AIPAC Executive Director Howard Kohr, “The United States and Israel: United We Stand.”

12:30 p.m. — Breakout luncheon plenary sessions: Sens. Norm Coleman, Minnesota Republican, and Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrat; Reps. Nita M. Lowey, New York Democrat, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican; and Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Dan Gillerman, “Capitol Connection: Congress’ Role in Strengthening the U.S.-Israel Relationship”; Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, and House Foreign Affairs Chairman Tom Lantos, California Democrat, “The Changing Faces of Israel: Today’s Zionist Leaders”

7:30 p.m. — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican; and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Sallai Meridor, “Celebrating the U.S.-Israel Relationship: A Leadership Perspective”

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 202/997-4614 or 202/639-5229.

Traumatic brain injuries — all day Dr. Thomas R. Swift, president of the American Academy of Neurology, is available to discuss the urgent need for adequate funding and ongoing commitment to the long-term care of soldiers with traumatic brain injuries, many of whom face a lifetime of seizure disorders stemming from their war injuries. Location: L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza. Contact: 612/548-8400, 612/839-8841.

UAE discussion — 8:30 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) holds a meeting with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Economic Minister Sheika Lubna al Qasimi. Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Shaun Donnelly and USCC Chief Executive Thomas Donohue participate. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Trans-fats debate — 11:30 a.m. The American Heart Association holds a briefing on the health consequences of trans fats in the diet and the growing debate over trans-fat bans. Location: 385 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/785-7935.

Child health care — noon The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) holds a briefing, “A Threadbare Safety Net: Native American Child Health Care.” Benjamin Hoffman of AAP, Kitty Marx of the National Indian Health Board and Carol Barbero of Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker LLP participate. Location: 2105 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/347-8600.

Health coverage — 12:15 p.m. The Alliance for Health Reform holds a briefing, “SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) and Beyond: Improving Health Care Coverage and Quality for Children.” Jeanne Lambrew and Sara Rosenbaum of George Washington University and Nina Owcharenko of the Heritage Foundation participate. Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/789-2300.

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