- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 14, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in a greeting with U.S. Agency for International Development’s Training, Internships, Exchanges and Scholarships recipients at the Hyatt Regency Merida hotel in Merida, Mexico. Participates in a joint press availability with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Fiesta Americana Merida hotel, Merida. Returns to Washington.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysisreleases the U.S. international transactions for the fourth quarter of 2006. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:15 a.m. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energyholds a meeting of the State Energy Advisory Board. Location: Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Contact: 303/275-4801.

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. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committeeholds a hearing, “The Threat of Islamic Radicalism to the Homeland.” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Charles Allen, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Homeland Security Department, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

10 a.m. —Rules and Administration Committeeholds a hearing on the Senate Campaign-Disclosure Parity Act, which would require Senate candidates to file designations, statements and reports in electronic form. Sens. Russ Feingold, Wisconsin Democrat, and Thad Cochran, Mississippi Republican; and Nancy Erickson, secretary of the Senate, testify. Location: 301 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6352.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 2007, the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007 and the Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2007. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Appropriationscommerce, justice, science and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing, “NASA Exploration and Space Operations.” NASA Administrator Michael Griffin testifies. Location: 2362-A Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. —Financial Services Committeeholds a hearing on oversight of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson testifies. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4247.

10 a.m. —Small Business Committeeholds a hearing, “Challenges and Solutions to Health Insurance Coverage for Small Businesses.” Karen Ignagni, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and Todd Stottlemyer, National Federation of Independent Business, testify. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.

2:30 p.m. —Appropriationslabor, health and human services, education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing, “Federal Funding for the No Child Left Behind Act.” Education Secretary Margaret Spellings and John Jennings, Center on Education Policy, testify. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

GENERAL AGENDA

Capital markets summit — all day The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) holds its inaugural Capital Markets Summit on Securing America’s Competitiveness. Events begin at 8:15 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Democratic Reps. Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Melissa Bean of Illinois deliver remarks.

9:30 a.m. — Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox delivers remarks.

10 a.m. — Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, delivers remarks.

Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Legislative action summit — all day The American Hotel & Lodging Association holds its 2007 Legislative Action Summit. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — 8:30 a.m. — Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez delivers remarks.

1 p.m. — Appointments on Capitol Hill

Location: Mandarin Oriental hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, or as noted. Contact: 202/289-3171.

Bipartisan presidential forum — all day The International Association of Fire Fighters holds its “Bipartisan 2008 Presidential Forum.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 10 a.m. — Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, delivers remarks.

11 a.m. — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, delivers remarks.

1 p.m. — Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, delivers remarks.

1:30 p.m. — Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, delivers remarks.

2:30 p.m. — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, delivers remarks.

Location: Hyatt Regency Washington hotel, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 703/276-2772, Ext. 11.

Children’s health insurance — 10 a.m. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation holds a press conference on the reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, and Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, a Republican, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/745-5100.

Medical awards — 5 p.m. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) holds a press conference to present the first Clinical Trial Exceptional Service Award. Billy Tauzin, PhRMA, and Karen Katen, Pfizer Inc., participate. Location: 340 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/835-3460.

Honoring legislators — 6 p.m. The American Chemistry Council holds an event to honor its “Legislators of the Year.” Sens. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, and Pete V. Domenici, New Mexico Republican; and Rep. Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii Democrat, participate. Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/729-4248.

American Ireland Fund gala — 7:30 p.m. The American Ireland Fund holds its national gala. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat; and Rep. Richard E. Neal, Massachusetts Democrat, participate. Location: National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Contact: 202/272-2448.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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