- The Washington Times - Monday, March 19, 2007

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Book discussion — 12:15 p.m. — The New America Foundation (NAF) holds a book discussion with Tony Smith, author of “A Pact with the Devil: Washington’s Bid for World Supremacy.” Michael Lind of NAF participates. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, seventh floor. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Bush visit — 3 p.m. — The Inter-American Dialogue holds a discussion on President Bush’s visit to Latin America with Tom Shannon, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs. Location: Inter-American Dialogue, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 510. Contact: 202/822-9002.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Tours a General Motors factory in Fairfax, Kan., and a Ford Motor factory in Claycomo, Mo. Makes remarks on energy initiatives at the Ford plant.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

3 p.m. — National Agricultural Statistics Service releases the report on hop stocks. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 800/727-9540.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — U.S. Mint holds a meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee to review candidate designs for the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Congressional Gold Medal and the 2008 First Spouse Bullion Coins. Location: U.S. Mint, 801 Ninth St. NW, second floor. Contact: 202/354-7200.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case.

Docket number 06-5247: Fry v. Pliler.

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

In session. The Senate will resume consideration of the Preserving United States Attorney Independence Act of 2007. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-854.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the Air Force in review of the fiscal 2008 defense authorization request. Witnesses include Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne and Gen. Michael Moseley, Air Force chief of staff. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

9:30 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a hearing, “Combating War Profiteering: Are We Doing Enough to Investigate and Prosecute Contracting Fraud and Abuse in Iraq?” Witnesses include Stuart Bowen, special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, and Thomas Gimble, acting Defense Department inspector general. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

10 a.m. — Appropriations interior, environment and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2008 Interior Department budget. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne testifies. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. — Health, Education, Labor and Pensions retirement and aging subcommittee holds a hearing, “The State of Alzheimer’s Research: 100 Years Later.” Witnesses include Harry Johns, president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s Association, and Marilyn Albert, co-director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

HOUSE

Meets at 10:30 a.m. for “morning-hour debate” and noon to consider honoring the heroic service and sacrifice of the 6,500 glider pilots of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and the Gulf Coast Hurricane Housing Recovery Act of 2007. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Natural Resources national parks, forests and public lands subcommittee holds a hearing, “Yellowstone National Park Bison.” Witnesses include Rep. Denny Rehberg, Montana Republican, and Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Montana Democrat. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6065.

10 a.m. — Ways and Means oversight subcommittee holds a hearing, “Internal Revenue Service Operations and the Tax Gap.” IRS Commissioner Mark Everson testifies. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

1:30 p.m. — Appropriations military construction, veterans affairs and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the Veterans Affairs Department’s long-term health care and nursing home care. Acting Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Health Michael Kussman testifies. Location: H-143, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-2771.

GENERAL AGENDA

Port authorities conference — all day — The American Association of Port Authorities holds its spring conference. Events begin at 7:45 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — “Trade and Transportation Trends”

11:30 a.m. — Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff delivers remarks.

Location: Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/706-4704.

Cancer care — 9:30 a.m. — The American Society of Clinical Oncology and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship hold a briefing, “Cancer Policy Priorities in 2007: Patient and Physician Perspectives.” Participants include Allen Lichter, ASCO chief executive officer; Ellen Stovall, NCCS chief executive officer; and Robert Sachs, NCCS chairman of the board. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets Northwest. Contact: 703/519-1427 or 203/299-0150.

Health insurance— 11 a.m. — America’s Health Insurance Plans holds a press conference to release a survey of beneficiary and physician attitudes regarding Medicare. Participants include Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of AHIP; and Q. Whitfield Ayres, president of Ayres, McHenry and Associates. Location: AHIP, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/778-8494.

Immigration reform — 1 p.m. — The American University Washington College of Law holds a discussion, “Holes in the Fence: Immigration Reform and Border Security in the United States.”

Highlights — 1:15 p.m. Former Homeland Security Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security Asa Hutchinson delivers remarks.

2 p.m. — “The U.S. Border Control and the Secure Fence Act of 2006”

3:30 p.m. — “The Immigration Adjudicatory Process”

Location: The American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/274-4000.

Female lawmakers — 4 p.m. — The Women’s High Tech Coalition hosts a reception to honor the newly elected women of Congress. Reps. Zoe Lofgren, California Democrat, and Judy Biggert, Illinois Republican, participate. Location: HC-5, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/736-1768.

Electronic information — 4:30 p.m. — The Georgetown University Law Center holds a discussion, “And Justice for All: How the Electronic Information Explosion Is Transforming the American Legal System.” Participants include Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, and Arthur Miller, Harvard Law School professor. Location: Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/662-9519.

Hillary fundraiser — 7 p.m. — The Hillary Clinton for President Exploratory Committee holds a fundraising reception featuring Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, and former President Bill Clinton. Location: The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 202/263-0180, Ext. 1008 or 202/263-0194

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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