- The Washington Times - Monday, March 19, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Hosts a photo opportunity with the 2006 NCAA football champion University of Florida Gators, South Lawn of the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

1 p.m. Treasury Departmentreleases its weekly three- and six-month T-bill sale. Location: 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schoolsholds a meeting of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Advisory Committee to discuss the findings and recommendations on three topics given to the committee by the education secretary: the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities State Grants Program; the Unsafe School Choice Option; and data requirements under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. Location: Education Department, 400 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/205-4169.

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket number 06-278: Morse v. Frederick

Docket number 06-219: Wilkie v. Robbins

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Meets at 2 p.m. to consider the Preserving United States Attorney Independence Act of 2007. There will be no role-call votes in the Senate. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

1 p.m. Appropriationslabor, health and human services, education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the budget for the National Institutes of Health. NIH Director Elias Zerhouni and Joan Brugge, chairman of the department of cell biology at Harvard Medical School, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning-hour debate and 2 p.m. to consider recognizing the importance of Hot Springs National Park on its 175th anniversary; the More Water and More Energy Act of 2007; and the Taunton, Mass., Special Resources Study Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Oversight and Government Reform Committeeholds a hearing, “Allegations of Political Interference with the Work of Government Climate Change Scientists, Part 2.” Philip Cooney, former chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5051.

2 p.m. —Appropriationsfinancial services and general government subcommittee holds a hearing on the Office of Management and Budget. Location: 2220 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

5 p.m. —Rules Committeeholds a meets to formulate a rule on the Gulf Coast Hurricane Housing Recovery Act of 2007. Location: H-313, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-9091.

GENERAL AGENDA

Jewish women’s conference — all day The National Council of Jewish Women holds its 2007 Washington Institute to discuss issues such as hate crimes, health, comprehensive sex education and child welfare. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — Noon — “Women Who Dared” luncheon

4 p.m. — Plenary session, “War, Peace and Women in Israel”

Location: Capital Hilton hotel, 16th and K streets Northwest. Contact: 212/645-4018, Ext. 165.

Policy conference — all day Council of the Great City Schools holds its annual legislative and policy conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Education Secretary Margaret Spellings delivers remarks.

9:30 a.m. —Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico Democrat, delivers remarks.

Noon — House Education and Labor Chairman George Miller, California Democrat, delivers remarks.

6 p.m. — Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., Illinois Democrat, delivers remarks at a Capitol Hill reception, B-354 Rayburn House Office Building.

Location: Washington Marriott hotel, 1221 22nd St. NW, or as noted. Contact: 202/393-2427.

Assessing U.S. policy — 8:30 a.m. The Center for American Progress (CAP) holds a discussion, “Assessing U.S. Policy in Iraq and the Middle East.”

Highlights — 9:10 a.m. — Jon Alterman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Mara Rudman and Brian Katulis of CAP and Judith Yaphe of National Defense University discuss “Examining Iraq’s Impact on the Middle East and Regional Diplomacy.”

Noon — Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher, California Democrat, delivers remarks.

12:30 p.m. — Former Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, Indiana Democrat, co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, delivers remarks.

Location: CAP, 1333 H St. NW, 10th floor. Contact: 202/741-6388.

Families congress — 10 a.m. The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society holds a press conference to discuss the World Congress of Families IV conference, “Beyond Demographic Winter: The Natural Family as the Springtime of Nations,” taking place May 11-13 in Warsaw. Allan Carlson, founder and international secretary of the World Congress of Families and president of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, and Janice Crouse of the Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LaHaye Institute participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 508/405-1337 or 508/395-0142.

War anniversary — 10:30 a.m. Military Families Speak Out holds a press conference to speak out on the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 212/260-5000.

Energy partnership — 1 p.m. The Energy Department holds a scoping meeting on President Bush’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership, which will recycle spent nuclear fuel and destroy its long-lived radioactive components. Location: Hotel Washington, 515 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/586-4940.

East Asian regionalism — 2:30 p.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) holds a discussion, “East Asian Regionalism: Is It Real and Where is it Heading?” Andrei Zlate of Boston College and Michael Ferrantino of the U.S. International Trade Commission participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Community food — 5 p.m. The Agriculture Department holds an event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Community Food Projects Program. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner participates. Location: Agriculture Department, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Whitten Patio. Contact: 202/720-4623.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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