- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 21, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Prime Minister Helen Clark of New Zealand, Oval Office, the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleases the metropolitan area employment and unemployment for January. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. National Institute of Standards and Technologyholds a meeting of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board to provide the board with the latest program developments including NIST update, MEP overview, presentations on MEP partnerships and program evaluation. Location: Atrium Court Hotel, Three Research Court, Rockville. Contact: 301/975-4269.

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket number 06-313 Roper v. Weaver.

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committeeholds a hearing on “The Long-Term Health Impacts From September 11: A Review of Treatment, Diagnosis, and Monitoring Efforts.” New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; and Robin Herbert, co-director of the World Trade Center Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program, New York, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

10:30 a.m. —Appropriationsdefense subcommittee holds a hearing on the proposed budget estimates for fiscal 2008 for the Air Force. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley testify. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2 p.m. —Appropriationsenergy and water development subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2008 budget for the Energy Department. Energy Undersecretary for Science Raymond Orbach testifies. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2:30 p.m. —Environment and Public Works Committeeholds a hearing on global warming. Former Vice President Al Gore testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8832.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the “Hawaiian Homeownership Opportunity Act of 2007”; the “Joshua Omvig Veterans Suicide Prevention Act”; to amend Title 38, United States Code, to improve compensation benefits for veterans in certain cases of impairment of vision involving both eyes. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Appropriationsstate, foreign operations and related programs subcommittee holds a hearing on the international affairs budget. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. —Transportation and Infrastructureaviation subcommittee holds a hearing on “The FAA’s Financing Proposal.” Reps. Todd Tiahrt, Kansas Republican, and John Barrow, Georgia Democrat; and Daniel Elwell, assistant FAA administrator for aviation policy, planning and environment, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4472.

11 a.m. —Homeland Security Committeeholds a hearing on “Securing Liquid Natural Gas Tankers to Protect the Homeland.” U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Brian Salerno testifies. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-2616.

2 p.m. —Oversight and Government Reformdomestic policy subcommittee holds a hearing on “Foreclosure, Predatory Mortgage and Payday Lending in America’s Cities.” James Rokakis, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, treasurer; and Inez Killingsworth, president of the East Side Organizing Project, Cleveland, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5051.

GENERAL AGENDA

Hispanic leadership summit — all day Republican Sens. Mel Martinez of Florida and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas host a National Hispanic Leadership Summit. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Mr. Martinez and Mrs. Hutchison deliver remarks.

11:40 a.m. — Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez delivers a keynote address.

2:35 p.m. — Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican; Michael Barrera, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and Ray Fernandez, president of Rainbow Building and Development, discuss “Economic Growth: Increasing Jobs, Access to Capital, and Homeownership.” Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/224-9767.

NASA conference — all day The National Aeronautics and Space Administration hosts the 45th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium, “Sputnik to Orion: Perspectives, Opportunities and Future Directions.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Kathie Olsen, deputy director of the National Science Foundation, delivers keynote address.

10:15 a.m. — “Science Enabled by the Moon”

2 p.m. —“Space and Earth Science 2020”

Location: Inn and Conference Center by Marriott, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi. Contact: 301/286-0040.

Health conference — 7:30 a.m. The National Association of Community Health Centers holds its annual 2007 Policy and Issues forum.

Highlights — 7:30 a.m. — Sen. Richard M. Burr, North Carolina Republican; and Reps. Danny K. Davis, Illinois Democrat, Charles W. “Chip” Pickering Jr., Mississippi Republican, and Edward Whitfield, Kentucky Republican, participate in the “Congressional Awards Breakfast.”

Location: Hilton Washington and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/296-1890.

Public hospitals — 12:30 p.m. The National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems holds a briefing to discuss the impact of the proposed rule that would “drastically cut Medicaid payments to public hospitals by $4 billion over five years.” Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico Democrat; and Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican, participate. Location: 385 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/585-0102.

Afghanistan discussion — 2 p.m. The United States Institute of Peace holds a discussion on “The Situation in Afghanistan: A Discussion with U.N. Special Representative of the Secretary General for Afghanistan Tom Koenigs.” Richard Solomon, USIP president, and Alexander Thier, senior legal adviser at USIP, participate. Location: USIP, 1200 17th St. NW, second-floor conference room. Contact: 202/429-3828.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times.

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