- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 22, 2007

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Iraq economic discussion — 1:30 p.m. — The United States Institute of Peace holds a discussion, “Opportunities and Challenges for Economic Growth in Iraq.” Participants include Frank Lavin, Commerce Department undersecretary for international trade, and Merriam Mashatt of USIP. Location: USIP, 1200 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/429-3822.

Book discussion — 2:30 p.m. — The Claire Booth Luce Policy Institute holds a book discussion with Miriam Grossman, author of “Unprotected: How Political Correctness Within Campus Health Centers Endangers Every Student.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 888/891-4288.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Attends a Republican National Committee luncheon. Signs bill to name the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building in the Oval Office. Delivers remarks at a celebration of Greek Independence Day in the East Room of the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. — National Association of Realtors releases the existing-home sales for February. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards subcommittee on reliability and probabilistic risk assessment to review the risk management technical specification initiative 4b and the risk informed completion times. Location: 11545 Rockville Pike, Room T-2B3, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-6973.

SENATE

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

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. to resume consideration of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health and Iraq Accountability Act. A vote on the final passage of H.R. 1591 is expected today. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Administration Committee holds a hearing on the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007, which would amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require a voter-verified permanent paper ballot. Reps. Rush D. Holt, New Jersey Democrat, and Tom Petri, Wisconsin Republican; Gov. Charlie Crist, Florida Republican, testify. Location: 1310 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2061.

9:30 a.m. — Education and Labor early childhood, elementary and secondary education subcommittee holds a hearing on “Impact of NCLB (No Child Left Behind) on English Language Learners.” Cornelia Ashby, director of education, work force, and income security issues at the Government Accountability Office; Peter Zamora, co-chairman of the Hispanic Education Coalition, testify. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-0853.

2 p.m. — Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on “The Role of Public Investment in Promoting Economic Growth.” Felix Rohatyn of Rohatyn Associates; Michael Drake, chancellor of the University of California at Irvine, testify. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4247.

SUPREME COURT

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

GENERAL AGENDA

Health insurance conference — all day — America’s Health Insurance Plans holds its annual 2007 National Policy Forum. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Montana Democrat; and Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, deliver remarks.

12:15 p.m. — Uwe Reinhardt of Princeton University delivers the keynote address.

Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets Northwest. Contact: 202/778-8494.

Islamic politics — all day — The Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service Center for Contemporary Arab Studies holds a symposium on “Islamist Politics: Contemporary Trajectories in the Arab World.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — Mohammed Darif of Hassan II University; Amr Hamzawy of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Samer Shehata of Georgetown University, discuss “Islamists, Elections and Parliament.”

11:15 a.m. — Rusen Cakir of Vatan Daily; Khaled Medani of McGill University; and Stephane Lacroix of the Paris Institute of Political Studies, discuss “Islamists in Power.”

2 p.m. — Said Amir Arjomand of the State University of New York at Stony Brook; Muriel Asseburg of Stiftung Wissenschaft and Politik; and Abdeslam Maghraoui of the U.S. Institute of Peace

Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets Northwest, Intercultural Conference Center. Contact: 202/687-6215.

Government affairs conference — 7:30 a.m. — The National Newspaper Association holds its annual Government Affairs Conference on “The Presidency, the Politics and Our Papers.”

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat; Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Georgia Republican; and Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Dan Blair deliver remarks, Vista Ballroom.

Noon — U.S. Postmaster General John Potter participates in the presentation of the Benjamin Franklin Community Newspaper Postal Partnership Award of Excellence, Vista B Room.

Location: Wyndham Washington Hotel, 1400 M St. NW or as noted. Contact: 800/829-4662.

Schools safety campaign — 10 a.m. — Assistant Deputy Education Secretary Deborah Price holds a press conference to kick off the national Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign, which aims to improve the safety of school environments. Location: Wakefield High School, 4901 S. Chesterfield Road, Arlington. Contact: 202/401-1576.

Immigration reform discussion — 10 a.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a debate on comprehensive immigration reform. Dom Giordano, host of the “Dom Giordano Show;” Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers Magazine, participate. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Asia discussion — 10 a.m. — The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion on “Asia 2007: The View from Capitol Hill.” Evelyn Farkas, professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; Mike Dubois, legislative assistant for Senate Republican Conference Chairman Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Leavitt address— noon — Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt addresses the annual meeting of the Personalized Medicine Coalition. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/690-6343.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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