- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 22, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in a discussion with leaders of the Iraq Provincial Reconstruction Team at the Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

4 p.m. Oilseed Processors Association releases its weekly report on the soybean crush. Location: 1255 23rd St. NW, Suite 850. Contact: 202/452-8040.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

2 p.m. State Department holds a meeting of the International Telecommunication Advisory Committee to prepare advice for the meeting of the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW, Room 2533A. Contact: 202/647-3234.

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. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the U.S. Southern Command, Northern Command and Joint Forces Command. Witnesses include Navy Adm. James Stavridis, commander of U.S. Southern Command, and Navy Adm. Timothy Keating, commander of U.S. Northern Command and commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216. Contact: 202/224-3871.

9:30 a.m. —Commerce, Science and Transportation aviation operations, safety and security subcommittee holds a hearing, “Federal Aviation Administration Modernization.” Witnesses include Deputy FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell and Charles Leader of the Joint Planning and Development Office. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. —Appropriations military construction and veterans’ affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2008 budget for military construction. Tina Jones and Philip Grone of the Defense Department testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 124. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “Deconstructing Reconstruction: Problems, Challenges and the Way Forward in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Witnesses include Stuart W. Bowen Jr., special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, and Maj. Gen. Ronald Johnson, deputy commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342. Contact: 202/224-2627.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider treating the District of Columbia as a congressional district for purposes of representation in the House and to debate the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health and Iraq Accountability Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Appropriations transportation, housing and urban development, and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2358. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. —Energy and Commerce telecommunication and the Internet subcommittee holds a hearing, “Oversight of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Innovations in Interoperability.” Witnesses include John Kneuer of the Commerce Department and George Rittenhouse of Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs in Murray Hill, N.J. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2322. Contact: 202/225-2927.

1 p.m. Appropriations agriculture, rural development, FDA and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on rural development. Agriculture Undersecretary Tom Dorr testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2362-A. Contact: 202/225-2771.

GENERAL AGENDA

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

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt delivers remarks.

9 a.m. — Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, delivers remarks.

Noon — Congressional Budget Office Director Peter Orszag delivers remarks.

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

Higher education — all day Education Secretary Margaret Spellings hosts a National Higher Education Summit. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 12:30 p.m. — Mrs. Spellings delivers remarks.

4 p.m. — Discussion on “The Nation’s Action Plan and Next Steps”

Location: Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/401-1576.

Toxic pollution and health — 11 a.m. U.S. Public Interest Research Groups holds a conference-call briefing to release a report, “Toxic Pollution and Health.” Participants include Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., New Jersey Democrat, Rep. Hilda L. Solis, California Democrat, and Diane Heminway of the United Steelworkers of America. Contact: 202/546-9707.

Book discussion — noon The Library of Congress holds a book discussion with Stephen Grant, author of “Peter Strickland: New London Shipmaster, Boston Merchant, First Consul to Senegal.” Location: Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Contact: 202/707-5221.

Leadership training — 1 p.m. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns delivers remarks at a graduation ceremony of the Small Farmer Agriculture Leadership Training class. Location: Agriculture Department, Whitten Patio, 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/720-4623.

Russia civil society — 3:30 p.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a discussion, “Challenge to Civil Society: Russia’s Amended Law on Noncommercial Organizations.” Participants include Robert Blitt of the University of Tennessee College of Law and Tad Stahnke of the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom. Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Film screening — 7 p.m. American University holds a film screening of “The Journalist and the Jihadi: The Murder of Daniel Pearl,” as part of its fourth annual “Reel Journalism: Screening and Symposia.” Participants include freelance journalist Kevin McKiernan, Gerald Seib of the Wall Street Journal and former Wall Street Journal reporter Asra Nomani. Location: AU, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5950.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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