- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 27, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in a demonstration of alternative-fuel vehicles and makes a statement on energy initiatives, U.S. Postal Service Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Washington.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

9 a.m. Economic Research Servicereleases the wheat yearbook summary report. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/694-5050.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Veterans Affairs Departmentholds a meeting of the Blue Ribbon Panel on VA Medical School Affiliations to review VA’s current affiliations with medical schools and establish the future directions of the panel. Location: 1800 G St. NW. Room 542. Contact: 202/357-4010.

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket number 05-1157 Credit Suisse Securities v. Billing.

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. Judiciary Committeeholds a hearing on “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

9:30 a.m. —Veterans Affairs Committeeholds a hearing on “VA-Defense Department Cooperation and Collaboration — Healthcare Issues.” Tammy Duckworth, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs; retired Army Capt. Jonathan Pruden, wounded in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom, testify. Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9126.

10 a.m. —Finance Committeeholds a hearing on “Opportunities and Challenges in the U.S.-China Economic Relationship.” Senate Indian Affairs Chairman Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakora Democrat; Jagdish Bhagwati, professor at Columbia University, testify. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

HOUSE

Meets at 10:30 a.m. for morning-hour debate and noon to consider the “Katrina Housing Tax Relief Act of 2007”; the “National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Reauthorization Act of 2007” 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 “International Organizations and International Peacekeeping Programs.” Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Kristen Silverberg testifies. Location: 2362-B Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

2 p.m. —Financial Serviceshousing and community opportunity subcommittee holds a hearing on “Perspectives on Natural Disaster Insurance,” focusing on availability and affordability of insurance for natural disasters and the role the federal government should play. Reps. Gene Taylor, Mississippi Democrat; Ron Klein, Florida Democrat; Tim Mahoney, Florida Democrat; and Ginny Brown-Waite, Florida Republican, testify. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4247.

2 p.m. —Appropriationshomeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on “Enforcing Immigration Laws and Temporary Worker Program.” Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Julie Myers, head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Emilio Gonzalez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, testify. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

GENERAL AGENDA

Communications workers conference — all day The Communications Workers of America hold its legislative political conference. Events begin at 8:15 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, delivers remarks.

10 a.m. — Former Sen. John Edwards, North Carolina Democrat, delivers remarks.

11 a.m. — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, delivers remarks.

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, New Jersey Ave. Northwest. Regency Ballroom. Contact: 202/434-1168.

Legislative conference — all day The AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department holds its 2007 Legislative Conference. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlight — Noon — Senate Assistant Majority Leader Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat; Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat; Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio Democrat; House Education and Labor Chairman George Miller, California Democrat; House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman James L. Oberstar, Minnesota Democrat

Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Hilton Ballroom, Lower Level. Contact: 978/774-0492.

Conference — all day Infocast sponsors a Biomass and Biorefinery Deals 2007 conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns discusses plans and programs to promote biomass and biorefineries.

9 a.m. — Andy Karsner, assistant Energy secretary, discusses the president’s Energy Initiative in Biofuels.

Location: AED Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Ave. NW., 8th floor. Contact: 818/692-1037

Securing disaster assistance — 10:45 a.m. The National Farmers Union holds a press conference to discuss the importance of securing disaster assistance for producers affected by devastating weather conditions. More than $4 billion in emergency disaster funds is included in the Supplemental Appropriations bill. Senate Indian Affairs Chairman Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat; Sen. Ken Salazar, Colorado Democrat; and National Farmers Union President Tom Buis, participate. Location: Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution avenues Northeast, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/314-3191.

Promoting business — 12:15 p.m. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, California Democrat, holds a press conference on promoting business in the Los Angeles region. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-1766.

State income tax — 1 p.m. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities holds a conference call briefing on a new study of the state income taxes imposed on families living near or below the poverty line. Location: None given. Contact: 202/408-1080.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times.

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