- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 29, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring the Tuskegee Airmen at the U.S. Capitol; participates in a photo opportunity with the Children’s Miracle Network Champion Children at the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

11 a.m. Bureau of Transportation Statisticsreleases the North American surface freight data for January. Location: 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Federal Energy Regulatory Commissionholds a meeting to convene a technical conference on regional transmission organizations and other issues in the Eastern Interconnection. The Eastern Interconnection is one of the major alternating-current power grids in North America. Location: FERC, 888 First St. NE. Contact: 202/502-8080.

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. Veterans Affairs Committee and House Veterans Affairs Committeehold a joint hearing, “AMVETS, Ex-POWs, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Gold Star Wives of America, Fleet Reserve Association, the Retired Enlisted Association, Military Officers Association of America, and the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs Legislative Presentation.” Witnesses include Thomas McGriff, national commander of American Veterans, and Robert Fletcher, national commander of American Ex-Prisoners of War. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226. Contact: 202/224-9126 or 202/225-9756.

10 a.m. —Finance Committeeholds a hearing, “Clean Energy: From the Margins to the Mainstream.” Witnesses include Ambassador John Bruton of the European Commission and John Krenicki, president and chief executive officer of General Electric Energy in Atlanta. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 215. Contact: 202/224-4515.

10 a.m. —Judiciary Committeeholds a hearing, “Preserving Prosecutorial Independence: Is the Department of Justice Politicizing the Hiring and Firing of U.S. Attorneys?” Kyle Sampson, former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, testifies. Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216. Contact: 202/224-7703.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the fiscal 2008 budget resolution. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Appropriationsdefense subcommittee holds a hearing on the Defense Department. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2359. Contact: 202/225-2771.

1 p.m. —Appropriationsagriculture, rural development, food and drug administration and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the Food Safety and Inspection Service. Witnesses include Agriculture Undersecretary Richard Raymond and David Goldman, acting administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2362-A. Contact: 202/225-2771.

2 p.m. Transportation and Infrastructureeconomic development, public buildings and emergency management subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Southeast Crescent Authority and the Northern Border Economic Development Commission.” Witnesses include Reps. Paul W. Hodes, New Hampshire Democrat; Carol Shea-Porter, New Hampshire Democrat; Tom Allen, Maine Democrat; and John M. McHugh, New York Republican. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167. Contact: 202/225-4472.

GENERAL AGENDA

Ocean Industries Association conference — all day The National Ocean Industries Association holds its annual meeting. Events begin at 7 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Chris Wallace of Fox News Channel delivers remarks.

12:45 p.m. — Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne delivers remarks.

Location: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St. NW. Contact: 202/347-6900.

Cattlemen’s Beef Association conference — all day The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association holds its spring legislative conference. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlight — 10:45 a.m. — Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns delivers remarks.

Location: Holiday Inn on the Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/347-0228.

Child abuse prevention — 8:30 a.m. The Justice Department holds an event to commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Participants include Regina Schofield, assistant attorney general in the Office of Justice Programs; Sharon Cooper of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine; and David Finkelhor of the University of New Hampshire. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/307-0703.

Human rights discussion — 9 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a discussion, “Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Georgia.” Ana Dolidze of the Georgian Young Lawyers Association participates. Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Children’s health coverage — 9:30 a.m. The Center for American Progress holds a discussion, “Prospects for Children’s Health Coverage in 2007.” Participants include Sen. Gordon H. Smith, Oregon Republican; John D. Dingell, Michigan Democrat; and former Sen. Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat. Location: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th floor. Contact: 202/741-6388.

Education cost briefing — 11 a.m. The Teachers College at Columbia University holds a briefing to release a report, “The Costs and Benefits of an Excellent Education for America’s Children.” Participants include Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, and former Gov. Bob Wise, West Virginia Democrat and president of the Alliance for Excellence in Education. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room H-137. Contact: 202/955-9450, Ext. 319.

Korea discussion — noon The Korea Economic Institute holds a discussion with Richard Witz, author of a paper, “The Korean Pivot: Challenges and Opportunities from Evolving Chinese-Russian and U.S.-Japanese Security Ties.” Location: Korea Economic Institute, 1201 F St. NW, Suite 910. Contact: 202/464-1982.

Congressional Gold Medal — 1 p.m. Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat, and Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, host a ceremony to honor the Tuskegee Airmen with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Highlights — 1:05 p.m. — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, call to order

1:25 p.m. — (Remarks, in order of appearance) former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell; House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat; and President Bush

Location: Rotunda, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-3945.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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