- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 7, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with the co-chairman of the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors; delivers remarks to political appointees and Senior Executive Service employees.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

3 p.m. National Agricultural Statistics Service releases broiler hatchery and egg products reports. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 800/727-9540.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Export-Import Bank holds an Advisory Committee meeting to receive a bank reauthorization summary and to hear presentations from the Small Business Team and the Services Team. Location: Export-Import Bank, 811 Vermont Ave. NW, Main Conference Room 1143. Contact: 202/565-3502.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Meets in a joint session with the House to receive an address from King Abdullah II of Jordan. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing, “Strengthening American Competitiveness for the 21st Century.” Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates testifies. Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216. Contact: 202/224-5375.

9:30 a.m. —Judiciary Committee holds a hearing, “The McCarran-Ferguson Act and Antitrust Immunity: Good for Consumers?” Witnesses include Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican, and Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226. Contact: 202/224-7703.

9:30 a.m. —Veterans’ Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “Veterans Affairs Adjudication Process.” Witnesses include Daniel Cooper, VA undersecretary for benefits, and Michael Walcoff, VA associate deputy undersecretary for field operations. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 418. Contact: 202/224-9126.

HOUSE

Convenes at 10:45 a.m. with the Senate to receive an address from King Abdullah II of Jordan; considers the Healthy Communities Water Supply Act of 2007 and the Water Quality Financing Act of 2007. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

1:30 p.m. Appropriations defense subcommittee holds a hearing on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Witnesses include Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody and Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley, acting commander of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2359. Contact: 202/225-2771.

2:30 p.m. —Foreign Affairs Middle East and South Asia subcommittee holds a hearing, “A Regional Overview of South Asia.” Richard Boucher, assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172. Contact: 202/225-5021.

3 p.m. —Judiciary Committee holds a hearing, “Protecting the Right to Vote: Election Deception and Irregularities in Recent Federal Elections.” Witnesses include Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat; Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Maryland Democrat; and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Democrat. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141. Contact: 202/225-3951.

GENERAL AGENDA

Legislative conference — all day The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce holds its 17th annual legislative conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, delivers the breakfast keynote.

9:30 a.m. — Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, leads discussion on reauthorizing small-business legislation.

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, amphitheater. Contact: 202/842-1212.

7 p.m. — Sen. Mel Martinez, Florida Republican, and Rep. Silvestre Reyes, Texas Democrat, speak at the Legislative Awards Dinner, Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, Grand Ballroom.

Investment in children — all day The Partnership for America’s Economic Success and the Committee for Economic Development hold a conference, “Building the Economic Case for Investments in Children.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — Dan Pedersen of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund and George Kaiser of Kaiser-Francis Oil discuss “Why Does Investing in Children Matter to Business?”

9:45 a.m. — Rachel Jones of National Public Radio, Shirley Raines of the University of Memphis, Robbin Johns of Cargill Inc. and James Dunn of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce discuss “Engaging State and Local Business Leaders to Act.”

12:15 p.m. — Charles Kolb, president of CED, delivers the keynote address.

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/296-5860, Ext. 24.

Children’s health — 8:30 a.m. PICO Networks holds a briefing, “A Congressional Conversation With Faith Leaders and Families on Children’s Health.” Participants include Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat; Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat; Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat; and Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-50. Contact: 734/332-9792.

‘Pig Book’ — 11 a.m. Citizens Against Government Waste holds a press conference to release its “2007 Congressional Pig Book,” an annual report on pork-barrel spending. CAGW President Tom Schatz participates. Location: Phoenix Park Hotel, 520 N. Capitol St. NW. Contact: 202/253-3852.

Courage award — 1:30 p.m. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivers remarks at a ceremony to announce the first Secretary of State’s Award for International Women of Courage and to recognize the first group of women from around the world to receive the award. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW, Benjamin Franklin Room. Contact: Office of Press Relations, 202/647-2492, or 202/312-9675.

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