- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 22, 2007


No public events are scheduled.


4 p.m. Economic Research Servicereleases a report on the outlook for sugar and other sweeteners. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/694-5050.


8 a.m. Federal Housing Commissionholds a meeting of the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee. Location: Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston, 4610 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington. Contact: 202/708-6409.

11 a.m. —U.S. Coast Guardholds a meeting of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee to discuss its recommendations to the Coast Guard on draft text for Towing Vessel Inspection rule making. Location: Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second St. SW, Room 6319. Contact: 202/372-1401.


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


In session. The Senate will recess from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. for the weekly party luncheons. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


10 a.m. Appropriationsinterior, environment and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Fiscal 2008 U.S. Forest Service Budget Request.” Witnesses include Mark Rey of the Agriculture Department and Abigail Kimbell of the U.S. Forest Service. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 124. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2:30 p.m. —Environment and Public Works Committeeholds a hearing on California’s request for a federal waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency so it can regulate greenhouse-gas emissions on new vehicles. Witnesses include California Attorney General Edmund Brown Jr. and Alexander Grannis of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 406. Contact: 202/224-8832.

3 p.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committeeholds a hearing, “Implementing Federal Emergency Management Agency Reform: Are We Prepared for the 2007 Hurricane Season? Witnesses include Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Michael Jackson and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator R. David Paulison. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342. Contact: 202/224-2627.


Meets at 9 a.m. for debate and at 10 a.m. to consider honoring Marquis de Lafayette on the 250th anniversary of his birth and to express sympathy to the citizens of Greensburg, Kan., after a tornado destroyed much of the town on May 4. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10 a.m. Foreign Affairs Committeeholds a hearing, “Iraq: Is Reconstruction Failing?” with Stuart W. Bowen Jr., special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172. Contact: 202/225-5021.

10 a.m. —Homeland Security Committeeholds a hearing, “The Role of the Department of Homeland Security in Gulf Coast Rebuilding and Recovery Efforts.” Witnesses include Lezli Baskerville of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education and John Castellani of the Business Roundtable. Location: Cannon House Office Building, Room 311. Contact: 202/226-2616.

1:30 p.m. —Select Energy Independence and Global Warming Committeeholds a hearing, “Economic Impacts of Global Warming: Green Collar Jobs.” Witnesses include Jerome Ringo of the Apollo Alliance and Van Jones of the Ella Baker Center. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2318. Contact: 202/225-2836.


Needs of children — all day Voices for Virginia’s Children and the Mason Project on Immigration hold a forum, “Defining the Unmet Needs of Children in Northern Virginia: The Opportunities and Challenges of a Diverse Community.” Events begin at 8:15 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Gerry Connolly of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors delivers remarks.

10:25 a.m. — Jenny Verdaguer of the Mason Project on Immigration discusses “A Snapshot of the Opportunities and Challenges in a Diverse Community.”

Location: George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Contact: 703/955-6325.

U.S.-China dialogue — 9:15 a.m. The U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue holds a meeting on work plans and discusses policies to address economic imbalances in order to ensure continued global growth, China’s economic development and further integration into the world trading system, greater openness of markets, cooperation on energy security and the environment, and innovation.

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — Opening statements and introductions

9:45 a.m. — Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger makes a presentation.

Participants include Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns; Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez; Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman; Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao; Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr.; and U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab. Location: Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Foreign programmers — 9:30 a.m. The Center for Immigration Studies holds a press conference on low-wage foreign programmers. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/466-8185.

Luncheon program — 1 p.m. — The National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon Program holds a discussion with John Robbins, chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, ballroom. Contact: 202/662-7516.

Forensic science — 2 p.m. — The Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations holds its annual “Forensic Science Technology Fair on Capitol Hill.” The fair will feature hands-on technology demonstrations on an array of equipment and crime scene investigation techniques.

Highlight — 4 p.m. — Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat, receives the “Friend of Forensics Award” at a reception.

Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-50. Contact: 202/972-9096.

Caucasus briefing — 3:30 p.m. — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) holds a briefing, “Islam in the North Caucasus.” Participants include Fatima Tlisova, former chief editor of the North Caucasus of Regnum Russian News Agency, and Judith Ingram of the Commission on International Religious Freedom. Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

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