- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 24, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Chinese Vice Prime Minister Wu Yi and Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. at the White House; participates in a photo event with recipients of the 2006 President’s E Award and E Star Award for export achievement at the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases a report on manufacturers’ shipments and orders of durable goods for April. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Securities and Exchange Commission holds a meeting to discuss proxy voting mechanics. Location: 100 F St. NE, auditorium, Room L-002. Contact: 202/551-5400.

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

10:30 a.m. Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing, “The Issue of the Potential Impacts of Global Warming on Recreation and the Recreation Industry.” Witnesses include Daniel Scott, Canada research chairman for global change and tourism at the University of Waterloo, and Michael Berry, president of the National Ski Areas Association. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 406. Contact: 202/224-8832.

2 p.m. —Finance energy, natural resources and infrastructure subcommittee holds a hearing, “Energy Efficiency: Can Tax Incentives Reduce Consumption?” Witnesses include Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, and Stuart Thorn, president of Southwire Co. in Carrolton, Ga. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 215. Contact: 202/224-4515.

3 p.m. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs disaster recovery subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Road Home? An Examination of the Goals, Costs, Management and Impediments Facing Louisiana’s Road Home Program.” Witnesses include Donald Powell, federal coordinator for Gulf Coast rebuilding; Nelson Bregon, assistant deputy secretary of housing and urban development; and David Maurstad, mitigation deputy administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342. Contact: 202/224-2627.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Energy and Commerce energy and air quality subcommittee holds a hearing, “Discussion Drafts Concerning Energy Efficiency, Smart Electricity Grid, Energy Policy Act of 2005 Title XVII Loan Guarantees, and Standby Loans for Coal-to-Liquids Projects.” Witnesses include Deputy Assistant Energy Secretary David Rogers and Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2123. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. —Natural Resources national parks, forests and public lands subcommittee and fisheries, wildlife and oceans subcommittee hold a joint hearing, “No Child Left Inside: Reconnecting Kids With the Outdoors.” Witnesses include Associate Deputy Interior Secretary James Cason and Gail Kimbell, chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Location: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1324. Contact: 202/225-6065.

1 p.m. —Foreign Affairs Europe subcommittee holds a hearing, “Expanding the Visa Waiver Program, Enhancing Trans-Atlantic Relations.” Witnesses include Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Stephen Edson and Deputy Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Nathan Sales. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2200. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Benefits conference — all day The Labor Department holds its employee benefits conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 1 p.m. — Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao delivers remarks.

Location: Capital Hilton, 16th and K streets Northwest. Contact: 202/693-4676.

Small-business conference — all day The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds “America’s Small Business Summit.” Events begin at 7 a.m.

Highlights — 7 a.m. — Small Business Administration Administrator Steven C. Preston delivers remarks.

Noon — “We Mean Business: A Pre-Rally Luncheon,” with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican; Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., president and chief executive officer of the American Gaming Association; and Joseph O’Neill, president and CEO of Public Strategies Washington Inc. and former CEO of the National Retail Federation

4 p.m. — Rally with Senate Assistant Majority Leader Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat; House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican; and House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican, in Room G-50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building

7 p.m. — Small Business of the Year awards dinner

Location: Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel, 999 Ninth St. Northwest, or as noted. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Rental housing — all day The Federal Housing Administration holds a symposium, “Preservation: Now and in the Future,” on affordable rental housing. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlight — 1:15 p.m. — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson delivers remarks.

FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery participates. Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/708-0685.

Sarbanes-Oxley discussion — noon The Hudson Institute holds a discussion, “Has Sarbanes-Oxley Harmed Entrepreneurs?” Participants include Rick Geddes of Cornell University and Alex Pollock of the American Enterprise Institute. Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St. NW, sixth floor. Contact: 202/223-7770.

Ferraro gala — 7 p.m. The Sons of Italy Foundation holds its annual gala to honor former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, New York Democrat, with the SIF Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service. Also to be honored is Nicholas Donofrio, executive vice president of innovation and technology at IBM Corp. Participants include Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat; Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; and Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat. Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/547-2900.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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