- The Washington Times - Monday, October 1, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

11 a.m. — Participates in an armed forces farewell tribute in honor of outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace and an armed forces hail in honor of incoming chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, Summerall Field, Fort Myer.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

4 p.m. Economic Research Servicereleases the commodity cost and return data. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/694-5050.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Food and Drug Administrationholds a meeting of the Presidential Interagency Working Group on Import Safety to identify actions the public and private sectors can take to promote the safety of products imported into the U.S. Location: Agriculture Department, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Jefferson Auditorium. Contact: 301/827-3360.

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket number 06-713: Washington State Grange v. Washington state Republican Party, consolidated with docket number 06-730, Washington v. Washington state Republican Party, one hour argument.

Docket number 06-637: Board of Education of City of New York v. Tom F.

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Meets at 2 p.m. for morning business and 3 p.m. to resume consideration of the defense authorization bill. The first roll-call vote will occur at 5:30 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning-hour debate and 2 p.m. to consider commending the 1st Brigade Combat Team/34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard upon its completion of the longest continuous deployment of any U.S. military unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom; to recognize the Navy UDT-Seal Museum in Fort Pierce, Fla., as the official national museum of Navy Seals and their predecessors. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Oversight and Government Reformdomestic-policy subcommittee holds a field hearing, “Combating Drug Abuse and Drug-Related Crime: What is Working in Baltimore?” Judy Weitzman, judge and chairman of the Maryland Drug Court Commission, and Ellen Heller, judge for Maryland’s 8th Judicial Circuit Court, testify. Location: University of Maryland School of Law, 500 W. Baltimore St., Ceremonial Moot Courtroom, Baltimore. Contact: 202/225-5051.

GENERAL AGENDA

Public-policy conference — all day The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute holds its 2007 public policy conference. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 7:30 a.m. — Breakfast honoring union leader Linda Chavez-Thompson, “Celebration of Latino Labor Leadership”

10:30 a.m. — Reps. Loretta Sanchez, Joe Baca and Hilda L. Solis, California Democrats; Ruben Hinojosa, Texas Democrat; and Ed Pastor, Arizona Democrat, deliver remarks during breakout sessions.

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW. Contact: 202/225-4573.

Women and science — all day The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Women and Science.” Events begin at 9:15 a.m.

Highlights — 9:40 a.m. — Rosalind Chaitt Barnett of Brandeis University; David Geary of the University of Missouri; Richard Haier of the University of California-Irvine Medical School, participate in a panel discussion, “The Science on Women and Science: What the Data Say”

1:40 p.m. — Christina Hoff Sommers of AEI; Joshua Aronson of New York University; Amy Wax of the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and Charles Murray of AEI deliver remarks, “Stereotype Threat: The State of the Research.” Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW., Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Import safety — 8 a.m. The Interagency Working Group on Import Safety holds a meeting to identify actions the public and private sectors can take to promote the safety of products imported into the U.S.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — HHS Secretary Michael O. Leavitt, chairman of the working group; acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner; and EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson, deliver remarks

5 p.m. — Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez delivers remarks.

Location: Agriculture Department, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Jefferson Auditorium, South Building. Contact: 202/720-4623; or 202/720-9113.

Consumers at risk — 9 a.m. The Hudson Institute and the Coalition to Keep America Connected hold a conference, “Consumers At Risk: Exploring the Impact on Consumers of Reduced Universal Service Fund Payments to Telecommunications Providers.”

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Robert Westcott and Robert Cohen, authors of the report, present their findings

10 a.m. — Rep. Lee Terry, Nebraska Republican, delivers the morning keynote address.

10:45 a.m. — Robert Westcott and Robert Cohen, CKSC study authors; Harold Furchtgott-Roth, former commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission and Hudson Institute senior fellow; John Rose, president of the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies, participate in a panel discussion.

12:15 p.m.: FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate delivers the afternoon keynote address.

Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St. NW., sixth floor. Contact: 202/223-7770.

Honor review — 11 a.m. The Defense Department holds an armed forces full honor review in honor of Marine Gen. Peter Pace, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Navy Adm. Michael Mullens, the incoming chairman. President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates participate. Location: Summerall Field, Fort Myer. Contact: 202/685-4645.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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