- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 2, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

9:35 a.m. — Meets with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in the Oval Office of the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleases the metropolitan area employment and unemployment statistics for August. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

1 p.m. — Commodity Futures Trading Commission holds a meeting to receive a report on activities of CFTC Office of International Affairs and to discuss cross-border clearing issues. Location: CFTC, 3 Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st St. NW. Contact: 202/418-5078.

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket number 06-7949: Gall v. United States

Docket number 06-6330: Kimbrough v. United States

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairsoversight of government management, the federal workforce and theDistrict of Columbia subcommittee holds a hearing, “Preparing the National Capital Region for a Pandemic.” Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

10 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a hearing, “Preserving the Rule of Law in the Fight Against Terrorism.” Jack Goldsmith, professor of law at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., testifies. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

10:30 a.m. — Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “An Examination of the National Flood Insurance Program.” David Maurstad, assistant administrator for mitigation and federal insurance administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, testifies. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. for morning-hour debate and 10 a.m. to consider S.474 to award a Congressional Gold Medal to renowned heart surgeon Dr. Michael Ellis DeBakey; also to express sympathy for the victims of thunderstorms that caused severe flooding during August in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Oversight and Government Reform Committeeholds a hearing, “Private Security Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan,” focusing on the mission and performance of Blackwater USA and its affiliated companies. Erik Prince, chairman of the Prince Group LLC and Blackwater USA; and David Satterfield, senior adviser and coordinator for Iraq for the secretary of state, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5051.

10 a.m. Science and Technologytechnology and innovation subcommittee holds a hearing, “The United States Fire Administration Reauthorization: Addressing the Priorities of the Nation’s Fire Service.” U.S. Fire Administrator Gregory Cade, for the Homeland Security Department’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, testifies. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6375.

2 p.m. — Financial Services oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing, “Credit-Based Insurance Scores: Are They Fair?” The hearing will review the Federal Trade Commission report, “Credit-Based Insurance Scores: Impacts on Consumers of Automobile Insurance,” which focused on Hispanic and black consumers. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4247.

GENERAL AGENDA

Hispanic conference — all day The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute holds its 2007 Public Policy Conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Democrat Reps. Charlie Gonzales and Ruben Hinojosa of Texas, Albio Sires of New Jersey and Hilda L. Solis of California deliver remarks during the breakout sessions.

2 p.m. Mrs. Solis; actress America Ferrera of ABC’s “Ugly Betty”; Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County supervisor; and Patricia Romero Lankao, scientist, participate in the Latina Leader Awards event.

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

Medical technology conference — all day The Advanced Medical Technology Association holds an AdvaMed 2007 conference as a part of the fifth “MedTech Week.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights 5:15 p.m. — Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez delivers remarks.

5:30 p.m. — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, and Michael Mussallem, chief executive officer of Edwards Lifescienes, participate in the gala reception.

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/739-2424, Ext. 110.

Trade symposium 11:30 a.m. The New Democrat Network holds a symposium on the future of U.S. trade policy, with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Montana Democrat. Location: Phoenix Park Hotel, 520 N. Capitol St. NW. Contact: 202/544-9200.

Low-wage workers noon The Urban Institute holds a forum, “Next Steps in Providing Benefits to Low-Wage Workers.” Linda Blumberg, principal research associate at the Health Policy Center of the Urban Institute, and Harry Holzer, visiting fellow of the Urban Institute and professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, participate. Location: Urban Institute, 2100 M St. NW. Contact: 202/833-7200.

Education leaders 6:30 p.m. The Center for American Progress Action Fund holds a reception for congressional education leaders and begin the National Center on Time and Learning. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat; Rep. Donald M. Payne, New Jersey Democrat; and John Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, participate. Location: S-211, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/682-1611.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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