- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 3, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers remarks on the budget and spending to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce at the Jay Group Inc. in Lancaster, Pa.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

1 p.m. — Energy Information Administration releases its weekly heating oil and propane residential and wholesale price-data report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m. — International Trade Commission holds a meeting to review competitive conditions affecting the U.S. industries that produce wood flooring and plywood. Location: International Trade Commission Building, 500 E St. SW. Contact: 202/205-3443.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on combating genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, focusing on the role of divestment and other policy tools. Senate Assistant Majority Leader Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat; and Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican, testify. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. — Special Committee on Aging holds a hearing, “Veterans’ Health: Ensuring Care for Our Aging Heroes.” Former Sen. Bob Dole, Kansas Republican, co-chairman of the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors, testifies. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.

2:30 p.m. — Foreign Relations East Asia and Pacific affairs subcommittee holds a hearing, “Burma’s Saffron Revolution.” The phrase “Saffron Revolution” connects the protests against Burma’s military dictatorship to the saffron-colored robes widely associated with Buddhist monks, who are at the forefront of the demonstrations. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Scot Marciel of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and others testify. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. — to consider the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA) Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007 and the Improving Government Accountability Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Financial Services Committee holds a hearing, “The Fight Against Global Poverty and Inequality: The World Bank’s Approach to Core Labor Standards and Employment Creation.” Peter Bakvis, director of the Washington Office of the International Trade Union Confederation/Global Unions, testifies. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4247.

10 a.m. — Homeland Security emergency communications, preparedness and response subcommittee holds a hearing, “Practicing Like We Play: Examining Homeland Security Exercises.” Dennis Schrader, deputy administrator for national preparedness at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Maj. Gen. Steven Saunders, director of joint doctrine, training and force development, National Guard Bureau, testify. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-2616.

10 a.m. — Small Business Committee holds a hearing, “The Internet Tax Moratorium: The Potential Negative Impacts on Small Businesses of Allowing the Moratorium to Expire.” Brian Bieron, senior director of federal government relations for EBay Inc., and Brett Dewey, chief executive officer of WickedCoolStuff.com, North Hollywood, Calif., testify. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.

GENERAL AGENDA

Piracy summit — all day The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) holds its fourth annual Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Summit. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Thomas Donohue, president and CEO of USCC, delivers welcoming remarks.

9:30 a.m. — Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, delivers remarks.

9:45 a.m. — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat, delivers remarks.

5 p.m. — Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez delivers remarks, “Department of Commerce Efforts to Protect Intellectual Property.”

5:30 p.m. — Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana Democrat, delivers a congressional keynote address.

Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Employment outlook — 9 a.m. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development holds a presentation, “OECD Employment Outlook 2007.” Martine Durand, OECD deputy director of employment, labor and social affairs, and David Smith, chief economist of the House Financial Services Committee, participate. Location: 369 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/785-6323.

Rice discussion — 12:15 p.m. The New America Foundation holds a discussion, “Revealing Rice — A Mixed Legacy of Success and Failure: Evaluating the Impact of Secretary Rice on Bush’s Foreign Policy.” Glenn Kessler, diplomatic correspondent of The Washington Post and author of “The Confidante,” and Steven Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program of the New American Foundation and publisher of www.thewashingtonnote.com, participate. Location: New America Foundation, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Pakistan’s foreign policy — 4:30 p.m. Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) holds a discussion, “Pakistan’s Foreign Policy in a Challenging Time,” with Zamir Akram, foreign-policy adviser to the prime minister of Pakistan. Location: SAIS, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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