- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 18, 2007

PRESIDENT BUSH

No public events.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleases the producer price indexes for August. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Small Business Administrationholds a meeting of the SBA Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs to discuss issues pertaining to SBA’s services. Location: SBA, 409 Third St. SW, Eisenhower Conference Room, seventh floor. Contact: 202/205-6773.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Finance Committeeholds a hearing on “Breaking the Methamphetamine Supply Chain: Meeting Challenges at the Border.” Thomas Siebel, chairman of the Meth Project, Palo Alto, Calif.; and Peter Wolfgram, president and chief executive of Bungalow Drug Inc., Belgrade, Mont., testify. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

10:30 a.m. Judiciary Committeeholds a hearing on “Examining Approaches to Corporate Fraud Prosecutions and the Attorney-Client Privilege Under the McNulty Memorandum.” Karin Immergut, U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon and chairman of the white-collar subcommittee for the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee; and Dick Thornburgh, K&L; Gates, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. for morning-hour debate and 10 a.m. to consider commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and recognizing the 60th anniversary of the United States Air Force as an independent military service. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

11 a.m. Judiciary Committeeholds a hearing on “Warrantless Surveillance and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: The Role of Checks and Balances in Protecting American’s Privacy Rights.” National Intelligence Director Michael McConnell and Assistant Attorney General for National Security Kenneth Wainstein testify. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

11 a.m. Veterans Affairs Committeeholds a hearing on “State of the Department of Veterans Affairs.” VA Secretary Jim Nicholson and VA Undersecretary for Benefits Daniel Cooper of the Veterans Benefits Administration testify. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9756.

2 p.m. Education and Laborworkforce protections subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Family and Medical Leave Act: Extending Coverage to Military Families Left at Home.” Senate banking Chairman Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat; Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; and Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, testify. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-0853.

GENERAL AGENDA

Opportunity conference — all day The Labor Department holds its fifth annual Opportunity Conference with Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Morning session

12:45 p.m. — Mrs. Chao delivers the keynote address.

1:30 p.m. — Afternoon session

2 p.m. — U.S. Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral delivers remarks.

Location: Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/693-4676 or 202/693-4665.

American competitiveness — 8:30 a.m. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez hosts the inaugural National Summit on American Competitiveness. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao; Wayne Clough, president of Georgia Tech; Gary Jacobs, chairman of High Tech High; and John Menzer, vice chairman and chief administrative officer of Wal-Mart, participate in a panel discussion. Location: Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/375-4543; or 202/482-4883.

Obama’s policies — 12:45 p.m. The Brookings Institution hosts an address on the economy, opportunity and tax policy by Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, 2008 presidential candidate. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Democracy awards — 3:30 p.m. The National Endowment for Democracy holds a panel discussion and reception for the annual Democracy Awards. Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican; Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, New York Democrat; Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican; Hisham Kassem, publisher in Egypt; and Kavi Chongkittavorn, campaigner for press freedom throughout Southeast Asia, deliver remarks. Location: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/378-9700.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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