- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 27, 2007


Participates in a photo-op with the Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year in the Oval Office of the White House. Signs the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Room 350. Meets with Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters and acting Federal Aviation Administrator Robert A. Sturgell in the Oval Office.


Speaks at a reception for Nevada Victory 2008, at a private residence in Las Vegas. Delivers remarks at a reception for Colorado Victory 2008 in Denver.


8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases the gross domestic product for second quarter 2007 (final estimate). Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.


10 a.m. — Federal Communications Commission holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age to discuss and consider potential areas in which to develop recommendations that will further enhance the ability of minorities and women to participate in the telecommunications and related industries. Location: FCC, 445 12th St. SW, Room TW-C305. Contact: 202/418-7452.


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


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


9 a.m. Indian Affairs Committee holds a markup of the Indian Housing Improvement Act and a hearing on the prevalence of violence against Indian women. Alex Arriaga, director of government relations at Amnesty International USA; Jami Rozell, educator-survivor resident of the Cherokee Nation, testify. Location: 485 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.

10:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation aviation operations, safety, and security subcommittee holds a hearing on “Congestion and Delays: The Impact on Travelers and Possible Solutions,” focusing on modernization and efforts to address the needs of the air traffic system and to improve the movement of aircraft and passengers. Calvin L. Scovel III, inspector general of the Transportation Department; Robert A. Sturgell, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, testify. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

2:30 p.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte; Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, testify. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.


Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007, and the Small Business Investment Expansion Act of 2007. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10 a.m. Homeland Security intelligence, information sharing, and terrorism risk assessment subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Way Forward With Fusion Centers: Challenges and Strategies for Change.” Eileen R. Larence, director of homeland security and justice issues at the Government Accountability Office; Todd Masse, specialist in domestic intelligence and counterterrorism at the Congressional Research Service, testify. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-2616.

10 a.m. — Natural Resources national parks, forests and public lands subcommittee holds a hearing on the Denali National Park and Alaska Railroad Land Exchange Act of 2007; to provide for certain administrative and support services for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission; and on the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial Enhancement Act of 2007. House Education and Labor Chairman George Miller, California Democrat; Rep. Don Young, Alaska Republican, testify. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6065.


Energy security — all day The White House Council on Environmental Quality hosts the Major Economies Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivers remarks.

6:35 p.m. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. delivers remarks.

Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/395-0801 or 202/456-6124.

Jena Six — noon The American Civil Liberties Union holds a briefing titled, “From the Little Rock Nine to the Jena Six,” to examine racism in America. Caseptla Bailey, mother, and Catrina Wallace, stepsister of Robert Bailey Jr., one of the Jena Six; Tory Pegram, public education director of ACLU of Louisiana, participate. Location: ACLU Washington Legislative Office, 915 15th St. NW, sixth floor reception room. Contact: 202/675-2312.

Winning the right war — 12:15 p.m. The New America Foundation holds a discussion on “Winning the Right War: The Path to Security for America and the World.” Philip Gordon, senior fellow for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution and author of “Winning the Right War”; and Peter Bergen, Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation and terrorism analyst for CNN, participate. Location: New America Foundation, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, seventh floor. Contact: 202/986-4901

Presidential forum — 9 p.m. The Public Broadcasting Service holds its All American Republican Presidential Forums, beginning at 9 p.m. 2008 presidential candidates: Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas; Reps. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, Duncan Hunter of California and Ron Paul of Texas; Alan Keyes, former State Department official; and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and moderators Tavis Smiley, media personality, Cynthia Tucket of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ray Suarez of PBS’ “The Newshour With Jim Lehrer” and Juan Williams of NPR, participate. Location: Morgan State University, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Hill Field House, Baltimore. Contact: 866/408-2804.

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