- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 15, 2008

SENATE10 a.m. APPROPRIATIONS Labor. HHS, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Hearing on the challenges of long term health care costs. Location: Room 138, Dirksen. 10 a.m. BANKING, HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS Full Committee. Hearing on domestic credit markets. John Remondi, Sallie Mae; Tom Deutsch, American Securitization Forum; Patricia McGuire, Trinity Washington University; Sarah Flanagan, National Association of Independent Colleges and universities; Mark Kantrowitz, FinAid.org. Location: Room 538, Dirksen. 10 a.m. FINANCE Full Committee. Hearing on “Tax: Fundamentals in Advance of Reforms.” Daniel Shaviro, New York University law school; Michael Graetz, Yale Law School; Jason Furman, Brookings Institution; Robert Carroll, The Tax Foundation. Location: Room 215, Dirksen. 3 p.m. ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS Transportation, Safety, Infrastructure Security and Water Quality Subcommittee. Hearing on pharmaceuticals in the domestic water supplies. EPA Assistant Administrator Benjamin Grumbles; Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council; Alan Goldhammer, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacdturers of America. Location: Room 406, Dirksen. 3:15 p.m. HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS Full Committee. Hearing on problems with the 2010 Census. Commerce Secretary Gutierrez; Census Director Steven Murdock; Mathew Scire, GAO; David Powner, GAO. Location: Room 342, Dirksen.

HOUSE FLOOR SCHEDULE 10:30 a.m. Meets for morning hour debate and at noon for legislative business. COMMITTEE MEETINGS 9:30 a.m. ARMED SERVICES Full Committee. Hearing on partnerships and development of the interagency process. Location: Room 2118, Rayburn. 9:30 a.m. ENERGY AND COMMERCE Telecommuncations and the Internet Subcommittee. Hearing on the FCC’s 700MHz auction. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, commissioners Michael Copps, Jonathan Adelstein, Deborah Taylor Tate and Robert McDowell; Morgan O’Brien, Chairman, Cyren Call Communications Corp.; Harold Feld, Media Access Project; Harlin McEwen, Public Safety Specgtrum Trust; retired Coast Guard rear Adm. Robert Duncan; Steven Zipperstein, Verizon Wireless; Coleman Bazelon, The Brattle Group; Stewart Douglas Hutcheson, Cricket Communications; NYC Deputy Police Chief Charles Dowd. Location: Room 2123, Rayburn. 9:30 a.m. ENERGY AND COMMERCE Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee. Hearing on the FCC and the recent auction of 700 Mhz airwaves. Location: Room 2322, Rayburn. 9:30 a.m. JUDICIARY Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee. Hearing on H.R. 5689 - Smuggled Tobacco Prevention Act of 2008. Location: Room 2141, Rayburn. 2 p.m. FINANCIAL SERVICES Capital Markets, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee. Hearing on H.R. 5579 - Emergency Mortgage Loan Modification Act of 2008. Ralph DaLoisio, Natixis Structured Finance Group; Robert Story, Jr., Seattle Financial Group; others. Location: Room 2128, Rayburn. 2 p.m. HOMELAND SECURITY Full Committee. Hearing on TSA improvements in security for all modes of transportation. Location: Room 311, Cannon.

GENERAL AGENDAApril 15 - 18. POPE BENEDICT XVI Highlights: 4 p.m. Arrives at Andrews AFB and is greeted by President and Mrs. George Bush and Catholic Church officials. Contact: 202-541-3000

ALL DAY April 10 - 18. ROENTGEN RAY ASSOCIATION The American Roentgen Ray Association holds its annual convention. Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Park Road NW. Contact: Hope Neely, 703-858-4336

April 12 - 16. NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION The Newspaper Association of America holds its Capital Conference ‘08, incorporting Nexpo, ASNE and Associated Press (annual meeting) events. Highlights: 9 a.m. NEXPO/NAA/ASNE General Session - Navigating the Digital Future - What’s Next for Media Companies. 12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., address Capital Conference Luncheon. 2:45 p.m.- 4 p.m. NAA/ASNE Race and the Presidential Campaign. Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.

9 a.m. UNMARRIED WOMEN VOTERS Stan Greenberg and Anna Greenberg of Greenberg, Qunilan, Rosner Research hold a breakfast briefing will release a new poll showing a significant gap between married and unmarried women in how they view the candidates, the issues, and the choices America faces. Background: While both groups prioritize economic issues, unmarried women say they are not hearing their real-life needs from candidates , including pay equity, a higher minimum wage, and paid family leave - addressed by any of the candidates. Location: Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research, 10 G St NE, Suite 500. Contact: Trevor FitzGibbon, 202-246-5303

9:45 a.m. AMERICA-SICK The Congressional Black Caucus holds a forum on what is making America sick with screening of a documentary film, “UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” Location: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St. NW. Contact: Ajeenah Amir, 202-833-9771

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. HEALTHCARE-PAYMENT INCENTIVES The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association holds a news briefing, “Changing Payment Incentives: Our Best Hope To Improve Healthcare Quality.” Speakers and topics: Dr. Jon Rice, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, will discuss the Plans’ patient-centered medical home initiative state-of-the-art programs that pay doctors and hospitals for the best possible care, not just more services. Dr. Robert Mandel, Vice President Health Care Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will discuss the Plans’ new “Alternative Quality Contract” which focuses on linking accountability for quality and total cost at the integrated delivery system level. Dr. Donald Fischer, Senior Vice President for Health Care Services, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield will discuss the Plans “QualityBLUE Program” a reimbursement incentives program that promotes safer hospital practices in over 30 hospitals in Pennsylvania. Location: Room 608, Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: Sabrina Jones, 202-626-8625

4 p.m. STEM CELLS RESEARCH The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meets to discuss a consensus statement on the implications of recent research to create eggs and sperm in the lab from multipurpose stem cells.The statement, drafted by scientists and ethicists during an April 9-11 meeting at Hinxton in the United Kingdom, will address the ethics and policy challenges raised by the research. Speakers: Ruth Faden, professor of biomedical ethics and executive director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University; Robin Lovell-Badge, head of the division of stem cell biology and developmental genetics, Medical Research Councils National Institute for Medical Research, United Kingdom; and Debra Mathews, assistant director for science programs, Berman Institute of Bioethics, and assistant professor of pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University. Location: AAAS Auditorium, 1200 New York Ave. NW. Contact: Earl Lane, 202-326-643

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