- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 16, 2008


COMMITTEE MEETINGS9:30 a.m. APPROPRIATIONS Defense Subcommittee. Hearing on Defense Department medical programs. Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, surgeon general, Army; Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson, surgeon general, Navy; Lt. Gen. James G. Roudebush, surgeon general, Air Force; Maj. Gen. Gale Pollock - chief, Army Nurse Corps Rear Adm. Christine M. Bruzek-Kohler, director, Navy Nurse Corps; Maj. Gen. Melissa A. Rank, assistant surgeon general for nursing services, Air Force. Location: Room 192, Dirksen. 9:45 a.m. APPROPRIATIONS Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Hearing on the Education Department and teacher quality. Education Secretary Spellings; Michelle Rhee, chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools; John Wright, president, Arizona Education Association; Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University; William Poock, College Community School District, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Location: Room 138, Dirksen. 10 a.m. BANKING, HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS Full Committee. Hearing on proposals to mitigate foreclosures and restore liquidity to the mortgage markets. Assistant HUD Secretary Brian Montgomery; Art Murton, FDIC; Scott Polakoff, OTS. Location: Room 538, Dirksen. 2 p.m. BANKING, HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS Housing, Transportation and Community Development Subcommittee. Hearing on reform proposals for the housing voucher program. NYC Housing Commissioner Shaun Donovan; Barbara Sard, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Georges Moses, National Low Income Housing Coalition; Curt Hiebert, Housing Authority of New Hampshire. Location: Room 538, Dirksen. 2 p.m. JUDICIARY Crime and Drugs Subcommittee. Hearing on protection of children from violence and exploitation. U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott, Eastern District of California; Flint Waters, Wyoming Attorney General’s Office; Lt. Robert Moses, Delaware State Police; Michelle Collins, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; Grier Weeks, National Association to Protect Children. Location: Room 226, Dirksen. 2:30 p.m. ARMED SERVICES Personnel Subcommittee. Hearing on the quality of life issues for reserve and retired military personnel and family members. Retired Air Force Col. Steven P. Strobridge, Military Officers Association of America; retired Navy Master Chief Joseph L. Barnes, Fleet Reserve Association; Kathleen B. Moaker, National Military Family Association; retired Master Sgt. Michael P. Cline, Enlisted Guard of the United States; Meredith M. Beck, Wounded Warrior Project. Location: Room 232A, Russell. 2:30 p.m. SMALL BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP Full Committee. Hearing on the credit market’s impact on entrepreneurship. Hearing on the impact of the credit crunch on small business. FRB Governor Frederic Mishkin, SBA Administrator Steven Preston; Massachusetts Housing Secretary Daniel O’Connell; Marilyn Landis of Basic Business Concepts, Pittsburgh; Cynthia Bornstein, Kean University; Robert Mitchell, Mitchell and Best Homes, Rockville, Md.; Carolyn Kirk, Mayor, Gloucester, Mass. Location: Room 428A, Russell.


COMMITTEE MEETINGS8:45 a.m. SELECT INTELLIGENCE Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence Subcommittee. Closed. Hearing on global trouble spots. Location: Room H-405, Capitol. 10 a.m. APPROPRIATIONS Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee. Hearing on the SEC. Chairman Christopher Cox. Location: Room 2220, Rayburn. 10 a.m. ARMED SERVICES Full Committee. Hearing on the impact of globalization and foreign ownership on the defense industrial base. Location: Room 2118, Rayburn.

GENERAL AGENDA April 15 - 18 . POPE BENEDICT XVI Highlights: 10:30 a.m. Pope Benedict celebrates his 81st birthday and will be welcomed at the White House by President and Mrs. George Bush. 11:15 a.m. Private meeting with President Bush. Oval office. 12 p.m. Departs White House via popemobile. 5:15 p.m. Parade to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Route TBA. 5:20 p.m. Arrival at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. 5:30 p.m. Vespers in the Crypt (lower area) of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. 6 p.m. Delivers address to the bishops. 7 p.m. Program at National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception concludes. Contact: 202/541-3000

April 16 - 21. HIP HOP-PEACEBUILDING The first annual DC Hip Hop & Peacebuilding Festival will feature five days of hip hop events and nightly live performances by artists from five nations, coming together in one place to increase awareness of the political and social turmoil that plagues much of the world and the role hip hop can play to empower youth toward a future of peace, –- Highlights: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Film Screening: “Diamonds in the Rough” A Ugandan Hip Hop Revolution. The film will be followed by Q & A with the film-maker and Ugandan Hip Hop Artists. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Ronald Regan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 9 p.m. Kick Off Showcase: “Global Connection Tour” featuring: Babaluku (Uganda); Rah-P (Tanzania); Regime Change (Haiti); Da-Negus (Haiti); Toney Parka (DC); and Flex Mathews (DC). Location: DC 9, 1940 9th St. NW. Location: As noted. Contact: 202/595-3160

10:30 a.m. CLIMATE CHANGE The COM+ Alliance of Communicators for Sustainable Development, the World Bank Sustainable Development Network and the World Bank Latin America & the Caribbean External Affairs Unit holds a dialogue with members of the Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) on their perspectives on climate change ahead of the upcoming G8 Summit in Japan. Location: Conference Center I 1-200, World Bank I Bnuilding, 1850 Eye St. NW.

12 p.m. VTECH-GUN LAWS Protesters favoring stronger gun control laws, lay down on the Supreme Court steps for three minutes to mark the one year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings. Participants include Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Paul Helmke of the Brady Campaign. Location: Steps of the Supreme Court. Contact: Rhea Basroom, 212/843-8004

6 p.m. VIRGINIA TECH The Campaign for Mental Health Reform holds an event honoring Sens. Pete Domenici and Edward Kennedy. Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: William Emmet, 703/836-3066 7 p.m. CORRESPONDENTS DINNER Annual Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Location: Washington Hilton & Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW 7 p.m. PARKS AWARDS The National Parks Conservation Association presents awards to Rep. Nick Rahall and biologist E.O. Wilson. Location: National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Contact: Andrea Keller Helsel, 202/454-3332

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