- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 17, 2008

SENATE

COMMITTEE MEETINGS10 a.m. APPROPRIATIONS Transportation, HUD, and Related Agencies Subcommittee. Hearing on the FAA safety and modernization performance programs. Acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell; DOT IG Calvin Scovel III. Location: Room 138, Dirksen. 10 a.m. FINANCE Full Committee. Hearing on pending nominations. Location: Room 215, Dirksen. 10:30 a.m.INDIAN AFFAIRS Full Committee. Hearing on the National Indian Gaming Commission. Location: Room 562, Russell. 2 p.m. HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS State, Local and Private Sector Preparedness and Integration Subcommittee. Hearing on fusion centers, focusing on a recent progress report. Location: Room 342, Dirksen.

HOUSE

FLOOR SCHEDULE8:30 a.m. Meets and recesses immediately for the Former Members’ Association annual meeting. Reconvenes at 10 a.m. for legislative business. Highlights: Completes consideration of H.R. 5715 - Ensuring continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008. COMMITTEE MEETINGS9:30 a.m. SMALL BUSINESS Full Committee. Hearing on maintaining public lands for hunting, fishing, ranching and small businesses. Assistant Interior Secredtary C. Stephen Allred; Gary Amerine, Greys River Trophies, Daniel, Wyo.; Bill Dvorak, Dvorak Expeditions, Nathrop, Colo.; Chris Velasquez, rancher, Blanco, N.M.; Scott Moyer, Down Valley Septic and Drain, Rifle, Colo. Location: Room 1539, Longworth. 10 a.m. ARMED SERVICES Military Personnel Subcommittee. Overview hearing on military morale, welfare and recreation issues. Leslye A. Arsht, deputy undersecretary of Defense; Maj. Gen. John A. Macdonald, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Installation Management Command and commander, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command; Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, commander, Navy Exchange Service Command; Brig. Gen. Keith L. Thurgood, commander, Army and Air Force Exchange Service; Timothy R. Larsen, director, Personal and Family Readiness Division, Marine Corps; Richard Page, acting director, Defense Commissary Agency; John Baker, director, Fleet and Family Readiness Program, Navy Installations Command; Arthur J. Myers, director of services, Air Force Location: Room 2118, Rayburn. 10 a.m. FINANCIAL SERVICES Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee. hearing on H.R. 5244 - Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights. Steven Autrey, Fredericksburg, Va.; Susan Wones, Denver; Marvin Weatherspoon, Blue Island, Ill.; Stephen M. Strachan, York, Pa.; Sandra Braunstein, Director, Federal Reserve System; Marty Gruenberg, FDIC; Julie Williams, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; John Bowman, OTS; John Carey, Citi Cards, Citigroup Inc.; Larry Sharnak, American Express; Carlos Minetti, Discover Financial Services; Travis B. Plunkett, Consumer Federation of America; Linda Sherry, Consumer Action; Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Location: Room 2128, Rayburn. 10 a.m. JUDICIARY Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee. Hearing on pending legislation. Location: Room 2141, Rayburn. 1 p.m. OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM Domestic Policy Subcommittee. Hearing on transparency in the meat industry. Location: Room 2154, Rayburn. 2 p.m. ARMED SERVICES Strategic Forces Subcommittee. Hearing on the FY09 appropriations for the missile defense programs. Undersecretary of Defense John Young; Charles McQueary, Defense Department; Lt. Gen. Henry Obering III, Director, Missile Defense Agency; Lt. Gen. Kevin Campbell, command general, Army Space and Missile Defense Command. Location: Room 2212, Rayburn.

GENERAL AGENDA

April 15 - 18. POPE BENEDICT XVI Highlights: 6 a.m.Gates open at National Park; pre-Mass program begins. 6:30 a.m.Confessionals open at Nationals Park. 8:30 a.m.Procession of clergy begins at Nationals Park. 9:30 a.m.Pope Benedict arrives at National Park Stadium. 9:35 a.m.Pope travels around track inside stadium in the popemobile. 10 a.m.Celebrates Mass at Nationals Park. Prior to the Mass, Mezzo soprano Denyce Graves and tenor Placido Domingo will sing at a call to worship. 12 p.m.Mass ends. 5 p.m.Arrival and welcome via motorcade at Catholic University. Greetings from Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl and other Catholic clergy and officials. 5:15 p.m. Enters the hall at Catholic University and delivers address to Catholic educators. 6:15 p.m. Enters popemobile and departs Catholic University. 6:30 p.m. Arrives at Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, 3900 Harewood Road NE, to participate in Interreligious gathering with Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Jain and Hindu communities. Contact: Sr. Mary Anne Walsh, 301/587-4762. Contact: 202/541-3000 April 16 - 18. PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM Highlights: 2:35 p.m.News conference with President Bush. Rose Garden. 7 p.m. Social dinner at the White House. Note: Times subject to change without notice. April 16 - 19 SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT LEE MYUNG-BAK Highlights: Meets with congressional leaders. April 16 - 17 . MORTGAGE BANKERS The Mortgage Bankers Association holds its National Policy Conference. Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW Contacts: 800/793-6227 April 16 - 18 . SMALL BUSINESS The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a Small Business Summit. Highlights: 8 a.m.Sen. Ben Nelson Location: Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St. NW. Contacts: 202/463-5682 April 17 - 20 . HEALTH DISPARITIES The Office of Minority Health and the National Hispanic Medical Association hold a conference to share health care innovations affecting Latinos. Location: Washington Hilton & Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW Contacts: 703/369-0414 MORNING 8:30 a.m.ONLINE PRIVACY The Annenberg Schools for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California sponsor a panel discussion, Do You Know Enough about Online Privacy. Participants: Penn Annenberg Professor Joseph Turow; Commissioner Pamela Harbour of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission; Jeff Chester, executive director, Center for Digital Democracy; Eszter Hargittai, assistant professor, Northwestern University; Jane Horvath, chief privacy officer, Google; Kathryn Montgomery, professor, American University; Jules Polonetsky, chief privacy officer for AOL, a unit of Time Warner; Marc Rotenberg, executive director, Electronic Privacy Information Center; and Peter Swire, professor, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University. Location: National Press Club, Zenger Room. Contacts: Carrie Collins, 301-664-9000 ext 18 Notes: Continental breakfast at 8 a.m. Please RSVP with 301-664-9000 Ext. 15 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. GROWTH STRATEGIES-URBANIZATION The Commission on Growth and Development, World Bank Urban Development Unit, and InfoShop host a half-day seminar on Growth Strategies and Urbanization: Insights from the Commission on Growth and Development. Opening remarks by Danny Leipziger, Vice President and Head of Network, Poverty Reduction and Economic Managment, The World Bank Group. Closing remarks by Graeme P. Wheeler, Managing Director, The World Bank Group. Participants include: Michael Spence, Nobel Laureate in Economics, and Chairman of the Commission on Growth and Development. Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank Main Complex, 1818 H St. NW. Notes: Please RSVP to [email protected] 9 a.m.ADVANCED BIOFUELS The Biotechnology Industry Organization will host a panel session, titled Biotechnology: A Key Enabling Technology for Expanding Biofuels Production, discussing how biotechnology is unlocking the potential of the biofuels industry and accelerating growth toward meeting the new Renewable Fuel Standard. Speakers will examine new energy crops and advanced biofuel production processes during the Biomass 2008: Fueling Our Future conference, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Speakers and topics: Brent Erickson, executive vice president, Industrial and Environmental Section, BIO, on Accelerating Production of Advanced Biofuels with Industrial Biotech Breakthroughs; and Neal Gutterson, CEO, Mendel Biotechnology, on Agricultural Biotechnology Improvements for Dedicated Energy Crops. Location: Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Va. Contacts: Paul Winters, 202-962-9237 9 a.m. PICKENS Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens speaks at Georgetown University about, It’s Time America Gets Serious About an Energy Plan. Location: Gonda Theater, Davis Performing Arts Center, on campus. Contacts: Andy Pino, 202/687-8610 9:30 a.m. ECONOMIC MOBILITY The Pew Charitable Trusts holds a panel discussion on how much the federal government spends on promoting economic mobility. Location: Suite 900, 1025 F St. NW. Contacts: n/a Notes: Space limited. RSVP to [email protected] 9:30 a.m. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION Ten citizens groups hold a news conference to announce the formation of a coalition against illegal immigration. Location: National Press Clubl. Contacts: Jill Farrell, 202/646-5188 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.RAPE INVESTIGATION The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network sponsors a briefing, Anatomy of a Rape, to explain what really happens in a rape investigation. The sponsor will discus DNA analysis, whether we are making progress in ending sexual assault, and what federally-supported services exits to benefit victims of exual violence, and related issues. Presenters include: Jeffrey Sedgwick, acting assistant attornery general at DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs and the director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics; Amanda Sanberg, a college student and rape survivor; Evelyn Fortier and Smita Satiani of RAINN; Kim Day, a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner; Joye Frost, Program Development Division Director of the Office of Victims of Crime, DOJ; and Pete Marone, Virginia State Crime Lab Director. Location: Room 1116, Longworth House Office Building. Contacts: Smita Satiani, 202-544-7371 Notes: Coffee and light refreshments will be available. To RSVP, please contact Evelyn Fortier at 202/544-5537 or Smita Satiani at 202/544-7371. 10 a.m. IMMIGRANT LABOR The Cato Institute holds a briefing on Highly Skilled Immigrants: Opening the Doors to Prosperity, with Sen. Judd Gregg. Location: Room G-11, Dirksen. Contacts: n/a, 202/789-5229 10 a.m. MILITARY HOUSING Sen. Wayne Allard gives a keynote address at the Bond Buyer’s 3rd Annual Financing Military Housing Privatization Conference Location: Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. Contacts: Steve Wymer, 202-224-6207 10 a.m. TREASURY-REGULATORY Assistant Treasury Secretary David Nason speaks on a Council on Foregin Relations conference call on the Treasury’s regulatory blueprint. Notes: Callin numb er: 800-853-3893; pascode: Bluprint 10:30 a.m.VETERANS-PTSD The RAND Corp. holds a telephone briefing to announce the results of the first large-scale nongovernmental study of the psychological needs of military service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Contacts: Warren Robak, 310/451-6913 Notes: RSVP required. Call contact for details. 1:30 p.m. REGENERATIVE MEDICINE Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. S. Ward Casscells, and Surgeon General of the Army Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, announce the creation of the new, federally-funded institution, the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Location: Pentagon briefing room. Contacts: 703/697-5131 2 p.m. ARMENIA The U.S. Helsinki Commission holds a hearing on Armenia, with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza, Assistant to the President of Armenia Vigen Sargsian, and spokesman Arman Grigorian for former President Levon Ter-Petrossian. Location: Room B-318, Rayburn. Contacts: Lale Mamaux, 202/225-1901

3 p.m. SATELLITE-CLIMATE Signing of an agreement between the Japanese Space Agency and the World Bank to provide advanced date to better adapt to climate threats in Latin America and the Caribbean. Location: Room I-8-200, World Bank, 1850 Eye St. NW. Contacts: Stevan Jackson, 202/458-5054 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. JACKIE ROBINSON The George Washington University’s Jackie Robinson Society will host Jackie Robinson Night to commemorate the anniversary of the late-baseball legend’s historic breakthrough into major league baseball and his profound effect on America, both on and off the field. The program will feature a keynote address Jackie Robinson: An Informal Civil Rights Leader by Michael Long, assistant professor of religious studies at Elizabethtown College (Pennsylvania). Bobby Mitchell, JC Hayward, and Joan Hodges will receive the 2008 George Washington University Jackie Robinson Society Community Recognition Awards. Location: Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St. NW. Contacts: Nick Massella, 202/994-3087

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