- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 22, 2008

SENATE

COMMITTEE MEETINGS 10 a.m. BANKING, HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS Full Committee. Hearing on the role of credit rating agencies in the nation’s credit problems. SEC Chairman Christopher Cox. Location: Room 538, Dirksen.

10 a.m. COMMERCE, SCIENCE AND TRANSPORTATION Full Committee. Hearing on the future of the Internet. Location: Room 253, Russell.

10:30 a.m. FOREIGN RELATIONS International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection Subcommittee. Hearing on international deforestation and climate change adapting. Stuart Eizenstat; Kevin Gurney, Purdue University; David Hayes, former deputy Interior secretary. Location: Room 419, Dirksen.

2:30 p.m. COMMERCE, SCIENCE AND TRANSPORTATION Full Committee. Hearing on the report of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. Location: Room 253, Russell.

HOUSE

FLOOR SCHEDULE 12:30 p.m. FLOOR SCHEDULE Meets for morning hour, and at 2 p.m. turns to legislative business. Highlights: Suspensions (11 Bills): 1) H.R. 3513 - Copper Salmon Wilderness Act. 2) H.R. 5151 - Wild Monongahela Act: A National Legacy for West Virginia’s Special Places. 3) H.R. 831 - Coffman Cove Administrative Site Conveyance Act. 4) H.R. 3734 - Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Act. 5) H.Con.Res. 323 - Expressing Congressional support for the goals and ideals of National Health Care Decisions Day. 6) H.R. 5613 - Protecting the Medicaid Safety Net Act of 2008. 7) H.Res. 981 - Recognizing March 6, 2008, as the first-ever World Glaucoma Day, established to increase awareness of glaucoma, which is the second leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States and worldwide. 8) H.Res. 1112 - Recognizes 2008 as the International Year of the Reef. 9) H.Res. 1118 - Honoring the life and achievements of John Archibald Weaver and expressing condolences on his passing. 10) H.Res. 1117 - Declaring the support of the House of Representatives for the goals and ideals of Earth Day and for developing the scientific and technological capabilities to achieve those goals. 11) H.Con.Res. 322 - Recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the modern State of Israel and reaffirming the bonds of close friendship and cooperation between the United States and Israel.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS 11 a.m. EDUCATION AND LABOR Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee. Field hearing on environmental education. Location: National Wildlife Visitor Center, Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge, Laurel.

11 a.m. ENERGY AND COMMERCE Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. Hearing on contaminated heparin from China. FDA Commissioner Andrew C. von Eschenbach; Gail H. Cassell, Eli Lilly and Co.; Marcia G. Crosse, GAO; William Hubbard, Coalition for a Stronger FDA; Benjamin L. England, FDAImports.com Inc.; Carl R. Nielsen, former director, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Division of Import Operations, FDA. Location: Room 2123, Rayburn.

4:30 p.m. JUDICIARY Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee. Hearing on H.R. 4109 - Prison Abuse Remedies Act of 2007. Location: Room 2141, Rayburn.

GENERAL AGENDA

8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. ENERGY FORUM-DIESEL TECHNOLOGY Congressional Quarterly and the Diesel Technology Forum host an energy forum to discuss low emissions and the role of a new generation of diesel technology. With Rep. G.K. Butterfield; Peter Ashcroft, Environmental Defense Fund; Paul Bubbosh, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Patrick Charbonneau, Navistar Inc.; John Graham, Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School; Trevor Jones, National Academy of Sciences; and John Kniess, Advanced Biofuels Coalition Location: Chamber Room, 9th floor, Capitol View Conference Center, 101 Constitution Ave. NW Contact: cqforumcq.com Notes: Breakfast served at 8 a.m. Space limited, registration requested.

9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY-BORDER ENFORCEMENT The Washington International Trade Association and the U.S. International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association hold a discussion on “Protecting Intellectual Property at the Border: Section 337 Investigations and Customs Enforcement.” With Lynn Levin, Office of Unfair Import Investigations, U.S. ITC; David Nickel, Miller and Chevalier; and others. Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Horizon Ballroom, ground floor. Contact: 202/312-1600

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ABSTINENCE EDUCATION The Heritage Foundation hosts a briefing on new research on the effectiveness of abstinence education. With Stan E. Weed, Ph.D., Research Director, Institute for Research & Evaluation; Robert E. Rector, Senior Research Fellow, Domestic Policy at The Heritage Foundation; Christine Kim, Policy Analyst, Domestic Policy at The Heritage Foundation; and Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) Location: National Press Club, 14th and F Sts. NW Contact: Jessica Prol, 202/608-1544 Notes: RSVP requested. Lunch served.

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. MEDICAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Health insurance providers hold an event to demonstrate innovative medical management tools in the fields of health information technology and mental health management. With remarks by Senators Ted Kennedy and Pete Domenici; with Karen Ignagni, president and CEO, America’s Health Insurance Plans. Location: Room G-11, Senate Dirksen Bldg. Contacts: Robert Zirkelbach (AHIP), 202-778-8493

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. ENERGY EFFICIENCY-LENDING Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and the Center for American Progress PAC hold a news conference to introduce legislation giving incentives to lenders and financial institutions to provide lower interest loans and other benefits to consumers who build, buy, or remodel their homes and businesses to improve their energy efficiency. With Gregory Melanson, Senior Vice President and Regional Community Development Executive, Bank of America; Stockton Williams, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Enterprise Community Partners; and Sarah Wartell, Executive Vice President for Management, Center for American Progress Action Fund. Location: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor Contact: John Neurohr, 202/481-8182

3 p.m. - 5 p.m. FAMILY PLANNING The Environmental Change and Security Program hosts a discussion, “More or Less?: Two Accounts of Population and Family Planning,,” with Matthew Connelly, Associate Professor of History, Columbia University; and Robert Engelman, Vice President for Programs, Worldwatch Institute. Location: Sixth Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Notes: A reception will follow the presentation. Please RSVP to ecspwilsoncenter.org with your name and affiliation.

6 p.m. TEACHER OF THE YEAR Andrea Peterson, the 2007 National Teacher of the Year, will speak at American University. Her speech, which is being presented by AUs School of Education, Teaching and Health, is titled “Learning, Exploring, Interacting, Serving; Connections That Matter.” Location: Bentley Lounge in AUs Gray Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: Jon Hussey, 202/885-5935

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