- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 23, 2008


9:30 a.m. VETERANS AFFAIRS Full Committee. Oversight hearing on cooperation between the VA and Defense Department. Location: Room 418, Russell.

10 a.m. JUDICIARY Full Committee. Hearing on National Security Letters. James Baker, former counsel for intelligence policy, Justice Department; Gregory Nojeim, Center for Democracy and Technology; Michael Woods, former chief, National Security Law Unit, FBI. Location: Room 226, Dirksen.

2:30 p.m. COMMERCE, SCIENCE AND TRANSPORTATION Full Committee. Hearing on “phantom” telecommunications traffic. Location: Room 253, Russell.

2:30 p.m. HOMELAND SECURITY Full Committee. Hearing on pending nominations. Location: Room 342, Dirksen.

3 p.m. ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES National Parks Subcommittee. Hearing on pending parks legislation. Location: Room 366, Dirksen.


10 a.m. FLOOR SCHEDULE The House meets for legislative business. Highlights: Suspensions (8 Bills): 1) H.R. 5479 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 117 North Kidd Street in Ionia, Michigan, as the “Alonzo Woodruff Post Office Building”. 2) H.R. 5528 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 120 Commercial Street in Brockton, Massachusetts, as the “Rocky Marciano Post Office Building.” 3) H.R. 5483 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 10449 White Granite Drive in Oakton, Virginia, as the “Private First Class David H. Sharrett II Post Office Building.” 4) H.R. 3721 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1190 Lorena Road in Lorena, Texas, as the “Marine Gunnery Sgt. John D. Fry Post Office Building.” 5) H.R. 4185 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 11151 Valley Boulevard in El Monte, California, as the “Marisol Heredia Post Office Building.” 6) H.Res. 1016 - Expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives on the death of William F. Buckley, Jr. 7) H.R. 3033 - Contractors and Federal Spending Accountability Act. 8) H.R. 5712 - Close the Contractor Fraud Loophole Act. H.R. 5819 - To amend the Small Business Act to improve the Small Business Innovation Research.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS9:30 a.m. FOREIGN AFFAIRS Full Committee. Hearing on “Foreign Assistance Reform in the Next Administration: Challenges and Solutions.” Steven Radelet, Center for Global Development; Lael Brainard, Brookings Institution; Raymond C. Offenheiser, Oxfam America. Location: Room 2172, Rayburn.

10 a.m. HOMELAND SECURITY Full Committee. Hearing on “Moving Beyond the First Five Years: Improving the Functionality, Governance and Accountability of the Department of Homeland Security. Location: Room 311, Cannon.

10 a.m. WAYS AND MEANS Full Committee. Hearing on the backlog of disability claims at the Social Security Administration. Witnesses include Witold Skwierczynski, AFGE. Location: Room 1100, Longworth.

10 a.m. TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee. Hearing on rail capacity. Location: Room 2167, Rayburn.

11:30 a.m. HOUSE EDUCATION AND LABOR Workforce Protections Subcommittee. Hearing on OSHA Enforcement of Multiple Site Employers, with focus on Cintas Corp. Testimony from American Bar Association’s Occupational Safety and Health Committee; Emmanuel Torres, son of Eleazar Torres-Gomez, who died at Cintas’ Tulsa facility in 2007; Ron Taylor, partner, Venable LLC; Frank White, ORC Worldwide. Location: 2175 Rayburn.

GENERAL AGENDAARMY RESERVE’S 100TH The U.S. Army Reserve holds ceremonies to mark its 100th anniversary. Highlights: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. A group of 100 Army Reserve Soldiers will re-enlist, renewing their commitment to protect and defend the United States. Participants: Lieutenant General Jack Stultz, Chief, Army Reserve; and Command Sergeant Major Leon Caffie, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Reserve. United States Capitol, West Lawn. 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns; Tree planting and plaque dedication ceremony to follow. Participants: Lieutenant General Jack Stultz, Chief, Army Reserve; and Command Sergeant Major Leon Caffie, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Reserve. Arlington National Cemetery. Contact: Katie Kunec, 202/585-2766

11 a.m. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY World Intellectual Property on the record briefing. Wayne Paugh, U.S. coordinator for International Intellectual Property Enforcement; Brad Huther, Global Intellectual Property Center, Chamber of Commerce; Timothy Trainer, Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center. Location: Foreign Press Center, 8th floor of the National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW.

US-FOREIGN RELATIONS The Council on Foreign Relations hosts a forum, “America, Europe, and the World.” Highlights: 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session two: Economics and the Environment. Panelists: Angel Ubide, Director of Global Economics, Tudor Investment Corp.; Adam S. Posen, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics; Tom Burke, Environmental Policy Adviser, Rio Tinto plc; and William A. Pizer, Senior Fellow and Director for Energy and Natural Resources, Resources for the Future. Presiding: Bruce Stokes, International Economics Columnist, The National Journal. 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. Lunch and keynote address: Changes in the International System. Introduction: James M. Goldgeier, Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow for Transatlantic Relations, Council on Foreign Relations. Speaker: Pierre Hassner, Emeritus Research Director, Centre d’itudes et de recherches internationales (CERI). 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Session 3: America, Europe, and the Broader Middle East. Panelists: Neil Crompton, Counselor and Joint Intelligence Committee Representative, Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; and Steven Simon, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations. Presiding: Gary Samore, Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, Council on Foreign Relations. Location: Council on Foreign Relations, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: Aerica Kennedy, 202/518-3448

10 a.m. PABLO ESCOBAR The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration continues its DEA Museum Lecture Series, “Drug Kingpins Across the Decades” with lecture two, “Pablo Escobar.” Speakers: Javier Pena, Special Agent in Charge, DEA San Francisco, and Steve Murphy, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, DEA Atlanta. Background: Pablo Escobar gained infamy as a Colombian drug dealer who became so wealthy that Forbes magazine listed him as the 7th richest man in the world. His brutal ruthlessness was also legendary. He would kill anyone who stood in his way and was responsible for the killing of 30 judges, 457 policemen and many others at a rate of 20 each day for two months. Location: DEA headquarters auditorium, 700 Army Navy Drive, Pentagon City, Va. Contact: 202/307-7977 Notes: Please RSVP with contact.

12 p.m. COMBATING MALARIA Congressional briefing: “Toward Eradication — Malaria’s Next Frontiers” with Maurice Middleberg, Global Health Council; University of Maryland School of Medicine; Kinshasa School of Public Health, Democratic Republic of the Congo; President’s Malaria Coordinator, others. Location: B369, Rayburn Contact: Laura Barnitz, 202/833-5900

1:30 p.m. ATTORNEY GENERAL MUKASEY Attorney General Mike Mukasey speaks at CSIS forum on combating international organized crime. Location: 1800 K St. NW Contact: Andrew Schwartz, 202/775-3242 Notes: Discussion also includes John Pistole, deputy FBI director; Julie Myers, Homeland Security; Alice Fisher, DOJ.

4 p.m. GLEICK-WATER RESOURCES Water expert and co-founder of the Pacific Institute Peter H. Gleick will present a free public lecture titled, “A Sustainable Vision for Water in the Twenty-first Century,” part of the annual Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture series organized by the National Research Council’s Water Science and Technology Board. Background: As president of the Oakland-based Pacific Institute, Mr. Gleick oversees one of the world’s leading nonpartisan policy research groups addressing global environment and development problems, especially in the area of freshwater resources, Location: Room 100 of the National Academies Keck Center, 500 Fifth St. NW. Contacts: 202/334-2138

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