- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 29, 2008

SENATE

9:30 a.m. HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS Full committee. Hearing on The Impact of Implementation: A Review of the REAL ID Act (PL 109-13) and the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.” Stewart A. Baker, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy; Derwood K. Staeben, Department of State; Donna Stone, president, National Conference of State Legislatures; David Quam, National Governors Association; Caroline Fredrickson, American Civil Liberties Union; Roger J. Dow, president and CEO, Travel Industry Association; Angelo L. Amador, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Sophia Cope, Center for Democracy and Technology. Location: Room 342, Dirksen.

10 a.m. JUDICIARY Full Committee. Hearing on rising numbers of runaway and homeless youth. Djimon Hounsou, actor and advocate; Mark Redmond, Spectrum Youth and Family Services, Burlington, Vt.; Victoria Wagner, National Network for Youth, Washington, DC; Jerome Kilbane, Covenant House, Philadelphia. Location: Room 226, Dirksen.

2:30 p.m. SELECT INTELLIGENCE Full Committee. Markup of 2009 intelligence authorization. Location: Room 219, Hart.

2:30 p.m. FOREIGN RELATIONS Full Committee. Hearing on ambassadorial nominations. Location: Room 419, Dirksen.

2:30 p.m. SELECT INTELLIGENCE Full Committee. Markup of 2009 intelligence authorization. Location: Room 219, Hart.

3 p.m. ARMED SERVICES Subcommittee on Readiness. Markup of 2009 defense authorization. Location: Room 232A, Russell.

4 p.m. ARMED SERVICES Subcommittee on emerging threats. Markup of 2009 defense authorization. Location: Room 222, Russell.

HOUSE

12:30 p.m. FLOOR SCHEDULE The House meets for morning hour, and at 2 p.m. turns to legislative business. Highlights: Suspensions (13 Bills): 1) S. 2457 - A bill to provide for extensions of leases of certain land by Mashantucket Pequot Tribe. 2) H.R. 3522 - To ratify a conveyance of a portion of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation to Rio Arriba County, State of New Mexico, pursuant to the settlement of litigation between the Jicarilla Apache Nation and Rio Arriba County, State of New Mexico, to authorize issuance of a patent for said lands, and to change the exterior boundary of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation accordingly, and for other purposes. 3) H.R. 3490 - Tuolumne Me-Wuk Land Transfer Act of 2007. 4) H.Res. 1043 - Honoring the life and legacy of Chief Standing Bear, a pioneer in civil rights for Native Americans, on the 100th anniversary of Chief Standing Bear’s death. 5) S. 2739 - Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008. 6) H.R. 5519 - Credit Union Regulatory Relief Act of 2008. 7) H.Res. 1079 - Supporting the goals and ideals of Financial Literacy Month 2008 Financial Literacy. 8) H.R. 4332 - Financial Consumer Hotline Act of 2007. 9) H.Res. 578 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that there should be established a National Watermelon Month. 10) H.Res. 892 - Expressing support for designation of March 11, 2008, as “National Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day. 11) H.Res. 1073 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that public servants should be commended for their dedication and continued service to the Nation during Public Service Recognition Week, May 5 through 11, 2008. 12) H.Res. 49 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that there should be established a National Letter Carriers Appreciation Day. 13) H.R. 5631 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1155 Seminole Trail in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the “Corporal Bradley T. Arms Post Office Building.”

10 a.m. OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM Full committee and National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee. Joint hearing on GAO report on defense acquisitions. Michael Sullivan, GAO; James Finley, DoD; David Paterson, DoD. Location: Room 2154, Rayburn.

11 a.m. ENERGY AND COMMERCE Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. Hearing on “The Heparin Disaster: Chinese Counterfeits and American Failures.” Panel I: David Nelson, Senior Investigator, Committee on Energy and Commerce; Colleen Hubley, who lost husband as a result of heparin reaction; Leroy Hubley, who lost wife as a result of heparin reaction. Johanna Marie Staples, who lost husband as a result of heparin reaction. Panel II: and Janet Woodcock, MD, Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER); Food and Drug Administration. Panel III: Robert L. Parkinson Jr., Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President, Baxter International, Inc.; David Strunce, CEO, Scientific Protein Laboratories, LLC. Panel IV: Clive Meanwell, MD, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the Medicines Co. Location: Room 2123, Rayburn.

1:30 p.m. ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND GLOBAL WARMING Full Committee. Hearing examining the effect global warming is having on the earths oceans and ecosystems. Sylvia Earle, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society; Dr. Vikki Spruill, President and CEO of The Ocean Conservancy; Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Department of Zoology, Oregon State University; and Dr. Joan Kleypas, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colo. Location: Room 2318, Rayburn.

2 p.m. OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia Subcommittee. Hearing on benefits that will help recruit and retain federal employees. Location: Room 2154, Rayburn.

GENERAL CALENDAR

9 a.m. WELL-BEING News conference to release the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, a study of the nation’s health and well-being. Presenters include CDC Director Julie Gerberding, Gallup CEO Jim Clifton, and Healthways CEO Ben Leedle. Location: Gallup Building, 901 F St. NW. Contact: Eric Nielsen, 202/715-3030 Note: RSVP required.

9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. MEDICARE The American Enterprise Institute, the Galen Institute, and The Heritage Foundation host a Medicare forum during which a bi-partisan panel of experts will discuss “Solutions for Sustainability.” HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt will speak on “Drifting Toward Disaster.” Introduction by former Sen. John Breaux, chairman of the bi-partisan Commission on Medicare Reform in 1999. Location: Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Please use 6th Street Entrance. Conference is on the 7th floor. Contact: Grace-Marie Turner, 703/299-8900

10 a.m. INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT The Economic Policy Institute holds a forum on investing in the U.S. infrastructure, with keynote speaks Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell. Location: Suite 300, East Tower, 1333 H St. NW. Contact: Scott Treibitz, 703/276-2772 ext 11

PERUVIAN PRIME MINISTER JORGE DEL CASTILLO IN WASHINGTON Highlights: 11 a.m. Holds a news conference with World Bank officials. Location: Room I 8-010, World Bank, 1850 Eye St. NW Contact: Gabriela Aguilar, 202/473-6768

PRESIDENT ALVARO COLOM OF GUATEMALA Highlights: 11:30 a.m. Speaks on immigration and trade, sponsored by George Washington University. Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St. NW. Contact: Adela de la Torre, 202/994-6424

12 p.m. FAMILY PLANNING Reps. Tim Ryan and Christopher Shays will be honored at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association awards luncheon to mark the 43rd anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut. Location: B. Smith’s Restaurant, Union Station.

12 p.m. VETERANS BENEFITS RALLY More than one hundred veterans of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan from across the country will converge on Capitol to join members of Congress in advocating a “21st Century GI Bill” for our newest generation of veterans. Location: West Front of the Capitol. Contact: Jessica Smith, 202/228-5185 Notes: Please RSVP to Sen. Jim Webb’s press office at: [email protected] or 202/228-5258.

12:30 p.m. RETIREMENT SECURITY AARP holds a forum on “Promoting Individual Retirement Savings,” with Gene Sperling of the Center for American Progress; J. Mark Iwry, Brookings Institution; David John, Heritage Foundation, others. Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: Jim Dau, 202/434-2560

2 p.m. MINORITIES-ECONOMY The Center for American Progress holds a telephone briefing on how well Latinos and African Americans are faring in the economy, with Nancy Zirkin of the Leadership Conference on Civil rights, Christian Weller and Andrew Jakabovics of the center. Contact: Vanessa Cardenas, 202/481-8112

6 p.m. FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE AWARDS National Fatherhood Initiative honors the winners of the 2008 Fatherhood Awards at the 11th Annual Fatherhood Awards Gala, The winners are: Lt. Col. Donald Canning of the Salvation Army; Theodore Ginn Sr., football coach and mentor; Michael McCreesh, Best Life magazines Hero Dad; Samuel McNabb, Founder & President of the National Football Players Father’s Association; and the Three Doctors: Rameck Hunt, MD, George Jenkins, DMD, and Sampson Davis, MD. Additionally, the 2nd Annual National Fatherhood Initiative-Lockheed Martin Military Fatherhood Award will be presented to Staff Sgt. Brian Booker, Mississippi Army National Guard; and Sen. Evan Bayh, Sen. Richard Shelby, and Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee will be presented with Community Impact Fatherhood Awards. The following corporations will also be awarded for their father-friendly marketing campaigns Anheuser-Busch Inc., Herr Foods Inc., and Northwestern Mutual. ABC7/WJLA-TV news anchor Leon Harris will emcee the event, Location: Grand Hyatt, Washington, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: Vincent DiCaro, 240/912-1270

Compiled by the Associated Press and The Washington Times

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