Wednesday, April 30, 2008


9 a.m. JUDICIARY Subcommittee on the Constitution. Hearing on “Secret Law and the Threat to Democratic and Accountable Government.” Steven Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists; attorney Bradford Berenson; Dawn Johnsen, University of Indiana law school; Heidi Kitrosser, University of Minnesota Law School; J. William Leonard, Information Security Oversight Office, Leonardtown, Md.; attorney David Rivkin. Location: Room 226, Dirksen.

9:30 a.m. APPROPRIATIONS Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. Hearing on Department of Energy’s budget request and justification for Fiscal Year 2009 and U.S. nuclear weapon non-proliferation efforts. Will Tobey, deputy administrator for Defense Nuclear Non-Proliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration; Matthew Bunn, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Siegfried Hecker, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University. Location: Room 192, Dirksen

9:30 a.m. ARMED SERVICES Strategic Forces Subcommittee. Closed. Markup of pending legislation. Location: Room 232A, Russell.

3 p.m. APPROPRIATIONS Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. Hearing on fiscal 2009 Consumer Product Safety Commission budget. Nancy Nord, Acting Chairman, Consumer Product Safety Commission; Thomas Moore, Commissioner, CPSC. Location: Room 192, Dirksen

3 p.m. SPECIAL AGING Full Committee. Hearing on hiring and retention of senior workers. Barbara Bovbjerg, GAO; Robert Goldenkoff, GAO; Nancy Kichak, OPM; Thomas M. Dowd, Labor Department; Max Stier, president and CEO, Partnership for Public Service; Chai R. Feldblum, co-director, Workplace Flexibility 2010 Location: Room 216, Hart.


10 a.m. FLOOR SCHEDULE Meets and then recesses immediately for a 10:40 a.m. joint meeting with the Senate to receive Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern.

COMMITTEE HEARINGS 10 a.m. APPROPRIATIONS Defense Subcommittee. Hearing on FY09 appropriations for defense outsourcing. Defense undersecretaries John Young and David Chu. Location: Room H-140, Capitol.

10 a.m. OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee. Oversight hearing on ballistic missile defense. Location: Room 2154, Rayburn.

10 a.m. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Full committee. Hearing on “E-Waste: Can the National Handle Modern Refuse in the Digital Age.” Gerardo Castro, director of Environmental Services, Goodwill Industries; Renee St. Denis, director, Product Take Back and Recycling, Hewlett Packard; Eric Harris, director, Government Relations, The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries; Ted Smith, chairman, Electronics Take Back Coalition; and Dr. Eric Williams, professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & the School for Sustainability, Arizona State University. Location: Room 2318, Rayburn House Office Building.

10 a.m. SMALL BUSINESS Finance and Tax Subcommittee. Hearing on the credit crunch on small business access to capital. Location: Room 1539, Longworth.

1 p.m. NATURAL RESOURCES Full committee. Mark up pending legislation. Location: Room 1324, Longworth.

2 p.m. HOMELAND SECURITY Emergency Communications, Preparedness and Response Subcommittee. Markup of pending legislation. Location: Room 311, Cannon.

2 p.m. TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE Subcommittee on Water Resources and and Environment. Hearing on proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2008. Assistant Army Secretary John Paul Woodley Jr.; James H. I. Weakley, president, Lake Carriers’ Association, Cleveland; Nat Williams, Nature Conservancy; Steve Little, president and CEO, Crounse Corp. and general counsel, Waterways Council Inc.; Chad Berginnis, Ohio Emergency Management Agency; Warren D. Dusty Williams, Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Riverside, Calif.; William Chico McGill, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Location: Room 2167, Rayburn.

2:30 p.m. JUDICIARY Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law Subcommittee. Hearing on the backlog in visas. Michael Aytes, DHS; Donald Neufeld, DHS; Charles Oppenheim, State Department; Stephen Edson, State Department. Location: Room 2141, Rayburn.


April 30 - May 2. PHYSICIAN WORKFORCE The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) holds its 4th Annual Physician Workforce Research Conference, “Finding the Best Solutions for Meeting Future Workforce Needs.” Background: A growing number of reports are expressing serious concern that the nation will not have enough physicians to meet the needs of a growing and aging population. This conference will bring together leading experts in workforce research to examine a variety of strategies to balance future supply and demand including, expanding medical school enrollment and training, new care models, the use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and the “medical home.” Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Va. Contact: Retha Sherrod, 202/828-0975

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY REGULATION The Institute for Health Technology Studies co-hosts a conference, “A Road Map for Device and Diagnostic Innovation: Opportunities for Industry and Regulators,” to bring together representatives from the FDA, industry and academe and dedicated to advancing health care through medical innovation to discuss major barriers in the medical technology regulatory environment. Background: The rate and volume of medical innovation is growing exponentially, making possible new tools and techniques that continuously improve the diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury. From cost per case to treatment settings, novel approaches to medicine impact patient care on a clinical, social and economic level. Speakers include: Daniel G. Schultz, MD. Director of FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health; John Linehan, Professor of Bioengineering and of Medicine, Northwest University; Jan Pietzsch, Ph.D. Consulting Assistant Professor of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford; Josh Makower, MD, Chairman and CEO of Exploreamed III (medical device incubator) and Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford Medical School; and Stuart Foster VP of Critical Care & Vascular, Edwards Lifesciences. Location: The Courtyard by Marriott, 204 Boardwalk Place, Gaithersburg, Md. Contact: Anthony Rifilato, 212/220-4444

8 a.m. - 10 a.m. SECURING PRESS FREEDOM The The Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy hosts a panel discussion on “Securing and Expanding Press Freedom through New Media.” Moderator: Rep, Adam Schiff, D-Calif. Featured Speakers: John Palfrey, Executive Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School; Shanthi Kalathil, Consultant, Communication for Governance & Accountability Program (CommGAP), World Bank; Aboubakr Jamao, Mason Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Publisher, Le Journal Hebdomadaire; and Xiao Qiang, Director, Berkeley China Internet Project, University of California, Berkeley. Location: Room B-339, Rayburn House Office Building.

9:30 a.m. CHILDREN-LATINO The National Latino Children’s Institute holds a news conference to kick off a year-long celebration of the 10th anniversary of El Dia de los Ninos. Location: National Press Club. Contacts: Hilda Choa, 210/228-9997

9:30 a.m. HEALTH INSURANCE America’s Health Insurance Plans holds a telephone briefing to release the results of a new AHIP-member census on enrollment in health savings account-eligible health plans. Contact: Robert Zirkelbach, 202/778-8493

10 a.m. DEMOCRATS-FLORIDA The League of United Latin American Citizens holds a demonstration to fight to have the votes from the Florida Democratic primary counted in the party’s presidential selection process. Location: In front of DNC offices, 430 S. Capitol St. Contacts: 202/833-6130

10 a.m. HUMANE SOCIETY Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the U.S., speaks about animal protection. Location: Wilson Bldg., 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: Erin Mosely, 202/691-4266

10 a.m. MILITARY MENTAL HEALTH The American Psychiatric Association holds a news conference to release new data on military mental health. Location: National Press Club. Contact: Kendra Kojcsich, 202/973-2919

11 a.m. ELECTION-YOUTH George Washington University holds a panel discussion on the youth reaction to political issues and the 2008 campaign, with Norm Ornstein of AEI, Wendell Goler of Fox News, Chuck Todd of NBC News, John Walcott of McClatchy Newspapers, Judy Woodruff of PBS, and Byron York of National Review. Location: Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St. NW. Contact: Adela de la Torre, 202/994-6424

12 p.m. CHERTOFF Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff speaks to the Heritage Foundation’s “Civil Rights and the War on Terror-Dilemmas and Challenges” event. Location: Allison Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/282-8010

12 p.m. FOREIGN POLICY The New America Foundation hosts a discussion on foreign policy, with Sen. Chuck Hagel. Location: 7th floor, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: Liz Wu, 202/986-2700 ext 315

12 p.m. WALK TO LUNCH Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Federal Employee Program joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for a news briefing on the second annual National Walk to Lunch Day. Participants: Tevi Troy, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Rear Admiral Steven Galson, M.D., M.P.H., Acting Surgeon General; Dr. Carole Flamm, Executive Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association; Dr. Jon Shematek, Chief Medical Officer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; and Reps. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif.; and Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., co-chairman, Congressional Fitness Caucus. Location: Department of Health and Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 3rd Street SW and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: Kelly Miller, 202/626-4825

1 p.m. FOOD PRICES Farmers and the Ethanol industry hold a news conference to discuss rising food prices, with former Agriculture Secretary John Block; Tom Buis, President, National Farmers Union; Bob Dinneen, President of the Renewable Fuels Association; Rick Tolman, CEO, National Corn Growers Association. Location: National Press Club. Contact: Matt Hartwig, 202/289-3835

1 p.m. REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH Ms. magazine holds a forum on reproductive health and rights worldwide, with Kenyan women’s health physician Solomon Orero, Nafis Sadik of UNFPA, others. Location: National Press Club. Contact: Micheline Kennedy, 202/326-8710

2:15 p.m. NORTH KOREA The American Enterprise Institute holds a discussion on the recent record in North Korea, with David Asher of the Institute for Defense Analyses; Nicholas Eberstadt, AEI; Carolyn Leddy, National Institute for Public Policy; Marcus Noland, Peterson Institute for International Economics. Location: 12th floor, AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: Veronique Rodman, 202/862-487

3:30 p.m. NIGERIA The Center for Strategic and International Studies, others, hold a discussion with Kayode Fayemi, founding director of the Centre for Democracy and Development Nigeria. Location: B-1 conference level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: Neal Urwitz, 202/775-3167

5 p.m. KAZAKHSTAN The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute holds a discussion and Parliament and political parties in Kazakhstan, with Anthony Bowyer of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. Location: Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-7723 Notes: RSVP required.

7:30 p.m. WORLD AFFAIRS The World Affairs Council of Washington holds its annual gala, with keynote speaker Sen. Joseph Biden. Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW Contact: Mark Fernando, 202/293-1051

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