- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 14, 2008

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers remarks on Africa policy at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Attends, with first lady Laura Bush a Valentine’s Day social dinner in the Blue Room of the White House, and Valentine’s Day entertainment in the East Room.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

11 a.m. Bureau of Transportation Statisticsreleases the airline traffic data for November. Location: 400 7th St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

Noon National Agricultural Statistics Servicereleases the U.S. and Canadian cattle report and U.S. and Canadian hogs report. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 800/727-9540.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.holds a meeting of the advisory board. Location: Corporation’s administration headquarters, Suite W32-300, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE. Contact: 202/366-0091.

2 p.m. Internal Revenue Serviceholds a meeting by teleconference of the Small Business/Self Employed-Taxpayer Burden Reduction Issue Committee of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. Contact: 888/912-1227 or 718/488-3557.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committeeholds a hearing on the state of the economy and financial matters. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke testify. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. — Budget Committee holds a hearing on “Health Care and the Budget: Information Technology and Health Care Reform.” Valerie Melvin, director of human capital and management information systems issues at the Government Accountability Office, and Laura Adams, president and chief executive officer of Rhode Island Quality Institute, testify. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

1:30 p.m. — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “The Homeland Security Department’s Budget Submission for fiscal 2009.” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testifies. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

11 a.m. Armed Services Committeeholds a hearing on “Military Readiness: Implications for Our Strategic Posture.” Michele Flournoy, president and co-founder of the Center for a New American Security; and Steve Kosiak, vice president of budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, testify. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

2 p.m. AppropriationsLabor, Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the Health and Human Services Department budget. HHS Secretary Michael O. Leavitt testifies. Location: 2358-C Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

2 p.m. — Veterans Affairs disability assistance and memorial affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “Examining the VA’s (Veterans Affairs Department) Claims Processing System.” Joyce McMahon of the CNA Corp.’s Health Care Operations and Policy Research Center, and Michael McGeary, senior program officer and study director of the Committee on Medical Evaluation of Veterans for Disability, Benefits Board on Military and Veterans Health, Institute of Medicine, testify. Location: 340 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9756.

3 p.m. — Appropriations Homeland Security subcommittee holds a hearing on “Land Border Enforcement.” W. Ralph Basham, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Gregory Giddens, executive director of the Secure Border Initiative, testify. Location: 2358-A Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

GENERAL AGENDA

Professional women’s conference — all day — Business and Professional Women USA holds its “Partnering for Political Change 2008 Policy and Action Conference.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — “Every Woman Counts” breakfast

12:15 p.m. — Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Republican, and Sheridan Harvey, women’s studies specialist at the Library of Congress, deliver remarks during a luncheon at the Sewall-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Ave. NE.

2 p.m. — Lobbying visits to Capitol Hill

7 p.m. — Lottie Shackelford, vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, delivers remarks.

Location: Capitol Hilton, 16th and K streets Northwest. Contact: 202/293-1100.

Summit — all day — The National Association of Hispanic Publications holds a “Media & Legislative Summit,” focusing on public issues to ensure better access to federal, state and community resources of the Hispanic community. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Publisher’s roundtable panel on “Curing Healthcare”

10:20 a.m. — Discussion on “Financial Literacy & Government 2008”

10:55 a.m. — Discussion on “Changing Face of Government and Workforce 2010”

2 p.m. — Capitol Hill visits

5 p.m. — Capitol Hill reception

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 703/610-0205, Ext. 362.

Discussion — 9 a.m. — The Urban Institute holds a discussion on “Broken Bonds: Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Children with Incarcerated Mothers.” Sandra Barnhill, executive director and chief executive officer of Foreverfamily, and Amy Dworsky, senior research at the Chapin Hill Center for Children at the University of Chicago, participate. Location: Urban Institute, 2100 M St. NW. Contact: 202/833-7200.

Event — 9:30 a.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Commerce Department hold a public event to showcase how free trade with Colombia creates and sustains American jobs. Rep. James P. Moran, Virginia Democrat; Rep. Kevin Brady, Texas Republican; Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez; and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative John Veroneau participate. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

International Broadcasting — 10 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) holds a discussion on “International Broadcasting: The Hard Edge of Soft Power.” Jeffrey Gedmin, president of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Carola McGiffert, vice president and chief of staff at CSIS, participate. Location: CSIS, 1800 K St. NW, B-1 Conference Level. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Event — 10 a.m. The National Press Club Morning Newsmaker Program holds an address by Shell Oil Co. President John Hofmeister on “Why America’s Leaders are Lagging in Implementing a Coherent National Energy Policy.” Location: National Press Club Broadcast Operations Center, 14th and F streets Northwest, Suite 480. Contact: 301/530-1210, 202/662-7593 or 202/530-4581.

Memorial service — 10 a.m. Congress holds a memorial service for House Foreign Affairs Chairman Tom Lantos, California Democrat, who died Feb. 11 of complications form cancer of the esophagus at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat; House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat; Rep. Christopher Shays, Connecticut Republican; Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participate. Location: Statuary Hall, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-5214.

Event — 10:30 a.m. Press availability with relatives of Americans killed in terrorist attacks in the Middle East following meeting with Ken Wainstein, assistant attorney general for national security, and other State Department and Justice Department officials. Location: Outside Department of Justice, Constitution Avenue entrance, Constitution Avenue, between 9th and 10th streets. Contact: 202/265-3000 or 202/641-6220.

Seminar — 11:45 a.m. The Hudson Institute holds a seminar on “Why Short-Term Failure Could be a Sign of Long-Term Success: Motivating Innovation through Policy Incentives.” Gustavo Manso, assistant professor of finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and George Lichtblau, founder and president of Rocketline LLC, participate. Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St. NW, sixth floor. Contact: 202/223-7770.

Meeting — 4:30 p.m. The Maryland Congressional delegation holds an open meeting to discuss federal priorities for the state. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, a Democrat; Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, a Democrat; House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, a Democrat; Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, a Republican; and Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, participate. Location: S-207, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 410/974-2316.

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