Tuesday, February 26, 2008


9:45 a.m. — Delivers remarks to the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. 1:45 p.m. — Meets with former Cabinet secretaries and senior government officials on free trade agreements in Room 350 of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. 2:45 p.m. — Delivers remarks on the “Picturing America” initiative in the East Room of the White House.


9 a.m. — Delivers remarks at an uncasing of the colors ceremony, III Corps Headquarters, Fort Hood, Texas. 10:05 a.m. — Delivers remarks at a rally for the troops at the 1st Cavalry Division’s Fort Hood parade grounds. 5 p.m. — Attends a reception for Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, at a private residence in Midland, Texas.


8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the producer price indexes for January. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

5 p.m. American Petroleum Institute releases its weekly report on petroleum inventories. Location: 1220 L St. NW. Contact: 202/682-8000.


8 a.m. National Institute of Corrections holds an open meeting. Agenda includes presentation of needs assessment; report on Norval Morris Project; agency reports; quarterly report by the Office of Justice Programs; U.S. Parole Commission; American Corrections Association; and Federal Judicial Center. Location: National Institute of Corrections, 500 First St. NW, 7th floor. Contact: 202/307-3106, Ext. 44254.

8:30 a.m. — National Science Foundation holds a meeting of the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering to provide advice and recommendations concerning broadening participation in science and engineering. Location: NSF, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 1235, Arlington. Contact: 703/292-8040.

9 a.m. — Internal Revenue Service holds a meeting by teleconference of the Taxpayer Assistance Center Committee of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. Contact: 888/912-1227 or 206/220-6096.


Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case

Docket number 07-214 Allison Engine Co. v. United States

Contact: 202/479-3211.


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


9:30 a.m. — Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the Department of the Army in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal 2009 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses include Secretary of the Army Pete Geren III and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. — Finance Committee holds a hearing on “Economic and Fiscal Conditions of the States.” Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat, testifies. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.


Meets at 10:30 a.m. for morning-hour debate and noon to consider to extend certain trade-preference programs. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10 a.m. Appropriations homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on immigration enforcement. Witnesses include Assistant Homeland Security Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Julie L. Myers and Catheryn Cotten, director of international programs at Duke University. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Appropriations Labor, HHS, Education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the Department of Education budget. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings testifies. Location: 2358-C Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

1 p.m. — Foreign Affairs Middle East and South Asia subcommittee and the international organizations, human rights and oversight subcommittee hold a joint hearing on “Iraqi Refugees: Can the U.S. Do More to Help?” Craig Johnstone, deputy high commissioner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, testifies. Location: 2255 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

2 p.m. — Small Business contracting and technology subcommittee holds a hearing on “Plain Language in Paperwork — The Benefits to Small Business.” Witnesses include Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox and Todd McCrackin, president of the National Small Business Association. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.


Broadcasters conference — all day The National Association of Broadcasters holds its 2008 State Leadership Conference. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Sen. Mark Pryor, Arkansas Democrat, speaks.

9:30 a.m. — Peter Beinart, editor-at-large for the New Republic, speaks.

Noon — Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana Republican, speaks.

1:45 p.m. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, South Carolina Democrat, speaks.

Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/429-5300.

Uganda conference — all day Resolve Uganda holds its “Lobby Days for Northern Uganda: Be a Piece of the Peace,” focusing on achieving a peaceful resolution to the more than two decades-long war in northern Uganda. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Grace Akallo, former child soldier abducted by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army, currently with the Zion Project, delivers opening remarks.

10 a.m. — Senate lobbying on Capitol Hill

1 p.m. — House of Representatives lobbying on Capitol Hill

4 p.m. — Congressional reception on Capitol Hill

Location: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, or as noted. Contact: 202/548-2517.

U.S. savings — 9 a.m. The New America Foundation holds a discussion on “Beyond Stimulus: Addressing Savings Needs Through the Lifetime.” Participants include Rep. Jim Cooper, Tennessee Democrat, and Ray Boshara, vice president of domestic policy and director of the Asset Building Program of NAF. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/986-2760, Ext. 315.

Drug sentencing — 10 a.m. The American Civil Liberties Union holds a press conference to urge Congress to “repair the 20-year-old sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine.” Witnesses include Dorothy Gaines, charged with conspiracy to deliver crack cocaine to her then-boyfriend’s purported participation in a large-scale drug operation, and Karen Garrison, whose sons are currently serving 15 years in federal prison for nonviolent crack-cocaine offenses. Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/675-2312.

Book discussion — noon The Constitution Project holds a book discussion on “Absolute Power: How the Unitary Executive Theory is Undermining the Constitution,” with author John MacKenzie. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Murrow Room. Contact: 202/580-6920.

Congressmen abroad — 12:30 p.m. Sens. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat; John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat; and Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, hold a press conference to discuss their recent trip to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey and India. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contacts: 202/224-5042 (Biden); 202/224-4159 (Kerry) or 202/224-4224 (Hagel).

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