- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2008


10 a.m. - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - Commission meeting. Location: Room 2C, 888 First St. NE.

1 p.m. - Department of Defense - Meeting of the Defense Advisory Board for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Location: McPherson Room, Hamilton Crowne Plaza, 14th and K streets Northwest.


Not hearing cases. Contact: 202/479-3211.


10 a.m. - Judiciary - Full committee. Executive business meeting. Location: Room 216, Hart Senate Office Building.

10:30 a.m. - Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs hearing on recent bank failures and the regulatory responses. Witnesses include Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.; John Dugan, comptroller of the currency; and John Reich, director of the Office of Thrift Supervision. Location: Room 538, Dirksen Senate Office Building.

2 p.m. - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on oversight of government management, the federal workforce and the District of Columbia. Hearing on Homeland Security Department planning for the upcoming presidential transition. Witnesses include Homeland Security Undersecretary Elaine Duke, Frank Chellino of the National Academy of Public Administration, Patricia McGinnis of the Council for Excellence in Government, and John Rollins of the Council on Foreign Relations. Location: Room 342, Dirksen Senate Office Building.


1 p.m. - Judiciary commercial and administrative law subcommittee hearing on the Cell Tax Fairness Act of 2008. Witnesses include Gail W. Mahoney, commissioner of Jackson County, Mich., representing the National Association of Counties; James Clayborne, member of the Illinois Senate; Scott Mackey, a lawyer with Tillman L. Lay, representing the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, the Government Finance Officers Association and the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Administrators. Location: Room 2141, Rayburn House Office Building.

1 p.m. - Select intelligence oversight and investigations subcommittee. Closed. Hearing on ongoing matters. Location: Room H-405, U.S. Capitol.

2 p.m. - Natural Resources insular affairs subcommittee oversight hearing, “Federal Court Options for American Samoa.” Location: Room 1324, Longworth House Office Building.

2 p.m. - Transportation and Infrastructure water resources and environment subcommittee hearing on emerging contaminants in the waters of the United States. Witnesses include Benjamin Grumbles, assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Matthew Larsen and Herb Buxton of the U.S. Geological Survey; David Littell, commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection; Keith Linn of Cleveland’s Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District; Lee Guidotti of George Washington University; and Peter DeFur of Virginia Commonwealth University. Location: Room 2167, Rayburn House Office Building.

2:30 p.m. - Select intelligence terrorism, human intelligence, analysis and counterintelligence subcommittee hearing on Russia. Closed. Location: Room H-405, U.S. Capitol.


3:30 p.m. - Walter Reed - NASCAR drivers and vehicles visit Walter Reed Army Medical Center to visit patients and families. Drivers include Kyle Bush, Greg Biggle, Joe Nemechek, Scott Riggs, Ryan Newman, Travis Kvapil and David Gilliland. Location: Abrams Hall and Wagner Sports Center at the hospital.

5:50 p.m. - Israel - The Embassy of Israel and the American Jewish Committee’s Latino and Latin American Institute host a reception honoring Hispanic American civil rights activist Raul Yzaguirre for his efforts in strengthening the relationship between Hispanics and Jews in the United States. Location: Embassy of Israel, 3514 International Drive NW.

Source: Associated Press

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