- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 24, 2008

PRESIDENT BUSH

7:55 a.m. - Makes statement on free trade with Western Hemisphere leaders at the Council of the Americas in New York.

8:10 a.m. - Attends meeting on free trade with Western Hemisphere leaders at the Council of the Americas in New York.

5:45 p.m. - Attends a Republican National Committee reception at a private residence in Oxford, Fla.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. - Treasury Department - U.S. Mint Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meets. Location: U.S. Mint, 801 Ninth St. NW, second-floor conference room.

1 p.m. - Agriculture Department - Codex Alimentarius Commission’s committee on nutrition and foods for special dietary uses meets. Location: 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, Wiley Building, auditorium.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

10:45 a.m. - Judiciary - Human rights and the law subcommittee hearing on corporate responsibility and the rule of law regarding natural resources. Jeffrey Krilla, deputy assistant secretary of state; Ka Hsaw Wa, co-founder and executive director, EarthRights International; Arvind Ganesan, Human Rights Watch; and Nnimmo Bassey, executive director, Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria, participate. Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216.

2:30 p.m. - Commerce, Science and Transportation - Hearing on the safety of transporting spent nuclear fuel. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253.

2:30 p.m. - Environment and Public Works - Hearing on the administration’s environmental record at the Interior Department. Assistant Interior Secretary Lyle Laverty; Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife; Carl Pope, Sierra Club; the Rev. Jim Ball, Evangelical Environmental Network; Allen Schaeffer, Diesel Technology Forum; and Norman James, Fennemore Craig, participate. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 406.

2:30 p.m. - Foreign Relations - Hearing on pending nominations. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419.

2:30 p.m. - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs - State, local and private-sector preparedness and integration subcommittee hearing on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s future preparedness planning. Marko Bourne, FEMA; Nancy Dragani, president, National Emergency Management Association; Larry Gispert, president, International Association of Emergency Managers; and Jane Bullock, former chief of staff, FEMA, participate. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 342.

2:30 p.m. - Judiciary - Terrorism, technology and homeland security subcommittee hearing on the visa-waiver program. Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Stewart Baker and Jess Ford, Government Accountability Office, participate. Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216.

HOUSE

2 p.m. - Oversight and Government Reform - Government management, organization and procurement subcommittee hearing on the presidential transition. Clay Johnson, deputy director for management, Office of Personnel Management; Gene Dodaro, acting comptroller general, Government Accountability Office; Gail Lovelace, chief human capital officer, General Services Administration; Martha Kumar, Towson University; Jennifer L. Dorn, president and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration; Don Kettl, University of Pennsylvania; and Patricia McGinnis, Council for Excellence in Government, participate. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2247.

2 p.m. - Small Business - Contracting and technology subcommittee hearing on the impact of recent flooding on small businesses in the Midwest. Location: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1539.

2 p.m. - Transportation and Infrastructure - Hearing on the National Mediation Board oversight of elections for union representation. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167.

2:30 p.m. - Financial Services - Hearing, “The Future of Financial Services: Exploring Solutions for the Market Crisis.” Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. and Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben S. Bernanke participate. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2128.

3 p.m. - Permanent Select Intelligence - Terrorism, human intelligence, analysis and counterintelligence subcommittee business meeting. Closed. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room H-405.

GENERAL AGENDA

6 p.m. - Financial standards - The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy holds a discussion with Deloitte LLP CEO Barry Salzberg on global financial standards. Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW.

6 p.m. - Student talent - Twenty students from across the country are honored with scholarships from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. Location: Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE, Members Room.

6:30 p.m. - Iftar - Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Andre Carson of Indiana co-host the third annual Congressional Muslim Staffers Association iftar. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2141.

7 p.m. - Blogs and politics - Bloggers discuss how the blogosphere changes political discourse, the news cycle and voter participation. Location: George Washington University, 805 21 St. NW, School of Media and Public Affairs Building, Jack Morton Auditorium.

Source: Associated Press

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