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Today In Washington

Highlights of today's events in Washington:

President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and first lady Laura Bush participate in an arrival ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI. (White House, 10:30 a.m.) President Bush then meets with the pope (11:15 a.m.), makes remarks on climate (2:45 p.m.) and hosts a dinner in honor of the pope's visit. (7:55 p.m.)

• Office of Management and Budget Director Jim Nussle testifies to the House Appropriations Committee hearing on the president's FY08 war supplemental request. (106 Dirksen, noon)


• United States Trade Representative Susan Schwab delivers remarks to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. (Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 8:45 a.m.)

• Education Secretary Margaret Spellings testifies before a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the Education Department and teacher quality programs. (138 Dirksen, 9:45 a.m.)

• The Senate meets at 9:30 a.m. for morning business and 10:30 a.m. to resume consideration of H.R.1195.


• The House meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business.

• House Education and Labor Chairman George Miller, D-Calif., Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., Rep. Timothy Bishop, D-N.Y., and Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, R-Md., testify before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the H-2B immigration program. (2141 Rayburn, 2 p.m.)

• House Veterans Affairs Chairman Bob Filner, D-Calif., Reps. Stephen Buyer, R-Ind., Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., Ciro Rodriguez, D-Texas, Robin Hayes, R-N.C., Artur Davis, D-Ala., Tim Murphy, R-Pa., and John Yarmuth, D-Ky., testify before a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on numerous suspensions affecting veterans. (334 Cannon, 1 p.m.)

• The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on military beneficiary organizations regarding the quality of life of Active, Reserve and retired military personnel and their family members. (232-A Russell, 2:30 p.m.)


• Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., Reps. John Murtha, D-Pa., and John Tierney, D-Mass., and Joint Economic Committee Chairman Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., deliver remarks at the Building and Construction Trades Department's national conference. (Washington Hilton and Towers, 9:30 a.m.)

• Reps. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, Gene Green, D-Texas, Kendrick Meek, D-Fla., Timothy Ryan, D-Ohio, and others hit the court for Georgetown's Home Court Charity Basketball Game. (19 I St., NW, 7:30 p.m.)

• Details on these and other events are available in today's Daybook.

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