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Today In Washington

Highlights of today's events in Washington:

President Bush meets with Kai Eide, special representative of the United Nations secretary-general for Afghanistan, and makes remarks on National Volunteer Week. (White House, 1:15 p.m. and 2:50 p.m., respectively)

• The Senate meets at 10 a.m. for morning business and 11 a.m. to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2881.


• The House meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning hour debate and 2 p.m. to consider 13 suspensions.

• Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings and Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman participate in a discussion during the National Academies' Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy convocation on the economy. (J.W. Marriott Hotel, 11 a.m.)

• Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets with U.S. business leaders and US-Palestinian Partnership and with Rwandan President Paul Kagame. (State Department, 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively) She then attends a signing ceremony with Uruguay's Minister of Foreign Affairs Gonzalo Fernandez (11 a.m.), attends Bush's meeting with Eide and addresses the annual meeting of the American Jewish Committee. (Capital Hilton, 6:45 p.m.)


• The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds a full committee hearing on "Oversight on EPA Toxic Chemical Policies." (406 Dirksen, 10 a.m.)

• Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Senate Veterans Affairs Chairman Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, Sens. Jim Webb, D-Va., Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., John Warner, R-Va., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., House Veterans Affairs Chairman Bob Filner, D-Calif., and many others participate in a rally to call for immediate legislative action on the "Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act." (West Front, U.S. Capitol, noon)

• Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., meet with with Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom Caballeros. (S-219, U.S. Capitol, 4:30 p.m.)

• Senate Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., Norm Coleman, R-Minn., Jim Bunning, R-Ky., House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., meet with Caballeros and his wife Sandra Tores de Colom to discuss the adoption of Guatemalan children. (S-221, U.S. Capitol, 5 p.m.)


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

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