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Today In Washington

Highlights of today's events in Washington:

President Bush meets with Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev (Oval Office, 11 a.m.), meets with the Chinese Delegation to the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Room 350, 1:40 p.m.), and delivers remarks at the National Congressional Committee's 2008 President's Dinner. (Washington Convention Center, 7:05 p.m.)

• NRCC Chairman Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and other House Republicans also attend the dinner.


• Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice holds a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq Hoshyar Mahmud Zebari (10:05 a.m.), and another with the Prime Minister of Kenya Raila Amolo Odinga (11 a.m.), delivers remarks on the U.S. policy toward Asia (Heritage Foundation, 2:30 p.m.), and attends the funeral service for NBC journalist Tim Russert. (Kennedy Center, 4 p.m.)

• Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt participates in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's forum on "Changing Climate, Changing Health Patterns: What Will It Take to Predict and Protect." (National Press Club, 10 a.m.)

• The Senate meets at 10 a.m. to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.6049, the "Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act." The Senate may also move to consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.3221, the "Housing and Economic Recovery Act" later in the day.


• The House meets at 9:30 a.m. for the prayer and the pledge and then recesses until 10 a.m., when they will resume legislative business.

• Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Sens. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Arlen Specter, R-Pa., participate in a ceremony to honor Frank Woodruff Buckles, the only living World War I veteran. (S-211, 2 p.m.)

• Reps. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., and Paul Ryan, R-Wis., participate in a discussion on the fiscal future of the United States. (210 Cannon, 11 a.m.)

• Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, participate in a news conference to announce a national plan for improved science education. (G-50 Dirksen, 8:15 a.m.)


• Sens. Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, participate in a news conference to discuss three draft proposals to stem excessive speculation in commodities markets. (Senate Radio/TV Gallery, 2 p.m.)

• Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., members of the Louisiana Congressional Delegation, and Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., participate in a news conference in support of the hurricane protection and reconstruction provisions in the Iraq supplemental spending bill. (Upper Senate Park, 11 a.m.)

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

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