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Today In Washington

Highlights of today's events in Washington:

President Bush participates with first lady Laura Bush in a ceremony honoring the 2008 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (East Room, 9:30 a.m.), and later travels to flood-damaged areas in the Midwest.

• The Senate meets at 9:30 a.m. to resume consideration of 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 10 a.m. to consider H.R.5781, the "Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2008," H.R.5876, the "Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2008," and H.R.2642, the Iraq supplemental appropriations bill.

• Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson delivers remarks on the economy. (K&L Gates, 12:45 p.m.)

• Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer delivers remarks to award recipients at the BioEnergy Awareness Day. (Agriculture Department, 3:30 p.m.)


• Reps. Bob Filner, D-Calif., Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., John Carter, R-Texas, and Peter Welch, D-Vt., testify at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on pending legislation. (334 Cannon, 1 p.m.)

• House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Reps. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., Eric Cantor, R-Va., Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, Kay Granger, R-Texas, and Kevin Brady, R-Texas, participate in a news conference on the effects high gas prices have on the economy. (Republican National Committee, 1:15 p.m.)

• House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Reps. George Miller, D-Calif., Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., Stephanie Herseth, D-S.D., Bob Etheridge, D-N.C., Jim McDermott, D-Wash., Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., attend a symposium on the challenges faced by child welfare systems in urban and rural communities. (2261 Rayburn, 2 p.m.)

• Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H., and other freshman Democrats take part in a news conference to respond to Bush on offshore drilling. (Cannon Terrace, 2 p.m.)


• Reps. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., Frank Wolf, R-Va., and Lofgren attend a news conference to highlight human rights abuses in Vietnam. (Cannon Terrace, 10:30 a.m.)

• Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Senate Finance Committee members meet with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan and the Chinese ministerial delegation, as a part of the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue. (215 Dirksen, 10:30 a.m.)

• Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and other members of Congress attend a news conference hosted by the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants to release its "World Refugee Survey 2008." (HC-8, 11 a.m.)

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

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