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Today In Washington

Highlights of today's events in Washington:

President Bush attends a Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart Florida Victory Committee luncheon (private residence in Naples, Fla., 12:55 p.m.) and later attends a Pat McCrory for Governor reception. (private residence, Raleigh, N.C., 5:20 p.m.)

• First lady Laura Bush delivers remarks in honor of World Refugee Day. (White House, 9:30 a.m.)


• Defense Secretary Robert Gates delivers remarks at the military retirement of Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, director of the CIA. (Bolling Air Force Base, 10 a.m.)

• The Senate meets at 9:30 a.m. to resume consideration of the House Message to accompany H.R.3221, the "Housing and Economic Recovery Act." There will be no roll call votes in the Senate today.

• The House meets at 9 a.m. for legislative business.


• Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass., and Michelle Obama address the National Partnership for Women and Families' annual luncheon. (Hilton Washington Hotel, 11:30 a.m.)

• Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan testifies at a full House Judiciary Committee hearing on his reported attempts to cover up the involvement of White House officials in the leak of the covert identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson. (2141 Rayburn, 9:30 a.m)

• Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., participate in a congressional oversight hearing on Iraq contractor misconduct and the safety of U.S. troops in Iraq. (608 Dirksen, 10 a.m.)

• Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., speaks at a panel discussion on "The Oil Debate: Legislative and Policy Responses to the Current Energy Crisis." (, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., 10 a.m.)


• Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and other members of Congress attend a news conference "to discuss legislation that would close multiple loopholes allowing energy speculators to drive up energy prices." (2218 Rayburn, 10 a.m.)

• House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., holds a news conference to make an announcement regarding municipal bond legislation that "will give equal treatment of municipal bonds by credit rating agencies." (2122 Rayburn, 10:30 a.m.)

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

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