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Highlights of today's events in Washington:

President Bush is on foreign travel to the G-8 Summit in Toyko, Japan.

• Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez delivers remarks to the League of United Latin American Citizens' 79th Annual National Convention and Exposition. (Hilton Washington, noon)

 

• Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., take part in a celebration at the league's convention. (Hilton Washington, 7 p.m.)

• Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt speaks at the Import Safety Summit on imported goods and maintaining product safety. (Grand Hyatt Washington, 8:45 a.m.)

• Attorney General Michael Mukasey testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice." (226 Dirksen, 9:30 a.m.)

 

• The Senate meets at 9:30 a.m. to resume consideration of H.R.6304, the "Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2008." At 11:15 a.m. the Senate will hold up to five roll call votes on amendments, cloture and then final passage of H.R.6304.

• Following the votes the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. to allow the Republicans to hold their weekly party luncheon. At 2:15 p.m. the Senate will resume consideration of the Housing legislation, H.R. 3221.

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

• Reps. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and John Larson, D-Conn., testify at a hearing on legislation amending the Commodity Exchange Act. (1300 Longworth, 2:30 p.m.)

 

• Senate Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., attend a hearing on "Safeguarding Taxpayer Dollars in Iraq: An Insider's View of Questionable Contracting Practices by KBR and the Pentagon." (608 Dirksen, 2 p.m.)

• House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Reps. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., John Shimkus, R-Ill., Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Peter Roskam, R-Ill., host a news conference on technologies to increase American energy. (HC-9, 10 a.m.)

• Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., attends a news conference to urge passage of H.R.6331, the "Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act." (S-211, 9:45 a.m.)

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• House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., delivers remarks at the 12th Annual National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality. (Howard University School of Divinity, events begin at 9 a.m.)

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

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