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Today In Washington

Highlights of today's events in Washington:

President Bush signs H.R. 3890, the "Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE Act of 2008" (Oval Office, 10:30 a.m.) and H.R. 1553, the "Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of 2008." (10:45 a.m.)

• Later Bush tours Lincoln Electric Company (Cleveland, Ohio, 3:20 p.m.), delivers remarks on energy and the economy (Lincoln Electric Company, 3:40 p.m.) and attends a Congressional Trust 2008 Reception. (Private residence, Gates Milles, Ohio, 5:45 p.m.)


• Labor Secretary Elaine Chao delivers remarks at a signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Labor Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission. (Labor Department, 2 p.m.)

• Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt speaks at a Kaiser Family Foundation discussion on "The Health Blogosphere: What It Means for Policy Debates and Journalism." (Kaiser Family Foundation Building, 1 p.m.)

• Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steven Preston delivers remarks to the National Alliance to End Homelessness' National Conference on Ending Homelessness. (Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 12:10 p.m.)


• The Senate meets at 10 a.m. for a period of morning business until 12:30 p.m. The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. for the weekly party luncheons.

• The House meets at 10:30 a.m. for morning hour debate and at noon for legislative business.

• House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., hosts a news conference to announce the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change. (National Press Club, 10 a.m.)

• Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Ken Salazar, D-Colo., participate in a news conference to discuss alternative, renewable energy sources and energy conservation. (S-115, 11:45 a.m.)


• Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Robert Bennett, R-Utah, host a news conference on energy. (S-207, noon)

• Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., and Alexander participate in another conference on energy. (Senate Radio/TV Gallery, 3:30 p.m.)

• Sens. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Salazar participate in an event on the earnings of farmers enrolled in the Farmers Union Carbon Credit. (328-A Russell, 11:30 a.m.)

• Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., host a news conference to discuss the committee's next steps in its investigation of White House interference at the Environmental Projection Agency. (Senate Radio/TV Gallery, 2 p.m.)

• Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., discusses attorney-client privilege, focusing on the Justice Department's policies regarding the right to counsel and the Sixth Amendment. (Heritage Foundation, 11:30 a.m.)

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

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