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Today In Washington

Highlights of today's events in Washington:

President Bush makes a statement on Iraq (White House, 8:05 a.m.), participates in a photo opportunity with recipients of the Scouts in Action Commendation (North Portico, 8:40 a.m.) and delivers remarks at the 2008 annual meeting of the West Virginia Coal Association. (Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., 10:30 a.m.)

• Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson delivers remarks on markets and the economy. (St. Regis Hotel, 1 p.m.)


• The Senate meets at 9:30 a.m. for morning business and 10:30 a.m. to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.3001, the FY09 Defense Authorization bill. Roll call votes are expected to occur on conference reports to accompany the Consumer Product Safety Commission bill as well as the higher education legislation during today's session.

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

• Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, attends his arraignment hearing. (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1 p.m.)


• New York Gov. David Paterson (D) speaks on the state of the American economy as part of the National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon Program. (National Press Club, 1 p.m.)

• Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) makes an address on fiscal responsibility. (Center for American Progress, noon)

• Govs. Tim Pawlenty (R) of Minnesota and Phil Bredesen (D) of Tennessee speak at an event to release a report on education. (Capitol View Conference Center, 1:30 p.m.)

• Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., and Reps. Mark Udall, D-Colo., Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., Lee Terry, R-Neb., Christopher Van Hollen, D-Md., Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, Dan Lipinski, D-Ill. and Jay Inslee, D-Wash., participate in a news conference at the 11th annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo and Forum, hosted by the Sustainable Energy Coalition. (345 Cannon, events begin at 9 a.m.)


• Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. and Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Reps. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., and Edward Markey, D-Mass., host a news conference to "call for an end to multi-billion dollar subsidies for big oil companies." (Senate Radio/TV Gallery, 10:15 a.m.)

• Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., discusses terrorism. (Center for American Progress, 9 a.m.)

• House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Reps. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., and Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., participate in a news conference to discuss auction rate securities. (2220 Rayburn, 1 p.m.)

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

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