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Today In Washington

Highlights of today's events in Washington:

President Bush delivers remarks to the National Defense University's Distinguished Lecture Program (National Defense University, Fort Lesley McNair, 9:55 a.m.), has lunch with the Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne (Department of the Interior, 12:05 p.m.) and visits wounded military personnel. (Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1:55 p.m.)

• The Senate meets at 10 a.m. for morning business and 11 a.m. to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.3001, the Defense Authorization legislation. The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for the weekly party luncheons.


• Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Attorney General Michael Mukasey (via video message) speak to the Homeland Security Department's Customs and Border Protection "Stop Human Trafficking Symposium." (J.W. Marriott Hotel, 9 a.m.)

• The House meets at 10:30 a.m. for morning hour debate and 2 p.m. for legislative business.

• Reps. John Salazar, D-Colo., Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, and Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., testify at a health subcommittee hearing of the House Veterans Affairs Committee on three bills related to veterans health care. (340 Cannon, 10 a.m.)


• Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., host a news conference to discuss "the need for an economic recovery package that creates jobs, strengthens the middle class and addresses the economic realities of working families." (S-115, 12:30 p.m.)

• Senate Small Business Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., participates in a discussion on "Opportunities and Challenges for Women Entrepreneurs on the 20th Anniversary of the Women's Business Ownership Act." (428-A Russell, 10 a.m.)

• Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., host a news conference on the New Era Energy bill. (608 Dirksen, 10 a.m.)

• Sens. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., Mel Martinez, R-Fla., Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., speak at the Inter-American Development Bank's 4th Annual Western Hemisphere Energy Security and Cooperation Forum. (IDB, events begin at 8:15 a.m.)


• Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Federal Reserve System Board of Governors Chairman Ben Bernanke and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steven Preston deliver remarks at the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) 2008 National HBCU Week Conference. (The Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, events begin at 7:30 a.m.)

• Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and other members of Connecticut's congressional delegation, host a presentation by Voices of September 11th on their work on the 9/11 Memorial Project with the Library of Congress, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center and other organizations. (SC-4, noon)

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

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