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Today In Washington

Highlights of today's events in Washington:

President Bush meets with the former commander of Multi-National Force-Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus (White House, 11:15 a.m.), meets with Panamanian President Martin Torrijos Espino (Oval Office, 1:15 p.m.) and attends an Iftaar dinner with ambassadors and Muslim leaders. (State Dining Room, 7:50 p.m.)

• Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman delivers remarks to the National Petroleum Council's 118th meeting featuring an update on its report, "Facing the Hard Truths about Energy." (Fairmont Hotel, 9:05 a.m.)


• Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steven Preston speaks to the Exchequer Club of Washington, D.C. on the housing market challenges. (Mayflower Hotel, 12:10 p.m.)

• The Senate meets at 9:30 a.m. for morning business and 10:30 a.m. to resume consideration of S.3001, the Defense Authorization bill.

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


• Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J., host a news conference to discuss the potential need for an economic recovery package. (S-211, 11:30 a.m.)

• Sens. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., David Vitter, R-La., Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Wayne Allard, R-Colo., Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Reps. Eric Cantor, R-Va., John Shadegg, R-Ariz., Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, Mike Pence, R-Ind., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Tom Price, R-Ga., hold a news conference and rally on "American Energy Freedom Day" and to show their support of offshore drilling. (Cannon Terrace, 2:30 p.m.)

• Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), and Reps. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Fred Upton, R-Mich., participate in a 2008 Sustainability Solutions Summit to discuss automobile fuel efficiency and alternative energy sources. (Columbus Club at Union Station, 9:30 a.m.)

• Reps. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., Maxine Waters, D-Calif., John Conyers, Jr., D-Mich., Melvin Watt, D-N.C., Ed Royce, R-Calif., William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., George Miller, D-Calif., and Lincoln Davis, D-Tenn., speak at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions 2008 Congressional Caucus. (Grand Hyatt Hotel, events begin at 8:40 a.m.)


• Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Reps. John Dingell, D-Mich., James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Jim Langevin, D-R.I., Miller and Conyers Jr., participate in a rally to celebrate the expected passage of the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act. (West Front Steps, House Side, 1:45 p.m.)

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

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