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AP WASHINGTON DAYBOOK, Thursday, May 31

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8:30 a.m. MEDICARE - FLORIDA — Florida's Democratic Delegation meets to discuss the importance of Medicare to Florida, and the impact of Medicare changes on Floridas beneficiaries. Participants: Reps. Alcee Hastings, Corrine Brown, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Kathy Castor, Ted Deutch and Frederica Wilson.

Location: 304 Cannon.

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10 a.m. FRANKS - PRENATAL NONDISCRIMINATION — News Conference with Rep. Franks on Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA).

Location: House Triangle.

10 a.m. HOYER, LARSEN, BECERRA - MEDIA AVAILABILITY — Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD), House Democratic Whip; Congressman John B. Larson (CT), Chairman, House Democratic Caucus; Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA), Vice Chairman, House Democratic Caucus hold media availability after weekly Democratic Caucus meeting.

Notes: Approximately 10:00 am.

10 a.m. REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP STAKEOUT — Stakeout with Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.; Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas; Conference Vice Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.; Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam, R-Ill.; Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich.; Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas.

Location: Center Steps (Outside HC-5).

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CONGRESSIONAL FEDERAL - FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS SYMPOSIUM — Congressional Federal holds a "first-of-its kind" Financial Solutions Symposium Plus. Featured Speakers: Representatives Judy Biggert (R-IL) & Rubin Hinojosa (D-TX), Co-Chairs of the House Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus. Emcee: Charles A. Mallon, Jr., President and CEO, Congressional Federal. Facilitator: Jennifer Kuhn, Field Coach Affiliated with the National Credit Union Foundation. Panel: Scott Arkills, Chief Lending Officer, Congressional Federal; Mark Lobato, Vice President, Services and Solutions, Congressional Federal; Robin Matthews, Senior Relationship Manager, Congressional Federal.

Location: 121 Cannon.

10:45 a.m. PELOSI NEWS CONFERENCE — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly press conference.

Location: HVC Studio A, Capitol.

11 a.m. TRANSPORTATIOIN BILL - SAFETY MEASURES — Parents, families, pediatricians and safety advocates call on House conferees to retain bipartisan safety provisions passed by a 74-22 vote in the Senate surface transportation authorization bill, S.1813. Participants include: Jacqueline Gillan, president, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety; Joan Claybrook, former administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas; and relatives of people killed in highway crashes.

Location: House Triangle.

Contacts: Beth Weaver (beth_weaver@verizon.net), 301-814-4088

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. NDN/NPI'S - US TO MEXICO GUN SMUGGLING — forum in the US Capitol looking at whether there is more we can do in the US to stop this illegal southbound flow of guns into Mexico, a country where owning a gun of any kind is illegal. Participants include: Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and the Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan.

Location: 2456 Rayburn.

Notes: RSVP required to boland@mail.house.gov

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1 p.m. BASS - FOSTER YOUTH — Rep. Bass on Foster Day Youth Caucus.

Location: House Triangle.

2 p.m. WAR IN AFGHANISTAN - WHISTLEBLOWER — Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC), and other Members of the House will hold a press conference in support of expedited withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The press conference will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis, who will provide an analysis of the situation in Afghanistan that is vastly different than the one received by Congress from the Obama Administration. Lt. Col. Davis will also speak at the press conference.

Location: B-318 Rayburn.

Contacts: RSVP to Kristal DeKleer kristal.dekleer@mail.house.gov (202) 225-1882)

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FLOOR SCHEDULE

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10 a.m. — House meets for Morning Hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected 10:00 - 11:00 p.m.

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COMMITTEE MEETINGS

9:30 a.m. OVERSIGHT & GOVERNMENT REFORM — Full committee hearing on "Rhetoric vs. Reality: Does President Obama Really Support an "All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy?

Location: 2154 Rayburn.

10 a.m. EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE — Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions holds a hearing on "Barrier to Lower Health Care Costs for Workers and Employers." Witnesses: Bill Streitberger, vice president of human resources, Red Robin International, Greenwood Village, Colo.; Ed Fensholt, senior vice president and director of compliance services, Lockton Benefit Group, Kansas City, Mo.; Roy Ramthun, president, HSA Consulting Services, Washington; Jody Hall, owner, Cupcake Royale and Verite Coffee, Seattle, Wash.

Location: 2175 Rayburn.

10 a.m. FINANCIAL SERVICES — Mark up H.R. 1588, the Consumer Rental Purchase Agreement Act, and H.R. 3128.

Location: 2128 Rayburn.

10 a.m. JUDICIARY — Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security hearing on The FISA Amendments Act of 2008.

Location: 2141 Rayburn.

10 a.m. SMALL BUSINESS — Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access will hold a hearing titled Planning for the Death Tax: Can Small Businesses Survive? Witnesses: Neil D. Katz, Managing Partner, Katz, Bernstein & Katz, LLP, Syosset, NY; Karen Madonia, Chief Financial Officer, Illco, Inc., Aurora, IL, Testifying on behalf of the Heating, Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International; Michael G. Flesher, Owner, Taylor Rental Center, Vestal, NY, Testifying on behalf of the American Rental Association.

Location: 2360 Rayburn.

10 a.m. TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE — Subcommittee on Aviation hearing on a Review of FAAs Efforts to Reduce Costs and Ensure Safety and Efficiency through Realignment and Facility Consolidation. Witnesses: David Grizzle, Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organization, Federal Aviation Administration; Lou E. Dixon, Principal Assistant Inspector General for Auditing and Evaluation, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Transportation; Paul Rinaldi, President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

Location: 2167 Rayburn.

10:15 a.m. ENERGY AND COMMERCE — Subcommittee on Communications and Technology holds a hearing on "International Proposals to Regulate the Internet. Witnesses: Panel I: Philip Verveer, deputy assistant secretary of state and U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy; Robert McDowell, commissioner, Federal Communications Commission. Panel II: David A. Gross, former U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy, Department of State, on behalf of the World Conference on International Telecommunications Ad Hoc Working Group; Sally Shipman Wentworth, senior manager, public policy, Internet Society; Vinton Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist, Google.

Location: 2322 Rayburn.

10:15 a.m. VETERANS' AFFAIRS — Full Committee hearing on Reviewing the Implementation of Major Provisions of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Witnesses: Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Accompanied by: Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity, Veterans Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Ismael Ortiz, Jr., Acting Assistant Secretary, Veterans Employment and Training Service, U.S. Department of Labor. Accompanied by: Gerri Fiala, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor.

Location: 334 Cannon.

11 a.m. APPROPRIATIONS — Full committee marks up FY 2013 Legislative Branch Bill.

Location: 2359 Rayburn.

12 p.m. JUDICIARY — Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on "The Department of Justice - Civil, Environment and Natural Resources, and Tax Divisions" Witnesses: Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division Stuart F. Delery Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division Ignacia S. Moreno and Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division Kathryn Keneally.

Location: 2141 Rayburn.

1:30 p.m. OVERSIGHT & GOVERNMENT REFORM — Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform hearing on "Rhetoric vs. Reality, Part II: Assessing the Impact of New Federal Red Tape on Hydraulic Fracturing and American Energy Independence.

Location: 2154 Rayburn.

2 p.m. HOMELAND SECURITY — Subcommittee on Transportation Security hearing, "TSAs Surface Inspection Program: Strengthening Security or Squandering Scant Resources?" Witnesses: John OConnor, Chief of Police, Amtrak; Skip Elliott, Vice President of Public Safety and Environment, CSX, Testifying on behalf of the Association of American Railroads; Philip L. Byrd Sr., President, Bulldog Hiway Express, Testifying on behalf of the American Trucking Associations; William C. Blankenship, Chief Operating Officer, Greyhound Lines, Inc.

Location: 311 Cannon.

2:30 p.m. JUDICIARY — Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement hearing on H.R. 2831, To amend Public Law 89-732 to modify the requirement for a Cuban national to qualify for and maintain status as a permanent resident.

Location: 2141 Rayburn.

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