1:30 pm ET: Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
2:45 pm ET: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
4:00 pm ET: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
President Bush's public schedule is currently devoid of any news making opportunity. It's all about the visiting Royals. At noon ET, President and Mrs. Bush will greet the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at a South Lawn arrival ceremony.
America's First Couple will host a "social dinner" for the Royal Couple and roughly 130 other guests in the State Dining Room at 7:30 pm ET. Mrs. Bush will travel with the Royal Couple to the SEED School of Washington, DC this afternoon. We are still waiting to hear FLOTUS on Alito.
ABC News' Ann Compton reports, "President Bush will serve buffalo to the Royal Couple tonight. And the brand new White House chef is making orchids of sugar to top the dessert."
The House Republican Conference is going to head across the street to the Library of Congress for a retreat of sorts in a leadership effort to hammer out their agenda for the rest of the year, specifically getting an overwhelming majority of the conference on board with additional budget cuts to help offset the costs of hurricane relief. The retreat is scheduled to take place from 9:00 am -- 1:00 pm ET.
White House National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley will hold an on camera 2:45 pm ET press briefing on the President's upcoming trip to Latin America.
The Supreme Court of the United States meets for oral arguments at 10:00 am ET. Former President Bill Clinton will speak at Rosa Parks' funeral today in Detroit, MI scheduled to begin at 11:00 am ET. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) will also be in attendance. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) will also be one of the eulogizers this morning and is expected to say of Ms. Parks, "she sat down so we could stand up, but not so we could stand still."
Sen. McCain (R-AZ) focuses his committee spotlight back on lobbying efforts on behalf of Native American tribes. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold his oversight hearing at 9:30 am ET. Today's star witness is likely to be J. Steven Griles, the former Deputy Secretary of the Interior.
Sens. Durbin (D-IL), Conrad (D-ND), and Baucus (D-MT) will criticize what they see as misplaced priorities in the budget at an 11:45 am ET press conference.
Sens. Bill Frist (R-TN), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and John Warner (R-VA) hold a press conference at 12:30 pm ET to highlight the inclusion of "SMART" grants in the Senate budget reconciliation bill.
Reps. Bob Ney (R-OH) and William Clay (D-MO) host the first "Bipartisan Working Group on Disaster Recovery and Response" forum at 8:30 am ET.
Sens. Kennedy (D-MA) and DeWine (R-OH) hold an 11:00 am ET press conference on their legislation called "The CLASS (Community Living Assistance Services and Supports) Act of 2005."
At 11:30 am ET, Attorney General Gonzales gives the keynote speech at the Latino Leaders Luncheon Series in Washington, DC.
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will address the Management Institute at the University of Richmond and FORTUNE Magazine's 11th annual Worldwide Luminary Series at 10:45 am ET in Richmond, VA.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine will receive former Governor (and current Richmond Mayor) Doug Wilder's endorsement at 10:30 am ET at Jefferson Hill Park in Richmond, VA.