A 12:00 pm ET news conference on the introduction of legislation that would reduce the crack-powder cocaine sentencing disparity features a number of Senators: Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Mark Pryor (D-AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Ken Salazar (D-CO).
The National Press Club's Newsmaker Luncheon Program takes the form of a 1:00 pm ET discussion with Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) on "the need for federal media shield legislation."
House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) gives a pen and pad only news conference at 11:30 am ET.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) gives his own news conference at 12:30 pm ET, which is followed by a news conference to announce a "major" energy bill promoting energy independence and biofuels.
At 11:00 am ET, Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tom Price (R-GA), John Tierney (D-MA), and Bob Beauprez (R-CO) brief the press on bipartisan health care reform bill intended to cover the 45 million-plus uninsured Americans.
House Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce (R-OH), Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), and Rep. David Hobson (R-OH) will remark on a screening of "Combat Diary: The Marines of Lima Company," a film featuring the travails of a Columbus, OH based unit that fought in Iraq between February and September of 2005. The screening begins at 5:00 pm ET at the Capitol.
From 10:00 am ET to 12:00 pm ET, Heritage Foundation hosts a discussion entitled, "Border Security Better, Faster, Cheaper," featuring remarks by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Management, Integration, and Oversight.
Americans for Peace Now, which demands that nations "balance smart bombs with smarter diplomacy," holds a telephone press conference at 1:00 pm ET to express its support for Israel while calling for more U.S. diplomatic leadership and engagement with non-traditional partners.
President Bush meets with Maliki:
"President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, abandoning a six-week-old security strategy for Baghdad that proved to be a failure, will today seek to devise a new plan that will include adding thousands of U.S. and Iraqi troops to fight insurgents in the capital," per the Washington Times. The AP curtain raises President Bush's meeting with Maliki. Bush Administration agenda:
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) announced yesterday that he is preparing legislation that will allow Congress to sue President Bush over his use of signing statements on over 800 pieces of legislation, the AP reports. DLC in Denver:
"Mrs. Clinton mapped out a program of relatively small-scale initiatives she said would help middle-class voters regain the financial stability they had lost during the Bush presidency and help the poor in moving up the economic ladder," writes the New York Times' Kornblut on Sen. Clinton's "American Dream Initiative," unveiled at the DLC yesterday. LINK
Kornblut closes by writing that Sen. Clinton did not go "as far down the populist path as other possible presidential candidates, in particular Senator John Edwards, who is focused almost exclusively on poverty as he campaigns in early primary voting states."