Well, five unions, five million workers (in spirit), a new coalition, maybe a new federation, 50 labor leaders: they all divide to unite, here, in Washington at 12:30 today. The Change to Win Coalition (as Harold Meyerson says, "boy, is that ever a provisional-sounding and utterly clunky name") officially debuts. Terence O'Sullivan of the Laborers, James Hoffa of the Teamsters, Joe Hansen of UFCW, Bruce Raynor of Unite-Here, and Andy Stern of SEIU will be present.
After the press conferences, the 50 union officials will meet to write a constitution and bylaws for the new organization.
The President starts the day with a 10:55 am ET speech on standard-fare energy at the Reagan Trade Center.
At 7:00 pm ET, he attends the Congressional Picnic Reception on the South Lawn of the White House followed by performances by Tom Wopat ("Dukes of Hazard" star and country musician); Harolyn Blackwell (opera singer) and Shirley Jones (actress/Shirley Partridge).
ABC News' Linda Douglass reports that the Senate is expected to debate and vote on an amendment to the energy bill which would reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil by 40 percent over the next 20 years. The bill is sponsored by Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, and is short on specifics. But sources in both parties think it may pass.
The House Ways and Means Committee convenes a full committee meeting at 10:30 am ET to conduct an "informal markup" of legislation relating to CAFTA. At 1:00 pm ET, a group of members of Congress holds a news conference to express opposition to CAFTA.
RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman is on the road today: he will make an appearance at no less than three press conferences in Richmond, Norfolk, and a final stop in Northern Virginia. Mehlman is traveling to "celebrate the slate of Republican candidates" selected in yesterday's state primary as the GOP's candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general.
The National Governors Association -- led by Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) and Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) -- holds a press briefing at 9:00 am ET to discuss its bipartisan efforts with Congress and the White House on overhauling Medicaid. At 10:00 am ET, the Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing on "The Future of Medicaid: Strategies for Strengthening American's Vital Safety Net."
At 10:00 am ET, members of the Navy Memorial and Naval Medical Education and Training Command salute the men and women "caregivers" in uniform with a formal ceremony in front of the U.S. Navy Memorial.
The executive vice president of the AFL-CIO and director of Immigration Policy Research discuss ways to strengthen federal labor and employment protection for immigrant workers beginning at 8:30 am ET at the AFL-CIO headquarters.
At 10:30 am ET, the House Education and Workforce Committee will hold a hearing on the Pension Protection Act, with several corporate and academic bigwigs acting as witnesses.
Former representative Bruce Morrison (R-CT) joins the inspector general of the State Department and the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies for an oversight hearing on "The Diversity Visa Program." The hearing, held by the House Judiciary Committee, begins at 4:00 pm ET.
The Task Force on the United Nations -- co-chaired by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell -- delivers its report to the and both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees at 10:00 am ET. A press briefing with Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) follows.