What to Watch

What to Watch

(Charles Dharapak - AP)
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

-- President Obama attends the first public meeting of the Presidential Economic Recovery Advisory Board since it was announced in February. Later, he signs the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act and the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act in the East Room.

-- Vice President Biden travels to Belgrade, where he will meet with Serbian President Boris Tadic, Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic and Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovac and participate in a memorial ceremony for the late Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic.

-- The Republican National Committee's 2009 state chairmen's meeting holds its third and final day, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center at National Harbor.

-- Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner testifies at a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee oversight hearing on the Troubled Assets Relief Program.

-- Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), left, speaks before the American Law Institute's annual meeting at 1 p.m. at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. He is expected to give his thoughts on the process of replacing Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter.

-- Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announce an initiative cracking down on Medicare fraud at 1 p.m.

-- FBI Director Robert Mueller goes before the House Judiciary Committee for a 10 a.m. hearing on his agency.

-- Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag speaks at a Partnership for Public Service news conference at 9 a.m. on the occasion of the release of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" rankings. [Story, A1]

-- The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on "State and Local Pandemic Preparedness" at 2 p.m.

-- At 10 a.m., the House Veterans Affairs Committee holds a hearing on "The Growing Needs of Women Veterans: Is the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs Ready?"

-- File under more things you never knew you needed to worry about: "tainted drywall." Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.), above, continue their months-long crusade to raise awareness about the threat posed by inferior Chinese drywall with a request for additional funds for an existing probe. Chinese-made drywall has been the cause of numerous complaints across the South, but particularly in Florida and Louisiana, the states that have used the most imported drywall in recent construction, and where its emissions have been linked to health and safety problems.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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