- The Washington Times - Monday, December 6, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Medicaid drugs — 10 a.m. — The House Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing, “Medicaid Prescription Drug Reimbursement: Why the Government Pays Too Much.” Mark Jones, president of Ven-A-Care of the Florida Keys Inc. in Key West, Fla.; John Lockwood, vice president of Ven-A-Care of the Florida Keys Inc.; and George Reeb, assistant inspector general at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Audits, testify. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

Vaccine discussion — 2 p.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion on the future of the vaccine industry. Richard Manning of Pfizer Inc., Christopher Snyder of George Washington University, John Calfee and Scott Gottlieb of AEI and Alex Tabarrok of George Mason University participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Visits U.S. troops at Camp Pendleton in California. Returns to Washington.

VICE PRESIDENT

Attends the inauguration of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. — National Association of Realtors releases the outlook for the month. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Bureau of Industry and Security holds a meeting of the Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee. Topics include interim rule on expansion of missile-related end-use/user controls, and proposed rule on “knowledge,” “red flags” and safe harbor. Location: Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 3884, 14th Street between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues NW. Contact: 202/482-2583.

1 p.m. — Department of the Army holds a meeting to discuss improvement of the Army’s ability to acquire needed but unforeseen operational requirements for producing additional weapon systems, parts and services. Location: Presidential Towers, Army Conference Room 11100, 11th floor, 2511 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/604-7006.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case

Docket numbers 03-1116 Granholm v. Heald, 03-1120 Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers v. Heald, and 03-1274 Swedenburg v. Kelly, consolidated for one-hour argument.

Docket numbers 03-184 Ballard v. CIR and 03-1034 Estate of Kanter v. CIR, consolidated for one-hour argument.

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Meets at 9:30 a.m. for morning business and 12:30 p.m. for possible consideration of the intelligence reform bill conference report. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEE

10:30 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing, “Ukraine’s Election: Next Steps.” Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican and committee chairman, and John Tefft, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

U.S. election process — all day — Common Cause holds a conference, “Voting in 2004: Report to the Nation on America’s Election Process.” Events begin at 8:15 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Reps. Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat and minority whip; Bob Ney, Ohio Republican and chairman of the Committee on House Administration; and Rush D. Holt, New Jersey Democrat, participate. Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/833-1200.

Truancy — all day — Education Department and the Justice Department hold a conference, “Partnering to Prevent Truancy: A National Priority.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Education Secretary Rod Paige

Location: Capital Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/401-1576 or 202/307-0703.

Renewable energy — all day — American Council on Renewable Energy and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute holds a conference, “Renewable Energy in America: Phase II.” Events begin at 8:45 a.m.

Highlights — 9:10 a.m. — Sen. Wayne Allard, Colorado Republican

Location: Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St. SE. Contact: 202/293-1123 or 202/662-1892.

American presidency — 10 a.m. — National Archives opens an exhibition, “The American Presidency: Photographic Treasures of the National Archives.” The exhibition runs through Feb. 21. Location: National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/501-5526 or 301/837-1700.

Language deficit — 10 a.m. — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages holds a press conference to discuss the nation’s critical “language deficit.” Sen. Thad Cochran, Mississippi Republican and chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee; Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat; French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte and Thomas Keith Cothrun of ACTFL participate. Location: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/628-1502 or 202/265-0175.

“Greenest Automaker” award# — 10 a.m. — Union of Concerned Scientists holds a press conference to release its 2004 Environmental Ranking of Automakers and to present the “Greenest Automaker” award. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/265-3000 or 202/223-6133.

Civil-Military cooperation — 10:30 a.m. — The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars holds a discussion, “Civil-Military Cooperation in a Time of Turmoil,” on efforts within the U.S. government to establish stabilization and reconstruction response operations. Anthony Zinni, former commander in chief of the U.S. Central Command, and William Garvelink of the U.S. Agency for International Development participate. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

Wreath-laying ceremony — 11 a.m. — AMVETS and the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association hold a wreath-laying ceremony in commemoration of the 63rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Location: Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery. Contact: 301/459-9600.

Bilingual education — noon — The Urban Institute holds a discussion, “Beyond Bilingual Education: Immigrant Children and the No Child Left Behind Act.” Randy Capps of the institute, Alec Gershberg of the World Bank, Kathleen Leos of the Education Department and Roberto Rodriguez, minority senior education counsel with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, participate. Location: Urban Institute, 2100 M St. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/261-5709.

Diabetes conference — 1 p.m. — The Health and Human Services Department holds a press conference to announce the release of “Diabetes: A National Plan for Action” and to announce the winners of the 2004 Innovation in Prevention awards. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/690-6343.

Press conference# — 2 p.m. — Congress hold a press conference to defend a grant in the 2005 omnibus appropriations bill for the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center. Rep. John E. Peterson, Pennsylvania Republican; AccuWeather founder Barry Myers; Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center administrators and Punxsutawney Phil, world-famous weather-prognosticating groundhog, participate. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building; rain site, 122 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-8279.

Teens helping teens prevent youth suicide — 3:45 p.m. — More than 50 student members of Deca Inc., an association of marketing students, and executive members from Bully Police USA Inc. hold a rally to promote full funding in fiscal 2006 for the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act. Location: Room 2325 at Rayburn House Building. Contact: 703/426-2171.

Building a democratic state —# 7 p.m. — Georgetown University hosts a lecture, “Building a Democratic State: From Physical Reconstruction to the Building of a New Mentality.” President Xanana Gusmao of the Democratic Republic of East Timor participates. Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: RSVP required; 202/687-4328.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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