- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 17, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali at the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases a report on new residential construction for January. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue. Contact: 202/482-2235.

3 p.m. —National Agricultural Statistics Service releases its weekly broiler hatchery report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 800/727-9540.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Office of the Secretary of the Treasury holds a public hearing to discuss proposed modifications of the regulations governing practice before the Internal Revenue Service (Circular 230). Location: Internal Revenue Building, Auditorium, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/622-4940.

9:30 a.m. —Export-Import Bank holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee to discuss the financing needs of middle-market exporters and to hear a status update on previous Advisory Committee recommendations and an update on legislative issues.

Location: Ex-Im Bank, Conference Room 1143, 811 Vermont Ave. NW. Contact: 202/565-3502.

10 a.m. —Federal Election Commission holds a meeting to discuss draft Advisory Opinion No. 2003-37: Americans for a Better Country by Keith A. Davis, treasurer. Location: 999 E St. NW, ninth floor. Contact: 202/694-1220.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Not in session, Presidents Day recess. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Not in session, Presidents Day recess. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Investing in Health — all day the Centers for Disease Control National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion holds a conference, “Investing in Health: The Dollars and Sense of Prevention.”

Highlights — 9 a.m. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson

Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 770/488-5131.

Women’s employment — all day The National Network for Women’s Employment holds a conference, “Celebrating 25 Years of Transitions and Triumphs.”

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. Opening session

Location: Wyndham Washington Hotel, 1400 M St. NW. Contact: 703/807-2281.

Public transportation — 8:30 a.m. The American Public Transportation Association holds a forum to address federal legislation and its effect on serving the public transportation needs of minorities. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus; Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Maryland Democrat; former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater; Alexandria Mayor William Euille; Julie Cunningham of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials; and William Millar of the APTA participate. Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/466-2012.

Cold war legacy — 9 a.m. Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion, “Cold War Legacy: A Discussion of the Azerbaijan Issue in Iran.” Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

Learning disabilities — 9:30 a.m. U.S. Public Interest Research Group holds a news briefing to release a report on a commonly used flame retardant that can cause learning disabilities. Meghan Purvis of the research group and Carrie Ganz of the La Leche League of Maryland, Delaware and D.C., participate. Location: 2218 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/546-9707 or 202/489-7368.

Anti-Terror security fence — 10 a.m. The Israel Project holds a news conference on “Anti-Terror Security Fence as a Non-Violent Means of Preventing More Deaths by Suicide Bombers.” Lea Zur and Florence Bianu, mothers of terror victims, participate. Location: National Press Club, East Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/857-6644.

Afghanistan’s elections — 10 a.m. the U.S. Institute of Peace holds a discussion, “Afghanistan’s Elections.” Horacio Boneo of the institute, Laurel Miller of the USIP Rule of Law and journalist Ahmed Rashid participate.

Location: USIP, 1200 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/457-1700.

Building 21st century borders — 11 a.m. Heritage Foundation sponsors an address, “Building 21st Century Borders: Policy Development to Meet New Threats.” Stewart Verdery, Homeland Security Department assistant secretary for policy and planning, border and transportation security, and Larry Wortzel of the Heritage Foundation participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Allison Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Counterfeit drugs task force report — 11:30 a.m. — Health and Human Services Department holds a news conference to announce the Counterfeit Drugs Task Force Report. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Mark McClellan participate. Location: HHS, Humphrey Building, auditorium, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/690-6343.

Iran’s elections — noon Middle East Institute holds a discussion, “Iran’s Elections: Evolution, Revolution or Stagnation?” Ray Takeyh of the National Defense University participates. Location: MEI, Boardman Room, 1761 N St. NW. Contact: 202/785-1141.

Homeland security news briefing — 3 p.m. — the Homeland Security Department holds a news briefing to release the Protected Critical Infrastructure Information Program. Frank Libutti, undersecretary, Bob Liscouski, assistant secretary, and Nuala O’Conner Kelly, privacy officer at the Homeland Security Department, participate. Location: Nebraska Avenue Complex, Building 21, 3801 Nebraska Ave. NW. Contact: 202/282-8010.

Memorandum signing — 3:30 p.m. — Environmental Protection Agency holds a signing of a memorandum of understanding regarding science research and technology. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham and EPA Administrator Michael O. Leavitt participate. Location: EPA, Rachel Carson Green Room, Ariel Rios North, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/586-5806 or 202/564-7819.

Burma discussion — 4:30 p.m. Georgetown University holds a discussion on the connection between the exploitation of natural resources and human rights abuses in Burma. Ka Hsaw Wa of Earthrights International participates. Location: Georgetown University, Bunn Intercultural Center Auditorium, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328.

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