- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 14, 2005

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Tax reform — 10 a.m. — Americans for Tax Reform holds a National Tax Day press conference. Participants include Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, John Berthoud of the National Taxpayers Union and Tom Schatz of Citizens Against Government Waste. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/785-0266.

Drug re-importation — noon — American Enterprise Institute holds a discussion, “The Perils of Re-Importation: A Hard Look at Buying Drugs From Canada and Beyond.” Participants include John Calfee and Scott Gottlieb of AEI, and John Graham of the Pacific Research Institute and the Fraser Institute. Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902. Contact: 202/862-4871.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses Social Security reform at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

9:15 a.m. — Federal Reserve releases a report on industrial production and capacity use for March. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the Science Board to discuss safety programs for drugs and biologics and manufacturing practices. Location: Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1066, Rockville. Contact: 301/827-6687.

9 a.m. — National Institute of Standards and Technology hosts a public forum for U.S. standards strategy. Location: Commerce Department, Herbert C. Hoover Building, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 301/975-4000.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Schedule to be announced. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Schedule to be announced. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Legislatures conference — all day — National Conference of State Legislatures holds its Spring Forum. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt discusses Medicaid, Medicare and welfare reform.

9:45 a.m. — Tim Bober of the Government Accountability Office, and John Salamone of the Senate Homeland and Government Affairs Committee oversight of government management subcommittee lead a discussion of unfunded federal mandates.

9:45 a.m. — Patty Sullivan of the Center on Education Policy and Amanda Brown of the Public Education Network discuss state efforts to implement No Child Left Behind.

9:45 a.m. — Rep. Sander M. Levin, Michigan Democrat, Andrew Biggs of the White House National Economic Council, and Ridge Multop of AARP discuss Social Security reform.

Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/737-1234.

Editors convention — 8:30 a.m. — The American Society of Newspaper Editors holds its convention.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — David Ignatius of The Washington Post, Hafez Al-Mirazi of Al Jazeera television, author Irshad Manji, Hisham Melhem of Lebanon’s leading daily Annahar, and documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim

12:30 p.m. — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, closing luncheon speaker

Location: J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/453-1122.

Health care discussion — 9 a.m. — Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality holds a meeting, “Developing a Core Infrastructure for Overview of the Council.” Participants include Carolyn Clancy of the health care agency, and Mark McClellan of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Location: Health and Human Services Department, Room 800, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 301/427-1866.

Advance directives — 10 a.m. — National Right to Life’s Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics holds a press conference to release a report on state laws allowing hospitals to overrule advance directives. Participants include Burke Balch and Dorothy Timbs of the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics, and Bob Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo. Location: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 529 14th St. NW. Contact: 202/626-8825.

Saving lives — 10 a.m. — National Council on Disability holds a press conference to release a report, “Saving Lives: Including People with Disabilities in Emergency Planning.” Participants include Young Woo Kang and Martin Gould of the disability council, and Cheryl Heppner of the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons. Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Contact: 202/272-2004, or 202/272-2074 (TTY).

Energy meeting — 10:30 a.m. — U.S. Energy Association holds its annual membership meeting. Participants include Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman, James Connaughton of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and Patrick Wood of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/312-1230.

Indonesia discussion — 10:30 a.m. — Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Indonesia: The Changing Front in the War on Terror.” Participants include Sen. Christopher S. Bond, Missouri Republican, Alphonse La Porta of the U.S.-Indonesia Society, and T. Kumar of Amnesty International. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

African round table — 2:45 p.m. — Treasury Department hosts an African round table and bilateral meetings with the finance ministers of Brazil, Russia, Japan and France, followed by a Group of Seven dinner.

Highlights — 2:45 p.m. — Bilateral with Brazil

3:30 p.m. — Bilateral with Russia

4 p.m. — Bilateral with Japan

4:45 p.m. — Bilateral with France

5:15 p.m. — African round table

7 p.m. — G-7 Dinner, DAR Headquarters, Constitution Hall, 17th and D streets NW.

Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, participates. Location: Treasury Department, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW or as noted above. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Legal training — 6 p.m. — Mobilization for Global Justice and the Justice and Solidarity Collective hold a training seminar for persons or legal representatives of affinity groups protesting at today’s World Bank/International Monetary Fund meetings. Topics include a know-your-rights component, a street-legal component and a jail and court solidarity component. Location: St. Stephen’s Church, 16th and Newton streets NW. Contact: mgj@riseup.net; www.justiceandsolidarity.org/.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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