- The Washington Times - Monday, April 18, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

To be announced

ECONOMIC REPORTS

4 p.m. National Agricultural Statistic Servicereleases the crop progress report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 800/727-9540.

4:15 p.m. Federal Reserve Boardreleases its weekly foreign reports on the assets and liabilities of U.S.- and foreign-chartered banks and on foreign-exchange rates. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. U.S. Judicial Conference holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Rules of Appellate Procedure. Location: Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, Judicial Conference Center, 1 Columbus Circle NE. Contact: 202/502-1820.

9 a.m. —Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrationholds a meeting of the SAMHSA Advisory Committee for Women’s Services. Topics include presentations and discussions on activities involving women as they relate to mental health and data, children, family therapy, trauma, obesity and treatment; updates on SAMHSA’s budget; and legislative programs. Location: 1 Choke Cherry Road, Sugarloaf Room, Rockville. Contact: 240/276-2252.

12:30 p.m. —Treasury Department holds a meeting of the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform. Topics include how state tax systems work and how they interact with the federal tax system, lessons about tax reform that can be learned from the experience of the states and how our tax system affects decisions by American businesses to make investments in technological innovation and to acquire new tools and equipment. Former Sens. Connie Mack, Florida Republican, and Sen. John B. Breaux, Louisiana Democrat; Andrew Lyon, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; and Kevin Hassett, American Enterprise Institute, participate. Location: University of Maryland, the Inn and Conference Center 3501 University Blvd. East, Adelphi. Contact: 202/927-2829.

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket Number 04-603: Grable & Sons Metal Products v. Darue Engineering

Docket Number 04-6964: Johnson v. California

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Meets at 1 p.m. for morning business and 2 p.m. to consider the Iraq and Afghanistan supplemental appropriations bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Meets in pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Religion and the law — all day American University Washington College of Law holds a discussion, “Legal Issues Facing Religious Organizations.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlight — 12 p.m. Luis Lugo, Pew Forum on Religion, “What Did the Election Tell Us About How Religious Groups Vote?”

Location: American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/274-4000.

Legislative conference — all day The Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, holds its 2005 legislative conference, “Blueprint: 2005, United for Progress.” Events begin at 9 a.m. Edward Sullivan, BCTD; John Sweeney, AFL-CIO president; Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, New Jersey Republican; and Sens. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat, and Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, participate. Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 978/774-0492.

Emergency medicine — all day American College of Emergency Physicians holds its 2005 leadership and advocacy conference to discuss critical emergency-medicine issues and to interact with members of Congress and the administration. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — noon Army Maj. Robert Blankenship, who was deployed in Iraq, and president of ACEP Government Services Chapter, “Emergency Medicine on the Front Lines: A Year With the 4th Infantry Division.”

Location: Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/728-0610.

Property rights — 10 a.m. National Press Club Morning Newsmaker Program holds a press conference to discuss the grass-roots legal movement to reclaim private-property rights through litigation, initiatives and legislation. Dave Stirling, Pacific Legal Foundation, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/785-6882.

Ceremony — 10 a.m. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund holds a ceremony, the seventh annual “In Memory Day” to honor 137 Vietnam veterans who died prematurely as a result of noncombat injuries and emotional suffering caused directly by the Vietnam War. Jan Scruggs, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, and Vikki Keys, National Mall and Memorial Parks, participate. Location: Vietnam Veterans Memorial, East Knoll, the National Mall. Contact: 202/393-0090, Ext. 109.

Free-trade discussion — 11 a.m. Information Technology Industry Council holds a discussion, “What CAFTA-DR Means for High-Tech.” Rhett Dawson and Ralph Hellmann, ITI; Melika Carroll, Intel; and Susan Mann, Microsoft, participate. Location: ITI Headquarters, 1250 I St., Suite 200. Contact: 202/626-5725.

Treaty prospects — noon Cato Institute holds a press briefing, “The Future of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Prospects and Problems.” Charles Pena and Doug Bandow, Cato Institute, participate. Location: 369 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/789-5200.

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