- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 2, 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 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

1 p.m. Internal Revenue Serviceholds a meeting by teleconference of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel to discuss issues pertaining to lessening the burden for individuals and review recommendations for IRS systemic changes. Contact: 888/912-1227.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Adjourned. The Senate will convene the 109th Congress tomorrow at noon. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Adjourned. The House will convene the 109th Congress tomorrow at noon. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Voting rights — noon Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Democrat, begins her campaign to gain voting rights on the floor of the House this year. D.C. veterans will be recognized for their war service. Location: 2203 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-8050.

House ethics rules — 1 p.m. The Congressional Ethics Coalition holds a press conference to urge the U.S. House to stop efforts to weaken its ethics rules. Joan Claybrook of Public Citizen, Trevor Potter of the Campaign Legal Center, Larry Noble of the Center for Responsive Politics, Chellie Pingree of Common Cause, Melanie Sloan of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Fred Wertheimer of Democracy 21, Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch and Mark Clark of Public Campaign participate. Location: Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 14th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/454-5136, 202/736-5770, 202/646-5172.

Homeland security — 2 p.m. The congressional 9/11 Commission Caucus holds a press conference to discuss the need to reorganize Congress to strengthen oversight of intelligence and homeland security as recommended by the September 11 commission. Caucus members including Reps. Christopher Shays, Connecticut Republican, and Carolyn B. Maloney, New York Democrat, who are authors of rules changes to implement recommendations, and family members of victims of the September 11 attacks participate. Location: HC-8 U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-7944; 202/225-5541.

Elections in Iraq — 3 p.m. Washington Foreign Press Center sponsors a briefing, “Promoting Free and Fair Elections in Iraq: NGOs and Building the Political Process.” Foreign media only. Lorne Craner, president of the International Republican Institute, and Kenneth Wollack, president of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, participate. Location: WFPC, Suite 800, National Press Building, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/504-6356.

Reception — 5:50 p.m. The American Conservative Union hosts a reception for new and returning Republican members of Congress. Sen. John Ensign of Nevada and Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana participate. Location: Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Contact: 703/836-8602, Ext. 16.

Rally — 6:45 p.m. D.C. Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency holds a lyrical ambush rally as part of counterinaugural activities. Location: Dupont Circle NW (by the fountain). Contact: 202/316-9229.

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