- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 25, 2005

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Iraqi vote preview — 10:30 a.m. — The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion, “Iraq Election Preview.” Participants include Anthony Cordesman, Jon Alterman and Bathsheba Crocker, all with CSIS. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Trade policy discussion — 4 p.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Trade Policy: The Next Four Years.” Participants include Gary Clyde Hufbauer of the Institute for International Economics, Lael Brainard of the Brookings Institution, Brink Lindsey of the Cato Institute, Edward Gresser of the Progressive Policy Institute and Claude Barfield of AEI. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the White House. Discusses health care initiatives at a health care event, Washington.

VICE PRESIDENT

Travels to Poland for observances marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10:30 a.m. — Energy Information Administration releases its weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

5 p.m. — American Petroleum Institute releases the brief summary of its weekly report on petroleum inventories. Location: 1220 L St. NW. Contact: 202/682-8114.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, thermal-hydraulic phenomena subcommittee, to review the application for an 8.5 percent power upgrade for the Waterford Nuclear Power Station. Location: NRC, Room T-2B3, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-8065.

9 a.m. — Office of Governmentwide Policy holds a meeting of the Governmentwide Relocation Advisory Board, to discuss management issues related to relocation policies including allowances and associated reimbursements. Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 202/208-4493.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the nomination of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to be secretary of state. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a meets to vote on the nomination of Alberto Gonzales to be attorney general and to mark up S.5, the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

10 a.m. — Environment and Public Works clean air, climate change, and nuclear safety subcommittee holds a hearing on the need for multiemissions legislation. Donald Plusquellic, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and mayor of Akron, Ohio; John Paul, supervisor of the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency and representative of the Territorial Air Pollution Program Administrators and Association of Local Air Pollution Control Officials, participate. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6176.

10 a.m. — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “The Department of Homeland Security: The Road Ahead.” Richard Skinner, acting inspector general, Homeland Security Department; James Carafano, senior fellow, the Heritage Foundation; and Michael Wermuth, senior policy analyst, Rand Corp., participate. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider H.R.54, to amend Title 31, U.S. Code, to provide reasonable standards for Congressional Gold Medals. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Appropriations foreign operations subcommittee meets to receive a briefing on tsunami-relief efforts and to discuss potential supplemental appropriations to South Asia. Andrew Natsios, administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, and Alan Larson, undersecretary for economic affairs, participate. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Science Committee holds a hearing on upgrading the tsunami-warning system. Charles Groat, director, U.S. Geological Survey, and David Johnson, director, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service, participate. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

1:30 p.m. — International Relations Committee meets to receive a briefing, “The Tsunami Tragedy: How the U.S. is Responding and Providing Relief.” Rep. Jim Leach, Iowa Republican; Andrew Natsios, administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development; and Alan Larson, undersecretary for economic, business and agricultural affairs, State Department, participate. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Defense conference — all day — The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement holds a conference, “Network-Centric Warfare 2005.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 11 a.m. — George J. Tenet, former CIA director

Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 800/882-8684.

Pollution briefing — 9 a.m. — Clear the Air holds a press briefing to release a report on Environmental Protection Agency data showing trends in power-plant emissions of carbon dioxide, soot-forming sulfur dioxide and smog-forming nitrogen oxides. Angela Ledford, Clear the Air; Emily Figdo, U.S. Public Interest Research Group; Conrad Schneider, Clean Air Task Force, and Bruce Buckheit, former director, EPA Air Enforcement Division, participate. Location: 413 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/778-4551 or 202/486-4426.

NAW meeting — 9 a.m. — The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) holds its executive summit meeting.

Highlights — 1:15 p.m. — Sen. John R. Thune, South Dakota Republican, “NAW Distinguished Leadership Award Presentation”

Location: Capitol Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/872-0885.

The Unborn Child Pain and Awareness Act — 11 a.m. — Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican, holds a press conference on legislation, “The Unborn Child Pain and Awareness Act,” which require abortion providers to notify a woman seeking an abortion 20 weeks after conception, of the growing medical evidence that the unborn child can feel severe and extreme pain during an abortion procedure. Mr. Brownback participates. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6521.

Book discussion — noon — The Cato Institute holds a book discussion, “America’s War on Carcinogens: Reassessing the Use of Animal Tests to Predict Human Cancer Risk.” Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5200.

Emergency-preparedness guide — noon — Homeland Security Department and the Homeownership Alliance hold a press conference to release a report, “Emergency Preparedness Guide.” Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge participates. Location: Habitat for Humanity, 219 54th St. NE. Contact: 202/282-8010.

Policy seminar — 1 p.m. — National Academy of Social Insurance holds a policy seminar on a report, “Uncharted Waters: Paying Benefits From Individual Accounts in Federal Retirement Policy.” Ray Boshara and Maya MacGuineas, New America Foundation, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/452-8097.

Book discussion — 5:30 p.m. — New America Foundation holds a book discussion, “Inspired to Lead: A Narrative of Life’s Greatest Teachers.” Eric Liu, author, participates. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Iraqi elections discussion — 6:30 p.m. — George Mason University (GMU) Center for Global Studies and the Iraqi American Alliance hold a discussion, “The Iraqi Elections: What Prospects for Change?” Phebe Marr, U.S. Institute of Peace; Ala Faik, Iraqi human rights and democracy activist; and Ansa Shallal, Education for Peace in Iraq Center/Institute for Policy Studies, participate. Location: GMU, Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Contact: 703/993-8722.

Film screening — 7 p.m. — American University holds a film screening, “Blood and Tears: The Arab-Israeli Conflict.” Isidore Rosmarin, director; Akbar Ahmed, AU; and Walter Reich, George Washington University, participate. Location: AU, School of International Service, first-floor lounge, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5950.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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