- The Washington Times - Monday, November 14, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Travels to East Asia for a week, with visits planned to Japan, South Korea, China and Mongolia. Stops at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, en route to Japan, to deliver remarks on the war on terrorism.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

4 p.m. — National Agricultural Statistics Service releases the crop progress report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue Southwest. Contact: 800/727-9540.

4:15 p.m. — Federal Reserve releases 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 Northwest. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Office of the Secretary of Labor holds a meeting of the National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of U.S. Free Trade Agreements. Location: Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-4900.

10 a.m. — State Department holds a meeting of the Shipping Coordinating Committee to receive reports on diplomatic conferences, discuss the work program and 2006-07 budget and to elect members. Location: U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second St. SW, Room 6103. Contact: 202/267-2280.

SENATE

Meets at 2 p.m. to resume consideration of the fiscal 2006 defense appropriations bill. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will proceed to a vote on final passage of the fiscal 2006 energy and water appropriations bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

11:30 a.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the implementation of the U.S.-Russian agreement on the conservation and management of the Alaska-Chukotka polar bear population. Witnesses include Marshall Jones, deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Charlie Johnson, executive director of the Alaska Nanuuq Commission. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Contact: 202/224-1251.

2:30 p.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Thomas Rosch and William Kovacic to sit on the Federal Trade Commission. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 562. Contact: 202/224-1251.

3 p.m. — Foreign Relations international economic policy, export and trade promotion subcommittee holds a hearing on a clean technology solution relating to the U.S. and international climate-change approach. Witnesses include Paula Dobriansky, undersecretary of state for democracy and global affairs, and David Garman, undersecretary of energy for energy, science and environment. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419. Contact: 202/224-4651.

SUPREME COURT

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

HOUSE

Meets at 6 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

5:30 p.m. — House-Senate Conference Committee holds a meeting on the fiscal 2006 military construction and veterans affairs appropriations bill. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room H-140. Contact: 202/225-2171.

6:30 p.m. — House-Senate Conference Committee holds a meeting on the fiscal 2006 labor, health and human services and education appropriations bill. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room H-5. Contact: 202/225-2171.

GENERAL AGENDA

Workshop — 8:30 a.m. — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration holds its “U.S. Climate Change Science Program Workshop: Climate Science in Support of Decision Making,” to discuss needs for scientific information on climate variability and change.

Highlight — 9:25 a.m. — Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns delivers the keynote address, “National and State Level Management of Climate Influences.”

Location: Marriott Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/223-6262.

First Amendment discussion — 10:30 a.m. — The Newseum and the Smithsonian Associates hold a discussion, “Freedom of Speech/Expression,” as part of their series, “Knowing Your Rights: Exploring the First Amendment.” Paul McMasters, First Amendment ombudsman for the Freedom Forum, participates. Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. Contact: 202/357-3030.

Muslim democracy — 6 p.m. — The Center for Global Studies holds a lecture, “After Democracy … What? Prospects for Reform in the Muslim World,” by Anwar Ibrahim, former deputy prime minister of Malaysia. Location: George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Center of the Arts Concert Hall, Fairfax. Contact: 703/993-8770.

War on poverty — 6 p.m. — The Brookings Institution, the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and Atlantic Media hold a discussion, “The War on Poverty: Then and Now.” Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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