- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 12, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in a videoconference briefing with military commanders and with the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, at the White House. Meets with Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi at the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases the quarterly financial report on manufacturing, mining and wholesale trade for the 3rd quarter. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

2 p.m. —Treasury Department issues the treasury statement (the “monthly budget”) for November. Location: 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Environmental Protection Agencyholds a meeting on the viability of bottled water as an alternative compliance option for chronic contaminants regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Location: Resolve Inc., 1255 23rd St. NW, Suite 275. Contact: 202/564-3891.

9 a.m. —Food Safety and Inspection Service holds a meeting to review a petition from Hormel Foods to establish a definition for the voluntary claim “natural.” Location: Agriculture Department, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, cafeteria. Contact: 202/205-0279.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Stands adjourned. The 110th Congress convenes Jan. 4. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Stands adjourned. The 110th Congress convenes Jan. 4. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Disease workshop — all day The National Academies’ Institute of Medicine holds a workshop, “Infectious Diseases Surveillance and Detection: Assessing the Challenges — Finding Solutions.”

Highlights — 9:45 a.m. — Discussion on “Infectious Disease Surveillance: The Local Perspective”

Location: National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2138.

Post-election conference — 8:30 a.m. The Cook Political Report and Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) hold a 2006 Post-Election Conference. Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report and James Carville, political analyst, participate. Location: NVCC, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Contact: 202/739-8523.

Election in Iran — 9 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) holds a discussion, “Elections in Iran.” Mohebat Ahdiyyih of the Open Source Center and Mehdi Khalaji of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Rollover protection — 10 a.m. Public Citizen and the Center for Auto Safety hold a press conference to showcase a test device for analyzing rollover crash protection. Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen, participates. Location: George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW, Jack Morton Auditorium. Contact: 202/588-7755 or 202/328-7700, Ext. 107.

Agricultural agenda — 10:30 a.m. Incoming Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat and Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns holds a press conference on the agricultural and rural agenda for the 110th Congress. Location: 328-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3254.

Bogus businesses — 10:30 a.m. The Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service hold a press conference to announce a federal and state law-enforcement sweep targeting bogus business opportunities and work-at-home scams. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division Peter Keisler and FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras participate. Location: FTC, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 432. Contact: 202/514-2007.

Malaria briefing — 11 a.m. Anita McBride, assistant to the president and chief of staff to the first lady; Adm. Tim Ziemer, coordinator for the president’s Malaria Initiative; and John Bridgeland, chief executive officer of Malaria No More, hold a briefing on the White House Summit on Malaria. Location: Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 450. Contact: 202/456-6313.

Children’s health insurance — 1 p.m. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the March of Dimes (MOD) and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals hold a press conference to present recommendations for strengthening the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Dr. Jay Berkelhamer, president of AAP, and Dr. Jennifer Howse, president of MOD, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/724-3303.

Health care for all — 2 p.m. The Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) holds a briefing with Yale University professor and author Jacob Hacker about his plan to provide health care for all. Roger Hickey, co-director of CAF, participates. Location: Economic Policy Institute, 1333 H St. NW, 3rd floor, Paul Wellstone Conference Room. Contact: 202/955-5665.

Longest tunnel — 6:30 p.m. The National Building Museum (NBM) holds a lecture, “Construction of the World’s Longest Tunnel,” with Ambros Zgraggen of AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd. The tunnel is being constructed through the Alps. Location: NBM, 401 F St. NW. Contact: 202/272-2448.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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