- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 20, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Signs the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building, Room 450. Signs the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building, Room 350.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

1 p.m. — Energy Information Administration releases weekly heating oil, propane residential and wholesale price data report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — Defense Department holds a meeting of the uniform formulary beneficiary advisory panel. Location: Naval Heritage Center Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/681-2890.

9:30 a.m. — Federal Communications Commission holds an open meeting to consider a report on cable industry prices. Location: FCC, 445 12th St. NW, Room TW-C305. Contact: 202/418-0500.

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.

SUPREME COURT

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

GENERAL AGENDA

Economies for women — 9 a.m. — The Institute for Women’s Policy Research holds a press conference, “The Best and Worst State Economies for Women.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Zenger Room. Contact: 202/785-5100.

Bear giveaway — 10 a.m. — Washington Nationals Mascot “Screech” participates in an event to distribute teddy bears to children waiting to visit Santa Claus. Location: Children’s National Medical Center, 111 Michigan Ave. NW, Main Lobby/Atrium. Contact: 202/541-1645 or 202/884-4500.

Metro briefing — 10:30 a.m. — The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority holds a press briefing, with Steve Feil, chief operating officer for rail, and other Metro employees to demonstrate how Metro is prepared for winter weather. Location: Branch Avenue Rail Yard, 5700 Capital Gateway Drive, Suitland. Contact: 202/962-1051.

Meeting — 10:30 a.m. — The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors holds its special meeting to consider approving the business terms of operating and transfer agreements for the Dulles Toll Road. Location: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, 1 Aviation Circle, second-floor boardroom. Contact: 703/417-8370.

Report release — 11 a.m. — The National Council of La Raza holds a press conference to release a new report, “Sin Provecho: Latinos and Food Insecurity: An Examination of the Effectiveness of Federal Food Assistance Programs in Allaying Hunger and Food Insecurity in the Latino Community.” Location: The Carlos Rasario International School, 1100 Harvard St. NW. Contact: 202/785-1670.

Middle East challenges — noon — The Potomac Institute holds a discussion, “Middle East Challenges and Opportunities in 2007: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Location: The Potomac Institute, 901 N. Stuart St., Suite 200, Arlington. Contact: 703/562-4522.

Yugoslav dissident — noon — The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion, “Milovan Djilas (1911-1997): The First Yugoslav Dissident,” with David Binder, a former New York Times correspondent. In 1955, Mr. Djilas published “The New Class: An Analysis of the Communist System,” in which he argued “that communism in Eastern Europe was not an egalitarian society.” He was arrested in 1956 and sentenced to nine years in prison. Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Foreign policy post-Bush — 12:15 p.m. — The New America Foundation (NAF) holds a discussion, “What Comes Next: American Foreign Policy After Bush.” Michael Lind and Steve Clemons of NAF participate. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Hussein appeals — 1 p.m. — Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, adviser to the defense of Saddam Hussein, holds a press conference on the status of the appeals of a death sentence imposed by the Iraqi Special Tribunal. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/904-7949.

Holocaust remembrance — 2 p.m. — Leaders of the Washington Muslim community participate in an event at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to publicly honor and remember the victims of the Holocaust. The group will issue a statement in the Museum’s Hall of Remembrance and tour the permanent exhibition. Location: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. Contact: 202/488-6133.

Homeland security — 4 p.m. — The Washington Foreign Press Center holds a briefing for foreign press with Paul Rosenzweig, Homeland Security Department’s counselor to the assistant secretary for policy and acting assistant secretary for international affairs, who will review 2006 and discuss 2007 priorities for the Homeland Security Department. Location: National Press Building, 14th and F streets Northwest, Suite 800. Contact: 202/504-6362 or 202/282-9153.

Commencement ceremony — 7 p.m. — The University of Maryland holds its winter commencement ceremony. The speaker is Brian Gallagher, chairman and CEO of United Way. Location: University of Maryland Comcast Center, Paint Branch Drive, College Park. Contact: 301/405-4076.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times.

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