- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 31, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

9 p.m. — Delivers State of the Union address, U.S. Capitol.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. National Agricultural Statistics Servicereleases the poultry slaughter report. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 800/727-9540.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

1 p.m. Environmental Protection Agencyholds a meeting of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee, Pesticide Registration Improvement Act Process Improvement Workgroup. Location: EPA offices, Crystal Mall #2, 1801 S. Bell St., Room 1126, Arlington. Contact: 703/305-7328.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. The Senate will consider the nomination of Ben Bernanke to be Federal Reserve chairman. At 11 a.m., the Senate has scheduled a final vote on the nomination on Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court. At 8:45 p.m., the Senate will meet in a joint session with the House to receive President Bush’s State of the Union address. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

8:30 a.m. Appropriationslabor, health and human services, education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing, “Pandemic Influenza Preparedness at Federal, State and Local Levels.” Assistant HHS Secretary John Agwunobi and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Julie Gerberding testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. —Commerce, Science and Transportation Committeeholds a hearing, “Video Franchising.” Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg and James Ellis, senior executive vice president and general counsel of AT&T;, testify. Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committeeholds a hearing, “Challenges in a Catastrophe: Evacuating New Orleans in Advance of Hurricane Katrina.” Johnny Bradberry, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, and Terry Ebbert, director of the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Military health system — all day TRICARE Management Activity hosts the state of the military health system annual conference, “Military Medicine: Transforming the Future.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — 8 a.m. — Gen. Robert Magnus, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, delivers remarks at a plenary session. Location: Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 703/681-1765 Ext. 5623 or Ext. 5620.

Alternative State of the Union — 9 a.m. The Congressional Progressive Caucus holds a press conference to present an alternative to the president’s State of the Union address. Katrina vanden Heuvel, publisher and editor of the Nation, and John Cavanagh, executive director of the Institute for Policy Studies, participate. Location: Democratic National Committee headquarters, 430 South Capitol St. SE. Contact: 202/226-4055.

Iran’s weapons program — 10 a.m. The Iran Policy Committee holds a news conference, “Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program: New Intelligence and Options.” Alireza Jafarzadeh, president of Strategic Policy Consulting Inc., and Raymond Tanter, president and co-chairman of the Iran Policy Committee, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/742-6517.

Greek-Turkish relations — 10:30 a.m. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars holds a forum on the calm in Greek-Turkish relations, with Athanasios Moulakis of the University of Lugano (Switzerland). Location: fifth-floor conference room, Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4016.

‘People’s State of the Union’ — 3 p.m. Code Pink holds a discussion titled, “The People’s State of the Union.” Reps. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, and Lynn Woolsey, California Democrat; Cindy Sheehan of Gold Star Families for Peace; Malik Rahim, Hurricane Katrina survivor; and John Cavanaugh of the Institute for Policy Studies, participate. Location: The Stewart R. Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave. NE. Contact: 202/412-6700.

Speech reception — 6 p.m. The Library of Congress holds its third annual State of the Union reception. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, participate. Location: LOC, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE, Great Hall. Contact: 212/284-7635.

Evolution discussion — 6:30 p.m. University of Maryland holds a panel discussion on its faculty’s research on evolution, moderated by Richard Payne of the biology department. The discussion is in conjunction with the L.A. Theatre Works production of “The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial,” a play on the debate on evolution versus creationism/intelligent design. The play will be presented at 8 p.m. after the discussion. Location: The Joseph & Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park. Contact: 301/405-8169.

State of the Union party — 8 p.m. The Center for American Progress Action Fund hosts a State of the Union watch party. John Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund; Sam Seder of Air America Radio; and Duncan Black of Eschaton participate. Location: Center for American Progress Action Fund, 1333 H St. NW. 10th floor. Contact: 202-682-1611.

State of the Union party — 8 p.m. The Family Research Council hosts a State of the Union watch party. Location: FRC headquarters, 801 G St. NW. Contact: 202/393-2100.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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