- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 19, 2002

Smallpox-vaccination meeting all day The National Academies holds a meeting of the Committee on Smallpox Vaccination Program Implementation. Dr. Larry Anderson, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention's smallpox senior adviser, participates. Location: National Academies, Room 100, 500 Fifth St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2481.
Economic discussion 10 a.m. The Club for Growth holds a news conference on the need to cut payroll-tax rates to stimulate the sputtering economy. The participants include Jack Kemp, former congressman and vice presidential candidate; Lawrence Kudlow, CNBC; William Kristol, Weekly Standard; and Stephen Moore, Club for Growth. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, West Room. Contact: 703/739-5920 or 800/536-5920.

Signs the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on unemployment insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.
2 p.m. Treasury Department issues its statement on the monthly budget for November. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

8:30 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council's small systems affordability working group to discuss implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Location: Resolve Inc., 1255 23rd St. NW, Suite 275. Contact: 703/285-1093.
9:45 a.m. State Department holds a meeting of the Overseas Buildings Operations' industry advisory panel. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 703/875-7109.
10 a.m. Office of Personnel Management holds a meeting of the federal prevailing rate advisory committee. Location: Office of Personnel Management Building, 1900 E St. NW, room 5A-06A. Contact: 202/606-1500.
10 a.m. National Credit Union Administration holds a meeting to discuss community charters. Location: 1775 Duke St., seventh floor, room 7047, Alexandria. Contact: 703/518-6304.
10:30 a.m. Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting of the nuclear waste advisory committee. Location: 11545 Rockville Pike, room T-2B3, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-6805.
2 p.m. International Trade Commission meets. Location: 500 E St. SW, room 101. Contact: 202/205-2000.

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

Stands adjourned sine die until noon Jan. 7. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

Stands adjourned sine die until noon Jan. 7. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

NATO-EU discussion all day The Woodrow Wilson Center and the Stanley Foundation host a discussion, "North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU): The Institutional and Policy Challenges for Euro-Atlantic Organizations and Northeastern and Southeastern Europe." Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.
Covering trade news discussion 8 a.m. The Washington International Trade Association hosts a discussion, "Covering U.S. Trade News: What's Hot, What's Not." Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Meridian suites D and E, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/312-1600.
Immigration discussion 8:30 a.m. The Migration Policy Institute holds a panel discussion on the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the administration's plans for making the transition to the Homeland Security Department. Participants include Mike Becraft, acting deputy commissioner, INS; Jean Butterfield, executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; Doris Meissner, Migration Policy Institute senior fellow and former INS commissioner; and Alexander Aleinikoff, Migration Policy Institute senior associate and Georgetown University Law Center professor. Location: Resource and Conservation Center, seventh-floor conference room, 1616 P St. NW. Contact: 202/266-1940.
Environmental outlook news conference 9:30 a.m. Environmental Media Services holds a news conference to describe the outlook for environmental issues facing challenges from the Bush administration. Location: Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/463-6670.
Foreign policy briefing 10 a.m. The Washington Foreign Press Center holds a news briefing, "U.S. Foreign Policy and the New Congress." Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican, participates. Location: Suite 800, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/504-6319. Note: Foreign media only, please.
Centers of Excellence Programs meeting 10:15 a.m. The National Academies holds a meeting to assess the Centers of Excellence Programs at the National Institutes of Health. Belinda Seto, director of the National Institutes of Health Office of Reports and Analysis, participates. Location: National Academies, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-3193.
Church-state separation discussion 11 a.m. Americans United for Separation of Church and State holds a panel discussion, "The Conservative Case for Separation of Church and State." Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/466-3234.
Video-game report card release 11 a.m. The National Institute on Media and the Family holds a news conference to release its seventh annual MediaWise Video Game Report Card. Participants include Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat; Rep. Betty McCollum, Minnesota Democrat; and David Walsh, National Institute on Media and the Family. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0414 or 888/672-5437.
Debunking emissions trading myths briefing noon The Sierra Club, the Clean Air Trust and Our Children's Earth Foundation host a news luncheon briefing, "Debunking the Myths of Emission Trading." Topics include how trading has affected the air, the impact on cleaner technologies and who benefits from giving industry the right to pollute. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, Murrow Room. Contact: 202/785-9625.
North Korean nuclear program briefing noon The Hudson Institute holds a luncheon briefing on the North Korean nuclear program. The speaker is Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center. Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 18th St. NW, suite 300. Contact: 202/223-7770.
European Union discussion noon The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) hosts a discussion, "The European Union in World Affairs." Chris Patten, European Commission, participates. Location: Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5880 or 202/663-5626.
Medicare briefing noon The Alliance to Improve Medicare (AIM) and the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) host a briefing, "Managing Insurance Risk in a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit." Participants include Steve Lieberman, Congressional Budget Office; John McManus, House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee; Jonathan Blum, Senate Finance Committee; Ian Spatz, Merck and Co. Inc.; and Julie James, Health Policy Alternatives Inc. Location: Capitol, room HC-5. Contact: 202/452-1029.
Health on the Hill briefing 12:15 p.m. The Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation host a luncheon briefing, "Health on the Hill: What Health Legislation Can We Expect from the New Congress." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, Holeman Lounge. Contact: 202/789-2300.
The case for tax cuts 1:30 p.m. Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation hosts a panel discussion, "The Case for More Tax Cuts: How Congress Can Create and Sell a Stimulus Package in 2003." Participants include Daniel Mitchell, Heritage Foundation; and Wayne Brough and Erick Gustafson, Citizens for a Sound Economy. Location: 1539 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/942-7658.
European-American Business Council meeting 4 p.m. European-American Business Council hosts a meeting with the Delegation of the European Commission. Location: European Commission Delegation, 2300 M St. NW. Contact: 202/728-0777. Note: By invitation only.

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