- The Washington Times - Monday, December 15, 2003

PRESIDENT BUSH

Signs the American Dream Downpayment Act and the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Censusreleases new residential construction figures for November 2003. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

8:30 a.m. —Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleases the Consumer Price Index for November 2003. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Food and Drug Administrationholds a joint meeting of the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs, to consider the safety and efficacy of over-the-counter use of emergency antipregnancy pills. Location: Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg ballrooms, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/827-7001.

9 a.m. —Occupational Safety and Health Administration holds a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health. Topics include OSHA and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health activities, whistleblower updates, employee-fatality trends and workplace violence. Location: Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Room N3437. Contact: 202/693-1857.

1:30 p.m. —U.S. Commission on Civil Rights holds a meeting by teleconference of the Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska advisory committees, to plan and discuss recommendations to hold a regional “Civil Rights Listening Tour” in 2004. Location: None. Contact: 913/551-1400.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Stands adjourned, to reconvene at noon on Jan. 20. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Stands adjourned, to reconvene at noon on Jan. 20. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Annual benefit plans — all day The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants holds a conference, “Annual Benefit Plans and Department of Labor Update”

Highlights — 12:25 p.m. David Walker, General Accounting Office comptroller general

Location: Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/434-9220.

NAFTA at 10 — 10 a.m. Public Citizen holds a conference call briefing, “NAFTA at 10: The Results Are In.” Participants include Lori Wallach, PC Global Trade Watch; Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians; and Carlos Heredia, Equipo Pueblo. Location: None. Contact: 202/454-5140.

Caregivers meeting — 10 a.m. Health and Human Services holds a town hall meeting to highlight the rewards and challenges facing family caregivers. HHS Deputy Secretary Claude Allen participates. Location: Health and Human Services, Great Hall, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/690-6343.

Kazakhstan discussion — 10 a.m. The Embassy of Kazakhstan and the Nuclear Threat Initiative hold a discussion, “Kazakhstan: Reducing Nuclear Dangers, Increasing Global Security.” Participants include Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican; Delegate Eni Faleomavaega, American Samoa Democrat; former Sen. Sam Nunn, Georgia Democrat; Vladimir Shkilnik, Kazakh minister of energy and mineral resources; Kanat Saudabayev, Kazakh ambassador to the United States; Graham Allison, Harvard University; and Laura Holgate, Nuclear Threat Initiative. Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/232-5488, Ext. 104.

Tax-policy debate — 10 a.m. Brookings Institution holds a discussion, “Do Misperceptions Guide the Tax Policy Debate?” Participants include Larry Bartels, Princeton University; Joel Slemrod, University of Michigan; Thomas Mann, Brookings; and Rudolph Penner, the Urban Institute. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Media round table — 10:30 a.m. Commerce Department holds a year-end media round table to release a report, “The Digital Economy 2003,” and discuss technology and economic issues. Participants include Phil Bond, undersecretary for technology, and Kathleen Cooper, undersecretary for economic affairs. Location: Commerce Department, room 4813, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-1065 or 202/482-2760.

Social Security — 11:30 a.m. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities holds two conference-call briefings, “Biting the Bullet,” about the new Social Security plan. Repeated at 2:30 p.m. Participants include Peter Diamond, American Economic Association; Peter Orszag, Tax Policy Institute; and Robert Greenstein, CBPP. Location: None given. Contact: 202/408-1080.

New Iraqi government — noon Cato Institute holds a discussion, “The U.N. Deadline for a New Iraqi Government: Progress, Problems and Prospects.” Participants include Kenneth Allard, U.S. Army; Charles Pena, Cato; John Hulsman, Heritage Foundation; and Donald Devine, American Conservative Union. Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5200.

Pakistan politics — noon Middle East Institute holds a discussion on what Islamic politics means for Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. Participants include journalist Anatol Lieven. Location: MEI, Boardman Room, 1761 N St. NW. Contact: 202/785-1141.


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