- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 17, 2003

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Border security — 9:30 a.m. — The Center for Immigration Studies holds a news conference to release a report, “Falling Behind on Security: Implementation of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002.” Rosemary Jenks of Numbers USA, Steven Camarota of the CIS and Jan Ting of Temple University participate. Location: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/466-8185.

Campaign finance — noon — The American Constitution Society holds a discussion, “McConnell vs. FEC and the Future of American Campaign Finance.” Robert Bauer of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Laurence Gold of the AFL-CIO and Randolph Moss of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering participate. Location: Arnold & Porter, 555 12th St. NW. Contact: 202/393-6181.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Visits Walter Reed Army Medical Center to meet wounded troops and address medical personnel.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases unemployment insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

1 p.m. — Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. releases weekly survey on fixed-rate mortgages. Location: 8200 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/903-2000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness holds a meeting on “Innovative Administration Systems for Vaccines”; to be discussed is the latest scientific and clinical developments in innovative administration systems for vaccines. Location: DoubleTree Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Contact: 301/228-3124.

10 a.m. — Office of Personnel Management holds a meeting of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee. Location: Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E St. NW. Room 5A06A. Contact: 202/606-1500.

1 p.m. — Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services holds a town hall meeting of the International subcommittee of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, to receive public comment on the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Main ballroom, 13th floor. Contact: 202/690-5560.

1 p.m. — State Department holds a briefing on current Universal Postal Union issues, including work leading up to and preparations for the UPU Congress to be held in Bucharest, Romania, Sept. 15 to Oct. 5, 2004. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-2752.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

HOUSE

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

GENERAL AGENDA

Offshore IT discussion — 7:30 a.m. — The Northern Virginia Technology Council holds a discussion on the growth of offshore information technology (IT) and the impact of outsourcing jobs offshore. Phil Bond, undersecretary, Commerce Department; George Newstrom, secretary of technology for the state of Virginia; Ron Hira, Rochester Institute of Technology, participate. Location: Grant Thornton, 2070 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, Va. Contact: 703/904-7878, ext. 287.

Nicaragua discussion — 9 a.m. — International Republican Institute hosts a discussion on “The Political Challenges Facing Nicaragua.” President Enrique Bolanos Geyer of Nicaragua participates. Location: IRI, 1225 I St. NW. Contact: 202/572-0086.

Invasive species conference— 9:30 a.m. — The National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species holds a news conference to spotlight the lack of progress by Congress and the president in dealing with invasive species. David Lodge, Notre Dame University; Phyllis Windle, Union of Concerned Scientists; Ann Bartuska, the Nature Conservancy, and Faith Campbell, American Lands Alliance, participate. Location: National Press Club, First Amendment Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/223-6133.

Homelessness survey — 10:30 a.m. — The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Sodexho hold a news conference to release the “2003 Hunger and Homelessness Survey.” James Garner, mayor of Hempstead, N.Y.; Bill Purcell, mayor of Nashville, Tenn.; Paul Pate, mayor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Richard Macedonia, Sodexho USA, participate. Location: U.S. Conference of Mayors Headquarters, 1620 I St. NW, 4th floor. Contact: 202/861-6766 or 301/987-4550.

Jobless benefits briefing — 11 a.m. — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities holds a conference call briefing on “Has the Labor Market Improved So Much That Federal Jobless Benefits Should End?” Alan Blinder, Princeton University; Lawrence Katz, Harvard University and Isaac Shapiro, CBPP, participate. Location: None given. Contact: 202/408-1080.

Iraq discussion — noon — Cato Institute holds a discussion, “Iraq: Struggling Democracy or Rising Terrorism?” Patrick Basham and Charles Pena, Cato Institute, participate. Location: B-338 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/789-5200.

Unemployment benefits briefing — noon — The AFL-CIO holds a conference call briefing on an extension of unemployment benefits and overtime pay. Chris Owens and Bill Samuel, AFL-CIO, participate. Location: None given. Contact: 202/637-5018 or 202/262-1581.

Transatlantic Alliance — noon — Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion, “America’s New Friends in the East: Does EU and NATO Expansion Promise to Re-energize the Transatlantic Alliance?” Robin Shepherd, the Times of London, participates. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

Ukraine’s political landscape# — 3:30 p.m. — The Woodrow Wilson Center Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies holds a discussion, “Ukraine’s Political Landscape and the 2004 Presidential Elections.” Rostyslav Pavlenko, University of Kyiv-Moyhla Academy; Taras Kuzio, University of Toronto and Paul D’Anieri, University of Kansas, participate. Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, sixth floor, auditorium, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4100.

Anti-Semitism — 7 p.m. — U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum presents a discussion, “How Deep Are the Roots? Anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and Now.” Robert Ericksen, Pacific Lutheran University; John Pawlikowski, Catholic Theological Union; Aron Rodrigue, Stanford University, and Margaret Obrecht, USHMM, participate. Location: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. Contact: 202/488-6162.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times.


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