- The Washington Times - Monday, December 8, 2003

PRESIDENT BUSH

Signs the Medicare reform and prescription drug legislation into law

ECONOMIC REPORTS

4 p.m. National Agricultural Statistic Service releases crop progress report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 1-800/727-9540.

4:15 p.m. Federal Reserve Board releases reports on assets, liabilities of U.S. and foreign chartered banks and foreign exchange rates for previous week. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee to discuss whether aspirin should be recommended for primary prevention of myocardial infarction. Location: Hilton, the Ballrooms, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/827-7001.

9 a.m. Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services holds a meeting of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee. Location: Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave. SW, Room 800. Contact: 202/690-7694.

10 a.m. National Aeronautics and Space Administration holds a meeting of the NASA Advisory Council and Biological and Physical Research Advisory Committee. Topics include status of the International Space Station Research Institute, overview of the Space Telescope Science Institute, and role of the International Space Station Research Institute in NASAs mission. Location: Holiday Inn Washington Capitol, 550 C St. SW. Contact: 202/358-0826.

10 a.m. National Archives and Records Administration holds a meeting of the Records of Congress Advisory Committee. Topics include Security Enhancements and the New Legislative Treasures Vault, Congressional Papers Round Table and Guidelines for Congressional Policy Centers. Location: NARA, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Jefferson Room. Contact: 202/501-5350.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case:

Docket No. 02-964 Baldwin v. Reese

Docket No. 02-8286 Banks v. Dretke

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Meets at 9:30 a.m. for morning hour debate and 11 a.m. for legislative business to consider House Resolution 465, providing for same-day consideration of the conference report on fiscal 2004 Consolidated Appropriations Act; and the conference report on fiscal 2004 Consolidated Appropriations Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEE

9:30 a.m. Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on the conference report on the fiscal 2004 Consolidated Appropriations Act. Location: H-313, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-919.

GENERAL AGENDA

African Growth and Opportunity Act all day The U.S.-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum holds its third annual private sector session on question confronting the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

Highlights 12:30 p.m. U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick and Kenyan Trade Minister Mukhisa Kituyi

Location: J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/835-1115.

Childhood obesity conference 8:30 a.m. Shape Up America holds a conference, “Preventing Childhood Obesity: A National Conference Focusing on Pregnancy to Preschool.” Location: Marriott Metro Center Hotel, 775 12th St. NW. Contact: 202/974-5009 or 212/593-6346.

Security hearing 9 a.m. The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States holds its sixth public hearing, “Security and Liberty.”

Highlights 1 p.m. Jan Ting of the Temple Universitys James E. Beasley School of Law, Khaled Medhat Abou El Fadl of Yale Law School and David Martin of the University of Virginia Law School, “Preventative Detention: Use of Immigration Laws and Enemy Combatant Designations to Combat Terrorism”

Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/401-1725 or 202/236-4878.

Human rights briefing 10 a.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a news briefing to address key policy concerns regarding human rights and the developing world. Bill Fletcher Jr., president of the TransAfrica Forum; and Harry Belafonte, forum board member, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/883-9771.

Consumer fraud report 11 a.m. Public Citizen holds a news conference to release a report on nationwide consumer fraud in the automobile dealership industry. Joan Claybrook and Victor Lewton of Public Citizen and industry whistleblower Duane Overholt participate. Location: Public Citizen, 1600 20th St. NW. Contact: 202/588-7742 or 202/588-7759.

Health care briefing 12:15 p.m. The Healthcare Leadership Council holds a luncheon briefing, “Small Businesses and Health Insurance: Community Efforts to Expand Coverage for the Working Uninsured.” Ami Bera of SacAdvantage, Mitch Zaretsky of HealthPass, Jody Keenan of the Virginia Small Business Development Center and Dede Spitznagel and Mary Grealy of the Healthcare Leadership Council, participate. Location: S-207, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/452-8700, ext. 411.

World journalism discussion 12:15 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion, “Journalists and the World: Pew Fellows Report from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.” Joshua Benton of Dallas Morning News, on the effect of AIDS on education in Zambia; Marcia Franklin of Idaho Public Television, on environmental issues in Iran; and free-lance reporter Noy Thrupkaew, on politics, social issues and post-Khmer Rouge reconciliation effort in Cambodia, participate. Location: SAIS, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-7726; 202/663-5626.

Maritime agreement ceremony 3:15 p.m. The Transportation Department holds a signing ceremony for a bilateral maritime agreement representing historic reform and expanded trade between the United States and China. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Chinese Communications Minister Zhang Chunxian participate. Location: Transportation Department, Marx Media Center, 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

Gerber reception 5:30 p.m. Gerber Products Co. holds a reception after the Shape Up America Conference. Sen. Mike DeWine, Ohio Republican; Rep. Ralph Regula, Ohio Republican; U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona; Barbara Moore of Shape Up America; Frank Palantoni of Gerber Products Co.; Melissa Johnson and Lynn Swann of the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, participate. Location: Hay Adams Hotel, Lafayette Room, 16th and H streets NW. Contact: 202/974-5009 or 215/593-6346.

Health care reception 6:15 p.m. The TransAfrica Forum, the National Venezuela Solidarity Network, the Institute for Policy Studies, EPICA, the Quixote Center, the Nicaragua Network, the Campaign for Labor Rights and the Venezuela Solidarity Committee in New York holds a reception to announce the campaign, “Healthcare Across Borders,” followed by a film screening, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Harry Belafonte of the TransAfrica Forum participates. Location: Mon Ami Gabi, 7239 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. Contact: 202/223-1960, Ext. 137.


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