- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 14, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Buckle Up America 1:30 p.m. National Beer Wholesalers Association holds a press conference to announce a public safety campaign, “Buckle Up America.” Participants include Rep. Max Sandlin, Texas Democrat; Rep. Jack Quinn, New York Republican; and David Rehr of the National Beer Wholesalers Association. Location: National Press Club, Lisagor Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/683-4300, Ext. 123.

Public broadcasting 3:30 p.m. New America Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research hold a discussion, “How Will We Pay For The Digital Future of Public Broadcasting.” Participants include Jim Barksdale, former chief executive of Netscape, and Redd Hundt, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/986-4901.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

VICE PRESIDENT

Opens a White House Conference on the Economy, Ronald Reagan Building, Atrium Hall, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Environmental Protection Agencyholds a meeting of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee’s subcommittees. Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/564-1082.

10 a.m. Federal Housing Finance Boardholds a meeting of its board of directors for its periodic update of Examination Program development and supervisory findings. Location: Federal Housing Finance Board, 1777 F St. NW. Contact: 202/408-2876.

2 p.m. —Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureauholds a meeting on the implementation of the new certification requirements for imported wine contained in the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2004. Location: Treasury Executive Institute, 801 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/927-8110.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Adjourned. The Senate will convene the 109th Congress Jan. 4 at noon. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Adjourned. The House will convene the 109th Congress Jan. 4 at noon. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Economy conference — all day The White House holds a conference, “The White House Conference on the Economy.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. Vice President Dick Cheney, welcoming remarks

11 a.m. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow, Tax and Regulatory Burdens Panel

Location: Ronald Reagan Building, Atrium Hall, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/456-2580.

National Innovation Initiative Summit — 8 a.m. Council on Competitiveness holds a conference, “The National Innovation Initiative Summit.”

Highlights — 9 a.m. Gov. Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat

noon —Rep. Donald Manzullo, Illinois Republican, chairman, Small Business Committee and Gov. Mitt Romney, Massachusetts Republican

Location: Ronald Reagan Building, Amphitheater, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/682-4292.

New conservative voice — 8:30 a.m. Heritage Foundation hosts “An Up and Coming New Conservative Voice,” with Miss America 2003 Erika Harold. Kay Coles James, Office of Management and Budget, and Ginni Thomas of the Heritage Foundation participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

America’s charter schools — 10 a.m. Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics holds a discussion on a study, “America’s Charter Schools: Results from the NEAP 2003 Pilot Study.” Peggy Carr, NCES; Darvin Winick and Charles Smith, National Assessment Governing Board; Jeanne Allen, Center for Education Reform; and Bella Rosenberg, American Federation of Teachers, participate. Location: Capitol View Conference Center, 100 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/842-3600, Ext. 253.

Air transportation system — 11:15 a.m. Transportation Department holds a press conference to announce a plan, “Integrated National Plan for the Next Generation Air Transportation System,” which will help lead the transformation of the nation’s air-transportation network. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta; Jeffrey Shane, undersecretary for policy; and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Marion Blakey participate. Location: Transportation Department, Marx Media Center, 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-9789 or 202/366-4570.

Afghanistan’s heroin industry — 5:30 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion, “Afghanistan’s Heroin Industry: Regional and International Implications.” Svante Cornell, Tamara Makarenko and Niklas Swanstrom, SAIS Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, participate. Location: SAIS, Rome Building, Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: Members of the public should RSVP to 202/663-7721.

U.S.-Saudi relations — 7:30 p.m. — Fairfax Young Republicans hosts a discussion of U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia, including the war on terrorism, peace in the Middle East and U.S.-Saudi business relations. Les Janka, president and chairman of the Council on American-Saudi Dialogue and the vice president of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, participates. Location: Firehouse Grill, 3988 University Drive, Fairfax. Contact: 703/383-1030

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