- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 15, 2004


Delivers closing remarks at the White House Conference on the Economy, Ronald Reagan Building, Atrium Hall, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.


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

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


8:30 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. Agenda will be posted on the CAAAC Web site: www.epa.gov/oar/caaac/. Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/564-1082.

10 a.m. —Federal Election Commission holds an open meeting. Topics include: merit and service awards; election of officers; draft advisory opinion 2004-41: CUNA Mutual Insurance Society, by counsel Cleta Mitchell; and draft advisory opinion 2004-42: Pharmavite LLC, by counsel Robert K. Kelner. Location: 999 E St. NW. Contact: 202/694-1220.

10 a.m. —State Department holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy to discuss U.S.-EU cooperation on telecommunications and information-technology issues and context of the Trans-Atlantic Economic Stakeholders Dialogue between the United States and the European Union. Location: State Department, Room 1107, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-4736.


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


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


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


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

Highlights — 11 a.m. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao, panel discussion on preparing workers for jobs in the 21st century

1:30 p.m. —President Bush

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

Securing cargo — all day Homeland Security Department and the Homeland Security Institute hold a conference, “Homeland Security Cargo Summit.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 10 a.m. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge

Location: Georgetown University Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir Road NW. Contact: 202/282-8010.

Defense appropriation briefing — 8 a.m. Topic includes the 2005 Defense Appropriation Bill. Winslow Wheeler, senior visiting fellow, Center for Defense Information, participates. Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Contact: 202/756-5026.

Economic outlook — 8:30 a.m. U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a conference, “2005 Economic Outlook.” Kathleen Cooper, Commerce Department; Nariman Behravesh, Global Insight; and Daniel Laufenberg, American Express Co., participate. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Immigrant children — 9 a.m. Brookings Institution holds a public forum to discuss policy changes that could help promote the development of immigrant children. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Future of the Supreme Court — 9:30 a.m. Alliance for Justice holds a debate, “The Future of the Supreme Court: Potential Vacancies and Political Implications.” Nan Aron, Alliance for Justice; Jeff Berman, office of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat; Bruce Fein, constitutional lawyer; and Rep.-elect Dan Lungren, California Republican, participate. Location: National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/822-6070.

Ivory Coast — 10 a.m. The U.S. Institute of Peace holds a discussion, “Ivory Coast: Current Crisis and Beyond.” Daniel Chirot and David Smock, USIP; Jeanne Toungara, Howard University; and Jennifer Widner, Princeton University, participate. Location: USIP, 1200 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/457-1700.

Textile and apparel industries — 10 a.m. National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a program, “The U.S. Textile and Apparel Industries in a Post-Quota World — Hanging by a Thread or Is There Hope?” Topics include outlook for U.S. manufacturers. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Highway safety — 10 a.m. — Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety holds a news conference to release a report, “2005 Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws: Roadwork Ahead,” and to release a public-opinion poll on state road-safety laws related to teen driving, drunken driving, motorcycle helmets, seat belts and child booster seats. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/408-1711.

Taxpayer protection — noon National Taxpayers Union holds a discussion, “Cutting the Apron Strings: How the 109th Congress Can Protect Taxpayers from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.” John Berthoud, NTU; Stephen Moore, Club for Growth; Peter Wallison, American Enterprise Institute; and Tom Schatz, Citizens Against Government Waste, participate. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/683-5700.

Facing deficits — 12:15 p.m. New America Foundation holds a discussion, “The Dollar and Three Deficits: Trade, Budget, Ideas.” James Galbraith, University of Texas, and Michael Lind, NAF, participate. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Secure world — 12:30 p.m. — Council on Foreign Relations holds a discussion, “A More Secure World: Who Needs to Do What?” U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Richard Haass, CFR, participate. Location: CFR, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/518-3428.

Social Security — 12:30 p.m. New Century Alliance for Social Security holds a press conference to announce a campaign to stop President Bush’s plans to partially privatize Social Security. John Sweeney, AFL-CIO; Julian Bond, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; Kim Gandy, National Organization for Women; and George Kourpias, Alliance for Retired Americans, participate. Location: National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/955-5665.

News conference — 1 p.m. Ashqar for President of the PNA sponsors a press conference to announce a candidacy for the presidential election of the Palestinian National Authority. Abdelhaleem Ashqar, Palestinian nationalist living in Northern Virginia, participates. Location: National Press Club, Lisagor Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/924-9898.

Teen-driving safety — 6 p.m. Teen-driving safety will be the subject of a town hall meeting. Lon Anderson, AAA; state Delegate Bill Bronrott, Montgomery Democrat; Ellen Engleman Connors, National Transportation Safety Board; Wendy Hamilton, Mothers Against Drunk Driving; Chuck Hurley, National Safety Council; and Jason Vines, Chrysler Group Communications, participate. Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, auditorium, 4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Contact: 202/572-2807 or 202/572-2985.



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