- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 28, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

U.S.-Europe relations — all day — The World Affairs Council holds a conference, “The U.S. and Europe: Rivals or Partners?” Highlights — 8:30 p.m. — Marc Grossman, undersecretary of state for political affairs. Location: Washington Marriott Hotel, 22nd and M streets NW. Contact: 202/833-4557.

Conservative democracy — noon — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Conservative Democracy and the Globalization of Freedom.” Participants include Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Richard Perle, AEI. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses the economy, Merrimack, N.H. Attends a Bush-Cheney ‘04 fund-raiser, Greenwich, Conn.

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 Corporation releases its weekly survey on fixed-rate mortgages. Location: 8200 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/903-2000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — National Institute of Standards and Technology holds a meeting on the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Advisory Board to discuss the latest program developments at MEP. Location: NIST Administration Building, employees’ lounge, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/975-3360.

9:15 a.m. — U.S. Institute of Peace holds a meeting of the USIP board of directors. Topics include approval of minutes of the 112th meeting (Nov. 20) of the board, chairman’s report, president’s report, committee reports, program reports, and review of individual grant applications. Location: 1200 17th St. NW, Suite 200. Contact: 202/429-3836.

10 a.m. — National Women’s Business Council holds a meeting to introduce the council’s agenda and action items for fiscal 2003. Topics include procurement, access to capital, access to training and technical assistance, access to markets and affordable health care. Location: 428-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/205-6695.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing, “The Protocol Additional to the Safeguards Agreement Between the United States of America and the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency).” Witnesses include Linton Brooks, national nuclear security administrator; Peter Lichtenbaum, assistant commerce secretary for export administration; and Susan Burk, acting assistant secretary of state for nonproliferation. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Water for a sustainable and secure future# — all day — The National Council for Science and the Environment holds a conference, “Water for a Sustainable and Secure Future.”

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — William Reilly, former Environmental Protection Administration administrator

10 a.m. — Maurice Strong, undersecretary-general for the United Nations; Bruce Babbitt, former Interior Department secretary and former governor of Arizona; Mohamed El-Ashry, Global Environment Facility; and Barbara Sheen Todd, Board of Commissioners, Pinellas County, Fla.

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/530-5810.

Republican bicameral retreat — 9:15 a.m. — House and Senate Republicans hold a news conference to discuss the agenda for the upcoming Republican bicameral retreat in Philadelphia. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, chairman, Senate Republican Conference, and Rep. Deborah Pryce of Ohio, chairman, House Republican Conference, participate. Location: Union Station, Gate G, 40 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/226-9000.

Knocking at the college door# — 9:30 a.m. — The College Board, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and ACT hold a news conference to release the report, “Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates by State, Income and Race/Ethnicity.” Participants include David Longanecker, WICHE; Howard Everson, Academic Initiatives, College Board; and Richard Sawyer, ACT. Location: National Press Club, First Amendment Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/667-0901.

Kosovo event — 10 a.m. — Western Policy Center hosts a discussion, “A Multiethnic Kosovo: Diplomatic Dream or Balkan Reality.” Bishop Artemije of Kosovo participates. Location: WPC, 1156 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/530-1425.

WTO update — 10 a.m. — Global Business Dialogue holds a discussion, “WTO Update: The January Thaw and Beyond.” Dorothy Dwoskin, assistant U.S. trade representative for WTO and multilateral affairs, participates. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, Horizon Room, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/463-5074.

Education Web site# — 10 a.m. — The Education Department and the Broad Foundation hold a news conference to debut a national Web site to make student achievement data available. Participants include Education Secretary Rod Paige; Gov. Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat; Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota Republican; and Eli Broad, philanthropist. Location: National Press Club, Lisagor Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/944-3372.

Financial Literacy and Education Commission — 10:30 a.m. — Treasury Department holds the inaugural meeting of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission. Participants include Treasury Secretary John W. Snow; and Alan Greenspan, chairman, Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Location: Treasury Department, Cash Room, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Bioterror attacks — 1:30 p.m. — Homeland Security and Health and Human Services departments hold a news conference to announce a fiscal 2005 budget initiative to further protect the nation from bioterror attacks. Participants include Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. Location: HHS, sixth floor, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/690-6343.

Temporary unemployment-benefits program — 3 p.m. — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities holds a conference-call briefing on the effects of ending the temporary unemployment-benefits program. Participants include Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; and Robert Greenstein and Isaac Shapiro, CBPP. Location: None given. Contact: 202/408-1080.

Air-quality management# — 4 p.m. — National Academies’ National Research Council releases a report, “Air Quality Management in the United States,” which examines the effectiveness of the Clean Air Act and the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to address future air-pollution challenges. Report is embargoed until 4 p.m. today. Location: National Academies, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2168.

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