- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 16, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

9 a.m. Location: WWC, 1 Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

Book fair — 6 p.m. — National Press Club holds its 27th annual “Book Fair and Authors Night.” Participants include Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican, former presidential candidate George McGovern, and Bob Edwards of National Public Radio. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7564.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Hosts a breakfast meeting with Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate at the White House; pardons the national Thanksgiving turkey in the Rose Garden.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Census Bureau releases figures of new residential construction in October. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

9:15 a.m. — Federal Reserve releases figures of industrial production and capacity use in October. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — Occupational Safety and Health Administration holds a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Ergonomics to discuss issues to reduce ergonomics-related injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Location: Holiday Inn on the Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-1999.

9:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics holds a meeting of the Committee on Employment and Unemployment Statistics. Topics include data on job loss associated with the movement of work, and business employment dynamics data by employer size. Location: Postal Square Building, Conference Center, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/691-5970.

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

2 p.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation science, technology and space subcommittee holds a hearing, “Prenatal Genetic Testing Technology: Science Policy and Ethics.” Witnesses include Cheryl Sensenbrenner, accompanied by her sister who has Down syndrome; Andrew Kimbrell of the International Center for Technology Assessment; and Andrew Imparato, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of People with Disabilities. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

2:30 p.m. — Environment and Public Works Committee meets to authorize projects included in the General Services Administration’s fiscal 2005 Capital Investment and Leasing Program; authorize courthouse construction projects; and consider Army Corps of Engineers study resolutions. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6176.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the fiscal 2005 omnibus appropriations bill and legislation to increase the debt limit. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

1 p.m. — Government Reform Committee holds a hearing, “The Nation’s Flu Shot Shortage: Where Are We Today and How Prepared Are We for Tomorrow?” Witnesses include Dr. Julie Gerberding of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

2 p.m. — Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the status of U.S. forces. Witnesses include Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, Army chief of staff, and Adm. Vernon E. Clark, chief of naval operations. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

3 p.m. — International Relations Committee holds a hearing, “The Oil-for-Food Program: Tracking the Funds.” Witnesses include Charles A. Duelfer, special adviser to the CIA director on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and Herbert Biern, senior associate director in the Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation at the Federal Reserve. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Role of the military — all day — Georgetown University Women in International Security (WIIS) and the U.S. Army War College hold a conference, “Stabilization and Post-Conflict Operations: The Role of the Military.” Events begin at 9:30 a.m.

Highlights — 1 p.m. — Keynote address — Rep. Jane Harman, California Democrat

Participants include WIIS President Pamela Aall, Douglas Lovelace Jr. of the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College, and Barbara Hughes of the State Department’s African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program. Location: Georgetown University, Conference Center, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328.

Postelection conference — 9 a.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, the Brookings Institution, the Campaign Legal Center and the Reform Institute sponsor a postelection conference on voting issues and campaign finance. Panel discussions explore campaign-finance developments and presidential public funding issues in the elections this year and the reform agenda of the next Congress. Norman Ornstein of AEI and David Magleby of Brigham Young University participate. Location: St. Regis Hotel, Mount Vernon Room, 923 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Patient safety and quality — 9:30 a.m. — Kaiser Family Foundation holds a press briefing to release a report, “National Survey on Consumers’ Experience with Patient Safety and Quality Information.” Participants include Drew Altman of the foundation and Carolyn Clancy of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Location: Kaiser Family Foundation, Barbara Jordan Conference Center, 1330 G St. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/347-5270.

Awards presentation — 11:30 a.m. — The Labor Department hosts its annual New Freedom Initiative Awards to recognize exemplary and innovative efforts to train, recruit and hire people with disabilities. Recipients include Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, Hewlett-Packard Co., MBNA America Bank, Microsoft Corp., SunTrust Banks, Project Search, Salt Lake Community College Skills Center Projects with Industry, A & F Wood Products, and Michael Maslowski of the Kansas City Chiefs. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao participates. Location: Labor Department, Great Hall, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-4676 or 202/693-7909.

Rural telecommunications — 2 p.m. — The Congressional Rural Caucus Telecommunications Task Force holds a meeting to discuss the importance of rural telecommunications when Congress rewrites the Telecommunications Act. Participants include Reps. Gil Gutknecht, Minnesota Republican; Bart Stupak, Michigan Democrat; and John E. Peterson, Pennsylvania Republican. Location: 1302 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 507/252-9841.

Hurricane benefit dinner — 7 p.m. — The Florida congressional delegation and Florida House hold a hurricane benefit dinner, “A Family Affair for Florida’s Families.” Location: J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/530-4628, 202/285-7918 or 202/ 225-3026.

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