- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 17, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

Attends the opening of the Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, Ark. Spends the night in Crawford, Texas

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10:30 a.m. — Energy Information Administration releases its weekly natural gas storage report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

6 p.m. — Federal Reserve Board releases its weekly reports on: Condition Statement of Federal Reserve Banks, Factors Affecting Reserves of Depository Institutions, Money Stock, Liquid Assets, Debt Measures.

Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health. Topics include: appropriate research activities with respect to women’s health and related studies to be undertaken by the national research institutes; recommendations regarding committee activities; discussion of scientific issues. Location: National Institutes of Health, Building 1, 1 Center Drive, Wilson Hall, Bethesda. Contact: 301/402-1770.

10 a.m. — Federal Election Commission holds an open meeting. Topics include: report of the Audit Division on the Conservative Leadership Political Action Committee; regulations priorities; routine administrative matters. Location: 999 E St. NW. Contact: 202/694-1220.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Meets to consider the debt limit extension bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Jonathan Adelstein to be a member of the Federal Communications Commission; Ernest Wilson, Claudia Puig and Gay Gaines to be members of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Hal Creel to be a commissioner on the Federal Maritime Commission. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. — Finance Committee holds a hearing on “FDA, Merck and Vioxx: Putting Patient Safety First?” Lester Crawford, Food and Drug Administration; David Graham, FDA; Gurkirpal Singh, Stanford University School of Medicine, testify. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

3:30 p.m. — Armed Services readiness and management support subcommittee holds a hearing on the status of financial management within the Defense Department and the individual services. Tina Jonas, Defense Department; David Walker, Government Accountability Office, testify. Location: 222 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

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

9:30 a.m. — Energy and Commerce health subcommittee and oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a joint hearing on “Flu Vaccine: Protecting High-Risk Individuals and Strengthening the Market.” Lester Crawford, Food and Drug Administration; Julie Gerberding, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. — Government Reform criminal justice, drug policy and human resources subcommittee holds a hearing on “Law Enforcement and the Fight Against Methamphetamine.” Scott Burns, Office of National Drug Control Policy; Domingo Herraiz, Justice Department, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

1:30 p.m. — International Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere holds a hearing on “Aid to Colombia — The European Role in the Fight Against Narco-terrorism.” Robert Charles, State Department; Sandro Calvani, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Bogota, Colombia, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Tax reform — all day — Tax Foundation holds its 67th National Conference and Dinner, “Global Tax Reform: Who’s Leading, Who’s Lagging and Is the U.S. in the Race?” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9:20 a.m. — Jeffrey Owens, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, “A Global Perspective on Tax Reform”

2:30 p.m. — Rep. Bill Thomas, California Republican, chairman, Ways and Means Committee, “Prospects for U.S. Reform in 2005 and Beyond”

7 p.m. — Sen. Don Nickles, Oklahoma Republican, chairman, Budget Committee, Public Sector Distinguished Service Award

Location: Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/464-5102.

Bishops conference — all day — U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops holds its fall meeting. Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/541-3200.

Social Security discussion — 9 a.m. — Center for American Progress holds a panel discussion, “No Free Lunch: An Honest Accounting of Security Reform Options,” on the Bush administration’s plan for Social Security. Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research; Peter Orszag, The Brookings Institution, participate. Location: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW. 10th floor. Contact: 202/741-6388.

The ‘05 agenda — 9 a.m. — Washington Legal Foundation holds a discussion, “On the ‘05 Agenda’: Priorities for State and Federal Financial Services Regulators.” Bert Ely, Ely and Company; Charles Horn, Mayer Brown Rowe and Maw, LLP; and Tim McTaggerts, Wilkie Farr and Gallagher, LLP, participate. Location: Washington Legal Foundation, M.J. Murdock Center for Free Enterprise, 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.

Stop drunken driving — 10:30 a.m. — Congressional Stop DUI Caucus and the Century Council hold a news conference to start a public awareness campaign to stop drunken driving during the winter holidays. Rep. Jon Porter, Nevada Republican; Rep. Shelley Berkley, Nevada Democrat; and Susan Molinari, Century Council, participate. Location: Rayburn Horseshoe, Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3252; 202/226-7578; 202/425-5243.

New leaders — 11:30 a.m. — House Republican’s Tuesday Group holds a news conference to announce the election of its new leaders. Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, Illinois Republican; and Rep. Charles Bass, New Hampshire Republican, participate. Location: House Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 847/940-0202 or 202/225-5206.

NATO’s future — 5 p.m. — The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion on “Rebuilding the Transatlantic Relationship and NATO’s Future in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Nicholas Burns, U.S. ambassador to NATO, participates. Location: SAIS, Bernstein-Offit Building, Room 500, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5730 or 202/663-5626.

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