- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 13, 2005


Makes a statement on Medicare and prescription drugs at the Greenspring Village Retirement Community in Springfield. Hosts a luncheon for Rep. John D. Dingell, Michigan Democrat, to celebrate his 50 years in the House of Representatives.


8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases the manufacturing and trade inventories and sales figures for October. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Contact: 202/482-2235.


9 a.m. Energy Department holds a meeting of the National Coal Council. Deputy Secretary of Energy Clay Sell and Sen. Larry E. Craig, Idaho Republican, participate. Location: Wyndham Washington hotel, 1400 M St. NW. Contact: 202/586-4753.

9:30 a.m. — Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee holds a meeting to receive a briefing on challenges for 2006 and a briefing on ethics. Location: Ex-Im Bank, 811 Vermont Ave. NW, Conference Room 1143. Contact: 202/565-3502.


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


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


10:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Deborah T. Tate and Michael J. Copps to be members of the Federal Communications Commission. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.


Meets at 12:30 p.m. for debate and 2 p.m. to consider H.R. 125, to authorize the secretary of the interior to construct facilities to provide water for irrigation, municipal, domestic, military and other uses from the Santa Margarita River in California. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


1 p.m. Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing, “Safety of Imported Pharmaceuticals: Strengthening Efforts to Combat the Sales of Controlled Substances Over the Internet.” Richard Stana of the Government Accountability Office and Joseph T. Rannazzisi of the Drug Enforcement Administration testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

3 p.m. — Ways and Means oversight subcommittee holds a hearing to review the response by charities to Hurricane Katrina. Rep. Jim McCrery, Louisiana Republican, and Cynthia Fagnoni, managing director of education, work force and income security issues at the Government Accountability Office, testify. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

5:30 p.m. — Rules Committee holds a meeting to formulate a rule on the conference report on the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005. Location: H-309, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-9191.


9 a.m. Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, holds discussions with fourth- and fifth-grade students about the upcoming Iraqi election at W.W. Burrows Elementary School at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. (Preset: 8:15 a.m.).

10:30 a.m. — Delivers remarks to fifth-grade students about the Iraqi election at Fort Belvoir Elementary School. (Preset: 9:30 a.m.).

Contact: 202/456-7458. Media contact: 703/805-1250.

Aging conference — all day The 2005 White House Conference on Aging holds a conference, “The Booming Dynamics of Aging: From Awareness to Action.” Events begin 8:30 a.m.

Highlight — 7:30 p.m. — Dinner program with Roger Barnett, chairman and chief executive officer of the Shaklee Corp.

Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 301/443-2887.

Commodity discussion — 9 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “The Regulation of Commodity Pools by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.” Jerry Markham of Florida International University, Susan Ervin of Dechert LLP and Dan Roth of the National Futures Association participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Drug discussion — 9 a.m. The Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) holds a discussion, “Regulating Drug Promotion: Assessing a Tumultuous 2005 and Prospects for the New Year.” David Bloch of Reed Smith LLP, Adonis Hoffman of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and Richard Samp of WLF participate. Location: WLF, M.J. Murdock Center for Free Enterprise, 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.

Religious freedom — 9 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a discussion, “Freedom of Religion in the Post-Soviet Space.” Editor Felix Corley and Assistant Editor John Kinahan, both with the Forum 18 News Service, and Catherine Cosman, senior policy analyst at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, participate. Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Voting system — 10 a.m. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission holds a public meeting to consider the adoption of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines and to elect the chairman and vice chairman for 2006. Location: EAC offices, 1225 New York Ave. NW, Suite 1100. Contact: 202/566-3100.

Homeland Security grants — 11 a.m. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff holds a press conference to announce the fiscal 2006 Urban Areas Security Initiative Grants. Location: Homeland Security Department, Building 21, 3801 Nebraska Ave. NW. Contact: 202/282-8010.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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