- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 14, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

No public events are scheduled.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

9:15 a.m. Federal Reserve Board releases the industrial production and capacity utilization for November 2005. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets Northwest. Contact: 202/452-3206.

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

10 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee meets to mark up the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2005, and the Undertaking Spam, Spyware and Fraud Enforcement with Enforcers Beyond Borders Act of 2005. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. —Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “Hurricane Katrina: Who’s In Charge of the New Orleans Levees?” Witnesses include Col. Richard Wagenaar, district engineer, New Orleans District, Army Corps of Engineers, and Alfred Naomi, senior project manager, New Orleans District, Army Corps of Engineers. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Border Protection, Antiterrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Resources fisheries and oceans subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Fishing Resources, the Fishing Industry, and Fishing Communities in the Gulf of Mexico.” Witnesses include Vice Adm. Conrad Lautenbacher, undersecretary of oceans and atmosphere, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Wayne Swingle, executive director of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

10:30 a.m. —Government Reform Committee meets to consider an investigative report, “Bringing Communities into the 21st Century: A Report on Improving the Community Development Block Grant Program.” Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

Foreign policy conference — all day The Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis and the Fletcher School hold their 36th annual conference, “Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Forces in 21st-Century Deterrence: Implementing the New Triad.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — 9 a.m. — Gen. James Cartwright, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, delivers remarks.

Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 617/492-2116.

Literacy news conference — 9:30 a.m. The Education Department holds a press conference to release a new report, “A First Look at the Literacy of America’s Adults in the 21st Century.” Participants include Grover Whitehurst, director of the Institute of Education Science, and Mark Schneider, commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics. Location: Education Department, 400 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/219-1662.

Tax code press conference — 10 a.m. Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Democrat, discuss various tax code issues. Mr. Wyden introduced the Fair Flat Tax Act of 2005 in the Senate in November, and Mr. Emanuel will introduce companion legislation in the House next week. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-3789 or 202/225-4061.

Iraqi elections — noon The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “The Iraq Elections: Implications for the Future of Iraq, the Middle East and U.S. Policy.” Participants include Hillel Fradkin of the Hudson Institute, and Kenneth Katzman of the Congressional Research Service. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Defense meeting — 1:30 p.m. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Peter Pace hold a town hall meeting. Location: Pentagon, auditorium, Room BH650. Contact: 703/697-5131.

Liberia press conference — 2 p.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Committee holds a press conference with Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president-elect of the Republic of Liberia and the first elected female head of an African state. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7540.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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