- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 20, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

10:40 a.m. — Delivers remarks to military medical caregivers at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda. 2:30 p.m. — Participates in a meeting on developing a skilled-trades work force to rebuild the Gulf Coast, Roosevelt Room, the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases the gross domestic product for third quarter 2005 (final estimate). Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Contact: 202/606-9900.

10:30 a.m. —American Petroleum Institutereleases a brief summary of its weekly report on petroleum inventories. Location: 1220 L St. NW. Contact: 202/682-8114.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

1 p.m. Internal Revenue Service holds a meeting by teleconference of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Joint Committee, on improving taxpayer service at the Internal Revenue Service. Location: None given. Contact: 888/912-1227

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. The Senate will consider the conference reports to the budget reconciliation bill, the defense appropriations bill, the defense authorization bill, and the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

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

GENERAL AGENDA

U.S.-Indian strategic partnership — 8:30 a.m. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace holds a discussion with Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran on the U.S.-Indian strategic partnership. Jessica Mathews, CEIP president, and Ashley Tellis, senior associate at CEIP, participate. Location: CEIP, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/483-7600.

Conference call — 10 a.m. The Rand Corporation holds a conference call, beginning at 10 a.m., to announce the formation of a new policy institute to examine ways to build a better future for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Rep. Bennie Thompson, Mississippi Democrat, and James Thomson, president and chief executive officer of the Rand Corporation, participate. Location: None given. Contact: 703/413-1100, Ext. 5156.

Bolivia press conference — 11 a.m. The Institute for Policy Studies holds a press conference on the upcoming presidency of Bolivian socialist Evo Morales. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/494-8004.

Asia press briefing — 11:30 a.m. The Japanese Embassy sponsors a background briefing, “East Asia Summit and its Future Prospects,” with Keiichi Iwamoto, first secretary at the embassy. The briefing will focus on the result of the first East Asia Summit, which just took place Dec. 14, and how Japan sees its future prospects. There will also be a discussion on the recent policy speech on Asia by Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, 10th floor, Room 1093. Contact: 202/238-6749.

Medicare press conference — noon Families USA holds a press conference to release a new survey that shows that the prices for the new Medicare prescription-drug program are an average 48 percent higher than those negotiated by the Veterans Affairs Department. Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Murrow Room. Contact: 202/628-3030.

Poland discussion — noon The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion with Sabrina Ramet of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology at Trodheim, “Thy Will Be Done: The Catholic Church and the Politics in Poland Since 1989.” Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

WTO discussion — 12:30 p.m. Women In International Trade holds a discussion, “The WTO Sixth Ministerial Conference: WIIT Members Provide a Firsthand Report on the Outcome.” Location: Offices of C & M International, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/737-0500.

Arab world discussion — 8 p.m. The Al-Hewar Center holds a discussion with Clovis Maksoud of American University, “An Overview of 2005 and 2006 for the Arab World.” Location: Al-Hewar Center, 124 Park St. SE, Vienna. Contact: 703/281-6277.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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