- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 1, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers the State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol.

VICE PRESIDENT

Attends the State of the Union address.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Corporation for National and Community Serviceholds an advisory board meeting to discuss developing program resources, recruitment and program operations. Location: Overseas Private Investment Corp., 1100 New York Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5000, Ext. 180.

9 a.m. Army Corps of Engineers holds a meeting of the environmental advisory board to discuss general issues of national significance. Location: Embassy Suites Hotel Alexandria-Old Town, 1900 Diagonal Road, Alexandria. Contact: 202/761-1934.

SENATE

In session.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Finance Committee holds a hearing, “The Long Term Outlook for Social Security.” Witnesses include Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director of the Congressional Budget Office, and Stephen Goss, chief actuary of the Social Security Administration in Baltimore. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider resolutions commending the Palestinian people for holding elections and expressing concern that the European Union might end its embargo against the People’s Republic of China. At 8:45 p.m., the House will meet in joint session with the Senate to receive the president’s State of the Union address. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10:30 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure Committeemeets to consider organizational matters for the 109th Congress. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

1 p.m. —Government Reform Committeeholds a hearing, “Confronting Recidivism: Prisoner Re-entry Programs and a Just Future for All Americans.” Witnesses include Rep. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican; Rep. Danny K. Davis, Illinois Democrat; Felix Mata of Baltimore’s Ex-Offender Initiative; and Reggie Wilkinson of the Ohio Rehabilitation and Corrections Agency. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

4:30 p.m. —Budget Committeemeets to adopt its Committee Rules and Oversight Plan for the 109th Congress. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

SUPREME COURT

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

GENERAL AGENDA

AARP meeting — all day AARP holds a board of directors meeting to discuss its public-policy agenda for 2005. Events begin at 8:40 a.m.

Highlights — 10:30 a.m. Henry Aaron of the Brookings Institution, “Tax Reform”

Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Ballrooms A and B, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: Media registration required, 202/434-2560.

Governing outlook — all day Governing magazine holds a conference, “Governing Outlook in the States 2005.” Events begin at 8:45 a.m.

Highlights — noon David Walker, comptroller general of the United States, “Saving Our Future: An Intergovernmental Challenge”

Location: National Press Club ballroom, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 781/729-8611.

Diabetes treatment — 9 a.m. American College of Endocrinologists (ACE) and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) hold a press briefing on new tools to help diabetes patients control their disease. Location: Marriott Metro Center, lower level, 775 12th St. NW. Contact: 312/751-0146, Ext. 226, or 904/353-7878.

Economic state of the union — 10 a.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “A Briefing on the Economic State of the Union.” Participants include Eric Engen, Karlyn Bowman, Kevin Hassett and Lawrence Lindsey of AEI. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Class-action reform — 10:30 a.m. — Members of Congress hold a press conference to introduce class-action reform legislation. Participants include Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican; Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, Virginia Republican; Rep. Rick Boucher, Virginia Democrat; and Rep. James P. Moran, Virginia Democrat. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5431, 202/225-3861, 202/225-5101 or 202/225-4376.

Iraq discussion — noon — Hudson Institute holds a discussion, “Democracy, Elections and the Insurgency in Iraq.” Participants include Ahmed al-Rahim, former adviser for the Coalition Provisional Authority, and Hillel Fradkin, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 18th St. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/223-7770.

9/11 compensation — 1:30 p.m. Congress holds a press conference with September 11 rescue and recovery workers, volunteers and World Trade Center site neighbors who will sit in the balcony of the House chamber for the State of the Union speech, as part of an effort to ask the federal government to meet their health monitoring and compensatory needs. Participants include Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney and Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrats. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7944 or 202/225-3703.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — 1:30 p.m. Members of Congress hold a press conference to reintroduce legislation that would place the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off-limits to oil development by designating it as a federal wilderness area. Participants include Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat; Sen. Mark Dayton, Minnesota Democrat; Rep. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat; Carol Browner, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Gene Karpinski, executive director of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Location: Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution Ave. NE, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-4041.

Interior ceremony — 2 p.m. Interior Department holds a ceremony to present awards for outstanding service and valor to employees, volunteers and partners. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton and Chief of Staff Brian Waidmann participate. Location: Interior Department, Sidney Yates Auditorium, 1849 C St. NW. Contact: 202/208-6416.


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