- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 17, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

To be announced.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. ” Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the producer price indexes for last month. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. ” Food and Drug Administration holds a joint meeting of the Arthritis Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee to discuss the overall benefit-to-risk considerations for Cox-2 inhibitors. Location: Hilton Washington D.C./North Gaithersburg, the ballrooms, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/827-7001.

8:30 a.m. ” Veterans Affairs Department holds a meeting of the Professional Certification and Licensure Advisory Committee to receive a presentation on the usage of the license and certification test reimbursement benefit and to discuss potential outreach activities. Location: Veterans Benefits Administration, Room 542, 1800 G St. NW. Contact: 202/273-7187.

8:30 a.m. ” Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the Science Advisory Board to discuss the EPA science and research programs budget and to conduct other board activities. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, Polaris Room, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/343-9982.

SENATE

Schedule to be announced. 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.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. ” Government Reform Committee holds a hearing, “The Capital Region’s Critical Link: Ensuring Metrorail’s Future As a Safe, Reliable and Affordable Transportation Option.” Richard White and Dana Kauffman, both with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

Web Wise conference ” all day ” The Institute of Museum and Library Services holds a conference, “6th Web Wise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights ” 9 a.m. ” Susan Sclafani of the Education Department, “Technology and Our Schools: Preparing America’s Future”

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/669-0720 or 202/606-8339.

Engineering conference ” all day ” The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering holds its 14th annual conference, “Bionanotechnology.” Events begin at 8:15 a.m.

Highlights ” 3 p.m. ” Concurrent sessions on “Outsourcing and the Impending Oversupply of Medical and Biological Engineers” and “Homeland Security and Bioterrorism Issues.” Location: Capitol Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/496-9660.

Conservative conference ” all day ” The American Conservative Union holds the 32nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights ” 9:40 a.m. ” Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, “Simply Talking About Runaway Spending Won’t Cut It!”

3:05 p.m. ” Sen. John E. Sununu, New Hampshire Republican, “How the President and Congress Can Fix Social Security This Year”

7:30 p.m. ” Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican

Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/836-8602.

Budget forum ” 9 a.m. ” The National Housing Conference and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities hold a fiscal 2006 budget forum. Robert Greenstein and Barbara Sard of CBPP and Shaun Donovan of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development participate. Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/466-2121, Ext. 225.

Health care ” 9:15 a.m. ” The Alliance for Health Reform holds a press conference, “Health Care in the fiscal 2006 Budget: What’s Next? What to Watch for in the Coming Debates.” Cindy Mann of Georgetown University, Ray Scheppach of the National Governors Association, Gail Wilensky of Project HOPE, Stuart Schear of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Edward Howard of the alliance participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/789-2300.

Conservative opposition ” 10 a.m. ” The American Conservative Union holds a press conference announcing opposition to ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty. David A. Keene of the union, Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy and Patrick Buchanan of American Cause participate. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/836-8602, Ext. 16.

Nation building ” 10 a.m. ” The Brookings Institution holds a discussion, “The U.S. and U.N. Roles in Nation Building: A Comparative Analysis.” James Steinberg and Susan Rice of Brookings; James Dobbins, lead author of “The Rand History of Nation Building”; Francis Fukuyama, author of “State-Building: Governance and World Order in the 21st Century”; and retired Army Maj. Gen. William Nash, former commander of U.S. forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina and United Nations administrator in Kosovo, participate. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Ceremony ” 10 a.m. ” The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Organization of American States host a ceremony to sign agreements on environmental provisions in the U.S.-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement. Regina Vargo, assistant U.S. trade representative; Paula J. Dobriansky, undersecretary of state for global affairs; and senior representatives from Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, participate. Location: OAS, 17th and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/395-3230.

Child and youth protection ” noon ” The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops holds a press conference on a second report on the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Bishop William Skylstad of the USCCB and Kathleen McChesney of the Office of Child and Youth Protection participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/541-3201.

Budget briefing ” 1 p.m. ” The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities holds a conference call briefing on aspects of the fiscal 2006 budget that could cause the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program to shrink considerably in the years ahead. Barbara Sard and Robert Greenstein of the CBPP participate. Contact: 202/408-1080.

Celebration of women’s spirituality ” 7 p.m. ” Washington National Cathedral hosts a conference, “Sacred Circles: A Celebration of Women’s Spirituality 2005 ” Expanding Our Views of What Compassion Means.” Eileen Fisher of Eileen Fisher Inc. participates. Location: Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Contact: 202/537-6240.

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