- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 6, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Holds a meeting of his Cabinet.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

11:30 a.m. Bureau of Transportation Statisticsreleases the transportation services index for November. Location: 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

4:15 p.m. —Federal Reserve Boardreleases its weekly foreign reports on the assets and liabilities of U.S.- and foreign-chartered banks and on foreign-exchange rates. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Agricultural Research Serviceholds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st-Century Agriculture to finalize a draft report on the issue of the proliferation of traceability and mandatory labeling regimes for biotechnology-derived products in other countries. Location: Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-3817.

8 a.m. —Internal Revenue Serviceholds a meeting by teleconference of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, on lessening the burden for individuals and to review recommendations for IRS system changes. Contact: 888/912-1227.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Meets at 2 p.m. for morning business and 3 p.m. to consider the class-action litigation reform bill and a resolution regarding the elections in Iraq. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

6 p.m. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committeemeets to vote on the nominations of Judge Michael Chertoff to be homeland security secretary and Allen Weinstein to be archivist of the United States. Location: S-207, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

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

GENERAL AGENDA

Real State of the Union — all day New America Foundation holds a forum, “The Real State of the Union.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. John Fox Sullivan, the Atlantic Monthly; and Ted Halstead, NAF

9:10 a.m. William Powers and Jonathan Rauch, the National Journal; and Hanna Rosin, The Washington Post, “How Divided Is America?”

12:15 p.m. —Richard Clarke, former national coordinator for counterterrorism; James Fallows, the Atlantic Monthly and Ted Halstead, NAF, “The Future of Terrorism”

Location: 326 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: RSVP to 202/986-4901.

Laos National Conference — all day Center for Public Policy Analysis (CPPA), the Laos National Federation (LNF) and the Lao Veterans of America (LVA) host a Laos National Conference. Events begin at 8 a.m. Jane Hamilton-Merritt, Laos-Hmong historian and scholar; Philip Smith, executive director, Center for Public Policy Analysis; and Wangyee Vang, national director, Lao Veterans of America, participate.

Location: Best Western Inn, Braddock Room, 6633 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Contact: 202/543-1444.

NAHU conference — all day National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) holds its Capital Conference 2005. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 10:30 a.m. Roy Ramthun, Treasury Department, “Moving Forward with Health Savings Accounts”

Location: Capital Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 703/276-3835.

Budget arrival — 8:30 a.m. Office of Management and Budget staff delivers the fiscal 2006 budget to the House Budget Committee. Rep. Jim Ryun, Kansas Republican, participates. Location: New Jersey and Independence avenues SE. Contact: 202/226-9844.

HUD budget — noon HUD holds a press conference on HUD’s fiscal 2006 budget. Location: HUD, 451 Seventh St. SW. Room 10155. Contact: 202/708-0685.

Energy budget — 12:30 p.m. Energy Department holds a press briefing on the Energy Department’s fiscal 2006 budget. Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman participates. Location: Energy Department, 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: Credentialed media only, 202/586-4940.

HHS budget — 1 p.m. Health and Human Services Department holds a press briefing on HHS’ fiscal 2006 budget. HHS Secretary Michael O. Leavitt participates. Location: HHS, Great Hall, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: Credentialed media only, 202/690-6343.

Education budget — 1 p.m. Education Department holds a press briefing on the Education Department’s fiscal 2006 budget. Location: Education Department, Auditorium, 400 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: Credentialed media only, 202/401-3026.

Agriculture budget — 1 p.m. Agriculture Department holds a press briefing on the Agriculture Department’s fiscal 2006 budget. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns participates. Location: Agriculture Department, Whitten Building, Room 107A, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Contact: Credentialed media only, 202/720-4623 or 202/720-4623.

NASA budget — 1 p.m. NASA holds a press conference to outline the administration’s fiscal 2006 budget proposal for NASA. Sean O’Keefe, NASA administrator, and Steve Isakowitz, NASA comptroller, participate. Location: NASA, Webb Auditorium, 300 E St. SW. Contact: 202/358-1898 or 202/358-1902.

Transportation budget — 2 p.m. Transportation Department holds a press briefing on the Transportation Department’s fiscal 2006 budget. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta; Linda Combs, assistant transportation secretary; and transportation modal administrators participate. Location: Transportation Department, Marx Media Center, 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: Credentialed media only, 202/366-4570 or 202/366-9268.

Homeland Security budget — 2 p.m. Homeland Security Department holds a press briefing on the Homeland Security Department’s fiscal 2006 budget. Acting Homeland Security Secretary James Loy participates. Location: Nebraska Avenue Complex, Building 21, 3801 Nebraska Ave. NW. Contact: Credentialed media only, 220/282-8010.

Defense budget — 2 p.m. Defense Department holds press briefing on the Defense Department fiscal 2006 budget. 10:30 a.m. Embargo on fiscal 2006 budget is lifted. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld participates. Location: Pentagon, Briefing Room 2E579. Contact: 703/697-5131.

VA budget — 3 p.m. Veterans’ Affairs holds a press briefing on the VA’s fiscal 2006 budget. VA Secretary Jim Nicholson and Rita Reed, deputy assistant secretary for budget, participate. Location: VA, Montgomery Conference Room, 810 Vermont Ave. NW. Contact: 202/273-5703.

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