- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 5, 2005


To be announced.


1 p.m. Presides over a joint session of Congress to count the electoral votes for the 2004 presidential election. Location: House floor, U.S. Capitol.


1 p.m. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. releases its weekly survey on fixed-rate mortgages. Location: 8200 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/903-2000.


Noon Internal Revenue Service holds a meeting by teleconference of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, Wage and Investment Reducing Taxpayer Burden (Notices) Issue Committee on improving customer service. See contact for dial-in information. Location: None given. Contact: 888/912-1227.


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


In session. At 1 p.m. the Senate will meet in joint session with the House to count electoral votes. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


10 A.M. —Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Margaret Spellings to be secretary of education. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.


Meets at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., the House will meet in joint session with the Senate to count electoral votes. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


Army aviation modernization — all day Association of the United States Army holds a conference, “Army Aviation Modernization — Shaping the Future.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8:10 a.m. Claude Bolton, assistant secretary of the Army

Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/907-2687.

Virginia discussion — 8:30 a.m. Greater Washington Board of Trade meets with Virginia Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore to discuss the 2005 Virginia General Assembly, challenges on transportation and other issues. Location: Venable LLP, 8010 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 300, Vienna, Va. Contact: 202/857-5900.

U.S. Visas and Global Trade — 9 a.m. Global Business Dialogue holds a discussion, “U.S. Visas and Global Trade.” Bill Reinsch of the National Foreign Trade Council participates. Location: St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5074.

Legislative governance — 9:30 a.m. Center for the Study of the Presidency holds a press conference to call for greater inclusiveness and civility in executive and legislative governance. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/737-8400.

Ukraine forum — 10 a.m. Woodrow Wilson Center holds a Director’s Forum, “The Maydan Parliament of Ukraine.” William Miller, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, participates. Location: WWC, 1 Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Flom Auditorium, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/691-4418.

Office inauguration — 10:30 a.m. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate its new office. Eduardo Aquirre and Phyllis Howard of CIS participate. Location: CIS, 2675 Prosperity Lane, Fairfax. Contact: 202/272-1219 or 202/436-2223.

Kuwaiti prisoner condition — noon Kuwaiti Family Committee holds a press conference on the legal developments, testimonies of physical and psychological well-being, and overall health conditions of Kuwaiti prisoners held at the U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Participants include lawyer Kristie Huskey and Khalid Al Odah of the Kuwaiti Family Committee. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: Reporters with Gulf-based press outlets only; 202/973-1338 or 202/277-4223.

Intelligence Reform — 12:30 p.m. Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Intelligence Reform and the Safety of America: Have We Succeeded?” Participants include Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican, and Helle Dale of the Heritage Foundation. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

National Response Plan — 2:30 p.m. Homeland Security Department holds a press conference to announce a National Response Plan. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge participates. Location: National Governors Association, Hall of States, 444 N. Capitol St. NW. Contact: 202/282-8010.

Salvadoran citizens — 3 p.m. National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a session, “The Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Salvadoran Citizens in the U.S.” President Elias Antonio Saca of El Salvador participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7540.

Book forum — 5 p.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research sponsors a forum on “The Islamic Paradox: Shiite Clerics, Sunni Fundamentalists, and the Coming of Arab Democracy,” a new book by AEI’s Reuel Marc Gerecht. Participants include Mr. Gerecht, Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Jackson Diehl of The Washington Post, and Michael Doran of Princeton University. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Insiders reception — 6:30 p.m. Washington Network Group holds a Washington Insiders reception with the director-general of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office. Margaret Wong participates. Location: Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, 1520 18th St. NW. Contact: RSVP to 703/351-5089.

Tsunami relief meeting — 7 p.m. Washington International Trade Association holds a tsunami relief organizational meeting. Location: WITA, International Gateway Suite, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/312-1600.

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