- The Washington Times - Monday, June 13, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Presidents Festus Mogae of Botswana, John Kufuor of Ghana, Armando Guebuza of Mozambique, Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia and Mamadou Tandja of Niger, at the White House

VICE PRESIDENT

12:30 p.m. Presents the Gerald Ford Journalism Awards at the National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon. National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Ballroom. Contact: 202/662-7516.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

4:15 p.m. Federal Reserve Board releases 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

8:30 a.m. Food and Drug Administration holds a public workshop, “Biological Products for Treatment of Rare Plasma Protein Disorders,” to discuss the scientific and regulatory challenges encountered during the development of biological products used to treat rare plasma protein disorders. Location: National Institutes of Health, Lister Hill Auditorium, Building 38A, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Contact: 301/827-3514.

9 a.m. —Veterans Affairs Department holds a meeting of the National Research Advisory Council, to review the VA research portfolio and a summary of current budget allocations and discuss performance measures designed to perform program evaluations and provide feedback on the direction/focus of VA’s research initiatives. Location: Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 14th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/254-0200.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Meets at 2 p.m. to consider an energy bill and the nomination of Thomas Griffith to be an appellate judge for the D.C. Circuit. At 6:30 p.m. the Senate will consider apologizing to the victims of lynching and the descendants of those victims for the failure of the Senate to enact anti-lynching legislation. No roll-call votes. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning hour debate and 2 p.m. to consider the Patient Navigator Outreach and Chronic Disease Prevention Act of 2005; to amend the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 to reauthorize state mediation programs; and to commend the establishment in College Point, N.Y., of the first kindergarten in the United States. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

5 p.m. Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on the fiscal 2006 science, State, Justice, Commerce and related agencies appropriations bill and the defense appropriations bill. Location: H-313, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-9191.

GENERAL AGENDA

Comprehensive energy-policy reforms — 8:30 a.m. National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute hold a press briefing to promote U.S. competitiveness through comprehensive energy-policy reforms.

Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican; and Margo Thorning, senior vice president and chief economist, American Council for Capital Formation, participate. Location: 902 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/572-6231.

Director of National Intelligence — 9:30 a.m. 9/11 Public Discourse Project holds a discussion, “Challenges Facing the Director of National Intelligence.” (The 9/11 Public Discourse Project is the nonprofit successor organization to the 9/11 commission.) Rep. Jane Harman, California Democrat; John Lehman, a member of the 9/11 commission, and a former secretary of the Navy; and Adm. William Studeman, a member of the President’s Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, participate. Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, 1 Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Civil liberties discussion — 11 a.m. The League of Women Voters hosts a panel discussion, “Civil Liberties: Balancing Liberty and Security,” to discuss the intricacies and constantly evolving challenges of balancing civil liberties and homeland security in a post-September 11 environment, and address issues of access to information and transparency in government, the role of the courts and challenges to our system of checks and balances. Joseph Onek, director of the Liberty and Security Initiative, the Constitution Project, and Rick Blum, Freedom of Information Project director, OMB Watch, participate. Location: Marriott at Metro Center Hotel, Salons A-B, 775 12th St. NW. Contact: 202/263-1332.

Press conference — 11:30 a.m. Democratic members of Congress hold a press conference and whistlestop ride to urge support of Amtrak. Reps. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, Corrine Brown of Florida, James L. Oberstar of Minnesota, Nick J. Rahall II of West Virginia, Daniel Lipinski and Danny K. Davis of Illinois, and Julia Carson of Indiana participate. Location: Penn Station, 1515 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Contact: 410/685-9199.

Medicinal-marijuana press conference — 12:30 p.m. — The Marijuana Policy Project holds a telephone press conference to discuss efforts in Congress to protect medicinal-marijuana patients. Supreme Court plaintiff Angel Raich; a representative of the United Methodist Church; and Don Murphy, executive director of Republicans for Compassionate Access, participate. Contact: 202/543-7972 or 415/668-6403.

Signing ceremony — 4 p.m. Millennium Challenge Corp. holds a ceremony for the signing of the Millennium Challenge Compact between the United States and Honduras. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Honduran President Ricardo Maduro Joest; Rep. Jim Kolbe, Arizona Republican; and U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, participate. Location: State Department, Benjamin Franklin Room, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/521-3864.


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