- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 16, 2005

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Global pandemics meeting — 8:30 a.m. — Council on Foreign Relations holds a meeting, “The Threat of Global Pandemics.” Participants include Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Laurie Garrett, senior fellow of global health at the Council on Foreign Relations. Location: CFR, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/518-3419.

Iran election discussion — 2 p.m. — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion on the upcoming Iranian presidential elections. Participants include A. William Samii of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Mohsen Sazegara of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Michael Rubin of AEI. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

PRESIDENT BUSH

8:30 a.m. — Addresses the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast, Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW. 1:15 p.m. — Discusses Medicare at the Health and Human Services Department, 200 Independence Ave. SW.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

11 a.m. — Bureau of Transportation Statistics releases the airline traffic data, March 2005. Location: 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — National Science Foundation holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering. Topics include updates, Office of International Science and Engineering; presentation and discussion of 2005 Committee of Visitors report; and discussion of developing-country activities. Location: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 730, Arlington. Contact: 703/292-8710.

8:30 a.m. — Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste to discuss proposed ACNW activities and related matters. Location: 2 White Flint North, Room T-2B3, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-7366.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Meets at 9:30 a.m. to consider the energy bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing, “Stabilization and Reconstruction: Building Peace in a Hostile Environment.” Carlos Pascual, coordinator, Office of Reconstruction and Stabilization, State Department, and Ryan Henry, principal deputy, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, testify. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. — Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “Meeting the Housing and Service Needs of Seniors.” HUD Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson and Nelda Barnett, board member, AARP, testify. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on federal legislative solutions to data breach and identity theft. FTC Chairman Deborah Majoras and FTC Commissioners Orson Swindle, Thomas Leary, Pamela Harbour and Jon Leibowitz testify. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

3 p.m. — Select Intelligence Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Janice Gardner to be assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis, Treasury Department. Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1700.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the United Nations Reform Act of 2005 and the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal 2006. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Homeland Security management, integration and oversight subcommittee holds a hearing, “Mismanagement of the Border Surveillance System and Lessons for the New America’s Shield Initiative.” Joel Gallay, deputy inspector general, General Services Administration, and Joseph Saponaro, president, L-3 Communications, Government Services Inc., testify. Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure water resources and environment subcommittee holds a markup of the Water Resources Development Act of 2005. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10:30 a.m. — Education and the Workforce select education subcommittee holds a markup of the International Studies in Higher Education Act and the Graduate Opportunities in Higher Education Act. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

1 p.m. — Homeland Security economic security, infrastructure protection and cyber-security subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Promise of Registered Traveler.” Thomas Blank, acting deputy administrator, Transportation Security Administration, Homeland Security Department, testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

GENERAL AGENDA

ACNM meeting — all day — American College of Nurse-Midwives holds its 50th annual meeting. Events begin at 7 a.m.

Highlight — 1:30 p.m. — Ruth Lubic and Mairi Breen Rothman, “The Inner-City Birth Center: What’s Working and How You Can Do This in Your Neighborhood”

Location: Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 240/485-1821 or 301/814-2678.

Hispanic education conference — all day — Education Department holds a conference, “Pathways to Hispanic Family Learning: Working Together to Raise Hispanic Student Achievement.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlight — 9 a.m. — Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, keynote address

Location: Education Department, Barnard Auditorium, 400 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/205-3606 or 202/401-1576; 202/401-1411. (Credentialed media only, please.)

Hispanic Prayer Breakfast — 7 a.m. — Pacto de Esperanza (Pledge of Hope) holds a Hispanic Prayer Breakfast.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — President Bush delivers remarks, Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW. 10:30 a.m. — Vivian Fernandez de Torrijos, Panama’s first lady; Abraham Hirchson, Israeli tourism minister; and the Rev. Luis Cortes, founder of Esperanza USA, media availability, Mellon Auditorium, behind the stage

noon — town-hall meeting, “Hispanic Capacity Project Celebrates”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, and Tom Ridge, former secretary, Homeland Security Department, participate. Location: Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW or as noted above. Contact: 215/324-0746.

Housing symposium — 9 a.m. — National Housing Conference and the Campaign for Affordable Housing hold a national policy symposium on how to mobilize support for affordable housing through public education campaigns. Julie Bornstein, president, Campaign for Affordable Housing, and Conrad Egan, president, NHC, participate. Location: Jurys Washington Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 202/466-2121, Ext. 226.

Judiciary teleconference — 11 a.m. — Alliance for Justice holds a teleconference to announce the creation of Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary. Call in to 800/416-4356, code 47050621. Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, minority whip; Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, Texas Democrat; Nan Aron, president, AFJ; and Ann Marie Tallman, president and general counsel, Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, participate. Location: None given. Contact: 202/463-4806 or 202/463-4806.

Oil and gas drilling press conference — noon — Members of Congress hold a press conference with members representing Great Lakes states to introduce the “Great Lakes Oil and Gas Drilling Ban” bill that would prohibit oil and gas drilling in or under the Great Lakes. Reps. Bart Stupak, Michigan Democrat; Melissa Bean, Illinois Democrat; and Vernon J. Ehlers, Michigan Republican, participate. Location: West Front, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-4796 or 734/395-4397.

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