- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 10, 2005

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Afghanistan’s future — noon — Middle East Institute holds a program on “Afghanistan’s Next Steps: Commentary on the Recent and Upcoming Elections,” featuring Massouda Jalal, Afghan minister of women’s affairs. Location: MEI, Boardman Room, 1761 N St. NW. Contact: 202/785-1141.

Madrid memorial — noon — Embassy of Spain holds a silent gathering at Washington Circle in observance of a national day of mourning in Spain for the victims of the terrorist attack in Madrid on March 11, 2004. Location: Washington Circle, Foggy Bottom, Pennsylvania Avenue and K Street NW. Contact: 202/728-2332.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses Social Security reform in Memphis, Tenn., and Shreveport, La.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of the Census and Bureau of Economic Analysis release figures on U.S. international trade in goods and services for January. Location: 14th Street between E Street & Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Rural Telephone Bank holds a meeting of the board of directors to discuss the effect of President Bush’s fiscal 2006 budget proposal on the bank. Location: Agriculture Department, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Contact: 202/720-9554.

9 a.m. — Federal Aviation Administration holds a meeting, “RTCA Special Committee 159: Global Positioning System.” Location: RTCA Inc., 1828 L St. NW, Suite 805. Contact: 202/833-9339.

9:30 a.m. — Transportation Security Administration holds a meeting to discuss and receive comments on the use of biometric technology in connection with access control systems in the nation’s airports by March 31. Location: TSA, first floor auditorium, 601 S. 12th St., Arlington. Contact: 571/227-3635.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of R. Nicholas Burns to be undersecretary for political affairs, C. David Welch to be assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs and John B. Bellinger III to be legal adviser at the State Department. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Appropriations science, state, justice, commerce and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the National Science Foundation, the National Science Board, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. NSF Director Arden Bement, NSB Chairman Ray Bowen and OSTP Director John Marburger testify. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Government Reform Committee holds a hearing, “Getting the Lead Out: The Ongoing Quest for Safe Drinking Water in the Nation’s Capital.” Benjamin Grumbles and Donald Welch, both with the Environmental Protection Agency, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

Congressional city conference — all day — The National League of Cities holds its annual Congressional City Conference. Events begin at 11 a.m.

Highlights — 11 a.m. — NLC President and D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams; NLC First Vice President and Clarksburg, W.Va., council member James Hunt; and NLC Second Vice President and Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson hold press conference to release the State of the Cities Survey.

Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/626-3003 or 202/626-3051.

Press conference — 9 a.m. — National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a program with Borys Tarasuyk, Ukrainian minister of foreign affairs. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Social Security seminar — 9 a.m. — The National Academy of Social Insurance holds a seminar, “Personal Accounts in Social Security: How Might Annuities Work for Married and Single Retirees?” Virginia Reno of NASI and Karen Holden of the University of Wisconsin participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Holeman Lounge. Contact: 202/452-8097.

Education funding — 9 a.m. — The Center for American Progress holds a discussion on education funding examining Bush administration proposals for college affordability and releases a study analyzing the effect of the president’s Pell Grant plan. Rep. David R. Obey, Wisconsin Democrat; Rep. Christopher Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat; Scott Lilly of the Center for American Progress and Luke Swarthout of the State Public Interest Research Group participate. Location: 1333 H St. NW. 10th floor. Contact: 202/682-1611.

Fighting fraud — 10 a.m. — Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association holds a press conference to announce a major anti-fraud initiative. Byron Hollis, BCBSA national anti-fraud director, and Paul Brown, BCBSA vice president and deputy general counsel; Steven Skwara, BCBS Massachusetts director of fraud investigation and prevention; and others participate. Location: National Press Club, First Amendment lounge, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/626-8644.

Briefing — 11:30 a.m. — The Senate Science and Technology Caucus and the American Chemical Society hold a briefing by specialists on how the federal intelligence agencies are partnering to develop a coordinated and cohesive research and development plan that will maximize research dollars. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico Democrat; Sen. John W. Warner, Virginia Republican; and John Phillips, CIA scientist, participate. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/872-8725.

Social Security reform — noon — The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute and the Heritage Foundation host a discussion, “Breaking Up with FDR: Why Women Should Support Social Security Reform.” Carrie Lukas of the Independent Women’s Forum participates. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Van Andel conference room. Contact: 703/318-0730.

Meeting — 12:15 p.m. — Congress holds a meeting with Japanese Ambassador Ryozo Kato. Sens. Wayne Allard, Colorado Republican; Thad Cochran, Mississippi Republican; Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican; Ken Salazar, Colorado Democrat; Michael D. Crapo, Idaho Republican; and Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican, participate. Location: 328-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5941.

North Korea discussion — 2 p.m. — The Brookings Institution and the National Committee on North Korea hold a discussion, “A Regional Discussion of the Six-Party Process: Challenges and Opportunities in North Korea.” Evans Revere, acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs; Charles Pritchard of Brookings; Aleksandr Ilitchev of the United Nations; and Quan Jing of the Chinese Foreign Ministry participate. Location: the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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