- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 16, 2005


Northern Ireland — 3 p.m. — National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a press conference, “The Situation in Northern Ireland.” Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Fein and member of the British Parliament, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/530-1210, 202/662-7540 or 917/710-3700.

Social Security — 11:30 a.m. — Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, and Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat, hold a press conference on President Bush’s Social Security plan. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-2152 or 202/224-3224.


Participates in the Shamrock Ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House; attends a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon at the U.S. Capitol.


8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on unemployment insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

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.

Federal agencies

8:30 a.m. — Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy holds a meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee to receive project updates. Location: Radisson Hotel Old Town Alexandria, 901 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. Contact: 202/586-7766.

9:30 a.m. — Bureau of Industry and Security Transportation and Related Equipment holds a meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee to receive updates on country-specific policies and regulations and procedures, to review the Wassenaar Arrangement and to discuss Technical Working Group issues. Location: Herbert C. Hoover Building, Room 3884, 14th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution avenues NW. Contact: 202/482-2583.


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


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


9:30 a.m. — Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on worldwide threats to the security of the United States. CIA Director Porter J. Goss and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lowell Jacoby testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 106. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation oceans, fisheries and Coast Guard subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2006 budget for Coast Guard operational readiness and mission balance. Adm. Thomas Collins and Master Chief Franklin Welch testify. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. — Veterans’ Affairs Committee holds a hearing on providing care for injured U.S. troops. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 418. Contact: 202/224-9126.


Meets at 10 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


9 a.m. — Armed Services Committee holds hearing on the training of Iraqi security forces. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2118. Contact: 202/225-4151.

10 a.m. — Appropriations labor, health and human services, education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Labor Department. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2358. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Appropriations transportation, treasury, housing and urban development, judiciary and District of Columbia subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2358. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on steroids in Major League Baseball. Witnesses include Sen. Jim Bunning, Kentucky Republican, former players Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, current players Rafael Palmeiro, Curt Schilling, Sammy Sosa and Frank Thomas, and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2154. Contact: 202/225-5074.

1:30 p.m. — International Relations international terrorism and nonproliferation subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, “The United Nations and the Fight Against Terrorism.” Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2255. Contact: 202/225-5021.


Creating strong communities — all day — National Community Reinvestment Coalition holds its annual conference, “Empowering Communities, Attracting Development Capital and Creating Opportunities.” Events begin at 8:15 a.m.

Highlight — noon — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/464-2717.

Black Press Week — all day — National Newspaper Publishers Foundation holds Black Press Week activities. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — 7 p.m. — Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, Newsmaker of the Year Award recipient

Location: Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th St. NW. Contact: 202/588-8764.

Aviation conference — all day — Federal Aviation Administration and Airports Council International hold their 30th annual conference to discuss industry restructuring and the future of global aviation. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 11:15 a.m. — FAA Administrator Marion Blakely and Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta: “Government Initiatives”

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 202/267-7924.

Chamber conference — 8:30 a.m. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a conference, “Insuring America’s Economy Against Terrorism.” Participants include Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat; Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican; Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, Pennsylvania Democrat; and Thomas Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Agriculture’s role — 10 a.m. — Agriculture Council of America holds a National Ag Day press conference, “The Importance of Agriculture in America.” Participants include Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican; Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte, Virginia Republican; Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns; and Orion Samuelson, Ag Day honorary co-chairman. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room SC-6. Contact: 312/988-2081.

Preventing unintended pregnancies — 10:15 a.m. — Members of Congress hold a press conference to discuss preventing unintended pregnancies. Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, participate. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-5556 or 202/224-4451.

Cuba discussion — 10:30 a.m. — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Regime Change in Cuba: The European Perspective.” Participants include Luxembourgian Ambassador Arlett Conzemius, Mark Falcoff of AEI, and Maria Werlau of Orbis International Consulting and Free Society Project. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

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