- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 17, 2005

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Newsmaker luncheon — 12:30 p.m. — National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon hosts the program “Children, Personal Responsibility and Everyday Miracles.” Actor LeVar Burton delivers remarks. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Ballroom. Contact: 202/662-7516.

Sudan discussion — 2 p.m. — U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum hosts a discussion, “Darfur, Sudan: Who Will Survive Today?” Brian Steidle, former U.S. Marine captain in Darfur, participates. Location: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. Contact: 202/488-6133.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses Social Security reform at Pensacola Junior College, the Life Project Senior Development Center and the Lake Nona YMCA Family Center in Florida, stays overnight in Crawford, Texas.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on U.S. import and export price indexes for February. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the Blood Products Advisory Committee to discuss recommendations on the study design for the abbreviated uniform donor history questionnaire, and to review the site visit report for the Laboratory of Molecular Virology. Location: Holiday Inn Gaithersburg, 2 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/827-0314.

9 a.m. — Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the Tribal Pesticide Program Council. Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, Crystal City, 1300 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/605-0195.

9:30 a.m. — Commission on Civil Rights holds a meeting to consider project proposals for fiscal 2005 to 2007. Location: Commission on Civil Rights, 624 Ninth St. NW, Room 540. Contact: 202/376-7700.

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.

HOUSE

Not in session. The House will meet April 5. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing, “Quality Teachers, Principals and High Schools.” Witnesses include Raymond Simon, assistant secretary in the Education Department’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Susan Sclafani, assistant secretary in the department’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education. Location: Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Appropriations transportation, treasury, housing and urban development, the judiciary and District of Columbia subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Transportation Department. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

GENERAL AGENDA

Wildlife conference — all day — The Wildlife Management Institute holds its 70th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, “Elevating the Priority of Natural Resource Conservation.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlight — 2 p.m. — Opening remarks for a panel discussion, “Addressing Current and Future Wildlife Health Issues,” by John Fischer of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia at Athens

Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/371-1808.

Communities conference — all day — National Community Reinvestment Coalition holds its annual conference, “Empowering Communities, Attracting Development Capital, and Creating Opportunities.” Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlight — noon — Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan

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

Andean trade meeting — all day — Office of the U.S. Trade Representative hosts a round of negotiations for the U.S.-Andean Free Trade Agreement among the United States, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, with Bolivia observing. Events begin at 8 a.m. Location: USTR, 600 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/395-3230.

Pentagon meeting — 9 a.m. — Defense Department holds a Pentagon town-hall meeting. Participants include Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Location: Army Auditorium, Room BH650, the Pentagon. Contact: 703/697-5131.

Child and family homelessness — 9:30 a.m. — Catholic Charities USA, the Child Welfare League of America, the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, and the National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness hold a press briefing, “Child and Family Homelessness.” 2 p.m. — Briefing repeats for Senate staff, 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building; or as noted above. Contact: 202/662-1530.

Retirement income security — 10 a.m. — Center for American Progress holds a discussion, “Beyond Social Security Privatization: Retirement Income Security for the Long Run.” Participants include Peter Orszag, co-director of the Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, and Gene Sperling, senior economist at the Center for American Progress. Location: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th floor. Contact: 202/741-6388.

Security discussion — 10 a.m. — The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Checkbook Security: Federal Grants for State and Local Government — A Progress Report,” on established policies to enable the United States to prevent and respond to a variety of disasters, including terrorist attacks.

Highlight — 10 a.m. — James Carafano, senior research fellow, defense and homeland security, delivers the welcome and introductory remarks.

Location: Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium, 1 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Chamber luncheon — 11:30 a.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a luncheon with Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jerzy Hausner. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez participates. Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5417.

Terrorism Risk Insurance Act — noon — The Mortgage Bankers Association and the Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism hold a discussion, “Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.” Participants include Gail Davis Cardwell of the Mortgage Bankers Association, Jeff Deboer of the Real Estate Roundtable, and Debra Ballen of the American Insurance Association. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/557-2727.

Luncheon discussion — noon — National Economists Club holds a luncheon discussion, “Analyzing Social Security Reform.” Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director of the Congressional Budget Office, participates. Location: Chinatown Garden restaurant, 618 H St. NW. Contact: 703/493-8824.

Confidentiality policy — 2 p.m. — Defense Department holds a press conference on the Defense Department’s confidentiality policy for sexual assault victims. David Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness; Brig. Gen. K.C. McClain, commander of the Joint Task Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response; and Defense Department Inspector General Joseph Schmitz participate. Location: Briefing Room 2E579, the Pentagon. Contact: 703/697-5131.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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