- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 15, 2005


To be announced


2 p.m. Treasury Department releases results of weekly three- and six-month Treasury bill auctions. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

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.


9 a.m. National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee to discuss autism activities across federal agencies. Location: National Institutes of Health, 31 Center Drive, Building 31, Conference Room 10, sixth floor, Bethesda. Contact: 301/443-4283.

1:30 p.m. —Office of the Secretary of Defense holds a meeting of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers; and BRAC Chairman Anthony J. Principi, former Veterans Affairs secretary, participate.

Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 703/699-2952.

2 p.m. —Equal Employment Opportunity Commission holds a meeting for the announcement of notation votes to consider “the EEOC Repositioning Plan: Field Offices.” Location: Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Conference Room on the ninth floor of the EEOC Office Building, 1801 L St. NW. Contact: 202/663-4070.


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


Meets at 2 p.m. to consider the highway bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning hour debate and 2 p.m. to consider “Linda White-Epps Post Office Designation Act” and “Robert M. La Follette Sr. Post Office Building Designation Act.” Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


2 p.m. Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing, “The United Nations Oil-for-Food Program: Saddam Hussein’s Use of Oil Allocations to Undermine Sanctions and the U.N. Security Council.” John Fawcett, author of “Sources of Revenue for Saddam & Sons,” and Robert Smego, principal systems analyst for information technology, BAE Systems Inc., Fairfax, testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

5 p.m. —Rules Committee holds a meeting to formulate a rule on the fiscal 2006 Homeland Security Appropriations Act and the fiscal 2006 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Location: H-313, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-9191.


Health conference — all day Pediatric Academic Society holds a conference to spotlight a wide range of children’s health issues. Events begin at 7 a.m.

Highlight — 8 a.m. “Understanding the New Pediatric Morbidities: Evidence from the Centers for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research”

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 410/529-1818.

Zheng symposium — all day Library of Congress holds a symposium, “The Significance of Admiral Zheng He’s Voyages, 1405-1433.” Gavin Menzies, author, “1421: The Year China Discovered America.” Location: LOC, Mumford Room, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Contact: 202/707-1940.

Fairness briefing — 9:15 a.m. Congress hold a press briefing, “the Federal Consent Decree Fairness Act.” Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican; Majority Whip Rep. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican; and Ross Sandler and David Schoenbrod, authors, “Democracy by Decree,” participate. Location: H-326, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-4944.

Homeland security discussion — 10 a.m. Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Homeland Security International Concerns: U.S.-Canadian Perspectives.” Maj. Gen. Doug Dempster, director-general for strategic planning, and and Vincent Rigby, director-general for policy planning, both of the Canadian Department of National Defense, participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Outdoors Act — 10:30 a.m. Congress holds a press conference to introduce legislation, “The Americans Outdoors Act,” a bipartisan piece of legislation that will provide a landmark federal commitment to conservation, coastal restoration and outdoor recreation. Sens. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican, and Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, participate. Location: Teddy Roosevelt Memorial, Roosevelt Island Park. Contact: 202/224-8816 or 202/224-0098.

Trans-Atlantic Partnership — noon Council on Foreign Relations holds a discussion, “Transition 2005: A Fresh Look at the Trans-Atlantic Partnership.” Richard Burt, former U.S. ambassador to Germany; Jean-David Levitte, French ambassador to the U.S.; and Charles Kupchan, senior fellow and director, Europe Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, participate. Location: CFR, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP required, 202/518-3428, 212/434-9716.

Financial discussion — noon American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion on recent developments concerning government-sponsored enterprises’ national pre-emptions of state interest regulations, and deposit insurance. George Kaufman, Loyola University of Chicago; Richard Herring, University of Pennsylvania; and George Benston, Emory University, participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

China discussion — 2 p.m. — The Congressional-Executive Commission on China holds a discussion, “Intellectual Property Protection as Economic Policy: Will China Ever Enforce Its IP Laws?” Daniel Chow, Robert J. Nordstrom designated professor of law, Ohio State University; Eric Smith, president, International Intellectual Property Alliance; and James Zimmerman, partner and chief representative, Beijing Office, Squire, Sanders and Dempsey LLP, participate. Location: 902 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/226-3795.

Defeating the Iraqi insurgency — 2 p.m. U.S. Institute of Peace holds a news briefing, “Defeating the Insurgency in Iraq.” Amatzia Baram, University of Haifa, and Thomas Hammes, National Defense University, participate. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: RSVP to 202/457-1700.

Concert — 2:30 p.m. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts holds a concert featuring the VSA Arts Panasonic 2005 Young Soloists. Tomoko Endo, pianist; Patrick Hughes, pianist, vocalist; and Jessie Ross, jazz vocalist, participate. Location: Terrace Theater, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New Hampshire Avenue at Virginia Avenue NW. Contact: 202/628-2800, ext. 3883.

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