- The Washington Times - Monday, May 23, 2005


Meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the White House.


4 p.m. National Agricultural Statistic Servicereleases the crop progress report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 800/727-9540.


8:30 a.m. Food and Drug Administrationholds a meeting to discuss the FDA’s regulatory standards and methodological approaches for determining therapeutic equivalence among levothyroxine sodium drug products. Location: The National Transportation Safety Board Boardroom and Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 301/443-5595.

9 a.m. —National Commission on Libraries and Information Scienceholds a meeting to discuss commission programs and administrative matters. Location: The Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room LJ 113, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 202/606-9200.

10 a.m. —Securities and Exchange Commissionholds a meeting to hear oral arguments on an appeal by Rita J. McConville of the decision of an administrative law judge. Location: SEC 450 Fifth St. NW. Room 1C30. Contact: 202/942-7070.


Meets at 11:30 a.m. to consider Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen’s nomination to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


12:30 p.m. Financetaxation and IRS oversight subcommittee holds a hearing, “Blowing the Cover on the Stealth Tax: Exposing the Individual [Alternative Minimum Tax].” Robert Carroll, deputy assistant Treasury secretary for tax analysis, and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director of the Congressional Budget Office, testify. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.


Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning hour debate and 2 p.m. to consider including the Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act; the Internet Spyware (I-SPY) Prevention Act of 2005; the Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act and the Heroes Earned Retirement Opportunities Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


1 p.m. Appropriations Committeeholds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Congressional Budget Office, Government Accountability Office, Government Printing Office, Library of Congress and Open World Leadership Program. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

5 p.m. —Rules Committeeholds a meets to formulate a rule on the energy and water development appropriations bill. Location: H-313, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-9191.


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


AIPAC policy conference — all day The American Israel Public Affairs Committee holds its 2005 AIPAC Policy Conference. Events begin at 10 a.m.

Highlights — 10 a.m. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivers remarks at a morning plenary session.

6:45 p.m. —Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California deliver remarks at an AIPAC gala banquet.

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 202/639-5363.

Forum — all day The Progressive Policy Institute and the Hudson Institute hold a forum, “The AmeriCorps Experiment and the Future of National Service.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr., Tennessee Democrat, delivers opening remarks.

4 p.m. —Rep. Peter Hoekstra, Michigan Republican and chairman of the Permanent Select Intelligence Committee, delivers closing remarks.

David Eisner, chief executive of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Will Marshall, president of the Progressive Policy Institute, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/547-0001.

Research symposium — 9 a.m. The Consortium of Social Science Associations holds a symposium and ceremony for the 2005 Decade of Behavior Research Awards. Howard Silver, executive director of the consortium; James Gibson of Washington University at St. Louis; and Judith Torney-Purta of the University of Maryland participate. Location: 354 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: RSVP to 202/336-5935.

Health care solutions — 9:30 a.m. The National Coalition on Health Care holds a press briefing to release affordable solutions to health care crises. Robert Ray and Paul Rogers, co-chairmen of NCHC participate. Location: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: RSVP to 301/652-1558.

“Navigating the Dead Sea” — 10 a.m. The U.S. Navy Museum holds a press briefing showcasing its news exhibit, “Navigating the Dead Sea: The U.S. Navy’s 1848 Expedition.” Location: U.S. Navy Museum, 805 Kidder Breese St. SE. Contact: RSVP to 202/433-499.

Social Security debate — 10:30 a.m. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare holds a discussion, “Emerging Issues in the Social Security Debate.” Barbara Kennelly, president and chief executive of the committee, and Gene Sperling, senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, participate. Location: SC-4, U.S. Capitol. Contact: RSVP to 202/216-0420.

Book discussion — 11 a.m. The Hudson Institute holds a book discussion on “China: The Gathering Threat: The Strategic Challenge of China and Russia.” Herb London, president of the institute; Bill Gertz, defense and national security reporter with The Washington Times; and William Hawkins, senior fellow in national security studies with the U.S. Business and Industry Council, participate. Location: HI, 1015 18th St. NW. Contact: 202/223-7770.

Labor and the airline industry — noon The New Republic holds a press briefing to release a study about the effect of labor on the airline industry. Noam Scheiber, senior editor with the magazine participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/407-3204.

Karzai’s museum visit — 7 p.m. — The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Smithsonian Institution hold a press briefing marking Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s first visit to a U.S. museum. Location: Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/606-8439.

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