- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 22, 2005

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Pork briefing — noon — The Cato Institute holds a briefing, “The Republican Pork Explosion.” Participants include Chris Edwards, director of tax policy at the Cato Institute; Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste; and Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-369. Contact: 202/789-5200.

Rebuilding after disaster — 9 a.m. — The United States Institute of Peace holds a discussion, “Building Back After Natural Disaster.” Participants include Pak Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, director of the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Executing Agency in Aceh and Nia, Indonesia; and Eric Schwartz, U.N. special envoy for tsunami recovery. Location: U.S. Institute of Peace, 12 17th St. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/429-3831.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Presents the Medal of Honor to Army Cpl. Tibor Rubin, a veteran of the Korean War, in a White House ceremony; travels to Texas to meet with first responders preparing for Hurricane Rita; spends the night in Colorado Springs before visiting the Northern Command to observe military preparations for response to the storm.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — Defense Department holds a meeting of the Advisory Council on Dependents Education to discuss operational qualities of schools and the institutionalized school improvement processes. Location: Defense Education Activity Headquarters, 4040 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington. Contact: 703/588-3121.

8:30 a.m. — National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the National Advisory Eye Council to discuss program policy and issues. Location: National Institutes of Health, Terrace Level Conference Room, 5635 Fishers Lane, Bethesda. Contact: 301/451-2020.

8:30 a.m. — Employee Benefits Security Administration holds a meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans Working Group on Communications to Retirement Plan Participants to study communications to retirement plan participants. Location: Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Room S 4215 B-C. Contact: 202/693-8668.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Resources fisheries and oceans subcommittee holds a hearing to statutorily establish the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. Witnesses include Matt Hogan, acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; D.A. Young, executive vice president of Ducks Unlimited; and Mark Hennelly, deputy director of government affairs for the California Waterfowl Association. Location: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1324. Contact: 202/225-2761.

GENERAL AGENDA

Group of Seven meetings — all day — Treasury Department hosts the world’s leading industrial nations. Events begin at noon.

Highlights — noon — Working lunch with Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa

1:30 p.m. — Meeting

3:30 p.m. — Group photo

6:30 p.m. — Press conference in the Office of Thrift Supervision, 1700 G St. NW

Location: Treasury Department, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Privacy discussion — 8:25 a.m. — American Bar Association hosts a discussion, “Challenges in Preserving Privacy While Protecting Homeland Security.” Nuala O’Conner Kelly, chief privacy officer in the Department of Homeland Security, participates. Location: University Club, 1135 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/282-8010.

Ukraine discussion — 9 a.m. — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a discussion, “The Role of Local Governments in Consolidating Democracy in Ukraine. Participants include Volodymyr Udovychenko, mayor of Slavutych, and Oleksandr Popov, mayor of Komsomolsk, Ukraine. Location: RFE/RL, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Debt agreement — 9 a.m. — 50 Years is Enough, Jubilee USA, Institute for Policy Studies, and Africa Action hold a press briefing to urge implementation and expansion of the Group of Eight debt agreement that will be up for a vote at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings. Location: Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/546-7961.

GAO report — 10 a.m. — National Press Club Newsmaker Program hosts Comptroller General David Walker, head of the Government Accountability Office, to release a report on the cost of tax expenditures, also known as tax preferences, as a “preamble” to the recommendations of the White House’s bipartisan commission on tax reform. Location: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Book discussion — noon — Heritage Foundation holds a book discussion on “The U.N. Gang: A Memoir of Incompetence, Corruption, Espionage, Anti-Semitism and Islamic Extremism at the U.S. Secretariat.” Author Pedro Sanjuan participates. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Korean minister’s luncheon — 12:30 p.m. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a luncheon in honor of Han Duck-soo, South Korean deputy prime minister and minister of finance and economy. Location: Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Health campaign — 1 p.m. — National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon Program kicks off a yearlong initiative, “Healthy America: Wellness Where We Work, Live and Learn.” Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, ballroom. Contact: 202/662-7516.

Iraq discussion — 2 p.m. — United States Institute of Peace holds a discussion, “Iraq Constitution-Making: What Happens Now?” Participants include Paul Williams of American University, and Neil Kritz, Jonathan Morrow and Daniel Serwer of the peace institute. Location: U.S. Institute of Peace, 1200 17th St. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/429-3831.

Fiscal policy ceremony — 3:30 p.m. — Millennium Challenge Corp. hosts a ceremony marking a finalized $20 million Threshold Country Plan aimed at fighting corruption and improving fiscal policy. Participants include Charles Sethness, vice president of Millennium Challenge; Goodall Gondwe, Malawi finance minister; Jendayi Frazer, assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of African Affairs; and Lloyd Pierson, assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Africa. Location: Millennium Challenge Headquarters, 875 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/521-3864.

Hospital reception — 4 p.m. — Holy Cross Hospital holds a reception for the grand opening of its expansion and modernization project. Participants include Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat; Rep. Albert R. Wynn, Maryland Democrat; Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele; Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan; and Thomas Perez, president of the Montgomery County Council. Location: Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring. Contact: 301/754-7134.

Honor ceremony — 4:30 p.m. — Defense Department holds a ceremony to recognize Medal of Honor recipient Army Cpl. Tibor Rubin for his actions defending his unit in Korea in 1950. Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey participates. Location: Pentagon, Hall of Heroes. Contact: 703/695-3952.

Book festival gala — 7 p.m. — Library of Congress holds a gala to kick off the National Book Festival. First lady Laura Bush and Librarian of Congress James Billington participate. Location: Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 202/707-0022 or 202/828-8899.

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