- The Washington Times - Monday, March 13, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

To be announced.

VICE PRESIDENT

12:30 p.m. — Delivers remarks at a luncheon for congressional candidate John Gard, S.C. Grand Banquet and Convention Center, DePere, Wis. 6:30 p.m. — Delivers remarks at a reception for congressional candidate Peter Roskam, Medinah Banquets, Addison, Ill.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. National Association of Realtors releases its housing and economic forecast. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.

3 p.m. —Foreign Agricultural Service releases the cotton, grains and oilseeds world markets and trade reports. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/720-0888.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention holds a meeting of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for input on the National Occupational Research Agenda. Location: The Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/401-0721.

1:30 p.m. —Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting to receive a briefing on Office of Information Services programs and plans. Location: NRC, 11555 Rockville Pike, Commissioners’ Conference Room, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-8700.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Meets at 10 a.m. to begin consideration of the fiscal 2007 budget resolution, if available. At 11:30 a.m., the Senate will begin a period of morning business until 1:30 p.m., and then resume consideration of the budget resolution. At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on the nomination of Leo Gordon to be a judge of the U.S. Court for International Trade. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Meets at 2 p.m. in pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Business economics conference — all day The National Association for Business Economics holds its annual policy conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Annette Nazareth, commissioner of the Security and Exchange Commission, and John Silvia, chief economist for Wachovia Bank, N.A., “The Role of the SEC in Enhancing the Functioning of U.S. Securities Markets.”

9:50 a.m. — Allan Hubbard, assistant to the president for economic policy, “Setting the Policy Agenda.”

10:45 a.m. — Donald Marron, acting director of the Congressional Budget Office, Isabel Sawhill of the Brookings Institution and Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute, “Restoring Fiscal Sanity.”

6 p.m. — Former Sen. John B. Breaux, Louisiana Democrat, co-chairman of the President’s Commission on Tax Reform, delivers remarks.

Location: The Marriott Crystal City Hotel at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 571/236-2820.

Challenging disparity — 9 a.m. The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA holds its fourth annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice, “Challenging Disparity: The Promise of God, the Power of Solidarity.”

Highlight — noon — Interfaith prayer vigil, West Front, U.S. Capitol.

Location: Doubletree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington. or as noted above. Contact: 202/544-2350, Ext. 11 or 202/481-6927.

NAFTA conference — 9 a.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a conference, “NAFTA and the Future of Trade Governance.” Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Drug-benefit briefing — noon America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) holds a press briefing to release two new surveys examining the experiences of beneficiaries who voluntarily enrolled or were automatically enrolled in the Medicare prescription-drug benefit. Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of AHIP, and Whitfield Ayres, president of Ayres, McHenry and Associates, participate. Location: AHIP, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/778-8494.

Biotechnology breakthroughs — noon The Biotechnology Industry Organization holds a discussion on the recent biotechnology breakthroughs and what will be required from the private sector and policy-makers to expedite large-scale commercial production of ethanol from modern bio-refineries. Jim Greenwood, BIO president; Brent Erickson, vice president of industrial and environmental section of BIO; and Paul Zorner, senior director of business development for Diversa Corp., participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/729-4120.

Secrecy issues — 1 p.m. OpentheGovernment.org holds a press conference on open government and secrecy issues. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Holeman Lounge. Contact: 202/234-8494.

China-Dalai Lama dialogue — 2 p.m. The Congressional-Executive Commission on China holds a discussion, “The China-Dalai Lama Dialogue: Prospects for Progress.” Tashi Wangdi, representative of the Dalai Lama; Sonam Wangdu, chairman of the United States Tibet Committee; and Tseten Wangchuk, senior broadcaster for Voice of America, participate. Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-3766.

Law lecture — 5:30 p.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a lecture by Francis Buckley of George Mason University School of Law, “Commercial Virtue, Romantic Ecstasy,” as part of the Bradley Lecture Series. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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