- The Washington Times - Monday, March 20, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Discusses the Iraq war, Cleveland.

VICE PRESIDENT

Delivers remarks at a luncheon for congressional candidate Chuck Blasdel in Hanoverton, Ohio. Delivers remarks at a reception for New Jersey senatorial candidate Thomas H. Kean Jr., the Washington Square Conference Center, 520 Broad St., Newark, N.J.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

2 p.m. Treasury Departmentreleases results of weekly three- and six-month T-bill auctions. Location: 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Boardholds a meeting to receive the Thrift Savings Plan activity report by the executive director. Location: 1250 H St. NW., fourth-floor conference room.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case

Docket number 05-5224 Davis v. Washington

Docket number 05-5705 Hammon v. Indiana

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Not in session. The Senate next meets on Monday, March 27, at 1 p.m., to resume consideration of the lobbying-reform bill. Roll-call votes are expected to begin at 5:30 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Not in session, St. Patrick’s Day district work period. The House next meets at 2 p.m. March 28. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202-/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Council of the Great City Schools — all day the Council of the Great City Schools holds its annual legislative and policy conference. The Council of the Great City Schools is an organization of the nation’s largest urban public school systems, advocating K-12 education in inner-city schools. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Education Secretary Margaret Spellings

9:30 a.m. — Kerri Briggs, senior policy adviser, Education Department

Noon — Rep. Major R. Owens, New York Democrat

Location: Washington Marriott Hotel, 1221 22nd St. NW. Contact: 202/393-2427.

Legislative conference — all day the International Association of Fire Fighters holds its 2006 legislative conference. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat

10 a.m. — Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican

10:30 a.m. — Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat

10:45 a.m. — Ken Mehlman, chairman, Republican National Committee

11:20 a.m. — Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff

1:50 p.m. — Gov. Bill Richardson, New Mexico Democrat

2:35 p.m. — Howard Dean, chairman, Democratic National Committee

3:20p.m. — House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat

3:45 p.m. — Andrew H. Card Jr., chief of staff to President Bush

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/824-1506 or 202/360-9778.

ADHD initiative — 9 a.m. the National Consumers League holds a press briefing to introduce a new national initiative to empower the 2 million parents of children with attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder to take an active role in their child’s treatment. Linda F. Golodner, National Consumers League; David Goodman, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and Ronald Furman, parent of a child with ADHD, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 212/891-0449.

Pension reform — 12:30 p.m. the American Benefits Council holds a news briefing on defined contribution, hybrid, multiemployer plan, retirement-law permanency and health provisions of pension-reform legislation, the Pension Protection Act of 2005 and the Pension Security and Transparency Act of 2005. Lynn D. Dudley, vice president, retirement policy, American Benefits Council, and Jan Jacobson, director, retirement policy, American Benefits Council, participate. Location: American Benefits Council, 1212 New York Ave. NW. Suite 1250. Contact: 202/289-6700.

Avian flu — 1 p.m. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and outgoing Interior Secretary Gale Norton hold a press briefing on a migratory-bird monitoring plan and preparations for avian influenza in the United States. Location: Agriculture Department, South Building, Wing 5 Entrance, Jefferson Auditorium, 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: Agriculture Press Office, 202/720-4623; Interior Press Office, 202/208-6416; HHS Press Office, 202/690-6343.

Guantanamo detainees — 1:30 p.m. — the George Washington University Law School Human Rights Law Society and the Center for Constitutional Rights host a discussion with former Guantanamo detainees, who will be “directly addressing” an American audience about their detention and treatment. Location: George Washington University Law School, 2000 H St. NW. Contact: 212/260-5000.

Liberia discussion — 2:15 p.m. — the Center for Global Development holds a discussion with Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on Liberia’s progress, potential and challenges for the future. Location: Institute for International Economics, 1750 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/416-0705.

NATO operations — 3 p.m. the National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a discussion with NATO Secretary-General Jaap De Hoop Scheffer, “NATO’s Operations, Transformation and the Riga [Latvia] Summit.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Zenger Room. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Rebuilding New Orleans — 4 p.m. the Japan Information and Culture Center hosts a discussion, “Rebuilding New Orleans: Lessons from Kobe.” In 1995, Kobe, Japan was struck by the Hanshin-Awaji earthquake, the most disastrous earthquake in Japan’s recent history. The discussion will address how different levels of government cooperated with each other and the local community to rebuild Kobe after the earthquake. Location: Japan Information and Culture Center Auditorium, 1155 21st St. NW. Contact: 202/238-6900.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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