- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 12, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with the Iraq Study Group at the White House. Delivers remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at the White House.

VICE PRESIDENT

Joins President Bush’s meeting with the Iraq Study Group.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

2 p.m. Treasury Departmentissues the Treasury statement (the “monthly budget”) for October. Location: 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Nuclear Regulatory Commissionholds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste (ACNW) and discusses proposed ACNW activities and related matters. Location: 11545 Rockville Pike, Room T-2B1, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-6805.

9 a.m. —Food and Drug Administrationholds a workshop, “Sex Differences and the Food and Drug Administration Critical Path Initiative” to discuss the potential impact of sex differences in the areas of biomarker development, pharmacogenetics and bioinformatics. Location: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, East Room. Contact: 301/827-0350.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Meets at 2 p.m. for morning business. The will be no roll-call votes in the Senate. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

2:30 p.m. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committeeholds a hearing on the nomination of Susan Dudley to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget. Senate Armed Services Chairman John W. Warner, Virginia Republican, introduces the nominee, and the nominee testifies. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

Meets at 2 p.m. to consider the Sierra National Forest Land Exchange Act of 2006 and to amend the National Trails System Act and provide for the inclusion of new trail segments, land components and campgrounds associated with that trail. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Education funds — all day The Public Education Network holds its 16th annual conference, “Local Education Funds: Leading Transformation in Education.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — “Local Education Funds as Champions of Change,” a conversation with LEF leaders from Mobile, Ala.; Boston; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and New York.

Noon — Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright discusses “Transforming Public Education: The Global Context.”

Location: Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M St. NW. Contact: 202/628-7464, Ext. 209.

Mideast issues — all day The Middle East Institute holds its 60th annual conference, “New Approaches to Enduring Issues.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman delivers keynote address.

7 p.m. — Karen Koning AbuZayd, commissioner-general of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/785-1141.

Congressional orientation — 7:30 a.m. The House Administration Committee holds events for the orientation of the freshman class of the 110th Congress.

Schedule — 7:30 a.m. — Freshman class picture, East Front Steps, House side, U.S. Capitol

9:45 a.m. — Closed new-member orientation, 345 Cannon House Office Building

Location: As noted. Contact: 202/225-8281.

MLK memorial — 9 a.m. The Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation hosts a groundbreaking ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. President Bush and first lady Laura Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former President Bill Clinton, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and television talk-show host Oprah Winfrey participate. Location: Future site of the MLK Memorial, Independence Avenue Southwest between 17th and 23rd streets. Contact: 202/253-8974.

Millennium event — 9 a.m. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, chairman of the Board of the Millennium Challenge Corp. (MCC), delivers remarks at the signing of the Millennium Challenge Compact between the United States and the Republic of Mali. Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure and MCC Chief Executive Officer John Danilovich also will make remarks. The $461 million compact will be signed by Mr. Danilovich and Mali’s minister of foreign affairs, Moctar Ouane. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW, Benjamin Franklin Room. Contact: 202/521-3864 or State Department Office of Press Relations, 202/647-2492.

International education — 9:30 a.m. The Institute of International Education (IIE) holds a press conference, “The Value of International Education for America.” Miller Crouch, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs; Allan Goodman, president, IIE; and Peggy Blumenthal, vice president, IIE, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/326-7841.

Vietnam visit — 10 a.m. The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs holds a discussion, “Bush’s Visit to Vietnam: Rethinking Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation?” Shawn McHale of George Washington University participates. Location: GWU Elliott School, 1957 E St. NW, Lindner Family Commons. Contact: 202/994-6240.

Armed Services priorities — 11:30 a.m. Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat, likely chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, holds a press conference to outline priorities for the committee when he assumes the chairmanship. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/228-3685.

Olmert/Rice meeting — 4 p.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a press conference with Miri Eisen, press secretary for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, on the upcoming meeting between Mr. Olmert and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Swearing-in ceremony — 6:30 p.m. The House of Representatives hosts a swearing-in ceremony for Rep.-elect Shelley Sekula Gibbs, Texas Republican, and Rep.-elect Albio Sires, New Jersey Democrat. Mrs. Sekula-Gibbs will fill the seat of former Rep. Tom DeLay, Texas Republican, for the remainder of the 109th Congress (former Rep. Nick Lampson, Texas Democrat, will assume the seat in the 110th Congress). Mr. Sires will fill the seat vacated by Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, for the remainder of the 109th Congress and will assume the seat in the 110th Congress. Location: House Floor, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-0600.

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