- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 11, 2007


No public events.


11:30 a.m. Bureau of Transportation Statistics releases the transportation services index for February. Location: 400 7th St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.


9 a.m. Social Security Administration holds a Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel quarterly meeting. Location: Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/358-6420.


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


In session. The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. for the weekly party luncheons. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


9:30 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “The Availability and Affordability of Property and Casualty Insurance in the Gulf Coast and Other Coastal States.” Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat; Gov. Charlie Crist, Florida Republican; and former Gov. Marc Racicot, Montana Republican, president and chief executive officer, American Insurance Association, testify. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. — Finance Committee holds a hearing, “An Examination of the Medicare Advantage Program.” Peter Orszag, director of the Congressional Budget Office, and Glenn Hackbarth, chairman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, testify. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

3 p.m. — Appropriations financial services and general government subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Office of Management and Budget’s Fiscal 2008 Budget Request and Justification.” OMB Director Rob Portman testifies. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.


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


Farm bill conference — 7:30 a.m. Informa Economics holds a conference, “The 2007 Farm Bill: Policy Evolution or Revolution?”

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Ralph Grossi, president of the American Farmland Trust, discusses “The Case for Farm Policy Reform.”

11:30 a.m. — Morton Kondracke, executive editor of Roll Call, delivers remarks.

Location: Marriott Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/734-8787.

Vaccine safety — 9 a.m. The National Vaccine Program Office holds a meeting, “Vaccine Safety Evaluation: Post-marketing Surveillance.”

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Barbara Law of the Public Health Agency of Canada discusses “New Developments and Capabilities: Globally.”

1:50 p.m. — Joseph Heyse of Merck and Michael Decker of Sanofi Pasteur discuss “How Industry Can Improve the System.”

2:45 p.m. — Round-table discussion, “Applicability of Drug Safety Initiatives and Recommendations to Vaccines,” with Karen Midthun of the National Institutes of Health, Alistair Wood of Vanderbilt University, Renald Hennig of Novartis and Paul Stolley of the University of Maryland

Location: National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Natcher Auditorium, Building 45, Bethesda. Contact: 202/690-5566.

Iraq discussion — 9:30 a.m. The U.S. Institute of Peace holds a discussion with Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh, “Iraq’s Priorities at Home, in the Region and With the U.S.” Location: USIP, 1200 17th St. NW, second-floor conference room. Contact: 202/429-3822.

Federal home-loan banks — 9:30 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “The Federal Home Loan Banks and State and Local Revenue Bonds.” Peter Wallison and Alex Pollock of AEI and W. Scott Frame of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Anacostia Waterfront event — 10 a.m. The Anacostia Waterfront Corp. and the D.C. Departments of Transportation and Employment Services hold an official opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Anacostia Waterfront Business Resource Center, which “will provide community residents information on Anacostia Waterfront development efforts, transportation improvements and job opportunities.” D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty; D.C. Council member Marion Barry, Ward 8 Democrat; and D.C. Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Neil Albert participate. Location: 2311 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. Contact: 202/406-4050 (Anacostia Waterfront Corp.); 202/671-2004 or 202/671-3490 (D.C. Department of Transportation); or 202/671-1904 (D.C. Department of Employment Services).

American business discussion — noon The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy holds a discussion, “Are American Businesses a Threat to American Sovereignty?” Ronald Cass, president of Cass and Associates and dean emeritus of the Boston University School of Law; Keith Hylton, professor at Boston University School of Law; and Hewitt Pate of Hunton and Williams, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/822-8138.

Moderate Islamic movements — noon The Middle East Institute holds a discussion with Ken Silverstein, author of a new article, “Parties of God,” addressing the importance of U.S. engagement with moderate Islamic movements. Location: MEI, 1761 N St. NW, Boardman Room. Contact: 202/785-1141.

“The History and Lure of the Martini” — 6:30 p.m. The International Spy Museum holds a discussion, “The History and Lure of the Martini,” with author and bartender Dale de Groff. Location: International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Contact: 202/654-2843.

String quartet concert — 8 p.m. The Library of Congress holds a concert by the Jerusalem String Quartet, which will perform works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Location: LOC, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE, Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 202/707-5502.

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