- The Washington Times - Monday, April 21, 2008

SENATE

3 p.m. FLOOR SCHEDULE-Morning business

HOUSE

FLOOR SCHEDULE-The House is not in session.

GENERAL AGENDA

April 20 - 22 CHURCHES FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE Churches for Middle East Peace Conference. Highlights: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 9 a.m. Calming the Storm: Regional Conflicts, Challenges, Solution. Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland and Brookings Institute; Gary Sick, Gulf/2000 Project; noon luncheon with Todd Deatherage, DOS; 1 p.m. Plenary: Middle East Peacemaking in a Turbulent Time. Speakers: Ori Nir, Americans for Peace Now; Zaid Asali, American Task Force on Palestine; Philip Wilcox, Foundation for Middle East Peace. 5:15 Book Talk - Aaron David Miller, Woodrow Wilson Center LOCATION: Kellogg Conference Center, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE.

April 20 - 22 Noon. EPA GREEN TECHNOLOGY EPA holds a National Sustainable Design Expo to showcase new or green technologies. College teams will showcase their solutions. Location: National Mall between Constitution and Independence and 3rd and 4th streets NW. Contact: Suzanne Ackerman, 202/564-4355

10 a.m. GAS PRICES AND OIL CONSUMPTION The Consumer Federation of America holds news conference to release survey of consumers’ attitudes of gas prices and gasoline consumption. Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW

April 19 - 23 EARTH DAY-RELATED EVENTS A number of Earth Day-related events have been scheduled. Highlights: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Green Builders Council of DC (GBCDC) will donate thousands of items to promote environmental conservation and awareness as part of its lead sponsorship of Green DC Day. Items include compact fluorescent light bulbs and “eco bags” made from recycled material. Freedom Plaza. Contact: Sam Brooks, 202/330-9296.

April 21 - 25 SMALL BUSINESS WEEK The Small Business Administration marks Small Business Week. Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: Dennis Byrne, 202/205-6567

8:50 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. SOCIAL SECURITY George P. Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State, Treasury, and Labor, and John B. Shoven, Ph.D., director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy, will brief news media on their new book, “Putting Our House in Order: A Citizens Guide to Social Security and Health Care Reform. Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Wilson C Meeting Room, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: Kristine Heinie, 202/781-9392

9:30 a.m. CHINA-HEPARIN Wang Baodong, press counselor and spokesman of the Chinese Embassy in the United States, hosts a briefing on heparin. He will be joined by Professor Jin Shaohong, deputy director-general of China National Institute for the Control of Pharmaceutical and Biological Products (NICPBP) and some of his colleagues from various Chinese laboratories and hospitals. Location: Chinese Embassy, 2300 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: Grace Miao, 202/328-2549

April 20 - 21. Noon - 1 p.m. ANIMAL RIGHTS Accompanied by a 25-foot-tall dinosaur wearing a sign that reads, End Stone Age Animal Tests, PETA members will protest in front of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The action follows a Washington Post investigation exposing the failure of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM), the federal entity overseen by HHS that Congress charged with replacing crude, unreliable and deadly chemical tests on animals with modern non-animal methods. Location: Front courtyard of the Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: Dr. Alka Chandna, 757/943-0340

Noon IRAQ The Center for American Progress holds a presentation on diplomatic and political tools to achieving progress and stability in Iraq, with Christopher Kojm, of George Washington University, and Carlos Pascual of the Brookings Institution. Location: 10th floor, 1333 H St. NW. Contact: 202/682-1611

12:30 p.m. SELF-FUNDED CAMPAIGNS The Cato Institute hosts a Capitol Hill briefing, What to Do about Self-Funded Campaigns, with John Samples, director, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute; and Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow, Center for Constitutional Studies and Editor-in-Chief, Cato Supreme Court Review, Cato Institute. Location: Room B-354, Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202-789-5200 Notes: Lunch provided.

1 p.m. GLOBAL EDUCATION British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, World Bank President Robert Zoellick, and Grammy award-winning artist Shakira will participate in a media conference call to kick off the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) Action Week that will take place from April 21-27. They will join with GCEs coalition in 120 countries to call on government leaders to support a basic education for all children, including the 72 million young children and 226 million older youths who are out of school around the world. Contact: Rica Orszag, 202/253-8974

2 p.m. CREDIT LIQUIDITY Joseph Jay Brown, Jr. chairman and CEO of MBIA, a Fortune 500 company and the worlds largest bond insurer, speaks at Georgetown University about credit liquidity. Location: McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall, on campus. Contact: Andy Pino, 202/687-8610

4:45 p.m. ATLANTIC COMMUNITY-CHALLENGES Atlantic Council honorees will speak on global challenges facing the Atlantic Community. Participants include: Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp.; Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Frederick Kempe, president and CEO of the Atlantic Council of the United States (moderator). The honorees will release their prepared remarks, which will be delivered later that evening during the Atlantic Councils Annual Awards Dinner. Location: Ritz Carltons Roosevelt room, 1150 22nd St. NW. Contact: James Joyner, 703/475-5331

7 p.m. IRAQ WAR FILM The National Press Club hosts a screening of STOP-LOSS, followed by a Q&A; with filmmaker Kimberly Peirce, soldier Stuart McKenzie, and Suzanne Miller, founder of the End Stop Loss Now organization. The film involves tours of duty in Iraq. Location: Landmark E St Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Contact: Wendie Vestfall, 202/742-8748 Notes: Screening and introduction at 7 p.m. Q&A; at 9 p.m. To RSVP for this screening, please call 646-467-9065.

Compiled by the Associated Press and The Washington Times

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