- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Meets with Malian President Amadou Toure; attends a Republican National Committee luncheon; delivers remarks at a Black History Month celebration.


9 a.m. Economic Research Service releases the wheat outlook report and feed outlook report. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/694-5050.

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


10 a.m. — Commission of Fine Arts holds a meeting to discuss issues concerning buildings, parks and memorials. Location: National Building Museum, Suite 312, Judiciary Square, 401 F St. NW. Contact: 202/504-2200.

12:30 p.m. — Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste and Materials to discuss proposed activities and related matters. Location: 11545 Rockville Pike, Room T-2B3, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-6805.

2 p.m. — Internal Revenue Service holds a meeting by teleconference of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Issue Committee. Contact: 888/912-1227 or 718/488-3557.


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


In session. The Senate will vote on amendments, cloture and final passage of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Amendments Act of 2007. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


9 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing on fiscal 2009 defense budget and war costs. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England; and Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

2:30 p.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on “Addressing Healthcare Workforce Issues for the Future.” Bruce Steinwald, director for health care at the Government Accountability Office, testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

2:30 p.m. Judiciary crime and drugs subcommittee holds a hearing on federal cocaine sentencing laws. John Richter, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma; and Ricardo Hinojosa, chairman of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.


Meets at 12:30 p.m. for debate and at 2 p.m. to consider honoring senior Border Patrol agent Luis A. Aguilar, who lost his life in the line of duty near Yuma, Ariz., on Jan. 19; and to extend the Acadia National Park Advisory Commission to provide improved visitor services at the park. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10 a.m. Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on “Myths and Facts about Human Growth Hormone, B 12, and Other Substances.” Dr. Susan Shurin, deputy director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institute of Health; and Dr. Thomas Perls, associate professor of medicine and director of the New England Centenarian Study at the Boston University School of Medicine, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5051.

11 a.m. Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing on “Ketek Clinical Study Fraud: What Aventis Knew,” focusing on the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the antibiotic Ketek that has been linked to liver failure and death. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican; and Ann Marie Cisneros, former senior clinical research associate at PPD Inc., testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

2 p.m. — Education and Labor health, employment, labor and pensions subcommittee holds a hearing on “Protecting American Employees from Workplace Discrimination.” Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, New York Democrat; Rep. Mark Souder, Indiana Republican; and Mark de Bernardo, partner at Jackson Lewis LLP, testify. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-0853.


Legislative summit — all day The Association of Community College Trustees holds a National Legislative Summit, Feb, 11-13. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Rep. Ric Keller, Florida Republican, delivers remarks.

9:30 a.m. — Education Secretary Margaret Spellings delivers remarks.

10:30 a.m. — Rep. Timothy H. Bishop, New York Democrat, delivers remarks.

4 p.m. Community College Caucus Reception, 902 Hart Senate Office Building

7 p.m. — House Education and Labor Chairman George Miller, California Democrat, delivers remarks at the Capital Banquet.

Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW, or as noted. Contact: 202/775-4667.

Iraq conference — all day The American University Washington College of Law holds a symposium on “Rethinking the Future: The Next Five Years in Iraq.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Isobel Coleman of the Council on Foreign Relations; Neil Kritz of the U.S. Institute of Peace; and Ann Elizabeth Mayer of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania discuss “Islamic Law and the Iraqi Constitution.”

6 p.m. — Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. Samir Sumaidaie delivers remarks.

Location: AU WCL, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/274-4000.

Employment discrimination — 9:30 a.m. The American Constitution Society holds a briefing on three employment discrimination cases before the Supreme Court on work protections against employer retaliation for complaints of discriminations. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Lisagor Room. Contact: 202/393-6181.

Universal health care — 10 a.m. Rep. Jim Langevin, Rhode Island Democrat; and Rep. Christopher Shays, Connecticut Republican, hold a press conference to announce the first bipartisan universal health care plan, the American Health Benefits Program, to originate in the House. Len Nichols, director of health policy at the New America Foundation, participates. Location: HC-6, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 401/486-6007 (Langevin) or 202/215-8755 (Shays).

Russian discussion — 10 a.m. The National Press Club Morning Newsmaker Program holds a discussion on “Russian Policies in Europe and the North Atlantic,” with Vytautas Landsbergis, former head of state for the Republic of Lithuania and member of the European Parliament. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Zenger Room. Contact: 301/530-1210; 202/234-5860, 202/662-7593.

Transformational diplomacy — 10:45 a.m. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivers an address on transformational diplomacy. Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets Northwest, Gaston Hall, third floor, Healy Hall. Contact: 202/687-4328, (Media); 202/687-4328.

Credit crunch discussion — 11:30 a.m. The Hudson Institute holds a discussion on “The Ongoing Credit Crunch: What’s Next for Structured Finance, Credit Rating Agencies and Bond Insurers.” James Chanos, managing partner of Kynikos Associates LP; and William Ackman, managing member of Pershing Square Capital Management LP, participate. Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 15th St. NW, sixth floor. Contact: 202/223-7770.

State of the Americas — 11:30 a.m. The Center for American Progress’ Americas Project holds a discussion on the “State of the Americas 2008.” Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank; and Leonard Martinez-Diaz, political economy fellow of the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, participate. Location: CAP, 1333 H St. NW, 10th floor. Contact: 202/741-6246.

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