- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 13, 2008


No public events


8:30 a.m. Census Bureau releases the advance monthly sales for retail and food services for January. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

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


1 p.m. — Internal Revenue Service holds a meeting by teleconference of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Earned Income Tax Credit Issue Committee. Contact: 888/912-1227 or 718/488-2085.

2 p.m. — Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting by teleconference of the Science Advisory Board Integrated Nitrogen Committee. Contact: 202/343-9878.

2 p.m. — Equal Employment Opportunity Commission holds a meeting on the fiscal 2008 state and local budget allocations and designation of two new fair employment practice agencies. Location: EEOC Office Building, 1801 L St. NW, ninth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/663-7100.


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


In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on improvements implemented and planned by the Defense Department and Veterans Affairs Department for the care, management and transition of wounded and ill service members. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and Deputy VA Secretary Gordon Mansfield testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a hearing, “Examining the State Secrets Privilege: Protecting National Security While Preserving Accountability.” Deputy Assistant Attorney General Carl Nichols in the Civil Division of the Justice Department and Patricia Wald, former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

10 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing, “The President’s Foreign Affairs Budget.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testifies. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10:30 a.m. Special Committee on Aging holds a hearing on the effects of the home mortgage crisis on elderly homeowners. William Malone, a foreclosure litigant from Washington, and Catey Doyle, staff lawyer for the Legal Aid Society, Milwaukee, testify. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.


Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10 a.m. Appropriations defense subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2009 Defense Department budget. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen testify. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing, “The President’s Fiscal 2009 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security.” Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testifies. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-2616.

2 p.m. Foreign Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “International Relations Budget for Fiscal 2009.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testifies. Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

2 p.m. Judiciary immigration, citizenship, refugees, border security and international law subcommittee holds a hearing, “Problems with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law.” Gary Mead, assistant director for detention and removal for ICE, and James Brosnahan, senior partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, testify. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.


Citizen diplomacy — all day The Coalition for Citizen Diplomacy and the Center for Citizen Diplomacy hold a national summit on citizen diplomacy. Events begin at 8:15 a.m.

Highlights — 8:15 a.m. — Sam Worthington, president and CEO of InterAction; Chic Dambach, president of Alliance for Peacebuilding; and Jerrold Keilson, vice president of the America’s Development Foundation, participate in panel discussion, “The Interplay of Foreign Assistance and Citizen Diplomacy.”

4 p.m. — Ann Schodde, executive director of the Center for Citizen Diplomacy; Seth Green, founder and board member of Americans for Informed Democracy; and George Brown, president of Friendship Force International, participate in a panel discussion, “Next Steps: The Future of Citizen Diplomacy.”

Location: Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/294-9253; or 202/365-9037.

Defense technology — all day Aviation Week holds its 2008 Defense Technology and Requirements Conference. Events begin at 8:15 a.m.

Highlights — 8:15 a.m. — Ed Hazelwood, editorial director of Aviation Week, delivers welcoming remarks.

Noon — Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne delivers remarks.

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F Streets Northwest. Contact: 212/512-3365, or 212/904-3780.

Voter poll briefing — 8 a.m. USAction, USAction Education Fund, members of Congress and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research hold a press briefing to discuss results of hundreds of likely swing voters in swing districts across the country. Location: Cannon Caucus Room, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/261-2383.

Responsible fatherhood — 8:30 a.m. The Urban Institute and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services host a forum, “Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives: Lessons From Research and Directions for Moving Forward.” Presenters include Demetra Nightingale of Johns Hopkins University and Jessica Pearson of the Center for Policy Research. Location: Urban Institute, 2100 M St. NW, fifth floor. Note: A continental breakfast will be provided at 8 a.m. The forum begins at 8:30 a.m. Seating is limited. To RSVP, contact Joanna Parnes at [email protected] or 202/261-5750.

European security — 11 a.m. The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe holds a hearing to focus on Finland’s plans and priorities as well as challenges confronting the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 2008 and beyond, “Finland’s Leadership of the OSCE,” with Finland’s minister of foreign affairs, Ilkka Kanerva. Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-1901 or 202/225-1901.

Ben Franklin discussion — noon The National Archives holds a book discussion, “Atlantic Cousins: Benjamin Franklin and His Visionary Friends,” with author Jack Fruchtman. Location: National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/357-5300.

Public diplomacy — noon The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Public Diplomacy: Reinvigorating America’s Strategic Communications Policy.” Tony Blankley, visiting senior fellow in national security communications at the Heritage Foundation, and Geoffrey Cowan, university professor and holder of the Annenberg Family Chair in communication leadership at the University of Southern California, participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Afghanistan book discussion — 12:15 p.m. The New America Foundation holds a discussion on the book “How We Missed the Story of Afghanistan: Osama bin Laden, the Taliban and the Hijacking of Afghanistan.” Roy Gutman, author and foreign editor of McClatchy Newspapers, and Peter Bergen, Schwartz senior fellow at NAF and terrorism analyst for CNN, participate. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, seventh floor. Contact: 202/986-2700, Ext. 315. RSVP to [email protected] with your name, affiliation and contact information.

Iran and Iraq — 12:30 p.m. The Congressional Iran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus hosts a policy conference, “Iran’s Threat and Prospects for a Secure and Stable Iraq.” Topics include the Quds Force activities in Iraq; the next round of U.S.-Iran talks; Tehran’s “infiltration” of the Iraqi government; the prospect for a secular and nationalist Iraqi political alternative; and humanitarian and political status of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin — currently under protection of the Multinational Force-Iraq. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-8045.

Veterans benefits press conference — 12:30 p.m. A coalition of veterans’ service organizations holds a press conference to discuss the independent budget of leading veterans’ organizations, including policy recommendations for full GI educational benefits for returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Sens. Jim Webb, Virginia Democrat; Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican; and Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat, participate. Location: 385 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/228-5185 (Webb); 202/224-3474 (Hagel); or 202/224-3224 (Lautenberg).

Congressional dinner — 6:30 p.m. The Washington Press Club Foundation holds its 64th annual Congressional Dinner. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican; Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat; House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Democrat; and former White House press secretary Tony Snow participate. Location: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St. NW, ballroom. Contact: 202/393-0613, RSVP required.

American presidents discussion — 7 p.m. The National Archives holds a discussion on the American Presidents book series. Tim Naftali, director of the federal, nonpartisan Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, and Elizabeth Drew, former Washington correspondent for the New Yorker, participate. Location: National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, William G. McGowan Theater. Contact: 202/357-5300.

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