Wednesday, February 20, 2008


On foreign travel to Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana and Liberia.


1 p.m. Treasury Department releases results of weekly four-week bill auctions. Location: 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.


11 a.m. International Trade Commission holds a meeting to consider: Inv. Nos. 731-TA-1110 (Final) (Sodium Hexametaphosphate from China) briefing and vote. Location: 500 E St. SW, Room 101. Contact: 202/205-2000.

3 p.m. Legal Services Corp. holds a meeting by teleconference of the Board of Directors to consider and act on adoption of agenda, consider and act on proposed LSC Code of Ethics and Conduct, consider and act on whether to authorize the filing of an application to the District of Columbia for registration to undertake charitable solicitations, and receive a report on the work of the Board’s Ad Hoc Committee. Contact: 202/295-1500.


Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case

Docket number 06-1431 CBOCS West v. Humphries

Contact: 202/479-3211.


Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


1:30 p.m. Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee holds a field hearing on “Rebuilding the Gulf Coast: Small Business Recovery in South Louisiana.” Randy Roach, mayor of the City of Lake Charles, La.; and Stephen Moret, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, testify. Location: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Buccaneer Room, Lake Charles. Contact: 202/224-5175.


Not in session. The House next meets at noon tomorrow in a pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


8:30 a.m. Natural Resources Committee holds a field hearing on “Oklahoma Indian Issues: Proposed Regulations Governing Economic Development.” Philip Hogen, chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission; and Gregory Pyle, chief of the Choctaw Nation, Durant, Okla., testify. Location: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, 200 I St. NE. Student Ballroom, Miami, Okla. Contact: 202/225-6065.


Meeting — all day The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center holds a meeting to discuss new technologies that address the challenge of brain trauma, the signature injury of the war on terrorism. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Warren Grundfest, meeting co-chairman, professor at the University of California at Los Angeles; and Kenneth Curley, meeting co-chairman and chief scientist at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, deliver welcoming remarks.

2:45 p.m. — Scott Frey, research associate professor at the University of Washington, delivers remarks on “The Use of Robotics for Physical Rehabilitation.”

Location: National Academy of Sciences, Constitution Avenue and 21st Street Northwest. Contact: 301/587-6831.

Utility commissioners meeting — all day The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners holds its winter committee meetings. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — 8 a.m. — “National Electricity Delivery Forum: Committees on Electricity, Energy Resources and the Environment, and Gas”

9:05 a.m. — Federal Communications Commission officials discuss leading issues pending before the commission.

10 a.m. — Ellen Blackler, executive director of regulatory planning and policy at AT&T; and Jose Jimenez, executive director of regulatory affairs for Cox Communications, participate in a panel discussion on “What Happens When There is Only One Left Standing? Confronting Tough Questions About Carriers of Last Resort.”

1:30 p.m. — National Electricity Delivery forum

Location: Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/898-2200.

European reforms — all day The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) holds a conference on “Gaining Ground: New Reforms from Old Europe,” addressing the following topics: pension and entitlement reform in Europe, French energy policy, markets and transportation policy in Europe, and education reform in Europe. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Christopher DeMuth, president of AEI, delivers remarks.

Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Effective governing — 9:30 a.m. The Center for the Study of the Presidency holds a discussion on the upcoming presidential election and the need for inclusive leadership and strategic organization for effective governing. Former Sen. Bill Brock, Tennessee Republican; and Thomas McLarty, former chief of staff for President Clinton, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/737-8400.

Russian politics — 10 a.m. The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe holds a briefing on the political events in Russia, the upcoming presidential elections on March 2, as well as Moscow’s relations with the international community during President Vladimir Putin’s era and beyond, with Edward Lucas, Central and Eastern Europe correspondent and former Moscow bureau chief for the Economist. Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-1901; or 202/225-1901.

Technology discussion — 11:30 a.m. The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion on “Technology Leadership, Economic Power and National Security: Dual-Use Export Controls to China.” Commerce Undersecretary for Industry and Security Mario Mancuso; and Peter Leitner, president of Maxwell USA LLC and former senior strategic trade adviser at the Defense Department, participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Book discussion — 12:15 p.m. The New America Foundation (NAF) holds a book discussion on “Leaderless Jihad,” which looks at jihad and the 21st century. Marc Sageman, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and author of “Leaderless Jihad”; and Peter Bergen, senior fellow at NAF and CNN terrorism analyst, participate. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, seventh floor. Contact: 202/986-2760, Ext. 315.

Japanese society — 3:30 p.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Asia Program holds a discussion on “Rents in the Social Fabric: The ‘Darker’ Side of Japanese Society.” Eikdo Maruki Siniawer of Williams College and David Ambaras of North Carolina State University participate. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Trade policy — 4:30 p.m. The Washington International Trade Association holds a discussion on trade policy monitoring and enforcement abroad. Dan Brinza, assistant U.S. trade representative for monitoring and enforcement; and Stephen Jacobs, deputy assistant secretary for trade agreements and compliance at the Commerce Department, participate. Location: WITA, Meridian Suites, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/312-1600.

Book discussion — 5:30 p.m. The Hudson Institute holds a book discussion “The Long War Ahead and the Short War Upon Us: Imperfect Civilization, Perfect Barbarism and WMD Terror,” with author John Wohlstetter. The book argues that there are two separate wars being fought, against radical Islamist ideology and prevention of weapons of mass destruction, each with its own challenges. Location: Discovery Institute, 1015 15th St. NW, ninth floor. Contact: 202/223-7770.

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