- The Washington Times - Friday, February 8, 2008

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers remarks at the 35th annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Travels to Tennessee to survey the damage caused by tornadoes.

VICE PRESIDENT

Noon — Delivers remarks at a luncheon for the Pennsylvania State Victory Committee, the Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. Second St., Harrisburg, Pa.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. World Agricultural Outlook Boardreleases the world agricultural supply and demand estimates. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/720-5447.

10 a.m. Bureau of the Censusreleases a report on the monthly wholesale trade for December. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Commission on Civil Rightsholds a meeting to receive a briefing on Religious Discrimination in Prisons. Location: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 624 Ninth St. NW, Room 540. Contact: 202/376-8582.

9:30 a.m. Federal Aviation Administrationholds a meeting of the RTCA Special Committee 207/Airport Security Access Control Systems. Location: RTCA, Inc., 1828 L St. NW, Suite 805, Conference Rooms. Contact: 202/833-9339.

1:30 p.m. Nuclear Regulatory Commissionholds a meeting of the Independent External Review Panel to identify vulnerabilities in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Materials Licensing Program. Location: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 2 White Flint North Building, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-1277.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Judiciaryconstitution, civil rights and civil liberties subcommittee holds a hearing, Voter Suppression, focusing on the state of voting rights and the allocation of resources to end voter suppression and voter fraud. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Asheesh Agarwal of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and J. Gerald Hebert, executive director and director of litigation at the Campaign Legal Center, testify. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

9:30 a.m. Foreign Affairsinternational organizations, human rights and oversight subcommittee holds a hearing, The November 26 Declaration of Principles: Implications for UN Resolutions on Iraq and for Congressional Oversight. Oona Hathaway, associate professor of law at Yale Law School, and Michael J. Glennon, professor of international law at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, testify. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

10 a.m. Financial Services Committeeholds a hearing, The Negative Implications of the President’s Signing Statement on the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act. Jerry Fowler, executive director of the Save Darfur Coalition, and Patricia Wald, former judge and chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, testify. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4247.

GENERAL AGENDA

Conservative PAC — all day The American Conservative Union holds its 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference. Events begin at 8:45 a.m.

Highlights — 7:15 a.m. — President Bush delivers remarks.

8:45 a.m. — Office of Management and Budget Director Jim Nussle and Kayne Robinson of the National Rifle Association deliver remarks.

9 a.m. — House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican, delivers remarks.

Noon — Rep. Scott Garrett, New Jersey Republican, Alison Fraser of the Heritage Foundation and Jim Martin of the 60 Plus Association participate in a panel discussion, Reforming Entitlements Without Raising Taxes.

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 800/752-4391.

Smart growth — all day The Local Government Commission holds its seventh annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 8:40 a.m. — Steve Winkelman, transportation program director at the Center for Clean Air Policy, and Judy Corbett, executive director of the Local Government Commission, participate in a panel discussion, Let’s Change the Climate: Leadership for Achieving a Better Environment.

1:30 p.m. — Julia Seward, director of state policy at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and Audrey Singer, senior fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, participate in a panel discussion, Immigration: America’s Diverse Populations and Its Impact on Smart Growth

3 p.m. — Kevin Fletcher, executive director of Audubon International, and Kim Lundgren, regional director of the Northeast Regional Capacity Center, participate in a panel discussion, Implementing the Triple-Bottom Line at the Local Level: How to Integrate Sustainability Within Municipal Practices and Policy.

Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 202/662-1884.

Free-trade agreement — 8:30 a.m. The Inter-American Dialogue holds a discussion with Colombian Foreign Minister Fernando Araujo on the status of Colombia’s pending free-trade agreement with the U.S. and the hostage-release negotiations. Location: Inter-American Dialogue, 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 510. Contact: 202/822-9002.

Presentation — 9 a.m. The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development holds a presentation, Lessons from PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment): Student Performance in the U.S., with Andreas Schleicher, head of the indicators and analysis division of the OECD Directorate for Education. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/785-6323.

U.S.-Mexico security cooperation — 9 a.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, the George Washington University, and the Inter-American Dialogue hold a discussion, U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation: The Merida Initiative and Beyond. The Merida Initiative is an agreement with Mexico and Central America to combat drug trafficking, transnational crime and terrorism in the Western Hemisphere. John Bailey of Georgetown University and Jorge Chabat of Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas participate. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Discussion — 10 a.m. The United States Institute of Peace holds a discussion, Peace, Security, and Reconciliation with the Taliban. Sibghatullah Al-Mohaddedi, chairman of the upper house of parliament and former president of the Islamic Interim Government of Afghanistan, and J. Alexander Thier of USIP participate. Location: USIP, 1200 17th St. NW, second-floor conference room. Contact: 202/429-3822.

Private security — 10 a.m. Briefing on enhancing accountability for private security contractors at war, with Kevin Lanigan of Human Rights First, Scott Horton of Columbia University, James Cockayne of the International Peace Academy and retired Army Brig. Gen. James Cullen. Location: Room SC-4, Capitol. Contact: 202/265-3000 or 202/279-0005.

Africa discussion — 12:30 p.m. Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion, Africa 2015: A Collaborative Strategy to Promote Growth, Democracy and Security, with Richard Joseph, professor of political science and director of the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University. Location: SAIS, Bernstein-Office Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 736. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Luncheon program — 1 p.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon Program holds an address with Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen, Honoring Our Past-Not Operating In It: Modernizing America’s Coast Guard to Meet Growing Demands. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, ballroom. Contact: 202/662-7516.

Discussion — 4 p.m. The National Press Club Afternoon Newsmaker Program holds a discussion, with Marius Ragolojanahary, minister of agriculture, livestock and fisheries of Madagascar, on the 2007-12 Madagascar Action Plan, designed to ignite rapid economic development and poverty reduction while meeting the challenges of globalization in accordance with the United Nations’ Millennium Development goals. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, Lisagor Room. Contact: 301/530-1210 or 202/265- 5525.

Event — 6:30 p.m. The National Education Association Foundation holds its annual gala. Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican, Rep. Dennis Moore, Kansas Democrat, former NFL player Tiki Barber and Lindsay Czarniak, sports anchor for NBC4, participate. Location: National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Contact: 202/822-7150.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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