- The Washington Times - Monday, March 17, 2008

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern in the Oval Office of the White House.

Participates, with Mr. Ahern, in the “Shamrock Ceremony,” a decades-old tradition symbolizing the deep cultural roots and close ties of friendship between the U.S. and Ireland, in the East Room of the White House.

Meets with Mr. Ahern, UK Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Shaun Woodward, and representatives of Northern Ireland’s political leadership.

Noon — Participates in a St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon, H-207, U.S. Capitol.

Participates in a photo op with the Children’s Miracle Network Champion Children, the South Portico of the White House.

VICE PRESIDENT

On foreign travel to Oman, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the West Bank and Turkey.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

9:15 a.m. The Federal Reserve Boardreleases statistics on industrial production and capacity utilization for February. Location: 20th and C streets Northwest. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health. Location: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 6, Bethesda. Contact: 301/402-1770.

10 a.m. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissionholds a meeting to announce notation votes and discuss the proposed renewal of Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures Authorization under the Paperwork Reduction Act. Location: EEOC Office Building, 1801 L St. NW, ninth floor. Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Conference Room. Contact: 202/663-4070.

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket number 06-1204: Philippines v. Pimentel

Docket number 07-440: Rothgery v. Gillespie County

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

11:30 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committeeholds a field hearing, “Ensuring Access to College in a Turbulent Economy.” Education Undersecretary Sara Martinez Tucker and Eileen O’Leary, financial-aid director at Stonehill College, testify. Location: Northeastern University, Egan Research Center, Raytheon Amphitheater, 120 Forsyth St., Boston. Contact: 202/224-5375.

1:30 p.m. Indian Affairs Committeeholds a field hearing, “Law and Order in Indian Country.” Diane Enos, president of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and Joe Shirley, president of the Navajo Nation, testify. Location: Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Tribal Community Center, 1880 N. Longmore Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. Contact: 202/224-2251.

HOUSE

Not in session, Easter recess. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEE

12:30 p.m. Science and Technologyenergy and environment subcommittee holds a field hearing, “Utility-Scale Solar Power: Opportunities and Obstacles.” Mark Mehos, program manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Tom Hansen of Tucson Electric Power Co. testify. Location: Pima County Administration Building Hearing Room, first floor, 130 W. Congress St., Tucson, Ariz. Contact: 202/225-6375.

GENERAL AGENDA

Food-safety summit — all day — The 10th annual Food Safety & Security Summit.

Highlights — 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. — Session on food safety and the importance of harmonized standards and common systems, with Joe Scimeca, director of regulatory affairs for Cargill Inc., and others.

1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. — Session on a quality-management systems approach to food safety, with Steve Wilson, chief quality officer, Seafood Inspection Program, U.S. Department of Commerce, and others.

1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. — Session on the Global Food safety Auditing Initiative, with Mark Overland, corporate certification manager, Cargill Inc.

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 734/913-5723.

Radiology conference — all day The Society of Interventional Radiology holds its 33rd annual Scientific Meeting, focusing on breakthroughs in minimally invasive treatments. Events begin at 7:30 a.m.

Highlights — 7:30 a.m. — “Oncologic Interventions: Kidney”

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW. Contact: 212/453-2067; 703/460-5572; or 703/460-5582.

Corporate taxes — all day The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a conference, “Assessing the Effects of Corporate Taxation.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Kevin Hassett of AEI and Robin Beran of Caterpillar deliver welcoming remarks

11:45 a.m. — James Hines Jr. of the University of Michigan and Jared Bernstein of the Economic Policy Institute participate in a panel discussion, “Effects of Corporate Taxes on Investment and Entrepreneurship.”

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

Human services conference — 8:45 a.m. The American Public Human Services Association holds its national spring conference.

Highlight — 8:45 a.m. — Virginia first lady Ann Holton, founder of the “For Keeps: Families for All Virginia Teens Initiative,” delivers remarks. “Critical Issues Facing Children and Youth”

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/682-0100.

Freedom of information — 9 a.m. The American University Washington College of Law holds its inaugural “Freedom of Information Day” program.

Highlights — 9:45 a.m. — Lydia Kay Griggsby, counsel to Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat; Matthew Johnson, counsel to Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican; and Anna Laitin, counsel to House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry A. Waxman, California Democrat, discuss “Enactment of the 2007 Freedom of Information Act Amendments ” and Beyond.”

12:15 p.m. — U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth delivers remarks.

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

Improving declassification — 9 a.m. The National Archives and Records Administration holds an open meeting on its report, “Improving Declassification.” Location: National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/357-5300.

Islam book discussion — 10 a.m. The Middle East Institute holds a book discussion on “Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq,” with author Michael Scheuer. Location: MEI, Boardman Room, 1761 N St. NW. Contact: 202/785-1141.

Take Back America — 10:30 a.m. The Campaign for America’s Future holds its Take Back America Conference 2008.

Highlights — 10:30 a.m. — Diane Archer, lawyer, founder and past president of the Medicare Rights Center, and Robert Borosage, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future, participate in a panel discussion, “The Progressive Plan for Victory”

11:45 a.m. — Jacob Hacker, author of “Health Care for America,” delivers remarks.

2:45 p.m. — Marjorie Alt, State PIRG’s organizational development director, and Adrienne Maree Brown, executive director of the Ruckus Society, participate in a panel discussion, “Global Warming: Meeting a Real and Present Danger.”

9:15 p.m. — Young people’s reception

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 202/955-5665.

Suburban immigrants — noon The Brookings Institution holds a press conference, “21st-Century Gateways: Immigrant Incorporation in Suburban America.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/797-6319.

Al Qaeda in Iraq — noon The Woodrow Wilson Center hold a discussion, “Al Qaeda in Iraq: Options After the Surge,” with Brian Fishman, senior associate at the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Geopolitics discussion — 12:15 p.m. The New America Foundation holds a discussion, “The Global Great Game: America, Europe, China and 21st-Century Geopolitics.” Parag Khanna, director of the Global Governance Initiative at NAF, and Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at NAF, participate. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW., seventh floor. Contact: 202/986-2760, ext. 315.

Health care campaign — 7 p.m. Progressive Democrats of America hold an event to kick off the Healthcare Not Warfare Campaign and to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, Jr., Michigan Democrat, and Jim Hightower, radio commentator and author, participate. Location: Busboys & Poets Restaurant, 2021 14th St. NW, Langston Hughes Room. Contact: 435/336-2123; or 413/320-2015.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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