Monday, April 25, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in Crawford, Texas.



ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. National Association of Realtors releases figures of existing-home sales for March. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.

2 p.m. — Treasury Department releases results of weekly three- and six-month bill auctions. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Economics and Statistics Administration and the Census Bureau hold a joint meeting of the Census Advisory Committees to discuss issues related to the 2010 re-engineered decennial census, including the American Community Survey and other related decennial programs. Location: Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 301/763-2070.

1 p.m. — Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health to discuss programs and activities related to the Office of Minority Health and presentations on the status of racial and ethnic health disparities as well as other related issues. Location: Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda. Contact: 301/443-5084.

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket Number 03-10198 Halbert v. Michigan

Docket Number 04-6432 Gonzales v. Crosby

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Meets at 2 p.m. to consider the highway bill; no roll call votes. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

1:30 p.m. — Judiciary courts, the Internet and intellectual property subcommittee holds a hearing, “Perspectives on Patents.” Jon Dudas, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Richard Levin, president of Yale University and co-chairman of the Committee on Intellectual Property Rights in the Knowledge-Based Economy at the National Academies’ Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

HOUSE

Meets at noon in pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

8 p.m. Ways and Means Committee holds a markup of a resolution asking the president to transmit certain information to the House of Representatives about Social Security. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

GENERAL AGENDA

Asian multilateralism — all day The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a conference, “Asian Multilateralism and the Future of the American Role in East Asia.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlight — 8:30 a.m. — SAIS Dean Jessica Einhorn and SAIS professor Francis Fukuyama

Location: SAIS, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Education philanthropy — all day The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “With the Best of Intentions: Lessons Learned in K-12 Education Philanthropy.” Events begin at 8:45 a.m. Richard Colvin of the Hechinger Institute at Columbia University, Tom Loveless of the Brookings Institution and Donald McAdams of the Center for Reform of School Systems participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

“Going nuclear” — 9:30 a.m. The Center for American Progress holds a discussion, “Going Nuclear: The Threat to Our System of Checks and Balances.” Sen. Robert C. Byrd, West Virginia Democrat; Michael Gerhardt, professor at the William & Mary School of Law; Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and John Podesta, president and chief executive at the Center for American Progress, participate. Location: CAP, 1333 H St. NW. 10th Floor. Contact: RSVP to 202/741-6388.

Weapons of mass destruction — 10 a.m. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars holds a discussion, “The Dangerous Connection: Failed and Failing States, WMD and Terrorism,” on recommendations of a report by a high-level panel of the United Nations. Lee Hamilton, president and director of WWIC; panel member David Hannay; former top U.S. weapons inspector David Kay; and John Sewell, senior scholar at WWIC, participate. Location: WWIC, Sixth Floor, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-401.

Independent judiciary — noon The Cato Institute holds a discussion, “In Defense of an Independent Judiciary.” Todd Gaziano, director of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, and Roger Pilon, vice president for legal affairs at Cato Institute, participate. Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5200.

Health care briefing — noon America’s Health Insurance Plans holds a press briefing, “Promoting an Effective and Efficient Health Care System Through Rewarding Quality Performance.” Karen Ignagni, president and chief executive of AHIP, and Charles Baker, president and chief executive of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, participate. Location: S-207, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/778-8494.

Emissions trading — 2 p.m. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute and Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment USA hold a congressional briefing, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading: How the U.S. could Tap the Carbon Market.” Robert Donkers, environment counselor for the European Commission, and Michael Walsh, senior vice president of Chicago Climate Exchange, participate. Location: G-11 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/662-1884, 202/328-5040.

ASEAN’s relations with China — 5:30 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion, “[Association of Southeast Asian Nations’] Relations with China: An Evolving Relationship.” Ambassador Chan Heng Chee of Singapore participates. Location: SAIS, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

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