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Tracking the Hill's briefings, luncheons, receptions, and more.
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May
28
10:00 AM10:00

Space Advocates: Applied Physics Laboratory Briefing

Please join us for the next meeting of Space Advocates on Tuesday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m. for an overview of the work done at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory. There will be coffee and donuts, and the briefing will be followed by a question and answer session. RSVP

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May
30
12:00 PM12:00

The State of China’s Economy

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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Many in Washington continue to be fixated on the immediate ebbs and flows of the U.S.-China trade, investment, and technology dispute. What is the state of China’s economy and where is it trending? Rising labor costs and reduced consumption have put downward pressure on corporate profits. However, efforts by the People’s Bank of China may have staved off current risks of a bearish market in exchange for future defaults as debt in China continues to rise. How are businesses fairing in the ever-changing domestic and international operating environment? Is China’s economy a risky investment these days? And will a U.S.-China agreement make things better or worse?

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May
30
2:00 PM14:00

Global Immunization Progress in Jeopardy: Surging Measles Outbreaks

Since 2000, the global partnership of the Measles & Rubella Initiative has spearheaded work with countries to help reduce measles deaths by 84%.  Despite this accomplishment, largescale measles outbreaks in countries like the Philippines, Madagascar, and Venezuela have contributed to a 30 percent increase in global cases. In the U.S., high-profile measles outbreaks in Washington and New York are sounding alarm bells with public health officials and in Congress. Join us for a conversation on the current state of global childhood immunization progress.

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May
31
11:45 AM11:45

Carbon Capture 101: CO2 Storage

Please join the Carbon Utilization Research Council (CURC), the Global CCS Institute, and the Carbon Capture Coalition for Carbon Lunches - A Carbon Capture 101 Briefings Series. The briefings will provide an introduction to carbon capture, use, and storage, and how this suite of technologies can deliver steep emissions reductions alongside other clean and renewable sources of energy in the transition to a zero-carbon economy, while supporting clean energy production and creating high-wage energy, industrial, and manufacturing jobs. The first briefing provided an introduction into carbon capture and its role in the energy transition, while this briefing will focus on technology applications.

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Jun
3
6:00 PM18:00

"Do Something: The Jeffrey Modell Story" Screening and Reception

Join us on June 3rd for a congressional documentary screening, sponsored by the Jeffrey Modell Foundation! RSVP by clicking here. Food and beverages will be served in compliance with regulations. Young parents Fred and Vicki Modell are overjoyed by the arrival of their first child, a perfect baby boy they name Jeffrey. But just months later, it becomes clear that something’s wrong. Jeffrey is diagnosed with a rare disease that leaves him frequently sick and perilously susceptible to even the most common cold. He begs his parents to ‘do something’ and though they desperately try, Jeffrey ultimately succumbs to his illness at the age of 15. Out of their devastating loss, Fred and Vicki turn to their enduring love for each other to find the strength to fulfill their promise to Jeffrey and they resolve to ‘do something.’

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Jun
4
12:00 PM12:00

Can Budget Reform Revive the Congress?

The federal budget process established nearly a half-century ago is technically still in place. But in practice, it has become an artifact: barely functional, frequently ignored, and rarely used as intended. Reviving responsible budgeting — a necessary step toward restoring Congress to its central place in the constitutional system — would require some fundamental reforms, and especially a new way to think about appropriations. In the Spring 2019 issue of National Affairs, Andrew Taylor of North Carolina State University proposes a new approach to congressional budgeting, aimed at reviving a moribund institution.

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Jun
5
1:30 PM13:30

Paid Family Leave: An Essential Step for Achieving Racial Justice

Join us for this timely briefing on the importance of paid family and medical leave at the federal level to achieve racial justice. Our panel of experts will discuss the current federal and state landscape of family and medical leave with a special focus on how the FAMILY Act will make vital improvements for people of color.

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Jun
6
9:00 AM09:00

Ocean and Great Lakes Legislation Briefing

Join us for a morning coffee panel featuring Congressional staff and Members, who will discuss current ocean and Great Lakes legislation. This panel is great for participants who plan to meet with their elected officials throughout the day and anyone interested in learning about ocean and Great Lakes policy priorities. RSVP

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Jun
6
5:30 PM17:30

Capitol Hill Ocean Week Reception

Join us for the official Capitol Hill Ocean Week closing reception! This unique event takes place on Capitol Hill and allows participants to celebrate another successful CHOW while networking and connecting with Members of Congress, Congressional Staff, Administration officials, scientists, business and industry executives, and ocean thought leaders and enthusiasts. RSVP

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Jun
6
5:30 PM17:30

Congressional Pride Reception 2019

Join LGBTQ Victory Institute, the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, GLASS and the LGBT Congressional Staff Association for our annual Congressional Pride Reception in the Hart Senate Office Building Ninth Floor Reception Room on Thursday, June 6. Hear from members of Congress and movement leaders on the fight to advance equality and network with your colleagues as we kick off Pride season. Refreshments provided.

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Jun
11
8:00 AM08:00

Affordable House and the American Dream

  • 555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest (The Newseum) Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
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What can be done to combat the racial inequities that continue to pervade the home buying process? What policies can be put in place to help ensure that every American can have an equal opportunity of owning a home, long considered a central pillar of the American dream? During National Homeownership Month, The Hill will gather key administration and congressional leaders, housing experts and advocacy groups for a solutions-focused discussion on closing the nation’s growing homeownership gap.  REGISTER

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Jun
12
3:30 PM15:30

The Impact of Weapons and Violence on Schools and Surrounding Communities

  • 2261 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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This briefing will explore current scientific data surrounding the pressing need for the reduction of weapons and violence in schools and communities. Experts will present empirical research detailing the impact on the education and well-being of students, their families and local communities. Data-driven evidence will be offered to assist in the development of policy and legislation that can successfully mitigate weapons and violence in schools and communities, as well as increase empowerment and community safety.

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Jun
12
5:30 PM17:30

Johns Hopkins University Expo and Reception

Hopkins on the Hill is a biennial showcase of the range, value, and impact of federally funded research and programming at Johns Hopkins University. Come meet our early career researchers and practitioners to learn about their work in artificial intelligence, education, space exploration, health care, extreme materials, and more. Enjoy free drinks and hors d’oeuvres as you explore 20 interactive displays by Johns Hopkins researchers and practitioners. RSVP here!

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Jun
13
12:00 PM12:00

Addressing Threats and Vulnerabilities in Critical Interconnected Systems: Common Principles in Disease Outbreaks, Internet Malware, and Bank Failures

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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A vital feature of many critical systems in society is their connectivity—they are built from large numbers of components linked together in a network. This structure makes it possible to build them at large scales, but it also puts them at risk of cascading breakdowns, when a problem in one component spreads to others. We consider mathematical models originally developed for epidemic diseases, where a small change in the connectivity of the population or the infectiousness of the disease can lead to large changes in the reach of the outbreak. We then consider how these models apply when developing detection techniques and countermeasures for risks to highly interconnected systems, including malware on the Internet and cascading failures in banking systems. RSVP

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Jun
14
10:00 AM10:00

Reset Retirement: Solutions for the 21st Century

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Director, Retirement Security, EPI and Teresa Ghilarducci, Schwartz Professor of Economics, The New School for Social Research, invite you to a panel discussion regarding key policy solutions for the ongoing retirement crisis. We must reform the current system to ensure all workers can breathe easy in old age. This event will be followed by a delicious lunch.

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Jun
19
3:00 PM15:00

Illuminating Energy Today: Energy Transition and its Implication in Today's Workforce

  • 2045 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Speakers will cover topics that touch on the various ways energy is transitioning today’s workforce and infrastructure. Speakers will also share their points of view on what companies and the government may consider improving the U.S.’s global competitiveness in areas in which energy is affecting (positive/negative) the workforce, infrastructure, climate change, electric vehicles, among others.

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Jun
19
5:30 PM17:30

Biocom Life Science Reception

  • 400 First Street Southeast (Tortilla Coast) Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
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Biocom invites you to our Capitol Hill Life Science Reception to celebrate the life science community and Congressional delegation of California. Please join us in thanking our legislators and staff for their support of innovation and celebrating the many contributions of California’s life sciences to the development of breakthrough treatments and cures.

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Jul
17
12:00 PM12:00

The Global Challenge of Space Traffic Management

  • 485 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
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Space has become increasingly seen as an economically advantageous environment. Coupled with the advancement of technology and broader launch opportunities, the number of objects in orbit around the Earth is ever increasing. The global space community recognizes the importance of creating an integrated approach to managing the system of satellites and other objects circling around our planet. Adding to the urgency is the pace of activities occurring in the private sector. Many look to the U.S. to guide the conversation and propose a solution to this complex problem. The panel will address some of the important issues involved in defining a framework for a global approach to space situational awareness/space traffic management.

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Sep
11
12:00 PM12:00

Commercializing Low Earth Orbit (LEO): What Does this Mean?

  • 2044 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The commercialization of space actually began in the 1970s when private telecommunication companies launched and then continued to operate satellites for profit. As time has passed momentum has slowly built for further utilization of the space environment for economic purposes by private industry. Today many talk about “commercializing LEO,” a term that covers a broad array of meaning. The panel will address various visions for, barriers to, and advantages of creating a nongovernment-based, private industry-driven economic sphere in LEO and the role of government in this process.

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May
24
11:00 AM11:00

How Actual F-35A Pilots Assess the Aircraft

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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The first USAF F-35A fighter wing is now fully operational. The Heritage Foundation had a recent unique opportunity to conduct structured interviews with 30 F-35A combat pilots—21 previously experienced former fourth-generation fighter pilots, 9 pilots in their first fighter assignment, as well as senior operations and maintenance leaders at Hill Air Force Base (AFB), UT. Their collective perspectives and insights—the good and the bad—have been analyzed and form the basis for a new groundbreaking Heritage Foundation report: The F-35A—The Most Dominant Multirole Fighter in the World. Join us for a unique opportunity to discuss the major findings of the report, including a direct comparison of the F-35A to other fourth-generation fighters including the F-15, and a robust exchange with those in attendance. 

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May
24
9:30 AM09:30

Shady Shipping: Understanding Trade-Based Money Laundering

 Trade-based money laundering (TBML) is the process of disguising the proceeds of crime and moving value through the use of trade transactions in an attempt to legitimize their illicit origins.  This event will examine what TBML is, how it works, and why it has become such a ubiquitous method of laundering money. Panelists will also discuss the broader interplay of illicit commerce, global corruption, and TBML. Finally, panelists will recommend practical steps the United States and non-governmental organizations can take to counter TBML.

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May
23
2:00 PM14:00

Lyme Disease: Research, Treatment, and the Path Forward

The briefing will feature a diverse set of panelists, who will provide expertise on Lyme Disease as well as paths forward to help the patients currently suffering from Lyme disease; the more than 300,000 Americans who will be diagnosed with Lyme just this year alone; and the hundreds of thousands who are unknowingly suffering from Lyme due to misdiagnosis or lack of clear symptoms. RSVP here

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May
23
11:00 AM11:00

National Strategies to Prevent Childhood Drowning

  • 2060 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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May is National Water Safety Month. Please join us at a briefing to learn about current drowning prevention efforts and how Congress can collaborate with national organizations to scale proven programs to prevent fatal drownings. Hear from national experts from the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), the American Red Cross, American Academy of Pediatrics, Safe Kids Worldwide, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on gaps and opportunities to prevent drownings nationwide. RSVP

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May
23
10:00 AM10:00

The Intersection of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

The issue of mental illness and substance abuse is pressing resources nationwide. We encourage you attend this briefing on May 23th to help bring attention to the issue; and ultimately encourage a positive change for America’s mentally ill. To RSVP please contact Margaret McInnis at Margaret.McInnis@mail.house.gov or 5-4146.

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May
23
8:30 AM08:30

Briefing on Transgender Migration

Issue area experts and directly-impacted LGBTQ migrants will highlight the power dynamics that force LGBTQ migrants to leave their homes as well as the violence they face both as a result of punitive immigration enforcement policies and lack of visibility within the immigrant rights movement.  Finally, speakers will offer recommendations for centering LGBTQ migrants in the narrative and solutions to the migrant crisis. Please RSVP here.

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May
23
8:00 AM08:00

How Fuel Cells Could Impact Vehicles, Buildings, and Utilities

At the event, CMU researchers will provide a detailed assessment of the current and expected future costs and performance of automotive proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) and stationary solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Fuel cells can generate efficient, clean, and quiet power for transportation, distributed generation, and utility applications. We seek to answer the question: What are the challenges and opportunities facing fuel cells, and what are the strategies for achieving wider adoption?

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May
22
6:30 PM18:30

What is China’s Grand Strategy?

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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America's foreign policy establishment believed that China's economic ascent would lead to political liberalization, and that China in the long term would become a benign actor in world affairs. That view has been falsified, but there is no consensus about what China wants and what threat it might pose to American interests. China is seeking technological self-sufficiency and even superiority in key industries. It has concentrated military spending on advanced technologies. Its Belt and Road Initiative proposes a trillion-dollar investment program to project China's influence across the world. What is China's grand design, and how should the United States respond to it?

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May
22
4:00 PM16:00

"Crazy Rich Asians" Screening and Discussion with Author

  • Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress (map)
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The Library of Congress will host Kevin Kwan, international bestselling author of the Crazy Rich Asian trilogy, in conversation with Roswell Encina, The Library’s Chief Communication Officer for an evening with the author. In 2018, Kwan was named in the TIME 100’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Join us for an entertaining conversation about the author’s life from Singapore to New York and how the first book became the inspiration for the major motion picture. A movie screening of Crazy Rich Asians will precede the conversation with a book signing to follow. RSVP

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May
22
3:00 PM15:00

Biogas: Pro-Economy and Pro-Climate Growth in All Shades of Green

Biogas is a powerful driver for economic growth, particularly in rural areas in need of economic opportunities. Biogas also lowers our greenhouse gas emissions, contributes to clean air and water, and improves soil health. It turns waste, which would be a problem if not used, into valuable resources.Briefing attendees will learn about the potential biogas resources in their states, the economic and job opportunities they offer, and important policy drivers for this promising industry. Please RSVP to expedite check-in

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May
22
2:30 PM14:30

Police and Community Relations Forum

The forum will focus on the role prosecutors play in setting precedent and holding members of law enforcement accountable in officer-involved fatalities when force was unnecessary or unjustified. Panelists Wanda Johnson, the mother of Oscar Grant whose tragic death was depicted in the film Fruitvale Station, and Commonwealth's Attorney Stephanie Morales (Portsmouth, VA) were both part of a Working Group convened by John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Their recommendations culminated in a Toolkit for Prosecutors and Communities, by Prosecutors and Communities.

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May
22
2:00 PM14:00

Infant-Toddler Court Teams: Supporting Foster Families in the Time of Opioids

Please join the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus and the Baby Caucus for a briefing on “Infant-Toddler Court Teams: Supporting Foster Families in the Time of Opioids”. We welcome Congressional staff, interns, and advocacy groups to engage with the following speakers for a discussion of how innovations in infant-toddler court teams have addressed increased referrals to the foster care system on American families, notably those affected by the opioids epidemic.

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May
22
1:30 PM13:30

Bipartisan Staff Briefing on National Emergencies Act and El Paso v. Trump 

El Paso v. Trump was filed in the Western District of Texas and is one of the five lawsuits seeking to block the use of emergency funds, and other funding sources Congress did not approve in its budget, for use in border wall construction. The lawsuit was brought by El Paso County (Texas) and the Border Network for Human Rights, a network of border communities in New Mexico and Texas. The counsel team is a bipartisan group including former George H.W. Bush Assistant Attorney General Stuart Gerson, Harvard Professor Larry Tribe, Protect Democracy, and the Niskanen Center. Amicus briefs have already been filed by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the Brennan Center for Justice. Participants will discuss the status of lawsuits challenging the national emergency declaration, proposals to reform the National Emergencies Act, and other next steps. RSVP

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May
22
1:00 PM13:00

The Future of EU-US Privacy Shield

  • 1302 Longworth House Office Building (map)
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Join high-level representatives from the United States House of Representatives, the European Parliament, and the German Bundestag, data protection experts, Industry leaders, and the most relevant associations of the Internet Industry at the final date in the Roundtable series:

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May
22
12:30 PM12:30

United for a Better Foreign Policy

  • 525 New Jersey Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
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Please join Concerned Veterans for America & VoteVets, in their first major event together, as they host CVA & VoteVets: United for a Better Foreign Policy Luncheon. Hear from Reps. Ted Lieu, Andy Biggs, Warren Davidson, and Max Rose during an invigorating, bipartisan discussion on America’s foreign policy, Congress’ role in foreign policy, the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, and what can be done to implement a foreign policy that will better secure American safety and prosperity.

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May
22
12:00 PM12:00

Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Iran

The event will highlight the persecution of Christians and Religious minorities in Iran who endure a host of human rights violations on a daily basis. The event will host Members of Congress, Policy Experts and NGO leaders who will inform the full scope and context of this reality and examine ways to move the issue forward through effective foreign policy measures and other multilateral policy mechanisms. The discussion will tackle various aspects surrounding the human rights and religious freedom violations in Iran from the regional geopolitical landscape to the role of the international community in pressuring domestic political change in Iran.

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May
22
10:30 AM10:30

Skin Cancer Prevention Health Fair & Screening

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Dermatologists will conduct free skin cancer screenings open to the public. The screenings, like others conducted by dermatologists nationwide, save lives by finding melanomas in their earliest and most treatable stage and teaching participants to perform skin self-exams. RSVP to Blake McDonald at bmcdonald@aad.org  

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May
22
9:30 AM09:30

Briefing on the Trans-Caspian Region

  • 2170 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The Ambassadors from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan to the United States will lead the event by providing short statements, and senior government representatives from the nations will follow in a panel discussion on corridors, connectivity, and cooperation between the U.S. Government and the Greater Caspian Region. 

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May
22
9:00 AM09:00

How Federal Policy Can Empower States and Communities to Provide Whole Child Education For All Students

  • Congressional Auditorium, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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Speakers at this briefing will examine federal policy levers—such as funding through the Higher Education Act, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and other programs—that state and local policymakers can use to invest in research-based whole child approaches to learning, including integrated student supports, community schools, and other approaches that foster academic enrichment.

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May
21
7:30 PM19:30

American Muslim Ramadan Congressional Appreciation Iftar

No admittance without RSVP. Photo ID required at check-in. During the iftar, CAIR will recognize Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, and other Members of Congress, that have introduced measures in support of the American Muslim community, or stood by the Muslim community, in addition to hearing from CAIR and Muslim community leaders. Dinner will be served after the breaking of the fast at 8:11 PM and the sunset Maghrib prayer for Muslim attendees. Members of Congress and congressional staff of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to take part in the iftar.

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May
21
6:00 PM18:00

Organic Trade Association Reception

Attend a reception with all-organic hors d’oeuvres and beverages in the committee room where the future of food and farming policy is created. Organic industry leaders and farmers will come together to celebrate the future of organic food and the economic impact of the organic industry. We’ll also be enjoying the delicious food we work together to create. RSVP

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