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Tracking the Hill's briefings, luncheons, receptions, and more.
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Feb
25
2:00 PM14:00

How Climate Change Affects the United States: Exploring the NCA and IPCC Reports

  • 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us to learn more about how climate change is expected to affect the United States and how federal, state, and local governments can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to rapidly encroaching risks over the next decade and beyond. Learn how your Congressional district is being impacted by climate change, and how it could benefit from investing in low-carbon solutions and advance planning to safeguard lives, infrastructure, and businesses.

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Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00

Background Checks Now: A National Town Hall

Join Senator Chris Murphy and gun violence advocates from across the country for Background Checks Now, a national town hall on the need for universal background checks. The event will take place as the House prepares to vote on the bipartisan Background Checks Act. 97% of Americans support universal background checks, and this is a commonsense step that Congress can take to keep our communities safe from gun violence.

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Feb
26
8:00 AM08:00

Leadership in Action: Criminal Justice Reform

The U.S. Congress recently passed what is being heralded as the most significant and sweeping criminal justice reform legislation in nearly a decade. The bipartisan FIRST STEP Act not only eases mandatory minimum sentences under federal law but also puts more of an emphasis on vocational and rehabilitative programs in prisons. What immediate results can we expect to see in federal prisons across the country and how can it be ensured that these reforms benefit those most affected? What additional efforts need to be taken to reduce mass incarceration at the state and local levels? How can prison inmates be better prepared for their reintegration into society and how can recidivism be lowered? 

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Feb
26
10:00 AM10:00

Briefing On Inclusive Renewable Energy Economy Powered By Green-Collar Jobs

  • 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Programs that address climate change and economic inequality continue to gain in popularity across the country. This briefing is being convened to inform legislators, community groups and other stakeholders about grassroots work that demonstrates the feasibility of inclusive renewable energy policies that promote well-paying, green-collar jobs for Americans including frontline communities, vulnerable populations and Indigenous Peoples.

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Feb
26
11:30 AM11:30

Influenza Vaccine Research

  • 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Experts in the federal government, academia, and industry are advancing research to mitigate the impact of the flu on our families and communities. This briefing will feature the experts in flu vaccine research, including Dr. Tony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Leading flu vaccine researchers will be on Capitol Hill to brief staff of their efforts at the following time and location:   

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Feb
26
12:00 PM12:00

Modernizing the U.S. Sea-based Strategic Deterrent Force and the Need for 12 Columbia-class SSBNs

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 12 planned Columbia-class submarines will provide an overdue modernization of the U.S. sea-based strategic deterrent force and will possess advanced stealth technologies to ensure they remain survivable against evolving threats into the 2080s. Strategic nuclear modernization critics have questioned the need to modernize the U.S. SSBN force and argued that a smaller number of Columbia-class SSBNs can provide a sufficient deterrent capability. Our panel of experts will explore the importance of a modern SSBN force on deterring adversaries and the impacts of reducing the number of U.S. SSBNs.

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Feb
26
12:00 PM12:00

University Small Satellite Programs: Furthering the economy, securing the national defense, and training the next generation of space professionals,

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Panelists will discuss how the development of SmallSats and CubeSats has advanced into its own successful domain, enabling ever-increasing capabilities for new technology development and scientific investigation. The briefing will also highlight how SmallSats and CubeSats provide a cost-effective platform for hands-on training of graduate and undergraduate students from science and engineering disciplines.

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Feb
26
1:00 PM13:00

The Talent Pipeline: Aligning Higher Education & Employer Needs for Student Success

Today’s higher education students require pathways that allow them to seamlessly move to and through postsecondary education and the workforce, support lifelong learning, and meet their needs. Even more, today’s students and younger workers are changing jobs as many as four times by age 32. But current federal policies date back to a time when most students went immediately from high school to college upon graduation, and workers stayed with one job or company for the entirety of their career. As the worlds of work and education are shifting, are higher education and employers aligned when it comes to student success? How can federal policymakers learn from successful state efforts to form these partnerships?

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Feb
26
1:00 PM13:00

Section 230: Our Internet Depends on It

  • 2237 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As Congress considers legislation around privacy initiatives and user created content across platforms, this panel will focus on lesser known internet laws that enable the internet of today and user-created content, meaning we have access to a plethora of online services, from big companies and small. Hear from the people behind innovations we use every day like Medium, Patreon, and Wikipedia.

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Feb
26
3:00 PM15:00

The Future of Clean Energy

  • G11 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What does the future hold for clean energy sources in the United States, and how does innovation enhance our ability to make strides? Energy is getting cleaner, but policymakers face pressure to encourage more rapid progress. Join the American Action Forum for a panel discussion on clean energy policy and the federal government’s role in encouraging energy production that is friendly to both consumers and the environment.

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Feb
26
5:30 PM17:30

The Children's Inn at NIH Congressional Reception

Members of Congress and Congressional staff are invited to a reception hosted by The Children’s Inn at NIH  to welcome the 116th Congress. The Children’s Inn at NIH is a non-profit family-centered “Place Like Home” located on the National Institute of Health campus where families are welcomed to live while their children are receiving care at NIH for life-challenging illnesses. Dr. Francis Collins, Director of National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Diane Baker will be present to discuss The Inn’s mission and how Congress can offer continued support.

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Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

Congressional Black Associates Trailblazers Awards Reception

As we continue the storied tradition of celebrating the legacy of those that come before us, the Congressional Black Associates invites you to the annual Trailblazers awards! In honor of the most diverse Congress in history, CBA is celebrating the Wave of The Women and spotlighting the work of Black Women on Capitol Hill.

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Feb
27
8:00 AM08:00

Empowering Patients as Partners in Health Care

With the rise in enrollment in high-deductible health plans, patients are taking more responsibility for directing and paying for their health care, creating increased demand for affordable, high-quality care options. How is the health care system evolving and empowering patients to increasingly manage their own care decisions? What steps should Congress, the administration or state officials consider to lower health care costs? What role does industry innovation play in making patients smarter consumers of health care?

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Feb
27
8:00 AM08:00

Submarine Industrial Base Council Congressional Breakfast

  • 325 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Submarine Industrial Base Council represents more than 5,000 companies in all 50 states that employ a highly specialized and skilled workforce to design, build and support our nation’s submarines. Last year, more than 350 submarine suppliers from across the country attended to discuss the vital national security mission of submarines and the economic benefits that the submarine industrial base brings to our local communities. The Submarine Industrial Base Council anticipates an even greater turnout this year.

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Feb
27
8:30 AM08:30

Boating Industry Briefing: Jobs, Businesses, and the Economy

  • CVC-268, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join NMMA and the Congressional Boating Caucus for breakfast and a briefing on the recreational boating industry and its contributions to local, state, and national economies. The event follows the recent publishing of NMMA's national and state economic impact report, and will serve as the first official release of congressional district level data. 

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Feb
27
9:00 AM09:00

Breakfast Briefing: Environmental Entrepreneurs

  • 2060 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Environmental Entrepreneurs is a nationwide network of business leaders that supports the conviction that smart environmental, energy, and transportation policies help grow our economy and make the U.S. a more innovative and prosperous nation. Their 5,000 members and supporters live and do business in all 50 states – running investment firms and large real estate businesses, planting crops on their family owned farms, and installing solar panels in rural America. Please RSVP and direct questions to natasha.wood@mail.house.gov

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Feb
27
12:00 PM12:00

Reset of Nuclear Waste Management: Strategy and Policy

  • 485 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Highly-radioactive nuclear waste from commercial nuclear power plants and defense programs is stranded at 75 sites around the country with no path forward. Correcting this situation requires a Reset of present U.S. policy and law. Members of the Reset committee will discuss the recommendations from the Reset Report (HERE). Lunch will be served – please RSVP to reserve your spot RSVP 

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Feb
27
2:00 PM14:00

Engaging Asia: The Role of the 116th Congress in Engaging the Indo-Pacific

  • 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is pleased to invite you to Engaging Asia 2019. Launched in 2008, Engaging Asia is a half-day conference NBR convenes on Capitol Hill featuring members of Congress, embassy representatives, and other policy experts who discuss the role of Congress in shaping U.S. engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Feb
27
2:00 PM14:00

Should Congress revive the Office of Technology Assessment?

  • 421 Cannon House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Following a series of news-grabbing exchanges with tech CEOs last year, there has been a renewed push to boost Congress's in-house policy expertise. The most prominent of these efforts has been centered around the revival of the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), a legislative agency that helped Congress understand complex science and technology issues from 1974 to 1995. Our expert panel will discuss the latest developments in this debate, and different approaches to strengthening the capacity of the legislative branch.


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Feb
27
2:00 PM14:00

Mobilizing Resources to Combat Modern Slavery

  • 216 Hart Senate Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Staff of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission would like to bring your attention to a briefing hosted by the Senate Human Rights Caucus on Mobilizing Resources to Combat Modern Slavery. Panelists will discuss how U.S. resources contribute to fighting modern slavery and provide recommendations for Congress to build on current efforts.

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Feb
27
2:00 PM14:00

Glacier Analysis & Climate Change's Effects on Coastal Communities

  • 1629 Longworth House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The briefing will be an opportunity to discuss how the analysis of glaciers informs our understanding of climate change’s effect on coastal communities. Professor Osterberg’s field research with ice cores clarifies sea-level rise and the changing number and intensity of extreme storms.

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Feb
27
3:00 PM15:00

Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Tech Talk

  • CVC-268, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This briefing is part of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) Congressional Briefing Series featuring national and international leaders and experts from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. CHLI finds itself in an ideal position to demonstrate strong leadership in a number of issues currently affecting the Hispanic community. Throughout the series, CHLI seeks to facilitate an in-depth dialogue with various perspectives to discuss relevant legislative topics impacting the Hispanic community.

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Feb
27
5:00 PM17:00

Citizens for Ending Forced Arbitration Reception

From the brave engineer who shed light on Uber’s culture of sexual harassment to the organizers of the Google Walkout who led tens of thousands of employees in protest around the globe, change is being demanded when it comes to ending harassment and discrimination in the tech Industry.  Members of Congress and staff are invited to meet and mingle with ordinary citizens from across the tech industry who have come together in their personal capacity to advocate for the end of forced arbitration. This coalition of citizens is also interested in learning about legislation that offices have proposed to strengthen the rights of and protections for employees in the workplace.  Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be provided in accordance with the House Ethics Rules. For questions or to RSVP for those coming from off the Hill, email endforcedarbitration@gmail.com with your name, email and phone number.  We will add your name to the Appointments Desk list so you can enter at the South Door entrance to the Capitol without having a badge or needing an escort.

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Feb
27
5:30 PM17:30

LGBT Congressional Staff Association Proud in Public Power Reception

  • 525 2nd Street Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The American Public Power Association’s annual Legislative Rally is coming up, and they've invited LGBT CSA members to join their space for LGBTQ public power folks, energy/environment staffers, and other interested staff/allies to gather! RSVP to jackson@meguirewhitney.com

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Feb
28
10:00 AM10:00

Field Work Presentations for the 25th Class of Emerson Hunger Fellows

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 25th Class of Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows have been working to end hunger in communities in nine states across the country since August 2018. In February they will return to Washington, D.C. for the second half of their fellowship year. Come hear them present their results of their work and their findings on effective anti-hunger response. This is a widely-attended event.

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Feb
28
12:00 PM12:00

At a Crossroads: The Supreme Court’s Establishment Clause Jurisprudence

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

When it comes to the constitutionality of passive displays on government property, such as the Ten Commandments, Christmas decorations, and war memorials with crosses, the lower courts are divided about how and when to apply the various tests, leading to unpredictable results. In The American Legion v. American Humanist Association, the Supreme Court has been asked to review the constitutionality of a 93-year-old World War I memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland that includes a 40-foot cross. Will the Supreme Court seize the opportunity to bring much-needed clarity to its Establishment Clause jurisprudence? What impact could a broad ruling have on religion in America? Join us at The Heritage Foundation the day after the oral argument at the Supreme Court as a panel of experts discuss these and many other questions surrounding this important issue.

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Feb
28
2:00 PM14:00

Near-Term Climate Action: An Opportunity for Bipartisan Progress

  • G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The start of a new Congress has brought a renewed focus on meeting the challenge of climate change. With recent events demonstrating both the rising costs of climate change and the economic benefits of cleaner energy, a growing majority of Americans and many leading companies favor stronger government action. Join C2ES to hear from congressional leaders and top companies on the prospects for action in the 116th Congress and steps that can benefit the climate while contributing to U.S. growth and competitiveness.

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Feb
28
2:30 PM14:30

Decoding the Digital Girl: Defining and Supporting Girls’ Digital Leadership

There’s no question that today’s girls are growing up digital, with more access to the internet and online activities than ever before. On our webinar, Kamla Modi, Ph.D., lead researcher at Girl Scouts of the USA’s Girl Scout Research Institute, will present findings from Decoding the Digital Girl, which looks at how girls ages 5--- 17 are using their digital experiences to improve their lives, their communities, and the world. Webinar speakers will also discuss policy solutions that support girls’ leadership and continued growth in the digital space as they prepare for their futures.

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Feb
28
2:30 PM14:30

Decoding the Digital Girl: Defining and Supporting Girls’ Digital Leadership

There’s no question that today’s girls are growing up digital, with more access to the internet and online activities than ever before. On our webinar, Kamla Modi, Ph.D., lead researcher at Girl Scouts of the USA’s Girl Scout Research Institute, will present findings from Decoding the Digital Girl, which looks at how girls ages 5--- 17 are using their digital experiences to improve their lives, their communities, and the world. Webinar speakers will also discuss policy solutions that support girls’ leadership and continued growth in the digital space as they prepare for their futures. Register here

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Feb
28
3:00 PM15:00

Disinformation and Social Media in Elections: A Conversation with Justice José Luis Vargas Valdez

  • 2200 Rayburn House Offie Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Following Mexico's 2018 elections, the country's Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judicial Branch (TEPJF) is exploring judicial responses to disinformation in elections and recently established a specialized chamber with a focus on media and campaign finance violations. Join IFES and Justice José Luis Vargas Valdez for a conversation on emerging approaches to disinformation and social media in elections, both in Mexico and worldwide.

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Feb
28
3:30 PM15:30

IRS's Free File Program Briefing

  • 1300 Longworth House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Since 2003, over 51 million American taxpayers have filed their taxes for free through Free File (www.irs.gov/freefile), saving them over $1.5 billion in tax preparation fees. But with over 100 million taxpayers eligible for Free File each year, we believe it’s important to make sure more eligible taxpayers are aware of the free service, which is an outstanding complement to other free tax preparation services like Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax-Aide. We have personally seen the benefits of Free File in our communities and encourage you and your staff to attend this Free File Caucus briefing to learn more about this program.

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Feb
28
5:00 PM17:00

National Council on Independent Living Briefing and Reception

  • 325 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our NCIL Briefings are engaging and informative events, and each year they are well attended by leaders in the disability community, Members and staff of both parties in Congress, and representatives of the Administration. This year’s event will include a short presentation on the state of the Independent Living Program in America, brief remarks by members of the NCIL Board of Directors, and remarks by Members of the U.S. House and Senate. RSVP online

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Mar
1
12:00 PM12:00

Venezuela in Crisis and the American Response

Given the tumultuous history between the U.S. and Venezuela, what path forward is available for U.S. policymakers?  What can the U.S.  Europe and the rest of Latin America  do to restore democracy in what was once one of Latin American’s most prosperous democracies? Join Duke in DC for an exclusive conversation with the last American Ambassador to Venezuela the Honorable Patrick Duddy on the stakes for the U.S. and the region in the crisis in America’s backyard.

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Mar
1
3:15 PM15:15

Making Military Bases and Their Communities More Resilient

Our panel of experts will examine holistic approaches to protecting and maintaining supply chains, housing, transportation, utilities, and other fixtures necessary for communities to thrive and for military installations to maintain mission readiness. The briefing will also explore regional examples of these challenges and how local governments and Department of Defense (DOD) officials are working together to devise solutions.

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Mar
5
11:30 AM11:30

A New Roadmap for Environmental Stability

  • 225 7th Street Southeast Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join POLITICO on Tuesday, March 5, for a high-level conversation to discuss the environmental policies and practices that are gaining momentum, particularly around how to lessen the climate impact in farming and energy production while keeping these sectors economically viable.

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Mar
5
12:30 PM12:30

Fixing the FAST Act: The Road to a Surface Transportation Reauthorization in the 116th Congress

  • 1300 Longworth House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As Congress considers reauthorizing a federal surface transportation bill, county priorities must be adequately addressed given their stake as substantial owners of roads (46 percent) and bridges (38 percent) across the country. Join this Hill briefing to hear from county leaders about the unique infrastructure challenges local governments face and learn more about how the federal government can implement public policy to improve and update our national transportation infrastructure system.

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Mar
5
2:00 PM14:00

Electrification: Options for Consumers and the Environment

  • 1539 Longworth House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Electrification” can create new opportunities to achieve key national economic and environmental goals.  There are many opportunities across the residential and commercial sectors. Advances in electric technologies continue to improve our quality of life, while significant decreases in the electricity sector's greenhouse gas emissions are making electricity more appealing from an environmental perspective. Please join us to learn how environmental benefits, increased affordability, and economic progress are not mutually exclusive, and how a low-carbon economy of the future can be approached through electrification.

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Mar
6
12:00 PM12:00

The Coalition To Stop Opioid Overdose And The Mental Health Liaison Group

  • B-208 Longworth House Office Building (House Democratic Caucus Room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

An estimated 21 million Americans needed treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) in 2017, but only 4 million received any form of treatment for SUD. Without strategic investments in the SUD workforce, this gap will not close and more lives will be lost. While last year’s landmark opioid legislation was an important step, critical funding is now needed to increase the ranks of a well-trained SUD workforce in communities across America. During this briefing, experts will discuss how Congress can save lives by equipping the frontline professionals who prevent and treat addiction, provide recovery support, and help reduce the negative consequences associated with substance use.

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Mar
7
12:00 PM12:00

Window of Opportunity: How EBS Spectrum Can Close the Digital Divide

"Window of Opportunity" will shine a light on the immense potential of EBS to address rural broadband access in even the most remote areas. The event includes an expert panel of current EBS license-holders and other groups using EBS to end the homework gap and digital divide as well as educators, rural Tribal Nations, and commercial partners seeking access to new EBS licenses. Panelists will share their success stories, and discuss how policymakers can enable others to follow suit.

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Mar
7
12:00 PM12:00

ITIF Lunch Event on Preserving the Bayh-Dole Act

Hailed as “possibly the most inspired piece of legislation to be enacted in America over the past half-century,” the Bayh-Dole Act plays a critical role in spurring the commercialization of basic life-sciences research from U.S. universities into life-saving medicines. Yet, in an attempt to control drug prices, some have called for the federal government to inappropriately exercise controversial provisions in the law that allow it to “march in” and grant licenses for patents that resulted from publicly funded R&D. Please join ITIF for a discussion of the Bayh-Dole Act’s key role in catalyzing American leadership in life sciences and why implementing march-in rights would harm research universities and limit further innovation.

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Mar
7
5:00 PM17:00

U.S. Army Women's Foundation 11th Annual Hall of Fame Induction & Scholarship Awards Reception

As the nation gears up to celebrate Women’s History month in March, join Congressman Chris Stewart & the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation as we induct the 2019 class of Army Women in to the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame and award this year’s Legacy Scholarship recipients.

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Mar
7
5:30 PM17:30

Financial Literacy for Millennials: Budgeting & Investing

  • 700 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast, 2nd Floor Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We’ll discuss confusing financial situations and key tools like budgeting and debt management, ways to invest during the current environment, and much more.  Each event will be hosted at The Yard, a beautiful new space at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue SE in the heart of Eastern Market and just steps off the House side of Capitol Hill. The events will include a one hour presentation with time for audience questions, as well as an hour of networking.

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Mar
8
12:00 PM12:00

International Women’s Day Celebration Panel

Please join CWA in celebrating International Women’s Day March 8th on Capitol Hill from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Our celebration features a panel discussing the main challenges women face around the world in the areas of human trafficking, health, Gender Based Violence (GBV), economic participation and entrepreneurship, and harmful cultural practices (such as FGM and forced or child marriage). The objective of this panel is to provide education and practical solutions to these issues to help shape better foreign policy. Lunch will be provided.

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Mar
13
5:30 PM17:30

CSO & ASBPA Coastal Celebration Reception

This widely attended event is an opportunity to bring together leaders working at all levels in coastal communities, including businesses and industry, conservation groups and environmental non-profits, state coastal managers, coastal scientists and engineers, and others to discuss important coastal issues. This reception style event will also include brief introductory remarks from leadership of CSO and ASBPA, as well as congressional coastal champions. This event provides an opportunity for attendees to informally discuss coastal policy issues and share stories and lessons learned about coastal restoration and management.

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Mar
15
12:00 PM12:00

Approaches to Counter Russian Social Media Influence

In testimony before Congress, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats predicted that Russia’s social media campaigns “will continue to focus on aggravating social and racial tensions, undermining trust in authorities, and criticizing perceived anti-Russian politicians” and may seek to influence U.S. policy and elections. The Russian “disinformation chain” starts from the very top—from Russian leadership, to Russian actors and proxies, through channels of amplification such as social media platforms, and finally to U.S. media consumers. So how can policymakers combat this threat in the United States?

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Mar
20
4:00 PM16:00

CRISP Social Work Day on the Hill Congressional Reception

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) for our 5th Annual Social Work Day on the Hill Congressional Reception when we salute the many contributions social workers have made and continue to make to the wellbeing of our nation through our work in Congress and the federal government. Meet and greet social workers from all walks of life--elected officials, policymakers, educators, and practitioners.

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Mar
21
3:00 PM15:00

Hispanic Alliance for Career Advancement Empowerment Forum

  • 601 New Jersey Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mujeres de HACE DC/McLean Alumnae Board is hosting its second annual Empowerment Brief, a forum geared to enhance the leadership skills of Latinx professionals. Join us on Thursday, March 21, 2019, for an evening of empowerment and networking with Latino leaders and key players in D.C.

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Mar
21
5:30 PM17:30

Government Affairs Industry Network March Happy Hour

  • 1221 Van Street Southeast Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join the Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) at Mission Navy Yard for an evening of networking at our first Third Thursday Happy Hour of 2019. This event is a fantastic opportunity to network with government affairs professionals in all sectors of the industry while grabbing a drink and unwinding after a long workday. Space and drinks are limited. Admittance is first-come-first-serve: if you are unable to attend, please release your ticket so others can enjoy the evening. 

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Mar
21
5:30 PM17:30

Roll Call's Spring Grad Fair

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Looking to climb the political career ladder? Did you know that nearly 50% of Capitol Hill chiefs of staff and 40% of legislative directors and senior legislative assistants have advanced degrees? Join Roll Call Live's Graduate School Fair on March 21, 2018, to learn more about the benefits of a graduate degree on or off Capitol Hill! Network with other prospective students and admissions representatives from the best graduate schools in public affairs, politics, business and government. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served!

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Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Life Sciences Congressional Staff Reception

  • 229 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join the life sciences community of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for an evening of cocktails and conversation between policymakers and leaders in the tri-state life sciences ecosystem. This event will offer a unique opportunity for legislative staff, industry executives and the patient community to gather and celebrate the significant contributions of the life sciences industry in our region.

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Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Life Sciences Congressional Staff Reception

Please join the life sciences community of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for an evening of cocktails and conversation between policymakers and leaders in the tri-state life sciences ecosystem. This event will offer a unique opportunity for legislative staff, industry executives and the patient community to gather and celebrate the significant contributions of the life sciences industry in our region.

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Apr
2
5:30 PM17:30

Financial Literacy for Millennials: Retirement Savings & Taxes

  • 700 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast, 2nd Floor Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We’ll discuss confusing financial situations and key tools like budgeting and debt management, ways to invest during the current environment, and much more.  Each event will be hosted at The Yard, a beautiful new space at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue SE in the heart of Eastern Market and just steps off the House side of Capitol Hill. The events will include a one hour presentation with time for audience questions, as well as an hour of networking.

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May
7
5:30 PM17:30

Financial Literacy for Millennials: Home Buying

  • 700 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast, 2nd Floor Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We’ll discuss confusing financial situations and key tools like budgeting and debt management, ways to invest during the current environment, and much more.  Each event will be hosted at The Yard, a beautiful new space at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue SE in the heart of Eastern Market and just steps off the House side of Capitol Hill. The events will include a one hour presentation with time for audience questions, as well as an hour of networking.

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Feb
22
10:00 AM10:00

The Real National Emergency: Zero Tolerance & The Continuing Horrors of Family Separation at the Border

  • B-208 Longworth House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Texas Civil Rights Project and Families Belong Together will lead an in-depth discussion of the first ever non-governmental report of new family separations since the Executive Order that allegedly halted this widely-condemned practice. Learn directly from experts on the ground about why the Trump Administration continues to separate families and lie about the scope of the crisis.

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Feb
22
9:30 AM09:30

Transgender 101 Briefing

  • 122 Cannon House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Trump Administration and state governments across the country have put forward policies openly hostile to transgender Americans. From bathroom bills to the Administration’s ban on transgender servicemembers, these policies seek to invade every aspect of their lives. All of us have transgender constituents, and we hope to share information that can help staff to understand transgender constituents’ concerns and effectively represent them. This briefing will explore common terminology, basics for interacting with trans people, tips for being an ally, and moving from ally to advocate.

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Feb
22
8:00 AM08:00

Women's Congressional Staff Association Power Breakfast: Continuing Education as a Hill Staffer

Join WCSA members as we discuss the challenges and benefits of continuing education as a Hill staffer – from full-time employees looking at potential graduate programs and the application process, to those currently in graduate school, to those who have earned an advanced degree while working full-time.  Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

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Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Smithsonian Magazine presents PhotoTalks: From the Front

  • G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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Smithsonian magazine presents our second installment of PhotoTalks, a visual storytelling event for photographers to showcase their work and chat with viewers. This time around we will explore themes of military and war illustrated in our January/February 2019 issue. Through the lens of photographers David Burnett, Victor J. Blue, Christie Hemm Klok, and Jeff Sheng we’ll see how military culture impacts the lives of those in and retired from service. Serving as moderator for the evening will be two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Dana Priest of the Washington Post.

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Feb
21
12:00 PM12:00

Congressional Staff Association Fair

Congressional Staff Organizations are associations, a majority of whose members are House and Senate employees, that exists for the purpose of facilitating interaction among congressional staff. Come join the House and Senate Diversity Initiatives and the Capitol Hill Community Service Staff Association as we present our Congressional Staff Association Fair. There will be opportunities to meet members from a variety of these organizations and learn about membership and recruitment, the resources they provide, and other activities and initiatives they help organize.

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Feb
21
11:00 AM11:00

Fiscal Policy 101: How the Macro Affects the Micro

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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This session will provide an overview of macro fiscal issues that put downward pressure on the appropriations process and affect the availability of discretionary funding for public health programs and health research. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with budget wonks who will review issues related the deficit and debt, sequestration, the Budget Control Act of 2011, and the various bipartisan budget deals to raise the spending caps—and what the advocacy community is doing to raise them again.

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Feb
21
10:00 AM10:00

Process 101: How an Appropriations Bill Becomes a Law

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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This session will provide an overview of the terms of art and mechanics of the federal budget and appropriations process—how “regular order” is intended to work, how it really works, and what happens when it doesn’t—and the key actors and inflection points in the process. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with former appropriations staff, who will share their insider perspectives on how the committee crafts a bill and interacts with personal offces, the agencies, the White House, and the health advocacy community. RSVP to CRDFellow1@dc-crd.com

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Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Public Health 101: The Federal Agencies of the Public Health Continuum

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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This session will provide an overview of discretionary and mandatory health funding, and an introduction to the principal public health agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services—Administration for Community Living, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration, Indian Health Service, National Institutes of Health, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In a “lightening round,” participants will have the opportunity to interact with leaders of the various health agency coalitions to learn more about the agencies’ programs and budgets. RSVP to CRDFellow1@dc-crd.com

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Feb
20
5:30 PM17:30

Hiring The Best Interns For Your Office

  • 430 First Street Southeast, Suite 100 Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
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Interns are the unsung heroes of Washington, D.C. They voluntarily get used and abused for weeks on end for little to no pay, taking on the jobs that nobody else in the office wants. Without the work of interns, offices all over Washington D.C. would cease to operate. However, with so many eager young people hoping to get their foot in your door, how do you know who is the best fit for your office? Please join GAINand Brad Traverse as we lay out the best strategies for finding the right intern for your unique office environment; including where to look, what questions to ask, and how to train them once you've made your choice.

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Feb
20
3:00 PM15:00

Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems Briefing

  • CVC-268, Capitol Vistor Center (map)
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We welcome you or a senior member of your staff to join the EAT-Lancet Commission Co-Chair, Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard University, and EAT’s Founder and Executive Chair, Dr. Gunhild Stordalen from Oslo, Norway, for an in-person discussion of their report and its relevance for policies and policy-makers here in the United States. Joining them for this briefing will be senior members of the EAT leadership team, along with Washington office representatives of multilateral agencies addressing food nutrition and sustainability issues.

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Feb
20
2:00 PM14:00

Changes at the Corporation for National and Community Service

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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As co-chairs of the National Service Caucus, Representatives Price and Matsui invite you to attend a staff-only briefing with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to discuss the agency’s Transformation and Sustainability Plan. Agency staff will be present to give an overview of CNCS, the T&S Plan, including the agency’s decision to move to regional offices, and will be able answer any questions offices may have.

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Feb
20
12:00 PM12:00

The U.S. Postal Service in the E-Commerce Era: Preserving Affordable Package Delivery

  • 122 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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E-commerce has exploded in recent years and with it the need for affordable and reliable package delivery services. Because the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) operates both as a traditional monopoly business (delivering first-class mail) and a competitive business (delivering packages), President Trump and some others argue that it is improperly subsidizing its package business with mail revenues in order to gain a competitive advantage over private competitors like the United Parcel Service (UPS) and FedEx. They argue that to ensure a fair marketplace the USPS should have to significantly increase its package shipping prices. Others, including ITIF, argue that the USPS’s critics are wrong on the facts—its package business is actually profitable and is increasingly necessary to help offset USPS’s chronic financial losses due to declines in its traditional mail business. They argue that imposing regulations to require USPS to charge more would actually lower overall package delivery productivity and hurt rural Americans. 

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Feb
20
12:00 PM12:00

Rich States, Poor States: What Policies Promote Growth and Opportunity Across the States, and What Impedes Them?

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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While Washington focuses on federal policies, the 50 states serve as an example to national lawmakers of policies that help and those that hurt. This year’s 11th edition of the Rich States Poor States, the ALEC-Laffer State Competitiveness Index, examines what states have been doing to either grow their populations and economies or to shrink them.

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Feb
20
12:00 PM12:00

How Much Should Medicare Pay for Drugs?

  • 2045 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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In response to bipartisan outrage over drug prices, which have risen dramatically in recent years, the Trump administration has proposed adjusting rules that determine how much the Medicare program and Medicare enrollees will pay for pharmaceuticals. Some conservatives oppose these changes and defend the current pricing system on free-market grounds, arguing that reducing drug prices will necessarily reduce innovation. What is the “right” price for prescription drugs? What is the price Medicare should pay? Join our panelists as they explain the current drug pricing system, the Trump administration’s efforts to reform it, and bipartisan ways to address the problem.

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Feb
20
11:00 AM11:00

What the New Congress Can Do For Young People

  • 1539 Longworth House Office Building (map)
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Come learn how the 116th Congress can center young people in their policies in the coming year. Hear from a panel of youth activists discussing how they have personally been impacted by some of the most important policy issues of our time, including: immigration, climate change, gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform, women’s health, democracy, LGBTQ, and student debt.

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Feb
15
2:00 PM14:00

How Do We Achieve Equitable, Affordable Higher Education: A briefing on the Debt Free College Act

The cost of college, however, is astronomically high and has increased 300 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars over the past 30 years.  The total cost of attendance—tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses—puts higher education out of reach for many Americans, particularly for people of color.  Soaring costs force those who do pursue college to take on debt to cover their financial need.  Currently, 44 million Americans have student loans.  College debt has increased 170 percent since 2006 and now exceeds $1.5 trillion dollars, which is second only to mortgage debt and surpasses even credit card debt.

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Feb
15
12:00 PM12:00

Congressional Staff Briefing on Veterans Service Gaps

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Navigating the dizzying array of programs and services is the #1 issue of concern for most veterans and their families. This event and presentation of a viable solution is being hosted by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University in coordination with Rep. John Katko (R-NY24). The briefing by senior members of the IVMF will be held on Friday, February 15th at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2043, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. 

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Feb
15
12:00 PM12:00

Dealing with North and South Korea: Can Washington Square the Circle?

  • 2075 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un are preparing to reprise last year’s Singapore summit. Denuclearization has not proceeded as far as the administration hoped, but reconciliation between North and South is moving forward, leading to fears of a breach between Seoul and Washington. Indeed, with negotiations over host nation support for US forces stalemated, some South Koreans fear the president might follow through on his threats to withdraw American troops. The panelists will assess the likely outcome of the summit, the role of the US-South Korean alliance, and discuss strategies to improve stability and promote disarmament. Join us for a conversation about this important issue and the prospects for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

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Feb
14
4:00 PM16:00

 Climate Change: Examining the Science, Technology, and Policy Options

  • CVC-268, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and Resources for the Future are joining together to provide Congressional offices with updates on the latest climate science and policy research. Led by Woods Director, Chris Field, a panel of experts from the three organizations will participate in a moderated discussion on emissions trends, technology developments and solutions, and developments on the science and politics of climate change policy. The moderated discussion will be followed by an off-the-record question and answer session addressing areas of interest identified by attendees.

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Feb
14
3:00 PM15:00

Space Advocates: Space 101

  • 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Many of us, including those who have worked in space policy for years, have fundamental misconceptions about space and how it works. In this session we will dive into and address many of these misconceptions in a friendly and accessible way, followed by a robust question and answer session. For those of you new to the group, Space Advocates, a Congressional Staff Organization, is a non-partisan, staff-led group that promotes awareness of space and aeronautical issues through monthly events and other efforts. 

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Feb
14
2:00 PM14:00

Meeting Opportunity: Samson Salamat, Founding Director, Centre for Human Rights Education

  • 2456 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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This meeting is open to congressional staff and interns only. The staff of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission would like to bring to your attention the opportunity to meet with Samson Salamat, a leading Pakistani human rights activist from the country’s Christian community. Mr. Salamat is the founding Director of the Pakistan-based Centre for Human Rights Education, an organization working to strengthen human rights through educational programs, advocacy and awareness initiatives

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Feb
14
11:00 AM11:00

Building an Effective Approach to Terrorism Prevention

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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The National Security Strategy of the United States (December 2017) highlighted the need for U.S. intelligence and homeland security experts to work with law enforcement and civic leaders on terrorism prevention. The National Strategy for Counterterrorism (October 2018) further stated that terrorism prevention must be an integral part of our counterterrorism strategy. Given the administration’s prioritization of terrorism prevention, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducted a comprehensive review of its terrorism prevention programs, both internally and with the assistance of an external review by the RAND Corporation.

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Feb
14
10:30 AM10:30

NG911 Technology Showcase 2019

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The NG911 Institute’s 911 Annual Technology Showcase provides Members of Congress and their staff with valuable insights into the development of important 911 technologies and applications. Leading tech companies give presentations and demonstrations of consumer and NG911 technologies with an emphasis on how 911 has advanced since the early days of 911, how the 911 system of today works, and a glimpse in to the future of 911 as a the nation transitions to a fully IP-based Next Generation 911 System.

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Feb
14
10:00 AM10:00

Remembering Lyudmila Alexeyeva, the Matriarch of Russia’s Human Rights Movement

  • SVC-209, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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Lyudmila Alexeyeva will be remembered as a pioneering figure in the field of human rights. In 1976, she helped launch the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG) – the first major independent human rights movement in the Soviet Union – to demand that the Soviet government honor its international human rights commitments under the Helsinki Final Act. Please join the National Endowment for Democracy, the Solidarity Center, and the Free Russia Foundation as we honor Ms. Alexeyeva’s pioneering contributions to democracy and human rights, and as we highlight their impact on civil society and foreign policy in today’s Russia.

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Feb
14
10:00 AM10:00

Love Your Workforce: Local Innovations in Workforce Development

  • SVC-212, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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On February 14, the National Association of Counties (NACo), National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) and The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) will bring together cities, counties, and workforce board leaders to share how they are driving innovation in workforce development at the local level to provide America with a highly skilled workforce that competes in the global economy.

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