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Tracking the Hill's briefings, luncheons, receptions, and more.
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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
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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
22
12:00 PM12:00

The DOJ’s Evolving Civil Enforcement Priorities: From the Yates Memo to the Brand Memo and Beyond

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

What do the Brand Memo and changes to the Yates Memo policy mean for the DOJ’s civil enforcement priorities? How else have these priorities changed during the first two years of the Trump Administration? What other changes are coming? And what impact are these changes likely to have on federal prosecutors and corporate behavior? Join us as our panel of experts discuss these and related questions. Hill Country BBQ will be served, but admittance is fully dependent on registration beforehand. 

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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
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
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
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
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
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
28
10:00 AM10:00

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

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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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
3:30 PM15:30

IRS's Free File Program Briefing

  • 1300 Longworth House Office Building (map)
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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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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
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
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
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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Feb
15
12:00 PM12:00

Congressional Staff Briefing on Veterans Service Gaps

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

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Feb
13
12:30 PM12:30

Second Chance Pell Grants for Incarcerated Students

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

On Wednesday, February 13, the Association of Community College Trustees, American Association of Community Colleges, and Los Angeles Community College District will hold a lunch briefing to discuss the benefits of postsecondary education for incarcerated individuals and federal policy options to expand postsecondary access for this population. Additionally, speakers will discuss recent experiences and preliminary outcomes from the Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell Grant experimental sites initiative.

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Feb
13
12:00 PM12:00

The Parents Circle - Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians Choose Reconciliation and Strive for Peace

  • 1310 Longworth House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I would like to invite you, your staff, and your interns to join us for a fascinating briefing and discussion with two widely respected figures in the Israeli and Palestinian peace movements, Robi Damelin and Mazen Faraj, as they share their stories of profound personal loss and their conscious choice of reconciliation. Discover the human side of the conflict and discuss why relationship-building, mutual understanding of the “other side,” and a structured reconciliation framework are necessary components of building a sustainable peace.

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Feb
13
12:00 PM12:00

Bit Player: My Life with Presidents and Ideas

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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The title “Bit Player” perfectly reflects Stephen Hess’s long and distinguished career as a Washington insider. As a 25-year-old, recently discharged Army private in 1958, he suddenly found himself as part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s speechwriting team that ultimately helped draft the famed “Farewell Address” warning of the influence of the “military industrial complex.” Then over the next two decades, Hess played bit roles aiding Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan—along the way observing up-close those presidents and many other senior political leaders. During his subsequent four-and-a-half decades at the Brookings Institution, Hess was well-positioned to monitor and comment on the achievements and failures of successive administrations.

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Feb
13
10:00 AM10:00

Asset Recovery in Eurasia: Repatriation or Repay the Patron?

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

Asset recovery—the process of repatriating funds previously stolen by corrupt officials—remains one of the most contentious points in the fight against transnational corruption. Though only a small percentage of stolen funds are ever recovered, major questions exist about the best ways to ensure that repatriated funds don’t simply reenter the same patronage cycle from which they came. Is it possible to ensure that recovered assets actually serve the people from whom they have been stolen?

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Feb
12
5:00 PM17:00

The Chemistry of Wine and Chocolate

Chemistry is everywhere! Everything you hear, see, smell, taste, and touch involves chemistry and chemicals. Wine and chocolate are no exception. This event will highlight how chemistry is involved in the production, analysis, and consumption of both wine and chocolate, as well as the importance of supporting this industry through chemistry research. Join us for a discussion lead by expert panelists, followed by a reception where wine and chocolate will be served.

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Feb
12
5:00 PM17:00

Small Business Development Centers Showcase & Reception

America’s SBDC is hosting its annual Client Showcase & Reception where SBDC clients from around the country will showcase their products and services. Legislators, SBDC leaders and other SBDC clients from around the country will come together for this special night in our nation's capitol.

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Feb
12
1:30 PM13:30

Leading Science, Business Leaders to Highlight Innovative Research to Meet Soaring Energy Storage and Sustainability Needs

Global energy demand is expected to increase by 30% between 2018 and 2040. This is the equivalent of adding another China and India to our planet. Renewable energy sources are expected to provide 40% of that power generation. To address these needs and in recognition of National Battery Day*, a panel of leading science and business leaders will share updates on innovative lead battery research as well as public/private partnerships to meet the need for renewable energy and create efficient energy models to lower the planet’s carbon footprint and stabilize the grid.

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Feb
12
12:00 PM12:00

Native American Women and Maternal Health

  • 2335 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At this briefing, indigenous women leaders will share their perspectives on the policy changes that are needed to improve maternal health and related reproductive rights issues in their communities, including addressing the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women, barriers to accessing health care, and funding for community-centered healing solutions.

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Feb
12
12:00 PM12:00

America's Longest Shutdown: The Cause and Effect on Congressional Power

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, join the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group for a lunch discussion on the current status of our nation's funded operations, what the shutdown shows us about the health of our institutions and action steps Congress can take to reassert its powers. Lunch will be provided. 

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Feb
12
11:00 AM11:00

Promoting a Human Rights-centric Approach to U.S. Policies Towards Bahrain

  • 2255 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In the 8 years since the violent suppression of Bahrain’s peaceful pro-democracy protests, the human rights situation in the kingdom has continued to worsen. Our distinguished panelists will examine some of the ways that the current administration’s policies towards Bahrain have played a part in the kingdom’s deteriorating human rights situation, including attacks on human rights defenders, ongoing religious discrimination ,restrictions on free expression, and the dangerous effects of corruption on impeding transparency and undermining rule of law. Our panelists will also outline a number of steps the administration and Congressional policy makers can take to address Bahrain’s violations and to hold the Bahraini government accountable for its abuses.

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Feb
12
11:00 AM11:00

Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia

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

When Vladimir Putin first took power in 1999, he was a little-known figure ruling a country that was reeling from a decade and a half of crisis. In the years since, he has reestablished Russia as a great power. How did he do it? What principles have guided Putin’s economic policies? What patterns can be discerned? In this new analysis of Putin’s Russia, Chris Miller examines its economic policy and the tools Russia’s elite have used to achieve its goals. Miller argues that despite Russia’s corruption, cronyism, and overdependence on oil as an economic driver, Putin’s economic strategy has been surprisingly successful.

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Feb
12
10:30 AM10:30

Consumer Protections Briefing: Portable Fuel Container Safety

  • 2103 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As you may know, flammable or combustible liquids cause over 160,000 fires per year, causing $1.5 billion in property damage, almost 4,000 injuries and 454 deaths annually. These accidents can happen in any community, and the results can be devastating. I invite Congressional staff and interns to learn about how Flame Mitigation Devices, such as flame arresters, can help prevent accidents caused by the ignition of flammable vapors.

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