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Jan
24
10:00 AM10:00

Package Coalition Senate Briefing

  • G11 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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Join the Package Coalition to hear directly from some of the nation’s leading retailers and learn more about the importance of preserving an affordable, reliable and profitable postal package delivery system. The panel will feature speakers from Amazon, the National Retail Federation, OSM Worldwide, Pitney Bowes, and Publishers Clearing House.

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Jan
24
10:30 AM10:30

Opioids and Oral Health

  • 2322 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As we know, the misuse of opioid pain relievers—such as hydrocodone and oxycodone—is an acute public health crisis. As prescribers of these pain medications, dentists are well positioned to help keep these drugs from becoming a source of harm. We are all familiar with fatal drug overdoses, an issue that CDC continues to highlight as it remains unabated.  However, if those problems weren’t bad enough, those who routinely use opioids often face troubling and serious oral health conditions.

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Jan
24
1:00 PM13:00

Within Reach: Ambitious Federal Solutions to Tackle America's Housing Affordability Crisis

The national policy agenda outlines a broad set of long-term and short-term federal policies necessary to solve the housing affordability crisis, such as expanding rental assistance, expanding the supply of deeply affordable housing, and providing emergency financial assistance for households experiencing unforeseen economic shocks. The report also showcases research demonstrating that housing is a critical driver of outcomes in many other areas of life, such as health, education, economic mobility, food security, and poverty reduction.

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Jan
24
2:00 PM14:00

Package Coalition House Briefing

  • 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Join the Package Coalition to hear directly from some of the nation’s leading retailers and learn more about the importance of preserving an affordable, reliable and profitable postal package delivery system. The panel will feature speakers from Amazon, the National Retail Federation, OSM Worldwide, Pitney Bowes, and Publishers Clearing House.

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Jan
25
11:00 AM11:00

Freedom and Prosperity: The 2019 Index of Economic Freedom

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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The Index evaluates government policies and economic conditions in 186 countries. Since its inception in 1995, the Index, an annual cross-country analysis by The Heritage Foundation, has tracked the progress of economic freedom around the globe and measured the real impact of advancing economic liberty. Join us as we unveil the Index rankings for 2019 and examine the link between economic freedom and prosperity around the globe.

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Jan
25
12:00 PM12:00

Trump’s Mideast Policy: Disengagement or Escalation?

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Is the Trump administration's approach toward the region sustainable? How has the administration's pressure campaign played inside Iran? And, how can the 116th Congress exert effective oversight over the administration's chaotic approach to the region? Lunch will be provided, RSVP Required

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Jan
28
11:30 AM11:30

National Privacy Legislation: A Call for Action on Data Privacy Day

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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As a new year and a new Congress begin, it's critical that we promote online privacy as a bipartisan priority that needs timely action. This Capitol Hill policy briefing will cover the current privacy landscape, the need for clear privacy legislation and enforcement, what consumers and corporate leaders need from legislation, and what is currently in the works in Congress.

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Jan
28
5:00 PM17:00

Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom Ceremony Honoring Cardinal Joseph Zen

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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On Monday, January 28, 2019, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation will award the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom to Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Joseph Zen is a retired cardinal of the Catholic Church and a vocal proponent of human rights in Hong Kong and China. Called the “New Conscience of Hong Kong,” he has criticized the Communist Party’s crackdown of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 and the brutal treatment of the Falun Gong spiritualist movement. Zen remains an influential voice for freedom in China and has led pro-democracy protests and demonstrations in Hong Kong since 2002. He received his licentiate of theology and doctorate of philosophy at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome.

The Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom is awarded to those individuals and institutions who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to freedom and democracy and opposition to communism and all other forms of tyranny.

Please join us for this special event.

Event speakers will be announced as they are confirmed. 

Visit www.victimsofcommunism.org/events for updates.

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Jan
29
12:00 PM12:00

Hill Briefing & Panel Discussion on Iran

  • 122 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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 Using the poll results of our 2018 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans, PAAIA will facilitate a discussion designed to inform policymakers on the views of their Iranian American constituents relating to U.S.- Iran relations and their hopes for a democratic Iran. Following the presentation of the survey findings, a panel of Iran experts will be on hand to discuss the impact of U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal, efficacy of current U.S. strategy toward Iran, internal political dynamics in Iran (post 2017 protests), as well as the current human rights situation in Iran.   

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Jan
30
12:00 PM12:00

Multilateral Trading System in Crisis: An Examination of the WTO

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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In conjunction with the release of R Street’s new policy study examining the current state of the WTO—including the challenges it faces as well as the overwhelmingly positive benefits that the United States accrues from its membership—we invite you to a luncheon where these topics will be explored in greater detail.

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Jan
30
5:00 PM17:00

Celebrating Champions of Maternal Health Reception

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The 115th Congress advanced women's health in several important ways, including the passage of landmark legislation to prevent maternal deaths. Join Congressional champions and maternal health advocates to celebrate our successes and look to future activities that optimize the health of pregnant women. RSVP to Katie Schubert at kschubert@smfm.org This is a widely-attended event.

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Jan
30
5:30 PM17:30

Wine with Wonks: Meet the Wonks

There are serious forces aligning that could tee up a Higher Education Act (HEA) debate in the 116th Congress. That’s why it’s more important than ever to get to know the experts in the field. Join Third Way on Wednesday, January 30th, from 5:30-7:30pm for the third event in our “Wine with Wonks” series at Lavagna. This event will give you a chance to ask your most pressing questions about federal higher education policy in a casual setting with a full cast of wonks:

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Jan
31
9:30 AM09:30

New Member Training: How to Get Your New Office Up and Running

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Was your office unable to attend the Orientation for Senior Aides program hosted by the Committee on House Administration in November 2018? Did you attend, but still have questions? Or have senior staff joined your team who need a top-level briefing on EVERYTHING about getting your office up and running? If so, this session is for you! To RSVP for this event, please email RSVP@CongressFoundation.orgPlease provide the full name, office and staff position of the person who will attend.

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Jan
31
3:00 PM15:00

What to Expect in a Meeting with a Member of Congress

Every year, thousands of Americans work with their associations, nonprofits, or companies to attend "fly-in" events or "lobby days" in Washington. But many participants don't know what to expect when they meet with their legislator, or their perceptions are shaped by the media. This presentation provides an overview of congressional offices; outlines staff roles in meetings; and offers tips for successfully meeting with Members of Congress and their staffs. This webinar is for citizen advocates as part of the Partnership for a More Perfect Union. To register or to learn more about the Partnership, please contact Jaime Werner,  jwerner@congressfoundation.org.

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Jan
31
6:30 PM18:30

Commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Sephardic Heritage International DC (Shin DC), the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America, and Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue & Museum cordially invite you to a program commemorating International Holocause Remembrance Day. Remembering often-omitted Sephardic & Romaniote narratives of the Holocaust and WWII. By invitation only, RSVO to info@shindc.org by January 23rd or request and invitation.

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Feb
6
8:00 AM08:00

Boundless: Building a 5G World

Join The Hill as we convene administration officials, policymakers, business leaders, and stakeholders for a conversation about the integration of 5G into American society. Experts predict that by the year 2020, more than 20 billion devices will be interconnected. From improved healthcare outcomes to increased crop yields for American farmers and a fully-realized Internet of Things -- what impact will a 5G roll out have on consumers?

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Feb
6
10:00 AM10:00

How Congress Reforms Itself: Historical Perspectives on Rules Changes

  • 122 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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As recent changes in the Senate’s filibuster rule have shown, the rules that govern the two bodies of Congress are not fixed: they have repeatedly undergone revision and reform. What has brought about major rules changes in the past? How have these changes altered how Congress works? What unintended consequences have they caused? Leading historians of Congress will discuss these questions.

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Feb
6
10:00 AM10:00

2019 Hockey Day on the Hill

  • 2253 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, the bipartisan Congressional Hockey Caucus and its Co-Chairs Congressman Mike Quigley, Congressman Brian Higgins, Congressman John Katko and Congressman Tom Emmer will host a congressional briefing to discuss how hockey supports increased interest in and access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning that fuels career exploration among 5th-8th grade students. Following the briefing there will be an interactive Future Goals demonstration in the Rayburn Foyer with Washington Capitals players, NHL Alumni including Pat LaFontaine and Willie O’Ree and mascots Gritty, NJ Devil and Slapshot. Programming will begin at 11:30am.

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Feb
6
6:00 PM18:00

Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute New Congress Welcome Reception

  • 101 Constitution Avenue Northwest, Suite 400 NW Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
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Launching the session as the new Congress begins its work, the CHLI’s New Congress Welcome Reception in Washington, D.C., connects new and seasoned members, from both sides of the aisle, with corporate, civic and non-profit leaders and executives, as well as members of the diplomatic community.

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Feb
7
9:00 AM09:00

City Hall 101: The Role of Cities in Moving America Forward

  • HVC-201, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

During this briefing, local leaders from across the nation will discuss how their communities are solving some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Their stories and perspectives will help the 116th Congress consider the best ways to partner with cities to move America forward.

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Feb
7
3:30 PM15:30

DOD Historically Black College and University Strategy Update

Please join the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) as they host a discussion on the HBCU engagement strategy required by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The strategy, required since 2011, mandates that the Department of Defense (DoD) develop a strategy to include HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in the DoD research enterprise.

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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
27
3:00 PM15:00

Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Tech Talk

  • CVC-268, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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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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Mar
20
4:00 PM16:00

CRISP Social Work Day on the Hill Congressional Reception

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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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)
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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

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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Jan
23
2:00 PM14:00

The Way Forward for the U.S. in a Post-INF World

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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Most analysts agree the U.S. should continue to encourage the Russian government to renegotiate an updated INF Treaty. Some experts propose that in parallel with these efforts, the U.S. should develop and field new low-yield nuclear weapons as well as improved conventional ground-launched cruise missile systems and cruise missile defenses. They assert that these actions would better deter Russian use of low-yield nuclear weapons and better defend its NATO allies from Russian cruise missile threats. Opponents of these recommendations counter that the U.S. development of low-yield nuclear weapons, ground-launched cruise missiles and improved cruise missile defenses will only antagonize Russia and lead to a new arms race. Please join us for a discussion on the recommended way ahead for the U.S. in a post-INF world.

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Jan
23
12:00 PM12:00

Women's Congressional Staff Association #NATSECGIRLSSQUAD Meet and Greet

  • 2456 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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WCSA will be hosting a brown bag lunch meet & greet on Wednesday, January 23rd with#NatSecGirlsSquad, a membership organization for people committed to competent diversity across the national security apparatus, with an emphasis on defense and security. Bring your lunch and come meet with women in the national security and defense industries and learn more about #NatSecGirlsSquad. Snacks & coffee will be provided.

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Jan
23
12:00 PM12:00

The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program at 15: Impacts, Experiences, and the Path Forward

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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In 2004, the first students began participating in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program – a private school choice program serving low-income families in Washington, D.C. This year marks 15 years of the scholarship program’s operation in the nation’s capital, with more than 1,650 children currently using D.C. OSP scholarships to pay tuition at participating private schools across the city. School choice programs have increased considerably across the country over the past decade, with more and more students having access to options such as vouchers and education savings accounts. What has been the impact of this consequential school choice measure, what does the future hold for the OSP, and what does it mean for families? Join us during National School Choice Week for a conversation with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, led by Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James, followed by a discussion featuring program stakeholders and scholars.

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Jan
23
10:30 AM10:30

Blockchain: What it Is and How it Can Help Prevent Identity Theft

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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Last year alone, 16.7 million individuals suffered some form of identity theft. This crime exposes victims to many difficulties in their daily lives, ranging from the inability to participate in our economy to the inability to prove to a potential employer (or even our government) that they are a US citizen. Our antiquated system of collecting trivial facts and government IDs to confirm the identity of individuals contributes to these problems because anyone with sufficient information about you can literally “BE” you. Join us at the Heritage Foundation as our panel explores how new blockchain technologies can help prevent identity theft and protect millions of Americans.

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Jan
23
9:30 AM09:30

What are the Potential Impacts of Single-Payer Health Care?

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

Controlling costs while improving health care access dominates policy debates in Congress. Some policymakers are increasingly discussing “Medicare-for-All” proposals and multiple single-payer proposals have recently emerged. What do policymakers need to know when thinking about single-payer proposals and their likely effects on cost and access?

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Jan
23
9:00 AM09:00

Women in Government Briefing: State Opioid Taxes - Economic & Health Policy Implications

Come join us over coffee and continental breakfast for a discussion of “State Opioid Taxes: Economic & Health Policy Implications!" Alex Brill of Matrix Global Advisors will be discussing a white paper commissioned by Women In Government that addresses the burdens of the opioid epidemic on states and potential policy solutions. Please RSVP to Laura Blake, Outreach and Development Manager, if you would like to join us for this event. 

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Jan
22
4:00 PM16:00

Meeting Opportunity: Claudia Paz y Paz and Amerigo Incalcaterra, GIEI Nicaragua

The staff of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission would like to bring to your attention the opportunity to meet with Claudia Paz y Paz and Amerigo Incalcaterra, two members of the Group of Independent International Experts (GIEI) charged with examining human rights violations committed in the context of the ongoing social uprising in Nicaragua.

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Jan
22
2:00 PM14:00

Nigerian Elections and Regional Conflict:

  • 2103 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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As Nigerian elections draw near, the two main candidates- Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar - have publicly committed to peaceful elections. However, the elections are still a concern for many civil society groups, who worry that party messaging, disenfranchisement of Internally Displaced Persons, and public dissatisfaction with the government's response to conflict will lead to violence. Whatever the outcomes of the federal elections in February and state elections in March, Nigeria will still be faced with ongoing internal conflict issues, such as Boko Haram violence in the northeast and farmer-herder conflict in the Middle Belt. Join civil society groups as they share their insights on key threats to peace in the lead-up and after the election and how the US can engage now to prevent the intensification of pre-existing conflict dynamics.

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Jan
17
4:15 PM16:15

Asian Affairs in 2019: An Introduction for New Congressional Staff.

  • 2044 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Expert panelists will help Congressional staff understand trends in Asian affairs and offer recommendations and insights on key areas of interest to U.S. policymakers and their advisors. All attendees are welcome to stay for a reception following the briefing. The panelists will be Erin Ennis of the US-China Business Council and Murray Hiebert from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Silvia Spring, Foreign Policy Manager at Airbnb and former U.S. foreign service officer, will moderate. 

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Jan
17
2:00 PM14:00

Life and Liberty Pastor's Roundtable

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Please join Human Coalition for a routable discussion, prior to the March for Life, with political and church leaders. This conversation will provide insight into what is happening in Congress, and we will be discussing issues to which we, as pastors, must respond. This conversation will equip us to go home from the March for Life and share with our congregations what is happening in Washington and how the church can and should respond.

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Jan
17
2:00 PM14:00

CPC Briefing on Oversight Techniques for Personal Offices

  • 122 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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 Please join us for a policy briefing on oversight techniques for personal offices, led by Brian Cohen, Oversight and Investigations Director for Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Brian Cohen has over 20 years of oversight and investigations experience in the House and Senate.  He is presently the Oversight and Investigations Director for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), where he has led the production of dozens of reports, letters, and other oversight products related to financial regulation and consumer protection, education and student loans, ethics and conflicts of interest in the Trump Administration, and other issues important to Sen. Warren’s agenda.

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Jan
17
12:30 PM12:30

Research Highlights from the National Center for Sustainable Transportation: Better Governance Through A Strong Workforce and Effective Incentives

  • G11 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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The National Center for Sustainable Transportation, one of five National University Transportation Centers, leads in cutting-edge research from across the nation. Join the NCST on Thursday, January 17th, to discuss recent research findings: Dr. Carol Vallett from the University of Vermont will discuss workforce retention at State Departments of Transportation, and Dr. Alan Jenn from the University of California, Davis, will discuss the effectiveness of electric vehicle incentives. More information to come.

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Jan
16
5:00 PM17:00

Cato Institute 116 Congress Reception

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Members of Congress—both new and returning—and their staff will have the opportunity to learn about the Cato Institute and its mission to produce independent, non partisan research on a wide array of policy matters. Available to attendees will be select Cato scholarship, copies of the Cato Handbook for Policy makers, and a number of scholars who will happily discuss any policy issues of interest.

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Jan
16
2:30 PM14:30

A Solar Revolution in Rural America

The use of solar energy is skyrocketing in rural America. In response to evolving consumer expectations and dramatically lower costs, electric cooperatives are bringing the benefits of solar energy to communities once written off as not suitable for solar development. Join us, make your own ice cream sundae and hear how a partnership with the Department of Energy (SUNDA project) fueled a ten-fold increase in electric cooperative solar capacity, and learn how co-ops are planning to meet the future energy needs of their communities.

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Jan
16
11:45 AM11:45

The 3 Revolutions in Transportation: Governance Needs & Opportunities

  • 2253 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Automated, shared, and electric vehicles, called the "3 Revolutions" bring massive opportunities to improve safety, manage congestion, advance equity, and reduce pollution in transportation. But these new technologies will also challenge existing governance models. The future of transportation will require smart governance, which includes performance-based and flexible regulatory mechanisms. This briefing will explain why the advent of the "3 Revolutions" era requires reevaluation of roles for federal, state, and local authorities.

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Jan
16
9:30 AM09:30

Recognizing Women’s Unpaid Care Work: How Equality at Home Can Lead to Equality in the Public Sphere

  • 2045 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Join us as we hear from practitioners and researchers on how best practices in international development can recognize unpaid care and domestic work; challenge gender roles that lead to a disproportionate division of labor in the home; and increase women’s political participation.

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Jan
11
11:00 AM11:00

The Value of the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) for those with Neurofibromatosis (NF)

  • 2212 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Currently, there are no effective treatments and no cure for neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disorder affecting 1 in 3,000 people. Through research conducted by the NF Research Program within the CDMRP, research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other public and private research partnerships, we know we will find solutions for NF patients as well as 175 million Americans suffering from traumatic brain injury, cognitive delays, various cancers, persistent pain, nerve damage and amputations. Please join us for a briefing in collaboration with the Littlest Tumor Foundation on the value of the CDMRP to finding treatments for NF and other deadly diseases.

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Jan
10
4:30 PM16:30

PLEN Leadership Connection Series: Women Transforming Capitol Hill

In celebration of our 40th Anniversary, Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is highlighting the impact we’ve made as we continue to break down barriers for future women policy leaders. The 40th Anniversary Leadership Connection series will bring our current and future leaders together in one room to discuss our country’s most pressing policy issues. Through these discussions, we’ll look back at the progress that we have made and look forward to the work that still needs to be done.

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Jan
9
5:00 PM17:00

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Swearing-In Ceremony and Reception

  • Capitol Visitor Center Atrium and Auditorium (CVC-200) (map)
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Join CHCI at the Swearing-In Ceremony & Welcome Reception for the Hispanic Members of the 116th Congress!

EVENT DETAILS
Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
5:00 PM - 8:00 pm
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center - Congressional Auditorium & Atrium (CVC 200)
East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, D.C. 20004

5:00 - 6:00 PM -- General Pre-Reception (Open to all registered guests) & Private Reception (by invitation only)
6:00 - 6:45 PM -- Swearing-In Ceremony
6:45 - 8:00 PM -- Welcome Reception

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Jan
9
1:30 PM13:30

Promoting American Interests through International Disability Rights: Recommendations for the New Congress

Panelists will discuss how the 116th Congress can leverage American policy and leadership to promote disability rights worldwide. Panelists will provide an overview of current research on U.S. Agency for International Development and State Department policies and the impact of these policies on disability inclusion in development. Good practice examples, which highlight how U.S. Government leadership can successfully strengthen disability rights around the world, will be discussed.

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Jan
9
12:00 PM12:00

Civil Forfeiture Reform in the 116th Congress:

  • 2045 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Hosted by the Institute for Justice, the panel discussion will offer an overview of the federal government’s civil forfeiture programs, provide insight into how Congress can protect innocent owners, and present new research that uses the Justice Department’s own data to explain how the recent revival of adoptive forfeitures puts innocent property owners at risk. IJ plaintiff Gerardo Serrano, who had his truck unjustly seized and held for more than two years by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for civil forfeiture, will also speak at the event.

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Jan
8
12:00 PM12:00

Congressional Reorganization Act 101: Past, Present and Future Proposals

The U.S. Congress has a reputation as a slow-moving, antiquated institution badly in need of reform. This reputation is not unique to the current age. Rather, congressional inefficiency has caused such distress in the past as to initiate three separate organized attempts at institutional reform: the bipartisan Joint Committees on the Organization of Congress (JCOCs) of 1945, 1965 and 1992. Today the call has arisen once again to reform the institution. Join the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group (LBCWG) and its partners for a lunch discussion on the history of past JCOCs, the groundwork for reform laid in the 115th Congress and proposals that could materialize for a bipartisan JCOC in the 116th Congress.

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Dec
14
12:00 PM12:00

Securities Class Action Litigation: How Well Does It Protect Investors?

  • 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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Securities class action lawsuits are filed on behalf of investors who claim they’ve suffered an economic loss as a result of financial misrepresentation, fraudulent stock manipulation or other violations of federal or state securities law. And the number of cases is on the rise. 2017 saw more securities class action lawsuits filed than any other year in nearly two decades. But critics allege that the majority of securities class action claims are meritless attempts to shake down businesses that will settle the cases with big payoffs to the class action lawyers but no benefit to investors. Are the critics right? Do most securities class actions involve dubious claims that deliver no real benefits to shareholders? Or are they an essential tool for keeping businesses honest? Join us as our panel of experts discuss and debate the value of securities class action litigation. Hill Country BBQ will be served, but admittance is fully dependent on registration beforehand. 

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Dec
14
10:00 AM10:00

Sri Lanka in Crisis: From Debt Traps to Soft Coups

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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The turmoil is unfolding at a time Sri Lanka is grappling with the consequences of a major expansion of Chinese influence and investments, portrayed as a warning to others about the risks of Chinese “debt traps” and the strategic ambitions underpinning the Belt and Road Initiative. As China and India compete for influence in Colombo and prepare for the potential return of the Rajapaksas, the Trump administration has suspended a major aid package and urged the country to resolve the crisis through democratic means.

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Dec
13
1:30 PM13:30

UK Chief Veterinary Officer on Global Animal Disease Research and Strategies

  • 121 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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Dr. Middlemiss and Lord Gardiner will be speaking about a global research initiative (STAR-IDAZ, of which the USDA's Agriculture Research Service is a member) focused on improving animal disease control strategies, including vaccines, and on coordinating research programs at the international level for new and improved animal health strategies for more than 30 priority diseases, infections, and issues. Dame Davies will speak about the importance of international collaboration to achieve an integrated approach towards animal disease control to help tackle the impacts of antimicrobial resistance.

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