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Oct
23
9:00 AM09:00

Healthcare Quality Program Renovation: How Better Tools & Value-Based Care Can Improve Outcomes and Lower Health Costs

  • 2045 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Join the Council for Affordable Health Coverage and a panel of expert guests as we look at trends in hospital quality including variations from state to state and across different types of hospital systems. We will consider how improved quality measures can spur better care for patients and lower spending for the healthcare system. This briefing will include the debut of first-of-its-kind Medicare cost and quality research from 3M Health Information Systems. RSVP

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Oct
23
10:00 AM10:00

Collective Impact Approaches to Community Health: Working Across Sectors to Reduce Health Disparities in the West Side Neighborhood of Stamford, CT

  • SVC-212/10, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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Come learn about the Vita Health & Wellness District’s multi-sector and forward-thinking approach to comprehensive community development. Vin Tufo, CEO of Charter Oak Communities, and Pam Koprowski, long time consultant to Stamford Hospital, will share their practitioners’ perspective on how federal programs and policies that support collaboration, impact accountability, and integrated solutions to complex challenges can reverse the decades long effects of disinvestment and siloed programming, building healthy, vibrant communities.

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Oct
23
10:00 AM10:00

Improving Health Outcomes for Minority Women and Their Children

  • 122 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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Despite being one of the most developed nations in the world, the U.S. maternal mortality rate for women of color continues to rise. The congressional briefing is hosted by Wayne State University in conjunction with Rep. Brenda Lawrence and Rep. Rashida Tlaib. Special guest presenters include Stacey D. Stewart, president and CEO of the March of Dimes and member of the board of directors for the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute. The event will be moderated by James Williams, Jr., Wayne State’s director of Federal Affairs. RSVP

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Oct
23
12:00 PM12:00

DSHEA @ 25: How the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act Regulates Your Supplements

  • 121 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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On October 25, 1994, President Clinton signed into law the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), creating a new category of products called dietary supplements and giving FDA new authority to oversee their manufacturing and marketing. Since then, dietary supplements have become a $46 billion industry with products used by more than 77% of American adults. This anniversary briefing will highlight the lasting legacy of this landmark law and how the law balances consumer access to a wide range of products along with protection of public health. This comprehensive piece of legislation established a new regulatory framework for supplements covering the safety of the ingredients, requirements for manufacturing and labeling, and a range of enforcement tools for FDA.

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Oct
23
12:00 PM12:00

US Capitol Historic Society Art and History Lecture: "Winston in Washington"

  • 2130 H Street Northwest (National Churchill Library and Center, inside GWU Gelman Libary) Washington, DC, 20052 United States (map)
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Winston Spencer Churchill was half-American, and his relationship with the country he called “The Great Republic” and its capital were critical to his career as Britain’s greatest Prime Minister. In sixty years in public life, he met presidents from William McKinley to John Kennedy and developed deep relationships with some of our most famous leaders, including Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower. Churchill’s extended sojourns in the White House during the Second World War were legendary; he was the first foreign leader to address Congress three times, most famously in December 1941, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. Not surprisingly, Winston Churchill is one of the few non-Americans honored with a bust in the United States Capitol. RSVP

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Oct
23
12:00 PM12:00

The Formula for Success: Women Small Business Owners & Economic Empowerment

  • SVC-203, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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In honor of national Women's Small Business Month, join Rep. Jackie Walorski, SBA Associate Administrator Bill Manger, Bank of America Head of Small Business Sharon Miller, President of the Tory Burch Foundation Laurie Fabiano, and Founder and CEO of AchieveUnite Inc.,Theresa Caragol for a conversation about the formula for success for female-led small businesses in America. More than half of women entrepreneurs say they don’t have equal access to capital. Nonetheless, they’re optimistic about growth and their expansion plans are reaching four-year highs. Hear from female entrepreneurs and experts as they discuss factors that impact business growth, such a healthcare costs, consumer spending, corporate tax rates, and more. RSVP

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Oct
23
2:00 PM14:00

Improving Coastal Resilience in the Northeast

  • 1539 Longworth House Office Building (map)
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The Northeast faces a diverse set of coastal challenges, including coastal erosion, threats from storms such as Hurricane Sandy, and heavy property development. However, inventive collaborative projects developed in the Northeast can prove a model for other regions experiencing similar issues. The briefing will provide specific project examples to protect both homes and industry and the legislation and policies developed at the federal level to help those projects succeed, along with suggestions for further Congressional opportunities to support long-term sustainability of the country’s coastal infrastructure. RSVP

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Oct
23
2:30 PM14:30

Healthy Homes: Cost-Effective Solutions to Carbon Monoxide & Lead Poisoning

  • G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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Carbon monoxide and lead-based paint pose grave threats in any housing, and some federally assisted housing programs lag behind private markets in addressing these dangers and preventing severe effects of poisonings or even death. Carbon monoxide has been dubbed the “silent killer” and is particularly dangerous for children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Lead poisoning has irreversible and devastating effects on children. Current data indicates that 1/5 of all children with lead poisoning in the U.S. - or 90,000 children - participate in HUD's Housing Choice Voucher program! Panelists for the briefing will discuss these dangers in more detail and share how two bipartisan bills – S. 2160, the Carbon Monoxide Alarms Leading Every Resident to Safety Act (CO ALERTS) and S. 1583, the Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act – would help protect residents in federal housing programs. RSVP

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Oct
23
3:00 PM15:00

Protecting Houses of Worship and Holy Sites

  • 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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How can the international community better work together to stem the global violent targeting of houses of worship? Witnesses will highlight U.S. programs, intergovernmental initiatives, interfaith efforts, and other policy recommendations that aim to ensure that holy places remain safe havens and not sites of bloodshed. Members of the media can RSVP at media@uscirf.gov

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Oct
23
5:00 PM17:00

Brutal Exchange: Genocide, Trafficking, and the Human Person as Gift

  • 316 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast, Suite 501 Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
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The Religious Freedom Institute is hosting Laura Bramon on "Brutal Exchange: Genocide, Trafficking, and the Human Person as Gift"  Join us for this final event of the Center for Religious Freedom Education’s Fall Speaker Series, featuring Laura Bramon speaking on Brutal Exchange: Genocide, Trafficking, and the Human Person as Gift. RSVP

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Oct
24
10:00 AM10:00

Recent Business Reform and Opportunities for Trade and Investment in Afghanistan

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast (The Heritage Foundation) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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As an Adviser to the President closely involved with many reforms, Minister Ajmal Ahmady will provide an overview of the recent business reforms in Afghanistan, the initial results of these reforms, the current focus on the export sector and Afghanistan’s expanding trade and regional connectivity with Central Asia, the Gulf, India, China, Europe and potentially North America. Minister Ahmady will explain in his remarks the role that public-private partnerships can play in stimulating growth, creating jobs and generating revenue which directly impact peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

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Oct
24
10:30 AM10:30

Elect Her Campaign Workshop

  • 1101 K Street Northwest, #500 (Bloomberg Government) Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)
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Elect Her is a workshop for college women on why and how to run for student government and future political office. Participants will hear from elected role models, build and practice concrete campaign skills, and join the worldwide network of 15,000+ Running Start alums. Free admission, space limited. RSVP by October 21st: bit.ly/ElectHerOct24

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Oct
24
12:00 PM12:00

Disrupting Wildlife Cybercrime

  • 2200 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The growth of the internet has led to wildlife traffickers moving from physical marketplaces to online platforms, making it easier and faster to connect poachers to consumers on e-commerce and social media platforms. To effectively address the mounting threats of wildlife cybercrime, all involved must share a vision and work towards common goals and objectives. RSVP

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Oct
24
12:00 PM12:00

Leading the Charge against Antimicrobial Resistance: Partnering to Meet the Challenge

  • 485 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
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There is a growing urgency to solve the problem of antibiotic — or antimicrobial — resistance (AMR). Learn how the CDC has challenged communities, providers, organizations and companies across the U.S. and the globe to take up this fight. And learn what must happen next, including what you can do. Research!America and partners are hosting a briefing on Capitol Hill on October 24, 2019. We look forward to seeing you there. Register

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Oct
24
12:30 PM12:30

Online Content Moderation and Vulnerable Communities

  • 2237 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The abundance of user-created content online has presented never-before-seen opportunities for vulnerable communities, including spaces for acceptance, activism, and support. However, as user-generated content continues to become more prevalent in society, challenges have arisen too. Existing laws, such as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act have enabled the growth of diverse online spaces, but these very laws could be under threat. Come to our panel to discuss the laws that enable vulnerable communities in the digital age. RSVP

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Oct
24
3:00 PM15:00

National Call to Action: Quality and Payment Innovation in Social Determinants of Health

  • 122 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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Over the last decade, there has been a growing recognition that factors outside of traditional clinical settings such as housing, transportation, education are more influential on a person’s health. Leveraging these factors known as the social determinants of health (SDOH), will become increasingly critical as our health care system move towards one that prioritizes value over volume. Join the National Quality Forum (NQF) for a briefing, hosted by Representatives Eliot Engel, Judy Chu, Buddy Carter and Tom Cole, to discuss strategies for leveraging payment models that utilize SDOH to promote quality. RSVP

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Oct
25
9:30 AM09:30

Treating the Pathologies of Victory: Hardening the Nation for Strategic Competition

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast (The Heritage Foundation) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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In a powerful new essay for The Heritage Foundation’s 2020 Index of U.S. Military Strength, Dr. Tom Ehrhard explains how America’s past victories have skewed its perception of the reality of strategic competition, and have left the American public overconfident and complacent when considering the needs for national defense. Ehrhard unsparingly diagnoses the “pathologies” and provides recommendations for treatment. Join us for a unique opportunity to engage on this important subject, and to get a sneak peak at a section of the upcoming 2020 Index of U.S. Military Strength, to be released on October 30, 2019.

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Oct
25
12:00 PM12:00

Spending Federal Transportation Dollars Effectively: A Review of BUILD and New Starts

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Competitive grant funds, including BUILD (formerly known as TIGER) and New Starts (also known as transit capital grants), are supposed to ensure that federal dollars are spent where they are most needed. In fact, most of them are wasted as state and local governments propose expensive and obsolete projects in order to get the most "free" federal dollars. Since these programs are up for renewal in 2020, Feigenbaum and O’Toole will show how Congress can make them work more effectively. RSVP

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Oct
25
12:00 PM12:00

Modernizing Medicare Part D

  • Reserve Officers Association Building, 5th Floor (map)
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The Medicare Part D program, an optional prescription drug benefit plan, currently covers over two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries. The changing prescription drug landscape, including rising prices for prescriptions, has challenged the design of the program. This briefing will orient the audience to proposals introduced by Congress and the administration to reform Medicare Part D. Panelists will examine trends in Part D spending and discuss the implications of proposed reforms for beneficiaries and the prescription drug market. RSVP

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Oct
25
12:00 PM12:00

Focusing Innovation on the Individual Patient

  • 2045 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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In clinical trials, pharmaceutical development, and therapeutic approaches, experts have acknowledged the unique differences among patients and recognized that value is not added to healthcare with a one-size-fits-all mentality. Hear innovators discuss recent developments, achievements, and collaborations that are making personalized medicine a reality. RSVP

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Oct
25
12:00 PM12:00

Big Data & Big Brother: The Rise of the Surveillance State and the Death of Privacy?

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast (The Heritage Foundation) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right of the people to be “secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures.” But as the digital world advances, corporations, including big tech and the government, know more and more about us than ever before, straining traditional notions of privacy. What do corporations and big tech know about us, how do they use that information? What is the relationship between big tech and the government, and how does that threaten your privacy? And what are the implications of the Supreme Court’s Carpenter decision, which held that cell phone users have 4th Amendment rights in their historical cell-site location records? Join us for a discussion with three experts as they discuss the rise of the surveillance state and the threats to privacy by corporations and the government.

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Oct
25
12:00 PM12:00

Divisible, Not Incompatible: Strengthening Human Rights by Preventing Their Politicization

  • 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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Join us for a discussion on the future of the human rights movement and suggestions as to how the U.S. can best shape human rights policy and strategy. Our panelists will discuss how robust protection of natural rights, such as religious freedom, can ultimately lead to economic and social prosperity and why natural rights are best protected when they are protected for all, not for members of particular identity groups. RSVP is Required

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Oct
25
12:00 PM12:00

Encryption Briefing: Understanding Its Technical and Human Elements

  • 2237 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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This open event will feature two panel sessions covering everything you need to know about encryption: the Technology of Encryption and The Human Side of Encryption. Experts will cover how encryption technology works, the implications of 'exceptional access' proposals, and the day-to-day impact of encryption on people and society. You'll also get to hear perspectives from marginalized communities that are sometimes left out of the recurring narrative. RSVP

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Oct
25
12:00 PM12:00

Science in the Courts: Expert Testimony and the Roundup Litigation

  • 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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Courts apply widely varying standards from state to state for evaluating expert testimony. In cases involving the herbicide Roundup, for example, a court in Delaware tossed out much of the plaintiff’s expert evidence, while California courts have permitted juries to decide what was valid. Both choices had a significant impact on the resolution of those cases. Should judges act as protective gatekeepers to screen out possibly suspect science? Or should they take a lighter hand and trust juries to determine who is telling the truth? Join us as two of the leading attorneys in the Roundup litigation discuss and debate these questions and examine the use of science in the courts through the lens of that ongoing dispute. RSVP

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Oct
25
1:00 PM13:00

Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) Career Workshop

  • 227 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast (Hillsdale College Kirby Center) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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GAIN's Government Affairs Career Workshop is back for a third year to help put you on the right career path for success! Join us on October 25th from 1pm to 5pm at Hillsdale College for this essential workshop on how to get the government affairs job that's perfect for you! Join GAIN, Time On The Hill, Tom Manatos Jobs, and other experienced government affairs professionals from all areas, including: lobbying (corporate, trade association, contract), communications, Congress, federal government, grassroots, PAC, and more! RSVP

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Oct
25
2:00 PM14:00

Honoring America’s Veterans through Improved Care and Services

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast (The Heritage Foundation) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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Please join us as Secretary Wilkie discusses the progress he has made in reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs to make sure that the brave men and women who serve in America’s armed forces who sacrifice so much for our safety and security receive the care and benefits they have earned.

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Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Successes of People with Disabilities Transitioning to Competitive Integrated Employment

  • 2261 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Learn more about competitive integrated employment (CIE), community jobs where people with disabilities work alongside co-workers without disabilities and are paid competitive wages. Hear success stories about transitioning to CIE from people with disabilities and their families and about states efforts to expand opportunities for CIE. RSVP

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Oct
28
12:00 PM12:00

ASA Policy Forum: Pell for Short-Term Programs

Many believe that expanding Pell Grants to short-term programs should be a top priority for the Higher Education Act. Several bills to expand Pell have garnered significant bipartisan support, but there remains healthy debate over the best methods for expanding access to short-term programs while protecting a vital source of federal student aid. What are the benefits of expanding Pell to short-term programs? Will expanding Pell endanger traditional college access or expand opportunity? What are the appropriate safeguards to make sure Pell continues to work for those who need it most? RSVP

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Oct
30
12:30 PM12:30

Quantifying Quality: Data-Driven Hospital Performance Improvement

  • 1539 Longworth House Office Building (map)
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On a daily basis, America’s hospitals are driven by their mission to improve clinical quality and produce the best patient outcomes. Data is a key piece of the quality equation. Join us for a lunch briefing to learn how hospitals are utilizing data, quantitative analytics, shared best practices, and empirical metrics to drive quality improvements at their institutions to benefit their patients and communities. RSVP

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Nov
1
5:30 PM17:30

Gibson's Bakery v. Oberlin College: Campus Identity Politics On Trial

  • 227 Massachusetts Ave. NE (Hillsdale College Kirby Center) (map)
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The James Wilson Institute will host Prof. William Jacobson for a public lecture on campus identity politics, college administrators, and a family bakery caught in the crosshairs. Prof. Jacobson has chronicled the ongoing legal battle Gibson's Bakery has fought against Oberlin College at Legal Insurrection, an influential website he founded and where publishes on topics concerning law and politics. In his lecture, Prof. Jacobson will discuss the background to the case, the trial, the victory for Gibson's, and what the case portends for the future of identity politics on campuses across the country. RSVP

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Nov
4
9:00 AM09:00

The Geopolitics of Middle East Oil

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The recent attacks on oil tankers in the Persian gulf and Saudi oil refineries serve as a stark reminder of the global economy's dependence on petroleum from this politically unstable region. This briefing, which brings together several leading historians of the subject, will explain how the Middle East oil industry assumed such importance in international affairs and American foreign policy. RSVP

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Nov
6
12:00 PM12:00

US Capitol Historic Society Art and History Lecture: "Elisabet Ney's Sam Houston, ‘The Greatest of Wild Men’”

  • SVC-215, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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 Elisabet Ney was first contracted to complete the Statue of Sam Houston in 1892 for the Texas Pavilion at the Colombian Exposition of 1893. The famed Texan, Houston, remains the only person to be Governor of two states--Texas and Tennessee—and was a two-term president of the Republic of Texas; he also served in both houses of the U.S. Congress and in the Texas House of Representatives. Consequently, Ney surprised many when she depicted Houston as a young man in Cherokee garb rather than as a senior statesman. Today, marble statues of Ney’s Sam Houston adorn the United States Capitol as well as the entrance of the Texas State Capitol, thus aggrandizing the unique legacy of “the greatest of wild men.” RSVP

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Nov
7
8:30 AM08:30

Regime Change: How to Replace the Beltway Blob with the Foreign Policy Americans Want

As we near the end of President Trump’s first term, conservatism has been turned on its head. A national conversation has unleashed new approaches to everything from Washington politics and the economy, to government and American culture. Thankfully, this landscape has also created new opportunities for challenging the predominance of U.S interventionist foreign policies. The people have spoken. Americans clearly want change in our militaristic approach to the world. Yet there is still one obstacle standing in the way of real success : A fully entrenched establishment devoted to American military primacy, global hegemony, and maintaining the status quo, at all costs. We call it ‘The Blob.’ Join us at TAC's 6th annual Foreign Policy Conference where we discuss how to defeat these vested interests whose broad tentacles are working directly in conflict with real American goals and values. RSVP

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Nov
13
12:00 PM12:00

US Capitol Historic Society Art and History Lecture: “A Really Close Look at the L’Enfant Manuscript Plan of Washington”

  • 200 Maryland Avenue Northeast (Ketchum Hall) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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The Library of Congress holds a copy Peter L’Enfant’s manuscript plan for the city of Washington. As a U.S. Capitol Historical Society Capitol Fellow in 2012, Hawkins used high resolution scans of the plan to inspect the manuscript more carefully than had previously been possible. Hawkins will discuss which versions of the plan were drafts as well as who modified the drafts and contributed to the final plan. RSVP

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Nov
19
1:30 PM13:30

The Real Dangers of Equating Opioid Dependence with Addiction

  • CVC-268, Capitol Visitors Center (map)
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s policy makers continue to explore solutions to addressing the nation’s opioid crisis, it is imperative to ensure that pain patients who could benefit from opioid analgesics do not suffer unintended consequences of well-intentioned policies aimed at restricting access to these medications when their use is appropriate. This briefing will bring lawmakers, regulators, physicians and other scientists, and the public into this critical conversation. Speakers will address the science of addiction and dependence, how the distinction between them affects clinical practice and policy, and specific strategies suggested by the medical and prevention sciences for ensuring that patients’ differential needs are met. RSVP

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Oct
22
4:00 PM16:00

US Polysilicon Industry at Risk: Addressing the China Challenge

Polysilicon is a fundamental building block to the semiconductor and solar industries. It is a multi-crystalline, high purity silicon, used to make wafers/ingots for solar cells and integrated circuits. The industry represents over $10 billion in capital and employs thousands in the U.S. with high-skilled, high-wage jobs. Preserving U.S. production capacity is vital for maintaining U.S. competitive advantages in critical defense, energy, and innovation industries. China’s actions, under its industrial plans and trade practices, threaten to wipe out U.S. polysilicon capacity and its high-paying manufacturing jobs, leaving the United States effectively reliant on China for this critical material. RSVP

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Oct
22
2:00 PM14:00

Addressing the Talent Problem: Recruiting and Retaining Effective Educators for All Schools

  • SVC 209/08, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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Join the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and WestEd for a special panel discussion, where education practitioners and experts will showcase effective talent retention strategies linked to rapid school improvement, as well as overview strategies that federal policymakers can authorize and fund under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). REGISTER

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Oct
22
10:30 AM10:30

The Promise of Adolescence

  • SVC-209/08, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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The Center for the Developing Adolescent is co-hosting a congressional briefing with the Funders for Adolescent Science Translation (FAST) and the Office of Senator Kamala Harris to shine a spotlight on key findings from the recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report, The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth

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Oct
22
9:30 AM09:30

Green Growth that Works

  • 122 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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Please join a panel discussion with experts from the Natural Capital Project’s Stanford University team who will discuss pragmatic finance and policy tools that can make investment in natural capital – green growth - both attractive and commonplace. The panel will be followed by an off-the-record question and answer session. RSVP

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Oct
21
5:00 PM17:00

From the Executive Branch to Congress: National Security Leaders Who Crossed the Divide

  • 2045 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Please join the Reiss Center on Law and Security for a discussion with Representatives Will Hurd, Andy Kim and Elissa Slotkin about the role of Congress in national security and foreign affairs, and how their own executive branch experience has shaped their approach on the Hill. The program will be moderated by Lisa Monaco, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Reiss Center and former Homeland Security Advisor to the President. RSVP

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Oct
21
12:30 PM12:30

Blockchain & AML - Challenges and Opportunities

In 2013, FinCEN issued its initial guidance on the application of the Bank Secrecy Act to virtual currencies. Since then, in only a few short years, the industry has evolved considerably – to the point where central bank officials are discussing augmenting the global financial system with blockchain technology. Hear from experts who have examined the technology through multiple lenses – from law enforcement to compliance. Join us to learn about blockchain, virtual currencies, and how emerging technology is being used to combat illicit finance.

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Oct
21
10:30 AM10:30

Title X and Latinx Communities

  • 2167 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Please join Planned Parenthood Federation of America and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health for a briefing on the Title X family planning program, its impact on the Latinx communities, and the harm of the Title X domestic gag rule. Speakers will discuss the current state of play, as well as shared perspectives from patients and providers. RSVP

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Oct
18
12:00 PM12:00

Examining the Continuum of Coverage Proposals

  • G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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According to The Commonwealth Fund’s latest Health Insurance in America Survey, 30 million people in the United States remain uninsured, about 44 million are underinsured, and health care costs are growing faster than median wages in many parts of the country. This briefing will orient the audience to both current coverage and affordability trends as well as the facets of reform proposals designed to increase access to health care coverage in the United States. Panelists will explore design elements of different proposals and discuss effects and tradeoffs policymakers must consider as they weigh proposals to increase access to coverage. RSVP

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Oct
18
12:00 PM12:00

Audiology: Treating Hearing Loss & Balance Disorders Critical Interventions - Improving Quality of Life

  • 2044 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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This luncheon briefing will provide information about how hearing and balance conditions impact overall health, the role of audiologists in the continuum of care, and barriers that prevent patients from receiving optimal hearing and balance care. Learn how H.R.4056, the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019, can effectively address these challenges. RSVP

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Oct
18
12:00 PM12:00

The Nuts and Bolts of Encryption: Deal or No Deal

  • 2237 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Join Engine and the Charles Koch Institute at noon next Friday, October 18th, for the final panel in our three-part series on the Nuts and Bolts of Encryption. We’ll be looking at the communities that would be impacted by law enforcement's request for "backdoor" access to encrypted services, including a "game" where attendees will wade through the costs and benefits of building intentional vulnerabilities. RSVP

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Oct
18
9:30 AM09:30

Lost Generation: The Health and Human Rights of North Korean Children, 1990–2018

On the 15th anniversary of the signing of the North Korean Human Rights Act into law, HRNK highlights the health and human rights status of the children of North Korea. After 61 interviews conducted in China and South Korea, HRNK's latest report, "Lost Generation: The Health and Human Rights of North Korean Children, 1990–2018," applies a public health perspective that treats health as a human right that must be guaranteed to every child in North Korea without discrimination. The report also comprehensively lays out recommendations for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, the United States, and the international community. RSVP

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Oct
17
5:30 PM17:30

Government Affairs Industry Network (GAIN) October Happy Hour

  • 201 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast (Union Pub) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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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. Admittance is first-come-first-serve: if you are unable to attend, please release your ticket so others can enjoy the evening. RSVP

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Oct
17
3:30 PM15:30

Bless Your Pets: St. Francis Blessing of the Animals Day

The Blessing of the Animals is a religious event customarily held on the Feast of St. Francis and is performed by congregations across the country every year.  During this time, companion animals, pets, and those who care for them go to places of worship for a blessing of health and well-being. This event will feature a blessing of several threatened and endangered species. We invite all Congressional offices to bring their beloved pets to be blessed. The event will be staffed by senior religious leaders from a variety of faith traditions.

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Oct
17
10:00 AM10:00

A New Multilateralism for Shared Prosperity: Achieving a Global Green New Deal

  • 401 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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The Green New Deal offers a bold and transformative vision for rethinking sustainable development in the US. It has also spurred discussions about how these policies can be scaled up to a global context. Fundamental to crafting a ‘Global Green New Deal’ is reassessing the role of international financial institutions, whose undemocratic market fundamentalism presents a major barrier to sustainable development. RSVP

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Oct
17
10:00 AM10:00

House Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Productivity Fair

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is here to help you and your team maximize your productivity. On Thursday, October 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., stop by the Productivity Fair in Rayburn 2168 and learn about the tools that will help you collaborate, share important files and documents with your teams, and access the resources to keep you secure and connected no matter where you are. CAO team members will be available to answer your questions and show you how to use resources and services available for you and your office. They’ll help you explore tools you already have at your disposal like Office 365 and OneDrive, as well as new tools like Microsoft Teams.

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Oct
17
9:00 AM09:00

Legislative Data and Transparency Conference

  • Congressional Auditorium, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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The 2019 Legislative Data and Transparency conference brings Legislative Branch agencies, data users, and transparency advocates together to foster a conversation about the use of legislative data. The conference addresses how agencies and outside groups use technology well, and how they can use it better in the future. RSVP

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Oct
17
9:00 AM09:00

Efficiently Funding the Soo Locks

  • SVC-215, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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 Please join representatives of the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers, the Great Lakes States, Lake Carriers' Association, and the American Great Lakes Ports Association for this important conversation. The Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, are a vital component of the nation's infrastructure. In 2018, Congress re-authorized construction of a new lock at full federal expense after the US Army Corps of Engineers benefit-cost analysis favorably rated this project. The Great Lakes Governors and a coalition of regional stakeholders have called on Congress to appropriate needed funds to efficiently fund this crucial national infrastructure. RSVP

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Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

AAPC + GPN Halloween Mixer

  • 901 4th Street Northwest (Rooftop) Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
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Come mix with your AAPC and GPN colleagues to have a “wicked” good time. While you’re there, guests will also have the opportunity to tour the D.C. Bar’s new, state-of-the-art video production and satellite media tour studio! There will be plenty of treats and no tricks with at this fun and free event! RSVP

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Oct
16
5:30 PM17:30

BSA | The Software Alliance Reception

  • 20 F Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
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BSA | The Software Alliance presents the Girl Scouts of the USA, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR) with BSA Software Champion Awards for their support of the software industry and collaboration on policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy. RSVP

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Oct
16
2:00 PM14:00

The Future of Deep Space Exploration

  • 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies cordially invites you to attend a panel discussion on the exciting work being done in the exploration of deep space. The Institute’s Center for Enterprise, Exploration, and Defense in Space (CEEDS) has called together a group of experts from across relevant government organizations and private industry to discuss what is being done today – and what more can be done tomorrow – to explore the cosmos. RSVP is required. Please send your name and affiliation to Luke Koslosky at lkoslosky@potomacinstitute.org

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