- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Today's headliners

Entertainment ratings — 9:30 a.m. — Senate Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on "Rating Entertainment Ratings: How Well Are They Working for Parents, and What Can Be Done to Improve Them?" Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

Genetic discrimination — 9:30 a.m. — Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing to examine genetic-research issues and nondiscrimination in health insurance and employment. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.


PRESIDENT BUSH

To be announced.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

1 p.m. — Transportation Department, United States Coast Guard holds a meeting of the towing safety advisory committee. Location: Room 6103, 2100 Second St. SW. Contact: 202/267-0229.


SENATE

Not immediately available. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Appropriations, labor, health and human services, and education subcommittee holds a hearing to examine education technology issues. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

9:30 a.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Mary Sheila Gall to be chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

10 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the Dairy Consumers and Producers Protection Act. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

10:30 a.m. — Indian Affairs Committee holds an oversight hearing on the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.

11 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on pending nominations, including that of Thomas Hubbard to be ambassador to South Korea. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.

2 p.m. — Judiciary, technology, terrorism and government information subcommittee holds an hearing on "Improving Our Ability to Fight Cybercrime: Oversight of the National Infrastructure Protection Center." Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.


HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Budget Committee holds a hearing on budgetary issues surrounding Medicare reform, including long-term financing and regulatory problems. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

10 a.m. — Government Reform Committee holds markup to consider pending legislation, including a resolution seeking the reopening of Pennsylvania Avenue. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. — Resources Committee marks up legislation to use royalties from Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas production to establish a fund to meet the outdoor conservation and recreation needs of the American people. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

10 a.m. — Rules, legislative and budget process subcommittee holds a hearing on biennial budgeting. Location: Capitol, Room H-313. Contact: 202/225-9191.

10 a.m. — Small Business Committee holds a hearing on Reducing Regulatory and Paperwork Burdens on Small Healthcare Providers: Proposals from the Executive Branch. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure, railroad subcommittee holds a hearing on "Current Status and Future Prospects of Amtrak." Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10:15 a.m. — International Relations Committee marks up a House resolution to extend the Export Administration Act until Nov. 20, 2001, and a resolution concerning persecution of Montagnard peoples in Vietnam, and holds a hearing on "The Dayton Accords: A View From the Ground." Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.


GENERAL AGENDA

National Health Council briefing — 8:30 a.m. — The National Health Council presents a breakfast briefing featuring Rep. Billy Tauzin, Louisiana Republican, House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman, discussing his committee's priorities. Location: Atrium Room, Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/785-3910.

Belarus briefing — 8:30 a.m. — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing on "A Window on Belarus: The Past and Future of "Belarussian Review." The speaker is Walter Stankievich, former director of RFE/RL Belarusian Service. Location: Fourth Floor Conference Room, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Republicans for A Responsible Energy Plan news conference — 9:30 a.m. — Environmental Media Services holds a news conference to announce the debut of "Republicans for A Responsible Energy Plan." Location: The Nest, Mezzanine Level, Willard Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/463-6670.

National Association of Realtors briefing — 9:45 a.m. — The National Association of Realtors holds a news briefing to release its existing home sales report for June. Location: Third Floor Boardroom, 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1177.

Barriers assessment news conference — 10 a.m. — The Health and Human Services Department holds a news conference to announce a nationwide assessment of barriers to community living for Americans with disabilities. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson participates. Location: Great Hall, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/690-6343.

Victims Economic Security and Safety Act news conference— 10:30 a.m. — The Family Violence Prevention Fund hosts a news conference to introduce legislation, "The Victims Economic Security and Safety Act," which includes provisions that would promote victims' employment stability, economic security and safety following sexual assault or domestic abuse. Location: Capitol, Senate Swamp. Contact: 202/371-1999.

Bipartisan FamilyCare Act news conference — 11:30 a.m. — Members of Congress holds a news conference to introduce legislation, "The Bipartisan FamilyCare Act of 2001," which will expand coverage to parents in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-2633.

Youth Commission news conference — 11:30 a.m. — Rep. Jim Ramstad, Minnesota Republican, holds a news conference to discuss legislation to establish a Youth Commission to promote the active involvement of youth in public affairs and to seek input from young people on public policy issues. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-2871.

Social Security report forum — noon — The Cato Institute presents a policy forum on "The Interim Report of the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security: An Evaluation." Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.

Award presentation — 12:15 p.m. — The United Service Organization hosts a special luncheon to present its first "Quality of Life" award to a member of Congress for strong commitment to the U.S. armed services. The recipient is Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz, Texas Democrat. Location: B-338-339 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/610-6462.

National Urban League news conference — 12:30 p.m. — The National Urban League holds a news conference to release the 2001 edition of "The State of Black America," with essays regarding criminal justice, civil rights, computer/Internet access, rap artists and AIDS. Location: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/333-6181.

Abraham speech — 12:30 p.m. — Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon, discussing "National Energy Policy." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

National Housing Trust Fund Campaign news conference — 1:30 p.m. — The National Low Income Housing Coalition holds a news conference on the National Housing Trust Fund Campaign on the day legislation to create a National Housing Trust Fund is introduced. Location: 428A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/662-1530, Ext. 228.

Interfaith Clergy news conference — 1:30 p.m. — Interfaith Clergy hold a news conference to respond to Vatican demands that an African Catholic bishop leave his new wife, disassociate himself from the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, and pledge obedience to the pope. Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo and Archbishop George Stallings, African-American Catholic Congregation, participate. Location: Lisagor Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/365-0219.

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