- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 26, 2001

Today's headliners
Environmental hearing — 9:30 a.m. — Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing to assess the environmental and public health effects of power plant emissions. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8832.
Child development summit — 1 p.m. — Georgetown University hosts the White House Summit on Early Childhood Cognitive Development: "Ready to Read, Ready to Learn." Location: Gaston Hall, Healy Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/401-3026 or 202/687-4328.

PRESIDENT BUSH
9 a.m. — Signs bill naming Peace Corps headquarters in memory of former Sen. Paul Coverdell, Georgia Republican, Indian Treaty Room, Old Executive Office Building.
1:40 p.m. — Participates in ceremony hosted by members of Congress to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on 29 Navajos who served as World War II code talkers, including presentations to four of the five living code creators, Capitol, Rotunda.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. — Bureau of the Census releases advance report on durable goods — manufacturers' shipments and orders for June 2001. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES
8:30 a.m. — Postal Rate Commission holds a meeting of the Postal Rate Commission. Location: Conference Room, Suite 300, 1333 H St. NW. Contact: 202/789-6840.

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

SENATE COMMITTEES
9 a.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing to examine chemical harmonization issues. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.
10 a.m. — Special Committee on Aging holds a hearing to examine Medicare enforcement actions focusing on the federal government's anti-fraud efforts. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.
2:30 p.m. — Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on pending nominations, including that of Linda Conlin to be assistant secretary of Commerce for Trade and Development. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.
3 p.m. — Appropriations Committee holds a markup on proposed legislation making appropriations for the Treasury Department, the United States Postal Service, the executive office of the president, and certain independent agencies, for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2002. Location: Capitol, Room S-128. Contact: 202/224-3471.

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES
9:15 a.m. — Energy and Commerce, health subcommittee holds a hearing on "Medicare Modernization: Examining the President's Framework for Strengthening the Program." Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
10 a.m. — Agriculture Committee holds markup of the 2002 Farm Bill. Location: 1300 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2171.
10 a.m. —Armed Services, special oversight panel on morale, welfare, and recreation holds a markup on legislation to authorize appropriations for fiscal 2002 for military activities of the Defense Department and for military construction, and to prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal 2002. Note: Hearing is open, but may close. Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.
10 a.m. — Financial Services, financial institutions and consumer credit subcommittee holds a hearing on "Viewpoints of Select Regulators on Deposit Insurance Reform." Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.
10 a.m. — Government Reform, government efficiency, financial management and intergovernmental relations subcommittee holds a hearing on the Defense Department's "Illegal Manipulation of Appropriated Funds." Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.
10 a.m. — International Relations, Middle East and South Asia subcommittee holds a hearing on "U.S. Policy Toward the Palestinians - Part I." Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.
10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure, aviation subcommittee holds hearing on "The Competitiveness of the U.S. Aircraft Manufacturing Industry." Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.
10 a.m. — Ways and Means, Social Security subcommittee holds hearing on misleading mailings targeted to seniors. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.
2 p.m. — Judiciary, crime subcommittee holds a hearing on the Consumer Product Protection Act of 2001, followed by a markup of the same bill. Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.
2 p.m. — Resources, water and power subcommittee holds a hearing on pending legislation, including a bill to authorize funding through the Interior Secretary for the implementation of a comprehensive program in California to achieve increased water yield and environmental benefits. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton testifies. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

GENERAL AGENDA
Educational Workshop — all day — National Association of Elementary School Principals and the Kennedy Center Education Department present a workshop, "The Arts Beyond the School Day: Extending the Power." Education Secretary Rod Paige speaks at 9:30 a.m. Location: Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/684-3345.
Aviation capacity summit — 8 a.m. — The Air Transport Association and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association hold 2001 Aviation Capacity Summit to address delays and decreasing capacity.
Highlights — noon — Jane Garvey, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.
2:30 p.m. — News conference.
Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/626-4172, or 202/220-9802.
Russia briefing — 8:30 a.m. — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing on "Government Information Technology Policy in Russia: Helpful or Hurtful?" The speaker is Svetlana Issaeva, Pyramid Research Group. Location: Fourth Floor Conference Room, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.
Clean Air Act provision news conference — 9 a.m. — The U.S. Public Interest Research Group and the League of Conservation Voters hold a news conference to deliver more than 100,000 letters to EPA Administrator Christie Whitman urging her not to gut a key provision, the "New Source Review" regulations, of the Clean Air Act. Location: Capitol, Senate Swamp. Contact: 202/546-9707.
Explicit entertainment forum — 9:30 a.m. — Members of Congress holds a forum on "Too Much Too Soon: What is the Impact of Explicit Entertainment on Children?" Note: Event was incorrectly listed for July 24. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8950.
Food forum — 10 a.m. — The Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology presents a dialogue on "Genetically Modifying Food: Playing God or Doing God's Work?" Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/347-9044.
Anniversary ceremony — 10 a.m. — The Labor Department presents an Americans with Disabilities Act 11th anniversary ceremony. The participants include: Labor Secretary Elaine Chao; former Sen. Bob Dole, Kansas Republican; and singer Teddy Pendergrass. Location: Great Hall, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-4660.
Public Citizen news conference — 10 a.m. — Public Citizen holds a news conference to release its report, "Another Nuclear Ripoff: Unmasking Private Fuel Storage," regarding Private Fuel Storage plans to establish an interim high-level nuclear waste facility on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation, Utah. Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, participates. Location: East Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/454-5130.
Bush Cuba policy news conference — 10 a.m. — Rep. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, holds a news conference on President Bush's Cuba policy. Location: Capitol, House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-7919.
Tax policy forum — 11 a.m. — The Cato Institute presents a policy forum titled "Escalating Income Tax Complexity: Causes and Cures." The participants include: Rep. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican; Eugene Steuerle, Urban Institute; Mary Schmitt, Joint Committee on Taxation; and Steve Entin, Institute for Research on Economics and Taxation. Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.
Patients' Bill of Rights news conference — 11 a.m. — The House Democratic Leadership holds a news conference to discuss the Patients' Bill of Rights and kick off the Patients' Bill of Rights "Emergency Room" communications center for supporters of the Norwood-Dingell-Ganske-Berry bill. Location: Capitol, Room HC-9. Contact: 202/225-0100.
Justice Department news conference — 11:15 a.m. — Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat, holds a news conference on the Justice Department. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-6542.
Carbon dioxide levels bill news conference — 11:30 a.m. — Sens. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, and Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican, hold a news conference to announce bipartisan legislation to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-5244 or 202/224-6521.
Lecture — 11:30 a.m. — The Independent Women's Forum SheThinks.org campus project presents a lecture on the Independent Women's Forum study on "Campus Sex and Dating." The speaker is Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of the MTV and radio "Loveline" show. Location: Columbus Club, Union Station, 40 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 703/558-4991.
Trade policy forum — 12:30 p.m. — The National Foreign Trade Council holds a policy forum. Robert Zoellick, U.S. trade representative participates. Location: St. Regis Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/496-2139 or 202/822-9491.
Rail bill news conference — 1 p.m. — Rep. Bob Clement, Tennessee Democrat, and Bill Millar, president of the American Public Transportation Association, hold a news conference to introduce legislation, "The Transit Rail Accommodation Improvement & Needs Act for the 21st Century (TRAIN 21)." Location: 2253 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 615/736-5295.
Child development summit — 1 p.m. — Georgetown University hosts the White House Summit on Early Childhood Cognitive Development: "Ready to Read, Ready to Learn."
Highlights — 1 p.m. — First Lady Laura Bush; Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson; Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat; Rep. Anne Northup, Kentucky Republican; Margaret La Montagne, assistant to the president for domestic policy (moderator); John DeGioia, president of Georgetown University; and Grover Whitehurst, Education assistant secretary for educational research and improvement.
3:30 p.m. — Patricia Kuhl, University of Washington; Darion Griffin, American Federation of Teachers; Sarah Greene, National Head Start Association; Susan Landry, University of Texas at Houston; and Blanca Enriquez, Regional Head Start, El Paso, Texas.
Location: Gaston Hall, Healy Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/401-3026, or 202/687-4328.

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