- The Washington Times - Monday, July 30, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Ecstasy hearing — 9:30 a.m. — The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing to examine the rising use of the drug Ecstasy, focusing on ways the government can combat the problem. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

FBI hearing — 1 p.m. —The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Robert S. Mueller III to be director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Mueller testifies. Location: 216 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.


PRESIDENT BUSH

1:30 p.m. — Addresses the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives' 25th conference and exhibition, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW.


VICE PRESIDENT

6:20 p.m. — Delivers remarks at a fund-raising event for Jersey City, N.J., Mayor Bret Schundler, Republican candidate for New Jersey governor, National Guard Training Center, Fifth Avenue, Sea Girt, N.J.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

2 p.m. — Treasury Department releases weekly three- and six-month bill auction results. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Health and Human Services Department holds a meeting of the national human research protections advisory committee. Location: DoubleTree Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Contact: 301/496-7005.


SENATE

Meets at 1 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


HOUSE

Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning hour and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Appropriations defense subcommittee holds hearing on fiscal 2002 Army budget overview. Location: 2362 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Government Reform, government efficiency, financial management and intergovernmental relations subcommittee holds a hearing, "The Use and Abuse of Government Purchase Cards: Is Anyone Watching?" Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

3 p.m. — Rules Committee meets to formulate rules on legislation making appropriations for the legislative branch for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2002, and the Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2001. Location: Capitol, Room H-313. Contact: 202/225-9191.


GENERAL AGENDA

National Urban League conference — all day — The National Urban League holds its 2001 conference.

Government Affairs Day highlights — 9 a.m. — Sen. Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, plenary session, "Federal Priorities for a New Decade."

11 a.m. — Kofi Annan, U.N. secretary-general, plenary session.

Noon — Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, federal and state resources luncheon.

3 p.m. — Sen. Paul Wellstone, Minnesota Democrat; Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat; Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund president; Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and others, plenary session, "Federal Priorities: The Urban League Agenda."

5:30 p.m. — Rep. Harold Ford Jr., Tennessee Democrat; the Rev. Markel Hutchins, National Youth Connections; Keith Clinkscale, Vanguarde Media; and Ernest Drew Jarvis, Washington, D.C., Corporate Services, young professionals dialogue and reception, "We've Come Too Far: The Future of Black America."

8 p.m. — Annual gala benefit concert. Location: Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 212/558-5385.

National Conference of Standards Laboratories workshop — all day — The National Institute of Standards and Technology hosts the National Conference of Standards Laboratories international 2001 annual workshop and symposium, "The New Economy: What Role Will Metrology Play?" Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 303/440-3339.

Regulatory Affairs Professional Society conference — 8:30 a.m. — The Regulatory Affairs Professional Society presents a one-day conference, "Over-the-Counter IVDs (in-vitro diagnostics)." Location: Wyndham City Center, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 301/770-2920, ext. 200.

Trade summit — 9 a.m. — The Virginia-Israel Advisory Board presents the Virginia-Israel Technology Trade Summit 2001.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Sen. George F. Allen, Virginia Republican, opening remarks.

6:30 p.m. — Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III, Republican National Committee chairman, governor's reception.

Location: Center for Innovative Technology, 2214 Rock Hill Road, Herndon. Contact: 703/689-3000.

Book festival news conference — 9:30 a.m. — The Library of Congress hosts a news conference to announce plans for the first National Book Festival to be held Sept. 8 at the Library of Congress. First lady Laura Bush and James Billington, librarian of Congress, participate. Location: Neptune Plaza, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 202/707-1940.

If Americans Knew briefing — 10 a.m. — If Americans Knew sponsors "U.S. Tax Dollars and Human Rights in Palestine: A Firsthand Report from an American Journalist." The speaker is Alison Weir, founder of the Center for Investigative Reporting and most recently editor of the Marin Scope newspaper. Location: 2168 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 415/215-5070.

Medicare-reform news conference — 11 a.m. — The Senate Republican Conference holds a news conference to lay out four main principles of Medicare reform and legislative priorities in honor of the 36th anniversary of Medicare. The participants include Sens. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, and Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican. Location: Capitol, Room S-211. Contact: 202/224-5316.

Belarus elections discussion — 1 p.m. — The Association on Third World Affairs Inc., holds a discussion on the Sept. 9 presidential elections in Belarus with Valery Tsepkalo, ambassador of Belarus. Location: 2105 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/331-8455.

Medicare briefing — 1:30 p.m. — The Alliance to Improve Medicare (AIM) and the Progressive Policy Institute present a briefing, "AIM Surveys on Medicare Options." The speaker is Gary Ferguson, senior vice president of American Viewpoint. Location: Capitol, Room SC-5. Contact: 202/452-1029.

Groundbreaking ceremony — 2 p.m. — The Prince George's Metro Center breaks ground for the new headquarters of the National Center for Health Statistics. The participants include: Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening; Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat; Jeffrey Koplan, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Edward Sondik, National Center for Health Statistics director; and Robert Armentrout, mayor of Hyattsville. Location: 6525 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville. Contact: 703/787-7979.

Treasury Department meeting — 2 p.m. — The Treasury Department holds a meeting, "Economic Issues Affecting America's Hispanic Community." The host is Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill. Location: Room 3311, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Emissions briefing — 3 p.m. — The Environmental and Energy Study Institute presents a briefing, "Emissions Caps and Trade Systems: Design Options and Implications." Location: 2168 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/662-1886.

Lecture — 6 p.m. — The Smithsonian Associates presents a lecture, "The Role of a Film Actor," by Assumpta Serna, award-winning film, stage and TV actor. Location: Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. Contact: 202/357-3030.

Kickoff event — 6 p.m. — The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (formerly the Madison Society) presents its first summer Washington event, a kickoff for its crusade against conservative legal thought. The participants include: Janet Reno, former attorney general; Abner Mikva, former federal judge, White House counsel and congressman; Laurence Tribe, Harvard law professor; Elaine Jones, president, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and Walter Dellinger, former assistant attorney general. Location: Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/408-1444.

Republicans discussion — 6 p.m. — The Bull Moose Republicans host a discussion of how the party and today's elected officials can help connect Americans to their government. Rep. Todd R. Platts, Pennsylvania Republican, participates. Location: Hawk 'n Dove Restaurant, 329 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: jsims@bullmooserepublicans.com.

Films — 7 p.m. — The Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine presents a screening of "Naima and Wadee'e," a 1999 documentary on the 1948 expulsion of Palestinians, and "Quintessence of Oblivion," a 2001 compilation of oral histories and film clips from Jerusalem's Hambra Cinema. Location: 2425-35 Virginia Ave. NW. Contact: 202/338-1290.

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