- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 31, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Red lights — 10 a.m. — The House Transportation and Infrastructure highways and transit subcommittee holds a hearing, "Red-Light Cameras." Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

Election reform — 11 a.m. — President Bush receives a report from the National Commission on Federal Election Reform, Rose Garden of the White House.


PRESIDENT BUSH

12:30 p.m. — Attends the Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon, Capitol, Room S-207.

2:45 p.m. — Signs and executive order on energy-efficient standby power devices, Oval Office of the White House.


VICE PRESIDENT

11:30 a.m. — Participates in a U.S. Chamber of Commerce trade promotion authority luncheon and rally, 1615 H St. NW.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Economic Analysis releases a report on personal income and outlays for June 2001. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.


SENATE

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


SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a hearing to examine the proposed federal farm bill, focusing on conservation on working lands issues. Location: 328-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6901.

10 a.m. — Finance Committee holds a hearing to examine the nominations of Robert Bonner to be commissioner of Customs and Rosario Marin to be treasurer of the United States. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5315.

11 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing to consider pending nominations, including that of Nicholas Burns to be the United State's permanent representative on council of NATO with rank of ambassador and Daniel Coats to be ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. Location: Capitol, Room S-116. Contact: 202/224-3953.

2 p.m. — Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on workplace safety and asbestos contamination. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

2:30 p.m. — Appropriations, military construction subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed budget estimates for the fiscal year 2002 for MILCON budget overview, defense agency, and Army construction. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.


HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


HOUSE COMMITTEES

11 a.m. — Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on the Securing America's Future Energy Act of 2001. Location: Capitol, Room H-313. Contact: 202/225-9191.

1:30 p.m. — Education and the Workforce, workforce protections subcommittee holds a hearing on the "Rewarding Performance in Compensation Act." Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

2 p.m. — Government Reform, energy policy, natural resources and regulatory affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on "Air Travel: Customer Problems and Solutions." Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

2 p.m. — Science, research subcommittee holds a hearing on "Innovation in Information Technology: Beyond Faster Computer and Higher Bandwidth." Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

3 p.m. — Resources, forests and forest health subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on the implementation of the national fire plan. Location: 1334 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

4 p.m. — Judiciary, crime subcommittee holds a hearing on and marks up the "Two Strikes and You're Out Child Protection Act." Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.


GENERAL AGENDA

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

Corporate and Education Day highlights — 9 a.m. — Education Secretary Rod Paige, Plenary Session, "A Call to Arms on Early Childhood Literacy."

Noon — Edward Rust Jr., chairman/CEO, State Farm Insurance Co., Business and Labor Luncheon

3 p.m. — Rep. Sam Johnson, Texas Republican; James Vanderslice, president/COO of Dell Computer Corp.; Stephanie Bell-Rose, president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation; and State Sen. Rodney Ellis, Texas, moderator, Plenary Session, "Strategic Partnerships for Social Change."

Location: Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 212/558-5385.

Health care conference — 9 a.m. — The Cato Institute presents a conference, "Making a Federal Case Out of Health Care: Five Years of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996)."

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Association of American Physicians and Surgeons news conference to announce a lawsuit to halt implementation of Health and Human Services privacy regulations written under HIPAA.

9:10 a.m. — Rep. Dick Armey, Texas Republican, keynote address.

Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.

Missile defense news conference — 9:30 a.m. — Americans for Missile Defense holds a news conference to show support of the National Missile Defense Plan and discuss congressional efforts to block the initiative. Location: Capitol, Senate Swamp. Contact: 703/836-8602, Ext. 16.

National Infrastructure Protection Center discussion — 10 a.m. — The National Press Club presents a Morning Newsmaker news conference featuring a discussion on the role and capabilities of the National Infrastructure Protection Center. The speaker is Ronald Dick, the center's director. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/324-8055, or 202/662-7593.

Secure America's Future Energy Act news conference — 10 a.m. — The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the House Republican Conference hold a news conference to lend support for the "Secure America's Future Energy Act," calling for responsible exploration of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao participates. Location: Capitol, Room HC-8. Contact: 202/624-6877 or 202/439-1895.

Census Bureau briefing — 10:30 a.m. — The Census Bureau holds a briefing to discuss and release on an embargoed basis the first results of its 2000 Supplementary Survey. Location: Room 4830, Commerce Department, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 301/457-3691.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act news conference — 11 a.m. — Members of Congress hold a news conference to introduce legislation, "The Employment Non-Discrimination Act," which would prohibit employers from making decisions on hiring, firing, promotions or compensation based on sexual orientation. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2633.

AFL-CIO rally — 11:15 a.m. — The AFL-CI0 sponsors a rally to protest that "Fast Track" or trade promotion authority only ensures quick, not balanced trade agreements without congressional opportunity to amend agreements negotiated by the President. Location: Outside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/637-5036.

Energy bill news conference — 11:30 a.m. — A coalition of national environmental groups holds a news conference and rally to call on members of Congress to vote against the House energy bill and to support amendments to stop oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, increase fuel economy, and cut taxpayer subsidies to the oil, coal and nuclear industries. Location: Capitol, East Front, House Side. Contact: 202/546-9707.

U.S.-Arab states relations discussion — noon — The Office of Congressman John Dingell sponsors a panel discussion on "The Al-Aqsa Intifada: The Impact on U.S. Relations with Key Arab States." Location: 2105 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4071.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge news conference — 1:30 p.m. — Reps. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, and Nancy L. Johnson, Connecticut Republican, hold a news conference to call on Congress to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-2836 or 202/225-4476.

Wildfire prevention crisis news conference — 2 p.m. — Members of Congress hold a news conference on the national crisis in wildfire prevention and problems in implementing the national Wildfire Plan. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9019.

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