- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 26, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS
Free-trade conference noon — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research presents a Federalism Project conference, "Free Trade v. States' Rights: Globalization and the Challenges to Local Democratic Government." Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.
Cloning briefing 2:30 p.m. — The Wilberforce Forum and the Bioethics Project hold a news briefing for members of Congress and congressional staff, "The Politics, Science and Ethics of Cloning." The participants include Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard and Richard Doerflinger of National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Location: 708 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/293-4983.

PRESIDENT BUSH
11:15 a.m. — Meets with South African President Thabo Mbeki, Oval Office of the White House.
3:20 p.m. — Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Oval Office of the White House.
ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. — Census Bureau releases an advance report on durable goods manufacturers' shipments and orders for May 2001. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.
10 a.m. — Census Bureau releases a report on new one-family houses sold and for sale for May 2001. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES
9 a.m. — Federal Emergency Management Agency holds a meeting of the advisory committee (expert panel on cost estimating) for the public assistance program. Location: Salons B and C, Crystal City Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/646-3532.
10 a.m. — Federal Communications Commission holds a meeting of the network reliability and interoperability council. Location: Room TW-C305, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th St. SW. Contact: 202/418-0845.

HOUSE
Meets at 9 a.m. for morning hour debate and 10 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES
2 p.m. — Small Business, tax, finance, and exports subcommittee and work force, empowerment, and government programs subcommittee hold a joint hearing on access to capital. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.
2 p.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure, aviation subcommittee holds a hearing on "Runway Incursions, Focusing on the Technology to Prevent Collisions." Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.
2:30 p.m. — Judiciary, commercial and administrative law subcommittee holds a hearing on the "Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act." Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.
2:30 p.m. — Science, space and aeronautics subcommittee holds a hearing on "Space Tourism." Dennis Tito, president and chief executive of Wilshire Associates, testifies. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.
3 p.m. — Armed Services, military readiness subcommittee holds a hearing on readiness posture of the military services. Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

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

SENATE COMMITTEES
10 a.m.— Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Donald Powell to be a member and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.
10 a.m. — Governmental Affairs, permanent investigations subcommittee holds a hearing on "Diabetes: Is Sufficient Funding Being Allocated to Fight This Disease?" Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.
10 a.m. — Judiciary, administrative oversight and the courts subcommittee holds a hearing on "Should Ideology Matter?: Judicial Nominations 2001." Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.
10:30 a.m. — Indian Affairs Committee holds an oversight hearing to receive the goals and priorities of the Great Plains Tribes for the 107th Congress. Location: 485 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.
11:15 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Pierre-Richard Prosper to be ambassador at large for war-crimes issues, William Eaton to be assistant secretary for administration, and Francis Xavier Taylor to be coordinator for counterterrorism, all of the State Department. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.

GENERAL AGENDA
Baucus speech 8:30 a.m. — The National Association of Manufacturers holds an issues briefing breakfast. The speaker is Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat. Location: Constitution Ballroom A, Grant Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/637-3090.
Ribbon-cutting ceremony 8:30 a.m. — The Smithsonian Institution presents a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception to open the Welcome Center for the future National Museum of the American Indian and announce the contractor to build the museum. Location: Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/357-3164, Ext. 142.
Signing ceremony 9 a.m. — The Interior Department holds a signing ceremony for a decision document providing for purchase of environmentally sensitive lands in Nevada. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton participates. Location: 1849 C St. NW. Contact: 202/208-6416.
Egyptian democracy news conference 9:30 a.m. — Members of Congress hold a news conference urging improved democracy and human rights in Egypt. Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2411.
Trade promotion authority news conference 10 a.m. — Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, holds a news conference to discuss how trade-promotion authority would benefit American agriculture. A 33,000-pound, 24-foot-long and 13-foot-high John Deere agricultural tractor will be on display. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman participates. Location: Upper Senate Park, Constitution and Delaware Avenue NE. Contact: 202/224-1308 or 202/224-6522.
Bond Market Association news conference 10 a.m. — The Bond Market Association's Economic Advisory Committee holds a news conference to issue its consensus forecast of inflation, interest rates, mortgage activity and other economic benchmarks on the eve of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting to decide short-term interest rates. Location: Eighth Floor, 1399 New York Ave. NW. Contact: 202/434-8421.
Chinese fireworks news conference 10 a.m. — Rep. George Miller, California Democrat, hosts a news conference calling for an investigation of possible illegal imports of Chinese fireworks and other products made with forced child labor. Harry Wu, Chinese human rights activist, participates. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-2095.
Public Citizen news conference 10 a.m. — Public Citizen holds a news conference to release a report on the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement on agricultural trade. Location: 121 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/454-5102 or 202/588-7742.
Fuel cell exposition 11 a.m. — The Environmental and Energy Study Institute sponsors its 2001 Congressional Fuel Cell Exposition featuring exhibits of cutting-edge fuel-cell technologies from leading producers, suppliers and institutions. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham speaks at 12:30 p.m. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building; and fuel-cell-vehicle display: 300 block of New Jersey Avenue, just behind Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/293-5500.
Farm bill news conference 11 a.m. Reps. Mark Kennedy, Minnesota Republican, and Marion Berry, Arkansas Democrat, host a news conference to praise House Agriculture Committee work and urge the Senate to begin work on and pass a farm bill this year. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-2331 or 202/225-4076.
Transportation system initiative announcement 11:45 a.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts a Policy Insiders luncheon to announce a new national initiative to promote safety and efficiency improvements to the nation's transportation system. The speakers are Thomas Donohue, Chamber president, and Rep. Don Young, Arkansas Republican. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.
Tito luncheon noon — The National Italian American Foundation and the Italian American Congressional Delegation sponsor a luncheon discussion with Dennis Tito, the Italian-American businessman who traveled into space with the Russians. Location: B-339 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/387-0600.
Taxes forum noon — The Cato Institute presents a policy forum titled "With a Tax Cut in Place, the Next Step Is Major Tax Reform." The speaker is R. Glenn Hubbard, Council of Economic Advisers chairman. Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.
Peru forum 12:30 p.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce presents a Chamber Forum Luncheon featuring Alejandro Toledo, president-elect of Peru. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.
Prescription drugs news conference 1 p.m. — Reps. Joseph Crowley, New York Democrat, and Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, hold a news conference to introduce an amendment to the fiscal 2002 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that will allow the reimportation of prescription drugs. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-3965.
Paige speech 1 p.m. — The National Black Republican Council hosts a luncheon address by Education Secretary Rod Paige. Location: The Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/608-1425.
Human rights legislation news conference 2:30 p.m. — Rep. Tom Lantos, California Democrat, and Amnesty International introduce legislation, "The International Human Rights Equality Resolution," and to highlight international persecution of homosexuals. Location: 2255 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6735.
Reception 6 p.m. — The Center for Victims of Torture presents a reception and briefing on the "U.S. Role in Preventing Torture and Healing Torture Survivors." Marc Grossman, undersecretary of state for political affairs, and Sister Dianna Ortiz, co-founder of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, participate. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 612/627-4231.

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