- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 20, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS
Islam and violence discussion 10 a.m. The Middle East Institute presents a special event, featuring a discussion on "Islam and Violence." The speaker is Ali Abuzakouk, executive director of the American Muslim Council. Location: Boardman Room, 1761 N St. NW. Contact: 202/785-1141.
Albright speech 6 p.m. Georgetown University presents a program, "An Evening with School of Foreign Service Professor Madeleine Albright," featuring former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, who discusses U.S. foreign policy and takes questions from students. Location: Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328.

PRESIDENT BUSH
Meets with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and addresses a joint session of Congress.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. Census Bureau releases its report on housing starts and building permits for August. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.
8:30 a.m.
Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its report on unemployment insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES
11 a.m. Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on "Preparing for the War on Terrorism: Understanding the Nature and Dimensions of the Threat." Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu testifies. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.
1:30 p.m.
Veterans' Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the Homeless Veterans Assistance Act of 2001 and the Heather French Henry Homeless Veterans Assistance Act. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9164.
2 p.m.
Energy and Commerce, energy and air quality subcommittee holds a hearing on "National Electricity Policy: Federal Government Perspectives." Deputy Energy Secretary Francis Blake testifies. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
2 p.m.
Transportation and Infrastructure, economic development, public buildings, and emergency management subcommittee marks up the Preparedness Against Domestic Terrorism Act of 2001. Location: 2253 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

SENATE COMMITTEES
9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing to examine federal aviation security standards. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Jane Garvey, Federal Aviation Administration administrator, testify. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.
10 a.m.
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on "The Condition of the Financial Markets." The witnesses include Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill and Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve System's board of governors. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.
10 a.m.
Governmental Affairs, international security, proliferation and federal services subcommittee holds a hearing on the annual report of the postmaster general. John Potter, postmaster general and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service, testifies. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.
2 p.m.
Appropriations, transportation subcommittee and the House Appropriations Committee's transportation subcommittee hold a joint hearing on aviation security. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Jane Garvey, Federal Aviation Administration administrator, testify. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471 or 202/225-2771.
2 p.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing to examine the financial state of the transportation industry. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

GENERAL AGENDA
Human rights report presentation 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty hosts the presentation of the Moscow Helsinki Group's third annual "Report on Human Rights in the Russian Federation." Location: Fourth-floor conference room, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.
Health insurance benefits briefing 9:30 a.m. The BlueCross BlueShield Association outlines 2002 benefits for federal employees. Location: Ballston Conference Room, 1310 G St. NW. Contact: 202/626-4818.
Muslim community news conference 10 a.m. Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, New York Democrat, holds a news conference on the American Muslim community. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-3461.
Peace Corps news conference 11 a.m. Rep. Sam Farr, California Democrat, holds a news conference on the Peace Corps. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-2861.
Travel forum 11:30 a.m. The Committee for Dulles presents "Autumn in Virginia." Location: Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel, 13689 Park Center Road, Herndon. Contact: 703/803-6800.
Environment and energy briefing noon The AHC Group and Corporate Strategy Today present a policy briefing on "Confluence of Environment and Energy: What's Best for the Nation," including how we should respond to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/776-0539.
Islam lecture noon The Middle East Institute presents a lecture by Steven Cook titled "Algerian Officers, Political Institutions and Islam." Location: Boardman Room, 1761 N St. NW. Contact: 202/785-1141.
Tax policy news conference 2 p.m. Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, holds a news conference on tax policy. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-5931.
Concerned Women for America seminar 2:15 p.m. Concerned Women for America and its Culture and Family Institute presents a seminar, "Putting Kids at Risk: The Implications of 'Gay' School Programs," to counter the Sept. 21-23 Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network annual conference. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/488-7000.
European Union seminar 2:15 p.m. The European Institute and the Belgian Presidency of the European Union hold a seminar on the trans-Atlantic implications of European Union enlargement and integration. Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans participates. Location: The Westin Grand Hotel, 2350 M St. NW. Contact: 202/895-1670.
Terrorist attacks forum 5 p.m. American University's Washington College of Law presents "Domestic and International Legal Consequences of the Terrorist Attacks Against the United States." Location: Room 603, Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/274-4000.
Geological map discussion 6 p.m. The Smithsonian Associates present a discussion on William Smith, 19th-century engineer who in 1815 published the world's first geological map of rock beneath the British Isles and how it led to earth-resources exploitation. The speaker is Simon Winchester, geologist and author of "The Map That Changed the World." Location: Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. Contact: 202/357-3030.
American Forests news conference 6:30 p.m. American Forests introduces The National Register of Historic Trees. Location: George Washington Estate, Mount Vernon. Contact: 904/765-0727 or 703/799-8607.
Washington Action Group meeting 7 p.m. The Washington Action Group holds a "Teach-in for Peace: Don't Turn Tragedy into War," to condemn the terrorist attacks, to call for peaceful rather than violent solutions to the crisis and to condemn anti-Arab racism. Location: Basement, Meridian Hill Baptist Church, 16th and Lamount streets NW. Contact: 202/986-6186.
American Jewish Committee meeting 7 p.m. The American Jewish Committee Washington Chapter holds its annual meeting on "Fighting Religious Persecution Worldwide." The events includes the presentation of the Isaiah Award for Public Service to Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican, and a keynote address by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/785-4200, Ext. 15.
Peace Corps forum 8 p.m. The Smithsonian Associates and the National Peace Corps Association presents, "America Thanks the Peace Corps on Its 40th Anniversary," featuring a panel of former volunteers. Location: Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. Contact: 202/357-3030.

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