- The Washington Times - Friday, October 4, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

National security strategy - 8:45 a.m. - Brookings Institution holds a discussion on President Bush's national security strategy. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Welfare reform - 9 a.m. - Georgetown University Public Policy Institute holds a discussion on "Remembering Men in Welfare Reform." Topics include child-support payments, educational and training programs, wage subsidies, temporary assistance for needy families, and marriageability of low-income men. Location: National Press Club, Main Ballroom, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 917/439-3735 or 202/687-4328.


PRESIDENT BUSH

Attends a fund-raiser for the gubernatorial campaign of Mitt Romney in Boston. He travels to Kennebunkport, Maine.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the employment situation for September. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. The Health and Human Services Department holds a meeting of the president's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health to conduct a comprehensive study of the U.S. mental health service delivery system and to make recommendations on improving the delivery of public and private mental health services for adults and children. Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 301/443-1545.

8:30 a.m. The National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Special Emphasis Panel on "Partnerships for Novel Therapeutic, Diagnostic and Vector Control Strategies in Infectious Diseases" to review and evaluate grant applications. Location: 5520 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase. Contact: 301/496-2550.


SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.


SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of John Hamilton to be ambassador to Guatemala; John Keane to be ambassador to Paraguay; and David Greenlee to be ambassador to Bolivia. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.

11 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Philip Merrill to be president of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.


HOUSE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Joint Economic Committee holds a hearing on "The Employment Situation: September 2002." Location: 1334 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5171.


GENERAL AGENDA

Blue Ribbon Schools conference all day Education Department holds a Blue Ribbon Schools conference.

Highlights 12:30 p.m. Education Undersecretary Eugene Hickok.

Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/401-1576.

National Rail-Volution Conference all day Rail-Volution holds its National Rail-Volution Conference 2002.

Highlights 8:30 a.m. Sen. James M. Jeffords, Vermont independent and chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee; Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Maryland Democrat and chairman of the banking committee; Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Oregon Democrat; Rep. James L. Oberstar, Minnesota Democrat; Rep. Tom Petri, Wisconsin Republican; and Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, opening plenary.

Location: Omni Shoreham, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 503/797-1746.

"HIV/AIDS Pandemic" all day Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a conference on the "HIV/AIDS Pandemic: The Second Wave."

Highlights 8:30 a.m. Rep. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania Republican.

2 p.m. Harold Jaffe, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Location: CSIS, 1800 K St. NW, Level B-1. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Solar Decathlon Solar Village exhibition all day Energy Department sponsors the Solar Decathlon Solar Village exhibition on energy efficiency and solar energy. Location: The National Mall (between Fourth and Seventh streets NW). Contact: 303/882-0775 or 303/818-9944.

"Consumers and Utilities" 8 a.m. Consumer Federation of America holds a conference on "Consumers and Utilities." Location: Radisson Barcelo, 2121 P St. NW. Contact: 202/387-6121.

D.C. Court 9 a.m. D.C. Court holds a discussion on "Ensuring Fairness and Access to the Courts in a Changing World A Ten-Year Retrospective and Prospective Examination," on the 10th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/879-1700.

Campaign finance reform 9 a.m. The Interfaith Alliance Foundation holds a conference on "Campaign Finance Reform: An Issue of Faith." Location: Washington Hilton and Towers Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/639-6370, Ext. 106.

Bioterrorism 9 a.m. The World Medical Association holds scientific sessions on bioterrorism.

Highlights 9 a.m. Panel session on bioweapons prevention, with Dr. Tara O'Toole, Johns Hopkins.

Location: Capitol Hilton, 16th and K streets, NW. Contacts: 202/789-7447.

Natural Products Expo East 10 a.m. A trade show for the $34 billion natural products industry, Natural Products Expo East, features more than 1,700 exhibit booths, showcasing the latest in organic foods, vitamins, minerals, herbs and specialty supplements; personal care products; natural living products; international products; and pet products. Location: Washington Convention Center at Ninth and H streets NW. Contact: 202/371-5055 or 202/371-5056.

Russian Federation Council 10 a.m. The Russian Embassy holds a discussion with the chairman of the committee on international affairs of the Russian Federation Council. Location: Russian Embassy, 2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Contact: 202/298-5748.

Banking Reforms in Russia 10 a.m. Andrei I. Kazmin, chief executive officer of SBERBANK, Russia's largest commercial bank, hosts a breakfast discussion on banking reforms in Russia and their importance in stabilizing the Russian economy and increasing international trust and investment in Russia's financial sector. Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th floor, Zenger Room. Contact: 202/778-1045.

"Is A Malaria Vaccine Possible?" 10 a.m. Malaria Vaccine Initiative holds a conference-call briefing to discuss "Is A Malaria Vaccine Possible?" Call-in number, 800/752-1361; reference number, 09300085 or "Malaria teleconference." Contact: 301/652-1558.

25th-anniversary celebration 11:30 a.m. Energy Department holds a ceremony to kick off its 25th-anniversary celebration and introduce a commemorative banner. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham participates. Location: In front of the Energy Department, 1000 Independence Ave. SW.

Four American Indian tribes 12:30 p.m. Four Fires LLC holds a panel discussion on tribal economies and announces the financial partnership of four American Indian tribes for a major economic venture. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, Ballroom. Contact: RSVP to 866/588-4822.

Congressional briefing 12:30 p.m. AFL-CIO holds a congressional briefing on "How members of Congress can help protect the right of workers to choose to be represented by a union." Location: B-354 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: RSVP to 202/639-6266.

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