- The Washington Times - Monday, June 16, 2003

PRESIDENT BUSH

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ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Labor Department releases the Consumer Price Index for May. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

9:15 a.m. — Federal Reserve releases its report on industrial production for May. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. —Department of Health and Human Services holds a meeting of the Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee to discuss the white-blood-cell monitoring schedule for patients being treated long-term with clozapine. Location: Marriott Washingtonian Center, Grand Ballroom, 9751 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/827-7001.

8:30 a.m. —Department of Veterans Affairs holds a meeting of the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses on proposed research studies, research plans and research strategies relating to the health consequences of military service in the Southwest Asia theater of operations during the Persian Gulf war. Location: Department of Veterans Affairs, Room 230, 810 Vermont Ave. NW. Contact: 202/273-5031.

9 a.m. —Department of Health and Human Services holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families. Location: Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/401-9215.

9:30 a.m. —Department of State holds a meeting of the secretary of state’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law: Study Group on International Jurisdiction and Judgments. Location: Suite 400 West, 1300 I St. NW. Contact: 202/515-2431.

SENATE

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

HOUSE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

3 p.m. Select Homeland Security infrastructure and border security subcommittee holds a hearing, “Balancing Border Security and Commerce.” Robert Bonner, commissioner of the Homeland Security Department’s Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, testifies. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5611.

GENERAL AGENDA

Gulf war illnesses — all day The Veterans Affairs Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses meets to review the latest research.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. James Binns, committee chairman; research presentation by Antonio Sastre of the Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City, Mo.

11 a.m. — Research presentation by Roberta White of the VA Boston Healthcare System Medical Center, and John Vogel of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories in Lawrence, Calif.

1:45 p.m. —Research presentation by Rogene Henderson of the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in Albuquerque, N.M.; a VA research update by Nelda Wray, chief of research and development of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Maryland; and a presentation on ongoing research by Jennifer Vasterling of New Orleans

Location: Department of Veterans Affairs, Room 230, 810 Vermont Ave. NW. Contact: 202/273-5705.

National Rural Housing Summit — all day The Agriculture Department holds a National Rural Housing Summit.

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — Chairman Dennis Dollar, National Credit Union Administration.

9:50 a.m. — Rep. Henry Bonilla, Texas Republican.

10 a.m. —Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez sign a Memo of Agreement to support the Southwest Border Initiative.

10:30 a.m. — Panel discussion on the secondary market.

noon —Keynote speaker Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri Republican, followed by Reps. Bob Ney, Ohio Republican, and Allen Boyd, Florida Democrat.

2:15 p.m. — Signing of Memo of Understanding with Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Donald Powell and Agriculture Undersecretary Thomas Dorr to create a working relationship for rural development.

2:30 p.m. — Panel discussion on affordable housing in the rural United States.

Location: National Press Club. Contact: 202/720-4623.

Foreign policy briefing — 8:30 a.m. The Atlantic Monthly and analysts from Rand Corp. hold a news briefing to discuss articles in the July-August issue of the magazine focusing on U.S. foreign policy and world security in the next few years. Robert Kaplan, author of the magazine’s cover story on U.S. foreign policy choices; Rand analysts who wrote 10 articles for the issue on international security; Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey; and Council on Foreign Relations President Leslie Gelb participate. Location: National Press Club. Contact: 703/413-1100, Ext. 5531.

Middle East peace presentation — 9 a.m. The Foundation for Middle East Peace and Americans for Peace Now sponsor a presentation by Akiva Eldar, a political columnist and editorial writer for the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. His topic is “Highways and Detours on the Road Map to Middle East Peace.” Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, first-floor conference room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/835-3650.

Motorcycle ride — 10 a.m. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and about 30 other motorcycle riders travel to a Health Center in Prince George’s County. Location: Starts from HHS, 200 Independence Ave. SW., and rides to Greater Baden Medical Services, 13605 Baden Westwood Road, Brandywine. Contact: 202/690-7854.

Islam and Democracy discussion — noon The State Department’s Secretary’s Open Forum holds a discussion program, “Islam and Democracy,” featuring panel moderator Alexander Kronemer, writer and lecturer; and panelists Abdulwahab Alkebsi, executive director of the Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy; Hillel Fradkin, president of Ethics & Public Policy Center; and Maysam Al-Faruqi of Georgetown University’s Religious Studies Center. Location: State Department, Harry S. Truman Building. Contacts: 202/647-0488.

Food-law briefing — 2 p.m. The offices of Sens. Michael B. Enzi, Wyoming Republican; Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican; Tim Johnson, South Dakota Democrat; and Bob Graham, Florida Democrat, sponsor a briefing on country-of-origin food labeling to dispel conflicting reports circulating in the news and general public about the implementation of legislation and what it aims to accomplish. Other participants include the Consumer Federation of America, National Farmers Union and American Farm Bureau. Location: Senate Agriculture Committee Room, SR-328A. Contacts: 202/224-3424.

Medgar Evers remembrance — 2 p.m. Family, friends and admirers of civil rights leader Medgar Evers from Mississippi and national political figures convene at his grave site after a “National Week of Remembrance” honoring his life on the 40th anniversary of his assassination on June 12, 1963, with events in Mississippi and culminating at Arlington National Cemetery. Location: Arlington National Cemetery. Contact: 662/915-5079.

Voucher discussion — 3:30 p.m. The American Enterprise Institute holds a discussion, “Vouchers for Special Education Students: An Examination of Florida’s McKay Scholarship Program.” Jay Greene of the Manhattan Institute; Jane Hannaway of the Urban Institute; Denzel McGuire of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and moderator Frederick Hess of AEI participate. Location: AEI, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor, 1150 17th St. NW. Contacts: 202/862-4871.

Iraq damage report — 6:45 p.m. The Social Action & Leadership School of Activists presents “Iraq Postwar Damage Report: Part 3 — The Media’s Mess-Age.” Chris Simpson of American University’s journalism department; George Curry, editor in chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Wire Service; and Rob Timm, host for WHFS’ “RadioActivity” show, participate. Location: Suite 1020, 733 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/234-9382, Ext 229.

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