- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 17, 2003

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Minority businesses — 11 a.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Minority Business Roundtable host a “Heart of America” luncheon conference on the impact of minority businesses on the U.S. economy. Participants include Treasury Secretary John W. Snow; White House Counsel Al Gonzales; Roger Campos, Minority Business Roundtable; and Reta Lewis, USCC. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Burma regime — 11:30 a.m. — The Council on Foreign Relations holds a news conference to discuss the council’s report, “Burma: Time for Change.” Participants include Sens. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, and Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican; and Mathea Falco, Independent Task Force on Burma. Location: 116 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 212/434-9537.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in a Prison Fellowship Ministries discussion, the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10:30 a.m. — Energy Information Administration releases its weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

3 p.m. — National Agricultural Statistics Service releases its weekly report on broiler hatcheries. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-7017.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee. Location: Bethesda Marriott Hotel, 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda. Contact: 301/396-9839.

9:30 a.m. — U.S. Parole Commission holds a meeting that will include consideration of amended interim rules for D.C. offenders on supervised release. Location: 5550 Friendship Blvd., fourth floor, Chevy Chase. Contact: 301/492-5990.

9:30 a.m. — Research and Special Programs Administration holds a meeting to prepare for the 23rd session of the United Nations subcommittee of experts on the transportation of dangerous goods to be held June 30-July 4, 2003 in Geneva. Location: Transportation Department, Nassif Building, 400 Seventh St. SW, Room 3200-3204. Contact: 202/366-0656.

noon — Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting to discuss issues about hazardous waste management in research and academic laboratories. Location: EPA, conference room 1153, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 703/308-0091.

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

9:30 a.m. — Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Fern Saddler, Judith Macaluso, Michael Ryan and Jerry Byrd to be associate judges on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Witnesses include the nominees and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Democrat. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

2:30 p.m. — Foreign Relations East Asia and Pacific affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on the development of democracy in Burma. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

4 p.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on ambassadorial nominations: John Herbst to Ukraine, Tracey Jacobson to Turkmenistan and George Krol to Belarus. Location: S-116, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act of 2003; the Taxpayer Protection and IRS Accountability Act of 2003; and the Small Business Health Fairness Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure economic development, public buildings and emergency management subcommittee holds a markup of legislation reauthorizing the Economic Development Administration. Location: 2253 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

1 p.m. — Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on worldwide U.S. military commitments. Witnesses include Paul Wolfowitz, deputy defense secretary, and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

1 p.m. — Appropriations commerce, justice, state and the judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on implementing the FBI reorganization plan. Witnesses include FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III; Government Accounting Office comptroller David Walker; and former Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

2 p.m. — Small Business Committee holds a hearing on the loss of white-collar jobs to foreign competitors. Witnesses include Rep. Nancy L. Johnson, Connecticut Republican; Bruce Mehlman, assistant commerce secretary for technology; and Pete Engardio, Business Week. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.

GENERAL AGENDA

Small business advocacy — all day — National Federation of Independent Business holds its seventh annual Leadership Trust Meeting.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans

10:15 a.m. — Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican; Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Arkansas Democrat; Rep. Jennifer Dunn, Washington Republican; Rep. Christopher Cox, California Republican; Rep. Max Burns, Georgia Republican, and Jack Faris, NFIB president on “Permament Repeal of the Death Tax.” Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building; rain site, 345 Cannon

12:15 p.m. — Rep. Sam Johnson, Texas Republican

1:15 p.m. — Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on challenges facing America’s small businesses after September 11

Location: St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th St. NW, or as noted above. Contact: 202/314-2041.

Ethanol technology — all day — National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition holds an “Advanced Transportation Technology Forum”

Highlights — 9:45 p.m. — Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, on “Using the Federal Tax Code To Give Americans a ‘Drive Clean’ Choice”

noon — Rep. Sherwood L. Boehlert, New York Republican and Science Committee chairman, “Greening the Transportation System Through Innovative Government and Industry Partnerships”

Location: 902 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 573/635-8445.

U.S. Muslims — all day — Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion on “Muslims in the United States: Demography, Beliefs, Institutions.”

Highlights — 12:30 p.m. — Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Georgetown University, “American Islamic Intellectual Activity and the Islamic World”

Location: WWC, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

Prescription drugs — 9 a.m. — Washington Legal Foundation holds a panel discussion on the legal and policy issues for the FDA in switching drugs’ status from prescription to “over-the-counter.” Participants include Andrew Krulwich, a Wiel, Rein and Fielding partner, and Linda Golodner, National Consumers League president. Location: WLF, 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.

Immigration bill — 9 a.m. — Congress holds a news conference to endorse the “U.S.A. Family Act” on immigration. Participants include Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat, and religious leaders . Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-8203.

U.S.-Turkish ties — 3 p.m. — National Press Club Afternoon Newsmaker Program holds a news conference on “The U.S. and Turkey: Moving Forward.” Participants include Ugur Ziyal, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs undersecretary. Location: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/530-1210, 202/662-7540, 202/612-6807.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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