- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 25, 2003

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Immigration discussion — 9 a.m. — The Center for Immigration Studies holds a discussion to examine the role of local law enforcement in immigration. Location: 2226 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/466-8185.

Cuba travel ban — 2:30 p.m. — Reps. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, and Bill Delahunt, Massachusetts Democrat, hold a news conference to announce an effort to lift the ban on travel to Cuba. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2635.

PRESIDENT BUSH

11:10 a.m. — Meets with President Mireya Moscoso of Panama, White House.

Noon — Addresses the Corporate Council on Africa’s U.S.-Africa Business Summit, Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases unemployment-insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Economic Analysis releases a report on the gross domestic product for the first quarter 2003 (final estimate). Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Health and Human Services Department holds a meeting of the advisory committee on minority health, to discuss racial and ethnic disparities in health and related issues. Location: Georgetown ABC Rooms, Hilton Garden Inn, 815 14th St. NW. Contact: 301/443-9923.

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 a.m. — Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a hearing on the Healthy Forests Restoration Act. Location: 328-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2035.

9:30 a.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee marks up pending legislation, including the Federal Communications Commission Reauthorization Act. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

9:30 a.m. — Judiciary Committee marks up pending legislation including a bill to create a fair and efficient system to resolve claims of victims for bodily injury caused by asbestos exposure. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

10 a.m. — Finance Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Josette Shiner to be deputy U.S. trade representative and James Jochum to be assistant secretary of the Commerce Department. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

2 p.m. — Appropriations Committee marks up the fiscal 2004 appropriations bills for the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education departments and for military construction. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2 p.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing to examine the State Department’s Office of Children’s Issues, focusing on responding to international parental abduction. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. — Judiciary crime, terrorism and homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on the Hometown Heroes Survivors Benefits Act of 2003. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

9:30 a.m. — Agriculture Committee holds a hearing to review the mandatory country-of-origin labeling law. Location: 1300 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2171.

10 a.m. — Resources fisheries conservation, wildlife and oceans subcommittee holds a hearing on a bill amending the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act and legislation amending the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956. Location: 1334 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

10 a.m. — Science space and aeronautics subcommittee marks up the NASA Flexibility Act of 2003 and the Federal Aviation Administration Research and Development Authorization Act. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

10 a.m. — Select Homeland Security Committee marks up the Project BioShield Act of 2003. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5611.

10 a.m. — Small Business regulatory reform and oversight subcommittee holds a hearing, “CRS Regulations and Small Business in the Travel Industry.” Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure railroads subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on national rail-infrastructure financing proposals. Allen Rutter, administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, testifies. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

11 a.m. — Judiciary immigration, border security and claims subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, “The Federal Government’s Response to the Issuance and Acceptance in the United States of Consular Identification Cards.” Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

Noon — International Relations Asia and the Pacific subcommittee holds a hearing, “U.S. Security Policy in Asia and the Pacific: Restructuring America’s Forward Deployment.” Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Archaeological conference — all day — The World Archaeological Congress holds its fifth World Archaeological Congress.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Marion Forsyth, “Casualties of War: The Destruction of Iraq’s Cultural Heritage as a Result of U.S. Action During and After the Gulf War,” presentation of paper.

Location: Room 331, Pryzbyla Center, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Contact: 202/319-6527.

Traffic congestion conference — all day — The University of California at Los Angeles hosts a conference to study solutions to the growing problem of traffic congestion. Mary Peters, Federal Highway Administration, delivers the keynote address, “The Federal Role in Addressing Traffic Congestion.” Location: Kellogg Conference Center, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. Contact: 310/825-7885.

U.S.-Israeli relations discussion — 9 a.m. — The National Press Club holds a morning newsmaker news conference with Uzi Landau, the Israeli minister for strategic U.S.-Israeli cooperation. Topics include prospects for the “road map” for negotiations with the Palestinian Authority and for Israeli-American relations. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Gas summit — 9 a.m. — The Energy Department and the National Petroleum Council holds a national gas summit. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham participates. Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/586-5806.

Media preview — 9 a.m. — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History holds a media preview of an exhibit titled “The Splendor of Diamonds.” Location: National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/822-9491 or 202/786-2950.

Drug policy news conference — 10 a.m. — The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy holds a news conference to announce “The 25 Cities Initiative,” which aims to combat the nation’s drug problem at the local level. John Walters, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, participates. Location: fifth floor, 750 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/395-6796 or 202/395-6618.

Rebuilding Iraq — 10 a.m. — The Cato Institute holds a discussion, “Rebuilding Iraq: Prospects for Freedom and Prosperity.” Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5200.

Enron news conference — 10:30 a.m. — The Labor Department holds a news conference to make an announcement on Enron. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao participates. Location: Secretary’s Conference Room, Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-4676.

Pakistan discussion — 10:30 a.m. — The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Save the Children hold a discussion, “Pakistan’s Future: A Strategy for the Next Generation.” Sehba Musharraf, first lady of Pakistan, participates. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Medicare briefing — 12:15 p.m. — The Alliance for Health Reform and Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation sponsor a luncheon briefing to provide an overview of the major provisions in legislation to modernize Medicare, including financing provisions, based on a new comparative analysis by the firm Health Policy Alternatives. Location: Columbus Club, Union Station. Contact: 202/789-2300 or 202/347-5270.

Refugees news conference — 12:30 p.m. — Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican, holds a news conference to discuss legislation, “The Women and Children Fleeing War or Civil Strife Special Immigrant Act.” Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8950.

HIV-testing news conference — 12:30 p.m. — Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, holds a news conference to announce an initiative regarding rapid HIV-antibody testing. Location: Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution Avenue NE. Contact: 202/224-9020.

U.N. forum — 4 p.m. — The United Nations Association of the United States and the Business Council for the United Nations sponsor the 2003 National Forum on the United Nations. Location: Capitol Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th St. NW. Contact: 212/907-1300.

Sri Lanka reception — 6 p.m. — The International Republican Institute hosts a reception to honor the Sri Lankan minister of economic reform, science and technology, Milinda Moragoda. Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, participates. Location: 1225 I St. NW. Contact: 202/408-9450.

Pakistan forum — 6:30 p.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts an international forum on the role of expansion of U.S.-Pakistani business relations in helping Pakistan become a stable democracy. President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan participates. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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