- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 16, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with his Cabinet at the White House; addresses the National Federation of Independent Business at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in the District; attends a fund-raiser for the Senate campaign of Rep. George Nethercutt in Spokane, Wash.; travels to Fort Lewis, Wash.

VICE PRESIDENT

Discusses the economy at NexTech Materials in Lewis Center, Ohio.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleases weekly figures on unemployment insurance claims. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

1 p.m. —Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.releases its weekly survey on fixed-rate mortgages. Location: 8200 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/903-2000.

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. Governmental Affairs permanent subcommittee on investigations holds a hearing, “Buyer Beware: The Safety of Pharmaceuticals Purchased Over the Internet.” Witnesses include former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, chief executive of Giuliani Partners LLC; Marcia Crosse, Health Care Team director at the General Accounting Office; and Robert Cramer, Office of Special Investigations managing director at the GAO. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

9:30 a.m. —Commerce,Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on technological advancements for border security. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. —Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committeeholds a markup on the nomination of Alan Greenspan to be chairman of the Federal Reserve. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. —Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the environmental-management program at the Department of Energy. Witnesses include Jessie Roberson, assistant energy secretary for environmental management, and Gregory Friedman, Energy Department inspector general. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations holds a hearing on problems with the E-rate Program, which seeks to link the nation’s schools to the Internet. Witnesses include Walker Feaster III, Federal Communications Commission inspector general, and Manuel Saldana, Puerto Rico comptroller. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. —Financial Services subcommittee on domestic and international monetary policy, trade and technology holds a hearing on U.S.-EU regulation issues. Witnesses include Richard Thornburgh, Securities Industry Association chairman; and Paul Oldshue, immediate past president of the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

11 a.m. —House Committee on Administration holds an oversight hearing on the Election Assistance Commission and implementation of the Help America Vote Act. Witnesses include EAC Commissioners DeForest Soaries Jr., Gracia Hillman, Paul DeGregorio and Ray Martinez. Location: 1310 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-8281.

2 p.m. —Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on battling Colombian drug gangs. Witnesses include John Walters, Office of National Drug Control Policy director; and Luis Alberto Moreno, Colombian ambassador to the United States. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

September 11 commission hearing — all day The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States holds a its 12th and final public hearing. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. — Gen. Richard B. Myers, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman; Adm. Charles Joseph Leidig, U.S. Naval Academy commandant; Gen. Ralph Eberhart, commander in chief of the North American Aerospace Defense Command; and Gen. Larry Arnold, former commander of the Continental United States NORAD Region, on the U.S. military response to September 11

Location: National Transportation Safety Board Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/401-1725 or 202/236-4878.

Small-business summit — all day The National Federation of Independent Business holds its National Small Business Summit. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans; Jack Faris, NFIB president; Doug Michelman, Visa USA executive vice president, and Kevin Rollins, Dell president and chief operating officer

Noon —Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican

1:15 p.m. —President Bush

Location: J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/554-9000.

File sharing — 8:30 a.m. Cato Institute holds a discussion, “The Law and Economics of File Sharing and Peer-to-Peer Networks.”

Highlights — 9 a.m. Rep. Rick Boucher, Virginia Democrat

12:15 p.m. —Jack Valenti, Motion Picture Association of America

Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5200.

Homeland Security — noon Homeland Security Advisory Committee holds a public meeting. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge participates. Location: Secret Service headquarters, 950 H St. NW. Contact: 202/282-8010.

Homeownership — 12:30 p.m. The National Press Club holds a discussion, “Renewing America’s Communities — Homeownership: Myth vs. Reality.” Alphonso Jackson, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, ballroom. Contact: 202/662-7501.

Global warming — 1:30 p.m. Environmental Defense Action Fund holds an online town-hall meeting on global warming. Participants include Sens. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat; and Fred Krupp, Environmental Defense president. Location: None. Contact: 212/505-2100.

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