- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 17, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Defense of Marriage Act — 10:30 a.m. — Senate Republican Conference holds a press conference on the Defense of Marriage Act. Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican, participates. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-2764.

Rural America — 11 a.m. — House Democratic Rural Working Group holds a press conference on “Voice of the Heartland — Five Priorities for Rural America.” Topics include fiscal responsibility, family farming, jobs and trade. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, and Rep. Collin C. Peterson, Minnesota Democrat, participate. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7616.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Addresses military personnel in Fort Lewis, Wash.; makes remarks at a campaign event in Reno, Nev.

VICE PRESIDENT

Attends a fund-raiser for House candidate Jeff Fortenberry in Lincoln, Neb.; discusses the economy at Adam Aircraft in Englewood, Colo.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Federal Communications Commission holds a meeting of the Consumer Advisory Committee to hear briefings on agency activities, a progress report from the Broadband Working Group, and a Homeland Security Department briefing regarding problems and solutions raised at a disability summit. Location: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th St. SW, Room TW-C305. Contact: 202/418-2809.

9:30 a.m. — Homeland Security Department holds a meeting of the Departmental Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection to discuss elimination of quotas, and to receive updates on international trade data systems and security subcommittee. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, Horizon Ballroom, 1300 Pennsylvania NW. Contact: 202/282-8468.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Schedule to be announced. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Female veterans — all day — Veterans Affairs Department holds a National Summit on Women Veterans. Events begin at 8:15 a.m.

Highlights — 8:15 a.m. — VA Secretary Anthony J. Prinicpi

Location: Capitol Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/273-4898 or 571/213-4395.

Reparations for African descendants — all day — The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America holds its 15th national conference to set a collective agenda for achieving reparations for African descendants. Events begin at 10 a.m.

Highlights — 7 p.m. — Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, speaks at a rally at Union Temple Baptist Church, 1225 W St. SE.

Location: Howard University’s Blackburn Center, 2400 Sixth St. NW. Contact: 202/736-1719.

Liberty and equality — all day — American Constitution Society holds a convention, “Liberty and Equality in the 21st Century.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 1:15 p.m. — Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat

6:30 p.m. — Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer

Location: Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 202/393-6181.

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

Highlights — 2:15 p.m. — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican

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

Murder and violence in D.C. — 8:30 a.m. — The University of the District of Columbia and the National Alliance for Change hold a seminar, “Dynamics of Murder and Violence in D.C.” Location: University of the District of Columbia, 4700 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/723-2200.

Hearings discussion — 9 a.m. — CitizensWatch holds a press conference to discuss the final public hearings of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Location: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 401/935-7715 or 202/277-1992.

Work and family — 10 a.m. — National Partnership for Women and Families and the New America Foundation hold a press briefing on “Work and Family in the U.S. and Around the World: Results from the Work, Family and Equity Index.” Participants include Jody Heyman of the Center for Society and Health at Harvard University, and Holly Fechner, minority chief counsel for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Location: SC-4, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/986-2600, 202/986-2700.

Growth in federal spending — noon — The National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste and the Heritage Foundation hold a discussion, “Does the Growth in Federal Spending Jeopardize the Bush Tax Cuts?” Participants include John Berthoud of the National Taxpayers Union, Steve Moore of the Club for Growth, and Brian Riedl and Alison Fraser of the Heritage Foundation. Location: 2257 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/683-5700.

Mercury in fish — noon — Physicians for Social Responsibility holds a press conference to release a report, “Healthy Fish, Healthy Families,” on the level of toxic mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls in fish. Participants include Katherine Shea and Karen Perry of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Amy Swann of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, and Nora Pouillon of Restaurant Nora. Location: Restaurant Nora, 2132 Florida Ave. NW. Contact: 202/478-6119.

Juneteenth luncheon — noon — National Juneteenth Observance Foundation holds a Juneteenth luncheon celebration. The Rev. Ronald Myers, chairman of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/569-09436, 662/247-1471.

Muslim civil rights conference — 12:15 p.m. — The Muslim Legal Defense and Education Fund hold its annual Muslim Civil Rights Law conference, “Walking the Straight Path.” Location: Howard University School of Law, 2900 Van Ness St. NW. Contact: 202/466-3830.

America’s vulnerabilities — 12:30 p.m. — Traffic World holds a Transportation Table luncheon program, “America the Vulnerable: Protecting Our Unguarded Homeland from Terror.” Stephen Flynn of the Council on Foreign Relations participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-3353.

Riding benefit — 7 p.m. — The Circle of Hope Therapeutic Riding Inc. holds a benefit for its program, which provides equine-assisted therapy to children and adults with physical, mental, developmental and emotional disabilities. Location: Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 301/916-2040 or 301/922-4545.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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