- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 22, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

Makes remarks on the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian, White House. Meets interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, followed by a media availability with Mr. Allawi, White House. Attends a RNC Victory 2004 rally, Bangor, Maine. Returns to Washington.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

4 p.m. —Oilseed Processors Association releases its weekly report on the soybean crush. Location: 1255 23rd St. NW, Suite 850. Contact: 202/452-8040.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Federal Interagency Coordinating Council holds a meeting to discuss educational services for children with autism and their families. Location: American Institutes for Research, 1000 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, conference rooms B and C, second floor. Contact: 202/245-7559.

9:30 a.m. —Office of the United States Trade Representative holds a public hearing conducted by the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee concerning China’s compliance with its World Trade Organization commitments. Location: 1724 F St. NW. Contact: 202/395-3900.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. At 10 a.m. the Senate will meet in joint session with the House to receive interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on “National Labor Relations Board Issues.” Robert Battista, chairman, NLRB; Wilma Liebman, member, NLRB; John Langel, representative, University of Pennsylvania, testify. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2:30 p.m. —Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the global posture review of U.S. military forces stationed overseas. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld; Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. and will recess immediately. At 10 a.m. the House will meet in joint session with the Senate to receive interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. At the conclusion of the joint session the House will consider the “Pledge Protection Act of 2004.” Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

11:30 a.m. Ways and Means select revenue measures subcommittee holds a hearing on select tax issues to allow members of the House who do not sit on the committee to testify on tax issues of importance to their constituents. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

1 p.m. —International Relations Committee holds a hearing on “United States Security Policy in Afghanistan on the Eve of National Elections.” Peter Rodman, assistant secretary for international security affairs, Defense Department; Lt. Gen. Walter Sharp, director of strategic plans and policy, J-5, Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Civic identity — 9 a.m. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Office of Citizenship holds a symposium, “Building a Common Civic Identity,” to promote the importance of civic integration of immigrants. Events begin at 9 a.m. Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/282-8010.

Iraqi prime minister — 10 a.m. Congress holds a joint session of Congress to receive Iyad Allawi, the prime minister of the interim government of Iraq.

Highlights — 12:45 p.m. Sen. Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, majority leader and Sen. Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, minority leader, host a reception for Mr. Allawi, S-207, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-5214.

Living legacy awards — 4 p.m. Interior Department holds a ceremony to present the Living Legacy Awards to five persons for their efforts in promoting Indian arts as part of the celebration of the National Museum of the American Indian opening. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton; Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Colorado Republican; Richard West, founding director, NMAI, participate. Location: Yates Auditorium, Main Interior Building, 1849 C St. NW. Contact: 202/208-7291.

Hispanic vote — 4 p.m. Academy for Educational Development holds a discussion on “The Latino Vote and the Media.” Maria Cardona, senior vice president for media relations, New Democrat Network; Lionel and Kathy Sosa, marketing consultants, LK Sosa Consulting and Design, participate. Location: AED Academy Hall Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/884-8324.

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