- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 13, 2001


Nuclear weapons security 2:30 p.m. Senate Armed Services Committee meets to receive testimony on the security of U.S. nuclear weapons and nuclear-weapons facilities. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

Arlington burial eligibility hearing 10 a.m. House Veterans Affairs Committee holds a hearing on and marks up legislation to amend title 38, U.S. Code, to enact eligibility of certain veterans and their dependents for burial in Arlington National Cemetery. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3527.


1:15 p.m. Participates in a photo opportunity with the world champion Arizona Diamondbacks. East Room of the White House.


8:30 a.m. Census Bureau releases advance retail sales for November 2001. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases report on unemployment insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the Producer Price Index for November 2001. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.


8 a.m. Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the blood products advisory committee. Location: Hilton Silver Spring Hotel, 8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Contact: 301/827-3514.


9 a.m. Governmental Affairs Committee holds hearing on "Riding the Rails: How Secure Is Our Passenger and Transit Infrastructure?" Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds hearing to examine housing and community development needs in America. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez testifies. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

2 p.m. Judiciary, technology, terrorism and government information subcommittee holds hearing, "Protecting our Homeland Against Terror: Building a New National Guard for the 21st Century." Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

3 p.m. Foreign Relations, Central Asia and South Caucasus subcommittee holds hearing to examine contributions of central Asian nations to the campaign against terrorism. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.


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


10 a.m. Government Reform Committee holds hearing on "The FBI's Handling of Confidential Informants in Boston: Will the Justice Department Comply with Congressional Subpoenas?" Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure, aviation subcommittee marks up the "General Aviation Industry Reparations Act of 2001." Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.


Polish foreign minister visit all dayThe embassy of the Republic of Poland hosts the first official visit of the Polish foreign minister, Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, to the United States. Highlights include a meeting with National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, a meeting with the board of the Holocaust Memorial Museum and a meeting with representatives of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Contact: 202/234-3800, Ext. 2115.

American Legislative Exchange Council conference all day The American Legislative Exchange Council holds its 2001 States and Nation Policy Summit.

Highlights 1-2:30 p.m. Commerce Secretary Don Evans.

Location: Renaissance Washington Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/549-2889.

National Clusters of Innovation meeting 8 a.m. The National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council on Competitiveness hold a National Clusters of Innovation meeting to open NGA's Global Economies Initiative to create globally competitive states.

Highlights 9:30 a.m. Governors' panel discussion.

Noon Deputy Treasury Secretary Samuel Bodman.

Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/624-5334.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America conference 8:25 a.m. The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America presents its 12th annual national leadership forum.

Highlights 8:25 a.m. Dr. Enoch Gordis, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

8:56 a.m. Charles Curie, administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

9:26 a.m. Glen Hanson, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 703/706-0560, Ext. 246.

Burr speech 8:30 a.m. Women in Government Relations and the American Medical Association present a breakfast featuring Rep. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican, House Energy and Commerce Committee vice chairman noted for his leadership role in health care, energy, telecommunications, bioterrorism and the environment. Location: 12th Floor, 1101 Vermont Ave. NW. Contact: 703/299-8546.

Race discrimination suit announcement 10 a.m. Gordon, Silberman, Wiggins & Childs, a civil-rights firm, holds a news conference to announce the filing of a race discrimination suit on behalf of 21 plaintiffs in 10 states against a major nationwide restaurant chain. Location: Salon D, Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th St. NW. Contact: 202/371-1999.

NanoBusiness Alliance News conference 10 a.m. The NanoBusiness Alliance holds a news conference to announce its new honorary chairman. Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, participates. Location: California Room, Capital Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 845/247-8920.

Job Center news conference 10:30 a.m. Members of Congress, including Rep. Richard Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, hold a news conference to kick off a Job Center to highlight the need to help displaced workers in the economic-stimulus bill. Location: Capitol, Room HC-9. Contact: 202/225-0100.

Taiwan lecture 11 a.m. The Heritage Foundation presents a lecture, "A New Era in Cross-Strait Relations? Taiwan and China in the WTO [World Trade Organization]," by Tsai Ing-wen, chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council, Executive Yuan, Republic of China, Taiwan. Location: Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Laos forum noon The Center for Public Policy Analysis and members of Congress host a congressional forum on Laos. Arthur Dommen, author of "Conflict in Laos: The Politics of Neutralization," participates. Location: 2105 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/543-1444.

NorthernAlliance discussion noon The Asia Society Washington Center presents a discussion, "Focus on Afghanistan's Northern Alliance." The speaker is Mohammad Eshaq, Northern Alliance representative. Location: 1800 K St. NW, B-1 Conference Level. Contact: 202/833-2742.

Iraq forum noon The Cato Institute presents a policy forum, "Should the United States Go to War against Iraq?" James Woolsey, former CIA director, and William Niskanen, Cato chairman, participate. Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.

2001 Innovations in Government Award ceremony 1-2:50 p.m. Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Institute for Government Innovation holds a ceremony to announce five problem-solving programs named winners of the 2001 Innovations in Government Award. The keynote speaker is James Lee Witt, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Location: Yorktown Room, Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/530-3265 or 202/530-3270.

House Science Committee briefing 2 p.m. The House Science Committee hosts a year-end briefing on committee business, including terrorism legislation, accomplishments and plans for next year. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, New York Republican, House Science Committee chairman, participates. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

Community Choice in Real EstateAct news conference 2:30 p.m. Members of Congress, including Rep. Ken Calvert, California Republican, and National Association of Realtors President Martin Edwards Jr. hold a news conference about the Community Choice in Real Estate Act of 2001. Location: Capitol, Room HC-6. Contact: 202/383-7536.

Open house 5:30 p.m. The Institute for International Economics holds a Holiday Open House to introduce its staff and new office. Location: 1750 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/454-1309.

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