- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 13, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

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.


PRESIDENT BUSH

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

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

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.


SENATE COMMITTEES

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.


HOUSE

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


HOUSE COMMITTEES

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.


GENERAL AGENDA

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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