- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 18, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS
Army and Air Force restructuring briefing 1:30 p.m. The Defense Department holds a news briefing to announce restructuring plans for the Army and Air Force headquarters staff. Army Secretary Thomas White and Air Force Secretary James Roche participate. Location: Briefing Room 2E781, the Pentagon. Contact: 703/697-9312.
Al Qaeda outreach hearing 2:30 p.m. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing to examine the global outreach of al Qaeda. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.

PRESIDENT BUSH
Makes remarks in honor of Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan.

VICE PRESIDENT
Not available.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. Census Bureau releases a report on housing starts and building permits for November 2001. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.
2:30 p.m.
Treasury Department auctions 3- and 6-month Treasury bills. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

FEDERAL AGENCIES
10 a.m. Federal Aviation Administration holds a meeting of the aviation security advisory committee. Location: Discovery II Room, Capitol Holiday Inn, 550 C St. SW. Contact: 202/267-7622.

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

SENATE
Not immediately available. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES
9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation, consumer affairs subcommittee holds a hearing to examine financial questions surrounding the collapse of Enron Inc. stock and its resulting impact on stock holders. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.
9:30 a.m.
Finance Committee marks up the "Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2001" and examines pending nominations. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

HOUSE
Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning hour debate, and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES
4 p.m. Energy and Commerce, energy and air quality subcommittee marks up the "Electric Supply and Transmission Act of 2001." Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

GENERAL AGENDA
Middle East briefing 8:30 a.m. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace presents a Middle East briefing, "When Negotiations Fail: Alternative Approaches to Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking." The participants include: Shlomo Avineri, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Thomas Carothers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Location: Root Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/939-2211.
Terrorism and science symposium 8:30 a.m. The American Association for the Advancement of Science presents a symposium, "War on Terrorism: What Does It Mean for Science?" The participants include: John Marburger III, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Dr. Rashid Chotani, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Louis Goodman, American University; Robert O'Neil, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression; Anne Witkowsky, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Jonathan Moreno, University of Virginia; Kevin McCurley, International Association for Cryptologic Research; and Donald Kerr, CIA. Location: Grand Ballroom Salon A-E, Marriott at Metro Center Hotel, 775 12th St. NW. Contact: 202/326-6431.
Afghan human rights briefing 9:30 a.m. The Congressional Human Rights Rights Caucus holds a members' briefing, chaired by Rep. Constance A. Morella, Maryland Republican, on human rights in Afghanistan and the role of women. Location: 2255 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5341.
School choice book news conference 9:30 a.m. House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman Rep. John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, helps roll out the National Center for Policy Analysis' recently published book on school choice, "Ten Myths about School Choice," at a news conference with the book's co-author Kaleem Caire, CEO of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, and the policy chairman of the National Center for Policy Analysis Pete du Pont. The supplemental services provision of the committee conference report will also be discussed. Location: Capitol, Room HC-6. Contact: 202/628-6671.
Afghanistan forum 9:30 a.m. The Brookings Institution holds a Brookings forum on "The End Game in Afghanistan: What's Next?" Location: 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.
Trade discussion 9:30 a.m. The Washington International Trade Association presents a discussion titled "Bio-Technology in International Trade: What Does the Future Hold?" The speaker is Alan Larson, under secretary of state for economic, business and agricultural affairs. Location: Hemisphere Suite A, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/312-1600.
Legal tools briefing 10 a.m. The U.S. Institute of Peace presents a current issues briefing, "Terrorism on Trial: Examining International Legal Tools in the War Against Terrorism." Location: Second Floor, 1200 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/429-3878.
Europe forum 10 a.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) hosts a forum titled "Europe After September 11." The speakers are Edward Brannerman and Steven Everts, authors of the report for the Centre for European Reform, London, on how the European Union could work with the United States to confront terrorism. Location: Auditorium, Rome Building, SAIS, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.
Farm bill news conference 10:30 a.m. Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, holds a news conference on the farm bill. Location: Capitol, Senate Swamp. Contact: 202/224-3254.
Interior Department news conference 11 a.m. The Interior Department holds a news conference to introduce the National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial Commission, a 19-member group of conservationists and members of Congress. The participants include: Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton; Sens. James Jeffords, Vermont Independent, and Robert C. Smith, New Hampshire Republican; William Horn, Wildlife Legislative Fund; and Michael Bean, Environmental Defense. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/208-5631 or 202/208-3008.
Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act briefing 11 a.m. The National Immigration Forum presents a briefing on the proposed Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2001, a bipartisan approach in the Senate to anti-terrorist measures without restricting immigration and transnational commerce. Location: 385 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/544-0004, Ext. 14 or 202/441-0680.
Employee retirement investments legislation news conference noon Sens. Jon Corzine, New Jersey Democrat, and Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, hold a news conference on legislation to protect employee retirement investments in light of the Enron debacle. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-4744.
Israel and Palestine discussion 12:30 p.m. The Institute for Policy Studies presents a brown bag lunch series, "Stopping the Cycle of Terror: An Examination of the Costs of War and Alternative Approaches to International Security," featuring a discussion on "Israel and Palestine." Location: Suite 1020, 733 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/234-9382, Ext. 229.
Financial stability lecture 1 p.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies presents a lecture, "Financial Stability in Emerging Markets," by Laurence Meyer, Federal Reserve Board governor. Location: B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.
Faith-based charity forum 2 p.m. The Brookings Institution and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life present a forum, "Sacred Places, Civic Purposes: Should Government Help Faith-Based Charity?" John Dilulio Jr., professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and former director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, participates. Location: 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.
Electronic commerce discussion 4 p.m. The Washington International Trade Association presents a discussion on "Evolving Law and Practice with Respect to e-Commerce." The speaker is Michelle O'Neill, deputy assistant commerce secretary. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/312-1600.
International Business Council meeting 4 p.m. The Greater Washington Board of Trade hosts an International Business Council general meeting and holiday party. Location: Room M-600, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/408-5003.
Awards ceremony 6:30 p.m. The MIT Enterprise Forum presents its "Big 20" Birthday Party and 20th Anniversary Awards Ceremony. Location: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Contact: 703/758-4021.

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