- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 3, 2001

TODAYS HEADLINERS
National Day of Prayer program — 9:30 a.m. — Congress hosts the National Day of Prayer program, "One Nation Under God." Highlights: 9:30 a.m. — HUD Secretary Mel Martinez; 12:30 p.m. — the Rev. Billy Grahams special prayer to be read in unison. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 719/531-3379.
Airline Passengers Bill of Rights Act news conference — 11 a.m. — Reps. John E. Sweeney, New York Republican, and John D. Dingell, Michigan Democrat, host a news conference to announce a bipartisan proposed Airline Passengers Bill of Rights Act. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5614 or 202/225-4071.

PRESIDENT BUSH
10 a.m. Meets with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, White House.
3:30 p.m. Hosts a reception in honor of the National Day of Prayer, East Room of the White House.
7:30 p.m. Attends the American Jewish Committee annual dinner, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW.

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

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

SENATE COMMITTEES
9:30 a.m. Appropriations, labor, health and human services, and education subcommittee holds a hearing on the employment needs of Amish youth. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao participates. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing to examine the lessons learned from the attack on USS Cole. Gen. Henry H. Shelton, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.
9:30 a.m. Appropriations, treasury and general government subcommittee holds a hearing on national drug control policy. Edward Jurith, acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, testifies. Location: 485 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
10 a.m. Appropriations, commerce, justice, state, and the judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on appropriations for the State Departments fiscal 2002 budget. Secretary of State Colin Powell testifies. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
10 a.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committees energy and water development subcommittee hold a joint oversight hearing on the state of the nuclear power industry and the future of the industry in a comprehensive energy strategy. Richard Meserve, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman, testifies. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971 or 202/224-3471.
10 a.m. Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on "Federal Election Practices and Procedures, Part I." Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.
2:30 p.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions order addressing wholesale electricity prices in California and the Western United States. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.
2:30 p.m. Special Committee on Aging holds a hearing to examine new prescribing technologies for prescription drugs. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES
10 a.m. Appropriations, commerce, justice, state and judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2002 appropriations for the secretary of commerce. Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Appropriations, interior and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2002 appropriations under the energy secretary. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham testifies. Location: B-308 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Appropriations, treasury, postal service, and general government subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2002 appropriations for Treasury Secretary Paul H. ONeill. Location: 2220 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure, Coast Guard and maritime transportation subcommittee holds a hearing on "Coast Guard Fiscal 2002 Budget Request." Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.
2 p.m. Appropriations, transportation and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on airline delays. Jane Garvey, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, testifies. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
3 p.m. Science Committee holds a field hearing on "Acid Rain: The State of the Science and Research Needs for the Future." Location: Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C St. SW. Contact: 202/225-6371.

GENERAL AGENDA
Memorial ceremony 8 a.m. The Freedom Forums Newseum presents a memorial ceremony to honor journalists who died reporting the news during 2000 by adding their names to the Freedom Forum Journalists Memorial in Freedom Park adjacent to the Newseum. Location: Freedom Park, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: 703/284-3769.
European stability discussion 9 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion on "Peace and Stability in Southeast Europe." The speaker is Albanian Prime Minister Ilir Meta. Location: B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.
School feeding program bill news conference 9:30 a.m. Members of Congress host a news conference to announce bipartisan legislation to establish an international school feeding program, the George McGovern-Robert Dole International Education and Child Nutrition Act of 2001. Location: Capitol, Senate Swamp. Contact: 202/225-6101 or 202/226-8826.
National Museum of African American History and Culture news conference 11 a.m. Members of Congress host a news conference to announce plans to introduce bicameral, bipartisan legislation to establish a National Museum of African American History and Culture. Location: Capitol, Senate Swamp. Contact: 202/224-0327, 202/224-0081, 202/226-9000, or 202/225-3801.
World Press Freedom Day discussion 12:30 p.m. The National Press Club hosts a Newsmaker luncheon featuring a World Press Freedom Day discussion on "Freedom of the Press and the Future of Russia." The speaker is Vladimir Gusinsky, board chairman of Media-MOST, parent company of NTV. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.
House accomplishments news conference 1 p.m. Members of Congress, including Reps. Tom DeLay, Texas Republican, and J.C. Watts Jr., Oklahoma Republican, hold a news conference to discuss House accomplishments on presidential initiatives during the first 100 days of the Bush administration. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-5107.
Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus meeting 2 p.m. The Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus holds a meeting on the Bush administrations law enforcement priorities. Attorney General John Ashcroft participates. Location: 2261 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2871 or 202/225-4735.
Freedom House news conference 2:15 p.m. Freedom House holds a news conference on the political and press freedom crisis in Ukraine. Myroslava Gongadze, wife of slain Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze, participates. Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 212/514-8040, Ext. 308.
Caspian region discussion 5 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) presents a discussion on Caspian region security and politics. The speaker is Erlan Idrissov, foreign minister of Kazakhstan. Location: Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.
Benefit 6 p.m. American Express and Freddie Mac present "Share Our Strengths Taste of the Nation," featuring 80 top Washington, D.C., restaurants food and wine tasting to stamp out hunger. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 800/955-8278.
American Jewish Committee dinner 7 p.m. The American Jewish Committee holds its annual dinner. The participants include: President Bush; Mexican President Vicente Fox; German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres. Location: National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Contact: 917/449-1259.
"All Things Considered" tribute 7 p.m. National Public Radio (NPR) presents a live tribute to "All Things Considered," NPRs first and longest-running newsmagazine, for its 30 years on the air. Location: Amphitheater, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/513-2304.
Awards ceremony 7:30 p.m. Business Executives for National Security (BENS) holds a black-tie dinner to present its BENS Eisenhower Award for outstanding contributions to national security. The participants include: Gen. Henry H. Shelton, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, recipient; and Paul Wolfowitz, deputy defense secretary. Location: Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/296-2125.
Asia Society dinner 7:30 p.m. The Asia Society Washington Center holds its 2001 annual dinner. Yang Jiechi, Peoples Republic of China ambassador, is the host and dinner speaker. Location: Grand Ballroom, JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/833-2742.


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