Thursday, November 8, 2001

Veterans History Project and Five Star Council announcement 10:30 a.m. The Library of Congress hosts a meeting and ceremony announcing its Veterans History Project and Five Star Council, sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons. Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi participates. Location: Members Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 202/707-1940.
Diamonds news conference noon Members of Congress hold a news conference to urge action on legislation to cut off the trade in illegal “blood” diamonds. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-7028 or 202/225-1217.

Meets with Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and addresses the nation on homeland security.

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

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

10 a.m. Appropriations, Treasury and general government subcommittee holds a hearing on the financial condition of the U.S. Postal Service. Postmaster General John Potter testifies. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
10 a.m. Finance Committee marks up the Economic Recovery and Assistance for American Workers Act of 2001. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.
10 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on pending nominations, Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.
10 a.m. Judiciary Committee holds a markup to consider pending nominations, including that of John Walters to be director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and pending legislation. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.
2 p.m. Environment and Public Works Committee holds a markup to consider pending nominations, including Steven Williams to be director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and pending legislation, including a bill to establish a program to provide grants to drinking water and waste water facilities to meet immediate security needs, and bills to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8832.

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

9:30 a.m. Ways and Means, oversight subcommittee holds a hearing on the response by charitable organizations to the recent terrorist attacks. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.
10 a.m. Financial Services, oversight and investigations subcommittee and the House Ways and Means Committee’s Social Security subcommittee holds a joint hearing on preventing identity theft by terrorists and criminals. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502 or 202/225-3625.
10 a.m. Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on “The Status of Insurance Restitution of Holocaust Victims and Their Heirs.” Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.
10 a.m. Science Committee holds a hearing on the decontamination of anthrax and other biological agents. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.
10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure, water resources and environment subcommittee holds a hearing on “Right-to-Know after September 11th.” Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.
10:30 a.m. Education and the Workforce, education reform subcommittee holds a hearing on “Impact Aid: Ensuring All Children Receive a Quality Education.” Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.
11 a.m. International Relations Committee meets with the prime minister of India, Atal Behard Vaypayee. Location: Capitol, Room H-139. Contact: 202/225-5021.

“Center Experience” conference 7:30 a.m. The Greater Washington Society of Association Executives presents a two-day “Center Experience” conference to celebrate the opening of the Center for Association Leadership.
Highlights 11 a.m. News conference outlining mission of new global enterprise and private tour of its facility.
12:30 p.m. Center Discovery Luncheon, featuring center opening ceremony.
Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/326-9542 or 703/244-9584.
Student journalism conference 8 a.m. The Freedom Forum hosts the Second Al Neuharth Free Spirit Student Journalism Conference. Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today and the Freedom Forum, participates. Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1325 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Contact: 703/284-2873.
Obesity conferrence 8:45 a.m. The American Obesity Association presents “Obesity: The Public Health Conference,” featuring new findings on the stigma and treatment of childhood obesity. Location: Georgetown University Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir Road NW. Contact: 301/948-1709.
American Indian Heritage Month briefing 9:30 a.m. The National Education Association and the National Indian Education Association present a special briefing on the educational status and needs of American Indian/Alaska Native students in recognition of American Indian Heritage Month. Location: Auditorium, 1201 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/822-7228.
Economic growth and jobs news conference 9:30 a.m. Rep. Dick Armey, Texas Republican, holds a news conference on economic growth and jobs. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-4000.
National Center for Educational Accountability news conference 11 a.m. Just for the Kids, the University of Texas-Austin, and the Education Commission of the United States hold a news conference to announce the establishment of the National Center for Educational Accountability. Education Secretary Rod Paige participates. Location: Meridian Room C, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 214/378-4803.
Homeland security symposium noon The U.S. Chamber of Commerce presents a symposium “Homeland Security Defeating Terrorism in the 21st Century,” including a discussion on tapping space technology to fight terrorism. Rep. Christopher Shays, Connecticut Republican, participates. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.
Afghanistani aid briefing noon The Global Health Council and Management Sciences for Health present a congressional briefing, “The State of Humanitarian Aid in Afghanistan: Stories from the Frontlines.” Location: B-369 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/833-5900.
Report release 12:30 p.m. Members of Congress host a news conference to release an Economic Policy Institute report, “Fast Track to Lost Jobs,” including state-by-state job losses caused by the North American Free Trade Agreement. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-2095, 202/225-3130, or 202/225-3401.
Terrorism lecture 2:15 p.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies presents a lecture titled “A Strategy for Success: Fighting the War on Terrorism.” The speaker is Gen. Wesley Clark, former supreme allied commander, Europe. Location: B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.
Homeland security news conference 3 p.m. Members of Congress, including Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, hold a news conference on homeland security. Location: Capitol, House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-0100.
Book forum 4 p.m. The Cato Institute presents a discussion on Sue Blevins’ book, “Medicare’s Midlife Crisis.” Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.
National Veterans Museum news conference 4 p.m. The Veterans’ Affairs Department holds a news conference to announce plans to create a National Veterans Museum in Washington. VA Secretary Anthony J. Principi participates. Location: 810 Vermont Ave. NW. Contact: 202/273-6000.
Book fair 6 p.m. The National Press Club hosts its 24th annual Book Fair and Authors’ Night. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7523.
Book discussion 6 p.m. Smithsonian Associates present a discussion on the book, “Reaching for Glory: The Secret Lyndon Johnson Tapes, 1964-1965.” The speaker is Michael Beschloss, presidential historian. Location: Jefferson Auditorium, South Building, Agricultural Department, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/357-3030.
Exhibit 6 p.m. The Museum of the Americas and Sotheby’s present a one-day exhibition of Latin American art to be sold Nov. 20 at Sotheby’s. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/516-5999.
Vigil 6 p.m. The AFL-CIO and the Union Network International hold a candlelight vigil to protest World Trade Organization policies that are unfair to working families around the world. Location: Outside the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, 600 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/637-5018.
Terrorism forum 6:15 p.m. Georgetown University presents a forum, “Terrorism: What’s Left Out?” Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328.

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