- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 12, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Stem-cell research hearing 9 a.m. Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education subcommittee holds a hearing on stem-cell research and determining the extent of existing stem-cell lines that can be used for research. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

Medicare reimbursement hearing10 a.m. House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee and oversight and investigations subcommittee hold a joint hearing, "Medicare Drug Reimbursements: A Broken System for Patients and Taxpayers." Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.


PRESIDENT BUSH

To be announced.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Economic Analysis releases report on U.S. international transactions for the second quarter of 2001. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.


SENATE

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


SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Governmental Affairs Committee holds hearing on "How Secure is Our Critical Infrastructure?" Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

2:15 p.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds hearing to consider the nomination of John Negroponte to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.


HOUSE

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


HOUSE COMMITTEES

2 p.m. — Small Business Committee holds hearing on "Increasing the Minimum Wage: Its impact on small businesses in a slowing economy." Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.


GENERAL AGENDA

Arthritis breakfast8:15 a.m. — Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, and Rep. Jennifer Dunn, Washington Republican, host a breakfast to raise awareness of rheumatoid arthritis. Actress Kathleen Turner and Arthritis Foundation leaders participate. Location: 708 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7761.

Helsinki Commission hearing — 9:30 a.m. — The U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) holds a hearing to examine U.S. policy toward the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Location: 485 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/225-1901.

Awards ceremony — 11:30 a.m. — The National Association of Letter Carriers holds a ceremony to honor letter carriers who performed outstanding heroic and humanitarian deeds. Location: Ticonderoga Room, Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/662-2489.

Hong Kong discussion — 12:30 p.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies presents a discussion titled "Hong Kong: Political and Economic Evolution" under People's Republic of China rule. The speaker is Donald Tsang, chief secretary for administration, Hong Kong. Location: B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Announcement — 2:30 p.m. — The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and Kinko's hold a ceremony to officially announce "Put a Face with a Name," with Kinko's offering free use of its computers, scanners and software to post digital photos of dead and missing men and women on the "Virtual Wall," at www.thevirtualwall.org. Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/326-1819 or 202/312-1098.

Awards dinner — 6 p.m. — Freedom Magazine presents its 33rd Anniversary Human Rights Leadership Awards Dinner. Location: Atrium Ballroom, Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/667-6404.

Book discussion — 7 p.m. — The Freedom Forum's Newseum presents a discussion on the book, "The Best and the Brightest," regarding U.S. involvement in Vietnam. The participants include: Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican; David Halberstam, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author; and Robert MacNeil, journalist and moderator. Location: 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: 703/284-3713.

Note: Due to yesterday's attacks in New York and Washington events listed in the Washington Daybook may be subject to change or cancellation without notice. Please check with the contact for an event for further information.


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