- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 11, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

"Questions About Nationwide Identity Systems," which explores policy, privacy and technological issues about the capabilities and implementation of such a system. Contact: 202/334-2138.

"Setting an Agenda for a Sustainable Peace." The speaker is Edward Walker, president and chief executive officer of the Middle East Institute, former assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs and former ambassador to Israel and Egypt. Location: Ambassador Room, Hilton Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/736-3849.


PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with bipartisan House and Senate leadership at the White House


ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on 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 a.m. Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on legislation to establish a Department of National Homeland Security and a White House office to combat terrorism. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation consumer affairs subcommittee holds a hearing to examine possible energy-price manipulation in California by Enron Corp. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

10 a.m. Appropriations Committee holds a hearing, "First Responders and Bioterrorism." Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

10 a.m. Finance Committee holds a hearing, "Schemes, Scams and Cons, Part II: The IRS Strikes Back." Charles O. Rossotti, Internal Revenue Service commissioner, testifies. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202-224/4515.

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee marks up pending business and holds a hearing on judicial nominations. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

10:30 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing, "Capacity to Care: In a World Living with AIDS." Rock star Elton John, Elton John Aids Foundation chairman, testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.


HOUSE

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


HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Appropriations VA, HUD and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on appropriations for fiscal 2003 for the National Science Foundation. Rita Colwell, National Science Foundation director, testifies. Location: Capitol, Room H-143. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. Resources fisheries conservation, wildlife and oceans subcommittee holds a hearing on pending legislation, including a bill to reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton testifies. Location: 1334 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure economic development, public buildings and emergency management subcommittee holds a hearing to examine the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Office of National Preparedness. Location: 2253 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10 a.m. Ways and Means trade subcommittee holds a hearing to explore permanent normal trade relations for Russia. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

1 p.m. Energy and Commerce oversight and investigation subcommittee holds a hearing, "A Review of Enhanced Security Requirements at NRC Licensed Facilities." Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

1 p.m. Judiciary Constitution subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

2 p.m. Government Reform Committee holds a hearing, "The Importance of Access to Presidential Records: The Views of Historians." Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

2 p.m. Transportation and Infrastructure aviation subcommittee holds a hearing, "The Adequacy of FAA Oversight of Passenger Aircraft Maintenance." Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.


GENERAL AGENDA

Campaign for America's Future conference all day The Campaign for America's Future hosts "Reclaiming America: A Conference on Progressive Strategies for the New Era."

Highlights 9 a.m. "Uniting America, Rejecting the Enron Future" news conference.

11:45 a.m. Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat.

1 p.m. Sen. John Edwards, North Carolina Democrat, luncheon speaker.

3:30 p.m. Sen. Paul Wellstone, Minnesota Democrat; Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow-PUSH Coalition; and others, "Building a Coalition That Can Win in 2002." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/955-5665.

Insurance agents conference all day The Independent Insurance Agents of America holds its 26th annual national legislative conference. Rep. Michael G. Oxley, Ohio Republican, speaks at 8 a.m. Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 703/706-5396.

Awards ceremony 8:30 a.m. The National Association of Counties hosts a breakfast ceremony to present its "Acts of Caring" awards and special awards to county-sponsored volunteer programs as part of National County Government Week. Location: B339 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/942-4220.

Vietnam discussion 9:45 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research hosts a panel discussion, "A Road Map for U.S. Policy Toward Vietnam: A Democratization and Geopolitical Autonomy." Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.

Discrimination lawsuit briefing 10 a.m. Gordon, Silberman, Wiggins & Childs holds a news briefing to announce the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is joining the firm's race-discrimination class-action lawsuit against Cracker Barrel and adding 21 new plaintiffs. Location: Tokyo Room, Marriott Hotel Metro Center, 775 12th St. NW. Contact: 202/371-1999.

Immigration reform news conference 11 a.m. The Service Employees International Union holds a news conference to make a case for renewed action on immigration reform to include revamping the temporary visa program and creating legalization routes for immigrants already working in the United States. Thomas Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and John Sweeney, AFL-CIO president, participate. Location: Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 1201 K St. NW. Contact: 301/581-0682.

Bioterrorism education program briefing 11 a.m. The Health and Human Services Department and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America hold a briefing on a new bioterrorism-education program for health care providers. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson participates. Location: Small Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/835-3467.

Bulgaria forum 11:30 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a forum, "Bulgaria and NATO." The speaker is Nikolai Svinarov, minister of defense of Bulgaria. Location: B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Workplace-safety summit 1 p.m. Georgetown University hosts the 2002 Workplace Safety Summit. Location: Georgetown University Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir Road NW. Contact: 202/478-6153.

NATO lecture 1:30 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) sponsors a lecture, "The U.S. and NATO: On the Road to the Prague Summit." The speaker is Nicholas Burns, U.S. permanent representative to the Council of NATO. Location: Room 500, SAIS, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Balanced-budget amendment news conference 2 p.m. Reps. Ernest Istook Jr., Oklahoma Republican, and Charles W. Stenholm, Texas Democrat, hold a news conference to introduce a constitutional amendment requiring Congress to balance the budget, with an exception for times of national emergency. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/226-4204

Education Department rally 2 p.m. The Education Department holds a rally to celebrate the No Child Left Behind Act. The participants include Education Secretary Rod Paige, Dorothy Height of the National Council of Negro Women and Darrell Green of the Washington Redskins. Location: 400 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/401-1576.

Drug-enforcement laws hearing 2:15 p.m. The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control holds a hearing to examine the nation's drug-enforcement laws and small towns' ability to face the challenges. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0558.

Finland discussion 4 p.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion, "Finland's Role in the World." The speaker is Jan-Erik Enestam, minister of defense of Finland. Location: B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

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