- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 17, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS
Homeland-security hearing 9:30 a.m. Senate Judiciary administrative oversight and the courts subcommittee holds a hearing, "Should the Office of Homeland Security Have More Power? A Case Study in Information Sharing." Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.
Drug-coverage hearing 10:30 a.m. House Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on integrating coverage of prescription drugs into the Medicare program. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson testifies. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

PRESIDENT BUSH
3:25 p.m. Meets with Lebanese President Rafiq Hariri at the White House

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. Commerce Department releases report on U.S. international trade in goods and services for February 2002. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

SUPREME COURT
Meets at 10 a.m. to hand down decisions and hear oral arguments:
Docket Number 01-309: Hope vs. Pelzer; and Docket Number 01-651: Chase Manhattan Bank vs. Traffic Stream (BVI). Contact: 202/479-3211.

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

SENATE COMMITTEES
10 a.m. Appropriations defense subcommittee holds a hearing on the proposed budget estimates for fiscal 2003 for missile defense. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
2 p.m. Indian Affairs Committee holds an oversight hearing on subsistence hunting and fishing issues in the state of Alaska. Location: 485 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.
2 p.m. Judiciary Constitution subcommittee holds a hearing, "Applying the War Powers Resolution to the War on Terrorism." Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.
2:30 p.m. Select Intelligence Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of John Helgerson to be inspector general of the CIA. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1700.

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 Aeronautics and Space Administration. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Appropriations commerce, justice, state, the judiciary and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Location: Capitol, Room H-309. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Energy and Commerce health subcommittee holds a hearing, "Creating a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit: Assessing Efforts to Help America's Low Income Seniors." Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
10 a.m. Financial Services Committee marks up the Federal Deposit Insurance Reform Act. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.
10 a.m. Joint Economic Committee holds a hearing on monetary policy and the economic outlook. Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve System chairman, testifies. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5171.
10 a.m. Resources Committee holds a hearing on pending legislation, including a bill to amend the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act to protect Indian tribes from coerced labor agreements. Location: 1334 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.
10 a.m. Science Committee holds a hearing, "New Directions for Climate Research and Technology Initiatives." Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.
10 a.m. Small Business Committee marks up of the Small Business Advocacy Improvement Act of 2002, the Small Business Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2001, and the Microloan Program Improvement Act of 2001. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.
10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure highways and transit subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, "How Transit Serves and Benefits U.S. Communities." Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.
10:15 a.m. International Relations Committee holds a hearing, "AIDS Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Africa: Identifying the Best Practices for Care, Treatment and Prevention." Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.
2 p.m. Appropriations commerce, justice, state, the judiciary and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Federal Communications Commission. Location: Capitol, Room H-309. Contact: 202/225-2771.
2 p.m. Appropriations Treasury, Postal Service and general government subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Treasury secretary. Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill testifies. Location: 2362-B Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

GENERAL AGENDA
U.S. Conference of Mayors conference all day The U.S. Conference of Mayors holds a conference to discuss efforts to combat terrorism and promote travel and tourism.
Highlights noon Rocky Anderson, mayor of Salt Lake City, and Dimitris Avramopoulos, mayor of Athens, "The Olympic Challenge: Safety and Security for Olympics Past and Present."
1:15 p.m. News conference.
Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/861-6766.
Bogus health-scares conference 9:30 a.m. The Lexington Institute holds a conference on the cost to society of bogus health scares and the implications for public health and homeland security. Location: 1539 Longworth house Office Building. Contact: 703/522-5828.
Consumer Product Safety Commission briefing 10 a.m. The Consumer Product Safety Commission holds a briefing asking Americans to remove from their homes 12 hazardous products recalled or made safer when new safety standards were issued. Location: Fourth-floor hearing room, East West Towers, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Contact: 301/504-0580, Ext. 1184.
Report release 10 a.m. The AFL-CIO holds a briefing to release a report calling on Congress to support responsible reform at the World Bank. Location: 815 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/783-7400, Ext. 102.
Tax-relief news conference 10 a.m. The House leadership holds a news conference on permanent tax relief. Location: Capitol, Room H-137. Contact: 202/226-9000.
Humane Society news conference 10:45 a.m. The Humane Society of the United States holds a news conference to announce support for keeping the Downed Animal Protection Act in the farm bill. Rep. Gary L. Ackerman, New York Democrat, and Peter Max, artist, participate. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 301/258-8255.
Stem-cell biology briefing noon The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus holds a briefing, "Stem-Cell Biology: Prospects and Politics." The speaker is Dr. Paul Berg, Stanford University School of Medicine and Nobel Prize winner. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 301/347-9300.
Prison privatization briefing noon The American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, holds a briefing on prison privatization. Location: Capitol, Room EF-100. Contact: 202/639-6419.
Globalization discussion 5:30 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies sponsors a discussion, "Feasible Globalization." The speaker is Dani Rodrik, international political-economy professor at Harvard University. Location: Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.r

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