- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 18, 2002

Nuclear waste hearing 9:30 a.m. House Energy and Commerce energy and air quality subcommittee holds a hearing titled "A Review of the President's Recommendation to Develop a Nuclear Waste Repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada." Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham and Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
Ergonomics hearing 10 a.m. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on ergonomics guidelines from the Labor Department and the effect of repetitive-stress injuries on American workers. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao testifies. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

Meets with Colombian President Andres Pastrana, Oval Office of the White House; makes remarks at the 2002 Presidential Environmental Youth Award ceremony, Rose Garden; and participates in a Welfare to Work Success event, East Room of the White House
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.
2 p.m. Treasury Department issues the Treasury statement or March. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

10 a.m. Commission of Fine Arts holds a meeting. Location: Suite 312, National Building Museum, Judiciary Square, 441 F St. NW. Contact: 202/504-2200.
10 a.m. Justice Department holds a meeting of the Juvenile Justice Coalition. Location: Wyndham Hotel, 1400 M St. NW. Contact: 202/307-5924.

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

9:30 a.m. Finance Committee holds a hearing to examine corporate governance and executive compensation. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.
9:30 a.m. Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on "The State of Public Health Preparedness for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Six-Month Report Card." Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson testifies. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.
10 a.m. Judiciary Committee marks up judicial and Office of National Drug Control Policy nominations. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.
2:30 p.m. Appropriations treasury and general government subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Treasury Department. Robert Bonner, Customs Service commissioner, testifies. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

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

9 a.m. Veterans' Affairs benefits subcommittee holds a hearing on the Jobs for Veterans Act. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3527.
9:30 a.m. Appropriations foreign operations subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2002 supplemental and fiscal 2003 appropriations for security assistance and assistance to "Front Line States." Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Judiciary Committee marks up pending legislation, including the Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting Act of 2001 and the Child Sex Crimes Wiretapping Act of 2001. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.
10 a.m. Resources energy and mineral resources subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on oil and gas resource assessment methodology. Kathleen Clarke, director of the Bureau of Land Management, testifies. Location: 1334 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.
10 a.m. Science space and aeronautics subcommittee hearing on "Space Shuttle and Space Launch Initiative." Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.
10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure economic development, public buildings and emergency management subcommittee holds a hearing on the Federal Property Asset Management Reform Act of 2002. Location: 2253 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.
10:30 a.m. Appropriations VA, HUD and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Location: Capitol, Room H-143. Contact: 202/225-2771.
11 a.m. Ways and Means human resources subcommittee marks up the Personal Responsibility, Work and Family Promotion Act of 2002. Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.
1 p.m. Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on "The Autism Epidemic: Is the NIH and CDC Response Adequate?" Lee Grossman, president of the Autism Society of America, testifies. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.
2 p.m. Education and the Workforce education reform subcommittee holds a hearing on "Special Education Finance at the Federal, State, and Local Levels." Location: 2261 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

National Restaurant Association conference all day The National Restaurant Association holds its "GO-Lobby Day" conference. Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican, speaks at 8:15 a.m. Location: JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/331-5964.
Oncology Nursing Association conference all day The Oncology Nursing Association holds its 27th annual congress, "The Many Faces of Oncology Nursing." Location: Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 412/921-7373, ext. 483.
Ukrainian Elections briefing 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing on "How Did the Media Cover the Ukrainian Elections?" Myroslava Gongadze, Ukrainian journalist and lawyer, participates. Location: Fourth-floor conference room, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.
Terrorism conference 9 a.m. The U.S. Conference of Mayors holds a conference to discuss efforts to combat terrorism and promote travel and tourism.
Highlights 9 a.m. "Mayoral Strategies to Ensure Safety and Security for Their Cities: Special Events and Meetings."
Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/861-6766.
Gene-related inventions conference 9:30 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a conference on "Gene-related Inventions: Evolving Patent Standards and Their Consequences." Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.
Welfare reform news conference 9:30 a.m. Rep. J.C. Watts Jr., Oklahoma Republican, holds a new conference on welfare reform. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-5107.
April 20 protest news conference 10 a.m. The National Coalition of Organizations for April 20 hold a news conference to discuss plans for the April 20 National March Against War and Racism in front of the White House. Location: Room 1258, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/332-5757.
Debt Relief Improvement Act news conference 10:30 a.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference to introduce legislation, "The Debt Relief Improvement Act," which would enhance U.S. and international commitment to forgiving Third World debt while ensuring that nations that support terrorism and human rights abuse do not benefit from debt relief. Location: Capitol, Senate Swamp. Contact: 202/225-3765.
Microcredit legislation news conference 10:30 a.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference to introduce legislation that will expand access to microcredit and ensure that programs are reaching families who are among the world's poorest. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-3915.
Lupus Foundation briefing noon The Lupus Foundation of America holds a briefing on the latest developments in lupus research. Location: B339 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 301/670-9292, ext. 17.
Lebanon lecture noon The Middle East Institute sponsors a lecture on economic reconstruction in Lebanon, ongoing Arab-Israeli violence and the bilateral U.S.-Lebanese relationship. The speaker is Rafik Hariri, prime minister of Lebanon. Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/256-2175. Note: RSVP required.
Loving vs. Virginia discussion noon American University's Washington College of Law sponsors a discussion of Loving vs. Virginia (1967) on the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling that the Virginia law prohibiting biracial marriage was unconstitutional and led to the repeal of a similar law in 16 states. Location: Room 602, Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 703/855-5556.
Health disparities campaign news conference 1 p.m. The Health and Human Services Department holds a news conference to announce a new campaign to reduce health disparities affecting blacks. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson participates. Location: Great Hall, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/690-6343.
Vaccines briefing 1:30 p.m. The Sabin Vaccine Institute holds a briefing to release an endorsement of vaccines during National Infant Immunization Week, April 15-19. Location: Main Atrium, 111 Michigan Ave. NW. Contact: 202/659-1595.
Taiwan discussion 2 p.m. The National Press Club holds an Afternoon Newsmaker news conference featuring Lien Chang, Kuomintang Party chairman, discussing "Taiwan and the Kuomintang Party: Where Are They Headed?" Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.
Homeland security lecture 4:30 p.m. The University of Maryland College Park sponsors a lecture by Adm. James Loy, Coast Guard commandant, on homeland security and the Coast Guard's role in protecting the United States. Location: Physics Building, 1410 Lecture Hall, University of Maryland, College Park. Contact: 301/405-4625.
Mitchell speech 5 p.m. American University sponsors a lecture by former Sen. George Mitchell, former House majority leader, on "World Peace: Is It an Impossible Dream?" Location: Gaston Hall, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/687-4327.
Biotechnology lecture 6 p.m. The Embassy of New Zealand hosts an address on the latest development in science and technology in New Zealand, with an emphasis on biotechnology. The speaker is Helen Anderson, chief scientific officer of New Zealand. Location: 37 Observatory Circle NW. Contact: 202/439-6399 or 202/328-4839. Note: RSVP required.

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