- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 24, 2002

PRESIDENT BUSH
Travels to South Dakota for an agriculture round-table discussion and to attend a fund-raiser for Senate hopeful Rep. John Thune, South Dakota Republican.

VICE PRESIDENT
Meets with Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, in Houston.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. Census Bureau releases an advance report on durable goods manufacturers' shipments and orders for March 2002. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.
10 a.m. Census Bureau releases a report on new residential sales for March 2002. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

SUPREME COURT
Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m.:
Docket Number 01-679: Gonzaga University vs. Department of Energy; and Docket Number 01-595: United States vs. Ruiz. 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 foreign operations subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the State Department. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell testifies. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
10 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee marks up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2001 and pending nominations. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.
1:30 p.m. Appropriations Treasury and general government subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. John Walters, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, testifies. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
2:30 p.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation science, technology, and space subcommittee holds a hearing on legislation to mobilize technology and science experts to respond quickly to the threats proposed by terrorist attacks and other emergencies. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.
2:30 p.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Indian Affairs Committee hold a joint hearing on legislation to establish the T'uf Shur Bien Preservation Trust Area within the Cibola National Forest in New Mexico to resolve a land claim involving the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4103 or 202/224-2251.

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES
10 a.m. Appropriations foreign operations subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Treasury secretary. Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Government Reform government efficiency, financial management and intergovernmental relations subcommittee holds a hearing on the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2002. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.
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 Committee marks up pending legislation, including a bill to authorize the secretary of the Interior to provide assistance to the state of Maryland for implementation of a program to eradicate nutria and restore marshland damaged by nutria. Location: 1334 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.
2:30 p.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation science, technology and space subcommittee holds a hearing on legislation to mobilize technology and science experts to respond quickly to the threats proposed by terrorist attacks and other emergencies. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.
10:15 a.m. International Relations Committee holds a hearing, "International Global Terrorism: Its Link with Illicit Drugs as Illustrated by the IRA and Other Groups in Colombia." Asa Hutchinson, administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, testifies. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.
11 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee marks up pending legislation, including a bill to provide assistance for the construction of certain air-traffic control towers and the Rail Infrastructure Development and Expansion Act of the 21st Century (RIDE 21). Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.
1 p.m. Energy and Commerce Committee marks up pending legislation, including a bill to amend the Social Security Act to extend abstinence-education funding under maternal and child health programs through fiscal 2007 and to extend the authorization to transitional medical assistance for one year. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
2 p.m. Ways and Means Committee marks up a joint resolution disapproving the action taken by the president under section 203 of the Trade Act of 1974 transmitted to the Congress on March 5, 2002. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.
4 p.m. Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on the Barbara Jordan Immigration Reform and Accountability Act. Location: Capitol, Room H-313. Contact: 202/225-9191.

GENERAL AGENDA
Cargo industry summit all day The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a summit, "Securing the Supply Chain: Cargo Logistics and the American Economy." Post-September 11 challenges facing the cargo industry will be explored. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Charles Stevenson Abbot, deputy director of the Office of Homeland Security, deliver keynote speeches. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.
Tobacco companies discussion 8:30 a.m. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids holds a discussion on the practices of U.S. tobacco companies overseas and the industry's search for new customers worldwide. Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/296-5469.
Republican news conference 10 a.m. The House Republican leadership holds a news conference to discuss Democratic attempt to co-opt the GOP's slogan "Securing America's Future." Location: Capitol, East Front, Center Steps. Contact: 202/226-9000.
Medical justice forum 10 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a forum, "Beyond the Patients' Bill of Rights: Does America Need a New System of Medical Justice?" Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.
American Psychological Association briefing 11:45 a.m. The American Psychological Association holds a briefing, "The Human Response to Disaster." Location: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/336-5707.
Employment Non-Discrimination Act news conference 11:45 a.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference on legislation, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/216-1547.
High-tech news conference noon The Senate Republican High Tech Task Force holds a news conference on the importance of trade-promotion authority to the high-tech community. Sen. George Allen, Virginia Republican, participates. Location: Capitol, Room S-211. Contact: 202/224-4024.
McDonough speech 12:30 p.m. William A. McDonough, an international environmental architect and founder of William McDonough Partners, addresses a National Press Club luncheon. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.
Afghanistan discussion 1:30 p.m. Georgetown University hosts a panel discussion, "Federalism, Regionalism and Islam in Afghanistan." Location: 241 Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328.
Nursing homes news conference 2 p.m. The Health and Human Services Department holds a news conference to release new quality data that give seniors and families information about local nursing homes' quality of care in six pilot states. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson participates. Location: Auditorium, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/690-6145.
Chili pepper contest 2 p.m. Chili Pepper holds a chili pepper contest for the title of "Zestiest Legislator." Location: Capitol, Room EF-100. Contact: 212/255-8455.
Trans-Atlantic relations lecture 5 p.m. The New Atlantic Initiative sponsors a lecture, "Trans-Atlantic Relations after September 11: Implications for NATO, the EU and European Security and Defense Policy." The speaker is Rudolf Scharping, defense minister of Germany. Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.
Book discussion 5:30 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) holds a panel discussion on Piero Gleijeses' book "Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington and Africa, 1959-1976." Location: Rome Building Auditorium, SAIS, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.
China discussion 6 p.m. The Public Relations Society of America's National Capital Chapter sponsors a panel discussion, "Packaging China: Two-way Communications with the World's Largest Country." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/543-6593.
Awards dinner 6:30 p.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds the second annual Arleigh Burke Memorial Awards Dinner. Rep. John P. Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat, is a recipient for work on security issues. Location: B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

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