- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 25, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Take Our Daughters to Work Day 11 a.m. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican, holds a question-and-answer session on the 10th anniversary of Take Our Daughters to Work Day. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9767.

Book forum 1 p.m. Concerned Women for America and the Culture and Family Institute hold a forum to discuss Judith Levine's book, "Harmful to Minors." The participants include Sandy Rios, president of Concerned Women for America; Robert H. Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute; Tim Dailey, Family Research Council; and Robert Stacy McCain, assistant national editor of The Washington Times. Location: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/488-7000.


PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah, Crawford, Texas.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its report on unemployment insurance claims for the week and the Employment Cost Index for March. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

10 a.m. National Association of Realtors releases the March report of existing home sales. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Health and Human Services Department holds a meeting of the President's Bioethics Council. Location: Hilton Crystal City at National Airport, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/296-4669.

9 a.m. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration holds a meeting of the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network to discuss traumatic head injuries. Location: Room 2230, Transportation Department, 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5662.


SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.


SENATE

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


SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds hearings on the Online Privacy and Protection Act of 2002 and, at 2:30 p.m., the nomination of Harold Stratton to be commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

9:30 a.m. Veterans' Affairs Committee holds a hearing on "Options to Nursing Homes: Is VA Prepared?" Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2074.

10 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing to examine the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

2 p.m. Appropriations interior subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the U.S. Forest Service of the Agriculture Department. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

2:30 p.m. Judiciary Committee holds a hearing to examine judicial nominations. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.


HOUSE

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


HOUSE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing on "Predictability and Control: Twin Reasons for Restoring Budget Disciplines." Thomas Donohue, president and chief executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce, testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

9:30 a.m. Energy and Commerce Committee marks up legislation to approve Yucca Mountain, Nev., as a permanent site for nuclear waste storage. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

9:30 a.m. Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee marks up the Social Security Program Protection Act of 2002. Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

10 a.m. Appropriations District of Columbia subcommittee holds a hearing on D.C. public schools and D.C. charter schools. Location: 2362 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. Education and the Workforce work force protections subcommittee holds a hearing titled "A Review of OSHA's Plan to Reduce Ergonomic Injuries." Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

10 a.m. Financial Services financial institutions subcommittee holds a hearing on the Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10:30 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure highways and transit subcommittee and the railroad subcommittee hold a joint oversight hearing on issues concerning the transportation of nuclear waste to the proposed Yucca Mountain storage facility. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. Government Reform technology and procurement policy subcommittee holds a hearing on "Ensuring the Safety of our Federal Workforce: GSA's Use of Technology to Secure Federal Buildings." Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

2 p.m. Resources national parks, recreation and public lands subcommittee holds a hearing to examine 2001 National Park Service Management Policies. Location: 1334 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.


GENERAL AGENDA

Bioterrorism briefing 8 a.m. Sen. Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, holds a briefing on "Capitol Hill Breakfast on Bioterrorism and Community Preparedness." Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/467-2779.

Nuclear storage facilities news conference 9 a.m. The Nuclear Fuel Safety Caucus holds a news conference to report that 131 permanent nuclear storage facilities would have to be built if Yucca Mountain is rejected. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-4835.

Voter turnout drive briefing 10 a.m. AOL Time Warner holds a news briefing to announce the largest nonpartisan voter turnout drive in history. Mike McCurry, former White House press secretary, and Doug Bailey, Hotline creator, participate. Location: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/216-4307.

Health care bill news conference 10 a.m. Reps. Albert R. Wynn, Maryland Democrat, and Kay Granger, Texas Republican, hold a news conference to announce the introduction of SAVE (Securing Access Value and Equality) Health Care Act. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-8699.

American Clergy Leadership Conference news conference 10:30 a.m. The American Clergy Leadership Conference sponsors a news conference with former Roman Catholic clerics on the crisis in the priesthood, marriage and family. Location: Imani Temple African American Catholic congregation, 609-611 Maryland Ave. NW. Contact: 202/319-3200.

Report release 10:30 a.m. Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, New York Democrat, holds a briefing to release the report, "How Big Contracts Hurt Small Business: 10 to Watch." Location: Capitol, House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-2361.

Generic drug access forum 10:30 a.m. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association holds a forum on "Innovative Approaches to Improve Generic Drug Access." Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/626-8644.

HEALTH Act news conference 11 a.m. Reps. James C. Greenwood, Pennsylvania Republican, and Christopher Cox, California Republican, and a bipartisan group of co-sponsors, including the American Medical Association, hold a news conference to announce introduction of bipartisan HEALTH Act to reform the nation's medical liability system. Location: Capitol, House Triangle (Rain location: 2218 Rayburn House Office Building). Contact: 202/225-4276 or 202/789-7447.

Yucca Mountain vote news conference 11:30 a.m. Reps. Billy Tauzin, Louisiana Republican, and Joe L. Barton, Texas Republican, and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham hold a news conference on the resolution approving Yucca Mountain, Nev., as a permanent repository for nuclear waste. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5735.

Walk noon The U.N. Development Fund for Women sponsors a walk to support the empowerment of women and girls in Afghanistan. Location: Start: Capitol, Upper Senate Park, Constitution and Delaware streets NE, ending at the National Gallery of Art, East Building. Contact: 202/721-1530.

Foreign assistance lecture noon The Heritage Foundation holds a lecture on "The President's New Mandate for Foreign Assistance: Tying Assistance to Sound Policy." The speaker is Andrew Natsios, Agency for International Development. Location: Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/675-1752.

James speech 12:30 p.m. Kay Cole James, director of the Office of Personnel Management, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

Childhood hunger briefing 1 p.m. Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, California Democrat; and Sens. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, and Maria Cantwell, Washington Democrat, host the congressional childhood hunger briefing in support of the Hunger Free America Project. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7924.

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