- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 31, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Iraq threat hearing 9:30 a.m. Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing to examine threats, response and regional considerations surrounding Iraq. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.

"Operation Enduring Freedom" hearing 3 p.m. Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on "Operation Enduring Freedom." (There may be a closed session in 222 Russell Senate Office Building after the open hearing.) Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld; Gen. Tommy Franks, commander in chief, U.S. Central Command, testify. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.


PRESIDENT BUSH

Holds a Cabinet meeting.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases gross domestic product for second quarter 2002 (advance estimate). Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

3 p.m. National Agricultural Statistics Service releases weekly broiler hatchery report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-7017.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Rural Business-Cooperative Service holds a meeting on the Agriculture Innovation Center Demonstration Program. Location: Agriculture Department, Jamie Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Room 107-A. Contact: 202/690-1374.

9 a.m. Veterans Affairs Department holds a meeting about the recruitment and retention of nurses. Location: Wyndham Hotel, 1400 M St. NW. Contact: 202/273-4944.

10 a.m. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board holds a meeting to discuss staff recommendations about an update to its strategic plan for fiscal 2003. Location: 2175 K St. NW, Suite 400 Conference Room. Contact: 202/261-7600.


SUPREME COURT

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


SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Rebecca Dye to be commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

10 a.m. Environment and Public Works Superfund, toxics, risk and waste management subcommittee holds a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency inspector general's report on the Superfund program. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8832.

2:30 p.m. Select Intelligence Committee holds an open hearing on modifying the standard of proof for issuing orders regarding non-U.S. residents, from probable cause to reasonable suspicion, and to exclude Americans from the definition of "foreign power" under U.S. laws relating to international terrorism. Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1700.


HOUSE

Not in session for August recess. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


GENERAL AGENDA

Fulbright teacher-orientation meeting all day State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs hosts orientation meetings for the Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Program. Teachers from 25 countries and 40 U.S. states participate. Location: Radisson Hotel, 901 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. Contact: 202-/47-2492.

NIH conference all day National Academies sponsors a conference, "The Organizational Structure of the National Institutes of Health." Location: National Academies, 500 Fifth St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2186. To attend open sessions, contact 202/334-2215.

Pentecostal conference all day Pentecostal Assemblies of the World holds its conference, "Taking the Word to the World."

Highlights 10 a.m. Bishop Earl Parchia, Communion

7 p.m. Bishop Mark Tolbert

Location: Washington Convention Center, Hall A, 900 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 317/547-9541.

Japan-America Student Conference all day The 54th Japan-America Student Conference. Location: Howard University, 2397 Sixth St. NW. Contact: 202/289-4231.

Transplant coordinators conference all day North American Transplant Coordinators Organization holds a conference, "The Elusive Quest For Excellence." Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 913/492-3600.

International development meeting all day Agency for International Development holds a meeting, "Ten Years of Health Systems Transition in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia," Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/712-4320.

Networking meeting 8:15 a.m. Greater Washington Board of Trade holds its "Jump Start" networking meeting. Location: Greater Washington Board of Trade, 1129 20th St. NW, Suite 200, boardroom. Contact: 202/857-5900.

"American Frontiers" news conference 9 a.m. National Press Club Morning Newsmaker Program holds a news conference to celebrate the start of "American Frontiers: A Public Lands Journey." Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton; Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman; and John Fahey, CEO, National Geographic Society, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, Lisagor Room. Contact: 404/245-8500.

Seniors and prescription drugs news conference 9 a.m. Kaiser Family Foundation holds a news conference on seniors and prescription drugs. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/654-1369.

Immunization news conference 10 a.m. National Partnership for Immunization holds a news conference to kick off National Immunization Awareness Week. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, East Room. Contact: 301/656-0003, ext. 16.

Vaccine-shortage discussion 10 a.m. Manhattan Institute's Center for Medical Progress holds a discussion, "Solving the Vaccine Crisis: Market Solutions or Government Intervention?" Location: 2218 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 212/599-7000, ext. 315.

Pollution news conference 10 a.m. Sustain US and Kids Against Pollution hold a news conference to announce the results of its "Summit Bet with President Bush." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F Street NW. Contact: 202/518-0044.

"The President's Homeland Security Strategy" luncheon 11 a.m. U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a networking luncheon, "The President's Homeland Security Strategy: Implications for Business." Tom Ridge, homeland security director, participates. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5500.

Car-safety news conference 11 a.m. General Motors Corp. and OnStar announce a breakthrough in automobile-crash-notification technologies. Location: George Washington University Hospital, 900 23rd St. NW. Contact: 202/289-2001.

Cato Institute policy luncheon 11 a.m. Cato Institute holds a policy forum luncheon to discuss President Bush's proposal to create a Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security. Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.

Women in International Trade luncheon meeting noon Women in International Trade holds a luncheon meeting to discuss the current issues facing companies in today's world, including enforcement cases of interest. Location: Hotel Washington, 515 15th St. NW. Contact: RSVP to Sushma Ohri, 301/527-1058.

School-choice discussion noon Heritage Foundation holds a panel discussion, "Florida: The Next Battle Ground for School Choice." Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Economic-forecast luncheon noon National Economists Club holds a luncheon program, "The Administration's Economic Forecast." Location: Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE, sixth floor, Montpelier Dining Room. Contact: 703/739-9404.

"The Truth about George" rally noon The National Organization for Women holds a rally to start its "the Truth about George" campaign to keep the public eye focused on what the Bush administration is doing on a variety of issues that NOW says the mainstream media are not covering. Location: The Ellipse. Contact: 202/628-8669 ext. 116.

Ms. Wheelchair America rally noon Ms. Wheelchair America 2003 holds a rally to increase public awareness of the accomplishments of people with disabilities. Sen. Strom Thurmond, South Carolina Republican; Sen. Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican; and Candy Marsh, Ms. Wheelchair America 2002, participate. Location: Upper Senate Park, Constitution and Delaware avenues NE. Contact: 703/518-5170 or 703/518-3209.

American International Health Alliance conference 1 p.m. American International Health Alliance holds its annual conference.

Highlights 1 p.m. Regional and country meetings

Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-1136.

Transport law meeting 1 p.m. The State Department and the Transportation Department hold a public meeting with a study group of the secretary of state's Advisory Committee on Private International Law to discuss the International Transport Law. Location: Offices of Holland & Knight, 2099 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 100. Contact: 202/776-8420.

Environmental news briefing 1 p.m. Environmental and Energy Study Institute holds a news briefing, "Environmental Qualities of Biofuels." Location: 2168 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/662-1892.

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