- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 20, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Homeland-defense hearing 9:30 a.m. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the president's plan to create a Department of Homeland Defense. Tom Ridge, Office of Homeland Security director, testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

Retirement-security hearing 2 p.m. House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee holds a hearing on retirement security and defined-benefit pension plans. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.


PRESIDENT BUSH

Holds a fitness exposition as part of the Healthier U.S. Initiative, South Lawn of the White House.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on unemployment-insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

2 p.m. Treasury Department issues the Treasury statement (the "Monthly Budget") for May 2002. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the recombinant-DNA advisory committee. Location: DoubleTree Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Contact: 301/496-9838.

8 a.m. National Science Foundation holds a meeting of the Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering Committee. Location: Room 1235, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: 703/292-8180.


SUPREME COURT

Meets at 10 a.m. to hand down decisions. 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. Environment and Public Works Superfund, toxics, risk and waste-management subcommittee holds a hearing to assess asbestos-remediation activities in Libby, Mont., and evaluate home-insulation concerns related to asbestos. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8832.

9:30 a.m. Special Committee on Aging holds a hearing to examine the nation's long-term care crisis. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.

10 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on obstacles facing the formation of labor unions. John Sweeney, AFL-CIO president, testifies. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee marks up pending legislation, including the Terrorism Victims' Access to Compensation Act of 2002, and judicial nominations. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

1:30 p.m. Appropriations transportation subcommittee holds a hearing on Amtrak's financial condition. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.


HOUSE

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


HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Education and the Workforce workforce protections subcommittee holds a hearing, "An Assessment of the Use of Union Dues for Political Purposes: Is the Law Being Followed or Violated?" Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

10 a.m. Financial Services Committee marks up the Housing Affordability Act of 2002. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10 a.m. Judiciary commercial and administrative law subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, "Litigation and Its Effect on the Rails-To-Trails Program." Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

10 a.m. Science environment, technology and standards subcommittee holds a hearing, "Research Priorities for Aquatic Invasive Species." Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

10:45 a.m. International Relations Committee holds a hearing, "Oil Diplomacy: Facts and Myths Behind Foreign Oil Dependency." Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham testifies. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

1 p.m. Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on the president's plan to create a Department of Homeland Security. Tom Ridge, Office of Homeland Security director, testifies. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

2 p.m. Transportation and Infrastructure highways and transit subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, "Federal Transit Capital Grants Programs." Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.


GENERAL AGENDA

Training academy all day The Broad Center for Superintendents hosts a training academy for public-school leaders. Education Secretary Rod Paige speaks at 5:30 p.m. Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 310/954-5057.

Colombia conference all day The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a conference, "Peace and Security in Colombia." Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4016.

Human-trafficking briefing 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing, "Human Trafficking in the Post-Soviet States." Location: 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Transportation speech 8:30 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts a discussion on the future of intercity passenger rail, including the long-term plan for Amtrak. The speaker is Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

NATO mission discussion 8:45 a.m. The New Atlantic Initiative holds a discussion, "Tackling Terror: NATO's New Mission." The speaker is NATO Secretary-General George Robertson. Location: American Enterprise Institute, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/882-5850. Note: Invitation only.

Contraceptive-legislation news conference 9 a.m. Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, holds a news conference on contraceptive-coverage legislation. Location: Capitol, Senate Swamp. Contact: 202/224-3542.

Energy-security discussion 9 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a panel discussion, "Biofuels and Energy Security." Location: B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

AFL-CIO briefing 9 a.m. The AFL-CIO holds a news briefing on employer tactics that deny workers the freedom to form unions. The participants include Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat; Rep. George Miller, California Democrat; and John Sweeney, AFL-CIO president. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/637-5018.

North Korea discussion 9 a.m. The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, "Human Rights and Humanitarian Relief in North Korea." The speaker is Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, Illinois Republican. Location: Van Andel Center, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/608-6153.

American Legion ceremony 9:30 a.m. The American Legion holds a ceremony to unveil a plaque marking the room in which then-National Commander Harry Colmery drafted the G.I. Bill of Rights, the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944. Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi participates. Location: The Chinese Room, Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/263-2982.

G-8 summit briefing 9:30 a.m. The Brookings Institution holds a news briefing, "Preview of the 2002 G-8 Summit." Location: 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Gun-violence news conference 10 a.m. The Million Mom March, People Pedaling Peace, and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence hold a news conference at the finish line of the 190-mile trek from Hampton to the District to honor and remember victims of gun violence. Location: Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution avenues NE. Contact: 202/898-0792.

"Rx Express" news conference 11 a.m. House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, holds a news conference to report on the "Rx Express," bus loads of senior citizens who have taken the trip to Canada to buy prescription drugs at costs lower than in the United States. Location: Capitol, Room HC-9. Contact: 202/518-8047.

Helsinki Commission hearing 11:30 a.m. The Helsinki Commission holds a hearing on human rights in Greece. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-1901.

Peace Corps bill news conference noon Members of Congress introduce legislation, "The Peace Corps Charter for the 21st Century Act of 2002." Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-0346.

"National Service Day" discussion noon The Democratic Leadership Council holds a round-table discussion on "National Service Day." Location: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/546-0007.

Missile-defense discussion noon The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, "Building Missile Defense in a Post-ABM-Treaty World." The speaker is Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish, Missile Defense Agency director. Location: Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/675-1752.

D.C. Bar luncheon noon The D.C. Bar Association Taxation Section holds a luncheon program, "Corporate Inversions: Establishing Offshore Residency A Technical and Policy Discussion." Location: D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1250 H St. NW, Level B-1. Contact: 202/626-3463.

Brazil discussion 12:30 p.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts Tito Ryff, senior adviser to Brazilian presidential candidate Anthony Garotinho, who discusses Brazil's economic and political landscape. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5485.

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