- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 6, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Counterterrorism hearing 9:30 a.m. Senate Judiciary Committee holds an oversight hearing on counterterrorism. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III testifies. Location: 216 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

Disease-research hearing 10 a.m. House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee holds a hearing, "The National Institutes of Health: Investing in Research to Prevent and Cure Disease." Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.


PRESIDENT BUSH

No public events are scheduled.


VICE PRESIDENT

5:15 p.m. Addresses the National Association of Home Builders' spring board of directors meeting, Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

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


FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism holds a meeting of the national advisory council. Location: Rooms E1-E2, Natcher Conference Center, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Contact: 301/443-4376.


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. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

10 a.m. Select Intelligence Committee and the House Select Intelligence Committee hold a closed hearing to examine the events surrounding September 11. Location: Capitol, Room S-407. Contact: 202/224-1700 or 202/225-4121.

11:30 a.m. Appropriations labor, HHS, education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Labor Department. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao testifies. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

2:30 p.m. Government Affairs international security, proliferation and federal services subcommittee holds a hearing, "Russia and China: Non-proliferation Concerns and Export Controls." Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.


HOUSE

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


HOUSE COMMITTEES

8:30 a.m. Armed Services special oversight panel on terrorism subcommittee holds a hearing, "Are Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority Credible Partners for Peace?" Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

10 a.m. Education and the Work Force education-reform subcommittee holds a hearing, "Learning Disabilities and Early Intervention Strategies: How to Reform the Special Education Referral and Identification Process." Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

10 a.m. Financial Services Committee marks up the Consumer Rental Purchase Agreement Act and the Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2002. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10 a.m. Government Reform government efficiency, financial management and intergovernmental relations subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, "The Federal Management Improvement Act of 1996: Are Agencies Meeting the Challenge?" Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure railroads subcommittee holds a hearing on recent derailments and railroad safety. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10:45 a.m. Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on inversion transactions and enhancing U.S. competitiveness. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

1 p.m. Agriculture department operations, oversight, nutrition and forestry subcommittee holds a hearing, "Public Safety Concerns and Forest Management Hurdles in the Black Hills National Forest." Location: 1300 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2171.


GENERAL AGENDA

Mental health conference all day The National Mental Health Association holds its annual conference, "Prevention, Resilience and Recovery: United for Mental Health."

Highlights noon Mental Health Parity Now Rally, Capitol Steps, West Front.

5 p.m. Reception and presentation of the "Into the Light" Award, recognizing Rep. Marge Roukema, New Jersey Republican, for bringing mental health to the forefront of the public health agenda, G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 703/838-7538.

Capitol Hill Oceans Week all day The Senate Commerce Committee's oceans, atmosphere and fisheries subcommittee, the House Oceans Caucus, and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation sponsor Capitol Hill Oceans Week.

Highlights 8:30 a.m. "Coral Reefs at Risk: Challenges and Solutions," B-338/B-339 Rayburn House Office Building.

11 a.m. Coral Reef Day news conference featuring Jean-Michel Cousteau, Ocean Futures Society president, foyer, Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/955-1242 or 703/276-2772, Ext. 21.

American-Arabs convention all day The American-Arab Anti-discrimination Committee holds its 19th national convention, "Arab Americans: Mobilizing for Empowerment." Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/244-2990.

Homeland-security summit all day McGraw-Hill Companies holds its first Homeland Security Summit and Exposition. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 800/240-7645.

Race in America conference 8:15 a.m. The Hoover Institution and the Manhattan Institute sponsor a conference, "Beyond the Colorline: New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America."

Highlights 9 a.m. The New American Landscape.

10:45 p.m. Beyond Race and Ethnicity.

12:15 p.m. Linda Chavez, Center for Equal Opportunity, luncheon speaker.

Location: Willard InterContinental Washington Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 212/599-7000, Ext. 315.

Russia's demographic-crisis briefing 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a news briefing, "Russia's Demographic Crisis: The Foreign and Security Implications." The speaker is Graeme Herd, University of Aberdeen Scottish Center for International Security. Location: Fourth-floor conference room, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Immigrants news conference 9:30 a.m. The National Council of Women's Organizations Task Force on Economic Security holds a news conference to ask Congress to give states the flexibility to provide federal health care and other support services to working legal immigrant families and also to release poll results showing American voters support public benefits for legal immigrants. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, and Democratic pollster Celinda Lake participate. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/276-7126 or 202/326-0046.

Web site unveiling 9:30 a.m. Rep. Michael N. Castle, Delaware Republican, holds a news conference to debut a Web site that is part of the House Education and the Workforce Committee's efforts to solicit suggestions from teachers, parents, students and others to improve the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Location: 2257 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

Historic places news conference 9:30 a.m. The National Trust for Historic Preservation holds a news conference to announce the list of America's 11 most endangered historic places. Location: First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/588-6141.

Consumer Product Safety Commission hearing 10 a.m. The Consumer Product Safety Commission holds a public hearing to receive views about its agenda and priorities for commission attention during fiscal 2004. Location: Hearing Room 420, East West Towers, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda. Contact: 301/504-0580.

Report release 10 a.m. The U.S. Committee for Refugees holds a news conference to release a report, "The World Refugee Survey 2002." Location: Lisagor Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/347-3507.

Tax-relief law news conference 10:15 a.m. The House and Senate GOP conferences hold a news conference on the first anniversary of President Bush signing tax relief into law. Location: Capitol, Room HC-5. Contact: 202/226-9000.

Toll truck ways news conference 11 a.m. Rep. Don Young, Alaska Republican, holds a news conference to announce a proposal to improve the safety and efficiency of freight transportation through the use of barrier-separated voluntary toll truck ways. Location: 2253 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7749.

Croatia discussion noon The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion on "Croatia and Euro-Atlantic Integration." Ivica Racan, prime minister of Croatia, and Tonino Picula, minister of foreign affairs of Croatia, participate. Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

Farm-subsidy levels forum noon The Cato Institute holds a policy forum, "Global Farm-Subsidy Levels and the U.S. Farm Bill Fallout." The speaker is Stefan Tangerman, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.

Congressional luncheon 12:30 p.m. The National Association of Arab Americans holds a congressional luncheon to mark its 19th national convention. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/244-2990.

China hearing 2:30 p.m. The Congressional-Executive Commission on China holds a hearing, "WTO: Will China Keep Its Promises? Can It?" Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/226-3821.

Food summit briefing 3:30 p.m. The Washington Foreign Press Center holds a briefing, "Scene Setter for World Food Summit: Five Years Later." Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman participates. Location: Suite 800, National Press Building, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/504-6319. Note: Foreign media only, please.

Rally 5 p.m. Americans for Safe Access holds a rally to disrupt the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and protest the expected raids on medicinal-marijuana dispensaries in nine states. Location: DEA headquarters, 700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington. Contact: 202/232-8997.

Awards dinner 6 p.m. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund holds its third annual fund-raising awards dinner. Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 News Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/293-2828.

Cloning lecture 7 p.m. Georgetown University's Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Center of Ethics hold a lecture, "In God's Image: Judaic Perspectives on Cloning and Genetic Engineering." The speaker is Rav Yitzchok A. Breitowitz, head of the Woodside Synagogue Ahavas Torah, Bethesda. Location: Bunn Intercultural Center Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-7812.


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