- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 1, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Trade Center recommendations Noon House Science Committee holds a hearing on "The Investigation of the World Trade Center Collapse: Findings, Recommendations and Next Steps." Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

Homeland protection conference all day The Brookings Institution sponsors a conference on "Protecting the Homeland: Lessons Learned and Policy Implications of September 11." Tom Ridge, director of the Office of Homeland Security, speaks at 1 p.m. Location: 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.


PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. Census Bureau releases a report on the value of new construction put in place for March 2002. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.


SENATE

No schedule available. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Appropriations VA, HUD and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for NASA. Sean O'Keefe, NASA administrator, testifies. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

9:30 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on "The Treasury Department's Report on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policy." Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill testifies. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. Appropriations defense subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Navy Department. Navy Secretary Gordon England testifies. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

10:15 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing to examine the future of NATO. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.


HOUSE

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


HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Administration Committee holds a hearing on using technology to conduct congressional operations in emergency situations. Location: 1313 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-8281.

10 a.m. Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing on "Oversight and Management of the Government Purchase Card Program: Reviewing Its Weaknesses and Identifying." Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. Resources Committee holds an oversight hearing on the future of the U.S. Forest Service. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman testifies. Location: 1334 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

10:15 a.m. Appropriations labor, human services and education subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for bioterrorism. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

11:30 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee marks up the Highway Funding Restoration Act. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. Judiciary crime, terrorism, and homeland security subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on "Enhancing Child Protection Laws After the April 16, 2002 Supreme Court Decision, Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition." Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

2 p.m. Rules Committee formulates a rule on the Afghanistan Freedom Support Act of 2002. Location: Capitol, Room H-313. Contact: 202/225-9191.


GENERAL AGENDA

Science forum all day The Environmental Protection Agency holds the EPA Science Forum 2002: Meeting the Challenges. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, New York Republican, and EPA Administrator Christie Whitman participate. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/676-7967.

Race 8 a.m. The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association holds the 21st Capital Challenge to benefit D.C. Special Olympics. Location: Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Drive SE. Contact: 703/351-5258.

Turkmenistan briefing 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing on "Turkmenistan After Niyazov." The speaker is Boris Shikhmuradov, head of the Provisional Executive Committee of the National Democratic Movement of Turkmenistan. Location: Fourth Floor Conference Room, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Blood cancer research briefing 8:30 a.m. The Blood Cancer Coalition holds a briefing on blood cancer research. The participants include: Geraldine Ferraro, first female vice presidential candidate, undergoing therapy for myeloma; and Corina Morariu, 1999 Wimbledon women's doubles champion, diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. Location: 902 Hart Senate Office building. Contact: 202/667-0901.

Career summit 9:30 a.m. The Labor Department holds the Asian Pacific American Federal Career Advancement Summit.

Highlights 9:30 a.m. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao and Kay Coles James, director of the Office of Personnel Management, address the summit.

10:30 a.m. News conference.

Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/696-6000.

Catastrophe legislation 10 a.m. Rep. Constance A. Morella, Maryland Republican, holds a news conference to introduce legislation allowing doctors to provide medical help throughout the national capital region during federally declared catastrophes. Location: 2203 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3741.

Asthma hearing 10 a.m. Reps. Cliff Stearns, Florida Republican, and Patrick J. Kennedy, Rhode Island Democrat, hold a field hearing on asthma on Asthma Awareness Day. Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh Steelers, participates. Location: 2168 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5744. Note: Free allergy and asthma screening after the hearing.

Prescription drugs announcement 10 a.m. Members of Congress, including House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, hold a news conference to announce a prescription drugs action team. Location: Capitol, East Front, Center Steps. Contact: 202/225-0600 .

"Graduate Scholars" news conference 11 a.m. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation holds a news conference to announce its first 50 exemplary "graduate scholars," who will receive up to $300,000 each to pursue their graduate school studies. Location: Outdoors on the central campus mall Administration Building, University of Maryland, Regents Drive (Rain location: Maryland Room in Marie Mount Hall), College Park. Contact: 301/656-7900.

Law Day news conference 11 a.m. Members of Congress hold a press conference on Law Day to announce legislation designed to protect employees from arbitration clauses and release, and Public Citizen will release its report that shows the cost of arbitration is too high for many victims to pursue complaints. Location: Capitol, Senate Swamp. Contact: 202/454-5135.

Victims' rights legislation news conference 11 a.m. Rep. Steve Chabot, Ohio Republican, holds a news conference to introduce legislation, "The Victims' Rights Constitutional Amendment." Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-2216.

"WOW!Facts" news conference 11:30 a.m. Business Women's Network and Diversity Best Practices holds a news conference to start "WOW!Facts," a comprehensive resource publication on women and diversity. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat, participates. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4822.

Policy luncheon 12:30 p.m. The Committee for Economic Development holds a policy luncheon to release the report, "A New Vision for Health Care: A Leadership Role for Business." The keynote speaker is Dr. Mark McClellan, Council of Economic Advisers member, and senior White House adviser on health care. Location: Crystal Room, Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/296-5860.

Report release 1 p.m. The Center for Community Change holds a news conference to release the report, "Risk or Race," that ranks 331 metropolitan areas based on differences in subprime lending among whites, blacks and Hispanics, and announce proposed legislation to protect consumers against unscrupulous lenders. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Maryland Democrat, participates. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/339-9329.

Childhood obesity news conference 1:30 p.m. The Health and Human Services Department holds a news conference on "Physical Activity Day" and to announce findings from a new study on medical costs associated with childhood obesity. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and nationally recognized athletes Herschel Walker, Martina Navratilova and Dominique Dawes participate. Location: In front of Health and Human Services Department headquarters, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/690-6343.

Wiesel speech 1:30 p.m. Georgetown University sponsors a lecture on "Prospects for Peace in the Middle East." The speaker is Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, author, Holocaust survivor and Boston University professor. Location: Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4327.

Communication solution debut 2:30 p.m. American University and KMPG Consulting hold a news conference to announce the debut of the universitywide solution for voice, data and messaging communication. Location: First floor reception area, Kogod School of Business, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5951.

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