- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 16, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Major-catastrophe meeting 9 a.m. Reps. Christopher Cox, California Republican, and Martin Frost, Texas Democrat, hold a meeting on constitutional and statutory problems the House would encounter in a major catastrophe. Location: Capitol, Room HC-5. Contact: 202/225-6168.

Pruden speech noon The Heritage Foundation holds its 2002 Distinguished Journalist Lecture on "Fear and Loathing on the Potomac: The Washington Times at 20." The speaker is Wesley Pruden, editor in chief of The Washington Times. Location: Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/675-1752.


PRESIDENT BUSH

Attends the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast.


VICE PRESIDENT

Attends a fund-raising event hosted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Census Bureau releases a report on new residential construction 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.


SENATE

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


SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Appropriations labor, HHS and education subcommittee holds a hearing to examine the effect of stress management in reversing heart disease. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee marks up pending legislation, including the Online Personal Privacy Act. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

9:30 a.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on legislation approving the site at Yucca Mountain for development of a repository for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham testifies. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4103.

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee marks up pending legislation, including the Social Security Number Misuse Prevention Act of 2001. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

10:30 a.m. Finance Committee holds a hearing, "TANF Reauthorization: Building Stronger Families." Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

2:30 p.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the Crusader artillery system. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

2:30 p.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation consumer affairs, foreign commerce and tourism subcommittee holds a hearing to examine the effect of Enron's influence on state pension funds. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.


HOUSE

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


HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Resources fisheries conservation, wildlife and oceans subcommittee and forests and forest health subcommittee hold a joint oversight hearing on chronic wasting disease. Wisconsin Gov. Scott McCallum testifies. Location: 1310 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

10 a.m. Government Reform Committee holds a hearing, "Critical Challenges Confronting National Security: Continuing Encroachment Threatens Force Readiness." Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee marks up pending legislation, including the Child Obscenity and Pornography Prevention Act of 2002. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure highways and transit subcommittee marks up pending legislation, including a bill to waive certain limitations in the case of use of the emergency fund authorized by Section 125 of Title 23, U.S. Code, to pay the costs of projects in response to the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10 a.m. Veterans' Affairs oversight and investigations subcommittee and the health subcommittee hold a joint hearing on nonprofit research corporations and educational foundations affiliated with specific Veterans Health Administration facilities. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3527.

10:30 a.m. Education and the Workforce employer-employee relations subcommittee holds a hearing, "Assessing Retiree Health Legacy Costs: Is America Prepared for a Healthy Retirement?" Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

11 a.m. House-Senate Conference Committee meets on the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Response Act of 2001. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.


GENERAL AGENDA

Health care meeting 8:30 a.m. The National Coalition on Health Care sponsors a meeting, "Raising the Bar: Improving Quality of Care for the Chronically Ill Through Best Practices and Public Policy." Location: National Academy of Sciences, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/638-7151, Ext. 19.

Financial education and literacy discussion 9:30 a.m. The Treasury Department hosts a round-table discussion on financial education and literacy. Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill, Education Secretary Rod Paige, and U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin participate. Note: Event was incorrectly listed for May 14, 2002. Location: Cash Room 2127, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Summer travel forecast news conference 10 a.m. The Travel Industry Association of America and AAA hold a news conference to release the 16th annual summer travel forecast. Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/408-2183.

North Korea discussion 10 a.m. The National Press Club holds a Morning Newsmaker news conference featuring Yoon Sung-soo, defector and former officer in North Korea's National Defense Service, discussing "A Look from Inside North Korea's Regime: How Kim Jong-il Enslaves 23 Million People." Location: West Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

National Governors Association news conference 10 a.m. The National Governors Association holds a news conference to release three reports: the biannual Fiscal Survey of States, a Medicaid report and a survey on income-tax refunds. Location: Room 235, Hall of States, 444 N. Capitol St. Contact: 202/624-5334.

Prescription-drugs legislation news conference 10:30 a.m. The Senate Prescription Drug Task Force holds a news conference on legislation that will allow states to develop programs that lower prescription-drug costs and expand coverage. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-4822.

O'Neill trip news conference 10:30 a.m. Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill holds a pre-departure news conference on his visit to Romania, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa and Ethiopia. Location: Reception Room 3311, Treasury Department. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Celebration 11:30 a.m. The Labor Department holds an Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao and Viet Dinh, assistant attorney general for legal policy, participate. Location: Auditorium, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-4676.

Drought bill news conference 11:30 a.m. Sens. Pete V. Domenici, New Mexico Republican, and Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, hold a news conference to introduce legislation, "The National Drought Preparedness Act of 2002," to help improve the coordination and access to federal drought aid. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7098.

American Heart Association briefing noon The American Heart Association holds a luncheon briefing, "Emergency Care for Cardiac Arrest Victims: Automated External Defibrillators and Public Access Defibrillation Programs." Location: Capitol, Room HC-5. Contact: 202/785-7900.

Awards luncheon noon The Jacob Institute of Women's Health holds its annual luncheon to present the Excellence in Women's Health Awards. Location: Decatur House, 748 Jackson Place NW. Contact: 202/371-1999.

Prescription-drug benefit briefing 12:15 p.m. The Alliance for Health Reform, the Commonwealth Fund and the Kaiser Family Foundation hold a luncheon briefing on a prescription-drug benefit for Medicare beneficiaries. Location: Columbus Club, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/789-2300.

Gap news conference 12:30 p.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference to release a letter to Millard Drexler, president and CEO of Gap Inc., demanding that he take action to improve the working conditions in Gap factories worldwide and to screen a video of violence against a Gap factory worker in Lesotho. Location: 2203 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-6903.

Cleland speech 12:30 p.m. Sen. Max Cleland, Georgia Democrat, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

Tax-relief news conference 1 p.m. Reps. Dick Armey, Texas Republican, and J.C. Watts Jr., Oklahoma Republican, hold a news conference on tax relief. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-4000.

U.S. Geological Survey news conference 1:30 p.m. The U.S. Geological Survey holds a news conference to release a new National Petroleum Reserves/Alaska assessment. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/648-4483.

Panel discussion and exhibit 4 p.m. The Embassy of the Slovak Republic holds a panel discussion on the works of the Bratislavan design firm Bogar Fischer Kralik Lizon Urban, design architects of the Slovak Embassy. An exhibit of their works opens at 7 p.m. Location: 3523 International Court NW. Contact: 202/237-1054, Ext. 212.

Awards dinner 6:30 p.m. Volunteers of America holds its annual awards dinner to present the Volunteers of America Ballington and Maud Booth Award for leadership in human services and to honor individual, corporate and foundation contributions nationwide. The award honoree is retired Army Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy. Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 703/341-5054.

Reception 6:30 p.m. The American Zoo and Aquarium Association holds a reception to highlight the changing role of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums in conservation, science and conservation education. The participants include Reps. J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, and Wayne T. Gilchrest, Maryland Republican, and Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio, and his animal ambassadors. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 301/562-0777.


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