- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 2, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

French elections briefing 9 a.m. The Brookings Institution holds a news briefing on the French elections and what the strong showing of far-right presidential candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen means, along with the increasing popularity of right-wing candidates across Europe. Location: Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

National Research Council report briefing 11 a.m. The National Academies sponsor a public briefing on the National Research Council report "Youth, Pornography and the Internet." Richard Thornburgh, former attorney general, is among the participants. Location: Lecture Room, National Academies, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2138.


PRESIDENT BUSH

10:30 a.m. Meets with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and European Commission President Romano Prodi.

1:20 p.m. Joint news conference, White House.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its report on unemployment insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

10 a.m. Census Bureau releases its report on manufacturers' shipments, inventories and orders for March 2002. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.


SENATE

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


SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Governmental Affairs permanent investigations subcommittee holds a hearing on the investigation on gasoline price spikes. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

10 a.m. Appropriations Committee holds a hearing on "Homeland Security and the Fiscal 2002 Supplemental Appropriations Bill." The witnesses include: Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta; Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson; Attorney General John Ashcroft; and Joe Allbaugh, Federal Emergency Management Agency director. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the "unbanked" households that do not have a bank account with an insured depository institution. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10:15 a.m. Foreign Relations international operations and terrorism subcommittee holds a hearing to examine the protection of U.S. citizens from terrorism abroad. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.

2:30 p.m. Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on, "The Immigration and Naturalization Service: How Should It Be Restructured?" Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.


HOUSE

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


HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure aviation subcommittee holds a hearing on "Arming Flight Crews Against Terrorist Attack." Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing to examine the role and performance of the Congressional Budget Office. Dan Crippen, director of the Congressional Budget Office, testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

10 a.m. Education and the Workforce education reform subcommittee holds a hearing on "Rethinking Special Education: How to Reform the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act." Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

10 a.m. Government Reform government efficiency, financial management and international relations subcommittee and the technology and procurement policy subcommittee hold a joint hearing on the Federal Information Security Reform Act of 2002. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. International Relations East Asia and the Pacific subcommittee holds a hearing on "North Korea: Humanitarian and Human Rights Concerns." Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

10 a.m. Small Business regulatory reform and oversight subcommittee holds a hearing on "Issues in the Travel Agency Business." Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.

10:30 a.m. Energy and Commerce Committee marks up the Auction Reform Act of 2002. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

1 p.m. Ways and Means Committee marks up the "Personal Responsibility, Work and Family Promotion Act of 2002," and the "Encouraging Work and Supporting Marriage Act of 2002." Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.


GENERAL AGENDA

NAFTA conference all day The U.S.- Mexico Chamber of Commerce holds its NAFTA conference.

Highlights 9:30 a.m. Robert Bonner, U.S. Customs Service commissioner; Juan Hernandez, Office of the President of Mexico; and Jose Guzman Montalvo, director of Mexican Customs; "Homeland Security and Its Impact on Cross Border Trade."

11 a.m. Kenneth Dam, deputy Treasury secretary.

Location: Pavilion Conference Room, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/435-0101.

Tour 9 a.m. Education Secretary Rod Paige makes remarks and tours the D.C. Edison Friendship Collegiate Academy-High School Charter School. Location: 4095 Minnesota Ave. NE. Contact: 202/401-3026.

Exhibition preview 9:30 a.m. The Smithsonian Institution holds a preview of the "New York, September 11, by Magnum Photographers" exhibition, May 3-June 30, with 37 color and black-and white photos accompanied by the U.S. flag that flew at the World Trade Center. Location: Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive SW. Contact: 202/357-2627, Ext. 111.

Homeland security legislation news conference 11 a.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference to introduce bipartisan homeland security legislation that would establish a Cabinet-level Department of National Homeland Security and a White House office to develop and coordinate a national strategy to combat terrorism. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/226-7286.

Drug control strategy news conference 11 a.m. The Washington Foreign Press Center holds a news briefing on "National Drug Control Strategy: Combating Narcoterrorism." The speaker is John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Location: Suite 800, National Press Building, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/504-6320.

CARE Act rally 11:30 a.m. Sens. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican, and Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, hold a rally in support of the CARE Act. Jim Towey, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, participates. Location: Capitol, Upper Senate Park, corner of Constitution and Delaware avenues NE. Contact: 202/224-2928.

Aviation bill news conference 11:30 a.m. Rep. John B. Larson, Connecticut Democrat, holds a news conference on a bill to preserve America's global leadership in aeronautics and aviation. Location: Capitol, House Triangle (Rain site: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building). Contact: 202/225-2265.

Homeland security briefing 11:30 a.m. Tom Ridge, director of the Office of Homeland Security, holds a briefing for interested senators on the administration's views and initiatives related to border security. Location: Capitol, Room S-207. Contact: 202/224-5225.

Arming pilots briefing noon The Allied Pilots Association hold a news briefing to announce support for legislation that would make arming pilots a reality. Members of Congress and September 11 victims participate. Location: Capitol, Senate Swamp (Rain location: 385 Russell Senate Office Building). Contact: 703/739-5920.

Islam presentation noon The Woodrow Wilson Center sponsors a presentation on "Islam, Europe, the West: Rethinking the Mediterranean Space." The speaker is Mohammad Arkoun, emeritus professor of history of Islamic thought, Sorbonne. Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

Voting rights news conference noon Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Democrat, and Mayor Anthony A. Williams and civil rights leaders hold a news conference on District of Columbia voting rights. Location: Mayor's Press Briefing Room, John Wilson Building, 13509 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/467-4999.

International Republican Institute luncheon 12:30 p.m. Haji Sayed Daud, director of the Afghan Media Resource Center, is the featured speaker at an International Republican Institute luncheon. He discusses the political situation in Afghanistan. Location: Suite 700, 1225 I St. NW. Contact: 202-408-9450.

Sharpton speech 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president, National Action Network, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon. He starts a nonpartisan voter-registration campaign to register more than 1 million women nationwide by the Nov. 4 elections, and discusses election reform, voter disenfranchisement and the Madison Avenue Initiative lawsuit. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

Brazil discussion 12:30 p.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sponsors a discussion on "Brazil's Economic and Political Landscape." The speaker is Ciro Gomes, Brazilian presidential candidate, and Popular Socialist Party member. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.


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