- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 9, 2002

Education investment hearing 10 a.m. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing to examine federal investment in education, focusing on consolidated student loans and interest rates. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.
Veterans benefits and jobs markup 3 p.m. The Veterans' Affairs Committee marks up pending legislation, including the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002 and the Veterans' and Survivors' Benefits Expansion Act of 2002. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3527
To be announced.

Attends a fund-raising event for Rep. Mark Kennedy, Minnesota Republican, and the Republican Party of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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

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

2 p.m. Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Implementation Act of 2002, and the legislative proposal put fourth by the Bush administration. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8832.
2 p.m. Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on judicial nominations. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

Meets at 9 a.m. to receive former members of Congress and 10 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

9:30 a.m. Energy and Commerce commerce, trade and consumer protection subcommittee marks up the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
9:45 a.m. Science research subcommittee holds a hearing on the National Science Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2002, and marks up that legislation and the Technology Talent Act of 2001. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.
10 a.m. Appropriations Committee marks up the supplemental appropriations bill for fiscal 2002. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Financial Services financial institutions and consumer credit subcommittee holds a hearing on the theft of international aid by dictatorial governments. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.
10 a.m. Government Reform governmental efficiency, financial management, and intergovernmental relations subcommittee holds a hearing titled "Oversight of the Management Practices of the Office of Workers' Compensation: Are the Complaints Justified?" Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.
10 a.m. Judiciary crime, terrorism and homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on pending legislation, including the Child Obscenity and Pornography Prevention Act of 2002. Note: A markup is scheduled for 2 p.m. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

American Jewish Committee meeting all day The American Jewish Committee holds its 96th annual meeting.
Highlights 7:30 p.m. Annual dinner, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW.
Location: Capital Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 212/891-6718.
Chamber of Commerce meeting all day The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America annual meeting, "Forecast on Latin America and the Caribbean." Enrique Bolanos, president of the Republic of Nicaragua, delivers a keynote speech at noon. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.
National Conference of State Legislatures meeting all day The National Conference of State Legislatures holds its assembly on federal issues. Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/624-5400.
Small business issues discussion 8:30 a.m. Back on Track America holds a panel discussion on current issues facing small businesses. Hector Barreto, administrator of the Small Business Administration, participates. Location: Starlight Room, Union Station, 40 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/546-8184.
Nursing shortage news conference 9 a.m. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, and an Education Department representative hold a news conference to announce a coordinated interagency initiative to address the severe shortage of nurses in the United States. Location: Secretary's Conference Room, Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-4676.
Long-term care news conference 9:15 a.m. AARP and the Health Insurance Association of America hold a news conference to promote tax relief for long-term care. Location: Capitol, House Triangle (Rain location: Capitol, Room HC-137). Contact: 202/824-1787.
Bush trip briefing 9:30 a.m. The Brookings Institution holds a briefing, "Preview of President Bush's Trip to Russia: Assessing Current Relations Between Moscow and Washington." Location: Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.
Report release 10 a.m. The Transportation Department holds a news conference to release a report, "Economic Impact of Motor Vehicle Injuries." Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta participates. Location: Room 2201, Marx Media Center, 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-9550.
Education Department news conference 10 a.m. The Education Department holds a news conference to release the 2001 National Assessment of Educational Progress in history. Education Secretary Rod Paige participates. Location: First-floor Auditorium, 400 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/401-1576.
Nursing home abuse news conference 10 a.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference on nursing home abuse and proposed legislation to require minimum staffing standards. Location: Capitol, House Triangle (Rain site: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building). Contact: 202/226-6903.
Middle East discussion 10 a.m. The National Press Club holds a Morning Newsmaker news conference featuring Hasan Abdel Rahman, the chief Palestinian Liberation Organization and Palestine National Authority representative in the United States. He will discuss "Where to Go Next in the Middle East?" Location: East Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593 or 202/265-3210.
Religion and public good symposium 10 a.m. The Ethics and Public Policy Center and the Center for Jewish Community Studies/Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs sponsor a symposium on "Jews and the American Public Square: Is Religion a Public Good? Four Jewish Views." Location: Stein Room, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/216-0855, Ext. 206.
Energy Department news conference 11:30 a.m. The Energy Department holds a news conference to discuss the joint U.S.-Russian Nuclear Nonproliferation programs. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham and Russian Federation Minister of Atomic Energy Alexander Rumyanstev participate. Location: Auditorium Room GE-086, 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-4940.
Global climate change discussion 12:30 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) holds a discussion on global climate change and U.S. policy. The speaker is Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican. Location: Room 500, SAIS, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.
Quayle speech 12:30 p.m. Dan Quayle, former vice president, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon, discussing "Ten Years After Murphy Brown: A Mother's Day Progress Report on the American Family." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.
Study release 1 p.m. The Media Research Center holds a news conference to release a study of CNN's coverage of Cuba through its Havana bureau since 1997. Brent Bozell, Media Research Center president, and Dennis Hays, Cuba Libertad, participate. Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/683-5004, ext. 132.
New Freedom Initiative news conference 1:30 p.m. The Health and Human Service Department hosts a news conference to reaffirm the administration's commitment to the New Freedom Initiative to improve opportunities for community integration of people with disabilities. The participants include: Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson; Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao; HUD Secretary Mel Martinez; Education Secretary Rod Paige; and Kay Coles James, director, Office of Personnel Management. Location: Great Hall, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/690-6343.
Rett syndrome news conference 1:30 p.m. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, hold a news conference on Rett syndrome. The participants include: Julia Roberts, actress; Kathy Hunter, International Rett Syndrome Association president; and Dr. Allen Percy, University of Alabama. Location: 309 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4131.
Chechen conflict hearing 2 p.m. The Helsinki Commission holds a hearing on the "Developments in the Chechen Conflict." Location: 340 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-1901.
China discussion 3:30 p.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center sponsors a panel discussion on "China and the Anti-terrorist War: Is Washington Legitimizing Repression against China's Muslims?" Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

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