- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 9, 2002

Red Cross work in Afghanistan - noon - State Department holds a forum, "International Committee of the Red Cross' Work in Afghanistan and in Conflict Situations Worldwide." Location: State Department, Loy Henderson Conference Room, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-0532.
Energy ceremony - 6 p.m. - Alliance to Save Energy holds its "Evening with Stars of Energy Efficiency" ceremony. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico Democrat and chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee; Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham; and Christie Whitman, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, participate. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, Atrium, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Contact: 202/530-2203.

Hosts a White House reception in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

3 p.m. National Agricultural Statistics Service releases the weekly Broiler Hatchery report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-7017.
5 p.m. World Agricultural Outlook Board releases the weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-5447.

8 a.m. National Institute of Standards and Technology holds a meeting of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board. Location: NIST Administration Building, Lecture Room A, Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/975-5033.
10 a.m. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds a meeting on agency administrative matters; customer matters, reliability, security and market operations. Location: 888 First Street NE, Room 2C. Contact: 202/502-8622.
10 a.m. Federal Housing Finance Board holds a meeting to discuss amendments to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle Capital Plan and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis Capital Plan, and the request by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas for an additional elective director from the state of Texas. Location: Federal Housing Finance Board, 1777 F St. NW, second floor, boardroom. Contact: 202/408-2833.
10:30 a.m. Bureau of Industry and Security holds a meeting of the Materials Technical Advisory Committee to elect a chairman and receive a briefing on the Commerce Department's critical technology assessment of biotechnology in U.S. industry. Location: Herbert C. Hoover Building, 14th Street between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues NW, Room 3884. Contact: 202/482-2583.

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case.
Docket Number 01-618, Eldred v. Ashcroft.
Docket Number 01-800, Howsam v. Cean Witter Reynolds Inc.
Contact: 202/479-3211.

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

9 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of John Hamilton to be ambassador to Guatemala; John Keane to be ambassador to Paraguay; and David Greenlee to be ambassador to Bolivia. Location: S-116, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-3953.
10 a.m. Finance Committee holds a hearing on new money trails in the financial war on terrorism. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.
10:15 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing to examine the Group of Eight's partnership against the spread of weapons and materials of mass destruction. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.
10 a.m. Judiciary technology, terrorism and government information subcommittee holds a hearing, "Tools Against Terror: How the Administration Is Implementing New Laws in the Fight To Protect Our Homeland." Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.
2:30 p.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs housing and transportation subcommittee holds a oversight hearing, "Affordable Housing Preservation." Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business to consider Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution and the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

10 a.m. Energy and Commerce health subcommittee holds a hearing, "Examining Issues Related to Competition in the Pharmaceutical Marketplace: A Review of the FTC Report, 'Generic Drug Entry Prior to Patent Expiration.'" Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
11 a.m. Government Reform Committee holds a markup to amend the District of Columbia Retirement Protection Act of 1997, the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 and the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2002. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.
2 p.m. International Relations international operations and human rights subcommittee holds a hearing, "An Evaluation of the International Religious Freedom Report." Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.
3 p.m. Judiciary immigration, border security, and claims subcommittee holds a oversight hearing to examine the Immigration and Naturalization Service's investigation of Hesham Hedayet, the Egyptian national who killed two persons at Los Angeles International Airport, and his possible link to an Egyptian terrorist group. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

China in Transition all day Center for Strategic and International Studies holds the second meeting on "China in Transition: Behind the Scenes." Topics include an examination of the challenge to U.S. policy posed by the evolving dynamics of the U.S.-China-Republic of China (Taiwan) relationship. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat, participates. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/775-3242.
Trade Expo 2002 all day Washington International Trade Association and the Association of Women in International Trade hold Trade Expo 2002. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, Atrium, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Contact: 202/312-1600.
No Child Left Behind Act 8:30 a.m. Education Department holds the Mid-Atlantic Region's "Student Achievement and School Accountability Meeting" to discuss the effective implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act. Location: Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 202/401-0113 or 202/549-4680.
Senate vote on Iraq 11 a.m. Congress holds an on-the-record briefing on the pending vote authorizing the president to use force against Iraq. Location: 187 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: RSVP to 202/224-6830.
Social Security 11:15 a.m. House and Senate Democrats hold a news conference to urge members of Congress to sign a pledge to protect Social Security from proposals to privatize the retirement program. Sen. Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat; Sen. Jon Corzine, New Jersey Democrat; Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat; and Rep. Robert T. Matsui, California Democrat, participate. Location: S-211, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-0100.
Rally noon National Council for La Raza holds a rally to present to congressional leaders 1 million postcards calling for the legalization of hardworking, taxpaying immigrants. Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, participates. Location: Freedom Plaza, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/898-3321 or 202/898-3266.
Congressional briefing 2 p.m. Congress holds a briefing at its first annual Congressional Brain Injury Awareness Fair, which highlights the need for awareness and programs available for families of the military. Location: 2105 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 973/523-5152, ext. 21 or pager, 800/917-8760.
Concert 7 p.m. The Democratic National Committee holds its Every Vote Counts Concert. Location: Warner Theater, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/863-8148.
Muslims in U.S. politics 8 p.m. Al-Hewar Center holds a discussion, "Toward an Effective Presence for American Muslims and Arabs in American Politics." Location: Al-Hewar Center, 124 Park St. SE, Vienna, Va. Contact: 703/281-6277.

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