- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 17, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

News conference 10:30 a.m. Commerce Department will release "2020 Visions: Transforming Education and Training Through Advanced Technologies." Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans, Education Undersecretary Eugene Hickok and National Science Foundation Director Rita Colwell participate. Location: Commerce Department, Secretary's Conference Room, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-8321 or 202/482-0149.

USO fund-raiser 6:30 p.m. United Service Organizations holds its annual black-tie gala, including celebrity entertainment and military fanfare, to honor six outstanding Americans and celebrate 61 years of service. Former President George Bush; Jason Burgess, Army sergeant; and Cean Whiteman, Navy yeoman seaman, participate. Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/610-6458.


PRESIDENT BUSH

Makes remarks on Constitution Day at the White House. Travels to Nashville, Tenn., for a Lamar Alexander for Senate luncheon and a Pledge Across America event.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

9:15 a.m. Federal Reserve Board releases Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization for August 2002. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th & 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

2:30 p.m. Treasury Department auctions three- and six-month Treasury bills. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. National Women's Business Council holds a meeting to discuss procurement and access to capital and training. Location: Small Business Administration, 409 Third St. SW, Eisenhower Conference Room-A, second floor. Contact: 202/205-3850.

9 a.m. Geological Survey holds a meeting of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program Advisory Committee. Location: 1849 C St. NW, Room 7000. Contact: 703/648-6943.

2 p.m. United States Fish and Wildlife Service holds a meeting to review the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Swanson River Satellites Natural Gas Exploration and Development Project. Location: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 200B, Arlington. Contact: 907/786-3379.

3 p.m. Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry holds a meeting to discuss the commission's final report to Congress and the president on U.S. civil and military air and space industry. Location: Commerce Department, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 703/602-1515.


SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.


SENATE

Meets at 9:30 a.m. for morning business and 10:30 a.m. to consider the Interior appropriations bill, and the Department of Homeland Security bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's notice of proposed rule-making, "Remedying Undue Discrimination through Open Access Transmission Service and Standard Electricity Market Design." Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4103.

10 a.m. Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the Tribal Recognition and Indian Bureau Enhancement Act of 2001 and providing grants to ensure full and fair participation in certain decision-making processes at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Location: 485 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.

10 a.m. Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a hearing on implementing the 2002 farm bill. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman testifies. Location: 328-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6901.

10:30 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing to examine the financial disclosure by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.


HOUSE

Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning hour and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


HOUSE COMMITTEES

1:30 p.m. Government Reform government efficiency, financial management and intergovernmental relations subcommittee holds a hearing on the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002. (Rescheduled from Sept. 10.) Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.

2 p.m. Judiciary Constitution subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on "The Supreme Court's School Choice Decision and Congress' Authority to Enact Choice Programs." Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

2 p.m. Financial Services housing and community opportunity subcommittee holds a hearing on technical assistance and capacity building programs to promote housing and economic development. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.


GENERAL AGENDA

Conference all day Education Department and the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities holds its annual conference.

Highlights 9 a.m. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III on "Post September 11: Need for African Americans in the FBI"

6 p.m. Rep. J.C. Watts Jr., Oklahoma Republican, chairman, Republican Conference, and Rep. Peter Hoekstra, Michigan Republican

Location: Marriott Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/401-1576.

Leadership conference all day George Washington University holds its "Democracy Day" leadership conference, dedicated to spreading the ideals of civic participation. Location: GW, Marvin Center Betts Theatre, 800 21st St. NW. Contact: 202/994-3219.

Conference 8:30 a.m. Committee for Education Funding holds its Gala 2002 Legislative Conference. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; Rep. Michael M. Honda, California Democrat, and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, participate. Location: Hyatt Regency, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/383-0083 or 703/338-8314.

News briefing 9 a.m. Washington Legal Foundation holds a news briefing with appellate experts to review the 2002 Supreme Court term. A question and answer session will follow. Location: M.J. Murdock Center for Free Enterprise, 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.

Policy briefing 10 a.m. National Center for Policy Analysis holds a briefing and debate on "Pros and Cons of a Mental Health Parity Mandate." Location: 2105 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 800/859-1154.

HIV/AIDS discussion 10 a.m. The State Department and the Constituency for Africa hold a forum on "An African-African American Dialogue on HIV/AIDS." Location: State Department, The Loy Henderson Auditorium, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-0532.

Cuba conference noon Americans for a Free Cuba hold a news conference to support maintaining economic sanctions on the Castro regime. Sen. George Allen, Virginia Republican, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/543-8480 or 703/475-1291.

U.S.-Korean briefing noon The Asia Society holds a briefing to discuss the developments in U.S.-Korean relations. Thomas Hubbard, U.S. Ambassador to the South Korea, participates. Location: St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/833-2742.

Symposium noon Cato Institute holds a symposium on "The Supreme Court: Past and Prologue, A Look at the October 2001 and October 2002 Terms."

Highlights 2:20 p.m. Session on looking back at federalism, the drug war and crime

3:30 p.m. Session on campaign finance regulation, affirmative action, property rights, federalism, the First Amendment, intellectual property and crime in the 2002 term

Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.

Housing briefing 2 p.m. National Association of Home Builders holds a conference-call briefing on the housing industry outlook and the possibilities of an impending bubble. Call-in: 877/282-2315; ask for "housing bubble." Contact: 800/368-5242.

China discussion 2 p.m. Woodrow Wilson Center holds a meeting to discuss "The 16th Communist Party Congress and Leadership Transition in China." Location: WWC, 1 Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

Cancer conference 2 p.m. Congress holds a news conference to introduce cancer care legislation. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat; Sen. Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican; and Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor and four-time Tour de France winner, participate. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2633.

Energy conference 2 p.m. The Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Department and Department of Housing and Urban Development hold a news conference to announce a new partnership to promote energy-efficient affordable housing. HUD Secretary Mel Martinez; EPA Administrator Christie Whitman and Energy Department Assistant Secretary Dave Garmen, participate. Location: EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/333-7400.

Ceremony 5 p.m. The Senate Commission on Arts unveils a portrait of former Sen. Blanche Kelso Bruce, Mississippi Republican and the first black to serve a full term in the Senate. Sen. Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, majority leader; Sen. Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican, minority leader, participate. Location: Old Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-6523 or 202/224-505.

Meeting 7 p.m. Politics and Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse holds a book discussion on "So Others Might Live: A History of New York's Bravest The FDNY From 1700 to the Present." Location: PPBC, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/364-1919, 800/722-079.

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