- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 18, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Rumsfeld testimony 10 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on U.S. policy toward Iraq and threats posed by Saddam Hussein. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld testifies. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

Afghanistan briefing 12:30 p.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing, "Afghanistan: Today and Tomorrow." Abdullah Abdullah, minister of Afghanistan's transitional government, participates. Location: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.


PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with President Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic. Makes remarks on cancer screening awareness with Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Hosts a dinner for Mr. Havel.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census and Bureau of Economic Analysis release the U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report for July 2002. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the Consumer Price Index for August 2002. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

10 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases real earnings for August 2002. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the EPA Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee. Location: Old Town Holiday Inn Select, 480 King St., Carlyle Conference Room, fifth floor, Alexandria. Contact: 703/308-4775.

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.

10 a.m. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds a meeting to discuss agency administrative matters, customer matters, reliability, security and market operations markets, tariffs and rates and local energy markets. Location: 888 First St. NE, Room 2C. Contact: 202/502-8627.

10 a.m. State Department holds a meeting of the U.S. Public Diplomacy Advisory Commission to release its plan to reform the structure and build the resources of America's public diplomacy how the nation informs and influences foreign audiences. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW, Room 1408. Contact: 202/619-4457.


SUPREME COURT

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


SENATE

In session. 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 U.S. technology-transfer programs for energy efficiency, nuclear, fossil and renewable energy. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4103.

10 a.m. Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the Five Nations Land Reform Act. Location: 485 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the judiciary nominations. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

2:30 p.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs transportation subcommittee holds a hearing on "Transit Security: One Year Later." Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.


HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Consumer Rental Purchase Agreement Act, a resolution for the Personal Responsibility, Work and Family Promotion Act of 2002 and the Permanent Death Tax Repeal of 2002. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Judiciary immigration, border security and claims subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on "The INS's Implementation of the Foreign Student Tracking Program." Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

10 a.m. Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on "Continuing Oversight of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program." Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10:15 a.m. International Relations Middle East and South Asia subcommittee holds a hearing to examine U.S. policy toward Syria and the Syria Accountability Act. (Rescheduled from Sept. 12.) Rep. Dick Armey, Texas Republican, majority leader; Rep. Eliot L. Engel, New York Democrat, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.


GENERAL AGENDA

Expo and conference all day Commerce Department's Technology Administration and the Office of Homeland Security hold a "Homeland Security Technology Expo and Conference," Location: D.C. Armory, 2400 East Capitol St. SW. Contact: 202/467-2778.

Workshop all day National Academies holds the Evidence Gathering Workshop, which evaluates data on the effectiveness of kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics curriculums. Location: National Academies, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-3012.

Briefing 7:30 a.m. National Association of Manufacturers holds its issue briefing to discuss key races across the country, analyze record-breaking fund raising and offer predictions on House and Senate control in the 108th Congress. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican, and Rep. Nita M. Lowey, New York Democrat, participate. Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/637-3094.

Discussion 8:30 a.m. Council on Foreign Relations holds a discussion on "Are We Really Partners? Assessing the Future of Trans-Atlantic Relations." Location: CFR, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 212/434-9537.

Discussion 8:45 a.m. American League of Lobbyists holds a discussion on security and access for lobbyists at the U.S. Capitol. Location: American Trucking Association, 430 First St. SE. Contact: 703/960-3011.

Report 9 a.m. Middle East Institute holds a meeting to discuss the "Report from Iraqi Kurdistan." Location: MEI, Boardman Room, 1761 N St. NW. Contact: 202/785-1141, Ext. 201.

Discussion 9 a.m. The National Committee for Quality Assurance holds a news conference to discuss a report, "State of Health Care Quality." Conference call option is available for media. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, First Amendment Room. Contact: RSVP to 202/955-3509.

News conference 9:30 a.m. The Century Foundation Task Force on the Common School holds a news conference to release "Divided We Fail: Coming Together Through Public School Choice." Location: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 212/452-7722.

News conference 10 a.m. The Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities Health Task Force and the Coalition for Access to Medical Services, Equipment and Technology hold a news conference to urge Congress to protect the access, quality of care and choice of providers that are critical to the independence and well-being of Americans with disabilities. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 703/535-1889.

Gun violence conference 10 a.m. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence holds a news conference to highlight Maryland gubernatorial candidate Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s reputed extremist record on gun violence prevention and his relationship with the National Rifle Association. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Million Mom March participate. Location: Silver Spring Metro Station. Contact: 202/898-0792.

Meeting/discussion 10 a.m. U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy holds a meeting to discuss the "Global Communications Recommendations," a plan designed to understand, inform and influence foreign politics. Location: State Department, Room 1408, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/619-4457.

Discussion 10 a.m. InterAction holds a discussion on the progress and future plans of USAID's Global Development Alliance. Location: InterAction, 1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 701. Contact: 202/667-8227.

Forum 10 a.m. State Department holds a forum on "The Ideas that Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy and Free Markets in the Twenty-first Century." Location: State Department, Loy Henderson Auditorium, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-0532.

Prescription drugs conference 10:30 a.m. Congress holds a news conference on prescription drugs. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat; Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican; and Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat and minority leader, participate. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6542; 202/224-2235; 202/225-0100.

News conference 10:30 a.m. Congress holds a news conference to honor the first Latino appointed to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sen. Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat and majority leader, and Roel Campo of the SEC participate. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5556.

News conference 11 a.m. National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support holds a news conference to showcase stories of women on welfare, release a report on domestic violence and release an open letter to the president on welfare. Location: 385 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/518-8047.


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