- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 19, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Iraq hearing 2:30 p.m. Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on U.S. policy toward Iraq. Hearing may adjourn to closed session in S-407, U.S. Capitol. Donald H. Rumsfeld, the defense secretary, and Gen. Richard B. Myers, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, will testify. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

Korea reports 10 a.m. Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion on two reports, "A Blueprint for U.S. Policy Toward a Unified Korea" and "Conventional Arms Control on the Korean Peninsula." Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW, Room C. Contact: 202/775-3242.


PRESIDENT BUSH

Makes remarks at the Republican Governor's Association fall meeting in Washington.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Foreign Agricultural Service releases its weekly Export Sales Report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-7115.

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases new residential construction figures for August 2002. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

10:30 a.m. Energy Information Administration releases weekly natural gas storage report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council's working group on the candidates for the drinking water contaminant list. Location: Resolve Inc., 1255 23rd St. NW, Suite 275. Contact: 703/285-1093.

9:30 a.m. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism holds a National Advisory Council meeting. Location: National Institutes of Health Natcher conference center, rooms E1-E2, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Contact: 301/443-4376.


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

10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on financial privacy and consumer protection. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a markup hearing of pending legislation. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

4 p.m. Finance Committee holds a markup of the Small Business and Farm Recovery Act of 2002. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.


HOUSE

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


HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure highways and transit subcommittee holds a hearing on TEA-21 reauthorization proposals. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10 a.m. Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on the progress of the USA Patriot Act in the matter of terrorist financing. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

2 p.m. International Relations Committee holds a hearing on U.S. policy toward Iraq. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell testifies. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

2 p.m. Government Reform and House Rules government efficiency, financial management and intergovernmental relations subcommittee and the House Rules Committee's legislative and budget process subcommittee hold a joint oversight hearing on linking program funding to performance results. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.


GENERAL AGENDA

Legal reform all day U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a summit on legal topics, including its economic effect on business, health care professionals, shareholders and consumers. Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Relay For Life all day American Cancer Society holds its American Cancer Society's "Relay For Life" Celebration.

Highlights 10 a.m. Opening ceremonies and cancer survivors walk around the Reflecting Pool.

11:30 a.m. Celebration bus arrives, a "rolling petition" that collected more than 105,000 signatures during a six-month, 48-state tour.

4 p.m. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson will speak

Location: Capitol Reflecting Pool, west front, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/661-5711.

Expo and conference all day Commerce Department's Technology Administration and the Office of Homeland Security hold a "Homeland Security Technology Expo and Conference."

Highlights noon Commerce Secretary Donald H. Evans and Office of Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge tour the expo, with remarks to follow.

Location: D.C. Armory, 2400 E. Capitol St. SE. Contact: 202/467-2778.

American Business Conference 8 a.m. American Business Conference holds its CEOs' fall meeting. Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill participates. Location: Jefferson Hotel, 1200 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/822-9300.

War on terrorism 9 a.m. The Washington Legal Foundation holds a discussion on the issue of "Assault on Terror or Liberties: Assessing the Administration's Legal Strategy, One Year Later." Location: WLF, M.J. Murdock Center for Free Enterprise, 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.

Estate tax 10 a.m. House members hold a news conference to call for permanent repeal of the estate tax. Members present will include House Majority Leader Dick Armey and Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle. Location: HC-5, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-6007.

Laos news conference 10:30 a.m. Lao-American Congressional Policy holds a conference on issues include increased human rights violations and religious and ethnic persecution in Laos. Other topics include North Korea-Laos intelligence operations, the plight of asylum seekers, and the status of a new American citizenship law for 45,000 Hmong and Laotian veterans. Location: 2168 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/543-1444.

Union corruption 11 a.m. National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and Rep. Charlie Norwood, chairman of the workforce protections subcommittee, hold a joint press conference to announce legal and congressional action against unions by employees. Location: sidewalk in front of Teamsters headquarters, 25 Louisiana Ave. NW. Contact: 703/770-3317.

Homeland security noon Heritage Foundation holds a discussion on the "Consolidation in the Department of Homeland Security: Making the Case for First Responders." Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/608-6176.

Religious freedom lecture noon State Department holds its 2002 Distinguished Lecture on Tolerance and Religious Freedom, by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, president, Appeal of Conscience Foundation. Location: State Department, Loy Henderson Auditorium, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-0532.

Homeland security 1 p.m. National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a news conference to announce the formation of the National Governors Association homeland security force and release NGA's "A Governors' Guide to Emergency Management-Volume 2: Homeland Security." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, Zenger Room. Contact: 301/530-1210.

Child obesity legislation 2:15 p.m. Lawmakers hold a news conference to discuss legislation, "The Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity (Impact) Act." Topics include reducing obesity, particularly among children and adolescents by encouraging physical activity and good nutrition. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-5365.

Foreign tax agreement 4:30 p.m. Treasury Department holds a U.S.-Guernsey tax-information-exchange agreement signing ceremony. Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill to participate. Location: Treasury Department, Diplomatic Reception Room 3311, 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Social Security and youth 4:30 p.m. Cato Institute holds a seminar on "Social Security and Young Americans," Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/218-4633.

Midterm elections 7 p.m. Woman's National Democratic Club holds a discussion on "The Crystal Ball for November 2002 Elections." Location: WNDC, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 202/232-7363.

World beauty industry 7 p.m. Georgetown University holds a discussion on a book, "Three Faces of Beauty: Casablanca, Cairo, Paris," about globalization and cultural change in the beauty industry. Location: Georgetown Women's Center, 37th and O streets NW, 327 Leavey. Contact: 202/687-6215.

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