- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 29, 2003

NATO enlargement hearing 9:30 a.m. Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing, "An Enlarged NATO: Mending Fences and Moving Forward on Iraq." Secretary of State Colin L. Powell testifies. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.
SARS hearing 2 p.m. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on severe acute respiratory syndrome's spread around the globe, focusing on the spike in cases reported in Canada, containment efforts in the United States and progress on fighting the virus. Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Paul Gully, senior director-general of Health Canada's Population and Public Health Branch, testify. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

Discusses a global HIV/AIDS initiative.

5 p.m. American Petroleum Institute releases the weekly report on petroleum inventories. Location: 1220 L St. NW. Contact: 202/682-8000.

9 a.m. Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting to discuss the proposed rule titled "Current Good Manufacturing Practice in Manufacturing, Packing, or Holding Dietary Ingredients and Dietary Supplements." Location: Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Harvey W. Wiley Auditorium, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park. Contact: 301/436-1439.
11 a.m. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds a meeting to discuss a proposed settlement between Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. and Fourth Branch Associates (Mechanicville) for the disposition of the Mechanicville Project. Location: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St. NE. Contact: 202/502-6182.

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case
Docket No. 02-182 Georgia v. Ashcroft
Docket No. 03-695 Fitzgerald v. Racing Association of Central Iowa
Contact: 202/479-3211

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

9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the future of intercity rail passenger service and Amtrak. Michael Jackson, deputy secretary at the Transportation Department, and Ken Mead, inspector general at the Transportation Department, testify. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.
10 a.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a markup of a comprehensive energy bill focusing on transportation fuels and research and development. The markup is expected to continue through several days. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

Meets at 2 p.m. for legislative business, with no votes until 6:30 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

1 p.m. Government Reform national security, emerging threats and international relations subcommittee holds a hearing, "Homeland Defense: Old Force Structures for New Missions." Paul McHale, assistant defense secretary for homeland defense, and Thomas Hall, assistant defense secretary for reserve affairs, testify. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.
2 p.m. Education and the Workforce select education subcommittee holds a hearing, "Missing, Exploited and Runaway Youth: Strengthening the System." Ernie Allen, president and chief executive officer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, and Mai Fernandez, managing director of the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, D.C., testify. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527; recorded schedule, 202/226-2026.
2 p.m. Judiciary crime, terrorism and homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on the Unlawful Internet Gambling Funding Prohibition Act and the Internet Gambling Licensing and Regulation Commission Act. Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.
4 p.m. International Relations Europe subcommittee holds a hearing, "NATO and Enlargement: Progress Since Prague." Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

Student Loan Securitization Symposium all day Strategic Research Institute holds a symposium.
Highlights 12:15 p.m. William Hansen, deputy secretary at the Education Department, gives the keynote address.
Location: Westin Embassy Row Hotel, 2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 888/666-8514 or 646/336-7030.
Council of the Americas conference all day Council of the Americas holds its 33rd Washington conference.
Highlights 9:30 a.m. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Maryland Republican
10:15 a.m. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat
10:45 a.m. Rep. Jim Kolbe, Arizona Republican
11:45 a.m. Horst Kohler, International Monetary Fund, "The Challenge of Sustainable Growth"
Location: State Department, Loy Henderson Auditorium, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/639-0724.
Russia USA all day Russia House holds a World Russian Forum, "Russia-USA: Toward a Political, Economic and Military Alliance."
Highlights 4:30 p.m. Sen. James M. Jeffords, Vermont independent, award ceremony
Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/986-6010.
Role of the U.S.-Japan Alliance 9:30 a.m. Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, "The Role of the U.S.-Japan Alliance in East Asia's Strategic Environment." Takaski Nishioka, president of Mitsubishi Corp.; Noboru Hoshuyama, former director general of the Defense Facilities Administration Agency; and Larry Wortzel, director of the Heritage Foundation's Davis Institute for International Studies, participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Van Andel Center. Contact: 202/675-1752.
Families as a Resource in Recovery from Drug Abuse 9:30 a.m. Vera Institute of Justice holds a news briefing to release a report, "Families as a Resource in Recovery from Drug Abuse: An Evaluation of La Bodega de la Familia."
Highlights 9:30 a.m. Release of the report
10 a.m. Dr. Richard Dudley, psychiatrist and adjunct assistant professor at the New York University Law School; Milan Ozdinec, deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Public Housing Investment; Sarah Hart, director of the National Institute of Justice; and Cheri Nolan, deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs, panel discussion on "Prisoner Re-entry: Families are Part of the Solution"
Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 718/643-4877 or 917/701-5628.
Demand worldwide sanctions against Cuba noon Judicial Watch holds a news conference to demand worldwide sanctions against Cuba. Alina Fernandez, daughter of Fidel Castro; and Willy Chirino and Lissette Alvarez, Cuban entertainers, participate. Location: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/646-5172.
Luncheon program with the homeland security secretary 12:30 p.m. National Press Club holds a luncheon program with Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, ballroom. Contact: Please RSVP to 202/662-7501.
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Support rural health care facilities 12:30 p.m. Congress holds a news conference to introduce legislation, "The Rural Community Hospital Assistance Act of 2003," which will support rural health care facilities and communities. Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican; Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska Democrat; Susan Page of the Kansas Hospital Association; and Ron Briggs of the Nebraska Hospital Association participate. Location: Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution avenues NE, Capitol. Contact: 202/224-8950 or 202/224-8795.
One-year anniversary of GovBenefits.gov. 1:30 p.m. Labor Department hosts a ceremony to celebrate the one-year anniversary of GovBenefits.gov. Topics include the president's electronic-government strategy, the project's achievements and its plans. Rep. Adam H. Putnam, Florida Republican, and Cameron Findley, deputy secretary at the Labor Department, participate. Location: Labor Department, auditorium, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: Credentialed press only; 202/693-4676.
NVTC Spring Banquet Event 7 p.m. Northern Virginia Technology Council holds its Spring Banquet Event. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is the keynote speaker. Location: Hilton Hotel, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Contact: Registration required, 703/904-7878.

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