- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 16, 2003


Meets with British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the White House.


8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases new residential-construction numbers for June 2003. Location: 14th St. NW 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.


8 a.m. Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness holds a meeting of the Defense Advisory Committee on Military Personnel Testing, to review planned changes and progress in testing. Location: Peabody Court Hotel, 612 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Contact: 703/697-9271.

8 a.m. — Energy Department holds a meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee to discuss the direction of research and development activities. Location: Hilton Crystal City Hotel at National Airport, Crystal Room, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/586-7766.

8:30 a.m. — Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act/Scientific Advisory Panel to consider and review the characterization of atrazine cancer epidemiology data. Location: Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/564-8450.

10 a.m. — Federal Election Commission holds an open meeting. Topics include final rules and explanation and justification on public financing of presidential candidates and national nominating conventions. Location: 999 E St. NW. Contact: 202/694-1220.


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


In session. At 4 p.m. the Senate will meet in joint session with the House for the purpose of receiving British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


9:30 a.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a full committee hearing on Energy Department approaches for optimizing the ability to respond to national needs. Victor Reis, senior vice president, Hicks and Associates; and John Gibbons, president, Resource Strategies, The Plains, Va., will testify. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

9:30 a.m. — Governmental Affairs Committee holds a full committee hearing, “Nowhere to Turn: Must Parents Relinquish Custody in Order to Secure Mental Health Services for Their Children?” Cornelia Ashby, director of education, work force and income-security issues, General Accounting Office; Charles Curie, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS, will testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

10 a.m. — Finance Committee holds a full committee hearing on the quality of care in nursing homes and a markup of the Chile and Singapore free-trade agreement implementation acts. Sen. Christopher S. Bond, Missouri Republican; Dara Corrigan, acting principal deputy inspector general, HHS; William Scanlon, director for health financing and public health issues, General Accounting Office, will testify. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

10:30 a.m. — Appropriations Committee holds a full committee markup of the fiscal 2004 District of Columbia; agriculture, rural development and related agencies; foreign operations; and energy and water-development appropriations bills. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.


Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business to consider the fiscal 2004 interior and related agencies appropriations bill. The House will recess at 2:30 p.m. and reconvene at 4 p.m. in joint session with the Senate to receive British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


9:30 a.m. Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing, “A Review of the DOE’s Radioactive High-Level Waste Cleanup Program.” Robin Nazzaro, director of national resources and environment, General Accounting Office; and Jesse Roberson, assistant secretary for environmental management, Energy Department, will testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure water resources and environment subcommittee holds a markup of the Water Quality Financing Act of 2003 and to authorize the secretary of the army to construct various projects for harbor and river improvements. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

1 p.m. — Select Homeland Security Committee holds a full committee hearing, “First Responders: How States, Localities and the Federal Government Can Strengthen Their Partnership to Make America Safer.” Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; Capt. Michael Grossman, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department; George Jaramillo, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, will testify. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5611.

1 p.m. — Energy and Commerce health subcommittee holds a hearing, “Health Insurance Certificate Act of 2003.” John Nelson, president-elect, American Medical Association; and Dede Spitznagel, representative of the Coalition for Affordable Health Care, will testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.


EFC midyear membership meeting — all day Education Finance Council holds its membership meeting.

Highlights — 9 a.m. Rep. John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican and chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee

9:30 a.m. — Rep. Peter Hoekstra, Michigan Republican

10 a.m. — Education Secretary Rod Paige

10:45 a.m. — Sen. Judd Gregg, New Hampshire Republican

11:15 a.m. — Rep. Dale E. Kildee, Michigan Democrat

Location: Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, 1250 S. Hayes St., Arlington. Contact: 202/365-6775.

Green Party meeting — all day The Green Party of the United States holds its national committee annual meeting, “Green Party at the Crossroads,” to plan and strategize for the 2004 election season and to discuss the growth of the party.

Highlights — 9 a.m. Women’s Caucus and Diversity Committee meetings

noon — Steering Committee meeting

1 p.m. — Presidential Exploratory, International, Youth Caucus and Bylaws committee meetings

3:30 p.m. — Black Caucus, Accreditation, Finance, and Platform Committee meetings

7:30 p.m. — Fund-raising and Media committee meetings

Location: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/326-4576 or 202/518-5624.

Welfare-reform legislation support — 9 a.m. National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund holds a policy briefing to showcase support for welfare-reform legislation. Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat; and Lisalyn Jacobs, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, will participate. Location: 386 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 212/413-7554 or 917/880-1524.

Press conference on welfare reform — 9:30 a.m. Members of the Senate hold a news conference to discuss upcoming Senate Finance Committee welfare-reform reauthorization legislation. Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican and chairman of the Senate Republican Conference; Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican and chairman of the Finance Committee; Sen. Jim Talent, Missouri Republican; and employers and former welfare families will participate. Location: S-211, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-2928.

AEI panel discussion — 11 a.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a panel discussion program, “Liberia: The Bush Doctrine Comes to Africa.” Maj. Roger Carstens, U.S. Special Forces; Herman Cohen, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs; Anthony Carroll, Manchester Trade; Charles Krauthammer, columnist; and Rayn Lizza of New Republic will participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Welcoming the British Prime Minister — 2:45 p.m. Congress welcomes the British Prime Minister to the U.S. Capitol. Sen. Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, majority leader; Sen. Thomas Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, minority leader; Rep. Dennis J. Hastert, Illinois Republican, House speaker; Rep. Tom DeLay, Texas Republican, majority leader; and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, minority leader, will participate. Location: Ohio Clock, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-6421.

Address by British prime minister — 4 p.m. Congress hosts an address to a Joint session of Congress. British Prime Minister Tony Blair participates. Location: House floor, U.S. Capitol. Full-time congressional identification required. Contact: 202/224-6421.

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