- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 17, 2003

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Islam and Christianity — 11 a.m. — The Witherspoon Fellowship holds a symposium, “Sibling Rivalry Among the Children of Abraham: Global Conflict and Cooperation Between Islam and Christianity.” Authors Philip Jenkins and Paul Marshall participate. Location: Family Research Council, 801 G St. NW. Contact: 202/393-2100.

Antidrug crusade — noon — Cato Institute holds a briefing on the government’s antidrug crusade and its ill effects on Latin America. Participants include Ted Galen Carpenter, Cato vice president for defense and foreign policy studies, and Ian Vasquez, director of Cato’s Project on Global Economic Liberty. Location: B-338 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/789-5200.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Attends a Bush-Cheney ‘04 fund-raiser in Dallas.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Advisory Committee. Location: Holiday Inn Select, 8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Contact: 301/827-0314.

9:30 a.m. — U.S. Commission on Civil Rights holds a open meeting. Topics include federal agencies, Indian country, community investment and credit access. Location: Commission on Civil Rights, 624 Ninth St. NW, Room 540. Contact: 202/376-7700.

10 a.m. — Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention holds a meeting of its coordinating council. Location: Justice Department, Office of Justice Programs, third-floor main conference room, 810 Seventh St. NW. Contact: 301/519-6473.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Schedule to be announced. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Government Reform criminal justice, drug policy and human resources subcommittee holds a hearing on “Facing the Methamphetamine Problem in America.” Location: 2203 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. — Government Reform energy policy, natural resources and regulatory affairs subcommittee holds a joint hearing with the House Small Business Committee, regulatory reform and oversight subcommittee on “What is OMB’s Record in Small Business Paperwork Relief?” Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. — Government Reform national security, emerging threats and international relations subcommittee holds a hearing on “Humanitarian Assistance Following Military Operations: Overcoming Barriers.” Witnesses include Susan Westin, managing director on international affairs and trade, General Accounting Office; Jay Garner, director of the Defense Department Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. — International Relations Asia and the Pacific subcommittee holds a markup hearing to approve the Compact of Free Association with the governments of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Antinoise conference — all day — National Organization to Insure a Sound-Controlled Environment holds its Summer Conference and Aviation Noise Symposium. Location: Holiday Inn on the Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/544-9843.

Ending homelessness — all day — National Alliance to End Homelessness holds its annual conference: “New Partnerships for Ending Homelessness: Housing, Services & Employment.” Workshops and round-table discussions on topics including quick income for paying rent, consumer involvement advocacy, future of Medicaid, domestic violence programs, psychosocial workshops, among others. Location: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/638-1526.

Education funds — 8 a.m. — Education Finance Council holds its EFC Mid-Year Membership Meeting.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma Republican.

noon — Former Rep. J.C. Watts Jr., Oklahoma Republican

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

SUV campaign — 10 a.m. — Sierra Club and Chesapeake Climate Action Network holds a conference on “SUV Code Red Campaign” during which environmental protesters will ticket 15,000 sport utility vehicles in the Baltimore/Washington area. Location: Century Ford Dealership, 718 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Contact: 301/920-1644.

No Child Left Behind Act — 10 a.m. — Senate Democratic Policy Committee and House Budget Committee Democrats hold a hearing on the promises made in the No Child Left Behind Act. Participants include Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat; Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.; Rep. John M. Spratt Jr., South Carolina Democrat; Rep. George Miller, California Democrat; Wendy Puriefoy, Public Education Network; and Principal John Porter, T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria. Location: 340 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1191.

Gulf wetlands — 11 a.m. — U.S. Geological Survey holds a briefing on “The Northern Gulf Coast: Where Are the Wetlands Going.” Participants include Charles Groat, U.S. Geological Survey; Jack Caldwell, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources; William Dawson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Location: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/648-4463.

Exploring North America — 11 a.m. — Library of Congress holds a news preview of “Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America,” a major exhibition about the exploration of North America. Highlights include a display of the large 1507 world map by cartographer Martin Waldseemuller, which gave the name “America” to the new lands explored by Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci. Location: Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE, Northwest Gallery and Pavilion on the second floor. Contact: 202/707-1940.

Medicare outlook — noon — The Alliance to Improve Medicare and Progressive Policy Institute sponsor a luncheon briefing on the “Medicare Conference Committee Outlook” to forecast the key substantive issues that may dominate the negotiations, the primary areas of concern for specific congressional groups, and the outlook and timing. Participants include Dean Rosen, director of health policy in the office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican; Kate Leone, legislative assistant in the office of Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat; Darren Willcox, policy assistant in the office of House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican. Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/452-1029.

Chechnya war — 3 p.m. — National Press Club holds a discussion on “The Moscow Bombings and Prospects for Peace in Chechnya.” Participants include Salambek Maigov, Chechen representative to the Russian Federation. Location: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7540.

Radical Islam in Central Asia — 4 p.m. — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing on “The Threat of Radical Islam in Central Asia.” Location: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor Conference Room A. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Voting rights — 5 p.m. — Democracy Action Project holds a discussion for interns and organizers on voting rights. Participants include Malia Lazu of the Democracy Action Project. Location: Josephine Butler Center, 2437 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/234-9382, Ext. 257.

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