- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 20, 2003


Receives a visit from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Crawford, Texas.


4 p.m. National Agricultural Statistics Service releases its crop progress report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-7017.

4:15 p.m. — Federal Reserve Board releases its weekly foreign reports on the assets and liabilities of U.S.- and foreign-chartered banks and on foreign exchange rates. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.


2 p.m. Defense Department holds a meeting of the Technology and Privacy Advisory Committee to discuss the legal and policy considerations of using advanced information technologies in counterterrorism and counterintelligence. Meeting will close from 4 to 5 p.m. to discuss classified information. Location: Executive Conference Center, 3601 Wilson Blvd., Suite 600, Arlington. Contact: 703/695-0903.


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


Meets at 1 p.m. for morning business and 1:30 p.m. to consider the fiscal 2004 Homeland Security Department Appropriations bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


2 p.m. Governmental Affairs financial management, the budget and international security subcommittee holds a hearing on the risks and benefits to consumers of government-sponsored enterprises. Witnesses include Alex Pollock, president/CEO, Federal Home Loan Bank, Chicago; Peter Wallison, American Enterprise Institute senior fellow; Bert Ely, Ely & Co. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.


In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


11 a.m. Government Reform national security, emerging threats and international relations subcommittee holds a hearing on international cooperation in the development of the Joint Strike Fighter. Witnesses include Kathren Schinasi, General Accounting Office director of acquisition and sourcing management; and Tom Denomme, GAO assistant director of acquisition and sourcing management. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

3 p.m. — Energy and Commerce telecommunications and the Internet subcommittee holds a hearing on the regulatory status of broadband services. Witnesses include Robert Pepper, Federal Communications Commission; and Robert Nelson, Michigan Public Service Commission member. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

5 p.m. — Appropriations Committee holds a markup hearing of the fiscal 2004 VA, HUD and Independent Agencies and legislation making supplemental appropriation for fiscal 2003. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.


Suicide prevention — all day Suicide Prevention Action Network holds its annual conference, “Allies for Action.” Workshops include “Youth Suicide and the Impact of 9/11” and “Reducing Suicide: A National Imperative.” Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 888/649-1366.

Falun Gong — all day Falun Gong practitioners and supporters gather for commemorations of the fourth anniversary of the Chinese government’s ban on the practice.

Highlights — 9 a.m. Cultural/social/art exhibition events at Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Ave and 14th Street NW; appeal at Chinese Embassy, 2300 Connecticut Ave. NW

11:30 a.m. — Public parade from Washington Monument to the U.S. Capitol

8:30 p.m. — Public candlelight vigil, Washington Monument

Contact: 202/422-8133.

Orbital space plane — 8:30 a.m. National Space Society and the House Aerospace Caucus hold a discussion on “The Orbital Space Plane: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?” Participants include Robert Walker, Commission on the Future of the Aerospace Industry; Sam Durrance, Florida Space Research Institute; and Phil McAlister, Futron Corp. Location: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/543-1900.

Work force data — 8:30 a.m. American Chamber of Commerce Research Association holds a working “listening session” focused on assisting the Labor Department to improve the quality and availability of work force data. Location: ACCRA headquarters, George Mason University/Arlington, 3401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS-3B1, Room 230, Arlington. Contact: 703/522-4981.

U.S. foreign policy — 8:30 a.m. Stanley Foundation holds a discussion on the showdowns with North Korea and Iran in the larger context of the new U.S. approach to proliferation threats. Participants include Jean de Preez, former South African representative for nonproliferation, and Michael Levi, Brookings Institution. Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Choate Room, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 563/264-1500.

Child welfare system — 10:30 a.m. National Governors Association and the American Public Human Services Association hold a news briefing on the child welfare system, adoption, foster care and child protective services. Participants include Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat; Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican and Finance Committee chairman; Robin Williams, Utah Department of Human Services; Ramona Foley, Oregon Department of Human Services. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/682-0100, ext. 237.

Prescription plans — noon American Academy of Actuaries holds a news conference on the actuarial equivalence of Medicare prescription plans. Participants include Corey Berger and P. Anthony Hammond, both of AAA. Location: 902 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/785-7872.

Trade rules — 12:30 p.m. Women In International Trade sponsors a discussion of an order by the World Trade Organization giving the United States until Dec. 27 to come into compliance with an adverse ruling on violations of the Continuing Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act. Participants include Chris Ingram, senior legislative assistant for trade and foreign policy for Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, Maine Republican and Small Business Committee chairman. Location: Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, suite 400. Contact: 202/216-9307.

Natural gas cost — 1:30 p.m. Speaker’s Task Force for Affordable Natural Gas holds its first meeting. Participants include Rep. Billy Tauzin, Louisiana Republican and Energy and Commerce Committee chairman; and Rep. Richard W. Pombo, California Republican and Resources Committee chairman. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5735.

Education gap — 4 p.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion on “Closing the Education Achievement Gap: Is Title I Working?” Participants include Marvin Kosters and Frederick Hess, AEI; Brent Mast, Progress and Freedom Foundation; Jay Mathews, The Washington Post; and Chester Finn, Thomas Fordham Foundation. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Free-lance journalism — 6:30 p.m. National Press Club holds a discussion on “How to Break Into Free-lance.” Participants include Sandy Fernandez, The Washington Post; Rachel Smolkin, Arlington-based free-lance journalist; John Feffer, National Writer’s Union and Tamera Wells-Lee, Bernan Press. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7501.

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