- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 9, 2003

PRESIDENT BUSH

Travels to Gaborone, Botswana, to meet with President Festus Mogae and to visit a Southern Africa Global Competitiveness Trade Hub exhibit and the Mokolodi Nature Reserve.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases figures on unemployment insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

10 a.m. —Bureau of Labor Statistics releases U.S. Import and Export Price Index figures for June. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Farm Credit Administration holds a meeting of its board. Topics include fiscal 2002 results for the young, beginning, and small farmer lending programs; and a discussion of the assets for the financial Institution rating system. Location: Farm Credit Administration, 1501 Farm Credit Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/883-4009.

10 a.m. —Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council to discuss follow-up actions on a report at the May meeting on affordability. Location: EPA, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW, Room 2123. Contact: 202/564-3791.

10 a.m. —Federal Election Commission holds a open meeting. Topics include draft advisory opinions on the Stop Taxpayer Money for Politicians Committee, and Rep. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, and James Treffinger and the Treffinger for Senate Committee. Location: 999 E St. NW. Contact: 202/694-1220.

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. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Thomas O’Connell to be assistant defense secretary for special operations and low-intensity conflict and of Paul Longsworth to be deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation at the National Nuclear Security Administration. Location: 222 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. —Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing to examine the effects of high natural gas prices on the economy. Witnesses include Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan; David Garman, assistant energy secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy; and Brian Ferguson, chairman and chief executive of Eastman Chemical. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

2 p.m. —Appropriations Committee holds a markup hearing for the fiscal 2004 Homeland Security and Interior Appropriations bills. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2 p.m. —Finance Committee holds a markup hearing of legislation implementing the free trade agreements with Singapore and Chile. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a meeting on Operation Iraqi Freedom. Witnesses include Gen. Tommy Franks, former commander of the U.S. Central Command. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151; recorded schedule, 202/225-2675.

10 a.m. —Energy and Commerce health subcommittee holds a hearing, “NIH: Moving Research from the Bench to the Bedside.” Witnesses include Donald Lindberg, director of the National Institutes of Health library of medicine; Mark Rohrbaugh, director of the Office of Technology Transfer; and Anna Barker, deputy director for strategic scientific initiatives at the National Cancer Institute. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. —Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on the effects of new visa and passport requirements on foreign travel to the United States. Witnesses include Janice Jacobs, deputy assistant secretary of state for visa services; Robert Garrity Jr., acting assistant director of the FBI Records Management Division; and John Marks, chairman of the Travel Industry Association of America. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

3 p.m. —Judiciary crime, terrorism and homeland security subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, “Terrorism and Wartime Hoaxes.” Witnesses include Susan Brooks, U.S. attorney general for the Southern District of Indiana; James McMahon, New York State Police superintendent; and Danny Hogg, uncle of U.S. serviceman and victim of a wartime hoax. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

GENERAL AGENDA

Transport meeting — all day Conference of Minority Transportation Officials holds its national meeting and training conference.

Highlights — 9 a.m. Remarks by D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams, conference chairman; David Gunn, Amtrak president; and Richard White, chief executive of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge also has been invited.

11:15 a.m. —Concurrent sessions on technology in transit; transit development in local communities; reauthorization of TEA-21; electronic fare media in transportation; revenue increases during economic downturn

Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/962-1051.

U.S. world image — 9:30 a.m. Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Regaining America’s Voice Overseas.” Participants include Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Bethune memorials — 10 a.m. — National Park Service holds a commemoration of the 128th birthday of Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of the National Council of Negro Women.

10 a.m. —Hourly tours of Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, 1318 Vermont Ave. NW

6 p.m. —Wreath-laying ceremony at the Bethune Memorial Statue, Lincoln Park, 11th and East Capitol streets NE.

Locations: As noted, Contact: 202/673-2402.

Hispanic agenda — 10:15 a.m. House and Senate Democrats and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus hold a news conference. Participants include Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California; Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York; Sen. Barbara Boxer of California; Rep. Ciro D. Rodriguez of Texas, Hispanic Caucus chairman; and Rep. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, House Democratic Caucus chairman. Location: S-207, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-2939; 202/225-0100; 202/226-5629.

Quest conference — 1 p.m. American Federation of Teachers holds its biennial Quest (Quality Educational Standards in Teaching) conference.

Highlights — 1 p.m. Sandra Feldman, AFT president, on “Problems and Promises of the No Child Left Behind Act”

2:30 p.m. —Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat.

Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/879-4554.

SEC rules — 1 p.m. Congress sponsors a symposium on Securities and Exchange Commission environmental and social disclosure requirements and on enhancing corporate disclosure and improving public confidence in Wall Street. Participants include Sen. Jon Corzine, New Jersey Democrat; Sen. James M. Jeffords, Vermont independent; Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat; Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat; Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican and Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee chairman. Location: S-207, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-5141.

Medicare pilot — 1:30 p.m. The Department of Health and Human Services holds a news conference to announce a Medicare demonstration pilot designed to promote high quality in-patient hospital care. Participants include HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Tom Scully. Location: HHS Auditorium, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/690-6145.

NOW gala — 7:30 p.m. National Organization for Women and the NOW Foundation hold the 2003 Gala and Intrepid Awards. Awards will be presented to Helen Thomas, White House correspondent; comedian Margaret Cho; Rebecca Walker, co-founder of Third Wave activist organization for women; and astronaut Mae Jemison. Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Contact: 202/628-8669, Ext. 116.

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