- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 3, 2003

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Book discussion — noon — The Hudson Institute holds a book discussion on “Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian Criminal State.” Participants include David Satter of the Hudson Institute and former CIA Director James Woolsey. Location: Hudson Institute, Suite 200, 1015 18th St. NW. Contact: 317/549-4115.

Eisenhower statue — 2 p.m. — Congress hosts a ceremony to unveil a statue of President Eisenhower. Participants include House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. Location: Capitol Rotunda, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-2800.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Travels to Aqaba, Jordan, to meet King Abdullah II. Meets separately with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas. Holds a trilateral meeting with Mr. Abbas and Mr. Sharon. Departs for Doha, Qatar.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases revised figures on productivity and cost for the first quarter of 2003. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration holds a meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention advisory board on drug testing. Topics include updates on drug-testing programs at HHS and Transportation and proposed guidelines for alternative specimen testing and on-site testing. Location: Residence Inn by Marriott, 7335 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Contact: 301/443-6014.

9 a.m. — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hold meetings of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, subcommittees on future vaccines, on immunization coverage, and on vaccine safety and communication. Topics include reports from the National Vaccine Program Office and the acting assistant secretary for health; and an update on the smallpox vaccination program. Location: HHS, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 770/488-2040.

9 a.m. — State Department holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy to discuss rebuilding Iraq and receive subcommittee reports. Location: Elliott School of International Affairs, Suite 602, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. Contact: 202/647-0847.

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-854.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the reauthorization of the Federal Communications Commission and the FCC decision on media ownership rules. Witnesses include FCC Chairman Michael Powell, and commission members Kathleen Abernathy, Michael Copps, Kevin Martin and Jonathan Adelstein. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

9:30 a.m. — Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “Transforming the Department of Defense Personnel System: Finding the Right Approach.” Witnesses include Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld; Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman; David Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

9:30 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on “Iraq Stabilization and Reconstruction: International Contributions and Resources.” Witnesses include Alan Larson, undersecretary of state for economic, business and agricultural affairs; and Dov Zakheim, Defense Department chief financial officer. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on “Solving the Asbestos Litigation Crisis: the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2003.” Witnesses include Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law School professor; Jennifer Biggs, Tillinghast-Towers Perrin actuaries; Mark Peterson, Legal Analysis Systems. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider recognizing and commending the armed forces, their families, weapons makers and others for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Agriculture conservation, credit, rural development and research subcommittee holds a hearing to review conservation technical assistance and the 2002 farm bill. Location: 1300 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2171.

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure water resources and environment subcommittee holds a hearing on water scarcity and demand. Witnesses include T. Boone Pickens, Mesa Water Inc.; Bob Young, Augusta, Ga., mayor; William Mullican III, deputy executive administrator, Office of Planning, Texas Water Development Board. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10 a.m. — Appropriations District of Columbia subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the District of Columbia. Witnesses include Mayor Anthony A. Williams; Linda Cropp, D.C. Council chairman; and Natwar Gandhi, District chief financial officer. Location: H-140, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-2771.

2 p.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure economic development, public buildings and emergency management subcommittee holds a hearing on reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration. Witnesses include David Sampson, assistant commerce secretary for economic development; Philip Singerman, Maryland Technology Corp. executive director; and Mark Drabenstott, Center for the Study of Rural America director. Location: 2253 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

GENERAL AGENDA

Republican breakfast — 8:15 a.m. — Republican Main Street Partnership hosts a breakfast meeting. Participants include Rep. Michael N. Castle, Delaware Republican, and Education Secretary Rod Paige. Location: Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St. SE. Contact: 202/682-3143 or 202/225-4165.

Bulletproof vests — 9 a.m. — In-Vest USA holds a news conference to announce a campaign to provide bulletproof vests for police officers across the nation. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2452.

Tikkun conference — 9 a.m. — Tikkun Community holds its annual teach-in to Congress and the Tikkun Community Conference. Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/232-8997 or 202/744-2671.

Ethnic profiling — 10 a.m. — American Civil Liberties Union holds a public forum on selective law enforcement targeting certain immigrant communities since September 11. Participants include Democratic Sens. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell of Washington, Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, and Russell D. Feingold of Wisconsin. Location: 902 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/675-2312.

AIDS epidemic — 12:30 p.m. — Congress holds a news conference on measures to battle AIDS. Participants include Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican; Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat; House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3135 or 202/224-5556.

Burma democracy — 12:30 p.m. — Free Burma Coalition, the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma and the Committee for the Restoration of Democracy in Burma hold a rally to call for a swift and strong U.S. response to the Burmese regime’s latest crackdown. Location: Burmese Embassy, 2300 S St. NW. Contact: 202/547-5985.

Minnesota benefits — 4:15 p.m. — Labor Department holds a news conference to announce a grant to help displaced Minnesota workers pay their health insurance premiums. Location: Labor Department, Secretary’s Conference Room, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-4676.

Restore America — 6:30 p.m. — Home and Garden Television and the National Trust for Historic Preservation holds a gala ceremony to start a public affairs initiative, “Restore America: A Salute to Preservation.” Location: National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Contact: 865/604-1350.

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