- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 1, 2003

Travels to San Diego to address the nation on the Iraq war from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, returning from the Middle East. Spends the night on the Lincoln.

10 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases March figures on new construction. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.
10 a.m.
National Association of Realtors releases its Housing Affordability Index for the first quarter. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.

8:30 a.m. Energy Department holds a meeting of the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee to discuss its new Environmental Remediation Sciences Division. Location: American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave. NW. Contact: 301/903-9817.
9 a.m.
National Assessment Governing Board meets to obtain comment on the draft background information framework for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/357-6942.
9 a.m.
Federal Aviation Administration holds a meeting of the Government/Industry Aeronautical Charting Forum to discuss the content and design of aeronautical charts and related products, as well as instrument flight procedures policy and development criteria. Location: Hampton Inn Frederick, 5311 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, Md. Contact: 405/954-5852.
9:30 a.m.
International Trade Commission holds a meeting of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council to discuss potential economywide and selected sectoral effects of a U.S.-Chilean free-trade agreement. Location: U.S. International Trade Commission Building, 500 E St. SW. Contact: 202/205-3227.

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a markup hearing for the Aviation Investment and Revitalization Vision Act; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps confirmation correction legislation; and the nomination of promotion in the Coast Guard. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.
10 a.m.
Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Roger Noriega to be assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.
10 a.m.
Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing, "Investing in Homeland Security: Streamlining and Enhancing Homeland Security Grant Programs." Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge testifies. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.
10 a.m.
Appropriations Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Witnesses include Sean O'Keefe, NASA administrator. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business to consider the U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003. 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, "Review of the University of California's Management Contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory." Witnesses include Kyle McSlarrow, deputy energy secretary, and Linton Brooks, undersecretary of energy for nuclear security. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
10 a.m.
Judiciary courts, the Internet and intellectual property subcommittee holds a hearing on the Youth Smoking Prevention and State Revenue Enforcement Act. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.
10 a.m.
Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee holds a hearing on Social Security provisions affecting public employees. Witnesses include Robert Wilson, deputy commissioner of legislation and congressional affairs at the Social Security Administration; and Barbara Bovbjerg, director of education, work force and income security at the General Accounting Office. Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.
10:15 a.m.
Appropriations labor, health and human services, and education subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for worker-protection agencies. Witnesses include John Henshaw, Occupational Safety and Health Administration assistant secretary, and Dave Lauriski, assistant secretary at the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

White House civic forum all day Education Department holds a "We the People" White House forum, "American History, Civics and Service." Education Secretary Rod Paige; first lady Laura Bush; and Lynne V. Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, participate. Location: National Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/401-1576.
Korean security all day The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the Korea Press Foundation and the Government Information Agency of Korea sponsor a conference, "International Security and Domestic Reforms: Related Problems for South Korea." Location: SAIS, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Kenney Auditorium. Contact: Korea Studies Program, 202/663-5816; 202/663-5626.
Markets and the environment all day EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics and the National Center for Environmental Research hold a conference, "Market Mechanisms and Incentives: Applications to Environmental Policy" Location: Wyndham Washington, 1400 M St. NW. Contact: 202/564-6722.
"Space Day 2003" 8:30 a.m. Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum holds the opening ceremony of the national "Space Day 2003," which celebrates the future of flight.
Highlights 8:30 a.m. Opening ceremony with Sean O'Keefe, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and former Sen. John Glenn, Ohio Democrat and Space Day co-chairman
1 p.m.
Apollo medallions presentations, NASA headquarters auditorium, 300 E St. SW. Location: Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW, or as noted. Contact: 202/833-8121 or 703/425-6532.
Construction industry 9:15 a.m. Associated General Contractors of America and the Environmental Protection Agency hold a news conference to announce a partnership and the EPA-supported Web-based Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center. EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman participates. Location: Willard Intercontinental Hotel, main ballroom, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/837-5310.
Hate crimes 9:30 a.m. Congress holds a news conference to reintroduce hate-crime legislation. Participants include Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat; Gordon H. Smith, Oregon Republican; and Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat. Location: Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution Avenue NE. Contact: 202/224-2633.
Holocaust survivors 12:30 p.m. Congress holds a news conference to announce legislation to help Holocaust survivors and their families to collect on Holocaust-era insurance policies. Participants include Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota Republican, and Rep. Mark Foley, Florida Republican. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-5792.
"Make a Difference Day" 3 p.m. Points of Light Foundation and USA Weekend magazine announce the Make a Difference Day Award and the Unity in the Spirit of America Initiative, a national program to conduct volunteer projects in honor of those lost in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Topics include honoring elementary school students killed in the attacks and parents in the U.S. military. Participants include Sens. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat, and Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican. Location: S-211, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/841-4730 or 212/309-1424.

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