- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 13, 2003


Cuba repression — 10 a.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Castro’s Crackdown: Why and What Now?” Participants include Dennis Hays of the Cuban American National Foundation, Philip Peters of the Lexington Institute and Mark Falcoff of AEI. Location: AEI, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Prayer ceremonies — 6 p.m. — Nueva Esperanza Inc. holds the second National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez will begin the two-day event on President Bush’s minority home-ownership initiative. Location: Capitol Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 703/684-3339.


Meets with South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun.


8:30 a.m. — Bureau of the Census releases April 2003 advance monthly sales figures for retail and food services. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

10 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases U.S. import and export price indexes for April 2003. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.


8:30 a.m. — Defense Department holds a meeting of the Defense Business Practice Implementation Board to discuss the findings and recommendations from various task forces assigned earlier this year. Location: Pentagon, Room 2E314. Contact: 703/695-0505.

9 a.m. — Energy Department holds a meeting of the Office of Fossil Energy, National Coal Council Advisory Committee. Topics include generation efficiency and carbon management; a carbon sequestration project in the lower Mississippi Valley; geological sequestration options; developments on the costs of carbon capture and separation. Location: Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 14th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/586-6837.

9 a.m. — Agency for International Development holds a meeting of its advisory panel on voluntary foreign aid to discuss the administration’s proposed Millennium Challenge Account and post-conflict reconstruction. Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th floor. Contact: 202/347-9212.


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


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


9:30 a.m. — Appropriations District of Columbia subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for D.C. foster care systems. Witnesses include Judith Sandalow, Children’s Law Center executive director; Marilyn Edgerton, Foster & Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center deputy director. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. — Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds markup hearings on the Vaccine Affordability and Availability Act; on the Museum and Library Services Act; on the Poison Control Center Enhancement and Awareness Act; on the American History and Civics Education Act; on the Genetics Non-Discrimination Act; and on the Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health Act. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

10:15 a.m. — Appropriations defense subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Defense Department. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld testifies. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2 p.m. — Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a hearing on implementation of the 2002 farm bill. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman testifies. Location: 328-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2035.


Meets at 10 a.m. to consider various agenda items. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10 a.m. — Energy and Commerce energy and air quality subcommittee holds a hearing on the United Nations oil-for-food program in Iraq. Witnesses include Administrator Guy Caruso, Energy Information Administration; Robert Ebel, director of energy and national security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; James Barnes, research fellow at Rice University. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. — Science Committee holds a hearing on cyber-security research and development. Witnesses include Charles McQueary, Homeland Security Department undersecretary for science and technology; Rita Colwell, National Science Foundation director; and Arden Bement Jr., National Institute of Standards and Technology director. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure aviation subcommittee holds a markup of legislation to reauthorize programs for the Federal Aviation Administration and the Aviation Security Technical Corrections and Improvement Act. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. — Small Business Committee holds a hearing on the effect of World Trade Organization rules on U.S. small businesses. Witnesses include Rep. Philip M. Crane, Illinois Republican; Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat; and Gary Hufbauer, Institute for International Economics senior fellow. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.


Asian leadership — all day — The Federal Asian Pacific American Council holds its 18th annual FAPAC National Leadership Training Conference.

Highlights — noon — David Chu, Defense Department undersecretary for personnel and readiness

6:30 p.m. — Delegate Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, American Samoa Democrat

Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/204-0090.

Coal council — 9 a.m. — The National Coal Council holds its annual spring full council meeting.

Highlights — 11:30 a.m. — Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham

Location: Hamilton Crown Plaza, 14th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/586-5806.

MADD news conference — 10 a.m. — Mothers Against Drunk Driving holds a news conference to honor victims and survivors of the 1988 Kentucky drunken-driving bus crash that killed 24 children and three adults. Topics include an announcement of MADD’s federal proposal to reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths and injuries. Participants include Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat, and Rep. Nita M. Lowey, New York Democrat. Location: Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution Avenue NE, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 301/897-8838 or 469/420-4545.

EPA ceremony — 11 a.m. — Environmental Protection Agency holds a ceremony to recognize 18 Veterans Affairs hospitals for their superior energy efficiency. Noon reception to follow. Participants include EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman; VA Secretary Anthony J. Principi and David Garman, assistant energy secretary. Location: VA, 810 Vermont Ave. NW. Contact: 202/564-7824 or 202/273-5701.

Homeland security expo — 6:15 p.m. — The McGraw-Hill Cos. hold their second annual “Homeland Security Summit and Exposition.” Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani delivers the keynote speech. Location: Capitol Room Hyatt Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/837-1820 or 202/431-6461.

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