- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 21, 2003


Travels to Crawford, Texas, to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.


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

1 p.m. —Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporationreleases a weekly survey on fixed-rate mortgages. Location: 8200 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/903-2000.


8:30 a.m. Employment and Training Administrationholds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. Topics include: re-establishment of the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship; advisory committee procedures/ethics; preparation of the American work force for sustained employment and training programs; implementation plan for advancing apprenticeship. Location: Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, Meeting Room Monet 3 and 4, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/693-2796.

9 a.m. —Health and Human Services Departmentholds a meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, subcommittee on standards and security. Topics include: HIPAA contingency planning and the consolidated health informatics initiative; next phase of activities on patient medical-record information; update about the ICD-10 cost/benefit analysis project being conducted by the subcommittee. Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1489 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 301/458-4245.

9 a.m. —National Institutes of Healthholds a meeting of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, to review reports of administrative, legislative and program developments in the drug-abuse field. Location: National Institutes of Health, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Blvd., Rockville. Contact: 301/443-2755.


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. Appropriationsagriculture subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration. Eric Bost, undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services; Elsa Murano, undersecretary for food safety; William Hawks, undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs; Mark McClellan, commissioner, FDA, testify. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

9:30 a.m. —Appropriationsinterior subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Energy Department. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham testifies. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2:30 p.m. —Foreign Relations Committeeholds a full committee hearing on “Iraq Stabilization and Reconstruction: U.S. Policy and Plans.” Paul Wolfowitz, deputy secretary, Defense Department; Marine Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.


Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the national defense authorization for fiscal 2004; and 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.


10 a.m. Select Homeland Security Committee holds a full committee hearing on Operation Liberty Shield and the Homeland Security Department’s budget priorities for fiscal 2004. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge testifies. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5611.

10 a.m. —Transportation and InfrastructureCoast Guard and marine transportation subcommittee holds a hearing on the Coast Guard and Marine Transportation Act of 2003. Adm. Thomas Collins, commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, testifies. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. —Financial Serviceshousing and community opportunity subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Section 8 Housing Assistance Program: Promoting Decent Affordable Housing for Families and Individuals Who Rent.” Michael Liu, assistant secretary for public and Indian housing, HUD, testifies. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

2 p.m. —Transportation and Infrastructurewater resources and environment subcommittee holds a hearing on water scarcity and demand in the United States. Michael Marschner, director, Utilities and Solid Waste Management Division, Frederick County, Md.; Ronald Gastelum, president and chief executive officer, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.


National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States — all day holds its second public hearing.

Highlights — 9:05 a.m. Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, chairman, Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat and minority leader, commission mandate and objectives

9:30 a.m. —Sen. Bob Graham, Florida Democrat; Sen. Richard C. Shelby, Alabama Republican, chairman, banking committee; Rep. Porter J. Goss, Florida Republican, chairman, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Rep. Jane Harman, California Democrat

10:45 a.m. —Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; Sen. Jon Corzine, New Jersey Democrat; Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat; Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat; Rep. Christopher Shays, Connecticut Republican; Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican, chairman, Veterans Affairs Committee

Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/331-4060.

Congressional exhibition — 10:30 a.m. U.S. Fuel Cell Council holds its 2003 Congressional Fuel Cell Expo.

Highlights — noon Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, tour of expo

12:30 p.m. —Sen. Conrad Burns, Montana Republican; Rep. Nancy L. Johnson, Connecticut Republican; Rep. John B. Larson, Connecticut Democrat; and Jenna Dorn, administrator, Federal Transit Administration

Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/293-5500.

Operation: Iraqi Care — 10:30 a.m. — National Association of Evangelicals, World Prayer Team, Presidential Prayer Team, and Christian Emergency Network hold a press conference to call on Americans to play an essential part in restoring Iraq spiritually by praying for a Iraqi city through Operation: Iraqi Care. Ted Haggard, president NAE; Richard Cizik, NAE and Timothy Ziemer, World Relief, participate. Location: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 13th floor, 529 14th St. NW. Contact: 202/431-6461.

Honoring Living Heroes — 10:30 a.m. Transportation Department’s Maritime Administration holds a National Maritime Day ceremony, “Honoring Living Heroes of the Merchant Marine and Merchant Mariners Who Gave Their Lives in Service to Our Nation.” Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta; Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao and Maritime Administrator William Schubert, participate. Location: U.S. Navy Memorial, auditorium, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/251-7929.

Book debut — 12:30 p.m. Worldwatch Institute holds a book debut on “Vital Signs 2003,” which focuses on how the world’s failure to reduce poverty levels is now contributing to global instability in the form of terrorism, war and contagious disease. Embargoed until 6 p.m. Michael Renner, Worldwatch senior researcher and project director, “Vital Signs 2003”; Molly Sheehan, Worldwatch senior researcher and associate director, “Vital Signs 2003”; and Brennan Van Dyke, regional director, United Nations Environmental Program Regional Office for North America, participate. Location: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/452-1992, Ext. 517.

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