- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 19, 2003


— The National Press Club holds a luncheon on the Medicare agreement reached by Congress. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7516.


Visits the Tomb of the Unknowns, tours Westminster Abbey and meets with family members of British soldiers who died in Iraq in London. Meets with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, holds a joint media availability and hosts a round-table discussion on HIV/AIDS. Hosts a dinner in honor of Queen Elizabeth.


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

6 p.m. — Federal Reserve Board releases weekly reports on condition statement of Federal Reserve banks; factors affecting reserves of depository institutions, money stock, liquid assets, debt measures. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.


9 a.m. — Federal Communications Commission holds a meeting of the Consumer Advisory Committee. Topics include recommendations of the TRS Working Group regarding outreach and funding for telecommunications relay services and recommendation of the Broadband Working Group regarding further study of broadband issues. Location: Federal Communication Commission, 445 12th St. SW, Room TW-C305. Contact: 202/418-2809.

9:30 a.m. — U.S. Institute of Peace holds an open meeting. Topics include review of the November board meeting; approval of minutes of the 111th meeting of the board of directors on Sept. 18; chairman’s report; president’s report; program reports. Location: 1200 17th St. NW, Suite 200 Conference Room. Contact: 202/429-3836.

10 a.m. — Federal Election Commission holds a meeting to discuss draft advisory opinions and public financing of presidential candidates and nominating conventions. Topics include Draft Advisory Opinion 2003-28 — Horizon Lines LLC by counsel, Thomas F. Walls; Draft Advisory Opinion 2003-29 — National Fraternal Order of Police Political Action Committee by Bridget Vigue, legislative liaison. Location: 999 E St. NW. Contact: 202/694-1220.


No oral arguments are scheduled.


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


9 a.m. — Governmental Affairs permanent investigations subcommittee holds a hearing, “U.S. Tax Shelter Industry: The Role of Accountants, Lawyers and Financial Professionals.” Mark Everson, commissioner, Internal Revenue Service; and William McDonough, chairman, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

9:30 a.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a full committee hearing on the cost of prescription drugs in the United States and drug importation. Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican, chairman, Senate Republican Conference; Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat; Rep. Gil Gutknecht, Minnesota Republican; and Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota Republican, testify. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. — Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a full committee hearing, “Improving the Corporate Governance of the New York Stock Exchange.” William H. Donaldson, chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission, and John Reed, interim chairman/CEO, New York Stock Exchange, testify. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

2:30 p.m. — Governmental Affairs oversight of government management, the federal workforce and the District of Columbia subcommittee holds a hearing, “Keeping the Lights On: The Federal Role in Managing the Nation’s Electricity, Part Two.” Pat Wood, III, chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; James Glotfelty, director, Office of Electronic Transmission and Distribution; and Michael Ghent, president/CEO, North American Electric Reliability Council, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.


In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure water resources and environment subcommittee holds a hearing, “Financing Port Infrastructure — Who Should Pay?” Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Doug Ose, California Republicans; and Jean Gidwin, executive vice president and general counsel, American Association of Port Authorities, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10 a.m. — Judiciary crime, terrorism and homeland security subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, “Homeland Security — the Balance Between Crisis and Consequence Management through Training and Assistance,” and the First Responders Funding Reform Act of 2003; the Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act; and the Preparing America to Respond Effectively Act (Prepare Act) of 2003. Suzanne Mencer, director, Office of Domestic Preparedness, Homeland Security Department; and Raymond Kelly, New York City police commissioner; and William Bishop, director, Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security, testify. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

1 p.m. — Select Homeland Security emergency preparedness and response subcommittee holds a markup of the Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act of 2003. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9600.

2 p.m. — International Relations Middle East and Central Asia subcommittee holds a hearing, “Human Rights Violations Under Saddam Hussein: Victims Speak Out.” Rep. Deborah Pryce, Ohio Republican, chairman, House Republican Conference; Rep. Darlene Hooley, Oregon Democrat; and Joe Collins, deputy assistant secretary for stability operations, Defense Department, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.


Future of the Euro — all day — Cato Institute holds a conference, “The Future of the Euro.”

Highlights — 9:10 a.m. — Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve chairman

4:45 p.m. — President Vaclav Klaus, Czech Republic

Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5200.

“Hydrogen Economy” meeting — all day — The Energy Department, the State Department and the Transportation Department host the inaugural meeting of the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy. Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham

1 p.m. — Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta

2:30 p.m. — Mr. Abraham, “Ride and Drive” of fuel-cell hydrogen-concept vehicles. Location: RFK Stadium, 22nd Street and Independence Avenue SE. Contact: 202/586-5806.

Trade conference — all day — U.S. Customs and Border Protection holds a conference, “Trade 2003: One Face at the Border.”

Highlights — noon — Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge

Location: The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/927-1440.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award — 10:30 a.m. — The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights holds a ceremony to present the 20th Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat; Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert F. Kennedy; Edward Olmos, actor; and Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, participate. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/463-7575.

Medicare prescription-drug bill opposition — 11 a.m. — Policy and taxpayer groups hold a press conference to release a new joint statement against the final bill from more than 30 concerned taxpayer and policy organizations at all levels. Location: 2226 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/683-5700.

Book discussion — 7:30 p.m. — Borders Books and Music holds a book discussion, “Like No Other Time.” Sen. Thomas Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, minority leader, participates. Location: Borders Books and Music, 5871 Crossroads Center Way, Baileys Crossroads. Contact: 703/998-0404.

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