- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 14, 2003

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Laos forum — 9 a.m. — The U.S. Congressional Forum on Laos and the Center for Public Policy Analysis holds a discussion on the Laos regime’s use of starvation against the Hmong people and on new legislation to promote democracy, human rights and religious freedom in Laos. Reps. Patrick J. Kennedy, Rhode Island Democrat; Dan Burton, Indiana Republican; and Mark Green, Wisconsin Republican; as well as T. Kumar of Amnesty International and Philip Smith of CPPA participate. Location: 1539 Longworth Office Building. Contact: 202/543-1444.

China’s economy — 10 a.m. — The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a conference, “Watching China’s Economy.” Richard Bush of the Brookings Institution; Naoko Munakata of the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan; Tarrin Nimmanahaeminda, former finance minister of Thailand; and Robert Kapp of the U.S.-China Business Council participate. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242, 202/775-3228.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses housing and the economy in Dinuba, Calif. Attends Bush-Cheney 2004 fund-raisers in Fresno and Riverside.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

10:30 a.m. — Energy Information Administration releases the weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting to discuss the agency’s effort to combat counterfeit drugs. Location: Four Points Sheraton Bethesda, 8400 Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda. Contact: 301/827-3360.

11 a.m. — Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds a meeting with Portland General Electric and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon to discuss updates on the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project collaborative settlement process. Location: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St. NE. Contact: 202/720-3252.

2 p.m. — National Aeronautics and Space Administrationholds a meeting of the NASA Advisory Council Task Force on International Space Station Operational Readiness. Topics include: the operational readiness of the International Space Station to support a new crew; the American and Russian flight team’s preparedness to accomplish the Expedition Eight mission; the health and flight readiness of the Expedition Eight crew. Location: NASA Headquarters, 300 E St. SW. Room 7U22. Contact: 202/358-4621.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case:

Docket Number 02-473 United States v. Banks.

Docket Number 02-6683 Castro v. United States.

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a full committee markup of the American Dream Downpayment Act to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Jackie Robinson (posthumously), in recognition of his many contributions to the nation, and to express the sense of Congress that there should be a national day of recognition for Jackie Robinson; and the nomination of Harvey Rosen to be a member of the Council of Economic Advisers. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. — Finance Committee holds a full committee hearing on “Company Owned Life Insurance (COLI).” Greg Jenner, deputy assistant secretary, Treasury Department; Davi D’Agostino, Financial Markets and Community Investment, General Accounting Office; Frank Keating, president, American Council of Life Insurers, testify. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

2 p.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a full committee hearing on “Indecent Exposure: Oversight of DOJ’s Efforts to Protect Pornography’s Victims.” John Malcolm, deputy assistant attorney general, Criminal Division, Justice Department; Robert Flores, administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Justice Department, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

2:45 p.m. — Foreign Relations Near Eastern and South Asian affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Middle East Road Map: Overcoming Obstacles to Peace.” Dennis Ross, director, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Rabbi Michael Melchior, former Israeli deputy prime minister, testify. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

Meets at 2 p.m. to consider H.Con.Res.106, recognizing and honoring America’s Jewish community on the occasion of its 350th anniversary, supporting the designation of an “American Jewish History Month”; supporting the goals and ideals of College Savings Month. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Energy and Commerce health subcommittee holds a hearing on “Evaluating Coordination of Care in Medicaid: Proving Quality and Clinical Outcomes.” Chris Selecky, CEO, LifeMasters Supported SelfCare Inc., Irvine, Calif.; Dan Hilferty, representative, American Association of Health Plans, testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

2 p.m. — Government Reform civil service and agency organization subcommittee holds a hearing on “Achieving Diversity in the Senior Executive Service.” George Stalcup, director of strategic issues, General Accounting Office; Ron Sanders, associate director for strategic human resources policy, Office of Personnel Management, testify. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

2 p.m. — Resources water and power subcommittee holds a hearing on the Tualatin River Basin Supply Enhancement Act of 2003; the Newlands Projects Headquarters and Maintenance Yard Act Facility Transfer Act; the Little Butte/Bear Creek Subbasins Water Feasibility Act; and a bill to transfer certain features of the Provo River Project. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

GENERAL AGENDA

Medicaid Nursing-Home Expenditures — 9:15 a.m. — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion on “The Effects of Certificate of Need Regulation on Medicaid Nursing-Home Expenditures.” David Grabowski, University of Alabama at Birmingham; William Scanlon, General Accounting Office; William Vogt, Federal Trade Commission; and Robert Helms, AEI, participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Disability Mentoring Day# — 9:45 a.m. — Labor Department holds a ceremony to kick off Disability Mentoring Day, which is designed to enhance internship and employment opportunities for young people with disabilities. Robert Pasternak, Education Department; Kathy Brown, Verizon; and Roslyn Dickerson, Honeywell, participate. Location: Labor Department, Great Hall, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-7909.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict — 10:30 a.m. — Americans for Peace Now holds a forum on “Sitting on the Fence with Sharon, Qureia, and Bush: Israeli Security Expert to Discuss Latest Developments in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Yossi Alpher, Israeli security expert, participates. Location: 2255 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/728-1893.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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