- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 15, 2003

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Technology against terror — 8:30 a.m. — The New America Foundation is the host of a discussion, “The Role of Technology in the Global War Against Terrorism.” Gerold Yonas of Sandia National Laboratories’ Advanced Concepts Group participates. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Federal waste — noon — The Heritage Foundation holds a lecture, “A Strategy to Eliminate Wasteful Federal Spending.” Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican, and Michael Franc of the foundation participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE., Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses the economy and the war on terrorism, San Bernardino, Calif. Meets with Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger of California.

VICE PRESIDENT

Attends Bush-Cheney ‘04 fund-raisers in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

9:15 a.m. — Federal Reserve Board releases industrial production and capacity utilization for September 2003. Location: Constitution Ave. between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — President’s Committee for People With Intellectual Disabilities holds a meeting to discuss issues relating to individuals with intellectual disabilities concerning education and transition, family services and support, public awareness, employment, and assistive technology and information. Location: Aerospace Center Building, Aerospace Auditorium, sixth floor east, 370 L’Enfant Promenade SW. Contact: 202/619-0634.

10 a.m. — Office of Personnel Management holds a meeting of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee, to review the Prevailing Rate System and other matters pertinent to establishing prevailing rates under subchapter IV, chapter 53, 5 U.S.C., as amended. Location: Office of Personnel Management, Room 5A06A, 1900 E St. NW. Contact: 202/606-1500.

10 a.m. — Federal Election Commission holds an open meeting. Topics include: Draft Advisory Opinion 2003-25: Weinzapfel for Mayor Committee by counsel, Neil P. Reiff; notice of availability petition for rulemaking filed by America’s Community Bankers; and administrative matters. Location: 999 E St. NW. Contact: 202/694-1220.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a full committee hearing, “Proposals for Improving the Regulation of Housing GSEs (Government Sponsored Enterprises).” Treasury Secretary John W. Snow and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez testify. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. — Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a full committee hearing, “Promoting Access to Postsecondary Educational Issues for the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.” George Waldner, president of York College of Pennsylvania, and Jamie Merisotis, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, testify. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

2 p.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a full committee hearing, “Afghanistan: In Pursuit of Security and Democracy.” Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

2:30 p.m. — Foreign Relations European affairs subcommittee holds a hearing, “U.S.-EU Cooperation on Regulatory Affairs.” Charles Ries, principal deputy assistant secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the State Department, and Eric Stewart, deputy assistant secretary for Europe at the Commerce Department, testify. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Supplemental Appropriations Act for fiscal 2004. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Financial Collapse of HealthSouth.” Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. — Budget Committee holds a full committee hearing on the long-term budget issues of the Defense Department. Dov Zakheim, comptroller/CFO of the Defense Department testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

1 p.m. — Select Homeland Security infrastructure and border security subcommittee holds a hearing on the Homeland Security Department’s “One Face at the Border” initiative. Robert Bonner, commissioner, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Department, testifies. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9600.

4 p.m. — Select Homeland Security emergency preparedness and response subcommittee holds a hearing on the Smarter and Faster Funding for First Responders Act of 2003. James Garner, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and Randy Larsen, founder/CEO, Homeland Security Associates, testify. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Interoperability conference — all day — Institute for Defense and Government Advancement holds a conference, “Interoperability 2003 Conference and Exhibition.”

Highlights — noon — Rep. H. James Saxton, New Jersey Republican, keynote address

Location: DoubleTree Hotel Crystal City, National Airport, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington. Contact: 703/416-4100.

Clean-diesel demonstration — 8:30 a.m. — The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers hosts “The Clean-Diesel Ride and Drive,” a news briefing and test drives to promote new clean-diesel automobiles. Bring valid driver’s license. Sens. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat, and George V. Voinovich, Ohio Republican, and Josephine Cooper, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, participate. Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/289-2001.

CEO Economic Outlook Survey — 9:30 a.m. — The Business Roundtable holds a conference-call briefing to release its latest CEO Economic Outlook Survey. Callers must provide name and media outlet; Dial-in, 888/273-9891; host, Tita Freeman. Phil Condit, chairman of the Business Roundtable, participates. Location: None given. Contact: 202/872-1260.

“God, Guns and Guts” — 11 a.m. — The Democratic Leadership Council and Americans for Gun Safety hold a media briefing to preview an upcoming conference on “God, Guns and Guts: Seizing the Cultural Center.” Sens. Evan Bayh, Indiana Democrat, and Mark Pryor, Arkansas Democrat, participate. Location: 632 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/546-0007.

Fighting the war on terror — 11 a.m. — Congress holds a news conference on fighting the war on terror. House Majority Leader Tom Delay, Texas Republican, and Reps. Christopher Cox, California Republican, and Jennifer Dunn, Washington Republican, participate. Location: Garfield Circle, First Street and Maryland Avenue SW., U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-4000.

Luncheon ceremony — noon — The Labor Department presents a luncheon ceremony for the New Freedom Initiative Awards to five businesses, four organizations and one individual. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao participates. Location: Labor Department, Great Hall, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-7909.

Whistleblower Protection Amendments — 12:30 p.m. — Members of Congress hold a news conference to introduce legislation, “The Whistleblower Protection Amendments.” Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican; Rep. Todd R. Platts, Pennsylvania Republican; Bogdan Dzakovic, FAA whistleblower and Energy Department whistleblower, participate. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3744 or 202/225-5836.

Credit Card Reform Act — 2:30 p.m. — Members of Congress holds a news conference to introduce legislation, “The Credit Card Reform Act of 2003,” which would reform the government credit card program used throughout federal agencies for purchase and travel purposes. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, and Reps. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican, and Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, participate. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-2452.

“The Perils of Empire” — 3 p.m. — National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a program, “The Perils of Empire.” Christopher Peble, Cato Institute; Charles Kupchan, Council on Foreign Relations; and Scott McConnell, the American Conservative, participate. Location: National Press Club, West Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/530-1210 or 202/662-7540; 202/218-4630.

Kucinich for President — 9 p.m. — Kucinich for President Inc. holds a rally to celebrate the conclusion of Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich’s four-day presidential announcement tour. Mr. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, and Head-Roc and Noyeek the Grizzly Bear, hip hop artists, participate. Location: The Josephine Butler Community Park Center, 2437 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/329-7847.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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