- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 16, 2003

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Marriage amendment ceremony — noon — Public Advocate of the United States holds a wedding-cake-cutting ceremony to lobby for a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Eugene Delgaudio of Public Advocate participates. Location: Outside the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 703/582-7924.

Armey book discussion — 7 p.m. — Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse holds a book discussion on “Armey’s Axioms.” Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Texas Republican, participates. Location: Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/364-1919.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, Tokyo

VICE PRESIDENT

Addresses a Rice University Institute of Public Policy gala, Houston.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of the Census releases new residential construction for September. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Energy Department holds a meeting of the American Statistical Association Committee on Energy Statistics. Topics include: EIA’s Strategic Planning and Performance Goals; Data Initiatives in Natural Gas; Criteria to Select and Implement Estimation Procedures: A Comparison of Texas Production Methodologies. Location: Energy Department, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/287-1709.

8:30 a.m. — National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee. Review of OBA protocol No. 0307-593: A phase I open-label safety study of intrastriatal infusion of adeno-associated virus encoding human aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AAV-hAADC-2) in subjects with advanced Parkinson’s disease. Location: Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-9838.

9:15 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics holds a meeting of the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee. Topics include: update on past agenda topics; agency imputation procedures (business surveys); the CPS-CES Gap; data sharing; priorities for future meetings. Location: Postal Square Building, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/691-5600.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

HOUSE

Meets at 9 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

10 a.m. — Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on “Implementing the Safety Act: Advancing New Technologies for Homeland Security.” Parney Albright, assistant secretary for plans, programs and budgets, Homeland Security Department; Harris Miller, president, Information Technology Association of America; Stan Soloway, president, Professional Services Council; John Clerici, representative, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

IAFC Leadership Summit — all day — International Association of Fire Chiefs holds a IAFC Leadership Summit.

Highlights — 10 a.m. — Michael Brown, undersecretary, Homeland Security Department

Location: Washington Marriott Hotel, West End Ballroom D & E, 21st and M streets NW. Contact: 703/273-0911.

Women with Disabilities and Allies — all day — The National Organization for Women and the American Association of People with Disabilities sponsor a forum, “Women with Disabilities and Allies.” Topics include political activism; civil rights; abortion and reproductive rights; health care and economic empowerment. Location: Bethesda Hyatt Regency, One Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda. Contact: 202/457-0046.

Character education conference — all day — Character Education Partnership holds a conference, “A National Call to Character,” which will focus on how communities are building character development to educate the child both academically and ethically.

Highlights — 12:45 p.m. — “Honors Lunch/National Schools of Character Awards”

Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 800/988-8081.

“It’s a Capitol Idea!” — all day — Defense Research Institute holds its annual conference, “It’s a Capitol Idea!”

Highlights — noon — Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, chairman, Judiciary Committee

Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/973-1329.

Iraq briefing — 8:30 a.m. — Rightnow! holds a news briefing on what is being done to help the Iraqi people create a free and secure society for their children. Christopher Spear, assistant secretary for policy, Labor Department, and Diana Tabler, Defense Department, participate. Location: Americans for Tax Reform, 1920 L St. NW, second-floor conference room. Contact: 202/466-6677.

Medicare reform discussion — 9:30 a.m. — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Will There Be a Medicare Drug Bill This Year?” Joseph Antos, AEI; Howard Cohen, HC Associates; Robert Reischauer, Urban Institute; and John Rother, AARP, participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Fiscal crisis forum — 10 a.m. — Members of Congress hold a forum, “The States’ Fiscal Crisis: How Are States Coping? Are Federal Policies Making It Worse?” Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, Delaware Democrat; Mayor Douglas Palmer, Trenton, N.J.; Iris Lav, Center of Budget and Policy Priorities; and Chris Atkins, American Legislative Exchange Council, participate. Location: 2216 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7200.

China military discussion — 10 a.m. — Heritage Foundation holds a discussion on “Looking at the Military Power of the People’s Republic of China.” Stephen Bryen, former deputy undersecretary of defense; David Finkelstein, CNA Corp.; Daniel Blumenthal, Defense Department; and Harvey Feldman, HF, participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Burma protest — 10 a.m. — U.S. Campaign for Burma holds a rally to participate in civil disobedience and to protest in support of a student leader who has been imprisoned for 14 years in Burma. Students and members of the United States Campaign for Burma participate. Location: Embassy of Burma, 2300 S St. NW. Contact: 202/543-8753 or 202/246-7924.

Luncheon discussion — noon — Washington Area State Relations Group holds a luncheon discussion with the president of the Women’s Legislative Network of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Liane Sorenson, state senator and minority whip, Delaware Republican, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/516-8368.

Economic briefing — noon — Cato Institute holds a briefing, “Are We Exporting Our Jobs to India and China?” Dan Griswold, Cato, and Harris Miller, Information Technology Association of America, participate. Location: 121 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/789-5200.

War on terrorism forum — noon — Defense Forum Foundation holds a forum on “News From the Front on the War on Terrorism.” William Middendorf, DFF; Suzanna Scholte, DFF; Mary Ellen Fraser, counsel, House Armed Services Committee; Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, participate. Location: B-339 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/534-4313.

Prescription drug imports from Canada — noon — The Galen Institute hosts a briefing concerning a crucial aspect of the Medicare bill being negotiated in Congress. Location: Room SD-106, Senate Dirksen Office Building. Contact: 703/299-9205.

Pedestrian safety campaign — 12:30 p.m. — The District, Montgomery County and Fairfax County hold a news conference to announce the beginning of a pedestrian safety campaign, “Everyone Is a Pedestrian: Think of the Impact You Could Make.” D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams; Kate Hanley, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Douglas M. Duncan, Montgomery County executive; and Dan Tangherlini, D.C. Department of Transportation, participate. Location: Reeves Center, D.C. Department of Transportation, 14th and U streets NW. Contact: 202/289-2001.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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