- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 14, 2003

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Prayer-health discussion — 9:30 a.m. The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Is Prayer Good for Your Health? A Critique of the Scientific Research.” Dr. Harold Koenig of Duke University, Dr. Christina Puchalski of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, Dr. Cynthia Cohen of Georgetown University, Dr. Richard Sloan of Columbia University and Stuart Butler of the Heritage Foundation participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Culture lecture — 5:30 p.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a lecture, “Why Culture Matters.” Roger Scruton of Kirkbeck College, London, participates. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.



PRESIDENT BUSH

Attends a Bush-Cheney ‘04 fund-raiser, Philadelphia.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases a report on manufacturing and trade, inventories and sales for July. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

9:15 a.m. — Federal Reserve releases a report on industrial production and capacity use for August. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the National Children’s Study of Environmental Effects on Health Advisory Committee to discuss activities presented at the June meeting and to identify areas that require more attention. Location: Holiday Inn Select Bethesda, 8120 Wisconsin Ave., Versailles I. Contact: 301/435-8867.

8:30 a.m. — Agricultural Research Service holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st-Century Agriculture to approve a framework for the AC21’s main report, review a draft outline for the introduction to that report, develop a plan for the preparation of the report and organization of work groups, and continue discussion on the impact of biotechnology along the overall food production and distribution system, focusing on potential effects of new value-added biotechnology products with direct consumer benefits. Location: USDA Economic Research Service, third floor, South Tower, Waugh Auditorium, 1800 M St. NW. Contact: 202/720-3817.

1 p.m. — Federal Communications Commission holds a meeting of the Network Reliability and Interoperability Council. Location: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th St. SW, Room TW-C305. Contact: 202/418-1096.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Meets at 1 p.m. for legislative business and 2:30 p.m. to consider the Energy and Water Appropriations bill and debate a motion to go to conference on the partial-birth abortion bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

2:30 p.m. Governmental Affairs financial management, the budget and international security subcommittee holds a hearing, “Safeguarding America’s Retirement Security: An Examination of Defined Benefit Pension Plans and the Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation.” Peter Fisher, undersecretary for domestic finance at the Treasury Department; Steven Kandarian, executive director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.; and Christopher O’Flinn, chairman of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act Industry Committee, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

Meets at noon in pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Broadband future — all day American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a conference, “Jumpstarting a Brighter Broadband Future.”

Highlights — 10:30 a.m. Kevin Martin, commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission

Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Public affairs conference — all day The National Restaurant Association holds the “2003 Public Affairs Conference.”

Highlights — 3:10 p.m. Attorney General John Ashcroft

3:30 p.m. — Hector Barreto, administrator of the Small Business Administration, Juan Williams of The Washington Post and Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard

5 p.m. — Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr., Tennessee Democrat.

5:30 p.m. — Rep. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican and majority whip

5:50 p.m. — Rep. Katherine Harris, Florida Republican.

Location: Grand Hyatt, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 800/424-5156.

HBCU National Conference — all day White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities holds an HBCU National Conference.

Highlights — 9 a.m. Education Secretary Rod Paige

Location: Marriott Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/502-7879.

Small-business briefing — 10 a.m. U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a news briefing on the chamber’s small-business priorities. Topics include access to capital, health care options for small business, international trade opportunities and paperwork requirements. Reta Lewis, Neil Hare, Leslie Schweitzer and Giovanni Coratolo of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce participate. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

HHS news conference — 10 a.m. Health and Human Services Department holds a news conference to announce the Steps to a Healthier HHS Challenge. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson participates. Location: Hubert H. Humphrey Building Great Hall, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/690-6343.

Education report — 11 a.m. Education Department and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development hold a news conference to release a report, “Education at a Glance,” comparing education in the world’s industrialized nations. Education Secretary Rod Paige and Barry McGaw of OECD participate. Location: Education Department, Banard Auditorium, 400 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/401-1576.

Middle East discussion — noon The Hudson Institute and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies hold a discussion, “Whither the Road Map on Middle East Peace.” Jeanne Kirkpatrick of the American Enterprise Institute and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer participate. Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 18th St. NW. Contact: 202/223-7770.

Iran discussion — noon Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion, “The Future of Iran’s Islamic Republic: Evolution or Revolution.” Ramin Jahanbegloo of the Cultural Research Bureau’s Department for Contemporary Studies in Tehran participates. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

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