- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 17, 2003

PRESIDENT BUSH

Addresses a Small Business Administration National Entrepreneurial Conference for Women in Business Awards breakfast, Washington. Meets with the 2003 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs, the White House. Travels to Camp David to meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan.

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.

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

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, infrastructure, neuroinformatics, and computational neuroscience subcommittee to discuss research mechanisms and infrastructure needs. Location: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 7, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-1779.

8:30 a.m. — Office of the U.S. Trade Representative holds a hearing to seek public comment to assist the Office of the Trade Representative in its preparation of its annual report to the Congress on China’s compliance with the commitments that it made in connection with its joining the World Trade Organization. Location: 1724 F St. NW, Room 1. Contact: 202/395-3475.

9 a.m. — National Institute of Standards and Technology holds a meeting of the judges panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Location: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Building 222, Red Training Room, Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/975-2361.

9 a.m. — NIAAA meeting National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism holds a meeting. Location: Natcher Building (No. 45) conference rooms E1 & E2 NIH Campus, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Contact: 301/443-4376.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Schedule to be announced. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on “Iraq: Next Steps, How to Internationalize Iraq Reconstruction and Organize the U.S. Government to Administer Reconstruction Efforts.” Richard Haass, former director of policy planning, State Department, president, Council on Foreign Relations; James Dobbins, director, International Security and Defense Policy Center, Rand Corp.; John Hamre, president and CEO, Center for Strategic and International Studies, participate. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. — Veterans’ Affairs Committee holds a hearing to examine a proposal by the House to limit eligibility for veterans’ compensation benefits to disabilities directly related to “performance of duty” injuries only. Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi; Cynthia Bascetta, associate director for health, education and human services, General Accounting Office; Dennis Snook, specialist in social legislation, Congressional Research Service, testify. Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9126.

HOUSE

House meets at 10 a.m. in pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on “What Happened to GPRA (Government Performance Results Act)? A Retrospective Look at Government Performance and Results.” Dick Armey, former House majority leader, Texas Republican; Clay Johnson, deputy director for management, Office of Management and Budget; David Walker, comptroller general, General Accounting Office, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. — Government Reform Committee holds a markup of recognizing and honoring America’s Jewish community on the occasion of its 350th anniversary; supporting the goals and ideals of College Savings Month; honoring the life and legacy of Bob Hope; and U.S. post office-naming bills. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

Rural Wireless ISP Showcase — all day — Federal Communications Commission holds a Rural Wireless ISP Showcase and Workshop.

Highlights — 9:40 a.m. — FCC Chairman Michael Powell gives welcoming remarks.

Location: FCC, commission meeting room, 445 12th St. SW. Contact: 202/418-2030.

National Archives ceremony — all day — National Archives sponsors a ceremony for the opening day of the National Archives rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. Location: National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 301/837-1700 or 202/414-0786.

SBA conference — all day — Small Business Administration and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hold a conference to celebrate the strength and vitality of America’s top entrepreneurs in the nation’s small-business sector.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — President Bush; Carly Fiorina, Hewlett-Packard and Melanie Sabelhaus, SBA, Celebrating Women in Business Breakfast.

2 p.m. — Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota Democrat; Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Maryland Republican; GSA Administrator Stephen Perry and SBA Administrator Hector Barreto.

Location: Washington Hilton and Towers Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/205-6444.

Immigration discussion — all day — U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a discussion on “Immigration — Access, Security and the American Economy.”

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican, and Thomas Donohue, USCC, discuss “Access to Human Capital Without Sacrificing Security.”

Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Summit briefing — 8:30 a.m. — Carnegie Endowment hosts a news briefing on the Bush-Putin summit. Lilia Shevtsova, Carnegie senior associate; Anatol Lieven, Carnegie senior associate and Edward Chow, Carnegie visiting scholar, participate. Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/939-2372.

Iceland news conference — 10 a.m. — National Press Club Newsmaker Program sponsors a news conference with the president of the Republic of Iceland. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Democrats news conference — 10:30 a.m. — Senate Democrats hold a news conference to discuss the Bush administration’s fiscal mismanagement and the impact it has had on American families. Sen. Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, minority leader; Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, minority whip; Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, Noth Dakota Democrat, and Daniel Domenech, Fairfax County public schools, participate. Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2939.

Hispanic Heritage Month — noon — Library of Congress holds a concert featuring the winners of the National Endowment for the Arts 2003 National Heritage Fellow Award as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Roberto and Lorenzo Martinez participate. Location: Thomas Jefferson Building, Neptune Plaza, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 202/707-5510.

Thompson speech — 12:30 p.m. — National Press Club Speakers Committee hosts an address by the HHS secretary. Contact: National Press Club members only. RSVP to 202/662-7501.• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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