- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 23, 2003

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Muppets statue — 11 a.m. — The University of Maryland holds a dedication ceremony for a statue of Muppets creator Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog. The late Mr. Henson was a University of Maryland alumnus. Location: University of Maryland, Stamp Student Union, College Park. Contact: 301/405-4076.

Firefighters’ endorsement — 12:30 p.m. — The International Association of Fire Fighters holds a news conference to make an announcement regarding the Democratic presidential-nomination race. Participants include Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, and Harold Schaitberger, IAFF president. Location: St. Regis Hotel, 925 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/824-1506 or 202/549-5084.



PRESIDENT BUSH

Holds a breakfast meeting with Caribbean leaders, New York.

VICE PRESIDENT

10 a.m. — Meets with the Republican House committee on Iraq and economic policy, HC-5, U.S. Capitol.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

3 p.m. — National Agricultural Statistics Service releases its weekly broiler hatchery report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-7017.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee, to discuss new drug application, memantine hydrochloride, for the treatment of Alzheimer’s-related dementia. Location: Holiday Inn, Versailles Ballroom, 8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Contact: 301/827-7001.

9 a.m. — Consumer Product Safety Commission meets to receive comments on the July 2003 CPSC staff briefing package on upholstered furniture flammability. Location: East-West Towers Building, 4330 East-West Highway, room 420, Bethesda. Contact: 301/504-7704.

9:30 a.m. — Army Corps of Engineers holds a meeting of the Federal Interagency Steering Committee on Multimedia Environmental Modeling to review progress by the working groups and to discuss initiatives for fiscal 2004. Location: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Headquarters Auditorium, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Contact: 601/634-3517.

noon — Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting by teleconference of the Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance, to discuss the costs and benefits of Clean Air Act programs. Location: None. Contact: 202/564-2526.

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

9 a.m. — Environment and Public Works clean air, climate change, and nuclear safety subcommittee holds a hearing on GAO findings on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s financial allocations and activities after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Witnesses include Michael Brown, Homeland Security undersecretary for emergency preparedness and response; and Jayetta Hecker, director of physical infrastructure issues for the General Accounting Office. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6176.

9:30 a.m. — Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on sexual misconduct accusations at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

9:30 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on “What will an Iraq Five Year Plan Look Like?” Witnesses include Administrator L. Paul Bremer, Coalition Provisional Authority for Iraq. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. — Appropriations Committee holds a hearing on President Bush’s fiscal 2004 supplemental request for Iraq and Afghanistan. Witnesses include Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld; Gen. Richard B. Myers, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman; and Gen. John Abizaid, U.S. Central Command. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Water Resources Development Act of 2003; a resolution making continuing appropriations for fiscal 2004; and potential motions to go to conference and motions to instruct conferees. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Financial Services oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing on freezing the assets of Hamas and other terrorist groups. Witnesses include David Aufhauser, Treasury Department; Anthony Wayne, State Department; John Pistole, FBI counterterror division. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure aviation subcommittee holds a hearing on “The DOT Inspector General’s September 4th Report on the Safety of the FAA’s Contract Tower Program.” Witnesses include Kenneth Mead, Transportation Department inspector general; Marion Blakey, Federal Aviation Administration chief; John Carr, National Air Traffic Controllers Association president. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure economic development, public buildings and emergency management subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on “Emergency Preparedness Issues, including Reauthorization of the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program.” Location: 2253 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. — Appropriations foreign operations subcommittee holds a hearing on the reconstruction portion of the president’s supplemental budget request for Iraq. Witnesses include Administrator L. Paul Bremer, Coalition Provisional Authority for Iraq; and Gen. John Abizaid, U.S. Central Command. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

GENERAL AGENDA

Brightest minds — all day — The Davidson Institute for Talent Development holds a ceremony to honor 15 of the nation’s brightest minds under age 18.

Highlights — 6 p.m. — Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, and Senate Minority Whip Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat: “Library of Congress Awards Ceremony”

Location: Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Members Room, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 202/667-0901.

Credit unions — 9 a.m. — National Association of Federal Credit Unions holds its NAFCU Congressional Caucus.

Highlights — 9:10 a.m. — Rep. Steven C. LaTourette, Ohio Republican

9:30 a.m. — Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat

10 a.m. — Rep. Michael G. Oxley, Ohio Republican, Financial Services Committee chairman

Location: Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 703/522-4770.

Terrorism preparedness — 10 a.m. — House Select Committee on Homeland Security Democratic members hold a news conference to introduce legislation to create new standards for terrorism preparedness. Location: House Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/226-8827.

China hearing — 10:30 a.m. — Congressional-Executive Commission on China holds a hearing on “Is China Playing by the Rules? Free Trade, Fair Trade and WTO Compliance.” Participants include Rep. Jim Leach, Iowa Republican; Charles Freeman, deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for China; and Henry Levine, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia Pacific Policy. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/226-3821.

Paige discussion — 12:30 p.m. — National Press Club Speaker Series sponsors a discussion with the Education Secretary Rod Paige. Location: National Press Club ballroom, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7501.

Patriot Act — 2 p.m. — Congress holds a news conference to introduce legislation to repeal some sections of the USA Patriot Act. Participants include Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5871 or 202/494-5141.

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