- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2003

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Prime Minister Mir Zafaruallah Khan Jamali of Pakistan, the White House. Signs the first Homeland Security Department appropriations bill into law, Homeland Security Department.

ECONOMIC REPORTS



10 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases new construction for August 2003. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

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

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Transportation Security Administration holds a meeting of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee to discuss the report of the air cargo transportation security working groups, and the report of the general aviation airport security guidelines working group. Location: Crowne Plaza Washington National Hotel, 1489 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 571/227-2980.

9:30 a.m. Federal Election Commission holds an open meeting. Topics include notices of proposed rulemakings on party committee telephone banks; political committee mailing lists; candidate travel; multicandidate political committees and biennial contribution limits. Location: 999 E St. NW. Contact: 202/694-1220.

10 a.m. — International Trade Administration holds a meeting of the President’s Export Council, trade priorities and initiatives, the World Trade Organization, PEC subcommittee activity and proposed letters of recommendation. Location: SC-5, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/482-1124.

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

9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on “The Case for Climate Change Action.” Jos Delbeke, director for air quality, climate change, chemicals and biotechnology, Delegation of the European Commission of the European Union; Paul Gorman, executive director, National Religious Partnership for the Environment; Ethan Podell, president, Orbis Energy LLC, testify. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. — Finance Committee holds a markup of an amendment to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to comply with the World Trade Organization rulings on the FSC/ETI benefit in a manner that preserves jobs and production activities in the United States, to reform and simplify the international taxation rules of the United States (JOBS Act). Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

10 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Dora Irizarry to be a U.S. States district judge for the Eastern District of New York. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat.; Thomas Hayward Jr., chairman, Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, American Bar Association; Pat Hines, former chairman, Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, American Bar Association, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

2:30 p.m. — Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and narcotics affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on the nominations of Robert Charles to be assistant secretary for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, State Department, and Hugh Barclay, to be ambassador to El Salvador. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider, the American Dream Downpayment Act; the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 2003 and the Animal Drug User Fee Act of 2003. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

1 p.m. Select Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing on the issue of fraudulent identification and the threat to homeland security by the trafficking in manufactured documents, and the easy acquisition of valid documents through fraudulent means. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9600.

1:30 p.m. — International Relations international terrorism, nonproliferation and human rights subcommittee and the subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific hold a joint hearing on “Human Rights in Burma: Fifteen Years Post-Military Coup.” Lorne Craner, assistant secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy; Matthew Daley, deputy assistant secretary of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202-225-5021

2 p.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure water resources and environment subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on “Cleaning Up the Waste at EPA: Phase II.” Melissa Heist, assistant inspector general for audit, EPA; John Stephenson, director of environmental issues, General Accounting Office, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. — Financial Services domestic and international monetary policy, trade and technology subcommittee holds a hearing on “China’s Exchange Rate Regime and its Effects on the U.S. Economy.” Rep. Mark Green, Wisconsin Republican; Rep. Phil English, Pennsylvania Republican, testify. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

GENERAL AGENDA

Natural gas conference — all day U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a conference to explore the impact of high natural gas prices and supply instability on the American economy. Sen. John B. Breaux, Louisiana Democrat; Sen. Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico Democrat; Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, House speaker; Rep. Billy Tauzin, Louisiana Republican, chairman, Energy and Commerce Committee, participate. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Hispanic automotive summit — 10 a.m. Automotive Service Association and the National Automobile Dealers Association host the Hispanic Automotive Technician Summit. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican, and Rep. Ciro D. Rodriguez, Texas Democrat, chairman, Hispanic Caucus, participate. Location: G-11 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/543-1440.

Leadership Awards ceremony — noon Washington Area Women’s Foundation hosts the 6th Annual Leadership Awards ceremony. Topics include a Fannie Mae announcement of a $1 million grant to WAWF to launch “On Our Own: The Financial Independence Initiative” Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; Gov. Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat; Stacey Stewart, Fannie Mae, participate. Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/291-5876 or 202/887-0500.

Mental Illness awareness week — noon The American Psychiatric Association and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill sponsor a luncheon and symposium in observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Gold Room 2168. Contact: 703/907-7800.

Gun violence news conference — 1:30 p.m. Coalition to Stop Gun Violence holds a news conference to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Beltway sniper attacks and call for renewal and strengthening of the assault weapons ban. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat; Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrat; Sen. Jon Corzine, New Jersey Democrat, and Sonia Wills, mother of Conrad Johnson, the 13th and final sniper victim, participate. Location: 385 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/408-0061 ext. 118.

Labor Department ceremony — 2 p.m. Labor Department holds the “15th Annual Labor Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” to honor posthumously those who made outstanding contributions to the quality of life for workers. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao; Chuck Canterbury, Fraternal Order of Police; Marcella Arline, Hershey Foods Corp. and Michael Sacco, Seafarers International Union, participate. Location: Labor Department, Great Hall, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-4686.

Great Lakes policy forum — 6:30 p.m. The Partners of the Great Lakes Policy Forum and Ambassador Barbara Masekela, participate. Location: South African Embassy, 3101 Massachusetts Ave. Contact: 202/777-2221.

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