- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 24, 2004


Iraq sovereignty — — Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the transition to sovereignty in Iraq, including U.S. policy, ongoing military operations, and the status of U.S. armed forces. Witnesses include Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

Food security — 9:30 a.m. — House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee holds a hearing, “Implementation of the Food Security Provisions of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act.” Witnesses include Lester Crawford, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and Cathy Sauceda, director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Special Enforcement Division. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.


Departs for Ireland to attend the U.S.-EU summit, today and tomorrow.


Discusses the economy in Saginaw, Mich.; attends a Bush-Cheney ‘04 fund-raiser in Sioux City, Iowa.


8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Economic Analysis releases a report on the gross domestic product for the first quarter of 2003. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

10 a.m. — National Association of Realtors releases a report on existing-homes sales for May. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.


8:30 a.m. — Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting of the reactor safeguards advisory subcommittee on future plant designs. Location: 11545 Rockville Pike, Room T-2B3, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-6889.

10 a.m. — Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. holds a public meeting to appoint the internal audit director and assistant secretary, and members of the audit committee and finance and budget committee; and to hear the treasurer’s report. Location: Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., 1325 G St. NW, Suite 800. Contact: 202/220-2372.

10 a.m. — Office of the Secretary — Controller holds a meeting of the Secretary’s Defense Advisory Board for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to consider an extension of full active-duty Tricare benefits to Guard and Reserve members on reserve status. Location: Secretary of Defense Conference Room, the Pentagon. Contact: 703/696-1386, Ext. 636.


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


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


Meets at 9 a.m. to consider the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act for fiscal 2005. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


Action for change — all day — Americans for Democratic Action Inc. holds a conference, “2004 Action for Change.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Rep. Jan Schakowksy, Illinois Democrat, “Regime Change Begins at Home: Defeating Bush in 2004”

10 a.m. — Rep. Jim McDermott, Washington Democrat

noon — Rep. Xavier Becerra, California Democrat

4:30 p.m. — Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat

Location: Holiday Inn at Georgetown, 2101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Contact: 202/785-5980.

Climate policy — all day — Brookings Institution holds a conference, “U.S. Climate Policy: Toward a Sensible Center.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — James Connaughton, White House Council on Environmental Quality

9:30 a.m. — Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, Maryland Republican

10:15 a.m. — Stephen Timms, energy minister for the United Kingdom

11:15 a.m. — James Wolfensohn, the World Bank Group

Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Folklife festival — all day — Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage hosts the 2004 Smithsonian Folklife Festival today through Sunday and Wednesday through July Fourth. Events begin at 11 a.m. and run to 9 p.m. Themes include “Water Ways: Past, Present and Future of Maritime Communities in the Mid-Atlantic,” “Haiti: Freedom and Creativity from the Mountains to the Sea” and “Music in Latino Culture: Nuestra Musica.” Location: Mall between Seventh and 14th streets. Contact: Media contact only, 202/357-2627, Ext. 111, or 202/357-2627, Ext. 113.

Iraq turnover briefing — 8:30 a.m. — National Interest magazine holds a press briefing, “Foreign Fighters, Terrorism and the Iraqi Handover.” Alexis Debat, former official in the French Ministry of Defense, participates. Location: Nixon Center, 1615 L St. NW. Contact: 202/467-4884.

Economic progress — 9 a.m. — Center for American Progress holds a policy forum, “The Key to Economic Progress for America’s Working Families: Restoring the Freedom to Form Unions.” Participants include Rep. George Miller, California Democrat, John Podesta of the Center for American Progress, Gerron Levi of the AFL-CIO, and former Rep. David E. Bonior, Michigan Democrat, of American Rights at Work. Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/741-6388.

Domestic effect of Guard and Reserve deployment — 9 a.m. — House Armed Services Committee holds a press briefing on the domestic effect of Guard and Reserve deployment. Participants include Jeffrey Crowe of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Harold Coxcon of Ogletre, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart; Bobby Hollingsworth of the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and Larry Shellito of the Minnesota National Guard. Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2539.

Clinton political legacy# — 9:30 a.m. — Democratic Leadership Council holds a discussion, “My Politics: The Clinton Political Legacy.” Participants include Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times, Michael Duffy of Time magazine, and John Harris of The Washington Post. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, Holeman Lounge. Contact: 202/546-0007.

Graduation ceremony — 10 a.m. — Organization of American States hosts a graduation ceremony for the American Defense War College. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge participates. Location: OAS, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/458-6824.

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