- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 11, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Homeland security — 12:15 p.m. — The New America Foundation holds a discussion, “Calling for 2-1-1: Private Sector Solutions to Homeland Security Problems.” The participants include Brian Gallagher of United Way of America and Shelley Waters Boots of the NAF. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Religious freedom — 9:30 a.m. — The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom holds a press conference to announce its congressionally mandated policy recommendations on the global effort to protect religious freedom. Location: Murrow, White and Lisagor rooms, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/523-3240, Ext. 27.

PRESIDENT BUSH

10:55 a.m. — Meets with Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the White House

1:35 p.m. — Participates in a Reading First and No Child Left Behind event, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Commerce Department releases a report on U.S. international trade in goods and services for March. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration holds a meeting of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council. Location: Doubletree Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Contact: 301/443-9542.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. — Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing on fiscal 2005 appropriations for the Defense Department. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

9:30 a.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing, “Telecommunication Policy Review: A View form the Industry.” Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

9:30 a.m. — Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing to examine the environmental and regulatory issues affecting oil refining and gasoline policy. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6176.

9:30 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing, “Afghanistan — Continuing Challenges.” Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Armed Services Committee holds a markup of pending legislation, including a bill to amend Title 10, U.S. Code, to provide rapid acquisition authority to the defense secretary to respond to combat emergencies. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

10 a.m. — Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing, “[National Institutes of Health] Ethics Concerns: Consulting Arrangements and Outside Awards.” NIH Director Elias Zerhouni testifies. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. — International Relations Committee holds a hearing on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

10 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a markup of pending legislation, including the Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

10 a.m. — Resources Committee holds an oversight hearing on the reorganization of trust management at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of the Special Trustee. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

10 a.m. — Science Committee holds a hearing on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Reauthorization Act of 2004. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

10:30 a.m. — Education and the Workforce Committee holds a hearing on the College Access and Opportunity Act. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

2 p.m. — Government Reform technology, information policy, intergovernmental relations and the census subcommittee holds a hearing, “The Science of Voting Machine Technology: Accuracy, Reliability and Security.” Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

2 p.m. — Small Business Committee holds a hearing, “Women’s Entrepreneurship: Successes and Challenges.” Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.

GENERAL AGENDA

Tourism industry — all day — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a discussion on the future of the travel and tourism industry. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton, Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell participate. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Bankers conference — all day — The Mortgage Bankers Association holds “The 2004 Subprime Lending and Alternative Products Conference.” Location: Hilton Washington and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/557-2727.

Security conference — all day — The Heritage Foundation holds a conference, “U.S. Strategic Command Beyond the War on Terrorism.” Linton Brooks, undersecretary of energy for nuclear security, and former Sen. Malcolm Wallop, Wyoming Republican, participate. Location: Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Exhibit preview — 10 a.m. — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History holds a media preview of the exhibit titled “Separate Is Not Equal: Brown vs. Board of Education.” Location: National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/633-3129.

Union elections bill — 11 a.m. — Republican Reps. Charlie Norwood of Georgia and Joe Wilson of South Carolina hold a press conference to introduce legislation to guarantee U.S. workers the right to fair and secret ballot elections when choosing or rejecting union representation. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4101.

Flight attendants rally — 11 a.m. — The Association of Flight Attendants AFL-CIO holds a rally and march to Capitol Hill followed by a press conference calling for security training guidelines for flight attendants.

Highlights — noon — Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, Oregon Democrat, hold a press conference, Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building

Location: 501 Third St. NW. Contact: 202/712-9799, Ext. 804, or 703/276-2772, Ext. 21.

March 12:30 p.m. — The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers hold a march and rally to encourage participation in the presidential election and protest antiworker policies of the Bush administration.

Highlights — 1 p.m. — Rally, Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Street NW

Location: March commences at Japanese American Memorial, Louisiana and New Jersey avenues NW. Contact: 202/776-0106 or 301/529-9341.

Global technology discussion — 12:30 p.m. — The Progress and Freedom Foundation holds a luncheon discussion on global technology with speaker John Chen of Sybase Inc. Location: Salon G, JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/289-8928.

Civil rights — 12:30 p.m. — The Asia Society Washington Center is the host of a Celebrating Asian American Heritage Month discussion, “The Importance of Protecting Civil Rights and Liberties.” The speaker is Rep. Michael M. Honda, California Democrat. Location: Asia Society, 1800 K St. NW, B-1 Conference Level. Contact: 202/833-2742.

Side-impact crashes — 1:30 p.m. — The Transportation Department holds a press conference to announce a proposal to improve side-impact crash protection for passenger cars and light trucks. Jeffrey Runge, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, participates. Location: Transportation Department, 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-0651.

Abraham speech — 2 p.m. — The Council on Competitiveness is the host of an address and announcement of the awarding of a high-performance computing grant by Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham. Location: 1500 K St. NW. Contact: 202/586-5806.

Bush doctrine — 3:30 p.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “The Bush Doctrine: Exceptions to the Rule?” Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW, 12th Floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Turkmenistan briefing — 3:30 p.m. — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing, “Religious Freedom in Turkmenistan: Responding to One of the World’s Worst Violators of Religious Freedom.” Location: 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, Fourth Floor Conference Room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Reception — 4:30 p.m. — The Center for Public Policy Analysis and Lao Veterans of America hold a reception to mark the passage of legislation to promote democracy, human rights and religious freedom for Hmong and Laotian people. Location: B-340 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/543-1444.

Islam lecture# — 7 p.m. — The University of Maryland holds a lecture, “Islam, Democracy and Human Rights.” The speaker is Shirin Ebadi, human rights activist and 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner. Location: Comcast Center, University of Maryland, College Park. Contact: 301/405-4622.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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