- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 6, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses the economy and the war on terrorism in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; attends a Republican National Committee rally in Farmington, Mich.

VICE PRESIDENT

Participates in a Bush-Cheney ‘04 town hall meeting in Tallahassee, Fla., and accepts the endorsement of the Bush-Cheney ticket by the Florida Medical Political Action Committee. Participates in a Bush-Cheney ‘04 round-table discussion with small-business owners in Gainesville, Fla.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

11:30 a.m. — Bureau of Transportation Services releases the Transportation Services Index for July. Location: 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5568.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m. —Federal Aviation Administration holds a meeting of the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) to discuss the requirements working group status report and draft recommendations. Location: Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/267-8199.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case.

Docket No. 02-1028: Norfolk Southern Railway Co. v. Kirby

Docket No. 02-1192: Cooper Industries v. Aviall Services

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

2:30 p.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the report of the CIA special adviser for strategy regarding Iraqi weapons of mass destruction programs. Charles Duelfer, special adviser to the CIA director, testifies. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

2:30 p.m. —Commerce, Science and Transportation competition, foreign commerce and infrastructure subcommittee holds a hearing on near- and long-term forecasts for domestic natural gas supplies and prices. Witnesses include Guy Caruso, administrator at the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration, and Paul Wilkinson, vice president of policy analysis for the American Gas Association. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider including the District of Columbia Civil Commitment Modernization Act of 2004, to honor the 10 communities selected to receive the 2004 All-America City Award, and to address the Federal Workforce Flexibility Act of 2003. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure Coast Guard and maritime transportation subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on maritime domain awareness. Witnesses include Jeffrey High, Coast Guard director of maritime domain awareness, and Robert Jacksta, U.S. Customs and Border Protection executive director of border security and facilitation. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10:30 a.m. —International Relations Committee holds a hearing on the report “International Religious Freedom 2004 and Designations of Countries of Particular Concern.” Witnesses include John Hanford III, State Department ambassador at large for international religious freedom, and Preeta Bansal, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Middle East — all day Middle East Institute holds its 58th annual conference, “The Uses and Limits of Power in the Middle East.” Events begin at 8:20 a.m.

Highlights — 8:25 a.m. David Chambers of MEI gives welcoming remarks.

8:20 p.m. —John Lehman, former Navy secretary, gives the banquet address.

Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Contact: 202/785-1141, Ext. 236.

Broadband symposium — all day Federal Communications Commission, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Universal Service Administrative Co. hold a symposium, “Unleashing the Educational Power of Broadband,” to explore ways to use broadband to facilitate learning in schools, libraries and homes. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell gives opening remarks.

12:50 p.m. —BellSouth Foundation presentation

Location: FCC Headquarters, 445 12th St. SW. Contact: 202/418-0654.

Healthier physical activity — 9:30 a.m. Health and Human Services Department and Office of Personnel Management hold a press conference to start the Healthier Physical Activity Challenge, the first governmentwide effort to encourage all 1.8 million federal employees to get moving for health. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and OPM Director Kay Coles James participate. Location: HHS, Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/606-2427.

U.S.-EU antitrust relations — 10 a.m. National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a discussion, “Past, Present and Future of U.S.-EU Antitrust Relations.” Location: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/862-9523.

Nail-driving ceremony — 11 a.m. Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies holds a nail-driving ceremony for the 2005 presidential inauguration during which nails will be driven into the platform on which the president-elect will be sworn in. Participants include Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican; Sen. Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican; Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat; House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican; House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Texas Republican; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat. Location: West Front of the U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-4239.

High-tech summit — 2 p.m. Members of Congress hold a high-tech summit to address what Congress can do to advance the technology industry’s pro-growth agenda, the industry’s legislative victories during the 108th Congress, and priorities for the rest of the year. Participants include House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat; and John Chambers, chief executive officer of Cisco Systems. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/626-5723.

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