- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 7, 2004

Today’s HEADLINERS

Preventing gun violence — 3:30 p.m. —Coaches Against Gun Violence holds a dedication of the Woodrow Wilson Senior High School football game to victims of gun violence to kick off the 2004 athletic season. Dedication will take place at halftime. Location: Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. Contact: 202/822-6070.

Health plans —noonAmerican Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) holds a discussion, “What Everyone Should Know About the Bush and Kerry Health Plans.” Jeff Lemieux, Centrists.org; Robert Moffit, Heritage Foundation; and Joseph Antos, AEI, participate. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/862-4871.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in a town hall meeting with “soft” leaning voters as part of the presidential debates at Washington University in St. Louis; stays overnight.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleases a report on the employment situation for September. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

10 a.m. —Bureau of the Censusreleases a report on wholesale trade for August. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Food and Drug Administrationholds an “International Workshop on Minor Use and Minor Species: A Global Perspective,” to discuss the global pursuit of drug approvals. Location: DoubleTree Hotel, Plaza Room III, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Contact: 301/827-3067.

9 a.m. —Federal Aviation Administrationholds a meeting of the RTCA (Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics) Special Committee 159: “Global Positioning System.” Location: RTCA Inc., 1828 L St. NW, Suite 805. Contact: 202/833-9339.

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. Joint Economic Committeeholds a hearing on the September employment situation. Kathleen Utgoff, commissioner of the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, testifies. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5171.

10 a.m. —Finance Committeeholds a hearing on the nomination of Anna Cabral to be treasurer of the United States. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. to consider the 9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Government Reform Committeeholds a hearing, “The Nation’s Flu Shot Shortage: How It Happened and Where We Go from Here.” Witnesses include Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. —International RelationsAfrica subcommittee holds a hearing, “Peacekeeping in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities.” Witnesses include James Swigert, principal deputy assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs, and Vivian Lowery Derryck, senior vice president and director of the Academy for Educational Development. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

NAMS meeting — all day North American Menopause Society holds its 15th annual meeting. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, “Cancer Screening”

Participants include Chris Gallagher, chairman of the 2004 Scientific Committee, and Wulf Utian, executive director and honorary founding president of NAMS. Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2600 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 440/442-7550.

Civil rights — 9:30 a.m. Commission on Civil Rights holds an open meeting on the Bush administration’s civil rights record and election reform.

Highlights — 11 a.m. Press conference, “Voting and Election Reform: Is America Ready to Vote?”

Location: CCR, 624 Ninth St. NW, Room 540. Contact: 202/376-7700.

September 11 legislation — 11 a.m. Congressional September 11 Commission Caucus, September 11 Steering Committee and commissioners hold a press conference on intelligence reform legislation. Participants include Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, New York Democrat, and Rep. Christopher Shays, Connecticut Republican. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7944.

U.S.-Asia policy — noon Japan Information Access Project holds a discussion, “Morse Target 2004: Washington’s Movers and Shakers on Japan and East Asia,” on who is influential in the making of U.S.-Asia policy. Participants include Ronald Morse, Tokyo Foundation professor of Japan studies at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas; Christopher Nelson of the Nelson Report; and Tomohiko Taniguchi, editor of Nikkei Business publications. Location: Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 202/822-6040.

Medicare prescription drug benefit — noon Alliance to Improve Medicare holds a press briefing for congressional staff, “Impact of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit on Catastrophic Spending by Beneficiaries.” Participants include Jack Rodgers, director of health policy economics at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Tracey Moorhead, executive director of AIM. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/452-1029.

Gala dinner — 7 p.m. Human Rights Campaign holds its eighth annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Participants include Rosie O’Donnell and Kelli Carpenter O’Donnell, Jessica Lange, Bishop V. Gene Robinson, and D.C. Council member David A. Catania, at-large Republican. Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: RSVP required, 202/628-4160.

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