- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 21, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Emergency preparedness — 1 p.m. — The National Organization on Disability and the Homeland Security Department hold a conference on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge participates. Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/955-6327.

Democracy in Muslim nations — 2 p.m. — National Press Club holds a press conference, “How Democracy Can Work in a Muslim Nation.” Ali Alatas, former foreign minister of Indonesia, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/530-1210, 202/662-7540.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in New York. Participates in a “Focus on Education” event, King of Prussia, Pa. Participates in a Republican National Committee Victory 2004 rally, Westmoreland County, Pa.

VICE PRESIDENT

Participates in a Bush-Cheney ‘04 rally, Ukrainian Cultural Center, Warren, Mich.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

3 p.m. — National Agricultural Statistic Service releases its weekly broiler hatchery report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 800/727-9540.

5 p.m. — American Petroleum Institute releases the summary of its weekly report on petroleum inventories. Location: 1220 L St. NW. Contact: 202/682-8114.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Employee Benefits Security Administration holds a meeting of the Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans Advisory Council to discuss suggestions for the next National Summit on Retirement Savings and to receive an update on the activities of the EBSA.

Location: Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-8664.

9 a.m. — Election Assistance Commission holds a meeting of the human factors and privacy subcommittee to discuss data and information related to the security of computers, human factors, voter privacy, and methods to detect and prevent fraud. Location: National Institute of Standards and Technology, North Campus, 820 W. Diamond Ave., Room 152, Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/975-5099.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments 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. — Indian Affairs Committee holds a markup of the Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation Grand Coulee Dam Equitable Compensation Settlement Act, the Snake River Water Rights Act of 2004 and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act Reauthorization of 2003, to be followed by an oversight hearing on contributions of American Indian code talkers in U.S. military history. Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.

9:30 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on a review of counterterrorism legislation and proposals, including the Patriot Act and the Security and Freedom Through Encryption Act. Sens. Larry E. Craig, Idaho Republican, and Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

10 a.m. — Appropriations Committee holds a hearing on the intelligence reform recommendations by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Judge Richard Posner, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals; John Hamre, former deputy defense secretary; and Dale Watson, former assistant director, Counterterrorism Division, FBI, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Government Reform national security, emerging threats and international relations subcommittee holds a hearing, “Combating Terrorism: the 9/11 Commission Recommendations and the National Strategies.” Slade Gorton and Richard Ben-Veniste, members of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States; and Norman Rabkin, managing director, Homeland Security and Justice Team, Government Accountability Office, testify. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. — Select Homeland Security emergency preparedness and response subcommittee holds a hearing, “Emergency Warning Systems: Ways to Notify the Public in the New Era of Homeland Security.” Reynold Hoover, director for national security coordination, Homeland Security Department; and James Dailey, director of homeland security, Federal Communications Commission, testify. Location: 2261 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

11 a.m. — Financial Services Committee holds a hearing “Legislative Proposals to Implement the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.” Stuart Levey, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, Treasury Department; and Brian Roseboro, undersecretary for domestic finance, Treasury Department, testify. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

GENERAL AGENDA

Government action summit — all day — American Frozen Food Institute holds its 2004 Government Action Summit. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska Democrat

10 a.m. — Sen. Thad Cochran, Mississippi Republican

Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 703/821-0770.

NCAI rally — 9 a.m. — National Congress of American Indians holds a rally to raise the profile of issues important to tribal governments. Sens. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Colorado Republican; Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat; Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Republican; and Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat, participate. Location: Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution avenues NE. U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/466-7767.

Prescription drug abuse — 9 a.m. — Washington Legal Foundation holds a discussion, “Prescription Drug Abuse: Can a Balance Be Struck Between Patient Access and Law Enforcement?” Patricia Good, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration; and Daniel S. Connolly, executive director, Rx Alliance Action, participate. Location: 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.

Homeland Security meeting — 9:30 a.m. — Homeland Security Advisory Committee holds a public meeting. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge participates. Location: Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second St. SW. Contact: 202/282-8010.

Social Security “Totalization” — 10 a.m. — Center for Immigration Studies holds a discussion, “Social Security ‘Totalization’: Examining a Lopsided Agreement.” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican; Marti Dinerstein, CIS; and James Huse, former inspector general, Social Security Administration, participate. Location: 2226 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/466-8185.

Clinical research center — 10:30 a.m. — National Institutes of Health holds a ceremony to open the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center. Rep. Don Young, Alaska Republican; Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson; Dr. Elias Zerhouni, NIH; and John Gallin, NIH Clinical Center, participate. Location: NIH, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-5787.

New tax report# — 12:30 p.m. — Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy hold a press conference to release a tax report. Location: U.S. Capitol Building Room HC-9. Contact: 202/626-3780, Ext. 21.

Good neighbor diplomacy — 3:30 p.m. — The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars holds a discussion, “China’s ‘Good Neighbor’ Diplomacy: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?” John Garver, Georgia Institute of Technology; Dennis Hickey, Southwest Missouri State University; Michael Chambers, Indiana State University; and Bill Gertz, The Washington Times, participate. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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