- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 23, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Iraq reconstruction — 10 a.m. — Appropriations foreign operations, export financing and related programs subcommittee holds a hearing on “Iraq Reconstruction Program.” Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

Prescription drugs — 10 a.m. — Senate Democrats hold a rally in support of legislation, “The Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act,” and to call for Senate action to lower prescription drug prices. Sens. Tom Daschle of South Dakota, minority leader, Byron L. Dorgan of North Dakota and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, participate. Location: Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution Avenue NE. U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-5556.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in a “Focus on Education With President Bush” event, Janesville, Wis. Attends a Republican National Committee Victory 2004 rally, Racine, Wis.

VICE PRESIDENT

Attends a fund-raiser for Republican House candidate Charles Boustany, Lafayette, La. Attends a Bush-Cheney ‘04 rally, Warrenton, Mo. Attends a dinner for Republican senatorial candidate Tom Coburn, Tulsa, Okla.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. — National Association of Realtors releases the existing-home-sales data for August 2004. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

11 a.m. — Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation holds a meeting of the trustees and officers. Topics include: consideration of election of a vice president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation; adoption of a policy and implementation language for Truman Scholars Accountability. Location: HC-6, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/395-4831.

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. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on T. Doc.108-25, protocol amending the convention between the United States and the Kingdom of the Netherlands for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes and income and T. Doc.108-26, protocol amending the convention between the U.S. and Barbados for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes. Barbara Angus, international tax counsel, Treasury Department; George Yin, chief of staff, Joint Committee on Taxation, testify. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

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

GENERAL AGENDA

First Americans festival# — all day — Smithsonian Institution hosts the First Americans Festival. Events begin at 10 a.m. Location: Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Third Street and Independence Avenue SW. entrance, or as noted above. Contact: 202/357-2627 ext 113 or ext. 108.

Crisis in Sudan — all day — American University Washington College of Law holds a conference to discuss the crisis in Sudan. Events begin 9 a.m.

Highlights — 12:30 p.m. — Samantha Power, Pulitzer Prize winner, “A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.”

Ambassador Khidir Haroun Ahmed, Embassy of Sudan; Francis Deng, former representative of U.N. Secretary-General on internally displaced persons; Gayle Smith, senior director for African Affairs, National Security Council, participate. Location: AU WCL, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: Registration required; 202/274-4279.

Ceremony — 8:45 a.m. — Defense Department hosts an honor cordon to welcome the prime minister of the interim Iraqi government. Media availability to follow, Room 3E869. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Prime Minister Iyad Allawi participate. Location: Pentagon River Entrance at the Pentagon. Contact: 703/695-0169.

Emergency preparedness — 9 a.m. — National Organization on Disability, Homeland Security Department and the National Capital Region hold a first Conference on Emergency Preparedness for People With Disabilities. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 11:30 a.m. — Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta

Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/955-6327.

Indonesian Presidential election — 10:30 a.m. — Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “The 2004 Indonesian Presidential Election: An Assessment.” Ali Alatas, former minister of foreign affairs of Indonesia; Eugene Galbraith, president commissioner, Bank Central Asia, participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Socialist parties — noon — Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion, “Mission Accomplished? The Rise and Recent Decline of (Ex-Communist) Socialist Parties in Central Europe.” Andras Bozoki, Columbia University, participates. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

“Taking Stock of the World Bank” — 12:15 p.m. — New America Foundation holds a discussion, “Taking Stock of the World Bank.” Sebastian Mallaby, The Washington Post, participates. Location: New America Foundation, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Reauthorization of Human Service Acts# — 3 p.m. — House Native American Caucus and the National Congress of American Indians hold a news briefing on “Reauthorization of Human Service Acts.” Michael Marchand, Colville Tribal Council; Sally Smith, chairman, National Indian Health Board; and Karen Funk, legislative specialist, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, participate. Location: 2105 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/466-7767.

Oliver Tambo Lecture — 3 p.m. — Georgetown University hosts the 2004 Oliver Tambo Lecture. Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Secretary of State Madeline Albright; and Ambassador Donald McHenry, participate. Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4327.

Sole remaining superpower — 4:30 p.m. — The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion, “American Foreign Policy Responsibilities of the Sole Remaining Superpower.”

Johan van der Vyver, I.T. Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Emory University School of Law, participates. Location: SAIS, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5745.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times.

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