- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 28, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

Tours hurricane-damaged sites in Florida; stays overnight in Miami.

VICE PRESIDENT

Participates in a Bush-Cheney ‘04 round-table discussion with local small-business owners at the Machine Shed in Lake Elm, Minn.; hosts a Bush-Cheney ‘04 town hall meeting at Cirrus Design Corp. in Duluth, Minn.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Commerce Department releases the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ final estimate of gross domestic product for the second quarter of 2003. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

5 p.m. —World Agricultural Outlook Boardreleases its weekly weather and crop bulletin. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-5447.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Energy Departmentholds a meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee to develop recommendations to the secretaries of Energy and Agriculture and its 2005 work plan. Location: Hilton Crystal City Hotel at National Airport, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/586-7766.

9 a.m. International Trade Administrationholds a meeting of the President’s Export Council to discuss topics related to export expansion, including trade priorities and initiatives, the World Trade Organization, and proposed letters of recommendation. Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/482-1124.

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

10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committeeholds a hearing, “The 9/11 Commission and Efforts to Identify and Combat Terrorist Financing.” Witnesses include Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton and Slade Gorton of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, and Mallory Factor, chairman of Mallory Factor Inc. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

2 p.m. —Commerce, Science and Transportationscience, technology and space subcommittee holds a hearing, “Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Exploring the Controversy.” Witnesses include Richard Doerflinger, deputy director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Mary Hendrix, president and scientific director of the Children’s Memorial Research Center. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

3 p.m. —Foreign Relations Committeeholds a hearing on the nominations of Ryan Crocker to be ambassador to Pakistan, Marcie Ries to be ambassador to Albania, Catherine Todd Bailey to be ambassador to Latvia, and Douglas Menarchik to be assistant administrator for policy and program coordination at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Veterans Medical Facilities Management Act of 2004 and the Department of Veterans Affairs Nurse Recruitment and Retention Act of 2004. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Select Homeland Securitysubcommittee on emergency preparedness and response holds a hearing, “The National Incident Management System: Enhancing Response to Terrorist Attacks.” Witnesses include Gil Jamieson, acting director of the Homeland Security Department’s NIMS Integration Center, and Michael Freeman, chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

10:30 a.m. International Relations Committeeholds a hearing, “Afghanistan: United States Strategies on the Eve of National Elections.” Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage testifies. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

11 a.m. —Transportation and Infrastructure Committee holds a markup of the General Services Administration’s fiscal 2005 capital investment and leasing program resolutions, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ survey resolutions, the Public Transportation Terrorism Prevention and Response Act of 2004, and authorization relating to the collaborative Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System project on Kitt Peak near Tucson, Ariz. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

GENERAL AGENDA

Awards ceremony — all day Davidson Institutefor Talent Development holds an awards ceremony to honor 16 of the nation’s brightest young prodigies for innovative discoveries and positive contributions to society. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. Members of Congress meet with Davidson fellows from their respective states or districts.

6 p.m. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, and Senate Minority Whip Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, lead the awards ceremony in the Library of Congress Members Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE.

Location: As noted above. Contact: 202/667-0901.

Press conference — 10 a.m. Global Partnership for Preparedness foundation holds a press conference to announce its launch to coordinate and improve the economic and societal impact of disasters, including terrorist attacks, and to release a report, “The State of Business Preparedness in America.” Participants include Brent Woodworth and John Copenhaver of the board of trustees, and Dave Shimberg of the Contingency Planning Association of the Carolinas. Location: National Press Club, Lisagor Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 918/289-9450 or 202/822-5283.

Update on Sudan — 11:30 a.m. Senate Foreign Relations Committeeholds a meeting to receive an update on Sudan from the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Participants include Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican and committee chairman, Ambassador John Danforth, and Andrew Natsios of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Location: S-116, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-2079.

Fear and politics discussion — 12:15 p.m. New America Foundation holds a discussion, “Living In Fear: How Fear Has Shaped Our Politics.” Corey Robin, professor of City University of New York’s Brooklyn College, participates. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Guns Aside — 2 p.m. Reaching Out to Others Together holds a press conference to announce a regional initiative, “Guns Aside,” to reduce the level of youth homicide. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/723-2200.

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