- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 7, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Reconstructing Iraq — 11 a.m. — Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion, “Iraq: Evaluating Reconstruction.” Frederick Barton and Bathsheba Crocker of CSIS participate. Location: CSIS, B-1 conference level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Human rights — noon — Human Rights First holds a press conference to call for a comprehensive independent commission to investigate U.S. detention and interrogation practices at Abu Ghraib and other U.S. detention facilities. Participants include retired Rear Adm. John Hutson, former Navy judge advocate general, and Elisa Massimino of Human Rights First. Location: Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Ave. NE, Room 3. Contact: 202/478-6178 or 202/550-6524.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Visits Fort Pierce, Fla., to observe ongoing hurricane-relief efforts. Visits the Miami Hurricane Center.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10:30 a.m. — Energy Information Administration releases its weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

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

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee to discuss the FDA draft guidance document “Guidance for the Clinical Evaluation of Weight-Control Drugs.” Location: Holiday Inn, Versailles Ballrooms, 8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Contact: 301/827-7001.

9 a.m. — National Aeronautics and Space Administration holds a meeting of the NASA Advisory Council, Minority Business Resource Advisory Committee. Topics include Minority Enterprise Development Week; agency transformation; overview of the Small Business Program; and Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization national program update. Location: NASA, 300 E St. SW. Contact: 202/358-2088.

1:30 p.m. — State Department holds the inaugural meeting of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Leadership and Management. Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage participates. Location: State Department, Room 1107, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-0093.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Meets at noon to consider pending judicial nominations. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the status of NASA’s space-shuttle program and the implementation of the recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe and Thomas Stafford, co-chairman, Return to Flight Task Group, participate. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

11:30 a.m. — Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “Building an Agile Intelligence Community to Fight Terrorism and Emerging Threats.” FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and acting CIA Director John McLaughlin testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

2:30 p.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing, “Spectrum for Public Safety Users.” Michael Powell, chairman, Federal Communications Commission; Stephen Devine, patrol frequency coordinator, Missouri State Highway Patrol; and Gary Grube, chief technology officer for commercial, government, and industry solutions, Motorola, testify. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the “Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act”; legislation making emergency supplemental appropriations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30; and the Department of Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Act for fiscal 2005. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Government Reform human rights and wellness subcommittee holds a hearing, “Truth Revealed: New Scientific Discoveries Regarding Mercury in Medicine and Autism.” Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. — Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the performance of the U.S. military service members in Iraq and Afghanistan. Col. Michael Linnington, former brigade commander, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army; and Capt. Patrick Costello, formerly of the 101st Airborne Division, testify. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151, recorded schedule 202/225-2675.

10:30 a.m. — Budget Committee holds a hearing, “The Economic Outlook and Current Fiscal Issues.” Alan Greenspan, chairman, Federal Reserve Board, testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

2 p.m. — Budget Committee holds a hearing, “Update of the Budget and Economic Outlook.” Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director, Congressional Budget Office, testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

GENERAL AGENDA

Next steps against terrorism — all day — Rand Corp. holds a conference, “Three Years After: Next Steps in the War on Terror.” Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — noon — Paul Wolfowitz, deputy defense secretary, keynote speaker

Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Constitution Ballroom, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: RSVP to 703/413-1100, Ext. 5156.

Transformation and defense cooperation — all day — IDEEA Inc. hosts a conference, “ComDef 2004: Transformation and Defense Cooperation at the Crossroads.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8:15 a.m. — Douglas Feith, undersecretary of defense for policy, “Transformation and International Cooperation — Defining the Issues”

4:45 p.m. — Rep. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania Republican, and David O’Brien, David O’Brien and Associates, “Political Realities of Defense Cooperation — Technology Sharing”

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/760-0762.

Cancer care patients — 8:30 a.m. — The American Society of Clinical Oncology announces new data and survey findings during a Capitol Hill briefing, and press teleconference to follow. The data illustrates the cancer care community’s concerns with deep cuts intended to go into effect in 2005 as a result of the Medicare Modernization Act. Location: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1116. Contact: 202/835-9411 or 202/355-4533.

Economic indicator — 9:30 a.m. — Commerce Department holds a press conference to introduce a new Census Bureau economic indicator that measures trends in the services sector of the U.S. economy. Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans; Kathleen Cooper, commerce undersecretary; and Frederick Knickerbocker, U.S. Census Bureau, participate. Location: Commerce Department, Secretary’s Conference Room, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-4883.

Homosexual “marriage” — 11 a.m. — Traditional Values Coalition holds a press conference, “Gay Marriage is not a Civil Right.” Black ministers from 26 states participate. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 703/739-5920.

Global poll — 12:15 p.m. — Program on International Policy Attitudes holds a press conference on a global poll on the presidential election. Location: National Press Club, Lisagor Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/232-7500.

Congressional Gold Medal — 2 p.m. — Congress holds a ceremony to present the Congressional Gold Medal to participants in Briggs v. Elliott, which was one of five cases collectively known as Brown v. Board of Education. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican; Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, South Carolina Democrat; Education Secretary Rod Paige; and Joseph De Laine, Harry Briggs, Eliza Briggs and Levi Pearson, case participants and medal recipients, participate. Location: Rotunda, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-6654 or 202/225-3315.

“Electioneering communication” legislation — 2:30 p.m. — Members of Congress holds a press conference to introduce legislation, H.R.3801 and S.2702, to repeal the restriction on “electioneering communication” advertising by unions and corporations. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican, and Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, Maryland Republican, participate. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2721.

Awards dinner — 6:30 p.m. — National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences holds an awards dinner to recognize contributions to the music community. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; Rep. Mary Bono, California Republican; and Natalie Cole, recording artist, participate. Location: Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP required; 202/371-0200.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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