Wednesday, May 18, 2005


StoryCorps — 10 a.m. — The Library of Congress holds a press conference to kick off two mobile StoryCorps booths that will travel nationwide collecting stories for a major oral history project. D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams, David Isay of StoryCorps, Peggy Bulger of the American Folklife Center and Deanna Marcum of LOC participate. Location: LOC, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Contact: 202/707-1940.

Book discussion — 6:30 p.m. — The International Spy Museum holds a discussion with Daniel Levitas, author of “The Terrorist Next Door: The Militia Movement and the Radical Right.” Location: The International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Contact: 202/654-2843.


Discusses Social Security reform during a visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin.


1 p.m. — Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. releases its weekly survey on fixed-rate mortgages. Location: 8200 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/903-2000.


9:30 a.m. — Office of the Secretary of Defense holds a meeting of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission.

Highlight — 9:30 a.m. — Testimony from the defense Joint Cross-Service Groups.

Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216. Contact: 703/699-2952.


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


In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


10 a.m. — Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing, “Regulation [National Market System] and Recent Market Developments.” Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman William H. Donaldson testifies. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 538. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing, “Iran: Weapons Proliferation, Terrorism and Democracy.” Nicholas Burns of the State Department and Geoffrey Kemp of the Nixon Center testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419. Contact: 202/224-4651.

1 p.m. — Foreign Relations international economic policy, export and trade promotion subcommittee holds a hearing, “Climate Change Technology Deployment in Developing Countries Act of 2005.” Paula J. Dobriansky of the State Department and Judd Swift of the Energy Department testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-50. Contact: 202/224-4651.


Meets at 9 a.m. to receive former members of the House of Representatives as part of Former Members Day and at 10 a.m. to consider fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Interior Department and related agencies. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


9 a.m. — Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence holds a hearing on renewal of USA Patriot Act provisions within its jurisdiction, including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Viet Dinh of the Georgetown University Law Center and Richard Seamon of the University of Idaho School of Law testify. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167. Contact: 202/225-4121.

9:30 a.m. — International Relations Committee holds a hearing, “Reforming the United Nations: Budget and Management Perspectives.” Witnesses include Mark P. Lagon of the State Department and Catherine Bertini, former undersecretary-general for management at the United Nations. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172. Contact: 202/225-5021.

10 a.m. — Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on the retirement policy challenges and opportunities of our aging society. Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the Congressional Budget Office and Hal Daub of the Social Security Advisory Board testify. Location: Longworth House Office Building, Room 1100. Contact: 202/225-3625.

2 p.m. — Homeland Security economic security, infrastructure protection and cybersecurity subcommittee holds a hearing on the Recreational Boaters Streamlined Inspection Act, which would create an inspection program that uses videophone systems at certain points of entry in Florida to satisfy customs and immigration reporting requirements. Witnesses include Rep. Mark Foley, Florida Republican, and Jim Ellis of the Boat Owners Association of the United States. Location: Cannon House Office Building, Room 210. Contact: 202/226-9600.


Global economy — all day — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a conference on corporate citizenship and the global economy. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — 12:15 p.m. — Colin L. Powell of America’s Promise, John Finneran Jr. of Capital One and Thomas Donohue of the chamber. Luncheon with Mr. Powell, former secretary of state.

Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Space development conference — all day — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Space Society hold the Space Development Conference. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlight — 8:30 a.m. — Burt Rutan, founder of Scaled Composites.

Craig Steidle and Howard Ross of NASA participate. Location: Sheraton National Hotel, 900 S. Orme St., Arlington. Contact: 202/429-1600.

Safe driving instruction — 9 a.m. — Ford Motor Co. and the Governors Highway Safety Association hold a seminar to provide teens with hands-on safe driving instruction in hazard recognition and response training. Location: FedEx Field, Landover. Contact: 202/367-1622.

Pornography risks — 9 a.m. — Members of Congress hold a summit to discuss the dangers of pornography on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. Participants include Reps. Joe Pitts, Pennsylvania Republican, Rep. Katherine Harris, Florida Republican, and Jan LaRue of Concerned Women for America. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2322. Contact: 202/225-2013.

Security discussion — 9 a.m. — The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion, “Homeland Security: International Cooperation — Increased Coordination and Information Sharing,” with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Maritime Day ceremony — 10:30 a.m. — The Labor Department sponsors a National Maritime Day observance and memorial service to recognize the contributions of the U.S. Merchant Marine to the nation’s economic and job creation strength and its defense. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao and acting Maritime Administrator John Jamian participate. Location: U.S. Navy Memorial Auditorium, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-4676.

Underground economy — 12:15 p.m. — The New America Foundation holds a discussion, “Transitional Crime, Money Laundering and Pirate Banking: Tales From the Global Underground Economy.” James Henry of, Robert Levinson of SafirRosetti and Steven Clemons of the foundation participate. Location: New America Foundation, seventh floor, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/986-4901.

Best communities — 1 p.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a press briefing to announce its national campaign to discover the “100 Best Communities for Young People.” Participants include Colin L. and Alma Powell of America’s Promise, Thomas Donohue of the chamber and John Finneran Jr. of Capital One. Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hall of Flags, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 703/535-3819 or 443/995-9144.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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