- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Participates in a briefing at the Pentagon and delivers a statement on the war on terror; meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House.


8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on unemployment insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.


9 a.m. Transportation Security Administration holds a meeting of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee to review reports on airport design guidelines, freight assessment, flight privacy and other topics. Location: Residence Inn by Marriott Pentagon City, 550 Army Navy Drive, Arlington. Contact: 571/227-2980.


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


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


10 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing, “Communications in a Disaster.” Witnesses include Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin and BellSouth Chief Technology Officer Bill Smith. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 562. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. — Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee holds a hearing on Hurricane Katrina’s effects on small businesses. Witnesses include Hector Barreto, administrator of the Small Business Administration, and Herbert Mitchell, associate administrator in the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 428-A. Contact: 202/224-5175.

3 p.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions education and early childhood development subcommittee holds a hearing, “Katrina’s Displaced Schoolchildren.” Witnesses include Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat; Henry Johnson, Education Department assistant secretary in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education; and Rodney LaFon, superintendent of St. Charles Parish Public School District in Luling, La. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 430. Contact: 202/224-5375.


Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the School Readiness Act of 2005. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


9:30 a.m. Energy and Commerce health subcommittee holds a hearing, “Assessing Public Health and the Delivery of Care in the Wake of Katrina.” Witnesses include Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Stewart Simonson, assistant secretary in the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2123. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10:30 a.m. — International Relations Committee holds a hearing, “United States Policy in Afghanistan: Establishing Democratic Governance and Security in the Wake of Parliamentary Elections.” Witnesses include Maureen Quinn, coordinator for Afghanistan in the State Department’s Bureau of South Asian Affairs, and Nancy Powell, acting assistant secretary of state in the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172. Contact: 202/225-5021.

2 p.m. — Homeland Security prevention of nuclear and biological attack subcommittee holds a hearing, “Trends in Illicit Movement of Nuclear Materials.” Witnesses include Raymond Juzaitis, associate laboratory director at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Rensselaer Lee III, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute; and Glenn Schweitzer, director for Central Europe and Eurasia at the National Academy of Sciences. Location: Cannon House Office Building, Room 210. Contact: 202-226/9600.


Legislative conference — all day Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc. holds its 35th annual legislative conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — “Eradicating Poverty: Removing the Disparities vs. the Innate Drive for Survival and Success,” with Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat; Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; Harry Belafonte, actor; and Dr. Ben Carson, director of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Division at Johns Hopkins Hospital

4 p.m. — Discussion with Rep. Diane Watson, California Democrat, on how the entertainment industry can provide economic development for black communities and Hurricane Katrina recovery

4 p.m. — “The Covert War Against Black Musicians” with Paul Robeson Jr.; Alexander Constantine, author of “The Covert War Against Rock”; and Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 202/263-2800.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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