- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 28, 2005

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

MADD rally — 10 a.m. — Mothers Against Drunk Drivers holds a press conference and rally to celebrate 25 years of saving lives, and to release a new Gallup poll on drinking and driving in America. Glynn Birch, MADD president and Timothy Hoyt, Nationwide Insurance, participate. Location: Upper Senate Park, Constitution Avenue Northeast, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 301/896-0003 or 202/270-4415.

Firefighter legislation — 11 a.m. — Reps. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania Republican; Robert E. Andrews, New Jersey Democrat; Michael N. Castle, Delaware Republican; and Bill Pascrell Jr., New Jersey Democrat, hold a press conference for legislation enabling firefighters to more readily respond to disasters. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2011.

PRESIDENT BUSH

To be announced.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Economic Analysis releases the gross domestic product for second quarter 2005. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest. Contact: 202/606-9900.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 a.m. — Antitrust Modernization Commission holds a meeting to take testimony and receive evidence regarding the State Action Doctrine and Exclusionary Conduct. Location: Federal Trade Commission headquarters, Room 432, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/233-0701.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

In session. At 11:30 a.m. the Senate will vote on the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. to be chief justice of the United States. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on U.S. military strategy and operations in Iraq. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Gen. Richard B. Myers, USAF, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing, “Communications in a Disaster,” focusing on communications interoperability for first responders. Director Kenneth Moran, homeland security office, Enforcement Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, testifies. Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. — Special Committee on Aging holds a hearing, “The Impact of Direct-to-Consumer Drug Advertising on Seniors’ Health and Health Care Costs.” Rachel Behrman, deputy director, Office of Medical Policy, Food and Drug Administration, and Paul Antony, chief medical officer, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.

2:30 p.m. — Foreign Relations East Asian and Pacific affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on a review of U.S.-Japanese relations. Christopher Hill, assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs, State Department, and Amelia Porges, counsel, Sidley, Austin Brown & Wood LLP, testify. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act of 2005, H.J. Res. 68, making continuing appropriations for fiscal 2006. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Education and the Workforce Committee holds a hearing, “Closing the Achievement Gap in America’s Schools: the No Child Left Behind Act.” Education Secretary Margaret Spellings and Deborah Jewell-Sherman, superintendent, Richmond Public Schools, testify. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure water resources and environment subcommittee holds a hearing on the Pest Management and Fire Suppression Flexibility Act, which is intended to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. Reps. C.L. “Butch” Otter, Idaho Republican, and Dennis Cardoza, California Democrat, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

1 p.m. — Homeland Security emergency preparedness, science, and technology subcommittee holds a hearing, “Incident Command, Control and Communications during Catastrophic Events.” Chuck Canterbury, national president, Fraternal Order of Police, and William Killen, president, International Association of Fire Chiefs, testify.

Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

2 p.m. — Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on operations in Iraq. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld; Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Gen. John Abizaid, commander, U.S. Central Command, testify. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

GENERAL AGENDA

Scientist symposium — all day — The National Institutes of Health holds its Pioneer Award Symposium, which recognizes exceptionally creative scientists who take innovative approaches to major challenges in biomedical research. Events begin at 8:15 a.m.

Highlights — 8:15 a.m. — NIH Director Elias Zerhouni delivers remarks.

11:30 a.m. — Press briefing presenting the winners

Location: NIH, 9000 Rockville Pike, Masur Auditorium, Clinical Center, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-4000.

Public policy conference — 8 a.m. — Women Impacting Public Policy holds its 2005 WIPP Leadership and Legacy Summit, focusing on the role of small business in the economic recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8:45 a.m. — Sen. Elizabeth Dole, North Carolina Republican, delivers remarks.

9:15 a.m. — Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, Florida Republican

9:30 a.m. — Rep. Hilda L. Solis, California Democrat

9:45 a.m. — Rep. Sue W. Kelly, New York Republican

Location: Wyndham City Center, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 202/626-8562.

Iran’s nuclear program — 9 a.m. — The Woodrow Wilson Center holds a discussion, “Iran’s Nuclear Program.” Martin Briens, counselor from the French Embassy, and Shahram Chubin, director of research for the Geneva Center for Security Policy, participate. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Portrait presentation — 2 p.m. — The Library of Congress presents a portrait of the first woman elected to the House of Representatives, Jeannette Rankin, Montana Republican (1917-1918). Reps. Bob Ney, Ohio Republican, chairman, Administration Committee; Marcy Kaptur, Ohio Democrat; Juanita Millender-McDonald, California Democrat; and Nancy L. Johnson, Connecticut Republican, participate. Location: LOC, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 202/707-1940.

Sudan discussion — 4 p.m. — The National Press Club Newsmaker Committee holds a discussion with Caroline Cox, the vice speaker of the British House of Lords, “The Situations in Nagorno Karabakh and Sudan.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/862-7540.

Ireland and the EU — 7 p.m. — The Catholic University of America presents a lecture by Desmond Dinan, director of the International Commerce Program at George Mason University, “Ireland and the EU: A Sustainable Success?” Location: Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Contact: 202/319-5600.

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