- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 20, 2006

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Organ-harvesting report — 9:30 a.m. — David Kilgour, former secretary of state of Canada for Asia Pacific, and David Matas, an international human rights lawyer, hold a press conference, “Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 613/738-6193 or 613/612-4556.

Veterans’ Affairs Committee —10 a.m. — holds a hearing, “VA Data Privacy Breach: 26 Million People Deserve Assurance of Future Security.” Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson testifies. Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9126.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Addresses the NAACP National Convention, Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

FEDERAL AGENCIES

11 a.m. — International Trade Commission holds a meeting on metal calendar slides from Japan. Location: 500 E St. SW, Room 101. Contact: 202/205-2000.

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

9:30 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on “North Korea: U.S. Policy Options.” Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

1:30 p.m. — Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs federal financial management, government information, and international security subcommittee holds a hearing on Iran’s nuclear impasse. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on “Climate Change: Understanding the Degree of the Problem.” Witnesses include Jim Connaughton, chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. — Financial Services Committee holds a hearing to receive the Federal Reserve Board’s semiannual monetary policy report. Witnesses include Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10 a.m. — International Relations Committee holds a hearing on “Asian Free Trade Agreements: Are They Good for the USA?” Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

10 a.m. — Resources fisheries and oceans subcommittee holds a hearing on examining the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’s growing operations crisis within the National Wildlife Refuge System. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

GENERAL AGENDA

Convention — all day — The NAACP holds its 2006 convention, “Voting Our Values, Valuing Our Votes.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 10:30 a.m. — President Bush delivers remarks.

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 410/580-5780 or 410/580-5782.

Africa summit — all day — The Church World Service hosts an Interfaith Summit on Africa. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 212/870-2676 or 347/513-4030.

G-8 summit — 10 a.m. — The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) holds a discussion, “The G-8 Summit: Outcomes for Global Health.” Participants include Josette Sheeran Shiner, undersecretary of state for economic, business and agricultural affairs; Lisa Carty, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Jennifer Kates, the Kaiser Family Foundation; Celeste Wallander and Stephen Morrison, CSIS. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Kosovo’s Christian Serbs — 10 a.m. — Bishop Artemije of Kosovo and Metohija, Rada Trajkovic and Dragan Velic of the Serbian National Council of Kosovo and Metohija, and the Rev. Keith Roderick of Christian Solidarity International hold a press conference on the status of Kosovo’s Christian Serbs. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/213-7747.

Debate — 10 a.m. — The Center for American Progress (CAP) holds a discussion, “The Big Uneasy: A Debate on Corporations’ Role in 21st Century Society.” Location: CAP, 1333 H St. NW, 10th floor. Contact: 202/741-6388.

Rally — 10 a.m. — Freedom House, Friends of Falun Gong and Falun Dafa Associations sponsor a rally to “stop the Chinese Communist Party’s tyranny and end the CCP’s seven-year persecution of Falun Gong.”

12:30 p.m. — Remarks and speeches

Location: Capitol, West Front Lawn. Contact: 202/422-8133.

Seminar — 10 a.m. — Judicial Watch holds a seminar, “How to Fight Corruption in Washington.” Location: Judicial Watch, 501 School St. SW. Contact: 202/646-5172, Ext. 302.

Tour — 11 a.m. — Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director David Paulison hosts a tour of the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA headquarters. Location: 500 C St. SW. Contact: 202/646-4600.

North Korea — noon — A bipartisan group of organizations, consisting of various human rights and faith-based organizations and leaders of the Korean-American community, holds a press conference to issue an introductory statement and an 18-point Statement of Principles. The group will indicate its “strong support for a Helsinki-based approach to U.S.-North Korea policy” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/721-5642.

Luncheon program — 1 p.m. — The National Press Club holds a luncheon program with Senate Republican Conference Chairman Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania on “Islamic Fascism.” Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, ballroom. Contact: 202/662-7516.

Book discussion — 5:30 p.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) holds a book discussion, “The View From a Rogue State: What Napoleon Can Tell Us About Dealing With Iran,” with Frederick Kagan, author of “The End of the Old Order: Napoleon and Europe, 1801-1805.” Participants include Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

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