House Democrats will change their annual issues retreat venue for the first time in three years, from Pennsylvania to Virginia, Caucus Chairman Bob Menendez (N.J.) announced Monday.
The conference will be held Feb. 5-7, 2004, at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg. Democrats have met at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa since 2000.
The Caucus is still working on the details for the conference, which last year drew former President Bill Clinton as its key speaker and a record 158 Members. Menendez will send out a survey in the next two weeks to get ideas for the event.
“We expect to get top name individuals both on policy as well as major names in terms of the political landscape,” Menendez said.
Immovable Eisenhower. An 8-foot marble likeness of President Dwight D. Eisenhower will remain on permanent display in the Capitol Rotunda.
While most additions to the Statuary Hall collection remain on temporary display in the Rotunda, members of the Kansas delegation lobbied to give Eisenhower a permanent home there.
“This decision is certainly a testament to the greatness of Ike and will forever remind people of his strong Kansas roots,” said Kansas Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R).
Officers Honored. The Transportation Department will present its Award for Heroism today to two police officers involved in the June arrest of a man who claimed to have live hand grenades.
The 2 p.m. ceremony in Union Station’s Starlight Room will honor Capitol Police officer Mike DeCarlo and Amtrak officer Rodney Chambers. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta is scheduled to attend.
Preventing Piracy. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Sens. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) and Joseph Biden (D-Del.) will announce the formation of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus at 11 a.m. today.
The co-chairmen will be joined in Room H-144 by Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America; Mitch Bainwol, chairman of the Recording Industry Association of America; Robert Holleyman, president of the Business Software Association; and Douglas Lowenstein, president of the Entertainment Software Association.
— Erin P. Billings, Jennifer Yachnin and Nicole Duran