- The Washington Times - Monday, March 17, 2003

PRESIDENT BUSH
Unavailable.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
4 p.m. National Agricultural Statistics Service releases its crop progress report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-7017
4:15 p.m.
Federal Reserve Board releases its weekly foreign reports on the assets and liabilities of U.S.- and foreign-chartered banks and on foreign exchange rates. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES
8 a.m. Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee to discuss new drug application 21-414 by ISTA Pharmaceuticals for hyaluronidase for injection to treat hemorrhage in the eye. Contact: 301/435-1717.
10 a.m.
Consumer Product Safety Commission holds a meeting to receive comments on petition HP 01-3 requesting a ban on playground equipment that uses chromated copper arsenate-treated wood. Location: East-West Towers Building, 4330 East-West Highway, room 420, Bethesda. Contact: 301/504-7263.
2 p.m.
National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Topics include the report of the Ephedra Working Group. Location: NIH, Neuroscience Conference Center, 6001 Executive Blvd., conference rooms A1-2, Rockville. Contact: 301/496-6701.

SUPREME COURT
No oral arguments are listed. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE
Meets at 1 p.m. for morning business and 2 p.m. to consider the fiscal 2004 budget resolution. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202-224-8541.

HOUSE
Meets in at noon in pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA
Regions conference all day National Association of Regional Councils holds its 2003 Washington Policy Conference, "Regions: The Key to Success"
Highlights 9:30 a.m. David Sampson, assistant commerce secretary for economic development, "Reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration"
12:15 p.m.
Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton
Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/986-1032.
Housing conference all day National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials holds its 2003 legislative conference on "Raising the Standard and Taking a Stand! Making Housing and Community Development a National Priority"
Highlights 11:15 a.m. Session on the federal budget and affordable housing
1 p.m.
News conference on the HUD fiscal 2004 budget, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW.
Location: J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW or as noted above. Contact: 312/782-2958, 877/866-2476, nahro@nahro.org, www.nahro.org.
Firefighters meeting all day International Association of Fire Fighters holds its international legislative conference.
Highlights 9:30 a.m. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao
10 a.m.
Rep. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican, majority whip
10:45 a.m.
Rep. George Miller, California Democrat.
11:30 a.m.
Rep. Jo Ann Davis, Virginia Republican.
2:20 p.m. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat.
3:30 p.m.
Rep. Bob Etheridge, North Carolina Democrat.
4 p.m.
Gov. Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat.
4:45 p.m.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat.
Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Hotel, Regency Ballroom, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/824-1506.
Retired federal workers all day National Association of Retired Federal Employees holds its 2003 legislative training conference.
Highlights 12:30 p.m. Keynote address by Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican and Governmental Affairs Committee chairman.
Location: Hyatt Crystal City Hotel, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/838-7760.
Local government employees all day American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees holds its biennial legislative conference.
Highlights 2:15 p.m. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat
Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/429-5082 or 202/210-5411.
Iraq protest 9 a.m. Emergency Campaign to Reclaim Democracy and Stop the War holds a march to stop the war with Iraq. March proceeds from Church of the Brethren to the U.S. Capitol grounds. Location: Church of the Brethren, 337 North Carolina Ave. SE. Contact: 310/721-6517, 973/460-1458, 202/497-1033 or 202/465-2764.
Biological warfare 9:30 a.m. National Academies holds a meeting on accelerating research, development and acquisition of medical countermeasures to biological warfare agents.
Highlights 9:45 a.m. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
12:30 p.m.
Mark McClellan, Food and Drug Administration commissioner
Location: National Academies, 500 Fifth St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2875.
Mount Everest ascent 9:30 a.m. Ricci Communications holds a news conference on an upcoming attempt to make a solo ascent of Mount Everest without the use of supplementary oxygen. Mountaineer Scott Burch participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/519-7162.
Iran trial 10 a.m. U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia holds a trial to seek damages against the Islamic Republic of Iran and its Ministry of Information and Security for the attack on the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Victims' family members will be available for interviews. Location: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave. NW, courtroom 10. Contact: 703/683-5004, ext. 108.
Northern Ireland talks noon National Press Club holds a Newsmaker Luncheon Program on recent peace negotiations in Northern Ireland and the possibility of May elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, Lisagor Room. Contact: 202/624-3565.
Terrorism symposium noon Women in Government Relations sponsors a symposium to discuss trends in terrorist tactics and the future of the U.S. war on terrorism. Location: B-340 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/413-1100, ext. 5363.
North Korean nukes noon Hudson Institute holds a discussion on Japan's reaction to the North Korean nuclear crisis. Participants include Katsu Furukawa, Monterey Institute, and Jason Manosevitz, George Washington University. Location: Hudson Institute, 1015 18th St. NW, Suite 300. Contact: 202/974-2420.
Social Security 2 p.m. Treasury Department holds a news conference on the Social Security trust fund. Treasury Secretary John Snow and Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Jo Anne Barnhart, participate. Location: Treasury Department, room 4121, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/622-2960.
American Ireland Fund 6:30 p.m. American Ireland Fund holds its 11th annual gala. Participants include Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson; Nobel Peace Laureates John Hume and David Trimble; Noel Fahey, Ireland's ambassador to the United States, and Bono, U2 lead singer. Location: National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Contact: 301/229-0064.

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