- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 11, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Internet tax discussion — 11 a.m. — Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Federalism and the Internet Tax: A Conflict or Two Conservative Principles?” Sen. George Allen, Virginia Republican; Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican; and Edwin Feulner and James Gattuso of the foundation participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

“Osama” film screening — 6 p.m. — The Motion Picture Association of America hosts the film screening and reception of “Osama,” the first entirely Afghan film shot since the rise and fall of the Taliban. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican; Afghan Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad; Paula Dobriansky, undersecretary of state for global affairs; and Chris McGurk of MGM/UA participate. Location: MPAA, 1600 I St. NW. Contact: 202/223-3660, ext. 3002.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses education and the 21st Century Jobs Initiative, Harrisburg, Pa.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of the Census releases advance monthly sales for retail and food services for January 2004. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

6 p.m. — Federal Reserve Board releases its weekly reports on: condition statement of Federal Reserve banks, factors affecting reserves of depository institutions, money stock, liquid assets, debt measures. Location: Constitution Ave between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council training and career development subcommittee, to discuss the training programs of the institute. Location: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, A Wing, Conference Room 8A28, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-4188.

10 a.m. — Office of Personnel Management holds a meeting of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee. Location: OPM, Room 5A06A, 1900 E St. NW. Contact: 703/648-6785.

11:30 a.m. — Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the EPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology-Compliance Assistance Advisory Committee. Topics include: strengthening the national compliance-assistance network. Location: EPA, Ariel Rios Federal Building, Room 6148, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/564-7064.

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, “State Department: Policy and Programs.” Secretary of State Colin L. Powell testifies. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. — Budget Committee holds a hearing on “The President’s Fiscal 2005 Budget Proposal.” HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson testifies. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

10 a.m. — Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the president’s proposed fiscal 2005 budget for the Interior Department. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton testifies. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

2 p.m. — Finance Committee holds a hearing on the revenue proposals in the president’s fiscal 2005 budget. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow testifies. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

HOUSE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Appropriations defense subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2005 appropriations for the Defense Department. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

9:30 a.m. — Select Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing on the proposed fiscal 2005 budget for the Homeland Security Department. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge testifies. Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

10 a.m. — Appropriations labor, human health services, education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2005 appropriations for the Labor Department. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Budget Committee holds a hearing on the Veterans Affairs Department’s budget priorities for fiscal 2005. VA Secretary Anthony J. Principi; Richard Jones, national legislative director, AMVETS; John Bollinger, deputy executive director, Paralyzed Veterans of America, testify. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

GENERAL AGENDA

Meeting with the Irish ambassador — 10 a.m. — House International Relations Committee Europe subcommittee holds a meeting with the Irish ambassador. Irish Ambassador Noel Fahey participates. Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7820.

Hirschfeld for Senate — 10 a.m. — Hirschfeld for Senate holds a news conference to announce a candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. senator from the state of New York. Abe Hirschfeld, entrepreneur, participates. Location: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/628-2076.

Abraham Lincoln birthday observance — noon — National Park Service holds a wreath-laying ceremony to mark the 195th Abraham Lincoln birthday observance. Activities include a reading of the Gettysburg Address. Location: Lincoln Memorial, National Mall. Contact: 202/619-7222.

Democrats’ campaign discussion — 12:15 p.m. — New America Foundation holds a discussion, “Do the Democrats Need a Prayer? Why the Democrats Might Need To Get Religion To Win in 2004.” Amy Sullivan, Washington Monthly; Joseph Loconte, the Heritage Foundation; Julie Segal, former legislative director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State; and Steven Clemons, NAF, participate. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/986-4901.

Health care — 12:30 p.m. — The Value Group holds a news briefing to release a study on “The Value of Investment in Health Care: Better Care, Better Lives.” Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota Republican; Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana Democrat; Rep. Jim Ramstad, Minnesota Republican, participate. Location: HC-5, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/778-1096.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times.

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