- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 24, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

D.C. school choice — 10 a.m. — The Education Department holds a discussion on implementing the D.C. School Choice Incentive Act of 2003. Participants include Education Secretary Rod Paige and Deputy Undersecretary Nina Rees, Office of Innovation and Improvement. Location: National Capital Region Building, Seventh and D streets SW. Contact: 202/401-1576.

Travel industry — 6:30 p.m. — The Travel Industry Association of America holds the Unity Dinner 2004. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton is the keynote speaker. Location: Hilton Washington and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/408-8422.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with President Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. — National Association of Realtors releases figures on existing-home sales for January. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.

10:30 a.m. — Energy Information Administration releases the weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

2 p.m. — Veterans’ Employment and Training Service holds a meeting of the President’s National Hire Veterans Committee to discuss raising employer awareness of the advantages of hiring veterans. Location: 2216 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/693-4700.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case

Docket Number 02-1794 United States v. Flores-Montano

Docket Number 03-13 Austria v. Altmann

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 the Japanese Tax Treaty and the Sri Lanka Tax Protocol. Witnesses include Barbara Angus, international tax counsel with the Treasury Department; George Yin, chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation; William Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council; and James Fatheree, president of the U.S.-Japan Business Council. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

9:30 a.m. — Armed Services personnel subcommittee holds a hearing on preventing and responding to incidents of sexual assault in the armed forces. Witnesses include David Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness; Gen. George Casey Jr., Army vice chief of staff; and Vice Adm. Michael Mullen, Navy vice chief of naval operations. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. — Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on mutual-fund investigations and regulations. Witnesses include Indiana Treasurer Tim Berry, president of the National Association of State Treasurers, and Gary Gensler, former undersecretary of Treasury for domestic finance. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. — Budget Committee holds a hearing on President Bush’s fiscal 2005 budget request for the Homeland Security Department. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider a resolution honoring actor Raul Julia, the Barber Conable Post Office Building Designation Act, and other business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Appropriations agriculture, rural development, Food and Drug Administration and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2005 appropriations for the Agriculture Department. Department Secretary Ann M. Veneman and Deputy Secretary James Moseley testify. Location: 2362-A Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Appropriations Interior and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2005 appropriations for agencies under its jurisdiction. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton testifies. Location: B-308 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Budget Committee holds a hearing on the economic outlook and current fiscal issues. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

1 p.m. — Select Homeland Security cybersecurity, science, and research and development subcommittee holds a hearing on the proposed fiscal 2005 budget for the Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate. Charles McQueary, undersecretary of homeland security for science and technology, testifies. Location: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Indians conference# — all day — The National Congress of American Indians holds the Executive Council Winter Session 2004, “Native Vote 2004 — Political Empowerment”

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, West Virginia Democrat

9:30 a.m. — Rep. Richard W. Pombo, California Republican and chairman of the Resources Committee

10:20 a.m. — Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., New Jersey Democrat

11 a.m. — Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, Hawaii Democrat

noon — Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican and chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee

Location: Wyndham Washington Hotel, 1400 M St. NW. Contact: 202/466-7767.

Prescription drugs — all day — Health Care Conference Administrators is the host of the National Medicare Prescription Drug Congress.

Highlights — 1:05 p.m. — Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, “Overview of the New Medicare Prescription Drug Legislation”

3:30 p.m. — Rep. Bill Thomas, California Republican and chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, “The Republican Perspective”

Location: Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 760/365-0837 or 800/864-4549.

Growth policies — 8:45 a.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and the Labor Department holds a conference, “The Advantages of High Productivity Growth.”

Highlights — 12:15 p.m. — Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao

Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Fighting terror — 8:45 a.m. — The Brookings Institution holds a discussion, “Addressing the National Security Challenges of Our Time: Fighting Terror and the Spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction.” Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, participates. Location: Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Blood labeling — 10 a.m. — The Department of Health and Human Services holds a news conference on the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed rule, “Bar Code Label Requirements for Human Drug Products and Blood.” HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan participate. Location: HHS auditorium, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/690-6343.

Iraqi women — 11:30 a.m. — Congress holds a discussion, “The Future of Iraqi Women: Can the U.S. Avert a Brewing Crisis?” Participants include Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney, New York Democrat, Jan Schakowksy, Illinois Democrat, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Texas Democrat, and Louise M. Slaughter, New York Democrat; Zakia Imsail Hakki, Iraq’s first female judge; Tanya Gilly of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Martha Burk of the National Council of Women’s Organizations. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7944.

National parks — 1 p.m. — Interior Department holds a news conference to sign a memorandum of understanding for a campaign to promote visitor interest in the 388 units of the national park system. Participants include Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton, Fran Mainella of the National Park Service, Jim Maddy of the National Park Foundation and William Norman of the Travel Industry Association of America. Location: Hilton Washington and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/208-6416 or 202/408-2183.

Saudi oil — 5:30 p.m. — The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion, “Saudi Arabia: 50 Years Crude Oil Supply Scenarios — A Discussion of Saudi Aramco’s Perspective.” Mahmoud Abdul-Baqi and Nansen Saleri, both with Saudi Aramco, participate. Location: SAIS, Rome Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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