- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 7, 2002

PRESIDENT BUSH
10 a.m. Presents the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Awards, Hilton Washington and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its reports on unemployment insurance claims for the week and productivity and costs for fourth quarter 2002 (revised). Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

SENATE
Not immediately available. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES
9:30 a.m. Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on "Public Health and Natural Resources: A Review of the Implementation of Our Environmental Laws." Christie Todd Whitman, Environmental Protection Agency administrator, testifies. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.
10 a.m. Appropriations commerce, justice, state and the judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
10 a.m. Appropriations interior subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Energy Department. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham participates. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing to receive the monetary policy report. Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Board chairman, testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.
10 a.m. Finance Committee holds a hearing on "The Bush Proposal on Medicare Modernization." Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.
10 a.m. Judiciary Committee marks up pending legislation and pending nominations, including that of Judge Charles W. Pickering, to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the 5th Circuit. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES
9:30 a.m. Ways and Means human resources subcommittee holds a hearing on state implementation of federal welfare work requirement and time limits. Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.
9:45 a.m. Appropriations labor, health and human services, and education subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Health Resources and Services Administration. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson testifies. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Appropriations commerce, justice, state and the judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the federal judiciary. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2003 budget priorities of the State Department. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.
10 a.m. Education and the Workforce education reform subcommittee marks up the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.
10 a.m. Veterans' Affairs Committee and the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hold a joint hearing to discuss issues concerning Paralyzed Veterans of America, Jewish War Veterans, Blinded Veterans Association and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3527.
10:30 a.m. Science research subcommittee holds a hearing titled "Meeting the Demands of the Knowledge Based Economy: Strengthening Undergraduate Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education." Location: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.
11 a.m. Armed Services military personnel subcommittee and the House Veterans' Affairs Committee's health subcommittee hold a joint hearing on the Defense Department/Veterans Affairs Department health resources sharing. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3527 or 202/225-4151.
2 p.m. Appropriations commerce, justice, state and the judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
2:30 p.m. Armed Services military readiness subcommittee holds a hearing on the adequacy of the fiscal 2003 budget request to meet readiness needs. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

GENERAL AGENDA
Post-Soviet religion briefing 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing on "Caesar Above God: Established Religion in Post-Soviet Countries." The speaker is Lawrence Uzell, Keston Institute. Location: Fourth Floor Conference Room A, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.
Zero capital-gains tax caucus news conference 10:30 a.m. Members of Congress sponsor a news conference to announce the formation of the zero capital-gains tax caucus. Location: Senate Radio-TV Gallery Studio. Contact: 202/224-6518.
Airport security screeners news conference 10:30 a.m. Rep. Gary L. Ackerman, New York Democrat, members of New York's congressional delegation, security experts and police officials hold a conference to announce a pilot program to use retired police officers as airport security screeners. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-2601.
Awards ceremony 12:30 p.m. The Mitsubishi Motors USA Foundation and PBS TV's "To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbe" sponsor the Fifth Annual "Unsung Heroes Awards" ceremony. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao speaks at 1 p.m. Location: B. Smith's Restaurant, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/828-8877.


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