- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Homeland security hearing 10 a.m. Senate Appropriations homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Homeland Security Department. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.
American tourism hearing 1 p.m. House Energy and Commerce trade and consumer protection subcommittee holds a hearing on "Travel and Tourism in America Today." Rolf Lundberg, senior vice president of congressional and public affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Jim May, president, Air Transport Association, testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

Participates in a "Teacher of the Year" ceremony, signs the National Amber Alert System into law, and meets with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.

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

9 a.m. National Institute of Standards and Technology holds a meeting of the National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee. Topics include briefings on the National Construction Safety Team Act, the World Trade Center investigation and the Rhode Island nightclub fire investigation. Location: NIST administration building, 100 Bureau Drive, Employees Lounge, Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/975-6051.
9 a.m. President's Board of Advisers on Tribal Colleges and Universities holds an open meeting. Topics include committee assignments, the draft strategic plan and discussions on the federal agency's three-year plan. Location: Wyndham Washington Hotel, 1400 M St. NW. Contact: 202/219-0704.

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case
Docket Number 02-371 Virginia v. Hicks
Docket Number 02-306 Beneficial National Bank v. Anderson
Contact: 202/479-3211.

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee holds a committee hearing on the nominations of John Roberts Jr., to be U.S. circuit judge for the District of Columbia Circuit; David Campbell to be U.S. district judge of the district of Arizona; Maurice Hicks Jr. to be U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana; William Moschella to be assistant attorney general, Office of Legislative Affairs, Justice Department. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.
1:30 p.m. Appropriations foreign operations subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the State Department. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell participates. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business to consider the Improving Education Results for Children With Disabilities Act of 2003. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

10 a.m. Appropriations foreign operations subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for agencies under its jurisdiction. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on U.S. monetary and economic policy. Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve chairman, and Henry Aaron, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, testify. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.
2 p.m. Transportation and Infrastructure Coast Guard and maritime transportation subcommittee and water resources and environment subcommittee holds a joint hearing, "Interpretations of Existing Ownership Requirements for U.S. Flag Dredges." Barry Holliday, chief, Navigation and Operations Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Larry Burton, director, International Trade Compliance Division, Office of Regulations and Rulings, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

USTDA conference all day U.S. Trade and Development Agency holds a conference to help small and medium-size businesses compete in the international markets.
Highlights 9:15 a.m. Hector Barreto, administrator, Small Business Administration, opening remarks
9:45 a.m. Barbara Bradford, deputy director, USTDA, "How to Do Business with USTDA."
10:30 a.m. Daniel Stein, regional director, Eurasia, USTDA, "Update on Reconstruction in Afghanistan and Iraq"
Location: USTDA Headquarters, Business Center, Suite 1550, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: Please register with 301/897-7481.
Security threats 8 a.m. National Security Institute holds the Impact 2003 Conference and Exposition, "Security Threats on the Horizon … Connecting the Dots"
Highlights 8:10 a.m. "Countering the Rising Economic Espionage Threat: Strengthening U.S. Counterspy Capabilities"
8:55 a.m. Jerome Hauer, director, Office of Public Health Preparedness, Health and Human Services, "Bioterrorism Threat: Steps to Safeguard Your Employees and Your Facility"
10:45 a.m. "Road Rules: Five Ways to Stop Misuse of Mobile Devices"
Location: Marriott Fairview Park Hotel, 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church. Contact: Please register at 508/533-9099.
Increased transportation investment 9 a.m. U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition holds a rally to call for increased transportation investment. Sen. Christopher S. Bond, Missouri Republican; Rep. Tom Petri, Wisconsin Republican; Thomas Donohue, president, USCC; and Kenneth Barr, mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, participate. Location: Third Street NW (between Madison and Jefferson drives), the National Mall. Contact: 202/463-5682.
Small business and entrepreneurship round-table discussion 9:30 a.m. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee holds a round-table discussion, "SBA Reauthorization: 7(a) Loan Guaranty, Microloan Credit Programs, Part I." Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, Maine Republican, chairman, participates. Location: 428-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4086.
Oil-for-food program 10 a.m. National Press Club Morning Newsmaker Program holds a news conference, "The Continuing Need for the Oil-for-Food Program and Response to Criticism of the Program." Benon Savon, executive director, Oil-for-Food Program, Office of the Iraq Program at the United Nations, participates. Location: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/530-1210; 202/662-7540.
HHS ceremony 10 a.m. Health and Human Services Department holds a ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of HHS. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and Deputy Secretary Claude Allen participate. Location: HHS, Great Hall, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/690-6343.
FAST Act 11:30 a.m. Congress holds a news conference on legislation, "The Freeing Alternatives for Speedy Transportation (FAST) Act," Rep. Mark Kennedy, Minnesota Republican; Sen. Wayne Allard, Colorado Republican; Rob Atkinson, Progressive Policy Institute; and Ron Utt, Heritage Foundation, participate. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2331.

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