- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 26, 2003

PRESIDENT BUSH

Drops by the White House Briefing for the Latino Coalition, Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building. Meets with President Heydar Aliyev of Azerbaijan, The White House. Attends the American Enterprise Institute's annual dinner.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

3 p.m. National Agricultural Statistic Service releases the weekly broiler hatchery report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-7017.

5 p.m. World Agricultural Outlook Board releases the weekly weather and crop bulletin. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-5447.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Food Safety and Inspection Service holds a meeting to discuss the technical design and assumptions that were used to create a draft risk assessment for Listeria in deli- and hot dog-type meat and poultry products that are exposed to the environment post-lethality. Location: Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Contact: 202/205-0260.

9:30 a.m. National Transportation Safety Board holds a meeting to discuss the collision of a Greyhound bus and a tractor-trailer in Loraine, Texas, June 9, 2002. Location: NTSB Conference Center, 429 L'Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/314-6410.

1:30 p.m. State Department holds a meeting of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, communication strategy, products and programs that provide context for U.S. policy and American foreign policy overseas. Location: State Department, 2201 C St NW, Room 1408. Contact: 202/619-4457.


SUPREME COURT

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

Docket No. 02-69 Roell vs. Withrow

Docket No. 02-271 Dow Chemical Co. vs. Stephenson

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. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a full committee oversight hearing on the federal deposit insurance system with Alan Greenspan, chairman, Federal Reserve System Board of Governors; and Peter Fisher, undersecretary for domestic finance, Treasury Department. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

9:30 a.m. Environment and Public Works Committee holds a full committee hearing on the proposed fiscal 2004 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency. Christie Whitman, administrator, EPA, testifies. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8832.

10:30 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a full committee hearing to examine revitalization and reconstruction in Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai, president, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, participates. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.

2:30 p.m. Joint Economic Committee holds a full committee hearing on "The Economic Report of the President." Glenn Hubbard, chairman, President's Council of Economic Advisers; Randall Kroszner, member, President's Council of Economic Advisers, testify. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5171.

3 p.m. Budget Committee holds a full committee hearing to examine the fiscal 2004 budget proposal for Medicare and Medicaid. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson testifies. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.


HOUSE

Meets at 2 p.m. for legislative business to consider encouraging the people of the United States to honor and celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and commending Abraham Lincoln's efforts to end slavery; the North American Development Bank Reauthorization; to amend the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 to augment the emergency authority of the Securities and Exchange Commission; and the American 5-Cent Coin Design Continuity Act of 2003. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Appropriations agriculture, rural development, F.D.A. and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Office of the Inspector General, Agriculture Department. Phyllis Fong, inspector general, Agriculture Department, testifies. Location: 2362A Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. Appropriations interior and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Interior Department. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton testifies. Location: B-308 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. Budget Committee holds a committee hearing on the HHS budget priorities for fiscal 2004. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson; Gail Wilensky, senior fellow, Project Hope; Judy Feder, dean of policy studies, Georgetown University, testify. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

10:30 a.m. Ways and Means Committee holds a committee hearing on President Bush's trade agenda. (Hearing will begin immediately after the markup.) U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick testifies. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.


GENERAL AGENDA

NARUC 2003 Winter Meeting all day National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners holds its NARUC 2003 Winter Meeting.

Highlights 8 a.m. Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican, and Rep. Rick Boucher, Virginia Democrat, Congressional Speaker Series

9:30 a.m. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge

Location: Renaissance Washington Hotel, 999 Ninth St NW. Contact: 202/898-9382.

Small Business Economic conference all day The Latino Coalition holds its 2003 Small Business Economic Conference.

Highlights 7:30 a.m. Alberto Gonzales, White House legal counsel

9:30 a.m. HUD Secretary Mel Martinez; Hector Barreto, administrator, Small Business Administration; Rosario Marin, U.S. treasurer and Josefina Carbonel, assistant secretary, HHS, Old Executive Office Building

Noon Sen. Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, majority leader; Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Repulican, chairman, Finance Committee; Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat; Rep. David Dreier, California Republican., chairman, Rules Committee; Rep. Bill Thomas, California Republican, chairman, Ways and Means Committee, and Rep. Michael G. Oxley, Ohio Republican, chairman, Financial Services Committee, "The Growing Regulatory and Tax Burden on Small Businesses," 902 Hart Senate Office Building

Location: Capital Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. or as noted. Contact: 202/546-0008.

Public Safety Officers' Benefits training program all day Justice Department holds the Public Safety Officers' Benefits training program on "The Traumas of Law Enforcement: Concerns of Police Survivors," Topics include line of duty death, disability, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide. Location: Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy, 45299 Research Place, Ashburn. Contact: 573/346-4911.

Launch technology initiative 10 a.m. Microsoft Corp., the Congressional Black Caucus and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund hold a news conference to start the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund Technology Initiative. Location: HC-6, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/226-8487 or 425/705-7653 or 770/840-6339.

Women's athletics 10:45 a.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference to urge protection of athletic opportunities for women and to issue a minority report from the Title IX Commission. Sen. Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, minority leader; Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, minority whip; Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, participate. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/478-6189 or 202/478- 6187.

International Humanitarian aid 3 p.m. National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds "International Humanitarian aid: A System Overwhelmed." Location: National Press Club, Lisagor Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/530-1210 or 202/662-7540.


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