- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 27, 2003

PRESIDENT BUSH
Meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the White House.
Participates in a ceremony for the National Humanities Medal 2002 winners at the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases Advance Report on Durable Goods: Manufacturers' Shipments and Orders for January 2003. Location: 14th Street between E Street & Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.
6 p.m.
Federal Reserve Board releases weekly reports on: Condition Statement of Federal Reserve Banks, Factors Affecting Reserves of Depository Institutions, Money Stock, Liquid Assets and Debt Measures. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th & 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES
8:30 a.m. Office of the Secretary of the Interior holds a meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force to discuss the implementation of the National Plan for Coral Reef Conservation Action. Location: Interior Department, auditorium, 1849 C St. NW. Contact: 202/208-6621.
9 a.m.
Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the EPA Science Advisory Board, Radiation Advisory Committee, to conduct a consultation on two supplements being developed for the Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual. Location: EPA, 1201 Constitution Ave. NW, Room 1117A. Contact: 202/564-4557.
9 a.m.
Health and Human Services Department holds a meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. Topics include update on HHS Data Council activities and implementation of the administrative simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Location: Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave. SW, Room 705A. Contact: 301/458-4245.
10 a.m.
Federal Election Commission holds a meeting to discuss administrative fines final rules and administrative matters. Location: 999 E St. NW, ninth floor. Contact: 202/694-1220.

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

SENATE COMMITTEES
9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Stephen Cambone to be undersecretary for intelligence, Defense Department; John Woodley Jr., to be assistant secretary for civil works, U.S. Army; and Linton Brooks to be undersecretary for nuclear security, National Nuclear Security Administration, Energy Department. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.
9:30 a.m.
Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Ellen Engleman, Richard Healing and Mark Rosenke to be members of the National Transportation Safety Board. (Hearing will begin immediately after the organizational meeting.) Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.
10 a.m.
Finance Committee holds a full committee hearing on the administration's fiscal 2004 health care priorities. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson testifies. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.
11 a.m.
Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Janet Hale to be undersecretary for management of the Homeland Security Department; Clark Ervin to be inspector general of the Homeland Security Department; and Linda Springer to be controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget. Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, Texas Republicans; Sen. Elizabeth Dole, North Carolina Republican; and the nominees testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE
Meets at 1 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES
9:30 a.m. Appropriations agriculture, rural development, FDA and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Agriculture Department. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman testifies. Location: 2362A Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
9:30 a.m.
Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2004 budget request for the Defense Department. James Roche, secretary of the U.S. Air Force, and Gen. John Jumper, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, testify. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151, recorded schedule 202/225-2675.
10 a.m.
Appropriations Interior and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Energy Department. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham testifies. Location: B-308 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m.
Science Committee holds a hearing on NASA's fiscal 2004 budget request and to examine the impact of the Columbia disaster on other NASA programs. (Hearing will begin immediately after the organizational meeting. Sean O'Keefe, administrator of NASA, testifies. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.
2 p.m.
Budget Committee holds a hearing on the Defense Department's budget priorities for fiscal 2004. Paul Wolfowitz, deputy secretary, Defense Department, and Steven Kosiak, director of budget studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, testify. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

GENERAL AGENDA
Consumer Assembly 2003 all day Consumer Federation of America hosts its Consumer Assembly 2003, "Challenges and Opportunities in an Era of Global Change." Location: Holiday Inn on the Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/737-0766 or 202/387-6121.
Nicaragua discussion 9 a.m. National Press Club Morning Newsmaker Program holds a news conference to discuss "Nicaragua Today." Topics include the economic, political and social conditions and country's anti-corruption campaign. Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolanos Geyer participates. Location: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/530-1210 or 202/939-6546.
Tax plan conference 10:15 a.m. House and Senate Republican leadership holds a news conference to introduce President Bush's tax-relief plan. Location: H-219, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-224-2764 or 202/225-5107.
Muslims discussion noon Middle East Institute holds a discussion, "Muslims Impacting Politics in America and the Arab World," which focuses on the influence of American Muslims on the reform movements in the Arab world. Location: MEI, Boardman Room, 1761 N St NW. Contact: 202/785-1141.
Botched organ transplant 1:45 p.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference to discuss the legal ramifications of the recent botched organ transplant at Duke University and how the case might be affected by President Bush's proposed limits on medical liability. Democratic Reps. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan and Diana DeGette of Colorado, and Kurt Dixon, attorney for the family of Jesica Santillan, participate. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4431.
Freedom Awards 6 p.m. The International Republican Institute announces its Freedom Awards. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, and Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan, participate. Location: Capitol Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/572-1565 or 202/494-249


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