- The Washington Times - Monday, February 3, 2003

To be announced.

10 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases new construction put in place for December. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.
10 a.m.
National Association of Realtors releases its Housing Affordability Index for the fourth quarter. Location: 700 11th St NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.

8 a.m. Veterans Affairs Department holds a meeting of the Gulf War Illnesses Research Advisory Committee to review current activities and receive an update on new research. Location: VA, 810 Vermont Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-1840.
8:30 a.m.
National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Xenotransplantation. Location: Holiday Inn Select, 8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-9838.

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

Meets at 10 a.m. in pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

Midyear Legislative Conference all day The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture holds its NASDA Midyear Legislative Conference.
Highlights 9 a.m. Rep. Charles Stenholm, Texas Democrat, "Farm/Agricultural Priorities for 2003 Congressional Perspectives" and Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and transportation security, Homeland Security Department, "Safeguarding U.S. Agriculture at the Borders"
5:30 p.m.
Sen. Richard Lugar, Indiana Republican, chairman, Foreign Relations Committee, Hall of the Americas, Organization of American States, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Location: Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/296-9680.
Drug Law and Regulation Workshop all day Food and Drug Law Institute holds its Introduction to Drug Law and Regulation Workshop: Understanding How FDA Regulates the Drug Industry. Location: Westin Grand Hotel, 2350 M St. NW. Contact: 202/371-1420 or 800/956-6293.
Budget arrival 8:30 a.m. Congress hosts the arrival of President Bush's fiscal 2004 budget to the House. Rep. Jim Nussle, Iowa Republican, chairman, Budget Committee. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.
Defense Department budget 9 a.m. Defense Department holds a news briefing on its fiscal 2004 budget.
Highlights 4 p.m. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, briefing on fiscal 2004 budget
Location: Pentagon, Briefing Room 2E781. Contact: 703/697-5131.
Budget of the U.S. Government 9 a.m. U.S. Government Printing Office holds its media distribution of "The Budget of the U.S. Government, fiscal 2004." Credentialed media may receive one set for no charge; volumes include Budget of the U.S. Government, Budget Appendix, Analytical Perspectives, Historical Tables and Performance and Management Assessment; embargoed until 12:30 p.m., Feb. 3. Location: GPO, 710 North Capitol St. NW. Contact: 202/512-1991 or 202/395-7254.
HHS fiscal 2004 budget 10 a.m. Health and Human Services holds a news briefing on the HHS fiscal 2004 budget. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson participates. Location: HHS, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/690-6343.
Natural resource and environment budget 11:30 a.m. Agriculture Department, Interior Department and the EPAhold a news briefing on the fiscal 2004 natural resource and environment budget proposals for the Agriculture Department, Interior Department and the EPA. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman; Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton and EPA Administrator Christie Whitman, participate. Location: Agriculture Department, Jamie L. Whitten Federal Building, Room 107A, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Contact: 202/720-4626; 202/208-6416 or 202/564-9828.
Education Department 11:30 a.m. Education Department holds a news briefing on the Education Department's fiscal 2004 budget. Education Secretary Rod Paige participates. Location: Education Department, Auditorium, 400 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/401-1576.
"A Million More in 2004" noon Smackdown Your Vote! holds a news conference on "A Million More in 2004," an initiative to encourage 1 million more young adults to cast their votes in the 2004 presidential election. Location: National Press Club, Ballroom, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/659-7902 or 203/352-8630.
Interior Department 1 p.m. Interior Department holds a news briefing on the Interior Department's fiscal 2004 budget. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton and Lynn Scarlett, assistant secretary/CFO for policy, management and budget. Location: Interior Department, 1849 C St. NW. Contact: 202/208-7291.
Nomination of Miguel Estrada 1:30 p.m. Congress holds a news conference to discuss the nomination of Miguel Estrada to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. Sen. Thomas Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, Minority Leader; Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vermont Democrat; Rep. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, chairman, Democratic Caucus; Marissa Demeo, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, participate. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 203/224-2939.
Labor Department 1:30 p.m. Labor Department holds a news briefing on the Labor Department's fiscal 2004 budget.
Highlights 3 p.m. Briefing on individual agencies to follow
Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao participates.
Location: Labor Department, Auditorium, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-4650.
Transportation Department 2 p.m. Transportation Department holds a news briefing on the Transportation Department's fiscal 2004 budget.
Highlights 8 a.m. fiscal 2004 Civil Works press book will be available. Deputy Transportation Secretary Michael Jackson and Donna McLean, assistant secretary for budget and programs, participate. Location: Transportation Department, Marx Media Center, 400 Seventh St. SW.
Energy Department 2 p.m. Energy Department holds a news briefing on the Energy Department's fiscal 2004 budget.
Highlights 2:45 p.m. Stakeholders briefing with breakout sessions to follow
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham participates. Location: Energy Department, Small Auditorium, 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-5806.
NASA 3 p.m. National Aeronautics and Space Administration holds a news briefing on its fiscal 2004 budget proposal. Sean O'Keefe, administrator, NASA, participates. Location: NASA, Main Auditorium, 300 E St. SW. Contact: 202/358-1600.
Home-buying program for union members 4 p.m. American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Fannie Mae and Countrywide Home Loans hold a news conference to announce "Hit Home," a home-buying program for union members. Topics include the signing of the partnership agreement and affordable mortgages available to more than 13 million members of AFL-CIO. John Sweeney, president, AFL-CIO, and D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/842-3100.
AIAA Defense Excellence 2003 Conference 4 p.m. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics holds its AIAA Defense Excellence 2003 Conference.
Location:Ronald Reagan Bldg. and International Trade Center, 1300 ennsylvania Ave. N.W. Contact: 703/264-7500



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