- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 6, 2003

Foreign-policy hearing 9:30 a.m. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing to examine U.S. foreign policy. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell participates. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.
Film screening 6:30 p.m. HBO, the Library of Congress and the Congressional Black Caucus host a film screening of a documentary, "Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives." Highlights include more than 2000 interviews from 1936 to 1938 of one-time slaves and on-camera readings by Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. Location: Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Contact: Media RSVP to 202/512-1904 or 202/466- 6040.

Attends the National Prayer Breakfast. Contact: 202/456-2580.

10 a.m. Attends a memorial service for the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Contact: 202/456-7549.

8:30 a.m. Agriculture Department's Foreign Agricultural Service announces its weekly export-sales report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue. SW. Contact: 202/720-7115.
8:30 a.m.
Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its report on productivity and costs for the fourth quarter of 2002. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.
10:30 a.m.
Energy Department's Energy Information Administration announces its weekly natural-gas storage report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.
1 p.m.
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. releases its weekly survey on fixed-rate mortgages. Location: 8200 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/903-2000.

8 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council's contaminant candidate work group to develop a risk-based priority process based on 2001 recommendations of the National Research Council. Location: Resolve Inc., 1255 23rd St. NW, suite 275. Contact: 703/285-1093.
8 a.m.
Health and Human Services Department's National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the neurological disorders subcommittee to discuss research mechanisms and infrastructure needs. Location: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, 8A-28, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-1779.
9:30 a.m.
International Trade Commission holds a public hearing on the U.S.-Australia free-trade agreement. Location: International Trade Commission Building, 500 E St. SW. Contact: 202/205-1806.

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

Schedule to be announced. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

11:30 a.m. Judiciary Committee marks up the judicial nominations of Deborah Cook for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, John Roberts for the District of Columbia Circuit, Jeffrey Sutton for the 6th Circuit, John Adams for the Northern District of Ohio, Robert Junell for the Western District of Texas and James Otero for the Central District of California. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

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

9:30 a.m. Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on the president's fiscal year 2004 budget for the Department of Health and Human Services. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.
10 a.m.
Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on reforming Medicaid. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Republican, will participate. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

Medical conference all day Advanced Medical Technology Association holds a conference to discuss federal preparedness priorities and research funding initiatives.
Highlights: 9 a.m. Jerome Hauer, assistant secretary of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and point man on preparedness for HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson
9:45 a.m.
Maria Giovanni, assistant director of microbial genomics and advanced technologies at the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, and Stephen Morse, associate director of the science, bioterrorism preparedness program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
11:10 a.m.
Dr. Andrea Meyerhoff, director of counterterrorism for the Food and Drug Administration
12:55 p.m.
Dorothy Canter, chief scientist for bioterrorism at the Environmental Protection Agency
2:10 p.m.
Dr. William Winkenwerder, assistant secretary of health affairs at the Defense Department, and David Norwood, chief of the diagnostic systems division at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute on Infectious Diseases. Location: Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/434-7243 or 202/434-7269.
Climate-control conference 7:30 a.m. National Mining Association holds a news conference, "NMA Climate Action Plan." Location: National Press Club, Winner's Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/463-2621.
NASA Memorial Service 10 a.m. National Aeronautics and Space Administration holds a memorial service for the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia. Participants include Vice President Richard B. Cheney and NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. Location: Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Contact: 202/358-1600.
NASA briefings 11:30 a.m. NASA holds two daily news briefings.
Highlights: 4:30 p.m. News briefing from the Johnson Space Center on NASA TV with limited two-way question-and-answer capability from participating agency centers. Location: NASA, 300 E St. SW. Contact: 202/358-1600.
Burma briefing noon Freedom Forum holds a news conference to campaign for the National League of Democracy party leader's nonviolent struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma. Topics include an unrecognized election victory in Burma and how foreign journalists are barred from Burma by the ruling military. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, West Room. Contact: 703/284-3528 or 703/284-2895.
News conference noon Indian America Policy Institute holds a news conference to announce the Indian America Policy Institute. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, ballroom. Contact: 202/955-5820.
Tax luncheon noon National Economists Club holds a luncheon meeting on tax policy and the fiscal 2004 budget. Location: Chinatown Garden Restaurant, 618 H St. NW. Contact: 703/493-8824.
Economic discussion 12:30 p.m. New America Foundation holds a discussion, "The Perfect Storm: Why the Next Six Weeks Will Dictate America's Economic Health for Years to Come." Topics include how the U.S. economy escaped from recession despite the extraordinary shocks of the past two years of the stock market crash, September 11, the corporate scandals and global downturn, as well as additional stimulus from several growth drivers. Location: NAF, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP to 202/986-4901.
War forum 1:30 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a forum, "The United States and Iraq: What Are the Stakes; What Are the Options?" Location: SAIS, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Kenney Auditorium. Contact: RSVP to 202/663-5831 or 202/663-5626.
Weapons briefing 4 p.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing, "On the Trail of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Filming in Kazakhstan and Russia." Location: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor conference room. Contact: 202/457-6949.
D.C. building meeting 4:30 p.m. District of Columbia Building Association holds a meeting, "Look What's Happening in Washington, D.C."
Highlights: 4:30 p.m. Board meeting, West Room
6 p.m.
7 p.m.
Program. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, ballroom. Contact: 202/966-8665.
Black history reception 6 p.m. D.C. Black History Celebration Committee holds a reception and kickoff for Black History Month. Location: Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred St., Alexandria. Contact: 703/838-4356.
Civil liberties discussion 6:30 p.m. Council on Foreign Relations holds a discussion, "Protecting the Homeland and Preserving Civil Liberties." Location: CFR, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: RSVP required; 212/434-9537.

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