- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 13, 2003

Meets Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, White House. Attends the annual Speaker's St. Patrick's Day Luncheon, U.S. Capitol.

8:30 a.m. Foreign Agricultural Service releases the weekly export sales report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-7115.
8:30 a.m.
Bureau of the Census releases the advance monthly sales for retail and food services for February 2003. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

8 a.m. Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the Blood Products Advisory Committee, to receive and review committee updates on blood-product safety and programs. Location: Hilton DC North-Gaithersburg, grand ballrooms A, B, C, and D, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/827-3514.
9 a.m.
Education Departmentholds a meeting of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council, to discuss mental health services for young children with disabilities and their families. Location: Health and Human Services Department, 200 Independence Ave. SW, Room 505A. Contact: 202/205-5507.
9 a.m.
Federal Reserve System holds a meeting of the Consumer Advisory Council. Topics include: check-bounce protection: discussion of the effect that check-bounce-protection programs have on consumers and potential regulatory concerns; predatory lending: discussion of the effects of state predatory-lending laws on credit availability and the appropriateness of federal pre-emption of state laws. Location: Martin Building, C Street between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-6470.
3 p.m.
Internal Revenue Service holds a meeting by teleconference of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, E-Filing Issue Committee, to receive public comment, ideas and suggestions on improving customer service at the Internal Revenue Service. See contact for dial-in number. Location: None given. Contact: 888/912-1227.

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

9:30 a.m. Appropriations labor, HHS and education subcommittee holds a hearing to examine the causes of the medical liability insurance crisis. Includes Claude Allen, deputy secretary, Health and Human Services Department; Peter McCombs, chairman, Department of Surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital; Donald Berwick, president, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and member, Quality of Health Care in America Committee, Institute of Medicine, testify. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.
9:30 a.m.
Environment and Public Works clean air, climate change and nuclear safety subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on implementation of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6176.
9:30 a.m.
Judiciary Committee holds a full committee hearing on the nomination of Priscilla Owen to be U.S. circuit court judge for the 5th Circuit. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican; Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican; and the nominee, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.
2 p.m.
Armed Services readiness and management support subcommittee holds a hearing on the effects of environmental laws on readiness and the related administration legislative proposal in review of the defense authorization request for fiscal 2004. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Help Efficient, Accessible Low-Cost, Timely Healthcare Act of 2003. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

9:30 a.m. Education and the Workforce education reform subcommittee holds a hearing on "IDEA, Focusing on Improving Results for Children With Disabilities." Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527, recorded schedule: 202/226-2026.
9:30 a.m.
Energy and Commerce energy and air quality subcommittee holds a hearing to examine a comprehensive national energy policy. David Owens, executive vice president, Business Operations Group, Edison Electric Institute, Washington; Jan Schori, representative, Large Public Power Council, testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
10:30 a.m.
Appropriations foreign operations subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the State Department. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10:40 a.m.
Administration Committee holds a full committee meeting to consider funding requests of the committees of the U.S. House of Representatives. Location: 1310 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-8281.
2 p.m.
Armed Services terrorism, unconventional threats and capabilities subcommittee holds a hearing, "Force Protection Policy: The Role of the Department of Defense and the National Guard in Homeland Security." Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151, recorded schedule: 202/225-2675.

USHCC conference all day United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce holds its annual legislative conference.
Highlights 9 a.m. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat
Location: Capitol Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/842-1212.
Crisis in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia all day Church World Service holds a meeting of the West African delegation to raise awareness and support for the current crises in the countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Meetings with the National Security Council's Department of African Affairs; committee members of the House International Affairs subcommittee on Africa; members of the Congressional Black Caucus; and visits to the Gambian and Guinean embassies. Location: See contact for locations. Contact: 212/870-2252.
National Technology Expo and Forum all day The National Council for International Visitors holds its 2003 NCIV National Meeting and the 2003 National Technology Expo and Forum.
Highlights 10:45 a.m. Concurrent sessions on "IVP Overview I: Where Do International Visitors Come From," West End Ballroom, Salon C
12:15 p.m.
Ambassador John Negroponte, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, West End Ballroom
3 p.m.
Capitol Hill appointments and insider's tour of Capitol Hill
Location: Washington Marriott, Thomas Salon, second floor, 1221 22nd St. NW. Contact: 202/842-141.
New safety precautions 10 a.m. Congress holds a news conference to call on states to adopt new safety precautions requiring nightclubs and other concert venues to inform patrons about safety measures before concerts and shows begin. Location: Garfield Circle, U.S. Botanical Gardens. Contact: 202/225-2011.
Iraq crisis 10 a.m. Brookings Institution holds a discussion on "The Iraq Crisis: What Does the World Think About the Diplomatic Wrangling at the U.N.?" Arturo Valenzuela, Georgetown University; Clifford Gray, Philip Gordon, Shibley Telhami and Susan Rice of Brookings, participate. Location: Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.
Speaker's St. Patrick's Day Luncheon noon Congress hosts the annual Speaker's St. Patrick's Day Luncheon. President Bush; Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, House speaker, and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, participate. Location: U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-5214.
NIAF public policy luncheon forum noon The National Italian American Foundation holds a public policy luncheon forum. Including Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, chairman, Veterans' Affairs Committee; Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican, chairman, Rules and Administration Committee; Sen. Michael B. Enzi, Wyoming Republican; Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat; Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, minority leader, participate. Location: S-207, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/939-3106.
Discussion on military scenarios of an attack on Iraq 2 p.m. Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion on military scenarios of an attack on Iraq and the economic consequences. Laurence Meyer, CSIS distinguished scholar and former Federal Reserve Board governor, and Anthony Cordesman, CSIS strategy chairman, participate. Location: CSIS, B-1 conference level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.
Presidential Lecture series 3:45 p.m. The World Bank presents its Presidential Lecture series on "Ireland's Lessons on Economic Transformation." Topics include globalization, partnership, investment in people and Ireland's experience. Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern participates. Location: World Bank, Preston Auditorium, 1818 H St. NW. Contact: 202/349-2043 or 202/473-2243; media contact in advance, 202/473-6313.
U.S.-European relations 6 p.m. Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion on "Trans-Atlantic Tension: Prospects, Challenges for U.S.-European Relations." Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. secretary of state and Jean-David Levitte, French ambassador, participate. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

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