- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 20, 2003

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Cameroonian President Paul Biya, White House.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

1 p.m. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation releases the weekly survey on fixed-rate mortgages. Location: 8200 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/903-2000.

2 p.m. Treasury Department issues the Treasury statement (the "monthly budget") for February 2003. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Medicare Payment Advisory Commission holds a meeting to discuss Medicare payment for prescription drugs under part B; volume of physician services and related physician payment issues. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/220-3700.

9 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of its Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee. Topics include: highlights of the Office of Children's Health Protection activities; reports from the Science and Regulatory Work Group. Location: Hotel Washington, 515 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/564-2188.

1 p.m. Office of the Undersecretary for Food Safety holds a meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling. Topics include: consideration of labeling provisions in the draft codex standards; draft amendment to the general standard for the labeling of prepackaged foods. Location: Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park. Contact: 202/205-7760.


SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. 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. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on atomic energy defense activities. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham testifies. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

9:30 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on issues relating to HUD's proposed rule on the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. HUD Secretary Mel Martinez testifies. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. Appropriations commerce, justice, state and the judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Commerce Department. Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans testifies. Location: S-146, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. Appropriations VA, HUD, and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Environmental Protection Agency. Christie Whitman, administrator, EPA, testifies. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.


HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business to consider the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal 2004. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Appropriations commerce, justice and state subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the State Department. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell testifies. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10:15 a.m. Appropriations labor, HHS, and education subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Department of Health and Human Services. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson testifies. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 20/225-2771.


GENERAL AGENDA

Food Safety Summit all day National Restaurant Association and the International Food Safety Council holds the Food Safety Summit 2003. Location: Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/331-5939 or 312/715-6761.

Hospitals conference all day Federation of American Hospitals holds its Annual Public Policy Conference and Business Exposition.

Highlights 8:30 a.m. Sen. John B. Breaux, Louisiana Democrat; Rep. Bill Thomas, California Republican, chairman, Ways and Means Committee, and Doug Bader, special assistant to the president for economic policy

Robert Novak and Mark Shields, syndicated columnists, participate. Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 202/624-1527.

Homeland Security 7:50 a.m. George Washington University and WebMethods Inc. sponsor a forum on "Homeland Security: Can Technology Make Us Safer?" Mark Forman, chief information officer, Bush administration; former Sen. Gary Hart, Colorado Democrat, and co-chairman, U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century; former Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III, Republican and chairman, Nation Advisory Commission on Terrorism; James Woolsey, former director, CIA, Clinton administration; and Samuel Berger, former national security adviser to President Clinton and member, WebMethods' Government Advisory Board, participate. Location: GW, Media and Public Affairs Building, Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St. NW. Contact: 202/994-3566.

Iraq series briefing 10 a.m. Brookings Institution holds its Iraq series briefing on "The Power and Peril of High-Speed Warfare: Will an Attack on Iraq be Clean and Quick or a Series of Nasty Surprises?" John Sigler, professor, Near East Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University and retired Navy rear admiral; William Nash, senior fellow and director, Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations and retired Army general, participate. Location: Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Technology briefing 11:45 a.m. Women's High-Tech Coalition holds a luncheon briefing on technology.

Highlights 11:45 a.m. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, California Democrat, national chairman, WHTC

2 p.m. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao, White House

Location: AeA Building, Suite 600, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW or as noted above. Contact: RSVP to 202/585-8834.

Women's History Month ceremony noon Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation and the Defense Department sponsor a Women's History Month 2003 ceremony with a brown-bag luncheon program series on "Women Pioneering the Future."

Location: Women's Memorial, Gateway to Arlington National Cemetery. Contact: RSVP to 703/533-1155 or 800/222-2294.

The War on Women, the Fight for Choice 12:30 p.m. Woman's National Democratic Club holds a discussion on "The War on Women, the Fight for Choice," which focuses on the 30-year landmark anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. Location: WNDC, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 202/232-7363.

Universal health care rally 2:30 p.m. American Medical Student Association holds a rally in support of universal health care coverage for all Americans. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Illinois Democrat; Rep. Jim McDermott, Washington Democrat; Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, and Victor Sidel, former president, Physicians for Social Responsibility and the American Public Health Association, participate. Location: Upper Senate Park, Delaware and Constitution Avenue, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 703/620-6600.

Turkey's parliamentary vote on Iraq 3 p.m. National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon Program holds a luncheon program to discuss "Turkey's Parliamentary Vote on Iraq and Turkish-American Relations." Abdullah Akyuz, Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association and Meliha Altunisik, professor, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, participate. Location: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7540 or 301/530-1210.

Religious persecution in Laos 3:30 p.m. Congressional Forum on Laos holds a news briefing to discuss a special report on religious persecution in Laos. Including Rep. Mark Green, Wisconsin Republican; Rep. Tim Holden, Pennsylvania Democrat; Rep. Devan Nunes, California Republican; John Tai, U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, participate. Location: 121 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/543-1444.

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