- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 26, 2003

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Diplomacy lecture 10 a.m. Presidential Classroom Scholars Program sponsors a lecture on "The Role of Diplomacy" for 300 high school students participating in the Presidential Classroom Future World Leaders Summit. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell participates. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-0001 or 202/328-6521.

Deportation bill noon Congress holds a news conference to announce legislation, the Anti-Atrocity Alien Deportation Act, to oust torturers and war criminals from the United States. Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, chairman, Judiciary Committee; Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat; Rep. Mark Foley, Florida Republican; and Rep. Gary L. Ackerman, New York Democrat, participate. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-5251.


PRESIDENT BUSH

Addresses the U.S. Central Command, Tampa, Fla. Meets with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Camp David.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases an advance report on durable goods, manufacturers' shipments and orders for February. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

10:30 a.m. Energy Information Administration releases the weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Office of the Secretary of Agriculture holds a meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board. Location: USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/720-3684.

8:30 a.m. Veterans Affairs Department holds a meeting of the Chiropractic Advisory Committee to discuss the status of the chiropractic occupational study and discuss the scope of chiropractic services, services to be provided in the VA chiropractic program, and protocols governing direct access and referrals to chiropractors. Location: VA, 810 Vermont Ave. NW, room 230. Contact: 202/273-8558.

9 a.m. Office of the Secretary of Transportation holds a meeting of the Transportation Labor-Management Board, to determine the issues the board will address, establish priorities and review the revised Transportation Labor-Management Board Charter. Location: Transportation Department, Nassif Building, room 7418, 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-9455.

2 p.m. Social Security Administration holds a meeting by teleconference of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel to discuss the implementation of TWWIA and conduct panel business. Call-in number: 877/546-1568; pass code: PANEL. Location: None given. Contact: 202/358-6430.


SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case

Docket No. 02-94, Overton v. Bazzetta

Docket No. 02-102, Lawrence v. Texas

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. Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a markup of the nomination of Vernon Parker to be an assistant secretary for civil rights, Agriculture Department. The markup will begin immediately after the first Senate vote. Location: S-216, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-6901.

10 a.m. Armed Services seapower subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed legislation authorizing fiscal 2004 funds for Navy shipbuilding programs of the Defense Department. John Young Jr., assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition; and Vice Adm. John Nathman, deputy chief of operations for warfare requirements and programs, testify. Location: 222 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. Indian Affairs Committee holds an oversight hearing on the Indian Gaming Act and the National Indian Gaming Commission. The hearing will begin immediately after the full committee markup. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.

2 p.m. Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Edward Prado to be judge for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Cecilia Altonaga to be judge for the Southern District of Florida; Richard Bennett to be judge for the District of Maryland, and Dee Drell to be judge for the Western District of Louisiana. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

2:30 p.m. Foreign Relations international economic policy, export and trade promotion subcommittee holds a hearing on global energy security issues. Kyle McSlarrow, deputy secretary of energy at the State Department, and Anna Borg, representative to the International Energy Agency at the State Department, testify. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.


HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider recognizing the social problem of child abuse and neglect, and supporting efforts to enhance public awareness of the problem; recognizing and supporting the goals and ideals of National Runaway Prevention Month; to express support for the celebration in 2004 of the 150th anniversary of the Grand Excursion of 1854; Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003; and the Child Abduction Prevention Act of 2003. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Appropriations VA, HUD and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Veterans Affairs Department. Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee holds a markup of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 and a resolution to establish an antitrust task force of the House Judiciary Committee. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

2 p.m. Appropriations commerce, justice, state and the judiciary 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.

2 p.m. Appropriations foreign operations subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Export-Import Bank, U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the Overseas Private Investment Corp. Philip Merill, chairman of the Export-Import Bank; Peter Watson, president of OPIC; and Thelma Askey, director of the Trade Development Agency, testify. Location: H-144, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-2771.


GENERAL AGENDA

NACHC Policy and Issues Forum all day National Association of Community Health Centers holds its Policy and Issues Forum. Location: Hilton Washington and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 301/347-0400.

NASA's Vision and Mission all day American Astronautical Society sponsors the 41st Goddard Memorial Symposium on "NASA's Vision and Mission: Moving Onward and Upward." Location: Greenbelt Marriott Hotel, 6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt. Contact: 703/866-0020.

Tax and budget seminar 8 a.m. The Tax Foundation and Clark-Bardes Consulting hold the 14th Annual U.S. Tax, Budget and Legislative Policy Seminar.

Highlights 8 a.m. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, chairman, Finance Committee

8:30 a.m. Rep. John M. Spratt Jr., South Carolina Democrat

9 a.m. Sen. Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat

9:30 a.m. Rep. Robert T. Matsui, California Democrat

10 a.m. Pam Olson, assistant Treasury secretary for tax policy

10:30 a.m. Rep. Jim Nussle, Iowa Republican, chairman, Budget Committee

11 a.m. Rep. Pete Stark, California Democrat

11:30 a.m. Rep. Jim McCrery, Louisiana Republican

noon Rep. Michael G. Oxley, Ohio Republican, chairman, Financial Services Committee

12:30 p.m. Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, Maryland Republican

1 p.m. Rep. Deborah Pryce, Ohio Republican, chairman, House Republican Conference

1:30 p.m. Stephen Friedman, director, National Economic Council

2 p.m. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director, Congressional Budget Office

2:30 p.m. Rep. Philip M. Crane, Illinois Republican

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/464-5102.

Mexican ID cards 9 a.m. Congressional Hispanic Caucus holds a hearing on the matricula consular, an identity card issued by Mexican consulates to Mexican nationals living abroad. Location: 340 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-8203.

Steel program conference 9 a.m. American Iron and Steel Institute holds a news conference to highlight the positive effects of President Bush's steel program. Andrew Sharkey III, AISI; Charles Connors, American Steel Coalition; Thomas Danjczek, Steel Manufacturers Association and Peter Morici, University of Maryland, participate. Location: 1116 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/452-4115.

Mortgage burning ceremony 2 p.m. National Council of Negro Women holds a mortgage-burning ceremony to dedicate its historic headquarters in honor of its president emeritus, Dorothy Height. Education Secretary Rod Paige participates. Location: NCNW, 633 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/488-4948.

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