- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 5, 2003

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Cardinal Pio Laghi, emissary of Pope John Paul II.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

3 p.m. National Agricultural Statistics Service releases its weekly broiler-hatchery report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-7017.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of its financial advisory board. Topics include: State environmental funding; financial assurance at industrial sites; water infrastructure gap; cost-effective environmental management; public finance projects. Location: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 13th floor, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/564-5186.

10 a.m. Department of the Army holds a meeting of the U.S. Military Academy Board of Visitors. Updates on admissions and academic, military, athletic and physical programs. Location: 418 Senate Russell Office Building. Contact: 845/938-4200.


SUPREME COURT

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

Docket Number 02-361 United States v. American Library Association

Docket Number 02-258 Jinks v. Richland County

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. Commerce, Science and Transportation communications subcommittee holds a hearing on implementation of enhanced 911 services for wireless phones. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

10 a.m. Appropriations Committee energy and water development subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps of Engineers. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. Finance Committee holds a full committee hearing to examine the Bush administration's trade agenda. U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick testifies. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.


HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Appropriations energy and water development subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Energy Department. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham testifies. Location: 2362-B, Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on housing-related agency budgets for fiscal 2004. Participants include HUD Secretary Mel Martinez and Arthur Garcia, Rural Housing Service administrator. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10 a.m. Energy and Commerce energy and air quality subcommittee holds a hearing on national energy policy. Participants include Kyle McSlarrow, Energy Department deputy secretary; Richard Meserve, Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman; Patrick Wood, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

2 p.m. Small Business Committee holds a hearing on health insurance costs for small-business owners and their employees. Participants include Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao; Hector Barreto, Small Business Administration chief; Jack Faris, National Federation of Independent Business president. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.


GENERAL AGENDA

Doctor advocacy 8 a.m. American Medical Association holds its National Advocacy Conference. Participants include Surgeon General Richard Carmona. Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-7447.

Estrada nomination 10:30 a.m. Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund holds a news conference to voice opposition to the nomination of Miguel Estrada to the federal bench. Participants include Rep. Ciro D. Rodriguez, Texas Democrat, chairman; Linda Chavez-Thompson, AFL-CIO executive vice president. Location: Cannon Terrace, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-5629 or 202/293-2828, Ext. 16.

Powell speech 2 p.m. Center for Strategic and International Studies plays host to a speech on the status of U.S. policy toward Iraq by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. Location: CSIS, B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

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