- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 6, 2003

PRESIDENT BUSH
To be announced.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases figures on productivity and costs for the fourth quarter of 2002. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.
10 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases figures for January on manufacturers' shipments, inventories and orders. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES
8:30 a.m. Agricultural Marketing Service holds a meeting of the Plant Variety Protection Board. Location: Agriculture Department, George Washington Carver Center, 5601 Sunnyside Ave., Beltsville. Contact: 301/504-5518.
8:30 a.m. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration holds a meeting of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health to discuss its mandate to study and make recommendations on improving the delivery of mental health services. Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 301/443-1545.
9 a.m. State Departmentholds a meeting of its Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy to discuss economic security, investment issues and a draft U.N. Convention Against Corruption. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW, Room 1105. Contact: 202/647-1310.

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 the defense-authorization request for fiscal 2004 and future years. Participants include Thomas White, Army secretary; Hansford Johnson, acting Navy secretary; and James Roche, Air Force secretary. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.
9:30 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing, "An Agreed Framework for Dialogue with North Korea." Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.
10 a.m. Appropriations holds a commerce, justice, state and the judiciary subcommittee hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the State Department. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell testifies. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.
10 a.m. Appropriations holds a VA, HUD and independent agencies subcommittee hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD Secretary Mel Martinez testifies. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE
In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES
10 a.m. Appropriations holds a commerce, justice and state subcommittee hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Commerce Department. Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans testifies. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Appropriations holds an energy and water development subcommittee hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Bureau of Reclamation, Interior Department. Participants include Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton; John Keys, Bureau of Reclamation commissioner; and Ronald Johnson, Central Utah Project Completion Account program director. Location: 2362-B, Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10:15 a.m. Appropriations holds a labor, HHS and education subcommittee hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Education Department. Education Secretary Rod Paige testifies. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
2 p.m. Appropriations holds a commerce, justice and state subcommittee hearing on 2004 appropriations for the Justice Department. Attorney General John Ashcroft testifies. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

GENERAL AGENDA
Chinese human rights all day Population Research Institute holds a conference on human rights in China, "Human Rights Abuses in China: An Update on Population and Religious Persecution."
Highlights 9:30 a.m. Steven Mosher, president of PRI, "Update on One-Child Policy Abuses."
1:15 p.m. Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican, "Coercive Abortion in China."
Location: Concerned Women for America, 1015 15th St. NW. Contact: 540/622-5240.
State lawmakers all day National Conference of State Legislatures holds its "Leader to Leader" meeting.
Highlights 8 a.m. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican
10 a.m. Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican.
11:30 a.m. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican
7 p.m. Rep. Bob Ney, Ohio Republican and Administration Committee chairman; House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge
Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/624-5400.
Troop safety 9:30 a.m. Veterans for Common Sense, Military Families Speak Out and the National Gulf War Resource Center hold a news conference to demand that President Bush ensure troop safety from biological and chemical attacks before commencing a war with Iraq. Location: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/232-8997 or 202/986-6186.
Health insurance 11:30 a.m. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship holds a news conference on "association health plan" legislation to expand health options for uninsured Americans. Participants include Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao; Hector Barreto, Small Business Administration chief; and R. Bruce Josten, U.S. Chamber of Commerce executive vice president for government affairs. Location: 428-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8667.
Domestic defense fund noon Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, holds a news conference to announce legislation to establish a "Domestic Defense Fund" within the Homeland Security Department to help local communities cover the costs of emergency preparedness. Mrs. Clinton and representatives of New York and national police and firefighter organizations, participate. Location: 485 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2243.

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