- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 6, 2003

TODAY’S HEADLINERSJudicial nominations hearing — 2:30 p.m. — Senate Judiciary constitution, civil rights and property rights subcommittee holds a hearing, “Judicial Nominations, Filibusters and the Constitution: When a Majority Is Denied Its Right to Consent.” Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican; Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat; and Sen. Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat, testify. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.Hearing on protecting children — 2 p.m. — House Education and the Workforce education reform subcommittee holds a hearing, “Protecting Children: The Use of Medication in Our Nation’s Schools.” William Carey, director of behavioral pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Katherine Bryson, member of the Utah House of Representatives, testify. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527; for recorded schedule: 202/226-2026.PRESIDENT BUSHAddresses the Tax Relief Coalition at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Meets Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong of Singapore and signs the U.S.-Singapore free-trade agreement.ECONOMIC REPORTS2:30 p.m. — Treasury Department releases auction of three- and six-month Treasury bills. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.5 p.m. — American Petroleum Institute releases a weekly report on petroleum inventories. Location: 1220 L St. NW. Contact: 202/682-8000.FEDERAL AGENCIES8 a.m. — United States Coast Guard holds a meeting of the Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee. Topics include: pilot attrition; a briefing on maritime security on the Great Lakes; cost-saving-reform strategies for Great Lakes pilotage; an update on Coast Guard Great Lakes pilotage activities and a work list for the near future. Location: Maritime Institute of Technology Training and Conference Center, Room Deck A, 5700 Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum Heights. Md. Contact: 202/267-0415.9:30 a.m. — National Transportation Safety Board meets to discuss the most-wanted safety recommendations program, 2003 update. Location: NTSB Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/314-6410.10 a.m. — Federal Maritime Commission meets to consider: fact-finding investigation No. 25, practices of Trans-Pacific Stabilization Agreement members covering the 2002-2003 service-contract season. Location: 800 North Capitol St. NW, first-floor hearing room. Contact: 202/523-5725.3 p.m. — Internal Revenue Service meets by teleconference to discuss work of the Area 2 Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (including Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia). Location: See contact for dial-in information. Contact: 888/912-1227, or 954/423-7977.SENATEIn session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.SENATE COMMITTEES10 a.m. — Appropriations homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for border and transportation security. Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and transportation security, Homeland Security Department, testifies. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.10 a.m. — Energy and Natural Resources national parks subcommittee holds a hearing to amend the National Trails System Act to clarify federal authority relating to land acquisition for willing sellers for certain trails in the NTS; to amend the NTS act to direct the secretary of the interior to carry out a study on the feasibility of designating the Trail of the Ancients as a national historic trail. Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican; Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat; Thomas Ross, assistant director for recreation and conservation, National Park Service, Interior Department, testify. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.10 a.m. — Special Committee on Aging holds a hearing on “Competition in a Modernized Medicare: Separating Fact From Fiction.” Abby Block, assistant director for insurance programs, Office of Personnel Management; Walton Francis, consultant and author on federal health benefits, testify. Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.HOUSE Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning hour and 2 p.m. for legislative business to consider authorizing the printing of “How Our Laws Are Made” and “Our American Government,” the publication titled “Our Flag” and the document-sized and pocket version of the U.S. Constitution. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.HOUSE COMMITTEES10 a.m. — Judiciary immigration and border security subcommittee holds a hearing to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act relating to posthumous citizenship through death while on active duty service during periods of military hostilities to eliminate the prohibition or immigration benefits for surviving family members and to provide such benefits for spouses and children. Rep. Doc Hastings, Washington Republican; Rep. Martin Frost, Texas Democrat, testify. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.10 a.m. — Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on “Installing Agility, Flexibility and a Culture of Achievement in Critical Federal Agencies: A Review of the Civil Service and National Security Personnel Improvement Act of 2003.” Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat and minority whip, testifies. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.2 p.m. — Appropriations transportation, Treasury and general government subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Transportation Department. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta testifies. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.GENERAL AGENDAEIA Spring Gala Conference — all day — by the Electronic Industries Alliance.Highlights — 11:30 a.m. — Al Martinez-Font, special assistant to the secretary, Office of Private Sector, Homeland Security Department, addresses “The Role of High-Tech Industry in Homeland Security.”6 p.m. — Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, and honoree, appears at the 2003 EIA Spring Gala Government and Industry Dinner.Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/302-5997.Future of Iran — 9:30 a.m. — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, the Hudson Institute and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies hold a discussion on “The Future of Iran: Mullahcracy, Democracy and the War on Terrorism.”Highlights — 12:30 p.m. — Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican, participates.Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: Members of the public should contact, 202/862-5855; media contact, 202/862-4871.NAHB Board of Directors meeting — 10 a.m. — National Association of Home Builders holds its spring board of directors meeting.Highlights — 11 a.m. — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman looks at “The Energy Star Program.”Location: National Housing Center, 1201 15th St. NW. Contact: Reporters should RSVP to 202/266-8495.Improve air-quality forecasting — 10 a.m. — EPA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hold a news conference to announce a partnership to improve air-quality forecasting. EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman and Sam Bodman, commerce deputy secretary, participate. Location: grounds of the Washington Monument, National Mall. Contact: 202/564-4355 or 202/482-4640.Administration’s tax-cut initiative — 10 a.m. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts a rally in support of the initiative. Accredited media only, please. President Bush, participates. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682. Labor Department news conference — 2 p.m. — Labor Department holds a news conference to discuss the administration’s commitment to Minnesota’s Consolidated Freightways workers. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao and James Hoffa, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, participate. Location: In front of the Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: Reporters should register with Elissa Pruett, 202/693-4676.Saving private pensions — 2 p.m. — Brookings Institution holds a symposium on “Saving Private Pensions.”Highlights — 2 p.m. — Rep. Earl Pomeroy, North Dakota Democrat, gives keynote address.2:45 p.m. — The Pension System and Alternative Paths to Reform3:30 p.m. — Options for ReformLocation: Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

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