- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 8, 2003

TODAY’S HEADLINERSWages and housing costs — 11 a.m. — National Housing Council holds a news briefing to release a report, “Paycheck to Paycheck: Wages and the Cost of Housing in America.” Location: NHC, 1801 K Street NW. Contact: 202/466-2121, Ext. 226.Immigration hearing — 2 p.m. — House Judiciary immigration, border security and claims subcommittee holds an oversight hearing, “War on Terrorism: Immigration Enforcement Since September 11, 2001.” Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.PRESIDENT BUSHMeets with Central European foreign ministers.ECONOMIC REPORTS8:30 a.m. — Foreign Agricultural Service releases a weekly export-sales report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-7115.10:30 a.m. — Energy Information Administration releases a weekly natural-gas storage report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.FEDERAL AGENCIES8 a.m. — National Institute of Standards and Technology holds a meeting of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Advisory Board, to update the board on the latest program developments at MEP including the 360vu national accounts initiative. Location: NIST, Administration Building, Gaithersburg, employees’ lounge. Contact: 301/975-3360.9 a.m. — Health and Human Services Department holds a meeting of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Topics include preliminary highlights from the President’s Advisory Commission report in the subject area of health, presentations on the subject area of economic and community development, administrative tasks, deadlines, upcoming events and comments from the public. Location: Holiday Inn Georgetown, 2101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Contact: 301/443-2492.2 p.m. — Rural Telephone Bank holds a staff briefing for the Board of Directors. Topics include Broadband Loan Program update, privatization issues, proposed fiscal 2004 budget, director liability and administrative issues. Location: Agriculture Department, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW, conference room 104-A. Contact: 202/720-9554.SENATEIn session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.SENATE COMMITTEES9:30 a.m. — Appropriations agriculture subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Agriculture Department. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman; Jim Moseley, deputy secretary, Agriculture Department; Keith Collins, chief economist, Agriculture Department; Stephen Dewhurst, Office of Budget and Program Analysis, testify. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.10 a.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: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.9:30 a.m. — Rules and Administration Committee holds a hearing on oversight of operations of the sergeant-at-arms, Library of Congress and Congressional Research Service. William Pickle, sergeant-at-arms; James Billington, librarian of Congress; Daniel Mulhollan, director, Congressional Research Service, testify. Location: 301 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6352.HOUSEMeets at 10 a.m. to consider the Workforce Reinvestment and Adult Education Act of 2003. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.HOUSE COMMITTEES2 p.m. — Appropriations transportation, Treasury and general government subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2004 appropriations for the Treasury Department. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow testifies. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.2 p.m. — Government Reform human rights and wellness subcommittee holds a hearing, “Consumer Choice and Implementing Full Disclosure in Dentistry.” Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.2 p.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure aviation subcommittee holds a markup to amend Title 49 of the U.S. Code, to allow cargo pilots to participate in the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.GENERAL AGENDA”Children in the Cross Fire” — all day — Labor Department hosts an international conference, “Children in the Cross Fire,” to heighten the global response to the use of child soldiers.Highlights — 1:30 p.m. — Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao1:45 p.m. — John Negroponte, U.S. ambassador to the United NationsLocation: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/693-4686.Free-trade agreements and U.S. trade policy — all day — Institute for International Economics holds a conferenceHighlights — 1 p.m. — U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick, “U.S. Policy Toward Free-Trade Agreements”Location: IIE, 1750 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/454-1361.National Food Policy Conference — all day — Consumer Federation of America holds its 26th annual conference.Highlights — 9 a.m. — Obesity: Will Courtrooms Become the New Obesity Battleground10:10 a.m. — Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson10:35 a.m. — Mark McClellan, commissioner, Food and Drug Administration1 p.m. — Christine Todd Whitman, administrator, Environmental Protection Agency 5:30 p.m. — Rep. John D. Dingell, Michigan Democrat, and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, California Democrat, 21st annual Golden Carrot Awards DinnerLocation: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/387-6121 or 202/737-0766.Carbon sequestration — 8 a.m. — Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency hold the second annual Conference on Carbon Sequestration.Highlights — 8 a.m. — EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman, “Developing a Framework for Government Partnerships to Support the President’s Carbon Intensity Reduction Program.”Location: Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Contact: 202/586-4940 or Drew Malcomb, 202/586-580.Security Traders Association Foundation — 8 a.m. — holds its seventh annual congressional conference.Highlights — 9 a.m. — Sen. Jon Corzine, New Jersey Democrat10:10 a.m. — Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat10:40 a.m. — Rep. Richard H. Baker, Louisiana Republican11:10 am. — Rep. Vito J. Fossella, New York Republican12:15 p.m. — Rep. Michael G. Oxley, Ohio Republican, chairman, Financial Services CommitteeLocation: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW, Spring Wood Room. Contact: RSVP to Douglas Parrillo, 202/861-5838.Building democracy in Asia — 10 a.m. — Association on Third World Affairs Inc. holds a Capitol Hill conference, “Building Democracy in Asia.” Location: Room 340, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: RSVP to 202/973-0157.U.N. role in postwar Iraq — 10:30 a.m. — Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion, “The U.N. Role in Postwar Iraq.” U.K. Ambassador to the United Nations Jeremy Greenstock and Jordanian Ambassador to the United Nations Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Hussein participate. Location: 2255 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/775-3242.President Bush’s health care plan — noon — Heritage Foundation holds a briefing on the president’s plan. Doug Badger, special assistant to the president for economic policy; Kay Coles James, director, Office of Personnel Management; Bob Moffit, director for domestic-policy studies, and Michael Franc, vice president for government relations, Heritage Foundation, participate. Location: 2226 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/675-1752.Federal budget and the budget process — 2 p.m. — Committee for a Responsible Budget hosts a discussion, “The Federal Budget and the Budget Process: Where Do We Go from Here?”Highlights — 7 p.m. — Sen. Pete V. Domenici, New Mexico Republican, chairman, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, honorary gala dinner, Washington Court Hotel, ballroom, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW.Location: S-120, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/547-4484.Pledge Protection Act of 2003 — 2:30 p.m. — Congress holds a news conference to introduce legislation, “The Pledge Protection Act of 2003,” which would restrict the jurisdiction of lower federal courts from ruling on the Pledge of Allegiance. Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican, participates. Location: House Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 314/590-0029.

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