- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 18, 2003

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Queen Elizabeth II. Meets with leaders of British opposition parties. Delivers a speech on the trans-Atlantic alliance. Meets with British families who lost family members in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Attends a state dinner in his honor.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Censusreleases new residential construction figures for October 2003. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

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

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Food and Drug Administrationholds a meeting of the Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs Advisory Committee, to discuss the assessment and management of risk related to QTc prolongation by Droperidol (Inapsine) Akorn Inc., indicated for nausea and vomiting in surgical and diagnostic procedures, premedication and neuroleptanalgesia. Location: Holiday Inn, the ballrooms, 2 Montgomery Village Ave. Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/827-7001.

9 a.m. National Communications Systemholds a meeting of the Telecommunications Service Priority System Oversight Committee. Topics include: TSP Program Update; TSP Revalidation Update; TSP Customer Satisfaction Survey. Location: 701 South Courthouse Road, Arlington. Contact: 703/607-6211.

9 a.m. —Federal Deposit Insurance Corporationholds a meeting of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Banking Policy. Topics include: discussion of financial literacy (MoneySmart and beyond); the future of banking (structure and policy considerations); FDIC Corporate University (progress, strategy, and vision). Location: FDIC, 550 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/898-3742.

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. — Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “Agroterrorism: The Threat to America’s Breadbasket,” focusing on the vulnerability of America’s food and agricultural infrastructure to terrorist attack, the effects of an attack, and the existing and needed prevention and response capabilities. Sen. Jim Talent, Missouri Republican; Peter Chalk, RAND Corporation; Tom McGinn, North Carolina Department of Agriculture, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

9:30 a.m. Judiciary Committeeholds a hearing on the nominations of William James Haynes II to be U.S. circuit judge for the 4th Circuit; Louis Guirola Jr., to be U.S. district judge for the Southern District of Mississippi; Virginia Hopkins to be U.S. district judge for the Northern District of Alabama; and Kenneth Karas to be U.S. district judge for the Southern District of New York. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

10 a.m. —Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committeeholds a markup of S.741, to amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act with regard to new animal drugs; the Mammography Quality Standards Reauthorization Act; the Medical Device Technical Corrections Act; the Organ Donation and Recovery Improvement Act and pending nominations. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Energy and Commercecommerce, trade and consumer protection subcommittee holds a hearing on “Cybersecurity and Consumer Data: What’s the Risk for the Consumer?” Orson Swindel, commissioner, Federal Trade Commission; Howard Schmidt, vice president and chief information security officer, EBay Inc.; Scott Charney, chief trustworthy computing strategist, Microsoft Corporation, testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

1:30 p.m. —International RelationsMiddle East and Central Asia subcommittee and international terrorism, nonproliferation and human rights subcommittee holds a joint hearing on “Afghanistan: Democratization and Human Rights on the Eve of the Constitutional ‘Loya Jirga.’” Lorne Craner, assistant secretary. Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, State Department; John Hanford III, ambassador at large, Office of International Religious Freedom, State Department, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

2 p.m. —Ways and Means human resources subcommittee holds a hearing to investigate how states can better ensure the safety of children placed in foster and adoptive homes. Rep. Tom DeLay, Texas Republican, majority leader; Cornelia Ashby, director for education, work force and income security, General Accounting Office; Jill Baker, program manager, Child Protective Services, Norfolk Department of Human Services, testify. Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

2:30 p.m. —Armed Services Committeeholds a hearing on U.S. national security strategy. Jeane Kirkpatrick, senior fellow and director of foreign and defense policy studies, American Enterprise Institute; Samuel L. Berger, chairman, Stonebridge International LLC, former national security adviser to President Clinton, testify. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151, recorded schedule 202/225-2675.

GENERAL AGENDA

Autism Summit Conference — all day Health and Human Services and the Education departments sponsor an Autism Summit Conference.

Highlights — 9 a.m. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson

9:15 a.m. — Education Secretary Rod Paige

10:35 a.m. — Rep. Henry A. Waxman, California Democrat

10:50 a.m. — Rep. Dan Burton, Indiana Republican

11:05 a.m. — Rep. Dave Weldon, Florida Republican

Contact: 301/443-3563.

Hydrogen Economy — all day The Energy, State Department and Transportation departments host the inaugural meeting of the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy.

Highlights — 9 a.m. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham

10:15 a.m. —Vicky Bailey, Energy Department; Robert Walker, former representative, Pennsylvania Republican; Marianne Haug, International Energy Agency and John Ryan, Department of Industry, Tourism & Resources, Australia, “Public Policy Issues”

5:30 p.m. —Signing ceremony for an agreement to advance commercialization of fuel cells worldwide.

Location: Omni Shoreman Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 202/586-5806.


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