- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 4, 2003

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with President Joseph Kabila of Congo at the White House; signs the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, Ronald Reagan Building.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases a report on manufacturers’ shipments, inventories and orders for September. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

10 a.m. —National Association of Realtors releases a report on condominium sales for the third quarter. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

1 p.m. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds a meeting of the Office of Energy Projects commission staff on the new integrated licensing process. Location: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St. NE. Contact: 202/502-8434.

5 p.m. —Office of the Secretary of the Interiorholds a meeting of the Guam War Claims Review Commission. Location: Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States, 600 E St. NW, Room 6002. Contact: 202/616-6975.

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket No. 02-1019, Arizona v. Gant

Docket No. 02-1060, Illinois v. Lidster

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. Joint Economic Committee holds a hearing on “Rethinking the Tax Code.” Witnesses include Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican; Rep. Jim McDermott, Washington Democrat; Rep. John Linder, Georgia Republican; and Michael Boskin, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5171.

10 a.m. —Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the state of the banking industry. Witnesses include Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan; James Gilleran, director of the Office of Thrift Supervision; and David Powell, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

2 p.m. Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “The Report of the Presidential Commission on the U.S. Postal Service: Preserving Access and Affordability.” Witnesses include David Walker, comptroller general of the General Accounting Office, and Postmaster General John Potter. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider bills on judicial pay, DNA technology in the legal system, prison contracting, the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2003. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Financial Collapse of HealthSouth.” Witnesses include Joel Gordan, acting chairman of the HealthSouth board of directors; Robert May, acting chief executive officer; and Sage Givens, member of the board of directors. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

11 a.m. —Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on “Sustaining Global Commitments: Implications for U.S. Forces.” Witnesses include David Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness; and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151; recorded schedule, 202/225-2675.

2 p.m. —Financial Services capital markets, insurance and government sponsored enterprises subcommittee holds a hearing on “Reforming Insurance Regulation — Making the Marketplace More Competitive for Consumers.” Witnesses include Mike Pickins, president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; and Gregory Serio, New York superintendent of insurance. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

2 p.m. International RelationsWestern Hemisphere subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Case for a Social Investment Fund for the Americas.” Witnesses include Brian Atwood, University of Minnesota dean, and Patrick Cronin of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA

Energy-efficiency summitall day Alliance to Save Energy holds a summit on “Building a Competitive Advantage.” Participants include Sens. Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat; Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico Democrat; Rep. Zach Wamp, Tennessee Republican; and Bryan Hannegan of the Executive Office of the President. Location: Renaissance D.C. Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/530-2203.

Role of the church — all day United Methodist Council of Bishops holds meetings with House and Senate leaders to discuss the role the church plays in domestic and international issues.

Highlights — 1:30 p.m. Sen. Don Nickles, Oklahoma Republican and Budget Committee chairman.

1:45 p.m. —Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat.

2 p.m. —Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican and Foreign Relations Committee chairman.

2:20 p.m. —Rep. Barbara Lee, California Democrat.

2:40 p.m. —Lee Hamilton, adviser to President Bush on homeland security.

3 p.m. —Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican.

3:30 p.m. —Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat and Congressional Black Caucus chairman.

4 p.m. —Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Maryland Democrat.

Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 615/456-4710 or 202/715-1514.

“E-Lanka” program — 8:30 a.m. U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a news conference for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to introduce an initiative of the “E-Lanka” program in Sri Lanka. Participants include Ranil Wickremasinghe, Sri Lanka prime minister; Brad Smith and Sanjay Mirchandani of Microsoft; Mohammed Mohsin of the World Bank; and Willard Workman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Partial-birth abortion — 10:30 a.m. Senate Republican Conference holds a conference call briefing to discuss President Bush’s signing of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and the viability of the bill against legal challenges. Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican, participates. Location: None. Contact: 202/224-5572.

Internet taxes — 11 a.m. Congress holds a news conference to push for passage of the Internet Tax Non-Discrimination Act of 2003, (S.150). Sens. George Allen, Virginia Republican; Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat; John E. Sununu, New Hampshire Republican; and Reps. Christopher Cox, California Republican, and Christopher B. Cannon, Utah Republican. Location: 236 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4746 or 202/253-4771.


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