- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 25, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

Travels to Louisville, Ky., and Charlotte, N.C., to participate in discussions on the economy and attend Bush-Cheney ‘04 fund-raisers.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its weekly report on unemployment insurance claims. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. — Office of Personnel Management holds a meeting of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee. Location: OPM, room 5A06A, 1900 E St. NW. Contact: 703/648-6785.

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

10 a.m. — Appropriations homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2005 Homeland Security Department appropriations. Witnesses include Michael Brown, undersecretary of homeland security for emergency preparedness and response. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. — Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Alphonso Jackson to be HUD secretary; Linda Conlin to be a member of the Export-Import Bank Board of Directors; and Rhonda Keenum to be assistant secretary of the Commerce Department and director general of the U.S. Foreign Commercial Services. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. — Budget Committee holds a hearing on the president’s international affairs budget for fiscal 2005. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

2:30 p.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on “Libya: Next Steps in U.S. Relations.” Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2003.” Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Appropriations commerce, justice, state, the judiciary and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2005 appropriations for the Commerce Department. Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Appropriations Interior and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2005 appropriations for the Energy Department. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham testifies. Location: B-308 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Budget Committee holds a hearing on the Health and Human Services Department’s budget priorities for fiscal 2005. Witnesses include HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and Alan Weil of the Urban Institute. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

10 a.m. — Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee holds a hearing on the Social Security Administration’s service delivery budget and the commissioner’s five-year plan to improve public service. SSA Commissioner Joanne Barnhart testifies. Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

GENERAL AGENDA

Homeland security conference — all day — Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association holds a conference, “Homeland Security — Breaking Down the Walls”

Highlights — 3:30 p.m. — Steve Cooper, chief information officer at the Homeland Security Department, “Doing Business in the New Competitive Environment”

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/631-6250 or 800/336-4583, Ext. 6250.

Cyprus discussion — 8:45 a.m. — Western Policy Center hosts a conference, “A Cyprus Settlement in 2004? Policy Implications for Turkey, NATO and the EU.” Location: St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/530-1425.

Global warming conference — 9 a.m. — Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a conference, “Climate Policy for the 21st Century: Meeting the Long-Term Challenges of Global Warming.”

Highlights — 12:45 p.m. — Timothy Wirth, United Nations Foundation

Location: SAIS, Nitze Building, Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5880.

Prescription drugs — 11 a.m. — Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, Illinois Democrat, holds a news conference on an effort to give U.S. consumers cheaper prescription drugs. Location: Room 233, Hall of the States, 444 N. Capitol St. NW. Contact: 312/636-6125.

Transition in Iraq — 11 a.m. — Cato Institute holds a forum, “Transition in Iraq: The July 1 Deadline and Beyond.” Participants include John Hendren of the Los Angeles Times, Christopher Preble of the Cato Institute, Edward Peck, former chief of mission in Baghdad, and Johanna Mendelson-Forman of the United Nations Foundation. Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5200.

Student success — 11:30 a.m. — The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships holds a luncheon to honor congressional lawmakers as “Champions for Student Success.” Participants include Republican Sens. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Democratic Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Harry Reid of Nevada; Republican Reps. John A. Boehner of Ohio and Henry Bonilla of Texas; Democratic Reps. Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania and George Miller of California; and William Daley of SBC Communications. Location: S-207, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/549-4237.

Arab-Israeli conflict — 12:30 p.m. — Palestine Center holds a discussion, “An American Christian Perspective on the Arab-Israeli Conflict.” Corrine Whitlatch of Churches for Middle East Peace participates. Location: PC, 2425-35 Virginia Ave. NW. Contact: 202/338-1290.

All-American Roads — 2 p.m. — Transportation Department and Mobil Travel Guide hold a news conference to introduce a travel guide, “All-American Roads,” and to urge Congress to preserve programs such as America’s Byways by passing a responsible six-year surface transportation bill. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Kevin Bristow of the Mobil Travel Guide participate. Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/366-4570.

Firefighter gear — 3 p.m. — Homeland Security Department and the Congressional Fire Services Caucus hold a news conference to announce the release of standards for personal protective equipment for firefighters. Participants include Rep. Curt Weldon, Pennsylvania Republican, Homeland Security Department Undersecretary Charles McQueary and Undersecretary Mike Brown, and U.S. Fire Administrator R. David Paulison. Location: D.C. Fire Station No. 3, 439 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/282-8010.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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