- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 4, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

Attends the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington; discusses homeland security in Charleston, S.C.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

8:30 a.m. —Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on productivity and costs for the fourth quarter last year. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance holds a meeting to discuss the simplification of need analysis, forms and delivery of student aid. Location: Holiday Inn on the Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Federal South Room. Contact: 202/219-2099.

9:30 a.m. —National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism holds a meeting. Location: Bethesda Suites Marriott, 6711 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. Contact: 301/443-4376.

2 p.m. —Federal Election Commission holds an open meeting. Topics include: draft advisory opinion 2003-37: Americans for a Better Country by Keith A. Davis, treasurer; draft advisory opinion 2003-38: U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel by counsel, Cassandra Lentchner; draft advisory opinion 2003-39: Credit Union National Association by counsel, Jan Witold Baran and D. Mark Renaud. Location: 999 E St. NW. Contact: 202/694-1220.

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. Budget Committee holds a hearing on the president’s fiscal 2005 budget proposal. Joshua Bolten, director of the Office of Management and Budget, testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

10 a.m. —Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of William Myers III to be U.S. circuit judge for the 9th Circuit, William Duffey Jr. to be U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Georgia, and Lawrence Stengel to be U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

HOUSE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Global finance — all day The Bankers’ Association for Finance and Trade holds its 21st annual conference on global finance, “Midwinter Strategic Issues”

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. George Wolfe of the Treasury Department and Paul Oldshure of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, “Rebuilding the Financial Architecture of Iraq”

4:15 p.m. Randal Quarles of the Treasury Department, “Balancing the Global Economy”

Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5466.

Prayer breakfast — 7 a.m. Congress hosts the National Prayer Breakfast. Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: None given.

911 implementation — 9:30 a.m. The National Emergency Number Association holds a discussion on state governments’ role in E-911 implementation. Richard Taylor, John Melcher and David Jones of the NENA and Phil Minasian of the Monitor Group participate. Location: National Press Club, Lisagor Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/715-1537.

Exhibition — 10 a.m. Library of Congress opens an exhibition, “Churchill l and the Great Republic,” the first comprehensive exhibition of Winston Churchill material in the United States. Exhibition runs through June 26. Location: Thomas Jefferson Building, Northwest Gallery, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 202/707-4604.

Mexican delegation — 10:15 a.m. A Mexican delegation of lawmakers holds a news conference on their working visit to Washington. Silvia Hernandez, president of the Foreign Relations Commission for North America of the Mexican Senate; Raymundo Cardenas, vice president of the Directive Board of the Mexican Senate; Hector Osuna, secretary of the Foreign Relations Commission for North America of the Mexican Senate; and Adriana Gonzalez, president of the Foreign Relations Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, participate. Location: Mexican Embassy, 1911 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/728-1650.

Prescription-drug coverage — 11 a.m. Congress holds a news conference to introduce bipartisan legislation to improve prescription drug coverage for all American seniors under the new Medicare Prescription Drug Law. Sens. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, and Olympia J. Snowe, Maine Republican and chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, participate. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/224-3789 or 202/224-5344.

AIDS discussion — 11 a.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “The Global Pandemic: AIDS in Africa, China and Russia.” Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson; Roger Bate, James Glassman and Nicholas Eberstadt of the AEI; David Gordon of the National Intelligence Council; and Marwyn Samuels of the U.S.-China AIDS Foundation participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Hispanic hiring — noon — Latina Style holds its “Best 50 Companies” awards luncheon to honor companies for their commitment to hiring Hispanics. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao delivers the luncheon address. Location: J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/955-7930.

Kosovo peace — 2 p.m. The United States Institute of Peace holds a meeting, “Kosovo: What’s on the Horizon?” Kosovar Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi and Daniel Serwer of the institute participate. Location: USIP, second-floor conference room, 1200 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/457-6063.

Portuguese-American relations — 3 p.m. The National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a discussion, “Portuguese-American Relations: Incorporating the Portuguese Language into Scholastic Aptitude Tests.” Rui Manuel Parente Chancerelle De Machete of the Executive Council of the Luso-American Development Foundation participates. Location: National Press Club, Lisagor Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/530-1210 or 202/662-7540 or 202/338-8612, Ext. 127.

Europeans on the future of the EU — 6:30 p.m. Council on Foreign Relations holds a discussion, “Europeans on the Future of the EU.” Patrick Jarreau of Le Monde, Radek Sikorski of the American Enterprise Institute, Martin Walker of United Press International and Michael Mandelbaum of the CFR participate. Location: CFR, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 212/434-9716.

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