- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 2, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

Delivers a commencement address, Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10:30 a.m. Energy Information Administration releases its weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

5 p.m. —World Agricultural Outlook Board releases its weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/720-5447.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the Arthritis Advisory Committee to consider trial design and endpoints for drugs for chronic gout, including new drug application (NDA) 21-740, oxypurinol (proposed trade name, OXIPRIM), Cardiome. Location: FDA, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1066, Rockville. Contact: 301/827-7001.

9 a.m. —Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. holds a meeting of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Banking Policy. Topics include federal pre-emption of state laws; payday lending; Basel II capital requirements; and the boundaries between banking and commerce. Location: FDIC Board Room, sixth floor, 550 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/898-3742.

9:30 a.m. —Federal Communications Commission holds a meeting of the Media Security and Reliability Council to discuss measures that would enhance the security and reliability of media facilities and services. Location: FCC, 445 12th St. SW. Room TW-C305. Contact: 202/418-1600.

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. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on “The Greater Middle East Initiative: Sea Island and Beyond.” Alan Larson, undersecretary for economic, business and agricultural affairs, State Department; Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, testify. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

9:30 a.m. —Commerce, Science and Transportation Committeeholds a hearing on “Fire Fighting Aircraft,” focusing on recent government cancellations of contracts with businesses providing aerial firefighting services. Ellen Connors, chairman, National Transportation Safety Board; Nicholas Sabatini, associate administrator for regulation and certification, FAA, testify. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

10 a.m. —Appropriations defense subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2005 Iraq and Afghanistan Contingent Emergency Reserve Fund Request. Joel Kaplan, deputy director, Office of Management and Budget; Lawrence Lanzillotta, acting undersecretary/comptroller, Defense Department, testify. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. —Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “The Role of State Securities Regulators in Protecting Investors.” Joseph Borg, director of the Alabama Securities Commission and chairman of the Enforcement Section Committee at the North American Securities Administrators Association; Peter Harvey, attorney general, state of New Jersey, testify. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider reauthorizing Title II of the Higher Education Act of 1965; to increase the amount of student loans that may be forgiven for highly qualified teachers in mathematics, science and special education and for reading specialists; to amend Title VII of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to ensure graduate opportunities in postsecondary education. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Energy and Commerce telecommunications and the Internet subcommittee holds a hearing on “Advancing the DTV (Digital Television) Transition: An Examination of the FCC Media Bureau Proposal.” Kenneth Ferree, Media Bureau chief, Federal Communications Commission; Edward Fritts, president/CEO, National Association of Broadcasters, Washington, D.C., testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. —Financial Services capital markets, insurance and government-sponsored enterprises subcommittee holds a hearing, “Investing for the Future: 529 State Tuition Savings Plans.” Diana Cantor, chairman, Executive Board, College Savings Plans Network; Marc Lackritz, president, Securities Industry Association, testify. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10:30 a.m. —International Relations Committee holds a hearing on “United States Policy in Afghanistan.” William Taylor, coordinator for Afghanistan, State Department; James Kunder, deputy assistant administrator, Bureau for Asia and the Near East, U.S. Agency for International Development, testify. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

11 a.m. —Transportation and Infrastructure Committee holds a markup of “Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act of 2003.” Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

GENERAL AGENDA

Hispanic and faith-based issues — all day Esperanza USA holds a conference on Hispanic and faith-based issues. Events begin at 10 a.m.

Highlights — 6:30 p.m. Claude Allen, deputy secretary, HHS, Pacto de Esperanza dinner

Location: Capital Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 703/684-3339.

Economic outlook — 10 a.m. The Business Roundtable holds a conference-call briefing to release the results of its latest CEO Economic Outlook Survey. Dial-in, 800/450-0819. Hank McKinnell, Business Roundtable and Pfizer Inc., participates. Location: None given. Contact: 202/496-3269.

Fund for Peace Report on Iraq — 3 p.m. The National Press Club holds a discussion on “The Second Fund for Peace Report on Iraq.” Pauline Baker, Fund for Peace, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Zenger Room. Contact: 301/530-1210 or 202/662-7540 or 202/223-7940, Ext. 211.

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