- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 10, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Election watch — 8:15 a.m. — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “Election Watch.” Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th Floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict — 10 a.m. — The United States Institute of Peace holds a news briefing on “Healing Across the Divide: The Impact of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on Health Care Delivery.” Jumana Odeh, Palestinian pediatrician, and Zeev Wiener, Israeli psychiatrist, participate. Location: USIP, 1200 17th St. NW. Contact: 220/457-1700.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses the economy and job training, USA Industries, Bay Shore, N.Y. Attends a ground-breaking ceremony for a Nassau County September 11 memorial, East Meadows, N.Y. Attends a Bush-Cheney ‘04 fund-raiser, East Meadows.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

1 p.m. — Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. releases the weekly survey on fixed-rate mortgages. Location: 8200 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. Contact: 703/903-2000.

4 p.m. — Oilseed Processors Association releases the weekly report on the soybean crop. Location: 1255 23rd St. NW, Suite 850. Contact: 202/452-8040.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Energy Department holds a meeting to receive updates on the status of the Agriculture and Energy departments’ joint solicitation for biomass research and development, activities to promote federal procurement of biobased products and method for tracking progress of research awards under the joint solicitation. Location: Hilton Crystal City Hotel at National Airport, Crystal Room, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/586-7766.

9 a.m. — Environmental Protection Agency holds a public workshop with the Office of Pesticide Programs on issues regarding the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act of 2003. Location: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: 703/305-7618.

3 p.m. — Internal Revenue Service holds a meeting by teleconference of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, E-Filing Issue Committee, to discuss improving customer service at the IRS. Location: None given. Contact: 888/912-1227.

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 “Postal Reform: Sustaining the 9 Million Jobs in the $900 Billion Mailing Industry.” Fred Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of FedEx Corp.; Michael Eskew, chairman and chief executive officer of United Parcel Service; Gary Mulloy, chairman and chief executive officer of ADVO Inc.; Gary Pruitt, representative of the Newspaper Association of America; Robert Wientzen, president and chief executive officer of the Direct Marketing Association, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

10 a.m. — Appropriations Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2005 appropriations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe testifies. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on “Options for Safe and Effective Prescription Drug Importation.” Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Mark McClellan testifies. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1251.

11 a.m. — Appropriations legislative branch subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2005 appropriations for the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress James Billington testifies. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Appropriations energy and water development subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2005 appropriations for the Energy Department. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham testifies. Location: 2362-B Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2005 appropriations for the Education Department. Education Secretary Rod Paige testifies. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Energy and Commerce commerce, trade and consumer protection subcommittee holds a hearing on “College Recruiting: Are Student Athletes Being Protected?” Rep. Tom Osborne, Nebraska Republican; David Berst, vice president of Division I, National Collegiate Athletic Association; Elizabeth Hoffman, president of the University of Colorado System, Boulder, Colo., testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10:15 a.m. — Budget Committee holds a markup of the fiscal 2005 budget resolution. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

GENERAL AGENDA

State legislatures meeting — all day — The National Conference of State Legislatures holds the 2004 NCSL Leader to Leader Meeting.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat

11:15 a.m. — Education Secretary Rod Paige

12:15 p.m. — Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat and minority leader, and Rep. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican

6 p.m. — Sens. Susan Collins, Maine Republican and chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee; Ben Nelson, Nebraska Democrat; John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia Democrat, Gordon H. Smith, Oregon Republican, and Olympia J. Snowe, Maine Republican and chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Restoring the Balance Award Dinner, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW.

Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW or as noted above. Contact: 202/624-8667 or 202/330-6185.

Economic justice # — all day — The National Community Reinvestment Coalition holds a conference, “Bringing Economic Justice Home.”

Highlights — 11:45 a.m. — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, addresses NCRC members, G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

6 p.m. — “Fannie May and Freddie Mac: The Need for Increased Oversight and Improved Affordable Housing Goals”

Location: Hyatt Regency, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/628-8866.

Consumer assembly — all day — The Consumer Federation of America holds the 37th annual Consumer Assembly.

Highlights — 11:30 a.m. — Timothy Muris, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission

noon — Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat

3:30 p.m. — Michael Copps of the Federal Communications Commission

4:30 p.m. — Rep. Jan Schakowksy, Illinois Democrat

Location: Washington Plaza, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Contact: 202/387-6121 or 202/737-0766.

NIAF Public Policy Forum — 8:30 a.m. — The National Italian American Foundation holds the NIAF Public Policy Forum. Topics include health care, Medicare and recent legislation. Rep. John L. Mica, Florida Republican; former Rep. John LaFalce, New York Democrat, and William Novelli of the AARP participate. Location: 2168 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/939-3106.

Radioactive contamination — 9:30 a.m. — The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research holds a news conference to release a report, “Nuclear Dumps by the Riverside: Threats to the Savannah River from Radioactive Contamination.” Arjun Makhijani of the IEER and Bobbie Paul of Atlanta Women’s Action for New Directions participate. Location: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/270-0550.

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