- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 16, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Postwar Iraq — noon — The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Iraq, One Year Later.” Amatzia Baram of the U.S. Institute of Peace, James Phillips and John Hilboldt of the foundation and Nina Shea of the Freedom House’s Center for Religious Freedom participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Religion in the 2004 elections — 9:30 a.m. — The Interfaith Alliance holds a discussion, “One Nation — Many Faiths: Religion in the 2004 Elections.” Diana Eck of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, the Rev. James Forbes Jr. of the Riverside Church in New York City, Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune, Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation, John Zogby of Zogby International and the Rev. C. Welton Gaddy of the Interfaith Alliance participate. Location: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/639-6370, ext. 106, or 202/639-6370, ext. 120.



PRESIDENT BUSH

Participates in the shamrock ceremony in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and meets with Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, White House. Attends the Speaker’s St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon, Capitol Hill.

VICE PRESIDENT

Makes remarks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum upon the delivery of a former Marine One presidential helicopter for display at the museum, Simi Valley, Calif.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the real earnings for February 2003. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

3 p.m. — National Agricultural Statistic Service releases its weekly broiler hatchery report. Location: 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 800/727-9540.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research holds a meeting of the Science Advisory Board. Topics include: NOAA research review; NOAA social science research activities; reports of cooperative institute reviews; ocean modeling review; fiscal 2005 budget requests. Location: Key Bridge Marriott Hotel, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington. Contact: 301/713-9121.

9 a.m. — Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee, to discuss premarket approval application for a Total Artificial Heart indicated for bridge to transplant usage in cardiac transplant-eligible candidates at risk of imminent death. Location: Hilton Washington D.C. North/Gaithersburg, salons A, B, and C, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/443-8320, Ext. 143.

9:30 a.m. — International Trade Administration holds a meeting of the President’s Export Council to discuss topics related to export expansion. Topics include: trade priorities and initiatives; World Trade Organization; PEC subcommittee activity and proposed letters of recommendation. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/482-1124.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the “Counter-Terrorist Rewards Program Act”; to recognize more than five decades of strategic partnership between the United States and the people of the Marshall Islands in the pursuit of international peace and security; and to discuss the liberation of the Iraqi people and the valiant service of the U.S. armed forces and coalition forces. 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 Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas testify. Location: H-309, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure aviation subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Status of the Computer-Assisted Passenger Prescreening System,” David Stone, acting administrator, Transportation Security Administration; James May, president, Air Transport Association; Kevin Mitchell, business travel consultant; Norman Rabkin, managing director for homeland security justice, General Accounting Office, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10:30 a.m. — Select Homeland Security infrastructure and border security subcommittee holds a hearing on the Homeland Security Department’s border and transportation security budget proposal for fiscal 2005. Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and transportation security, Homeland Security Department, testify. Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

1 p.m. — Appropriations commerce, justice, state, the judiciary and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2005 appropriations for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

GENERAL AGENDA

Update on the war in Iraq — 9 a.m. — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion on “One Year Later: An Update on the War in Iraq.”

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Ambassador Javier Ruperez of Spain, on events in Spain

10 a.m. — Rend Rahim, Iraqi Governing Council; Karlyn Bowman, Danielle Pletka, Reuel Marc Gerecht and Richard Perle, AEI, on the current status of the war in Iraq

Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Protecting our military families — noon — National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosts a speech, “Protecting Our Military Families in Times of War.” Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, participates. Location: DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. Contact: 202/897-3274 or 202/712-3000.

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