- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 17, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

Addresses military personnel at Fort Campbell, Ky.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

6 p.m. — Federal Reserve Board releases its weekly reports on the condition statement of Federal Reserve banks and factors affecting reserves of depository institutions.

Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Federal Interagency Coordinating Council holds a meeting to discuss educational services for young children with autism. Location: American Institutes for Research, 1000 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Conference rooms B and C, second floor. Contact: 202/205-5507.

9:30 a.m. — Medicare Payment Advisory Commission holds an open meeting. Topics include: long-term care hospitals; the Medicare hospice program; information technology in health care; issues related to hospital- based and freestanding skilled nursing facilities; chronic care improvement. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/220-3700.

10 a.m. — State Department holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy to discuss the development of policies relating to international telecommunications, information technology, and the Internet. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW. Room 1105. Contact: 202/647-5306.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments 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 discuss the Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Energy and Commerce health subcommittee holds a hearing on “Inter-governmental Transfers: Violations of the Federal-State Medicaid Partnership or Legitimate State Budget Tool?” George Reeb, assistant inspector general, Centers for Medicaid Audits; Kathryn Allen, director of health care — Medicaid and private health issues, General Accounting Office; and Walter Nace, president of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. — Energy and Commerce Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee holds a hearing on “Reauthorization of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.” Jeffrey Runge, administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and Donald Shea, president/CEO, Rubber Manufacturers Association, testify. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10:30 a.m. — Select Homeland Security Committee holds a markup of the “Faster and Smarter Funding for First Responders Act.” Location: 1300 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9600.

1 p.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure economic development, public buildings and emergency management subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2005 budget request of the Homeland Security Department. Michael Brown, undersecretary of emergency preparedness and response, Homeland Security Department, testifies. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

GENERAL AGENDA

Disability and law school — all day American University Washington College of Law holds a conference on the legal and technical issues surrounding disability and law school

Highlights — noon Tony Coelho, former U.S. representative, California Democrat, and author of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Location: AU WCL, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/274-4000.

Economic development summit — all day International Economic Development Council holds an Economic Development Summit.

Highlights — 1:30 p.m. Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and transportation security, Homeland Security Department, “Who is Feeling the Impact of Homeland Security”

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 202/223-7800.

Government affairs conference — all day The National Newspaper Association holds “The 43rd Government Affairs Conference 2004”

Highlights — 7:30 a.m. Rep. Tom M. Davis lll, Virginia Republican, chairman, Government Reform Committee; Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican; Bob Dole, former U.S. senator, Kansas Republican; Ed Gillespie, chairman, Republican National Committee and Terry McAuliffe, chairman, Democratic National Committee

10:45 a.m. — Labor Secretary Elaine Chao

Location: Wyndham Washington Hotel, 1400 M St. NW. Contact: 703/534-1278.

Breakfast program — 8 a.m. The Northeast-Midwest Institute holds a breakfast program with the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force. Rep. Tom M. Davis lll, Virginia Republican, chairman, Government Reform Committee; Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, Maryland Republican; and Rep. Bobby C. Scott, Virginia Democrat, participate

Location: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/544-4008.

Laos conference — 9 a.m. U.S. Congressional Forum on Laos and the Center for Public Policy Analysis hold a conference on mass starvation, summary execution and torture of captured Hmong and Laotian civilians and rebels.

Highlights — noon News conference, 505 Cannon House Office Building.

Rep. Dan Burton, Indiana Republican; Philip Smith, CPPA; Jane Hamilton-Merritt, historian and Wangyee Vang, Lao Veterans of America, participate. Location: Hall of States Best Western Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW. Contact: 202/543-1444.

Federal home loan privatization — 9:30 a.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion on “The Privatization of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks.” Peter Wallison, AEI; Thomas Stanton, Johns Hopkins University and Bert Ely, consultant, participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

SMART Security — 11:30 a.m. Congress holds a news conference to introduce a resolution, “SMART Security: A Sensible Multilateral American Response to Terrorism Platform for the 21st Century,” which promotes American national security through compliance with international law and support of multilateral security efforts. Rep. Lynn Woolsey, California Democrat; Rep. Joseph M. Hoeffel, Pennsylvania Democrat; Rep. Barbara Lee, California Democrat; Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, Arizona Democrat, participate. Location: 1640 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5187.

Lawyer association reception — 6 p.m. The Republican National Lawyer Association holds a preconference reception. Kenneth Starr, former solicitor general and special prosecutor, participates. Location: Australian Embassy, 1601 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 703/719-6335.

Political debate — 8 p.m. Catholic University of America holds a debate between the chairmen of the Democratic National and the Republican National Committees. Terry McAuliffe, chairman, Democratic National Committee and Edward Gillespie, chairman, Republican National Committee, participate. Location: Catholic University, Edward J. Przbyla University Center, Great Room, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Contact: 202/319-5488.

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