- The Washington Times - Monday, March 22, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, the White House. Meets with his Cabinet, the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

5 p.m. — American Petroleum Institute releases its weekly report on petroleum inventories. Location: 1220 L St. NW. Contact: 202/682-8000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. — Election Assistance Commission holds a meeting to discuss organizational plans for the newly established United States Election Assistance Commission. Location: 1201 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/694-1095.

1 p.m. — Office of the Secretary of Agriculture holds a meeting of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board, to discuss three working groups reports and Department of Agriculture responses to the board’s prior written recommendations on “obesity prevention.”

Highlights — 7 p.m. — Reception and program, “Agriculture, National Resources and the Environment: Implications for Sustainable Agricultural Systems”

Location: Hotel Washington, 515 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/720-3684.

SUPREME COURT

Oral arguments begin at 10 a.m., one hour per case

Docket Number 02-1632 Blakely v. Washington

Docket Numbers 02-1845 Aetna Health v. Davila and 03-83 Cigna Healthcare of Texas v. Calad (consolidated for one-hour argument)

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Judiciary Constitution subcommittee holds a hearing, “A Proposed Constitutional Amendment to Preserve Traditional Marriage.” Sen. Wayne Allard, Colorado Republican; Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat.; Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat, testify. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

10:30 a.m. — Appropriations commerce, justice, state and the judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2005 budget and transformation of the FBI. FBI Director Robert Mueller; Glenn Fine, Justice Department inspector general; and General Accounting Office directors Randolph Hite and Laurie Ekstrand, testify. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at 12:30 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Judiciary crime, terrorism and homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on the “Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act” and the “Identity Theft Investigation and Prosecution Act of 2003.” Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building.

Contact: 202/225-3951.

1:30 p.m. — International Relations Middle East and Central Asia subcommittee holds a briefing on “Digital Terrorism 2004: How the Internet Fans the Flame of Hate.” Location: 2255 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

2:30 p.m. — House Government Reform and Senate Governmental Affairs Committee holds a joint hearing, “The Postal Service in Crisis: A Joint Senate-House Hearing on Principles for Meaningful Reform.” Treasury Secretary John W. Snow; Brian Roseboro, acting undersecretary for domestic finance, Treasury Department; John Potter, postmaster general, U.S. Postal Service; and David Fineman, chairman, U.S. Postal Rate Service Board of Governors, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074 or 202/224-4751.

GENERAL AGENDA

Leadership conference — all day — United Jewish Communities holds its National Young Leadership Conference.

Highlights — 7 a.m. — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat

12:30 p.m. — Sen. Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, Majority Leader

Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/265-3000 or 202/669-6553.

Terrorist attacks — all day — The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States holds its eighth public hearing to investigate the formulation and conduct of U.S. counterterrorism policy, with emphasis on the August 1998 embassy bombings through September 11, 2001.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — Madeline Albright, former secretary of state

11 a.m. — Secretary of State Colin L. Powell

2 p.m. — William Cohen, former defense secretary

3:30 p.m. — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld

Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/401-1627 or 202/236-4878.

Education conference — all day — The Council of Chief State School Officers holds a conference on critical education issues.

Highlights — 3 p.m. — Margaret Spellings, assistant to the president for domestic policy, and David Dunn, special assistant to the president for domestic policy, “Presentation on the President’s Education Budget Proposals,” the White House

7 p.m. — Education Secretary Rod Paige and Ted Stilwill, director of education in Iowa

Location: Hyatt Regency, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/336-7050

Homeland security address — noon — American Association of Port Authorities hosts an address by the Department of Homeland Security secretary. Secretary Tom Ridge participates. Location: Park Hyatt Hotel, 1201 24th St. NW. Contact: RSVP to 703/706-4704.

Social Security and Medicare — noon — Treasury Department holds a news conference on Social Security and Medicare Trustees reports. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow and Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, participate.

Location: Treasury Department, Media Room (4121), 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Education dinner — 6 p.m. — The World Affairs Council holds its annual Global Education Dinner.

Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans participates. Location: the Ritz-Carlton, ballroom, 1150 22nd St. NW. Contact: 202/293-1051.

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