- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 23, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Free-trade briefing — 9:15 a.m. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a news briefing, “U.S.-Colombia: Road to Free Trade.” Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and Jorge Humberto Botero, Colombia’s minister of commerce, industry and tourism, participate. Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Vehicle exhibition — 3 p.m. — The Energy Department sponsors an exhibition of vehicles from a university engineering competition to design energy-efficient sport utility vehicles. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham and Al Kammerer of Ford Motor Co. participate. Location: Energy Department, 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-4940.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Addresses United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce conference, Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW.

Participates in a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring civil rights activist Dorothy Height, the rotunda of U.S. Capitol.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of the Census releases the advance report on durable goods — manufacturers’ shipments and orders for February 2004. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

10 a.m. — Bureau of the Census releases the new residential sales for February 2004. See information above.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. — Department of the Army holds a meeting of the United States Military Board Academy of Visitors to review the academic, military and physical programs at the USMA. Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 845/938-4200.

10 a.m. — Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board holds a meeting of the Employee Thrift Advisory Council. Topics include: report on Thrift Savings Plan status; pending loan program changes; “Life” funds; status of parallel call center. Location: Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, fourth floor, conference room, 1250 H St. NW. Contact: 202/942-1660.

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket Number 02-1609 City of Littleton v. Z.J. Gifts D-4

Docket Number 02-1624 Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

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

SENATE

9 a.m. — Governmental Affairs investigations subcommittee holds a hearing, “Profiteering In a Non-Profit Industry: Abusive Practices in Credit Counseling.” Mark Everson, IRS commissioner; Thomas Leary, commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, testify. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

10 a.m. — Appropriations energy and water subcommittee holds a hearing in the Bureau of Reclamation’s Animas-La Plata Project. Bennett Raley, assistant interior secretary for water and science; William Rinne, deputy commissioner/operations director, testify. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. — Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on the environmental impacts on the U.S. natural gas supply. Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, Rhode Island Republican; Bob Drake, vice president, Oklahoma Farm Bureau/chairman, National Grazing Lands Council, testify. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6176.

2 p.m. — Armed Services airland subcommittee holds a hearing on the proposed fiscal 2005 Defense Department budget for Navy and Air Force aviation programs. John Young Jr., assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition, U.S. Navy; Marvin Sambur, assistant secretary for acquisition, U.S. Air Force, testify. Location: 232-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the Multidistrict Litigation Restoration Act of 2004; the Community Recognition Act of 2003; recognizing and honoring the United States Armed Forces and supporting the designation of a National Military Appreciation Month. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE

10 a.m. — Energy and Commerce Committee holds a hearing on “The State of U.S. Industry.” Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans testifies. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

11 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure Committee holds a markup of authorizing the use of the Capitol grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby; authorizing the use of the Capitol grounds for the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service; authorizing the use of the Capitol grounds for the D.C. Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

1 p.m. — Appropriations Labor, HHS, 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.

1 p.m. — Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on the report of the Social Security and Medicare trustees on the financial condition of the old-age and survivors insurance, disability insurance, hospital Insurance and supplementary medical insurance trust funds. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow; Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director, Congressional Budget Office; participate. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

GENERAL AGENDA

Tax, budget and legislative policy seminar — all day — Baker and Hostetler LLP, Clark Consulting Federal Policy Group and The Yale Club of Washington, D.C., sponsor the “15th Annual Tax, Budget and Legislative Policy Seminar.”

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Rep. Jim Nussle, Iowa Republican, chairman, Budget Committee

8:30 a.m. — Sen. Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat

9 a.m. — Sen. Judd Gregg, New Hampshire Republican, chairman, Help Committee

10 a.m. — Sen. Don Nickles, Oklahoma Republican, chairman, Budget Committee

10:30 a.m. — Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat

11 a.m. — Rep. Bill Thomas, California Republican, chairman, Ways and Means Committee

11:30 a.m. — Rep. Jim McCrery, Louisiana Republican

noon — Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat

12:45 p.m. — Rep. Tom DeLay, Texas Republican

2:30 p.m. — Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, New York Republican

3 p.m. — Rep. Philip M. Crane, Illinois Republican

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/861-1708.

Counterterrorism policy hearing — 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 the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — George J. Tenet, director, Central Intelligence Agency

11:30 a.m. — Samuel Berger, former assistant to President Clinton for National Security Affairs

2 p.m. — Richard Clarke, former national coordinator for counterterrorism, National Security Council

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

Hispanic business conference — all day — The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce holds a conference, “Federal Sector Procurement Council: Expanding Opportunities to Hispanic Business.”

Highlights — 1 p.m. — President Bush; Treasury Secretary John W. Snow and SBA Administrator Hector Barreto, Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW.

Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/842-1212.

Korea’s contributions in Iraq — 3 p.m. — The National Press Club holds a discussion on “Korea’s Contributions in Iraq and the Six-Party Talks on the North Korean Nuclear Issue.” H.E. Han Sung Joo, ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States, participates. Location: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/530-1210 or 202/662-7540 or 202/939-5682.

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