- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 24, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses ownership in Nashua, N.H., and attends a Bush-Cheney ‘04 fund-raiser in Boston.

ECONOMIC REPORTS



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

10 a.m. National Association of Realtors releases a report on existing-home sales for February. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Federal Reserve System holds a meeting of the Consumer Advisory Council to discuss the Community Reinvestment Act and the General Accounting Office study on predatory lending. Location: Federal Reserve Board, C Street between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-6470.

10 a.m. — Federal Election Commission holds a meeting to review Matching and Fund Entitlement — the Rev. Al Sharpton/Sharpton 2004. Location: 999 E St. NW. ninth floor. Contact: 202/694-1220.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments 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. Appropriations Interior subcommittee holds a hearing to examine fiscal 2005 budget estimates for the Interior Department. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton and Lynn Scarlett, assistant secretary for policy management and budget of the department, testify. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

9:30 a.m. — Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services and Education subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2005 appropriations for the Health and Human Services Department. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson testifies. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. Appropriations Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2005 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency. Michael O. Leavitt, administrator of EPA, testifies. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

10 a.m. Appropriations Commerce, Justice, State, and the judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2005 budget for the State Department. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell testifies. Location: 146 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure Coast Guard and maritime transportation, and water resources and environment subcommittees hold a joint hearing on “Ballast Water Management: New International Standards and National Invasive Species Act Reauthorization.” Rear Adm. Thomas Gilmour, assistant commandant for marine safety, security and environmental protection of the U.S. Coast Guard, testifies. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10 a.m. — Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on the state of the international financial system. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow testifies. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

2 p.m. — Resources fisheries conservation, wildlife and oceans subcommittee holds a hearing to assist in the conservation of marine turtles and the nesting habitats of marine turtles in foreign countries. Vice Adm. Conrad Lautenbacher, undersecretary for oceans and atmosphere with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and John Robinson, senior vice president of International Conservation Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, participate. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

2 p.m. Appropriations Commerce, Justice, State and judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2005 appropriations for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick testifies. Location: H-309, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-2771.

GENERAL AGENDA

Council of the Americas conference — all day The Council of the Americas holds a conference, “North American Beyond NAFTA.”

Highlights — noon Rep. Jim Kolbe, Arizona Republican

1:45 p.m. — Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, Mexico’s energy secretary

3 p.m. — Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta

6 p.m. — Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican

Location: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1215 H St. NW. Contact: 202/639-0724.

Economic-policy conference — all day The National Association of Business Economics and the Association for University Business and Economic Research hold “The 2004 Washington Economic Policy Conference: Economic Policy in Transition — From Short-Term Stimulus to Long-Term Sustainability.”

Highlights — 4 p.m. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow

Location: The Capital Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/463-6223.

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