- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 30, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

Noon Participates in a luncheon with members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, State Dining Room, the White House. 6:15 p.m. Attends a Bush-Cheney 2004 Dinner, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Park Road NW.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

10 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases manufacturers’ shipments, inventories and orders for February 2004. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

10:30 a.m. — Energy Information Administration releases its weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. National Science Foundation holds a meeting of the Business and Operations Advisory Committee. Topics include: Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management and Office of Information and Resource Management activities; presentation and discussion, NSF strategic goal for organizational excellence. Location: National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 1235, Arlington. Contact: 703/292-8200.

9:30 a.m. — International Trade Commission holds a public hearing on probable economic effect on U.S. industries producing like or directly competitive articles and on consumers of the elimination of U.S. import duties for all beneficiary countries under the GSP for HTS subheadings 8708.92.50 and 8714.92.10. Location: U.S. International Trade Commission Building, 500 E St. SW. Contact: 202/205-2000.

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket Number 03-95 Pennsylvania State Police v. Suders

Docket Number 03-5165 Thornton v. United States

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. Armed Services personnel subcommittee holds a hearing on the defense authorization request for fiscal 2005, focusing on active and reserve military and civilian personnel programs. Thomas Hall, assistant secretary for reserve affairs, Defense Department; Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, chief, National Guard Bureau; Lt. Gen. Roger Schultz, director, Army National Guard, testify. Location: 232-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. — Appropriations energy and water subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2005 appropriations for the Energy Department’s Office of Environmental Management, Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management and Office of Environment, Safety and Health. Jessie Robertson, assistant secretary for environmental management, Energy Department; Margaret Chu, director, civilian radioactive waste management, Energy Department, testify. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

2:30 p.m. — Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on investigations and regulatory actions regarding the mutual fund industry focusing on fund costs and distribution practices. Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, chairman, Governmental Affairs Committee; Sen. Peter G. Fitzgerald, Illinois Republican; Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat, testify. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

2:30 p.m. Foreign Relations European Affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Effects of the Madrid Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.-European Cooperation in the War on Terrorism.” Cofer Black, coordinator for counterterrorism, State Department; Robert Kagan, senior associate, Carnegie Endowment of International Peace, testify. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider the “Pay Parity Resolution”; the “Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users.” 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. FCC Commissioner Michael Powell testifies. Location: H-309, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Appropriations Veterans Affairs, HUD and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2005 appropriations for the Veterans Affairs Department. Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Energy and Commerce Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection subcommittee holds a hearing on “U.S.-China Trade: Preparations for the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade.” Charles Freeman III, deputy U.S. trade representative; Fritz Attaway, executive vice president/Washington general counsel, Motion Picture Association of America, testify. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure railroads subcommittee holds a hearing on “The Status of Railroad Economic Regulation.” Roger Nober, chairman, Surface Transportation Board; Edward Hamber, president, Association of American Railroads, testify. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

GENERAL AGENDA

Responsible programming — all day The National Association of Broadcasters holds a conference on responsible programming.

Highlights — 3 p.m. Michael Powell, FCC chairman, Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican; Michael Kopps, commissioner, FCC; Chris Core, radio host, WMAL-AM; Tony Vinciquerra, president, Fox Networks Group; Nell Minow, Common Sense Media; and Alex Wallau, president, ABC Television Network

Location: Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 877/999-9622.

Homeland and global security summit — all day The Center for Homeland and Global Security holds “The 2004 Homeland and Global Security Summit.”

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. Rep. Christopher Cox, California Republican, chairman, Select Committee on Homeland Security

12:30 p.m. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge

1 p.m. — Rep. Harold Rogers, Kentucky Republican

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 202/756-2244.

Treaty of Kanagawa — 8:30 a.m. National Archives holds a ceremony to mark the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Kanagawa, the first treaty between Japan and a western nation. Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, House speaker; Thomas Foley, U.S. ambassador to Japan; Ambassador Ryozo Kato of Japan; Richard Armitage, deputy secretary of state; and John Carlin, archivist of the United States, participate. Location: National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/501-5000.

Argentina discussion — 2 p.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion on “Argentina: Economic Challenges in the Wake of Default.”

Highlights — 2 p.m. Randal Quarles, Treasury Department; Hans Humes, Global Committee of Argentine Bondholders; Adam Lerrick, Carnegie Mellon University; Vincent Truglia, Moody’s Investor Service and Charles Calomiris, AEI, “Restructuring Argentina’s External Debt”

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

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