- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 4, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Role of intelligence in the Iraq war — 12:30 p.m. — The Council on Foreign Relations holds an address on the role of intelligence in the war in Iraq. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, participates. Location: Washington Club, 15 Dupont Circle NW. Contact: 212/434-9716.

Women in armed conflict — 10 a.m. — Amnesty International and the Miles Foundation hold a news conference on “Violence Against Women in Armed Conflict.” William Schulz of Amnesty International USA and Christine Hansen of the Miles Foundation participate. Location: National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/544-0200, Ext. 232.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Hosts a meeting with Mexican President Vicente Fox, Crawford, Texas.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the employment situation from February.

Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee, to discuss issues surrounding the use of intraocular lenses for correction of presbyopia after clear lens extraction. Location: Hilton Washington, D.C. North/Gaithersburg, Salons A and B, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/594-2053, Ext. 127.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are 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. — Joint Economic Committee holds a hearing on “The Employment Situation.” Kathleen Utgoff, commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Labor Department, testifies. Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5171.

HOUSE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Government Reform Committee holds a hearing,”Public Confidence, Down the Drain: The Federal Role in Ensuring Safe Drinking Water in the District of Columbia.” Benjamin Grumbles, acting assistant administrator, EPA Office of Water; Donald Welch, regional administrator, EPA Region III; Thomas Jacobus, general manager, Washington Aqueduct, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

Higher education# — all day — National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education holds the 29th National Conference on Blacks in Higher Education.

Highlights — 10:45 a.m. — Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat, chairman, Congressional Black Caucus

Location: Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 301/650-2440.

U.S. energy policy — all day — Brookings Institution, the American Enterprise Institute and the National Commission on Energy Policy hold a conference on “Global Challenges for U.S. Energy Policy.”

Location: Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Transportation finance summit — all day — The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association holds a conference, “Transportation Finance Summit,”

Highlights — 9:20 a.m. — Rep. Mark Kennedy, Minnesota Republican

1:40 p.m. — Rep. Michael C. Burgess, Texas Republican

Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/659-4620.

Public technology — 9 a.m. — Alliance for Public Technology holds a forum,”Public Technology 2004: Meeting Social Obligations in a Broadband World.”

Highlights — 12:15 p.m. — Rep. Rick Boucher, Virginia Democrat; Paul Schroeder, American Federation for the Blind; and H. Patrick Swygert, Howard University, Susan Hadden Awards Luncheon

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/263-2970.

No Child Left Behind Act# — 9:30 a.m. — Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute holds discussion on “Evaluating the No Child Left Behind Act: Funding, Approach, State Compliance and Recent Provisions.” Kati Haycock, the Education Trust; Raul Gonzalez, National Council of La Raza; Wilma Bonner, D.C. Public Schools; and Carlos Martinez, Education Department, participate. Location: CHCI, 911 Second St. NE. Contact: 202/293-1217, Ext. 307.

Climate-change seminar — 10 a.m. — The Climate Policy Center holds a seminar on “A Possible Way Forward on Climate Change.” Robert Reinstein, Reinstein & Associates International, participates. Location: Climate Policy Center, 1828 L St. NW. Suite 1000. Contact: 202/463-8458.

Outsourcing of American jobs — 10 a.m. — Senate Democratic Policy Committee holds a hearing on American jobs. Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota; Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat; Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat; and Sen. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat, participate. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1191.

Budget resolution — 11 a.m. — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities holds a conference call briefing on “Assessing the Senate Budget Committee’s Fiscal 2005 Budget Resolution.” Robert Greenstein, Richard Kogan and Joel Friedman, CBPP, participate. Contact: 202/408-1080.

Serious intelligence reform# — 12:45 p.m. — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion,” “Serious Intelligence Reform,” on proposals for intelligence reforms after the controversy over prewar intelligence on Iraq’s weapons program. Rep. Jane Harman, California Democrat; Bruce Berkowitz, Hoover Institution; Reuel Marc Gerecht, AEI; James Woolsey, former director of the CIA; and Chris DeMuth, AEI, participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Benefit performance — 7:30 p.m. — The Al-Hewar Center sponsors a performance of the Algerian National Ballet to benefit the survivors of the May 2003 earthquake in Algeria. Location: George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. Contact: 703/281-6277.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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