- The Washington Times - Monday, May 17, 2004

PRESIDENT BUSH

8:35 p.m. Addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee 2004 policy conference at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

2 p.m. Treasury Departmentissues a budget statement for April. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9:30 A.M. —Federal Communications Commissionholds a meeting of the North American Numbering Council to discuss a report of the North American Numbering Plan administrator, a report of the National Thousands Block Pooling administrator and the status of Industry Numbering Committee activities. Location: Federal Communications Commission, the Portals II, 445 12th St. SW, Suite 5-A420. Contact: 202/418-1466.

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. Foreign Relations Committeeholds a hearing, “Iraq — The Way Ahead.” Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage testify. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. — Special Committee on Agingholds a hearing, “Strengthening Social Security: Can We Learn From Other Nations?” Japanese Diet member Yoshinori Ohno testifies. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.

10 a.m. —Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committeeholds a hearing, “Oversight of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program.” Witnesses include Brian Roseboro, Treasury Department undersecretary for domestic finance, and Richard Hillman, General Accounting Office director of financial markets and community investment. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. —Energy and Natural Resources Committeeholds a hearing on the implications of a change in reporting of small-business contracts by the Energy Department. Witnesses include Kyle McSlarrow, Energy Department deputy secretary, and Robin Nazzaro, General Accounting Office director of natural resources and environment. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. to consider the Occupational Safety and Health Small Business Day in Court Act of 2004 and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Efficiency Act of 2004. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10:30 a.m. Government Reformcriminal justice, drug policy and human resources subcommittee holds a hearing, “Ensuring Accuracy and Accountability in Lab Testing: Does the Experience of Maryland General Hospital Expose Cracks in the System?” Witnesses include Steven Gutman of the Food and Drug Administration and Sean Tunis of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10:30 a.m. —International Relations Committeeholds a hearing, “Should China Join the Nuclear Suppliers Group?” John Wolf, assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Nonproliferation, testifies. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

2 p.m. —Judiciaryimmigration, border security and claims subcommittee holds a hearing, “Pushing the Border Out on Alien Smuggling: New Tools and Intelligence Initiatives.” Robert Harris of the Homeland Security Department and Joe Morton of the State Department testify. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

2 p.m. —Financial Servicescapital markets, insurance and government sponsored enterprises subcommittee holds a hearing, “The SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) Proposal on Market Structure: How will Investors Fare?” Witnesses include Kim Bang, president and chief executive officer of Bloomberg Tradebook LLC, and Larry Leibowitz, executive vice president of the Equities Division at Schwab Soundview Capital Markets. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

GENERAL AGENDA

Automotive congress — all day American International Automobile Dealers Association holds its Automotive Congress. Events begin at 10 a.m.

Highlights — 12:30 p.m. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao. Location: JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 800/462-4232.

Humanitarian work — all day The American Council for Voluntary International Action holds a conference, “Operating in an Age of Uncertainty: New Challenges in Humanitarian and Development Work.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 12:15 p.m. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell

Location: Washington Marriott, 1221 22nd St. NW. Contact: 202/667-8227.

Transportation conference — all day National Defense Transportation Association holds its second annual National Transportation Week Conference and Exhibition. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9:15 a.m. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 703/751-5011.

Policy conference — all day The American Israel Public Affairs Committee holds “The Policy Conference 2004.” Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 8:35 p.m. President Bush

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 202/639-5200.

Restoring fiscal sanity — 8:45 a.m. New America Foundation and the Brookings Institution sponsor a discussion, “Restoring Fiscal Sanity: While We Still Can.” Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, participate. Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/547-0001.

America’s Asian role — 9 a.m. The Asia Foundation holds a discussion, “America’s Role in Asia: Perspectives from Asia.” Participants include Tommy Koh, former permanent representative to the United Nations from Singapore; Kim Kyong-won, former South Korean ambassador to the United Nations and the United States; Farooq Sobhan, former foreign secretary of Bangladesh; and Michael Armacost, former undersecretary at the State Department. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/588-9420.

Oil and U.S. policy — 7:30 p.m. The Institute for Policy Studies holds a discussion, “Oil and U.S. Policy in the Middle East.” Participants include Michael Klare of Hampshire College and Allen Keiswetter, formerly with the State Department. Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. Contact: 703/522-8325.

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