- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 1, 2005

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Immigration appropriations — 10:30 a.m. — Senate Appropriations homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies. CBP Commissioner Robert C. Bonner and ICE Assistant Secretary Michael J. Garcia testify. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 138. Contact: 202/224-7363.

Security screening — 2 p.m. — House Homeland Security economic security, infrastructure protection and cyber-security subcommittee holds a hearing on integrating homeland security screening operations in the proposed fiscal 2006 budget. Jim Williams, director of the US-VISIT program office at the Homeland Security Department, testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2318. Contact: 202/226-9600.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses job training and work force development, Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Md. Participates in a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony posthumously honoring Jackie Robinson, Rotunda, U.S. Capitol.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. — Bureau of Industry and Security holds a meeting of the Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee to prepare for the 3Rs (Reduce waste, Reuse and Recycle) International Industry Symposium to be hosted by the Japanese government in Tokyo on April 28. Location: Commerce Department, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW, Room 1412. Contact: 202/482-4073.

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

SUPREME COURT

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

Docket Number 03-1500 Van Orden v. Perry

Docket Number 03-1693 McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky

Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds an oversight hearing on foreign assistance programs. Christina Rocca, assistant secretary, Bureau of South Asian Affairs, State Department; James Kunder, assistant administrator for Asia and the Near East, U.S. Agency for International Development, testify. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

9:30 a.m. — Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and related services subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Education Department. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings testifies. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. to consider congratulating American Society of Mechanical Engineers on its 125th anniversary, celebrating the achievements of ASME members, and expressing the gratitude of the American people for ASME’s contributions. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Appropriations interior, environment, and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Interior Department. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton testifies. Location: B-308 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. — Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2006 budget for Housing and Urban Development Department. HUD Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson testifies. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

2 p.m. — Appropriations homeland security subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Homeland Security Department. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

GENERAL AGENDA

Faith-based and community initiatives — all day — Labor Department’s Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives holds a conference, “Making It Real: Universal Access and Improved Performance Through Faith-Based and Community Partnerships,” to encourage Workforce Investment Boards to create meaningful faith-based and community organization partnerships that will expand access for needy populations and improve WIB performance. Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Location: Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/693-6450.

Great Lakes restoration and protection — 8 a.m. — Northeast-Midwest Institute holds three events at which regional and national leaders will discuss Great Lakes restoration and protection.

Highlight — 8 a.m. — Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast in B-338 Rayburn House Office Building. Remarks by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley; Toronto Mayor David Miller, Rep. Candice S. Miller, Michigan Republican; and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Democrat

9:45 a.m. — Press conference in 2218 Rayburn House Office Building. Remarks by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Toronto Mayor David Miller, and members of the House and Senate Great Lakes Task Forces

10:15 a.m. — Great Lakes issues briefing in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building. Remarks by Ben Grumbles, Environmental Protection Agency assistant administrator for water, and congressional staff

Location: As noted above. Contact: 202/544-5200.

Girls’ education — 8:30 a.m. — Center for Global Development and International Center for Research on Women host a conference, “Missing the Mark: Girls’ Education and the Way Forward.”

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, and Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University, deliver remarks.

Location: Holiday Inn on the Hill, Federal Ballroom, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: Media inquiries, 202/416-0705.

Tax policy — 10 a.m. — Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council holds a press conference to discuss tax policy and the entrepreneurial sector. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, West Room. Contact: 202/785-0238.

Israeli-Palestinian peace process — noon — Middle East Institute sponsors an address on “The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: New Hopes and Old Realities.” Gershon Baskin, co-director of the Jerusalem-based Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information, participates. Location: MEI, Boardman Room, 1761 N St. NW. Contact: 202/785-1141.

Politics and policing in Northern Ireland — 2 p.m. — National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a program, “Politics and Policing in Northern Ireland: What’s Right and What Needs Fixing.” Denis Bradley, vice chairman, Northern Ireland Policing Board, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Press conference — 2:30 p.m. — Congress holds a press conference to discuss the “Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act,” which would allow religious leaders to speak freely from the pulpit on political and moral issues. Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican; Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican; Rep. Walter B. Jones, North Carolina Republican; the Rev. Walter Fauntroy; Bishop Anthony Muse, participate. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3415.

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