- The Washington Times - Monday, March 14, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Meets with Jordan’s King Abdullah II at the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Censusreleases a manufacturing and trade report on inventories and sales for January. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

1:30 p.m. State Department holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy to discuss U.S. visa policy and the Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement. Location: State Department, Room 1107, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-2231.

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

2:30 p.m. Appropriationsmilitary construction and veterans affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Veterans Affairs Department. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 138. Contact: 202/224-7363.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. for morning business and at 10 a.m. to consider the Emergency Supplemental Wartime Appropriations Act. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

3 p.m. Armed Servicesterrorism, unconventional threats and capabilities subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2006 budget for Defense Department responsibilities in homeland defense and homeland security missions. Paul McHale, Defense Department assistant secretary for homeland defense, testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2212. Contact: 202/225-4151, 202/225-2675.

GENERAL AGENDA

Reform Judaism conference — all day Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism holds a “Consultation on Conscience” conference. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, Pennsylvania Democrat, “Women’s Health”

10:30 a.m. Sen. Mike DeWine, Ohio Republican, “AIDS and International Children’s Issues”

Noon —Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican, “Protecting Their Victims: Sex Trafficking and Sudan”

1:45 p.m. —Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, “Climate Change”

2:15 p.m. —Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, “Judicial Nominations”

3 p.m. —Sen. Ken Salazar, Colorado Democrat, “Social Security”

Location: Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, ballroom. Contact: 202/387-2800, Ext. 35, or 202/487-7017.

Community bankers conference — all day America’s Community Bankers holds its government affairs conference. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlight — 9 a.m. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson

Location: Fairmont Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 2401 M St. NW. Contact: 202/857-3100.

Congressional city conference — all day National League of Cities holds its annual congressional city conference. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlight — 11 a.m. — Press conference by Akron, Ohio, Mayor Donald Plusquellic, “No Cuts, No Move, Saving Community Development Block Grants,” Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2247.

Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/626-3003 or 202/626-3051.

AMA conference — 8 a.m. American Medical Association holds its third annual national advocacy conference, “Our Nation’s Health Care,” to focus on its legislative agenda for the 109th Congress.

Highlights — 9.30 a.m. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt

10.15 a.m. —Rep. Bart Gordon, Tennessee Democrat

10.45 a.m. —Rep. Mike J. Rogers, Michigan Republican

11.15 a.m. —Rep. Michael C. Burgess, Texas Republican

Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-7447 or 202/789-7419.

Press breakfast — 10 a.m. Seven of the nation’s largest competitive carriers announce the formation of a coalition to prevent the completion of the SBC/AT&T; merger, and to preserve consumer and business benefits as a result of competitive choice. Participants include Carl Grivner, chief executive officer of XO Communications, and Jim Kirkland, senior vice president and general counsel of Covad Communications. Location: Covad Offices, 600 14th St. NW, Suite 750. Contact: 703/373-0638.

Development forum — 10:45 a.m. Treasury Department holds a debt and development forum. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow participates. Location: Treasury Department, Cash Room, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. Contact: Treasury credentials required; 202/622-2960.

Student aid press conference — 12:15 p.m. Members of Congress hold a press conference to announce the Student Aid Reward Act. Participants include Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat; Sen. Gordon H. Smith, Oregon Republican; Rep. Tom Petri, Wisconsin Republican; and Rep. George Miller, California Democrat. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485. Contact: 202/224-2633, 202/224-8320 or 202/225-2095.

Book discussion — 5 p.m. National Council of Women’s Organizations holds a book discussion, “50 Ways to Improve Women’s Lives: The Essential Women’s Guide for Achieving Health, Equality and Success.” Participants include Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut Democrat; Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, New York Democrat; Rep. Jan Schakowksy, Illinois Democrat; Rep. Hilda L. Solis, California Democrat; and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican. Location: U.S. Capitol, Room HC-9. Contact: 202/293-4505.

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