- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 15, 2005


To be announced


8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases a report on new residential construction for February 2005. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

9:15 a.m. — Federal Reserve Board releases a report on industrial production and capacity utilization for February 2005. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.


8 a.m. U.S. Coast Guard holds a meeting of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee to discuss various issues relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. Location: Coast Guard headquarters, Room 2415, 2100 Second St. SW. Contact: 202/267-0214.

1 p.m. — State Department holds a meeting of the Shipping Coordinating Committee to begin preparations for the 48th session of the International Maritime Organization Subcommittee on Stability and Load Lines and on Fishing Vessels Safety to be held at IMO headquarters in London Sept. 12-16. Location: Coast Guard headquarters, Room 6319, 2100 2nd St. SW. Contact: 202/267-2988.


No oral arguments scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.


In session to consider the budget resolution. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


10:30 a.m. Appropriations labor, health and human services, education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Health and Human Services Department. HHS Secretary Michael O. Leavitt testifies. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7363.

11:30 a.m. — Energy and Natural Resources Committee meets to vote on the nominations of Jeffrey Sell to be deputy secretary of the Energy Department and Patricia Lynn Scarlett to be the deputy secretary of the Interior Department. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

2:30 p.m. — Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing, “The Lifting of the EU Arms Embargo on China.” Robert Kagan, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Peter Brookes, senior fellow for national security affairs and director of the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation, testify. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.


Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure water resources and environment subcommittee holds a hearing, “Member Project Requests for the Water Resources Development Act of 2005.” Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10:30 a.m. — Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2006 budget for the Labor Department. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao testifies. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

10:30 a.m. — Appropriations labor, health and human services, education and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Education Department’s student financial aid programs. Sally Stroup, assistant secretary, Office of Post-Secondary Education, testifies. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.


Congress and the Courts — all day Freedom Forum’s Newseum holds a conference, “2005 National Freedom of Information Day Conference: Congress and the Courts — Confronting Secrecy.” Events begin at 8.30 a.m.

Highlight — 8:45 a.m. Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican

Location: Freedom Forum World Center, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: 703/284-3713.

IAFF conference — all day International Association of Firefighters holds its 23rd annual IAFF legislative conference. Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/824-1566 or 703/867-5070.

Tax, budget and legislative policy conference — all day Yale Club, Harvard Club, Clark Consulting and Baker and Hostetler sponsor the 16th annual tax, budget and legislative policy conference for corporate and association executives. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8 a.m. Sen. Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat

8:30 a.m. — Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, Maryland Democrat

9 a.m. — Patrick Toomey, Club for Growth

9:30 a.m. — Sen. Gordon H. Smith, Oregon Republican, chairman, Special Committee on Aging

10 a.m. — Rep. E. Clay Shaw Jr., Florida Republican

11 a.m. — Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, New York Republican

noon — Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican

1 p.m. — Rep. Jim Kolbe, Arizona Republican

3 p.m. — Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat

Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 201/507-8500 or 216/861-7576.

U.S.-India security conference — 8 a.m. Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “U.S.-India Security Conference.”

Highlights — 1 p.m. Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican

1:30 p.m. — Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican

Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Government affairs conference — 8 a.m. — America’s Community Bankers hold its government affairs conference. Location: Fairmont Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 2401 M St. NW. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight — 9:05 a.m. — Rep. Michael G. Oxley, Ohio Republican, chairman, Financial Services Committee, “The House Banking Agenda”; Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, “GSE Reform in the 109th Congress”; and Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Maryland Democrat, “GSE Reform and Housing in the 109th Congress.” Columbus Club, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/857-3100.

Medical legislation — 5 p.m. Kidney Care Partners holds a press briefing, “Introduction of Important Bicameral, Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Medicare’s Program for End Stage Renal Disease (Kidney Failure).” Sens. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican, and Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat; and Reps. William J. Jefferson, Louisiana Democrat, and Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, participate. Location: S-115, U.S. Capitol. Contact: 703/548-0019.

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