- The Washington Times - Monday, March 7, 2005

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses the war on terror at the National Defense University; meets with former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton to receive an update on tsunami relief efforts.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

2:30 p.m. — Treasury Department releases the results of its weekly three- and six-month bill auctions. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. —Defense Department holds a meeting of the Defense Advisory Board for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to discuss the outlook for reserve forces, the employer support strategic plan and retention efforts through ensuring supportive employee relations. Location: Pentagon, Room 3E869. Contact: 703/696-1386, Ext. 532.

SUPREME COURT

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

HOUSE

Meets at 12:30 p.m. for debate and at 2 p.m. to review the continuing expenses of standing and select committees for April, and to consider supporting the designation of a Year of Languages. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Appropriations military quality of life and veterans affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Veterans Affairs Department. Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2362-A. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. —Appropriations science, state, justice and commerce subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2006 appropriations for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III testifies. Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2359. Contact: 202/225-2771.

2 p.m. —House Veterans Affairs Committee and Senate Veterans Affairs Committeehold a joint hearing on the legislative issues of the Disabled American Veterans. Location: Cannon House Office Building, Room 334. Contact: 202/225-3527 or 202/224-9126.

SENATE

In session to consider the bankruptcy reform bill. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on military strategy and operational requirements for unified and regional commanders in review of the fiscal 2006 defense authorization request. Location: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216. Contact: 202/224-3871.

9:30 a.m. —Rules and Administration Committee holds a hearing on the 527 Reform Act of 2005. Witnesses include Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Sen. Russell D. Feingold, Wisconsin Democrat. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 301. Contact: 202/224-6352.

10 a.m. Finance Committee holds a hearing, “Physician-Owned Specialty Hospitals: In the Interest of Patients or a Conflict of Interest?” Witnesses include Glenn Hackbarth, chairman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, and Alan Pierrott, past president of the American Surgical Hospital Association and chief executive officer of PSC Health Inc. in Fresno, Calif. Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 628. Contact: 202/224-4515.

GENERAL AGENDA

Housing agencies conference all dayNational Council of State Housing Agencies holds its legislative conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 8:30 a.m. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson

9 a.m. Remarks by Sen. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat; Sen. Conrad Burns, Montana Republican; Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat; and Rep. Bob Ney, Ohio Republican

Location: Loews L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/624-7710.

Public transportation conference — all day American Public Transportation Association holds its legislative conference. Events begin at 8:45 a.m.

Highlights — 8:45 a.m. Remarks by Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota Republican; Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Maryland Democrat; Sen. Wayne Allard, Colorado Republican; Rep. Don Young, Alaska Republican; Rep. Tom Petri, Wisconsin Republican; and Rep. Steven C. LaTourette, Ohio Republican

Location: JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/496-4816.

Health insurance conference — all day America’s Health Insurance Plans holds its national policy forum. Events begin at 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. Keynote address by Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt, “The 2005 Health Care Agenda: Perspectives from the Bush Administration”

4 p.m. —Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Georgia Republican and founder of the Center for Health Transformation, discusses “Revolutionizing Health Care: A System That Works for Every American”

Location: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1150 22nd St. NW. Contact: 202/778-3200.

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