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AP WASHINGTON DAYBOOK, Tuesday, March 11

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1 p.m. NEWTOWN - GUN VIOLENCE — Members of Congress will hold a press event welcoming Team 26, a group of cyclists who will be riding from Newtown, CT, to Washington, D.C. Team 26 is riding in honor of victims of gun violence from Newtown and across the country and to urge Congress to act to prevent gun violence. The cyclists include parents of children who attend or attended Sandy Hook Elementary School, Omar Samaha who lost his sister Reema at the Virginia Tech shooting, and professional and top amateur cyclists from the U.S. National Team and Junior World Championships National Team. They will be joined by Rev. Gary Hall, the Dean of the National Cathedral.

Location: West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Notes: Press interested in covering this event should contact Laura Maloney at 202-225-4476 or at laura.maloney@mail.house.gov.

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COMMITTEE MEETINGS

11 a.m. SMALL BUSINESS - FIELD HEARING — Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce will hold a field hearing titled, Underserved Small Businesses: Providing Access to Federal Programs. Witnesses: Bill Imada, Chairman and CEO, IW Group, West Hollywood, CA - Testifying on behalf of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE); Joyce Moy, Executive Director, Asian American and Asian Research Institute, Queens College, New York, NY; Michele Chang, Acting Chief of Staff, United States Small Business Administration, Washington, DC. The hearing will be held at Queens College, Rosenthal Library, Room 230, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Queens, NY. http://smallbusiness.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=369291

1:30 p.m. TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE - FIELD HEARING — Hearing on Modernizing the Aviation System: Leveraging the Assets of the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center. Witnesses: Panel 1: Michael Whitaker, Deputy Administrator and Chief NextGen Officer, Federal Aviation Administration; Dennis Filler, Director, William J. Hughes Technical Center, Federal Aviation Administration. Panel II: Cynthia Castillo, President and CEO, CSSI, Inc.; Melvin Davis, National Representative for NextGen, National Air Traffic Controllers Association; Pete Dumont, President and CEO, Air Traffic Control Association; Ben Gielow, General Counsel and Senior Government Relations Manager , Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. IMPORTANT: RSVPs for media and the general public are being handled by Representative LoBiondos office in Mays Landing: (609) 625-5008 or (800) 471-4450. For security reasons, RSVPs are required with a deadline of 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 7th. Those who RSVP must arrive between 12:00 noon and 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11th. The public will enter and check-in at Gate 18/Amelia Earhart Boulevard, just prior to the Security Operations Center (SOC) building. The media reports to the Security Operations Center (SOC), just prior to the main gate of the William J. Hughes facility to check-in. A valid U.S. government issued picture ID is required for access. Those who do not RSVP are not guaranteed access to the federal facility.

Contacts: Jim Billimoria (202-225-9446)

4 p.m. APPROPRIATIONS — Homeland Security subcommittee Budget Hearing - Department of Homeland Security. Witness: Jeh Johnson, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security.

Location: 2359 Rayburn

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