- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 4, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Gulf-war illnesses 9 a.m. The Special Oversight Board for Department of Defense Investigations of Gulf War Chemical and Biological Incidents holds its fifth public hearing. Location: Truman Room, White House Conference Center, 726 Jackson Place NW. Contact: 703/696-9470.

Foreign-policy hearing 10:30 a.m. The Senate Appropriations foreign operations subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2001 appropriations for foreign operations, focusing on Chechnya, Russia, and U.S. policy and aid programs. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott testifies. Location: 301 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

9 a.m. Attends plenary session of the National Legislative Conference of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW.

2:30 p.m. Makes remarks at a Digital Divide Forum, East Room of the White House.

VICE PRESIDENT GORE

Travels to Philadelphia and Glen Cove, N.Y.

SENATE

Takes up the budget resolution at 9:30 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Appropriations transportation subcommittee holds a hearing on implementing the Driver's Privacy Protection Act positive notification requirement. Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum president, Ralph Nader, Public Citizen founder, and Anne Ferro, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration administrator, testify. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

2 p.m. Foreign Relations Near Eastern and South Asian affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on international trafficking in women and children. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

2:30 p.m. Appropriations Treasury, Postal Service and general government subcommittee holds hearing on the fiscal 2001 Treasury Department budget request. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers testifies. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

HOUSE

Meets at 9:30 a.m. for morning hour and at 11 a.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Appropriations Treasury, Postal Service and general government subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2001 appropriations for the U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Postal Service. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. Government Reform criminal justice, drug policy and human resources subcommittee holds a hearing on drug treatment options within the criminal justice system. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee marks up the Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 1999, and the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act of 1999. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

10:30 a.m. Education and the Workforce employer-employee relations subcommittee holds a hearing on "Modernizing ERISA to Promote Retirement Security." Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

1 p.m. Rules Committee considers rules for floor debate of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000. Location: Capitol, Room H-313. Contact: 202/225-9191.

2 p.m. Resources Committee holds a hearing on the Shivwits Band of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Water Rights Settlement Act and the Duchesne City Water Rights Conveyance Act. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

2 p.m. Resources forests and forest health subcommittee holds a hearing on "Effects of New Forest Service Rules on National Forest Recreation." Location: 1334 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

GENERAL AGENDA

Business Coalition for United States-China Trade rally 9:30 a.m. The Business Coalition for United States-China Trade holds a rally to urge Congress to grant permanent normal trade relations status to China. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers and U.S Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky participate. Location: Lobby, Commerce Department, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/955-6200.

Campaign finance law enforcement campaign news conference 10 a.m. Common Cause and Democracy 21 hold a news conference to announce a major campaign finance law enforcement campaign. Location: Treasury Room, JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/736-5770 or 202/429-2008.

Thompson speech 11 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies hosts a speech by Sen. Fred Thompson, Tennessee Republican, on "U.S.-China Relations in the 21st Century." Location: 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Census briefing 11 a.m. Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt holds a news briefing on the status of Census 2000 operations. Location: Salon F, JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 301/457-3691.

Environmental discussion 11 a.m. Members of Congress hold a discussion on environmental and clean energy priorities and major budget items affecting the environment. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson participates. Location: Capitol, Room HC-5. Contact: 202/225-4671.

National Association of Broadcasters briefing noon The National Association of Broadcasters holds a news briefing to release new figure on the total annual dollar amount of community service given by free, over-the-air local broadcasters. Location: 1771 N St. NW. Contact: 202/429-5350.

Government waste news conference noon Reps. J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, and Richard Armey, Texas Republican, hold a news conference on government waste. Location: House Triangle (Rain site: House Radio/TV Gallery). Contact: 202/225-4000.

Robertson speech 12:30 p.m. George Robertson, secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

Technology lecture 12:30 p.m. Georgetown University's Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service and Science, Technology and International Affairs hosts the Inaugural Loewy Lecture, "Getting Pigs to Fly: U.S. Diplomacy in a High Tech World." The speaker is Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat. Location: Seventh Floor Conference Room, Bunn Intercultural Center Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-2248.

Reston speech 12:30 p.m. James Reston Jr. speaks on his book, "The Last Apocalypse: Europe at the Year 1000," at a Woman's National Democratic Club luncheon. Location: 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 202/232-7363.

Press freedom hearing 1 p.m. The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe holds a hearing on the deterioration of freedom of the press in Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe countries. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-1901.

Women's health seminar 1 p.m. Surgeon General David Satcher conducts a seminar on "Wellness and Women's Health." Location: The Women's Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery gateway. Contact: 703/533-1155.

Children's citizenship ceremony 4 p.m. The Immigration and Naturalization Service and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus host a Children's Citizenship Ceremony to naturalize 50 adopted children from 16 different countries. Location: D.C. National Guard Armory, 2001 East Capitol Street SE. Contact: 202/307-1565.

King assassination commemoration 5 p.m. The Black and Jewish Congressional Delegations mark the 32nd anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The speaker is Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. Location: 2105 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 212/414-5840.

NATO discussion 5:30 p.m. George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and the Atlantic Council of the U.S. holds a discussion on "North Atlantic Treaty Organization: Why Should America Care?" George Robertson, NATO secretary general, and Brent Scowcroft, former national security adviser, participate. Location: Moot Court Room, Lerner Hall, George Washington University, 2000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/994-3087.

Breast cancer fund-raiser kickoff 6 p.m. The 2000 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation National Race for the Cure hosts its Capitol Hill kickoff to celebrate those committed to the fight against breast cancer. Location: Great Hall of the Library of Congress, Jefferson Building. Contact: 703/243-6508.

Presidential elections discussion 6:30 p.m. The Freedom Forum's Newseum holds a discussion on the history of presidential elections in the 20th century and the changing role of the media in covering elections. The speaker is Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian. Location: 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: 703/284-3752.

Election 2000 discussion 7:30 p.m. The American Association of Political Consultants holds a panel discussion on "Election 2000: Do We Have Checkbook Democracy?" Location: Sixth Floor, Board Room, Butler Pavilion, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-6295.

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