- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 15, 2000

Today's Headliners

Religious liberty briefing 9:30 a.m. The Congressional Human Rights Caucus holds a news briefing on "Current Religious Liberty Violations in Burma, Laos, Vietnam and Indonesia." Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4835, 202/225-3531 or 202/225-2411.

Energy legislation 11 a.m. The Energy Daily and the Hill publications host a seminar on "Congress 2000: The Outlook for Energy Legislation." Location: Conference Room A, Edison Electric Institute, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/662-1555.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

10:45 a.m. Meets with Azerbaijan President Heydar Aliyev, White House.
11:30 a.m. Convenes a White House summit on Internet security, White House.

VICE PRESIDENT GORE

Travels to Baltimore, where he speaks at Morgan State University at 10 a.m., and to Raleigh, N.C.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

9:15 a.m. Federal Reserve Board releases report on industrial production and capacity utilization for January. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.
2:30 p.m. Treasury Department auctions 3- and 6-month Treasury bills. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

SENATE

Not in session. No committee meetings are scheduled. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

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

9 a.m. Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee holds hearing on guidelines on how much income senior citizens can earn before they begin to lose their Social Security benefits. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.
9:30 a.m. Agriculture risk management, research and specialty crops subcommittee reviews the President's Working Group Report on the over-the-counter derivatives market and the Commodity Exchange Act. Location: 1300 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2171.
9:30 a.m. Appropriations military construction subcommittee holds hearing on fiscal 2001 appropriations. Location: B-300 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Appropriations labor, health and human services, and education subcommittee holds hearing on fiscal 2001 appropriations for the Health and Human Services Department. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Banking and Financial Services housing subcommittee marks up the American Home Ownership and Economic Opportunity Act. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.
10 a.m. Education and the Workforce employer-employee relations subcommittee holds hearing, "The Evolving Pension and Investment World After 25 Years of ERISA." Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.
10 a.m. Judiciary Committee marks up the Traffic Stops Statistics Study Act of 1999, the Fairness in Asbestos Compensation Act of 1999, and the Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 1999. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.
10 a.m. Appropriations transportation and related agencies subcommittee holds hearing on the fiscal 2001 Department of Transportation budget. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater testifies. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10:30 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure water resources and environment subcommittee holds hearing, "EPA's Proposed Regulations Regarding Total Maximum Daily Loads, the National Discharge Elimination System, and the Federal Anti-Degradation Policy." Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.
1 p.m. Government Reform national economic growth, natural resources and regulatory affairs subcommittee holds hearing, "Is the Department of Labor Regulating the Public Through the Back Door?" Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.
1 p.m. Ways and Means health subcommittee holds hearing to examine the implications of different proposals aimed at helping seniors gain more affordable access to prescription drugs. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.
2 p.m. Education and the Workforce early childhood, youth and families subcommittee holds hearing, "Commodities and the School Lunch Program." Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.
2 p.m. Government Reform census subcommittee holds hearing, "Oversight of the 2000 Census: Examining the GAO's Census 2000 Oversight Activities." Location: 2203 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.
2 p.m. International Relations Africa subcommittee holds hearing on peacekeeping in the Congo. Richard Holbrooke, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, testifies. Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.
2 p.m. Resources forests and forest health subcommittee holds hearing on the funding of environmental initiatives and their impact on local communities. Location: 1334 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.
2 p.m. Transportation and Infrastructure aviation subcommittee holds hearing on the negotiation of a new aviation agreement between the United States and Great Britain. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater testifies. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.
5 p.m. Rules Committee considers rules for floor debate of the Small Business Liability Reform Act and the Fair Access to Indemnity and Reimbursement Act. Location: Capitol, Room H-313. Contact: 202/225-9191.

GENERAL AGENDA

Legislative conference all day The Associated Builders and Contractors holds its annual legislative conference.
Highlights 9 a.m. Reps. James M. Talent, Missouri Republican; Anne M. Northup, Kentucky Republican; and Virgil H. Goode Jr., Virginia independent, opening general session.
7 p.m. Reps. James E. Rogan, California Republican, and Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican.
Location: Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 703/812-2000.
Education conference all day The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education continues its 25th national conference on blacks in higher education. Education Secretary Richard W. Riley speaks at 9 a.m. Location: Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 301/650-2440.
Environmentally-friendly business model briefing 8:30 a.m. Reps. Mark Udall, Colorado Democrat, and Scott McInnis, Colorado Republican, sponsor a congressional briefing featuring Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder Amory Lovins, who explains a business model in his book "Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution." Location: Capitol, Room EF-100. Contact: 202/737-7733.
Grassroots.com briefing 8:30 a.m. Grassroots.com holds a news briefing to announce the launch of Grassroots.com, a World Wide Web political action destination for the public and their representatives. John Sununu, former New Hampshire governor and former White House chief of staff, and Mike McCurry, former White House press secretary, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/393-1010.
Religious persecution hearing 9 a.m. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom holds a hearing, "Religious Persecution in Sudan." Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/523-3240.
Universal service fees discussion 9 a.m. The Washington Legal Foundation holds a panel discussion, "Universal Service Fees: Who Pays to Close the Digital Divide?" Location: M.J. Murdock Center for Free Enterprise, 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration briefing 9:30 a.m. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration holds a briefing on its new report, "Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons With Child Abuse and Neglect Issues." Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/443-5052.
India's emerging industries discussion 9:30 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and The U.S.-India Business Council hold a discussion, "India's Emerging Industries." The speakers are Vasundhara Raje, Indian minister of state for small-scale industries and agricultural and rural industries, and Marjory Searing, acting assistant commerce secretary and director-general of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5323.
Environmental guide release 10 a.m. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy holds a news conference to release its "Green Book: The Environmental Guide to Cars and Trucks" to help consumers choose the most environmentally friendly vehicles in 2000. Location: First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/652-6016.
Iran's elections discussion 10 a.m. The U.S. Institute of Peace holds a discussion, "Iran's Elections: Where is the Republic Headed?" Location: second-floor conference room, 1200 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/429-3878.
Credit Union National Association news conference 10 a.m. The Credit Union National Association holds a news conference to announce results of a poll on issues affecting credit union members and release data on voter preferences that could affect bankruptcy legislation and new savings initiatives. Location: Capitol, Room HC-7. Contact: 202/682-4200.
Health care reform legislation news conference 10:30 a.m. Reps. Ike Skelton, Missouri Democrat; Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii Democrat; and Gene Taylor, Mississippi Democrat, announce legislation to reform health care for active duty military members, military retirees and their families. Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2876.
Cuban economic embargo discussion 11 a.m. The Cato Institute holds a panel discussion, "The Cuban Economic Embargo: Time for a New Approach?" The participants include: Rep. Mark Sanford, South Carolina Republican; Philip Peters, the Lexington Institute; and Thomas Donohue, U.S. Chamber of Commerce president. Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.
Holocaust insurance claims briefing noon The International Commission of Holocaust Era Insurance Claims holds a news briefing on the global launch of a program to resolve unpaid insurance claims of Holocaust victims. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/955-1229.
Government-waste report briefing 1 p.m. Rep. John R. Kasich, Ohio Republican, holds a news briefing on a report on government waste, fraud and abuse. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.
Internet crime briefing 1 p.m. The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and the Economic Strategy Institute hold a briefing, "Internet Crime, Cyber-terrorism and Information Warfare: 2000 and Beyond." Location: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/525-0770 or 202/326-8554.
Domestic workers briefing 1:30 p.m. Reps. Sam Gejdenson, Connecticut Democrat, and Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican, host a briefing to examine problems faced by individuals who come to the Washington area under special visa programs to work as domestics for officials of international agencies and embassies. Location: Capitol, Room HC-5. Contact: 202/234-9382, Ext. 238.
Research bill news conference 4 p.m. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican, holds a news conference on a 5-year authorization bill that would double civilian research and development programs and return the federal governments emphasis on information technology funding to basic research. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4275.
Francis Boyer lecture 6 p.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds its annual Francis Boyer Lecture and Dinner. Christopher DeMuth, American Enterprise Institute president, participates. Location: Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/862-5829.
Health town meeting 6:30 p.m. D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Democrat, holds a health town meeting. Surgeon General David Satcher and Nikki McCray of the WNBA's Washington Mystics participate. Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-8050.
Hindu-Muslim dialogue 7 p.m. The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies holds a panel discussion, "A Hindu-Muslim Dialogue." Location: Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/337-5667.
Census forum 7 p.m. The Montgomery County Complete Count Committee holds a rally to bring community groups together and to encourage participation in the 2000 census to ensure a complete and accurate count. Rep. Constance A. Morella, Maryland Republican, participates. Location: Montgomery County Board of Education, 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville. Contact: 202/225-5341.
Awards ceremony 7:30 p.m. The League of United Latin American Citizens holds its third annual National Legislative Awards gala. Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/833-6130.

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