- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 16, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Science literacy news conference 10:30 a.m. Summit on Science holds a news conference to announce its formation, an initiative to "sound the alarm over the state of science literacy in America." Location: Auditorium, Hardy Middle School, 1819 35th St. NW. Contact: 410/427-0123, Exts. 226 or 231.

Economic warfare discussion noon Accuracy in Media (AIM) holds a discussion on "Economic Warfare: Chinese Penetration of the United States." Participants include Peter Leitner, editor in chief, Journal of Power and Ethics. Location: Lu Garden Restaurant, 629 H Street NW. Contact: 202/364-4401.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

2 p.m. Holds a news conference, East Room of the White House.

VICE PRESIDENT GORE

9:35 a.m. Discusses education issues, Broughton High School, Raleigh, N.C.

4:15 p.m. Tours tornado damage in Camilla, Ga.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases a report on housing starts and building permits for January 2000. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

SENATE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Appropriations's commerce, justice, state and judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing to discuss the federal law enforcement response to the wave of Internet hacking over the last few days. Attorney General Janet Reno and Louis Freeh, FBI director, testify. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing on President Clinton's proposed fiscal 2001 budget. Dan Crippen, director of the Congressional Budget Office, testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

10 a.m. Commerce's health and the environment subcommittee holds a hearing on "Seniors' Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs: Models for Reform." Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. Commerce's telecommunications, trade and consumer protection subcommittee holds a hearing on copyright and intellectual property issues raised by Internet and Webcasting of television signals. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. International Relations Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2001 foreign affairs budget. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright testifies. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

10 a.m. Science's space and aeronautics subcommittee holds a hearing on "FY2001 NASA Authorization, NASA Posture." Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

10 a.m. Small Business Committee holds a hearing on ways to increase the availability of employer-based health insurance for small businesses. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.

10 a.m. Ways and Means Committee considers its views and estimates report to the Budget Committee, followed by a 10:30 a.m. hearing on the recently-negotiated U.S.-Chinese trade agreement, and on efforts by China to join the World Trade Organization. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

10:30 a.m. Rules Committee holds a hearing on proposals to replace the one-year federal budget cycle with a two-year biennial system. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, testifies. Location: Capitol, Room H-313. Contact: 202/225-9191.

11 a.m. Resources Committee marks up pending legislation, including the Indian Tribal Economic Development and Contract Encouragement Act of 1999. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

1 p.m. Appropriations's agriculture, rural development, Food and Drug Administration and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2001 appropriations for the Agriculture Department. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman testifies. Location: 2362-A Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

1 p.m. Select Intelligence Committee holds a hearing on counterintelligence efforts at the Energy Department and its nuclear weapons facilities. Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4121.

2 p.m. Transportation and Infrastructure's oversight, investigations and emergency management subcommittee holds a hearing on floodwater rescue. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

4 p.m. Ways and Means's Social Security subcommittee marks up the Senior Citizens Freedom to Work Act. Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

GENERAL AGENDA

Education conference all day The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education continues its 25th National Conference on Blacks in Higher Education, "Offensive Strategies for Keeping the Doors of Opportunity Open in the New Millennium." Federal Communications Commission Chairman William Kennard speaks at 7 a.m. Location: Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 301/650-2440.

Legislative conference 7 a.m. Associated Builders and Contractors concludes its annual legislative conference. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, speaks at 7 a.m. Location: Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 703/812-2000.

Salmon seminar 8:30 a.m. The National Sea Grant College Program holds a seminar on "Public Choices, Science and Salmon: Scientific Efforts to Aid Salmon in the Pacific Northwest." Location: First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7095.

Air bag safety news conference 9 a.m. The Air Bag and Safety Belt Campaign holds a news conference to release data on awareness of air bag safety and to announce a new effort to reach those drivers most likely to put children at risk with air bags. Location: Lisagor Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/338-8700.

House Democratic Caucus march and news conference 10 a.m. The House Democratic Caucus holds a march and news conference to launch an effort to debate affordable prescription drug benefits for seniors.

Highlights 9 a.m. Caucus meeting, 345 Cannon House Office Building.

10 a.m. March, House Triangle.

11 a.m. News conference, House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-0100.

Exhibition preview 10 a.m. The National Building Museum holds a media preview of its exhibition "Frank Lloyd Wright: Windows of the Darwin D. Martin House." Location: 401 F St. NW. Contact: 202/272-3606 or 202/272-2448, Ext. 3207.

Awards ceremony noon The National Council of Black Republicans holds a ceremony to present its "Pioneer Award" to honor "outstanding black Republicans." Location: National Press Club, Ballroom, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/569-0946. Note: Following the awards ceremony, Rep. J.C. Watts Jr., Oklahoma Republican, will hold a news conference to map out the Republican 2000 urban initiative and minority outreach effort, National Press Club. Contact: 202/225-5107.

U.S.-Korean relations roundtable 2:30 p.m. The Atlantic Council sponsors a roundtable discussion on U.S.-South Korean relations and coordination of policy toward North Korea. Rep. Ed Royce, California Republican, participates. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4111.

Thomas Navarro FDA Patient Rights Act news conference 2:30 p.m. Rep. Dan Burton, Indiana Republican, Alan Keyes, and the family of Thomas Navarro hold a news conference on the introduction of the "Thomas Navarro FDA Patient Rights Act." Location: House Triangle (Capitol, Room H-137 in case of rain). Contact: 202/225-5074.

Gun violence study release 3:30 p.m. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo releases a study on gun violence in public housing. Location: HUD storefront, 801 N. Capitol St. NW. Contact: 202/708-0685.

Health care education news conference 3:30 p.m. The Institute for Health Care Advancement holds a new conference on "Health Care Education: Utilizing Educational Tools to Assist in Eliminating the Escalating Costs of Health Care." Rep. J.C. Watts Jr., Oklahoma Republican, participates. Location: Capitol, Room HC-8. Contact: 310/826-3364.

Cardiac Arrest Survival Act news conference 5:15 p.m. Students from Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County hold a rally and news conference at the end of a lobbying day in support of the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act. Location: Capitol, Triangle area. Contact: 202/426-2171.

Secret evidence forum 6:30 p.m. Members of Congress hold a forum to call for an end to secret evidence in American courts. Rep. David E. Bonior, Michigan Democrat, and Rep. Tom Campbell, California Republican, participate. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/429-9210.

Town hall meeting 7 p.m. The Arab American Institute holds an Arab American Campaign 2000 Town Hall meeting. Location: Johnson Center Multipurpose Room, George Mason University, Fairfax. Contact: 202/429-9210.

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