- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 17, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Africa summit all day The National Summit on Africa, "Dialogue and Celebration of Africa: Africa and America: Partners in the New Millennium," opens. Location: Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/842-3600, Ext. 222.

Budget hearing 10 a.m. House Budget Committee holds a hearing on President Clinton's proposed fiscal 2001 budget, focusing on government programs at high risk for fraud, waste and abuse. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

10:15 a.m. Addresses opening session of the National Summit on Africa, Hall C, Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the producer price index for January 2000. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases unemployment insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

11 a.m. Indian Affairs Committee receives briefing, "Overview of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act Reauthorization." Location: 485 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. Ways and Means human resources subcommittee holds hearing on the new federal system for monitoring and enforcing the implementation by the states of federal child-protection laws. Location: 318-B Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

9:30 a.m. Appropriations defense subcommittee holds hearing on the fiscal 2001 defense budget, focusing on medical programs. Location: Capitol, Room H-140. Contact: 202/225-2771.

9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds hearing on the fiscal 2001 defense budget. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

9:30 a.m. Judiciary crime subcommittee marks up the Presidential Threat Protection Act of 1999 and the Federal Health Care Copayment Act of 1999. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

9:30 a.m. Judiciary immigration and claims subcommittee holds hearing on the Anti-Atrocity Alien Deportation Act and the Adopted Orphans Citizenship Act. Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

9:30 a.m. Veterans' Affairs Committee holds hearing on the fiscal 2001 budget for the Veterans Affairs Department. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3527.

10 a.m. Banking and Financial Services Committee holds hearing on the Federal Reserve Board's conduct of monetary policy, the semiannual Humphrey-Hawkins review. Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve chairman, testifies. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10 a.m. Commerce telecommunications, trade and consumer protection subcommittee holds hearing on the decision by the Federal Communication's Commission to license low-power FM radio stations. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. Education and the Workforce Committee oversight and investigations subcommittee holds hearing, "21st Century Worker Shortages." Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

10 a.m. Government Reform criminal justice, drug policy and human resources subcommittee holds hearing on whether the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is optimizing resources. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. Ways and Means health subcommittee holds hearing on the confidentiality of patient records. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

GENERAL AGENDA

Africa summit all day The National Summit on Africa, "Dialogue and Celebration of Africa: Africa and America, Partners in the New Millennium," is held.

Highlights 8:15 a.m. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater, D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams and Salim A. Salim, secretary-general of the Organization of African Unity, opening ceremony, "Welcome Heads of State and Charge to Summit Delegates and Participants."

10:15 a.m. President Clinton.

11:45 a.m. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, keynote address, opening plenary, "Africa and America, Partners in the New Millennium."

8:30 p.m. Former Rep. Jack Kemp, New York Republican, and co-director of Empower America, Presidential Candidates Forum: "United States-Africa Policy in the Next Administration."

Location: Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/842-3600, Ext. 222.

Air Force budget briefing 8 a.m. Secretary of the Air Force F. Whitten Peters and Rep. Sam Johnson, Texas Republican, hold a briefing on the Air Force's fiscal 2001 budget, the service's transformation to an expeditionary aerospace force, and the Air Force's role in national security strategy. Location: B-339 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/785-9034.

Colorectal cancer briefing 8 a.m. The Congressional Black Caucus and the Older Americans Caucus hold a news briefing, "Emerging Technologies for Early Colorectal Cancer Detection and Prevention." Location: B-369 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/822-8060.

Issue-forecasting seminar 8:45 a.m. The American League of Lobbyists holds a seminar, "Issue Forecasting." Location: Rooms 233 and 235, Hall of States, 444 North Capitol St. NW. Contact: 703/960-3011.

Book discussion 9:30 a.m. Citizens Against Government Waste joins political critic Martin Gross at a news conference to release and discuss Mr. Gross's book "The Government Racket 2000: New Washington Waste From A to Z." Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/467-5300.

Anthrax vaccine report news conference 9:30 a.m. Reps. Christopher Shays, Connecticut Republican; Mark Souder, Indiana Republican; and Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent hold a news conference to release an oversight report, "Unproven Force Protection," on the Defense Department's anthrax-vaccine immunization program. Location: House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-5541.

Urban-growth briefing 10 a.m. The U.S. Geological Survey holds a briefing, "Meeting the Challenges of Urban Growth," about how science information and decision-support tools are helping communities around the country balance population growth and economic development while maintaining a healthy environment. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 703/648-4463.

Education Department news conference 10 a.m. The Education Department holds a news conference to release a national study, "America's Kindergartners." Location: first-floor auditorium, 400 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/401-1579.

Report release 10:45 a.m. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group holds a news briefing to release a report on purported violations of the Clean Water Act, "Poisoning Our Water: How the Government Permits Pollution." Location: Capitol, Room HC-6. Contact: 202/546-9707.

Public Citizen news conference 11 a.m. Public Citizen holds a news conference to rebut information disseminated by the auto industry regarding air-bag safety and the Transportation Department's pending advanced air-bag rule. Location: 1600 20th St. NW. Contact: 202/588-7741.

Wreath-laying ceremony 11 a.m. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals hold a wreath-laying ceremony in memory of Vicki Moore, a British anti-bull fighting activist. Location: British Embassy, 3100 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 757/622-7382.

Medical errors legislation news conference 11 a.m. Rep. Constance A. Morella, Maryland Republican, holds a news conference to introduce legislation on medical errors. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5341.

Food irradiation news conference noon Food Technology Services Inc., Rep. Charles T. Canady, Florida Republican, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association hold a news conference to celebrate acceptance of food-irradiation technology by serving freshly grilled irradiated beef and chicken. The Agriculture Department is scheduled to announced final approval of red-meat irradiation regulations Tuesday. Location: American Legion Hall, 224 D St. SE. Contact: 202/585-2108.

Violence Against Women Act case discussion noon American University's Washington College of Law holds a discussion on the Violence Against Women Act case currently before the Supreme Court, Brzonkala vs. Morrison and U.S. vs. Morrison. Location: Room 603, Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/274-4279.

Presidential fund-raising briefing 1 p.m. The Center for Responsive Politics holds a news briefing on presidential fund raising through 1999, focusing on top donors and sources of money by geography and industry. Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/857-0044.

Religious liberty hearing 2:30 p.m. The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe holds a hearing on religious liberty in Russia. Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-1901.

Human rights briefing 4 p.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing on "From Perm-36 to Grozny: Human Rights in Russia." The speaker is Sergei Kovalyev, member of State Duma of the Russian Federation. Location: Conference Room A, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Book discussion 5:45 p.m. The National Press Club hosts a fund-raising dinner featuring New York Times columnist William Safire discussing his book "Scandalmonger." This dinner benefits the Eric Friedheim Library. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7501. Note: Reservations required.

Hayden speech 8:30 p.m. American University's Kennedy Political Union hosts National Security Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden, who addresses students and answers questions as part of the union's lecture series "Rethinking the Millennium." Location: Room 2, Ward Circle Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5952.

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