- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 21, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

China's strategy 10 a.m. The House Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the strategic intentions and goals of China. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

Crime check 10 a.m. The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on improving the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

4:25 p.m. Presents the Medal of Honor to 21 World War II veterans of Asian-American, American Indian and Pacific Island heritage, South Lawn Pavilion of the White House.

SENATE

Not immediately available. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing to review the proposed United-USAirways merger. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

9:30 a.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee marks up a bill to facilitate the transition to more competitive and efficient power markets. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

10 a.m. Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hold a hearing to consider the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000. Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Board chairman, and Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers testify. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2035 or 202/224-7391.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Agriculture Committee holds a hearing to review the Agriculture Department's export- and market-promotion programs. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman testifies. Location: 1300 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2171.

10 a.m. Banking and Financial Services capital markets, securities, and government-sponsored enterprises subcommittee holds a hearing on the Housing Finance Regulatory Improvement Act. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10 a.m. Government Reform national security, veterans affairs, and international relations subcommittee holds a hearing to examine problems with individual protective equipment used by U.S. forces to protect against chemical/biological attack. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee marks up pending legislation, including the Preparedness Against Terrorism Act of 2000. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

11 a.m. Resources Committee marks up pending legislation, including the Griffith Project Prepayment and Conveyance Act. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202-225-2761.

2 p.m. Ways and Means Committee marks up the Medicare Rx 2000 Act. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

GENERAL AGENDA

Academy for Educational Development conference all day The Academy for Educational Development holds a National Transition Summit on Young People with Disabilities. Education Secretary Richard W. Riley delivers a keynote address at 11:30 a.m. Location: 1825 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/884-8430.

International Dairy Foods Association conference all day The International Dairy Foods Association holds its annual Washington conference. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman delivers a luncheon address at the Hart Senate Office Building. Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/220-3534 or 202/720-4623.

Transition assistance conference 9 a.m. The American Legion and the office of Rep. Jack Quinn, New York Republican, host a conference, "Transition Assistance: The Role of Certification" for members of the armed services. Labor Secretary Alexis M. Herman participates. Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/225-3306.

Census update 9 a.m. The National Press Club hosts a Morning Newsmaker news conference on the status of Census 2000 operations and steps to ensure an accurate final census count. The speaker is Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt. Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

Korean War conference 9 a.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center and the Korea Society hold a conference, "New Evidence on the Korean War from Russian, Chinese, European and U.S. Archives." Location: Fifth-floor conference room, Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4057 or 202/691-4110.

Health care system round table 9 a.m. The Center for Studying Health System Change hosts a policy round table, "Wall Street Comes to Washington: Market Watchers Evaluate the Health Care System." Location: Salon II, JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/484-3475.

Report release 9:15 a.m. The Treasury Department releases the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' Firearms Trafficking Report. Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers makes remarks. Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Genetic Nondiscrimination in Health Insurance and Employment Act news conference 9:30 a.m. Members of Congress host a demonstration, discharge petition signing and news conference by Democratic leaders to push for a House vote on the Genetic Nondiscrimination in Health Insurance and Employment Act.

Highlights 9:30 a.m. Walk from 345 Cannon House Office Building to House chamber to sign discharge petition.

10:30 a.m. News conference, House Triangle (rain: 122 Cannon House Office Building). Contact: 202/225-3615.

League of Conservation Voters news conference 10 a.m. The League of Conservation Voters holds a news conference to name the first five targets of a "Dirty Dozen" campaign to defeat what it regards as anti-environmental candidates for federal office. Location: Lisagor Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/454-4598 or 202/785-8683.

Helsinki Commission briefing 10 a.m. The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) hosts a briefing on human torture issues in Turkey and Chechnya. Location: 2255 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-1901.

Health Industry Manufacturers Association news conference 10 a.m. The Health Industry Manufacturers Association holds a news conference to announce a new name and discuss current health-policy issues affecting patient access to medical technology. Location: 1200 G St. NW. Contact: 202/434-7243.

Legal Immigrant Children's Health Improvement Act news conference 10 a.m. Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Florida Republican, and Henry A. Waxman, California Democrat, hold a news conference to announce legislation, the Legal Immigrant Children's Health Improvement Act of 2000, to provide Medicare and SCHIP insurance coverage for pregnant women and children who are legal immigrants. Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/785-1670.

Arrival ceremony 10 a.m. Defense Secretary William S. Cohen hosts a full-honors arrival ceremony to welcome King Mohammed VI of Morocco to the Pentagon. Location: River Parade Field, the Pentagon. Contact: 703/695-0169.

Social Services Block Grant funding news conference 10:30 a.m. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala and Sens. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican; Bob Graham, Florida Democrat; and James M. Jeffords, Vermont Republican, participate in a news conference on Social Services Block Grant funding in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill. Location: Capitol, Room EF-100. Contact: 202/224-3932.

Nuclear Reduction/ Disarmament Initiative news conference 10:30 a.m. Retired Air Force Gen. Charles A. Horner, former head of the U.S. Aerospace Command, and Adm. Stansfield Turner, former CIA director, and Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders hold a news conference to announce the Nuclear Reduction/Disarmament Initiative, launched to generate public action against nuclear arms. An interfaith service follows. Location: St. John's Chapel, Washington National Cathedral. Contact: 202/585-2040.

Disasters forum 11 a.m. The Congressional Natural Hazards Caucus holds a forum, "Reducing America's Vulnerability to Disasters."

Highlight 11 a.m. James Lee Witt, Federal Emergency Management Agency director, and Dr. Bernadine Healy, American Red Cross president, participate. 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3004 or 703/379-2480, Ext. 212.

Book forum noon The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a book forum to discuss "The War Against Boys" by author Christina Hoff Sommers. Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.

Prescription-drugs news conference noon Members of Congress, including Rep. Tillie Fowler, Florida Republican, hold a news conference on prescription drugs. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-2501.

Handgun Control luncheon noon Handgun Control holds a luncheon to celebrate the 26th anniversary of Handgun Control. Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summer accepts the Jim and Sarah Brady Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of President Clinton. Location: Washington Grand Hyatt, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/218-4641.

Awards ceremony 12:30 p.m. Good Housekeeping magazine, the Center for Women in Politics and the partnership for Trust in Government hold a ceremony to present "the Good Housekeeping Award for Women in Government." The participants include Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman. Location: Sewell-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. Contact: 202/371-1999.

Korea discussion 2 p.m. The Heritage Foundation holds a panel discussion, "The Korean Peninsula: War-torn Past, the Inter-Korean Summit, and American Interests." Location: Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/608-6143.

Americans for Responsible Recreational Access news conference 2:30 p.m. Americans for Responsible Recreational Access holds a news conference to encourage the Clinton administration to end exclusion of Congress, state officials and the public from decisions on closing public land and waters to off-road vehicles, biking and horseback riding. Location: House Triangle. Contact: 202/326-1729 or 202/326-1751.

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