- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 22, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Riley speech 11:45 a.m. Education Secretary Richard W. Riley delivers remarks to the Association of American Publishers and presents an award to singer Dolly Parton. Location: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/401-3026.

Immigration policy discussion 2 p.m. The Economic Strategy Institute holds a panel discussion on "Immigration Policy and the Information Technology Industry: Should America Import More High Tech Workers?" Location: Suite 750, 1401 H St. NW. Contact: 202/326-8554.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

Continues the mission to India, where he addresses the parliament, meets with opposition leader Sonia Gandhi, attends a reception hosted by Ambassador Dick Celeste celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fulbright Educational Exchange Program, and visits the Taj Mahal.

SUPREME COURT

Meets at 10 a.m. to release decisions and hear oral arguments:
Docket Number 99-474 Natsios vs. Natl. Foreign Trade Council, and consolidated, Docket Number 99-244 Mobin Oil Exploration, etc. vs. United States and Docket number 99-253 Marathon Oil Co. vs. United States. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

No schedule 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 on the nomination of Susan Ness to join the Federal Communications Commission. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.
10 a.m. Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the Energy Department's management of health and safety at its Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Piketon, Ohio, diffusion plants. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.
10:45 a.m. Finance Committee holds a hearing on the inclusion of a prescription drug benefit in the Medicare program. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.
2 p.m. Budget Committee marks up the concurrent resolution of the fiscal 2001 budget. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.
2:30 p.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation's science, technology and space subcommittee holds a hearing to examine recent program and management issues at NASA. Daniel Goldin, NASA administrator, testifies. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.
3 p.m. Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry's forestry, conservation and rural revitalization subcommittee holds a hearing on national park fees. Location: 328-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2035.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Appropriations's VA, HUD and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2001 appropriations for the Veterans Affairs Department. VA Secretary Togo West testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Appropriations' Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2001 appropriations for the Labor Department. Secretary Alexis Herman testifies. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Appropriations' Transportation and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2001 budget for aviation and safety issues concerning runway near-collisions. Jane Garvey, Federal Aviation Administration, and Jim Hall, National Transportation Safety Board, testify. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2001 National Defense Authorization budget request. Army Secretary Louis Caldera, Navy Secretary Richard Danzig, and Air Force Secretary F. Whitten Peters testify. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.
10 a.m. Government Reform's government management, information and technology subcommittee holds a hearing on the 1999 audit of the Housing and Urban Development Department. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.
10 a.m. Government Reform's national security, veterans affairs and international relations subcommittee holds a hearing to examine coordination of federal research and development programs that address the threat of domestic terrorism using chemical or biological weapons. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.
10 a.m. International Relations Committee holds a hearing on legislation to provide for implementation by the United States of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation with respect to intercountry adoption. Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.
10 a.m. Veterans Affairs Committee and the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hold a hearing on the legislative presentation of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Retired Officers Association, American Ex-Prisoners of War, AMVETS and National Association of the State Directors of Veterans Affairs. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3527.
10:30 a.m. Commerce's energy and power subcommittee holds a hearing on pending legislation, including a bill to ensure that the Department of Energy has appropriate mechanisms to independently assess the effectiveness of its policy and site performance in the areas of safeguards and security and cyber security. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
10:30 a.m. Science Committee holds a hearing on "EPA's Sludge Rule: Closed Minds or Open Debate." Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.
11 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure's water resources and environment subcommittee holds a hearing on the administration's proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2000. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.
2 p.m. Appropriations' Commerce, Justice, State and judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2001 appropriations for Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Doris Meissner, INS commissioner, testifies. Location: 2226 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
2 p.m. Judiciary Committee marks up the Quality Health Care Coalition Act of 1999 and the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

GENERAL AGENDA

Biology conference all day The American Institute of Biological Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution holds a conference on "Biology: Challenges for the New Millennium." Location: Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History. Contact: 202/628-1500, Ext. 253.
National Community Reinvestment Coalition conference all day The National Community Reinvestment Coalition holds its 10th Annual Training Conference, "Capital Access 2000: Increasing Wealth In Our Communities." The speakers include Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve chairman; Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo; and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 703/276-1604.
Public policy summit 8:30 a.m. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America holds a public policy summit, "The Supreme Court: Election 2000," about the legal and political implications of the upcoming Supreme Court abortion decision. Location: Grand Ballroom South, Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/973-6385.
Report release 9:30 a.m. The Committee to Protect Journalists holds a news conference to release its annual report, "Attacks on The Press 1999," on the state of press freedom around the world. Location: First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 212/465-1004.
Latino health news conference 11 a.m. The American College of Physicians and the American Society of Internal Medicine hold a news conference to release a report documenting the health risks of lacking health insurance in the Latino community. Location: House Triangle. Contact: 202/261-4572.
Truckers rally 1 p.m. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters holds a rally of truck drivers who haul containers from ports to warehouses and railheads calling for lower diesel fuel prices, a "port driver's Bill of Rights," and an end to steamship line antitrust exemptions. Location: North Capitol and D streets NW. Contact: 202/624-8704.
Dedication ceremony 1 p.m. The President's Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History and the General Services Administration host the dedication of an historic marker at the Clara Barton Missing Persons Office, in conjunction with a National Women's History Month celebration.
1 p.m. Clara Barton Historic marker dedication and the designation of the first trail of women's history sites in the District.
2 p.m. D.C. schoolchildren take a bus tour of women's history trail highlights.
Location: 437-441 Seventh St. NW. Contact: 202/501-0705.
Health bill news conference 1:30 p.m. Sens. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, and Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, hold a news conference to introduce a bill to improve health services available to children with multiple medical needs and ease the financial hardships of their families. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3932 or 202/224-2633.
Verification protocol briefing 2 p.m. The National Press Club hosts an Afternoon Newsmaker briefing on the verification protocol for the Biological and Toxic Weapons Convention. The speaker is Graham Pearson, former director-general of Britain's Chemical and Biological Defense Establishment. Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.
Oil Price Reduction Act news conference 2:30 p.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference on the Oil Price Reduction Act of 2000. Location: House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-5107.
Awards ceremony 7:15 p.m. The Congressional Award Foundation holds its "Fifth Annual Congressional Award Gala" to present its "Leadership Award" to Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/226-0130.

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