- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 7, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Missile defense conference 9:30 a.m. The Lexington Institute holds a conference on recent developments in missile defense. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/522-5828.

Social Security news conference 11:45 a.m. Sen. John Ashcroft, Missouri Republican, holds a news conference on the Social Security "earnings test" repeal. Location: Capitol, Senate swamp. Contact: 202/224-4589.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

10 a.m. Meets with congressional leaders in the Oval Office.

VICE PRESIDENT GORE

7 p.m. Addresses supporters, Loews Vanderbilt Plaza, Nashville, Tenn.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on productivity and costs for the fourth quarter of 1999. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10:30 a.m. Commerce Department's Child Online Protection Act Commission holds its first meeting to examine the extent to which current technological tools effectively help to protect children from inappropriate on-line content. Location: Room 4830, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-1880.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on proposed legislation authorizing funds for fiscal 2001 for the Defense Department and the Future Years Defense Program, focusing on military strategy and operational requirements. Location: 222 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on legislation to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to regulate interstate commerce in the use of mobile telephones. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

9:30 a.m. Judiciary administrative oversight and the courts subcommittee holds a hearing on the Counterintelligence Reform Act. FBI Director Louis J. Freeh testifies. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

10 a.m. Appropriations agriculture, rural development and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2001 budget for the Food and Drug Administration. Jane Henney, FDA commissioner, testifies. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

10 a.m. Appropriations commerce, justice, state and judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2001 budgets for the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The witnesses include Louis J. Freeh, FBI director; Doris Meissner, INS commissioner; and Donnie Marshall, acting DEA administrator. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

10 a.m. Finance international trade subcommittee holds a hearing on agriculture negotiations in the World Trade Organization. Charlene Barshefsky, U.S. trade representative, and Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman testify. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4288.

HOUSE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Veterans' Affairs Committee and the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hold a hearing on the legislative presentation of the Retired Enlisted Association, Gold Star Wives of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Air Force Sergeants Association and the Fleet Reserve Association. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3527.

10 a.m. Appropriations labor, health and human services, and education subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2001 appropriations for the Health and Human Services Department. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

GENERAL AGENDA

Democracy symposium all day The Library of Congress and the New York University Law School hold a symposium, "Democracy and the Rule of Law in a Changing World Order."

Highlights 9:30 a.m. Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court associate justice, "Transnational Justice and National Sovereignty."

2 p.m. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court associate justice, "Roles of Women: Norms and Culture."

5 p.m. Anthony M. Kennedy, Supreme Court associate justice, "Democracy, Legitimacy and the Rule of Law."

Location: Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, First Street and Independence Avenue SE. Contact: 202/707-5067.

Women and poverty conference 9 a.m. The National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund holds a conference, "To Promote the General Welfare: Ending Women's Poverty." Mari Hinojosa, Cable Network News, and author of "Raising Raul," delivers a closing keynote address. Location: Georgetown University, Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 212/925-6635, ext. 7568 or 703/645-7380.

Report release 9 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a news conference to release a report, "Contagion and Conflict: Health as a Global Security Issue." Location: B-1 conference level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Taxpayers issues discussion 10 a.m. The National Taxpayers Union holds a panel discussion, "Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Issues for Taxpayers." Location: Capitol, Room SC-6. Contact: 703/683-5700.

Mozambique news conference 10:30 a.m. Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers and relief agencies responding to the Mozambique emergency hold a news conference. Mr. Summers will announce a new debt-relief initiative for Mozambique. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/783-7304.

Child care discussion noon The Urban Institute holds a panel discussion, "Child Care for Young Children: A First Look Across States." Location: Fifth floor, 2100 M St. NW. Contact: 202/261-5709.

Awards luncheon noon Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala makes remarks at a Girl Scouts awards luncheon. The Girl Scout Gold Award will be presented to 12 Young Women of Distinction. Location: Ballroom, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/659-3780.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race 12:30 p.m. The Washington National Cathedral hosts the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race. Location: Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Contact: 202/537-2198.

Agriculture Department briefing 12:30 p.m. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman holds a news briefing to announce a new Agriculture Department proposal for national organic-foods standards. Location: James L. Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/720-4623.

PETA protest 1 p.m. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals holds a protest of purported animal cruelty in the international leather trade. Musician Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders participates. Location: The Gap, 1258 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Contact: 916/798-4549 or 757/622-7382. ext. 348.

Latvia discussion 2:30 p.m. The National Press Club holds an Afternoon Newsmaker news conference featuring a discussion, "Latvia's Progress Toward Membership in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization." The speaker is Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Indulis Berzins. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Telecommuting seminar 7 p.m. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments holds a seminar on telecommuting in the Metropolitan Washington area. Location: Laurel Lakes Telecommuting Center, Laurel Lakes Corporate Center, 13962 Baltimore Blvd., Laurel. Contact: 202/667-0901.

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