- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 8, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Economic freedom conference 9 a.m. The Heritage Foundation holds a conference on "Economic Freedom Around the World." Location: Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/608-6143.

Census briefing 10 a.m. The Census 2000 Initiative holds a briefing on the 2000 Census. Barbara Bryant; and Martha Farnsworth Riche, former Census Bureau directors, participate. Location: American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Ave. NW. Contact: 202/326-8700.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

3:30 p.m. Delivers an address on the importance of permanent normal trade relations with China, Kinney Auditorium, Nitze Building, School for Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

VICE PRESIDENT GORE

7 p.m. Holds an open meeting with undecided voters, Wayne State University, Detroit.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

:30 a.m. Armed Services, airland forces subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed legislation authorizing funds for fiscal 2001 for the Defense Department and the Future Years Defense Program, focusing on Army transformation. Location: 232-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation, communications subcommittee holds a hearing on recent "cyber attacks" on popular Web sites, and on efforts to make the Internet more secure. Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. testifies. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

9:30 a.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing to examine energy supply and demand issues relating to crude oil, heating oil and transportation fuels in light of the rise in price of these fuels. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee marks up the Local TV Act, and the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act, and votes on nominations of Kathryn Shaw to the Council of Economic Advisers and Jay Johnson to be director of the Mint. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. Finance Committee holds a hearing to hear testimony regarding penalty and interest provisions in the Internal Revenue Code. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4288.

10:30 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the administration of the fiscal 2001 foreign affairs budget request. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

2:30 p.m. Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing on reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. 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

9:30 a.m. Appropriations, defense subcommittee holds a hearing on the Air Force budget. Air Force secretary F. Whitten Peters and Gen. Michael E. Ryan, Air Force chief of staff, testify. Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

9:30 a.m. Banking and Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on the global AIDS crisis and pandemic in Africa and the World Bank AIDS Prevention Trust Fund Act. Richard Holbrooke, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, testifies. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10 a.m. Agriculture, department operations, nutrition and foreign agriculture subcommittee holds a hearing on the U.S. Forest Service budget request for fiscal 2001. Location: 1300 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2171.

10 a.m. Appropriations, commerce, justice, state and judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2001 appropriations for the Justice Department. Attorney General Janet Reno testifies. Location: 2226 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. Appropriations, energy and water development subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2001 appropriations for the Energy Department. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson testifies. Location: 2362-B Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. Government Reform, national security, veterans affairs and international relations subcommittee holds a hearing to examine the readiness for distribution of supplies from the national stockpile of pharmaceuticals in case of a terrorist attack involving chemical or biological weapons. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10:30 a.m. Appropriations, VA, HUD and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2001 appropriations for the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department. HUD Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

11:30 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure, water resources and environment subcommittee marks up the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Initiative and a bill to reauthorize the Clean Lakes Program, and holds a hearing on proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2000. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

12:30 p.m. International Relations, Asia and Pacific affairs subcommittee holds a hearing on U.S. security issues in Asia. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

1 p.m. Education and the Workforce, early childhood, youth and families subcommittee holds a hearing on "Technology in Education." Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-4527.

1 p.m. Government Reform, census subcommittee holds a hearing on "Oversight of the 2000 Census: Status of Bureau Census Operations and Activities." Kenneth Prewitt, Census Bureau director, testifies. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

1:30 p.m. Appropriations, interior subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2001 appropriations for the Smithsonian. Location: B-308 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

2 p.m. Judiciary Committee marks up the "Private Property Rights Implementation Act of 1999"; the "Fairness in Asbestos Compensation Act of 1999" and the "Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000." Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

2 p.m. Transportation and Infrastructure, ground transportation subcommittee holds a hearing on "Implementation of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century by the U.S. Department of Transportation." Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2:30 p.m. Appropriations, commerce, justice, state and judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2001 appropriations for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

3 p.m. Armed Services, military procurement subcommittee and military research and development subcommittee hold a hearing on information superiority and information assurance. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

GENERAL AGENDA

Government affairs conference 8 a.m. America's Community Bankers holds its "Government Affairs Conference." The participants include: Sen. Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat; Donna Tanoue, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation chairman; and Rep. Tom DeLay, Texas Republican. Location: Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza SW. Contact: 202/857-3104 or 202/857-3103.

Estonia briefing 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a news briefing on "Estonia's Road to NATO." The speaker is Estonian Minister of Defense Juri Luik. Location: Conference Room A, Fourth Floor, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence news conference 9:30 a.m. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence holds a news conference in conjunction with International Women's Day and to call for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Members of Congress and singer Michael Bolton participate. Location: B-339 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/745-1211.

Nuclear proliferation discussion 10 a.m. The National Press Club holds a Morning Newsmaker news conference on nuclear proliferation and strategic approaches to reduce the danger. The speaker is Sen. Thad Cochran, Mississippi Republican. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Bone mass screenings news conference 10:30 a.m. Reps. Constance A. Morella, Maryland Republican, and Shelley Berkley, Nevada Democrat, hold a news conference to discuss the importance of providing Medicare coverage of bone mass screenings for individuals susceptible to osteoporosis, including men with prostate cancer. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-5341.

Minimum wage news conference 10:30 a.m. The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA holds a news conference to urge Congress to raise the minimum wage. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 212/870-2227.

Blood supply news conference 11:15 a.m. The American Red Cross and Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, hold a news conference to release the results of a national survey that finds that the public underestimates the need for blood and is unaware of the fragility of the nation's blood supply. Location: Capitol, Room H-210. Contact: 202/639-3504 or 202/225-2800.

Tax credit news conference 11:30 a.m. Members of Congress, including Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, hold a news conference to announce support for a tax credit for people who need long-term caregivers, a tax deduction for purchasers of long-term care insurance and updated consumer protection standards. Location: 428-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/434-2560.

Breast feeding news conference 11:30 a.m. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, New York Democrat, and Surgeon General David Satcher hold a news conference on breast feeding and the Pregnancy Disability Act Amendments of 2000. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-7944.

Heroes in Law luncheon address noon The D.C. Bar Association holds a Heroes in Law luncheon address by Sen. John Edwards, North Carolina Democrat, on "Patients Bill of Rights: Dead or Alive?" Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/879-7777.

Hinckley speech 12:30 p.m. Gordon Hinckley, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

Rising gas prices news conference 1:30 p.m. Sen. Frank H. Murkowski, Alaska Republican, holds a news briefing on rising gas prices. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-6665.

Music education news conference 2:30 p.m. Recording artists James Taylor and Michael McDonald join Reps. David M. McIntosh, Indiana Republican, and Bob Clement, Tennessee Democrat, at a news conference to introduce a House resolution recognizing the value of music education and honoring music educators. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3021 or 703/860-4000, Ext. 318.

Federal Employees Adoption Assistance Act news conference 3:30 p.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference to announce the "Federal Employees Adoption Assistance Act of 2000." Location: Capitol, Room S-207. Contact: 202/224-0309.

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