- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 11, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

U.S.-China relations 8 a.m. The Republican Main Street Partnership holds a panel discussion, "American-Chinese Relations: The Decade Ahead." Commerce Secretary William M. Daley participates. Location: The Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St. SE. Contact: 703/527-6388.

Heyerdahl lecture 8 p.m. Smithsonian Associates and the Royal Norwegian Embassy hold a lecture, "Thor Heyerdahl: A Special Evening With the World-Renowned Explorer," featuring the Norwegian explorer, anthropologist and author discussing his life. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/357-3030.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

10 a.m. Taped radio interview airs on "The Diane Rehm Show."

Noon Makes an equal-pay announcement, Rose Garden of the White House.

4:30 p.m. Joins Education Secretary Richard W. Riley in recognizing the National Teacher of the Year, Rose Garden of the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases report on advance retail sales for April 2000. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

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

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Environment and Public Works Committee holds hearing on the administration's proposal on the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush testifies. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6176.

10 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds hearing on ambassadorial nominations. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee marks up pending legislation, including a bill to expedite the naturalization of aliens who served with special guerrilla units in Laos during the Vietnam War. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

2 p.m. Appropriations Committee marks up portions of the fiscal 2001 budget. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Ways and Means health subcommittee holds hearing on the administration's prescription-drug proposal. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

10 a.m. Banking and Financial Services Committee holds hearing on financial industry impact of permanent normal trade relations with China. Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers and Charlene Barshefsky, U.S. trade representative, testify. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10 a.m. Government Reform criminal justice, drug policy and human resources subcommittee holds hearing on drug-sentencing policies and practices. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. International Relations Committee holds hearing on State Department computer-security lapses. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

10 a.m. Resources forests and forest health subcommittee holds hearing on the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act and the Community Forest Restoration Act. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

10 a.m. Science Committee holds hearing, "NASA's Mars Program after the Young Report, Part II." Daniel Goldin, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, testifies. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

10 a.m. Veterans' Affairs Committee marks up the Veterans and Dependents Millennium Education Act. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3527.

11:30 a.m. Commerce health and the environment subcommittee holds hearing on the Health Care Fairness Act of 1999. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

1:30 p.m. Judiciary crime subcommittee holds hearing on pending legislation, including the "No Second Chances for Murderers, Rapists, or Child Molesters Act of 1999." Fred Goldman and Marc Klass, fathers of murder victims, testify. Location: 2226 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

GENERAL AGENDA

Mississippi Delta conference all day The Transportation Department concludes a national conference on the future economic development of the Mississippi Delta. The participants include Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater, EPA Administrator Carole M. Browner, and Education Secretary Richard W. Riley. Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/366-4570.

Vietnam War anniversary all day Ethnic Hmong and Laotian veterans of the U.S. secret army hold events to mark the 25th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War in Laos.

Highlights 9 a.m. Wreath-laying ceremony, Vietnam War Memorial.

1 p.m. Ceremony and rally to mark Lao Veterans of America National Recognition Week and the 25th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War in Laos, Capitol, West Front lower terrace. Contact: 202/543-1444.

Domestic violence conference all day The American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division and the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence sponsor the ABA Domestic Violence Civil Law Institute in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division spring meeting. Attorney General Janet Reno and Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat, participate. Location: Washington Monarch Hotel, 2401 M St. NW. Contact: 202/662-1093.

Health care rally 8 a.m. The Retired U.S. Armed Forces Veterans of Northwest Florida holds a rally to seek the health care they expected when they served a full career. Location: Capitol, West Front lower terrace. Contact: 703/838-0546.

Religious life conference 8:30 a.m. The Georgetown University Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding holds a conference, "Becoming American: Immigration and Religious Life in the United States." Location: Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-8375 or 202/687-5019.

Book discussion 9 a.m. The National Press Club holds a Morning Newsmaker news conference featuring Thor Heyerdahl, explorer and anthropologist, discussing his book "In the Footsteps of Adam." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Space business forum 9:15 a.m. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics holds its Global Air and Space 2000 International Business Forum and Exhibition, "The Convergence of Aerospace and Information Industries." The speakers include: Jane Garvey, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration; Philip Condit, chairman and CEO of Boeing Co.; and Daniel Goldin, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/264-7500.

Report release 9:30 a.m. Physicians for Social Responsibility holds a news conference to release its report linking common household and industrial chemicals to behavioral and learning disabilities in children. Location: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/463-6671.

Constitution Party news conference 10 a.m. The Constitution Party holds a news conference to announce that the party has secured ballot access in 30 states. The speaker is Howard Phillips, Constitution Party presidential nominee. Location: East Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/242-0613.

Telephone tax bill news conference 10 a.m. Rep. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, holds a news conference on legislation that would repeal the federal excise tax on telephone service. Location: 1629A Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/429-4018.

Tariff Building unboarding 10 a.m. The 161-year-old Tariff Building, boarded up and vacant since 1996, is unboarded in a ceremony marking the onset of National Historic Preservation Week, May 14-20, and the start of the landmark's rehabilitation. Location: F Street between Seventh and Eighth streets NW. Contact: 202/588-6013.

War-crimes discussion noon The Woman's National Democratic Club holds a discussion on war crimes. The speaker is Diane Orentlicher, Washington College of Law professor, and authority on human rights law and war-crimes tribunals. Location: 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 202/232-7363.

Voter.com news conference noon Voter.com holds a news conference on the Voter.com Battleground 2000 Poll. Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/683-5004, Ext. 112.

China news conference 1 p.m. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, holds a news conference on technology, China and trade. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-0600.

Housing-complaint news conference 1:30 p.m. The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department holds a news conference to announce settlement of a fair-housing complaint against a self-described "minister to the Ku Klux Klan." Location: Cafeteria, HUD, 451 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/708-0685.

Unsolicited e-mail legislation news conference 2 p.m. Sen. Conrad Burns, Montana Republican, holds a news conference to announce legislation addressing the issue of unsolicited e-mail. Location: 301 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8150 or 202/224-6137.

Gun-violence seminar 5 p.m. The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department holds a seminar, "Waging Peace in Our Communities: Overcoming Gun Violence." HUD Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, New York Democrat, participate. Location: Cafeteria, HUD, 451 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/708-0685, Ext. 6612.

Friedan interview 8 p.m. The Smithsonian Associates holds an interview of feminist activist and author Betty Friedan by Wendy Rieger, WRC-TV 4 News anchorwoman and reporter. Location: Jefferson Auditorium, South Building, Agriculture Department, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Contact: 202/357-3030.

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