- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 18, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

China trade 8 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a panel discussion on permanent normal trade relations with China. The featured speakers are Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, and Daniel Su, Chinese dissident. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Electronic government 10:30 a.m. Sens. Fred Thompson, Tennessee Republican, and Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, hold a news conference to launch an electronic government project to involve the public in the legislative process. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7484.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

12:30 p.m. Meets with Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, Oval Office of the White House.

2:30 p.m. Signs the Trade and Development Act of 2000, South Lawn of the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

2 p.m. Treasury Department issues the Treasury Statement ("monthly budget") for April 2000. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education subcommittee holds hearing on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, research. Blair Underwood, actor, and Steve Garvey, former first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs financial institutions subcommittee holds hearing to examine the attack of the "love bug" virus and its impact on U.S. financial-services industry. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

2 p.m. Armed Services Committee holds hearing to receive testimony on U.S. strategic nuclear force requirements. Gen. Henry H. Shelton, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, testifies. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. International Relations Committee holds hearing on famine in Ethiopia. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

10 a.m. Judiciary Constitution subcommittee holds hearing on legislation that would strengthen the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by ending the "shakedown" of small businesses by lawyers who seek to cash in at the expense of the disabled. Clint Eastwood, actor, testifies. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

11 a.m. Commerce health and the environment subcommittee holds hearing on the disposition of hundreds of chimpanzees no longer needed for biomedical research. Jane Goodall testifies. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

2 p.m. Government Reform government management, information and technology subcommittee holds hearing on legislation to ban national identification cards. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

2 p.m. Resources energy and mineral resources subcommittee holds hearing, "Inquiry into Payments to Federal Employees." Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

GENERAL AGENDA

U.S.-Mexico Bi-National Commission meeting all day The State Department hosts the 17th annual U.S.-Mexico Bi-National Commission meeting.

Highlights 2 p.m. Education Secretary Richard W. Riley co-chairs an education working group.

5:45 p.m. Attorney General Janet Reno, news conference.

Location: 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-2492.

Clinton "crime-fraud" finding argument 9 a.m. The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit hears an oral argument on Clinton "crime-fraud" finding in the "Filegate" case. Location: Court of Appeals courtroom, D.C. Federal Courthouse, Third and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/646-5172.

Citizens Trade Campaign news conference 9:45 a.m. The Citizens Trade Campaign holds a news conference and rally with 60 Chinese human rights leaders to ask Congress to reject permanent normal trade relations with China. Rep. David E. Bonior, Michigan Democrat, participates. Location: Capitol, East Front lawn. Contact: 202/624-8136.

Coastal hazards briefing 10 a.m. The U.S. Geological Service holds a congressional briefing, "Understanding Coastal Hazards: From Coastal Erosion and Storms to Sea-level Rise." Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 703/648-4463.

Report release 11:30 a.m. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers holds a news conference to release a report detailing abuses within the federal grand jury system and the reforms needed to bring justice to the system. Location: Lower-level auditorium, Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/872-8600, Ext. 228.

Riley remarks 12:30 p.m. Eastern High School hosts remarks highlighting the jazz curriculum program of the Thelonius Monk Institute at Eastern High School. The speaker is Education Secretary Richard W. Riley. Location: Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE. Contact: 202/401-3026.

Awards ceremony 12:40 p.m. The Conference Board holds a ceremony to present the 1999-2000 Ron Brown Awards for Corporate Leadership to honor company programs that improve the well-being of employees. Commerce Secretary William M. Daley and Labor Secretary Alexis M. Herman participate. Location: Indian Treaty Room, Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building. Contact: 202/326-1732.

China trade discussion 1 p.m. The Committee for Economic Development holds a discussion on the importance of instituting permanent normal trade relations with China. The speaker is Gene Sperling, assistant to the president and director of the National Economic Council. Location: Washington Monarch Hotel, 2401 M St. NW. Contact: 202/296-5860.

China news conference 1 p.m. The Institute for America's Future holds a news conference to release a new economic analysis, "China's Rapid Leap into Advanced Technologies." The participants include: Charles McMillion, report author; and Reps. David E. Bonior, Michigan Democrat, and Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/955-5665.

Grant presentation 2 p.m. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson presents an Energy Department grant to Rep. Joe Baca, California Democrat, for a University of California at Riverside solar-energy project. Location: 2300 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6161.

National Organization on Disability reception 5 p.m. Members of Congress and the National Organization on Disability host a reception to honor the group's national partners and to release a Harris poll on disability issues. Location: Capitol, Mansfield Room. Contact: 202/293-5960.

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