- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 14, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Black Caucus conference all day The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation holds its annual leadership conference. Location: Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/675-6730.

Defense readiness 2 p.m. The Senate Budget Committee holds a hearing on a review of the Congressional Budget Office's unreleased new study, "Budgeting for Defense: Maintaining Today's Forces." Dan Crippen, CBO director, testifies. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

12:15 p.m. Participates in a news conference urging the Senate to pass the patients' bill of rights, South Lawn of the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on the unemployment insurance claims for the week and the Producer Price Index for August 2000. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's national advisory council holds a meeting. Location: Rooms C and D, Neuroscience Building, 6001 Executive Blvd., Rockville. Contact: 301/443-4375.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 p.m. Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education subcommittee holds a hearing on stem-cell research. The witnesses include actor Michael J. Fox and actresses Jennifer Estess, Gina Gershon, and Mary Tyler Moore. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

9:30 a.m. Commerce Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on air-traffic control delays and nominations of David Plavin and Athenia Joyner to be members of the Federal Aviation Management Advisory Council, and Sue Bailey to be administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater and Jane Garvey, Federal Aviation Administration administrator, testify. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

9:30 a.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the transportation of Alaska North Slope natural gas to market and to investigate the cost, environmental aspects and energy security implications to Alaska and the rest of the nation for alternative routes and projects. Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

HOUSE

Meets at 9 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Commerce Committee marks up pending legislation, including the Know Your Caller Act. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. Resources Committee holds a hearing on the Endangered Species Act. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

2 p.m. Education and the Workforce workforce protections subcommittee holds a hearing, "A Review of Mine Safety and Health: the State of the Industry Today." Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

GENERAL AGENDA

Vajpayee visit all day The Embassy of India sponsors a visit by Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.

Highlights 9:25 a.m. Meets with House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Capitol, Room H-210.

10 a.m. Addresses a joint session of Congress, Capitol, House Chamber.

10:45 a.m. Meets with Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, Capitol, Room H-201.

11 a.m. Meets with Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman, New York Republican, and members of the House International Relations Committee, Capitol, Room H-139.

11:15 a.m. Meets with Sen. Jesse Helms, North Carolina Republican, and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Capitol, Room S-116.

1 p.m. Attends luncheon hosted by Reps. Gary L. Ackerman, New York Democrat, and James C. Greenwood, Pennsylvania Republican, and members of the Congressional Caucus on India, 345 Cannon House Office Building.

7 p.m. Meets with think-tank representatives, Jackson Place Conference Center, Blair House, off Lafayette Square. Contact: 202/232-1540, 202/232-1543, 202/232-1543 or 202/232-1558.

Leadership conference all day The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation holds its annual leadership conference.

Highlights 10 a.m. National town-hall meeting.

11 a.m. Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, New York Democrat, "An Update on Police Brutality."

12:30 p.m. Issue Forum, "Going Global: Experts in Exporting to Emerging Markets," regarding nongovernmental resources to help small- and medium-sized businesses export to emerging markets, B-318 Rayburn House Office Building.

12:30 p.m. Issue forums, "The Underground Railroad: Historical Perspectives," and "Blacks in the Criminal Justice System," with Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat.

1 p.m. Issues forum, "Human Rights in the United States: The Unfinished Story Current Political Prisoners Victims of

CONINTELPRO," with Rep. Cynthia A. McKinney, Georgia Democrat, 2200 Rayburn House Office Building.

2:30 p.m. Issue forums, "Diversity in the Auto Industry: The Road Less Traveled," and "Telecommunications Enterprises and Access to Capital," with Rep. Albert R. Wynn, Maryland Democrat.

Location: Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/675-6730.

Cuba briefing 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing, "Breaking the Information Monopoly in Communist Regimes The Case of Cuba," based on a report by former members of Congress who visited the Caribbean island. The participants include former Reps. John Brademas, Indiana Democrat, National Endowment for Democracy chairman; Jack Buechner, Missouri Republican, International Republican Institute president; and Fred Grandy, Iowa Republican, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries. Location: Fourth-floor conference room, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Alliance for Better Campaigns news conference 9 a.m. The Alliance for Better Campaigns holds a news conference to launch "GREEDYTV.ORG," a grass-roots reform effort to target TV stations that have profited the most from political ads and that are doing the least to inform the public on campaign 2000. Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, participates. Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/879-6755.

Education conference 9 a.m. The Century Foundation holds a conference, "Inequality in Education: Policies and Politics." Bob Chase, National Education Association president, and William Wilson, Harvard University, participate in a panel discussion, "Creating a Political Atmosphere for Change," at 2 p.m. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 212/452-7772.

Welfare Made A Difference National Campaign news conference 9:30 a.m. Welfare Made A Difference National Campaign holds a news conference on the launch of a public education campaign in preparation for the upcoming elections and the debates of federal welfare reauthorization. A second news conference will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the House triangle. Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/544-8747.

Voters briefing 10 a.m. The Brookings Institution presents a briefing, "American Voters 2000: Who's Still Swinging, Who's Decided and Why," a Pew Research Center survey. Location: Falk Auditorium, Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Orchestra news conference 10 a.m. The Organization of American States hosts a news conference and master class to launch a "Youth Orchestra of the Americas," which will include 100 young musicians from across the Western Hemisphere. Location: Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/833-8121.

Make College Affordable Act news conference 11 a.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference to introduce "The Make College Affordable Act," a college-tuition tax-relief bill. Location: 385 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3542.

Judicial nominations process news conference 11:30 a.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference to highlight the failure of the judicial-nominations process to confirm many of the women awaiting Senate action to fill long-vacant judicial slots across the country. Location: Capitol, Senate swamp. Contact: 202/228-1122.

Globalizing justice forum noon The Cato Institute presents a policy forum, "Globalizing Justice: Panacea or Pandora's Box?" Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.

Social Security Administration news conference noon The Social Security Administration holds a news conference to launch its 2000 "Computers for Kids" campaign. Kenneth Apfel, Social Security Administration commissioner, and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley participate. Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 410/965-8901.

Web-based Education Commission hearing 1 p.m. The Web-based Education Commission conducts the fifth and probably final hearing before its final report on "The Promise of the Internet for Learning: Voices from the Field." Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/219-7058.

Religion and politics discussion 5:30 p.m. The American Assembly of Columbia University presents a panel discussion,"What Should Be the Role of Religion in Presidential Politics?" Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 212/268-1443.

Concerned Women of America convention 7 p.m. Concerned Women of America opens its 16th national convention. Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 800/458-8797.

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