- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 28, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Oil release 9:30 a.m. Rep. Joe L. Barton, Texas Republican, holds a news conference to announce plans to stop the proposed release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Location: Capitol, House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-2002.

Christian Coalition conference all day The Christian Coalition of America holds its conference, "Road to Victory 2000." Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/479-6900, Ext. 117.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

2:30 p.m. Hosts an official working visit by Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok at the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases a report on the Gross Domestic Product for second-quarter 2000 (final estimate). Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

SENATE

Not immediately available. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541. Internet: http:/ /www.senate.gov

SENATE COMMITTEES

8:30 a.m. Special Committee on Aging holds a hearing, "The Nursing Home Initiative: A Two-year Progress Report." Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.

9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on U.S. policy toward Iraq. Gen. Anthony Zinni, former U.S. Central Command commander, testifies. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

9:30 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs securities subcommittee holds a hearing on the proposed rule issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to restrict the types of services independent public auditors may provide. Arthur Levitt, SEC chairman, testifies. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10:30 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on slavery throughout the world. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

3 p.m. Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hold a hearing, "Climate Change: Status of the Kyoto Protocol After Three Years." Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971 or 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Education and the Workforce Committee holds a hearing, "The Rise and Success of Charter Schools." Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

9:30 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure aviation subcommittee holds a hearing, "Airline Delays: The Summer of Our Discontent." Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10 a.m. Commerce energy and power subcommittee holds a hearing on American consumers' concerns about natural gas and heating oil. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10:15 a.m. Judiciary immigration and claims subcommittee marks up the "Serious Human Rights Abusers Accountability Act of 2000." Location: 2226 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

10 a.m. Small Business government programs and oversight subcommittee holds a hearing on the future of small business in America. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.

10 a.m. Veterans' Affairs oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing on human subjects protections in VA medical research. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9164.

1:30 p.m. Ways and Means Committee marks up "the Privacy and Identity-Protection Act of 2000." Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

GENERAL AGENDA

Armenia conference all day The Armenian National Institute, the Library of Congress and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum hold a conference, "The American Response to the Armenian Genocide." Location: Mumford Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Contact: 202/383-9009.

Iranian religions conference all day Georgetown University's Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the Mihan Foundation present a conference, "Pluralism and Religions in Iranian History and Civilizations." Location: Room 260, Inter-Cultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328 or 301/581-9533.

Air-travel news conference 9 a.m. Rep. Bud Shuster, Pennsylvania Republican, holds a news conference on solutions to air-travel problems. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2431.

Nutrition and aging symposium 9 a.m. The Agriculture Department holds a symposium, "Nutrition and Aging: Leading a Healthy, Active Life." Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman participates. Location: Jefferson Auditorium, South Building, Agriculture Department, 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/418-2312.

Sudan slave-trade news conference 9:15 a.m. The Black Leadership Roundtable, A. Phillip Randolph Institute, Christian Solidarity International and the American Anti-Slavery Group sponsor a news conference to proclaim the slave trade in Sudan as the next arena for the civil rights movement. Location: 2255 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 301/972-2367.

Sierra Club news conference 9:30 a.m. The Sierra Club announces a major campaign to inform people where their congressional and presidential candidates stand on environmental issues. Location: Salon B/C, JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/675-6698.

Consumer Price Index briefing 9:30 a.m. Katherine Abraham, Bureau of Labor Statistics commissioner, holds a news briefing on revisions in the Consumer Price Index data for the January-August 2000 period. Location: Conference Room 1 and 2, Postal Square Building, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/691-5902.

Prescription-drugs news conference 10 a.m. Democratic Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut and Tom Daschle of South Dakota, and Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, hold a news conference on prescription drugs. Location: Capitol, East Front. Contact: 202/224-5556.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State news conference 10 a.m. Americans United for Separation of Church and State holds a news conference to announce a campaign to contend that distributing Christian Coalition voter guides violates federal tax law barring churches from partisan politics. Location: Lisagor Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/466-3234.

League of Conservation Voters Education Fund briefing 10:30 a.m. The League of Conservation Voters Education Fund sponsors a briefing on findings of a group of pollsters from 22 statewide surveys that assessed voter attitudes toward environmental issues. Location: Salons B/C, JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/785-8683.

First Monday 2000 news conference 10:30 a.m. First Monday 2000 holds a news conference and film screening of "America: Up In Arms." Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/371-1999.

National Sleep Foundation news conference 11:30 a.m. The National Sleep Foundation holds a news conference to issue a "wake-up call" to address the problem and consequences of sleep-deprived teens, with recommendations targeted to those responsible for their education, health and safety. Location: Capitol, Room HC-7. Contact: 202/347-3471.

Energy-issues address 12:30 p.m. The National Press Club hosts a Newsmaker luncheon program featuring an address on energy issues. The speaker is James Watkins, president of the Joint Oceanographic Institutes and the Ocean Drilling Program and former energy secretary. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

Mexican trucks news conference 1 p.m. Rep. Sherrod Brown, Ohio Democrat, holds a news conference to announce legislation supporting U.S. safety standards for Mexican trucks crossing the U.S. border. Location: Capitol, House Triangle (Rain site, Room HC-9). Contact: 202/225-3401.

RU-486 news conference 2 p.m. Members of Congress and Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America hold a news conference to discuss the ramifications of the Food and Drug Administration's expected decision on RU-486, the abortion pill. Location: Capitol, Room SC-4. Contact: 202/255-2701.

Web site launch 5 p.m. Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind holds a news conference to launch ReelBooks.com, a Web site employing blind and visually impaired people. Reps. James P. Moran, Virginia Democrat, and Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Maryland Republican, attend. Location: B-369 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/462-2900.

Worldmobile debut 6 p.m. The National Geographic Society and the U.S. Mint 50 State Quarters Program debuts the Worldmobile during the National Geographic Society's celebration of World magazine's 25th anniversary. Location: 1145 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/857-7001.

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