- The Washington Times - Monday, February 26, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Bush tax plan news conference 10 a.m. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities holds a news conference to discuss new research that compares the impact of estate tax repeal with proposed income tax reductions in the Bush plan. Location: West Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/408-1080.

American Association of Health Plans conference 3:45 p.m. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson discusses "The Agenda for Change: Views from the New Administration." Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/778-8494 or 202/778-8508.

PRESIDENT BUSH

9:15 a.m. Meets with governors from the National Governors' Association, the White House.

VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY

Not available.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

2 p.m. Treasury Department releases weekly three- and six-month bill auction results. Location: 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/874-9890.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Energy Department holds a meeting of the basic energy sciences advisory committee. Location: Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center, 9751 Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/903-5565.

9 a.m. Health Resources and Services Administration holds a meeting of the advisory committee on infant mortality. Location: Georgetown Latham Hotel, 3000 M St. NW. Contact: 301/443-2170.

SUPREME COURT

Meets at 10 a.m. to hand down decisions, release orders and hear oral arguments:

Docket No. 99-2035: Cooper Industries v. Leatherman Tool Group; Docket No. 00-152: Lujan v. G&G; Fire Sprinklers; and Docket No. 99-2047: Palazzolo v. Rhode Island. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Meets at noon. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a hearing on the Farm Credit Administration's proposed regulation that would allow Farm Credit associations to apply for national charters and lend outside regional boundaries. Location: 328-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2035.

HOUSE

Meets at 2 p.m. in a pro forma session. No committee meetings are scheduled. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

National Treasury Employees Union conference all day The National Treasury Employees Union holds its annual legislative conference.

Highlights 9 a.m. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and Colleen Kelley, National Treasury Employees Union national president, opening session.

6 p.m. President Kelley; Reps. Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, and Bob Filner, California Democrat; and Charles Winwood, acting commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, Customs Service candlelight vigil, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, E Street NW, between Fourth and Fifth streets.

Location: Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C St. SW. Contact: 202/783-4444, Exts. 2604, 2630 or 3747.

Credit Union National Association conference all day The Credit Union National Association holds a conference on current issues in Congress and federal regulatory agencies affecting credit unions.

Highlights 9:10 a.m. Edward Gramlich, Federal Reserve Board governor.

10 a.m. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico Democrat.

10:15 a.m. Rep. Henry J. Hyde, Illinois Republican.

10:35 a.m. Lawrence B. Lindsey, assistant to President Bush for economic policy.

Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/218-7774.

National Governors' Association meeting all day The National Governors Association holds its winter meeting.

Highlights 7:30 a.m. Democratic and Republican breakfast meetings.

9:30 a.m. Meeting with President Bush, White House.

12:30 p.m. Governors-only luncheon and work session.

3 p.m. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman.

3 p.m. E-Governance Task Force Meeting.

Location: JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/624-5334.

American Association of Health Plans conference all day The American Association of Health Plans holds its 2001 national policy conference, "Charting a New Course in Washington: The Agenda for Change."

Highlights 11:30 a.m. Charles Cook, editor/publisher of "The Cook Political Report" and "National Journal" columnist, luncheon address, "Decision 2000: The New Political Landscape."

3:45 p.m. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, "The Agenda for Change: Views from the New Administration."

Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/778-8494 or 202/778-8508.

SPRY Foundation conference all day The SPRY (Setting Priorities for Retirement Years) Foundation presents a national conference on "Older Adults, Health Information and the World Wide Web." Location: Natcher Conference Center, Building 45, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda. Contact: 202/216-0401.

Veterans of Foreign Wars conference all day The Veterans of Foreign Wars holds its 2001 Washington legislative conference. Location: Crystal City Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/543-2239.

Journalism workshop 9 a.m. The Committee of Concerned Journalists and the National Press Club's Project for Excellence in Journalism present a workshop on "Deciding What to Cover in Washington and How to Make It Engaging." The participants include Bill Kovach, Committee of Concerned Journalists chairman, and Tom Tosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7511.

Partnership for Solutions briefing 9:30 a.m. Partnership for Solutions holds a briefing to release a survey that details Americans' worries about the quality of care provided to people with chronic conditions. Location: Lisagor Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/745-5102.

Report release 9:45 a.m. The National Association of Realtors releases its existing home sales report for January. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1177.

Amnesty International news conference 10 a.m. Amnesty International holds a news conference to release a report exposing the international trade in the tools of torture and an analysis of U.S. export licenses granted since 1997 for "crime control equipment" categories that include electro-shock weapons and restraints. Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/544-0200, Ext. 302.

Sudan forum 10:30 a.m. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum hosts a forum to release a Center for Strategic and International Studies report on "U.S. Policy to End Sudan's War." Location: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. Contact: 202/775-3242 or 202/775-3135.

National Energy Security Act of 2001 briefing 11 a.m. Sen. Frank H. Murkowski, Alaska Republican, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chairman, holds a briefing on the introduction of the National Energy Security Act of 2001, a bill to provide a comprehensive energy policy. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

Business Coalition for Excellence in Education news conference 11 a.m. The Business Coalition for Excellence in Education holds a news conference to announce support for federal efforts to raise student achievement in the nation's public schools and to announce plans to work closely with the Bush administration and Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/667-0901.

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials conference 11:30 a.m. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials holds its Washington Briefing.

Highlights 11:30 a.m. Rep. Tom Petri, Wisconsin Republican.

1:30 p.m. Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of "The Cook Political Report," reports on "2001 Washington Landscape."

Location: Ritz Carlton Pentagon City, 1250 S. Hayes St., Arlington. Contact: 202/624-5800 or 202/624-5838.

National Association for Business Economics news conference noon The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) holds a news conference on "The NABE Economic Outlook for 2001." Location: Suite 505, 1233 20th St. NW. Contact: 202/463-6223 or 301/652-1926.

Iraq forum noon The Cato Institute presents "Ten Years After the Gulf War: The Lessons and Future of Washington's Iraq Policy." The participants include Edward Peck, former chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq; Laurie Mylroie, author of "Study of Revenge: Saddam Hussein's Unfinished War Against America"; and Ted Galen Carpenter, Cato Institute's vice president for defense and foreign policy studies. Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.

Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee briefing noon The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research hosts a Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee media briefing and luncheon. Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.

Alliance for Health Reform briefing 12:15 p.m. The Alliance for Health Reform presents a luncheon briefing on a "Harris Interactive Survey on Chronic Illness and Caregiving" and the need to focus health insurance on keeping people healthy. The participants include Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia Democrat, Alliance chairman; Richard Bringewatt, National Chronic Care Consortium president; Robert Friedland, Center on an Aging Society; and Ed Howard, Alliance, moderator. Location: 902 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/466-5626.

Ventura speech 12:30 p.m. Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon, discussing "Governing Without Strings Attached." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

Freedman's Bank records news conference 12:30 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds a news conference to display the Freedman's Bank records a searchable database of 19th-century ancestry records of former slaves that may allow millions of blacks to trace their family history for the first time. The participants include Sens. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, and Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat; Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Texas Democrat; L. Lionel Kendrick, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and Reginald Washington, genealogy specialist at the National Archives. Location: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/326-1799.

Internal Revenue Service news conference 2 p.m. The Internal Revenue Service holds a news conference to announce its new Web site for small-business taxpayers and tax professionals. Charles Rossotti, Internal Revenue Service commissioner, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/837-5310 or 202/927-1557.

Honor cordon ceremony 3 p.m. The Defense Department holds an honor cordon ceremony to welcome Colombian President Andres Pastrana to the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld participates. Location: Steps of the Pentagon, river entrance. Contact: 703/695-0169.

Health care legislation news conference 3:30 p.m. Sen. Pete V. Domenici, New Mexico Republican, holds a news conference to outline legislation that will seek full funding to meet the health care needs extended to military retirees, active-duty service personnel and their dependents through Tricare and the Defense Health Program for this year. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7098.

Kosovo forum 4 p.m. Georgetown University holds a forum titled "Humanitarian Intervention in the Balkans: Defining Success in Kosovo." Jean Elshtain, professor of social and political ethics at the University of Chicago, and Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution, participate. Location: Room 205, Old North Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328.

"Army Week 2001" 5 p.m. The Australian Embassy hosts "Army Week 2001" in commemoration of the Australian Army's 100th birthday.

Highlights 5 p.m. Welcoming reception.

Location: Amenities Room, Australian Embassy, 1601 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-3165 or 202/797-3272.

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