- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 28, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Budget hearing 2:30 p.m. Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing on "Revenue Proposals and Tax Cuts in the President's Budget." Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill testifies. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

Pardon hearing 11 a.m. House Judiciary Constitution subcommittee holds a hearing on the intent, evolution and implementation of pardon power. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Submits a budget and economic outline to Congress

VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY

8:30 a.m. Addresses the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) issues briefing breakfast, discussing spending priorities in the Bush administration's fiscal 2002 budget as part of NAM's "Manufacturers Week in Washington," Constitution Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW.

FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH

1 p.m. Addresses Hoover Institution event, Willard Hotel.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases the gross domestic product for the fourth quarter 2000 (preliminary estimate). Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

SUPREME COURT

Meets at 10 a.m. to release decisions and hear oral arguments:

Docket Number 99-2036: Good News Club vs. Milford Central School; and Docket Number 00-191: FEC vs. Colorado Republican Federal Campaign Committee. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Meets at 10 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. Indian Affairs Committee meets to consider the committee funding resolution for the 107th Congress, followed by a hearing to receive the views of the Interior Department on matters of Indian affairs. Location: 485 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.

10 a.m. Appropriations' defense subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2002 appropriations for medical programs/service surgeons, chief nurses. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

11 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on State Department reform. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

2 p.m. Select Intelligence Committee holds a closed hearing on the arrest of FBI Agent Robert Philip Hanssen on espionage charges and the events leading up to that arrest. Witnesses include: Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Louis J. Freeh and Central Intelligence Agency Director George J. Tenent. Location: 219 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1700.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Financial Services Committee holds a hearing to receive monetary policy testimony from Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Board chairman. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building (Overflow in 2222 Rayburn). Contact: 202/225-7502.

10 a.m. Energy and Commerce Committee marks up pending legislation, including the Know Your Caller Act of 2001. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. Science Committee holds a hearing on "The Nation's Energy Future: Role of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency." Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure's water resources and environment subcommittee holds a hearing on "Improving Water Quality: State Perspectives on the Federal Water Pollution Control Act." Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

10 a.m. Veterans' Affairs Committee and the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hold a hearing to receive the legislative priorities of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9164 or 202/224-9126.

10 a.m. Ways and Means Committee's health subcommittee holds a hearing on Medicare modernization and reform, including coverage of prescription drugs. Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

1 p.m. Energy and Commerce's energy and air quality subcommittee holds a hearing on "National Energy Policy." Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

1 p.m. Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on "Special Education: Is the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Working as Congress Intended?" Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

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." Rep. Constance A. Morella, Maryland Republican, participates. Location: Natcher Conference Center, Building 45, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda. Contact: 202/216-0401.

Campaign for America's Future conference all day The Campaign for America's Future hosts a conference on issues including health care, education, economic security and others. The participants include John Sweeney, AFL-CIO president, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and members of Congress. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/955-5665.

Romania briefing 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a news briefing on "Quo Vadis, Romania: What the Elections There Meant." The speaker is Michael Shafir, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty RFE/RL Newsline Team. Location: Fourth Floor Conference Room, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Clinton-versus-Bush discussion 9 a.m. The National Journal's the Hotline and Time hold a panel discussion on "Clinton versus Bush: Can Bush Govern Without the Headlines?" Location: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/266-7126.

Chile discussion 9 a.m. The National Press Club holds a Morning Newsmaker news conference on Chile and a U.S.-Chile bilateral trade agreement. The speaker is Soledad Alvear, minister of foreign affairs of Chile. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Plan Colombia hearing 10 a.m. The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control holds a hearing to examine Plan Colombia and to make an initial assessment of the current drug situation. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9032.

Black heritage ceremony 10 a.m. The United States Navy Memorial holds a special black heritage ceremony featuring a commemorative wreath laying to honor generations of blacks who have served in the naval services. The featured speaker is Cmdr. Michelle Howard, USN, the first black woman to command a Navy ship. Location: Navy Memorial, Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. Contact: 202/737-2300, Ext. 768.

Black History Month panel discussion and luncheon 10 a.m. The Republican National Committee holds a Black History Month panel discussion and luncheon. The luncheon speaker is Rep. J.C. Watts Jr., Oklahoma Republican. Location: JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/226-9000.

"Wilderness Bill" briefing 11:30 a.m. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat; and Reps. Nancy L. Johnson, Connecticut Republican; and Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, hold a news briefing on the "Wilderness Bill," which is aimed at protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil exploration and other damaging forms of development. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-4476 or 202/225-2836.

Biomedical research briefing noon The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus presents a briefing on the "Promise of Biomedical Research" and the need to continue National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation funding. Location: 2362 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 301/347-9300.

Health policy discussion 1 p.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research presents a health policy discussion, "Productivity and Health Care: The Value of Medical Technology." Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.

Election reform bill news conference 1 p.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference to announce a bipartisan election reform bill, "The Voting Improvement Act," which would provide emergency funding to buy out punch-card voting systems of any state or local jurisdiction. Location: Capitol, House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-4463.

National Conference of State Legislatures meeting 1:30 p.m. The National Conference of State Legislatures holds its annual Leader to Leader meeting to discuss priorities for 2001 with congressional leaders.

Highlights 1:30 p.m. News conference to release the National Conference of State Legislatures' updated State Fiscal Outlook 2001, Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW.

4 p.m. "Leaders Issue Summit: State Election Law and Processes in the 2000 Elections."

Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/624-8667.

Workshop 5 p.m. The U.S. Geological Survey holds an invasive species workshop in honor of National Invasive Weeds Awareness Week. Location: Rachel Carson Room, Interior Department, 1849 C St. NW. Note: The premiere of "Invasive Plants: Impact and Prevention" is set for 7:30 p.m. as part of the week's events, Visitor's Center Auditorium, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 703/648-4414.

Middle East debate 6:30 p.m. American University presents a program titled "After the Peace Process: A Debate on the Future of Israel and Palestine." The participants are Nir Boms, public affairs officer at the Israeli Embassy, and Hussein Ibish, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Location: Anderson Formal Lounge, Anderson Hall, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5950.

Hostage-taking discussion 7 p.m. American University presents a panel discussion on "Taken Hostage: Negotiating Domestic and International Hostage Incidents," with a short training video, "FIRE: Developing Effective Crisis Negotiation Strategy." Location: School of International Service Lounge, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5950.

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