- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 8, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Marc Rich pardon hearing 10 a.m. The House Government Reform Committee holds a hearing to examine the circumstances surrounding the pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich and whether law-enforcement authorities were consulted before granting the pardon. Witnesses include Jack Quinn, former White House counsel and attorney for Mr. Rich; Beth Nolan, former White House counsel; Eric H. Holder Jr., former deputy attorney general; and Bruce Lindsey, former assistant to the president and deputy counsel to the president. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

Election-coverage news conference 2 p.m. Republican members of Congress hold a news conference on TV networks and election coverage. Location: Capitol, House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-5735.

PRESIDENT BUSH

10:15 p.m. Makes remarks at a ceremony to transmit his tax-cut plan to Congress, Rose Garden of the White House.

1:30 p.m. Attends the swearing-in ceremony for Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, Oval Office of the White House.

VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY

1:30 p.m. Swears in Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, Oval Office.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, national advisory council, holds a meeting. Location: Rooms E1-E2, Natcher Building, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Contact: 301/443-2890.

SENATE

Meets at 9:30 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing to receive testimony on the energy secretary's priorities and plans for Energy Department national-security programs. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham testifies. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

9:30 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing to examine the Health and Human Services Department's regulations that affect patient privacy. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on bankruptcy reform. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

10:30 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing to consider the budget and economic outlook. Robert Greenstein, executive director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Alice Rivlin, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, participate. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Government Reform Committee meets to organize for the 107th Congress. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. Energy and Commerce telecommunications subcommittee holds a hearing, "Is ICANN's [Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers'] New Generation of Internet Domain Name Selection Process Thwarting Competition?" The committee is to focus on ICANN's recently announced selections of registry operators for new top-level domains. Vinton Cerf, ICANN board chairman, testifies. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2001. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

GENERAL AGENDA

Maritime-competition forum 8 a.m. The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, the Naval War College and the Defense Department's Office of Net Assessment present a forum, "The Future of Maritime Competition and Naval Innovation." The luncheon speaker is Rep. William M. "Mac" Thornberry, Texas Republican. Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/331-7990.

Iraq briefing 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing, "Iraq: Ten Years Later." The speaker is Rend Rahim Francke, executive director of the Iraq Foundation. Location: Fourth-floor conference room, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Institute for Educational Leadership forum 9 a.m. The Institute for Educational Leadership presents a forum on its report, "Leadership for Student Learning: Restructuring School District Leadership." Location: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/822-8405, ext. 57.

Energy discussion 9 a.m. The Energy Daily and the U.S. Energy Association hold an Energy Newsmakers breakfast discussion. The speaker is Rep. Joe L. Barton, Texas Republican. Location: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/662-9715.

D.C. Council news conference 9:30 a.m. The D.C. Council hosts a news conference on its bill to increase the D.C. Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) from 10 percent to 25 percent of the federal EITC for low- and moderate-income families. Location: D.C. Council Chambers, One Judiciary Square NW. Contact: 202/724-8058.

Tobacco-control laws news conference 9:30 a.m. The American Lung Association and the American Legacy Foundation hold a news conference to release "2000 State Legislated Action on Tobacco Issues," a compilation of state tobacco-control laws. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/785-3355.

Climate-change debate 9:30 a.m. The Freedom 21 Campaign sponsors a debate, "What's Next on Climate Change?" Alan Keyes, former Republican candidate for president, and John Gummer, former environment minister of Great Britain, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/466-7391.

Tax-cuts forum 9:30 a.m. Rep. John J. LaFalce, New York Democrat, holds a forum, "Tax Cuts, Budget Surpluses and the Economy: How Do They All Fit Together?" Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7141 or 202/225-2924.

Consumer Federation of America news conference 10 a.m. The Consumer Federation of America holds a news conference to release its report, "A Roadblock on the Internet Superhighway: Anti-Competitive Practices in Automotive Markets." Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/737-0766.

Bush tax-cuts news conference 10:45 a.m. Members of Congress, including Sen. Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, and Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, hold a news conference to illustrate what they say is the real meaning of President Bush's proposed tax cuts. Location: Upper Senate Park, across Constitution Avenue from the Capitol, between Delaware and New Jersey avenues. Contact: 202/224-2939.

Washington Opera news conference 11 a.m. The Washington Opera hosts a news conference to announce its 2001-2002 season dates, repertory and casting. Placido Domingo, artistic director of the Washington Opera, participates. Location: Roof Terrace Restaurant, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Avenue and Rock Creek Parkway NW. Contact: 202/295-2468.

Family Opportunity Act news conference 11 a.m. Sens. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, and Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat; and Reps. Henry A. Waxman, California Democrat, and Pete Sessions, Texas Republican, hold a news conference to announce re-introduction of the Family Opportunity Act to improve health services available to children with multiple medical needs. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6447.

Internet tax-freedom legislation 11 a.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference on Internet tax-freedom legislation. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-5244.

Taxes news conference 11:30 a.m. The Congressional Progressive Caucus holds a news conference on taxes. Location: Capitol, House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-4115.

Student Privacy Protection Act news conference 11:30 a.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference on the Student Privacy Protection Act. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-2823 or 202/224-5744.

Electrical power issues discussion noon The National Press Club hosts a Newsmaker Luncheon discussion on electrical-power issues, including the national implications of California's chronic power-supply problems. The speaker is Curtis Hebert Jr., commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

McNealy speech 12:30 p.m. Scott McNealy, founder and chairman of Sun Microsystems Inc., addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon, discussing "The Unlimited Potential of the Post-Personal Computer World." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

El Salvador lecture 12:30 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) presents a lecture, "El Salvador: Economic Reconstruction and Dollarization." The speaker is Rene Leon, El Salvador's ambassador. Location: Room 507, Nitze Building, SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Woman's National Democratic Club luncheon 12:30 p.m. The Woman's National Democratic Club holds a luncheon meeting, featuring an address by Catherine O'Neill, head of the U.N. Washington office and U.N. liaison to Congress, on what nations could seek to accomplish through the United Nations in the nascent century. Location: 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 202/232-7363.

Electricity-problems news conference 2 p.m. Consumers Union and the Consumer Federation of America hold a news conference to warn consumers about the potential for West Coast-type electricity problems in other areas of the United States, including Texas and Pennsylvania. Location: 1666 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/462-6262.

U.S.-China relations lecture 3 p.m. The Asia Council of American University sponsors an address to the ninth Washington Asia Forum, "U.S.-China Relations: Chinese Perceptions of the New Bush Administration." The speaker is Ni Shixiong, dean of Fudon College, Shanghai. Location: American University School of International Service, lounge, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5935.

Russia's electoral-cycle lecture 4:45 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) presents a lecture, "Russia's 1999-2000 Electoral Cycle: Implications for Democracy," by Michael McFaul, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Location: Herter Room, Nitze Building, SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Model U.N. conference 7:30 p.m. Catholic University of America holds its Model U.N. Conference.

Highlights 7:30 p.m. Benjamin Ferencz, Nuremberg war-crimes trial prosecutor, guest speaker, opening ceremonies.

Location: Caldwell Hall Auditorium, University Center East, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Contact: 202/319-5600.

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