- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 27, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS
Vieques hearing — 10 a.m. — House Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on military training on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz testifies. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.
Election-reform hearing — 10:30 a.m. — Senate Rules and Administration Committee holds a hearing to examine a report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights regarding the November election and election reform in general. The witnesses include Mary Frances Berry, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights chairman; Kweisi Mfume, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and Carolyn Jenkins, League of Women Voters president. Location: 301 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-635

PRESIDENT BUSH
7 p.m. — Attends the National Republican-Congressional Campaign's annal fundraising dinner, Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW.

FEDERAL AGENCIES
8:30 a.m. — Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Food Quality Protection Act scientific advisory panel to review a set of issues being considered by the Agency pertaining to review of nontarget plant toxicity tests under the North America Free Trade Agreement. Location: Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/305-5369.

SUPREME COURT
No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

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

SENATE COMMITTEES
9:45 a.m. — Foreign Relations Committee considers pending nominations of Clark Randt Jr. to be ambassador to the People's Republic of China, and Douglas Hartwick to be ambassador to the laos. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.
10 a.m. — Budget Committee holds hearing to consider "Reassessing the Economic Outlook." Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0862.
10 a.m. — Finance Committee holds a hearing to examine prescription fraud, focusing on consultants selling doctors bad billing advice. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5315.
10 a.m. — Judiciary Committee holds a hearing to examine the protection of the innocent focusing on competent counsel in death penalty cases. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.
2 p.m. — Appropriations, District of Columbia subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed budget estimates for fiscal 2002 for the government of the District of Columbia. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES
10 a.m. — Budget Committee holds a hearing on "Forthcoming Extension/Modification of the Budget Enforcement Act." Mitchell Daniels, Jr., director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Dan Crippen, director of the Congressional Budget Office, testify. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.
10 a.m. — Energy and Commerce, energy and air quality subcommittee holds a hearing to focus on hydroelectric relicensing and nuclear energy. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
10 a.m. — Judiciary, courts, the Internet, and intellectual property subcommittee holds a hearing on the "Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2001." Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.
10:15 a.m. — International Relations Committeemarks up of legislation to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, to authorize assistance to prevent, treat, and monitor HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan African and other developing countries. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.
2 p.m. — Agriculture, department operations, oversight, nutrition and forestry subcommittee holds a hearing to review the food stamp program. Location: 1300 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2171.
2 p.m. — Science, environment, technology, and standards subcommittee marks up the Voting Technology Standards Act of 2001. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

GENERAL AGENDA
Corruption Perceptions Index discussion — 9 a.m. — The National Press Club holds a Morning Newsmaker news conference featuring the release of and discussion on "The 2001 Corruption Perceptions Index." The speaker is Frank Vogl, co-founder/vice president of Transparency International. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/331-8183.
College sports gambling news conference — 9 a.m. — Members of Congress hosts a news conference supporting legislation to ban gambling on college sports. Location: Capitol, Senate Swamp. Contact: 202/224-8950.
Dangerous intersections news conference — 9:30 a.m. — State Farm Insurance Companies presents a news conference to announce 2001 "10 Most Dangerous Intersections in America." Location: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/466-5208 or 202/261-6565.
Rivers news conference — 10 a.m. — The National Geographic, Coca-Cola and the Conservation Fund hold a news conference to debut "Geography Action! Rivers 2001," a six-month nationwide public awareness program to promote rivers and watershed preservation activities and release a poll showing lack of knowledge about rivers. Location: Matthew Henson Earth Conservation Center, 2000 Half St. SW. Contact: 202/828-5664 or 202/667-0901.
Gunston Hall Plantation news conference — 10 a.m. — The Gunston Hall Plantation presents a news conference to present landscape renditions and larger-than-life clay sculpture to be cast in bronze for the George Mason Memorial on the National Mall. Faye Harwell, landscape architect, and Wendy Ross, sculptor, participate. Location: 6611 Landon Lane, Bethesda. Contact: 703/550-9220.
Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Incentives Program news conference — 10 a.m. — The National Park Service holds a news conference to mark the 25th anniversary of the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Incentives Program to save America's historic buildings and to release a report assessing the effectiveness of the program. Location: 385 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7098.
Ceremony — 11 a.m. — The Interior Department, American Electric Power, and the Conservation Fund hold a ceremony to mark a reforestation and habitat acquisition partnership for the Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana. Interior Secretary Gale Norton participates. Location: Capitol, Room SC-6. Contact: 202/501-4633.
Intelligent Transportation Society news conference — noon — The Intelligent Transportation Society of America holds a news conference to on the conversion to 511 as the universal telephone number for traveler information. Location: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/484-4665.
NetChoice news conference — 12:30 p.m. — NetChoice presents a news conference on a new effort to protect the rights of Internet consumers from the power of established companies to block e-commerce innovations. Sen. Joseph A. Lieberman Connecticut Democrat, participates. Location: 628 Dirksen Office Building. Contact: 202/530-4607.
Mbeki speech — 12:30 p.m. — Thabo Mbeki, president of South Africa, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon, discussing South Africa's "Millennium Recovery Program." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.
Wind power briefing — 2 p.m. — The Environmental and Energy Study Institute, the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment USA (Global USA) and the House and Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucuses present a congressional briefing on "Wind Power: Increasing Energy Supply, Improving the Environment and Providing Rural Economic Development." Location: 485 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/662-1885.
Alternative fuel vehicles news conference — 2 p.m. — The Electric Vehicle Association of America hosts a news conference on new legislation to spur use of cars, buses and trucks that run on electricity, natural gas and other alternative fuels and test drives in alternative fuel vehicles. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, New York Republican, participates. Location: South Capitol Street, between C and D streets SW. Contact: 202/225-3665.
Supreme Court opinons reading — 3:30 p.m. — The National Clergy Council presents a public reading of Supreme Court dissenting opinions in Stenberg v. Carhart, regarding partial-birth abortion. Location: Capitol, East Steps. Contact: 703/257-5593.
Reception — 5 p.m. — Free to Grow holds a reception to announce expansion to 18 communities and celebrate passage of legislation authorizing Health and Human Services Department grants for Free to Grow-type substance abuse prevention programs. Location: Capitol, Room SC-5. Contact: 202/628-2078.
Exhibit and concert — 6 p.m. — The Education Department hosts the 2001 Presidential Scholars.
Highlights — 6 p.m. — Photography, Visual Arts and Writing Exhibition, Education Resource Center, North Gallery.
8:30 p.m. — Dance, Music, Theater and Voice performances, Eisenhower Theater.
Location: John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Rock Creek Parkway and Virginia Avenue NW. Contact: 202/205-8811.
Jewish women discussion — 7 p.m. — The District of Columbia Jewish Community Center sponsors a discussion on "Jewish Women in the Political Process." Location: 1529 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/777-3238.
D.C. Bar meeting and awards dinner — 7 p.m. — The D.C. Bar Association holds its annual business meeting and awards dinner. Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/626-3470.
Paige speech — 8:15 p.m. — Education Secretary Rod Paige addresses the "Growing Initiatives for Teachers" Recognition Dinner. Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/401-3026.

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