- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 24, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Health care legislation briefing 8:30 a.m. The National Association of Manufacturers holds an issue briefing on changes to the employer-sponsored health care system and the progress of negotiations to reconcile House and Senate legislation. The speaker is Sen. Tim Hutchinson, Arkansas Republican. Location: Constitution Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/637-3089.

Christianity discussion 7:30 p.m. The Washington National Cathedral holds a panel discussion on "The Church in the New Millennium" about the future of Christianity. Location: Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Contact: 202/537-2198.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

2:55 p.m. Makes an address at the University of Pennsylvania's Irvine Auditorium in Philadelphia.

8 p.m. Makes remarks at a Democratic National Committee dinner at the Restaurant Daniel in Manhattan, N.Y.

9:30 p.m. Makes remarks at a Democratic National Committee reception, Four Seasons restaurant, Manhattan.

VICE PRESIDENT GORE

12:45 p.m. Discusses environmental issues, rear lawn of the Chart House Restaurant, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

3:40 p.m. Addresses the New Square community, New Square Synagogue, New Square, N.Y.

8:30 p.m. Attends a Gore 2000 reception at a private residence in Washington.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases advance report on durable goods manufacturers' shipments and orders during January. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

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

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. Small Business Committee holds hearing on the fiscal 2001 budget for the Small Business Administration. Aida Alvarez, administrator of the Small Business Administration, testifies. Location: 428-A Senate Russell Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5175.

9:30 a.m. Governmental Affairs' permanent investigations subcommittee holds hearing to examine the day trading industry and its practices. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

10 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds hearing on export controls. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. Finance Committee holds hearing on "Medicare Reform: Issues and Options." Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee holds executive business meeting to consider pending items, including a resolution of issuance of subpoenas for the defense secretary. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

10:30 a.m. Appropriations, foreign operations, export financing, and related programs subcommittee, defense subcommittee, and military construction subcommittee hold hearing on "The Colombia Supplemental Request." Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

11 a.m. Appropriations, commerce, justice, state and judiciary subcommittee holds hearing on "FY 2001 Budget for the Department of Commerce." Commerce Secretary William M. Daley testifies. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

HOUSE

Not in session. No committee meetings are scheduled. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Carlos visit all day The State Department and the Spanish Embassy host a state visit by King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain.

Highlight 10:30 a.m. Speaks at the signing of an agreement between the Library of Congress and the Spanish National Library to digitize collections from the Spanish Library, Library of Congress. Contact: 202/265-0190 or 202/647-4700.

Agricultural outlook conference all day The Agriculture Department holds its Agricultural Outlook Forum 2000. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman speaks at 8:45 a.m. Location: Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Contact: 202/694-5118.

National Congress of American Indians meeting all day The National Congress of American Indians holds its Executive Council Winter Session. Attorney General Janet Reno speaks at 3 p.m. Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/466-7767.

Babitsky briefing 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) holds a briefing by Thomas Dine, RFE/RL president, on "Where Is Andrei Babitsky?" Mr. Babitsky is a missing RFE/RL correspondent. Location: Ballroom, Freedom House, 1319 18th St. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.

U.S.-India relations symposium 8:45 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a symposium titled "United States-India Crossroads." The conference will focus on two issues: the growing economic relationship between the United States and India and Indian and American views of their place in the world. The participants include: Indian Ambassador Naresh Chandra; Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Susan Esserman; and Rep. Gary L. Ackerman, New York Democrat. Location: 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Laos discussion 9 a.m. The National Press Club hosts a Morning Newsmaker news conference featuring Laotian Crown Prince Soulivang Savang. Location: First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Salmon discussion 9:15 a.m. American Rivers holds a press breakfast featuring two recently retired federal officials who will call for the removal of four dams on the Snake River to save endangered salmon. Location: Suite 720, 1025 Vermont Ave. NW. Contact: 202/347-7550, ext. 3007.

China trade briefing 9:30 a.m. Public Citizen holds an event titled "China, WTO Accession and Permanent NTR/MFN: Briefing on Technical, Legal, and Timing Issues." Location: 1600 20th St. NW. Contact: 202/454-5105.

Teachers discussion 9:30 a.m. The National Press Club holds a panel discussion on "Politics and Education: Two Million Teachers in 10 Years." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/565-9603.

National Campaign for Jobs and Income news conference 9:30 a.m. The National Campaign for Jobs and Income holds a news briefing to call upon the nation's governors to use federal anti-poverty funds. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/842-3100.

Nutrition debate 10 a.m. The Agriculture Department holds the "Great Nutrition Debate" on approaches to dieting and nutrition. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman participates. Location: Jefferson Auditorium, South Building, Agriculture Department, 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/720-4623.

Black History Month program 10 a.m. The General Services Administration holds a program celebrating Black History Month titled "Heritage and Horizons: The African American Legacy and the Challenges of the 21st Century." Koby Koomsom, ambassador of Ghana to the United States, participates. Location: Auditorium, 1800 F St. NW. Contact: 202/501-1231.

Information systems briefing 11 a.m. John Koskinen, chairman of the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion, holds a news briefing on the challenges to information systems posed by the Feb. 29 leap year date. Location: Press Briefing Room, 1800 G St. NW. Contact: 202/456-7010.

Candles news conference 11:30 a.m. Public Citizen holds a news conference to show results of a study that a significant number of dangerous candles with lead-containing wicks are on the market. Location: 1600 20th St. NW. Contact: 202/588-7742.

Firefighter Investment and Response Act news conference noon Members of Congress hold a news conference to introduce the Firefighter Investment and Response Act (FIRE), which helps local fire departments hire additional personnel and purchase new equipment. Location: 301 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0346.

Loy speech 12:30 p.m. Adm. James Loy, Coast Guard commandant, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon, discussing "The Future of the U.S. Coast Guard." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

Families USA news conference 12:30 p.m. Families USA holds a news conference on "The Poison Pills of Patients Rights: What's Wrong With the So-Called 'Access' Proposals." Location: Conference Room, 1334 G St. NW. Contact: 202/628-3030.

Home heating oil crisis news conference 2:15 p.m. Rep. Joe Moakley, Massachusetts Democrat, and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, hold a news conference on the home heating oil crisis. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-8273 or 202/224-4543.

Awards dinner 7:30 p.m. The National Press Foundation holds its "17th Annual Awards Dinner." Location: Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/721-9100.

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