- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 14, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Marriage-tax revival 9:30 a.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference to announce reintroduction of the Marriage Tax Elimination Act for the 107th Congress. Location: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3635.

Clinton-pardon hearings 10 a.m. The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing to examine President Clinton's pardons. Eric H. Holder Jr., former deputy attorney general, testifies. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Travels to Charleston, W.Va., to participate in a roundtable discussion with reservists and national guardsmen and participate in a disaster relief simulation at the West Virginia Emergency Operations Center.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases a report on manufacturing and trade: inventories and sales for December 2000. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the Export Administration Act of 2001. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

10 a.m. Finance Committee holds a hearing to examine education tax and saving incentives. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Agriculture Committee meets to organize for the 107th Congress and hold a hearing on the current state of the farm economy and the economic impact of federal policy on agriculture. Location: 1300 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2171.

10 a.m. Energy and Commerce Committee marks up the committee's oversight plan for the 107th Congress and its operating budget; followed by a hearing on "Election Night 2000 Coverage by the Networks." Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

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

2 p.m. Government Reform's census subcommittee holds a hearing on "Oversight of the 2000 Census: The Success of the 2000 Census." Bill Barron, acting administrator of the Bureau of the Census, testifies. Location: 2203 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

Grassley speech 8 a.m. The AARP Board of Directors hosts an address by Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, on the Senate Finance Committee's activities. Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/224-6447.

Veterans' Affairs ceremony 9:30 a.m. The Veterans' Affairs Department hosts a ceremony to launch a new program to assist veteran-owned businesses. Veterans' Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi participates. Location: Room 230, 810 Vermont Ave. NW. Contact: 202/273-6000.

Report release 9:30 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a news conference to release a report on "Geopolitics of Energy." Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Ethics conference 10:30 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research hosts a conference on "Ethics: The Revolving Door Rules." Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.

Council on Competitiveness news conference 10:30 a.m. The Council on Competitiveness releases its report on the status and prospects for the U.S. economy. Location: Capitol, Room SC-4. Contact: 202/969-3398.

China human rights news conference 10:30 a.m. Sen. Paul Wellstone, Minnesota Democrat, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, hold a news conference on a campaign calling for censure of China at the U.N. Human Rights Commission meeting in Geneva. Location: 485 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-1472.

Rural America Prosperity Act news conference 11 a.m. Sens. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican, and Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican; and Rep. John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, introduce a comprehensive agriculture reform bill, the "Rural America Prosperity Act." Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-2079 or 202/225-6205.

Violence against women initiative news conference 11 a.m. Lifetime Television and V-DAY launch an initiative to encourage increased action and strengthened laws to stop violence against women. Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-6903.

Immigration law news conference 11:30 a.m. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Human Rights Campaign, the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat, discuss how current immigration law breaks up loving and committed homosexual couples. Location: B-352 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5635.

Ballistic missile defense discussion noon The Heritage Foundation presents a discussion titled "Working Together: How the U.S. and U.K. Can Cooperate on Ballistic Missile Defense." The speaker is Iain Duncan Smith, member of Parliament, and the United Kingdom's shadow secretary of state for defense. Location: Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/608-6143.

"Conflict" diamonds news conference noon World Vision, Amnesty International, Physicians for Human Rights, Oxfam and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) launch an effort to ban trade in "conflict" or "dirty" diamonds that help finance rebel wars that claim civilian lives and limbs. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/608-1842 or 202/544-0200, Ext. 302.

Foreign policy address noon The Rotary Club of Washington hosts an address on U.S. foreign policy options and emerging trends around the globe. The speaker is Lee Hamilton, Woodrow Wilson Center. Location: Ballroom, Hotel Washington, 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/887-1887.

Middle East peace process discussion noon The National Press Club hosts an Afternoon Newsmaker news conference featuring a discussion on the Middle East peace process. The speaker is Hanan Ashrawi, official spokeswoman for PLO leader Yasser Arafat. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Election reform news conference 1:15 p.m. Members of Congress, including Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, hold a news conference on election reform. Location: Capitol, House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-0100.

Prescription drug benefit briefing 1:30 p.m. The Institute for Policy Innovation presents a briefing titled "Where's the Common Ground on a Prescription Drug Benefit." Rep. Dick Armey, Texas Republican, delivers opening remarks. Location: Capitol, Room HC-5. Contact: 703/726-9167.

Men's Health Act news conference 2 p.m. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, California Republican, holds a news conference on the Men's Health Act. Location: Capitol, Room H-144. Contact: 202/225-5452.

Health issues news conference 2:15 p.m. Sens. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, and Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, hold a news conference on various health issues to be considered by the Senate Finance Committee. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6447.

Clean Air and Water Preservation Act 2:30 p.m. Reps. Greg Ganske, Iowa Republican, and John Shimkus, Illinois Republican, holds a news conference on the Clean Air and Water Preservation Act of 2001. Location: Capitol, Room HC-7. Contact: 202/226-2384.

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