- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 15, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Book forum 9:15 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research presents a discussion on the book "PC, MD: How Political Correctness is Corrupting Public Health." The participants include Sally Satel of AEI, Oasis Clinic, and the book's author; Nicholas Eberstadt of AEI and Harvard University; Christopher Foreman of the Brookings Institution; Jon Kerner of the National Cancer Institute; and Randall Lutter of AEI. Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.

Cheney speech 8 p.m. Vice President Richard B. Cheney addresses the 28th annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/836-8602, Ext. 16, or 703/738-5924.

PRESIDENT BUSH

1:25 p.m. Addresses State Department employees on the importance of diplomacy and U.S. alliances, State Department.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the psychopharmacologic drugs advisory committee to consider a new drug application for Zeldox, proposed for the acute control and short-term management of the agitated psychotic patient. Location: The Ballroom, Holiday Inn, Two Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg. Contact: 301/827-7001.

8:30 a.m. Veterans Affairs Department holds a meeting of the advisory committee on the readjustment of veterans. Location: The American Legion, 1608 K St. NW. Contact: 202/273-8967.

9 a.m. Health and Human Services Department holds a meeting of the secretary's advisory committee on genetic testing. Location: Conference Room 10, C Wing, Building 31, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-9838.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

No schedule available. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on "President George W. Bush's Education Proposals." Education Secretary Rod Paige testifies. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

10 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing on Medicare reform and prescription drugs. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee markup of a resolution on the "Bankruptcy Reform Legislation." Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

HOUSE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Agriculture Committee holds a hearing on the future of farm programs. Location: 1300 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2171.

10 a.m. Energy and Commerce, energy and air quality subcommittee holds a hearing on "Electricity Markets: Lessons Learned from California." Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. Energy and Commerce, health subcommittee holds a hearing on "Medicare Reform: Providing Prescription Drug Coverage for Seniors." Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee continues markup of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2001 and legislation to extend for 11 additional months the period for which Chapter 12 of Title 11 of the United States Code is re-enacted. Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

GENERAL AGENDA

Home-care conference 8:15 a.m. The American Association for Homecare (AAHomecare) holds its 2001 Annual Washington Conference, "Advocating the Value of Homecare." Location: Loew's L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza East SW. Contact: 703/836-6263.

Space conference 9 a.m. The Cato Institute hosts a conference on "Space: The Free-Market Frontier." Former Rep. Bob Walker, Pennsylvania Republican, delivers a keynote address at 9:15 a.m. The luncheon speaker is Lou Dobbs, Space.com. Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.

Mobile museum tour kickoff 9 a.m. The Smithsonian Institution and Kmart hold a ceremony to kick off a mobile museum tour, featuring the Smithsonian exhibition "Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions, 1871-2001" to mark Black History Month. The participants include Lawrence Small, Smithsonian Institution secretary, and gospel singer CeCe Winans. Location: Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/357-3168, Ext. 118 or 125.

Hope Coalition news conference 10 a.m. The Hope Coalition holds a news conference to introduce the Hope for Children Act, which extends and doubles the tax credit given to families that adopt. Location: Capitol, Room S-207. Contact: 202/225-6030.

Pre-G7 news conference 10 a.m. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill holds a pre-G7 news conference. Location: Diplomatic Reception Room 3311, Treasury Department, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Tax cut plan news conference 10:15 a.m. Sens. Thomas Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, and Jon Corzine, New Jersey Democrat; and Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, hold a news conference to discuss Democratic principles behind a tax-cut plan. Luwanna Adams, single mother from Pennsylvania, participates. Location: Capitol, Room S-211. Contact: 202/224-2939.

Global Democracy Promotion Act news conference 10:30 a.m. Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, and Rep. Nita M. Lowey, New York Democrat, hold a news conference to introduce The Global Democracy Promotion Act, which would permanently reverse the gag rule imposed on international family planning groups by President Bush. Location: Capitol, Room HC-9. Contact: 202/224-8120.

Government performance discussion 11 a.m. The Heritage Foundation presents a discussion titled "Building a High Performance Government: Lessons from Agency Successes." Location: Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/608-6143.

Conservative conference 11 a.m. The American Conservative Union presents the 28th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

Highlights 11 a.m. David Keene, American Conservative Union.

11:05 a.m. Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III, Republican.

11:35 a.m. Defender of the Constitution Award.

1:25 p.m. Rep. Tom DeLay, Texas Republican, " 'Bipartisanship?' The View from the House"

1:55 p.m. Wesley Pruden, The Washington Times, presents the Conservative Journalism Award.

3 p.m. Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, " 'Fifty-Fifty?' The View from the Senate"

4:10 p.m. Sen. Fred Thompson, Tennessee Republican; Rep. Christopher Cox, California Republican; and Bill Gertz, The Washington Times, moderator, "China, Russia and U.S. National Security."

5:10 p.m. Sen. Jesse Helms, North Carolina Republican.

8 p.m. Vice President Richard B. Cheney, keynote address; Charlton Heston, remarks; Attorney General John Ashcroft, Presidential Banquet.

Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 703/836-8602, Ext. 16, or 703/738-5924.

Children's Protection from Violent Programming Act 11 a.m. Sens. Ernest F. Hollings, South Carolina Democrat, and Ted Stevens, Alaska Republican, hold a news conference to introduce "The Children's Protection from Violent Programming Act," and to demonstrate the need for legislation to shield the nation's children from effects of television violence. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-6654 or 202/224-8479.

Awards luncheon noon The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators sponsors an awards program honoring the work of members of Congress in establishing a system to get unsafe drivers off the roads. Honorees include Reps. James P. Moran, Virginia Democrat; Constance A. Morella, Maryland Republican; and Harold Rogers, Kentucky Republican. Location: B-339 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/908-8287.

Medical privacy regulations discussion noon The Cato Institute holds a discussion on "The New Medical Privacy Regulations: Will They Protect Our Most Personal Information?" Location: 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.

Minority entrepreneurs' luncheon noon Raynard Jackson and Associates Inc. hosts a minority entrepreneurs' luncheon, "Expanding Opportunity by Building Relationships." The speaker is Sen. Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican. Location: Fifth Floor, Reserve Officers Association Building, First and Constitution NE. Contact: 202/543-7778.

Israeli government discussion noon The National Press Club hosts a Noon Newsmaker news conference featuring a discussion on "The New Israeli Government: The Likud Foreign Policy Agenda." Participants include Moshe Arens, Knesset member, former defense and foreign minister and former ambassador to the United States; Zalman Shoval, former ambassador to the United States; and Dore Gold, former ambassador to the United Nations. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Norton speech 1 p.m. The Interior Department hosts an address to Interior Department employees by Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton. Location: Sidney Yates Auditorium, 1849 C St. NW. Contact: 202/208-6416.

Medicare reform proposals news conference 1:30 p.m. Sens. John B. Breaux, Louisiana Democrat, and Bill Frist, Tennessee Republican, members of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, hold a news conference on the introduction of bipartisan Medicare reform proposals. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio-TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-5401 or 202/224-2136.

China discussion 2 p.m. The Human Rights Caucus sponsors an event featuring T. Kumar, Amnesty International's advocacy director for Asia, discussing a report documenting an increase of torture in China and the importance of the Bush administration's U.N. resolution. Location: 2105 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3531.

Reception 6 p.m. The National Neighborhood Coalition hosts its annual Neighborhood Awards Reception. Location: 10th Floor, Bank of America, 730 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/408-8553.

Electronic-commerce lecture 6:30 p.m. The Smithsonian Associates presents a lecture, "E-Commerce: Beating the Markets," as part of its electronic-commerce series. The speaker is Ben Warwick, the Bornhoft Group Companies and author of "The Worldlyinvestor.com Guide to Beating the Market." Location: International Monetary Fund Center, 720 19th St. NW. Contact: 202/357-3030.

Book discussion 7 p.m. Politics and Prose Bookstore holds a book discussion on "The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued" by Ann Crittenden. Location: 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/364-1919.

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