- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 18, 2001


Ashcroft nomination news conference 11 a.m. Law enforcement and conservative organizations, including Americans for the Bush Cabinet, will hold a news conference to support the nomination of John Ashcroft as attorney general. Location: 385 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 703/739-5920.

Weapons systems forum noon The Cato Institute presents a policy forum on "Which Weapons Systems Should the Bush Administration Skip?" Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.


8 p.m. Delivers a televised farewell address to the nation from the Oval Office of the White House.


3:30 p.m. Participates in the Presidential Inauguration Committee's "Presidential Inauguration Opening Celebration," Lincoln Memorial, the Mall.


8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases report on housing starts and building permits for December. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

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


Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


9 a.m. Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Ann Veneman to be agriculture secretary. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2035.

9 a.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Spencer Abraham to be energy secretary. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

9:30 a.m. Finance Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Wisconsin Gov. Tommy G. Thompson to be health and human services secretary. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

9:30 a.m. Judiciary Committee holds a hearing to consider the nomination of former Sen. John Ashcroft to be attorney general. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

2 p.m. Veterans' Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Anthony Principi to be veterans affairs secretary. Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9126.

2:30 p.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Gale A. Norton to be interior secretary. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.


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


U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting all day The U.S. Conference of Mayors holds its 69th winter meeting.

Highlights 9 a.m. H. Brent Coles, mayor of Boise, Idaho, and U.S. Conference of Mayors president, "Priorities for 'The New American City,' " opening plenary session.

11 a.m. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo, "Priorities for the New American City," Presidential Ballroom.

Noon London Mayor Ken Livingstone gives luncheon address.

Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/861-6766.

New members of Congress conference 9 a.m. The Heritage Foundation sponsors "Keys to Being a Successful Member of Congress," a two-day conference for new members of Congress, with issue briefings and workshops. Note: Most sessions are closed.

Highlights 9:30 a.m. Release of Heritage's new federal budget book, "A Budget for America" (open).

Location: St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/608-6143.

Health Insurance Association of America briefing 9 a.m. The Health Insurance Association of America holds a news briefing to release new information forecasting state legislative activities pertaining to key issues affecting health insurers and health plans. Location: Suite 600, East Tower, 555 13th St. NW. Contact: 202/824-1787 or 202/824-1786.

National League of Cities news conference 10 a.m. The National League of Cities holds a news conference to present a bipartisan blueprint on "Investing in Communities" to President-elect George W. Bush and Congress. Location: Lisagor Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/626-3158 or 202/626-3051.

Grand opening ceremony 10 a.m. The Independent Media Center holds a ceremony to open its D.C. Independent Media Center, announce its inaugural coverage and to activate the first global Internet audio and video simulcast of a presidential inauguration. Location: 2412 18th St. NW. Contact: 202/797-1280.

National Urban League news conference noon The National Urban League holds a news conference and policy forum to propose an "Opportunity Agenda" for the Bush administration to adopt to close employment, education and homeownership gaps facing black Americans in the 21st century. Location: Lisagor Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/333-6181.

Renaissance Foundation luncheon noon The Renaissance Foundation hosts a luncheon to honor the work of the Recreation Wish List Committee and its founder, Cora Masters Barry. Location: Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Ave. SE. Contact: 877/798-6329.

French Bank negotiations briefing noon Deputy Treasury Secretary Stuart Eizenstat holds a news briefing on French Bank negotiations. Location: State Department, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Concerned Women for America briefing noon Concerned Women for America will hold a news briefing on "New Research on the Effects of Abortion on Women." Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/488-7000.

Woman's National Democratic Club luncheon 12:30 p.m. The Woman's National Democratic Club hosts a luncheon featuring a book lecture on "American Dreamer: A Life of Henry A. Wallace," regarding President Franklin Roosevelt's third-term vice president. The speaker is former Sen. John Culver, Iowa Democrat, the book's co-author. Location: 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 202/232-7373, Ext. 3010.

Taurel speech 12:30 p.m. Sydney Taurel, president, chairman and CEO of Eli Lilly, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

Brazil-U.S. trade agenda discussion 12:30 p.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts a discussion titled "Outlook for the Brazil-U.S. Trade Agenda." Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Health news conference 1 p.m. The National Policy Association and the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy present a news conference on the book "Income, Socioeconomic Status and Health: Exploring Relationships," which cites income inequality and socioeconomic status as the most significant factors affecting health in America. Location: First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/884-7624.

Africa forum 1:30 p.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center presents a director's forum on "African Challenges." The speaker is Atiku Abubakar, vice president of Nigeria. Location: Joseph H. and Clair Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4016 or 202/691-4100.

Internet vote trading symposium 2 p.m. American University's Washington College of Law hosts a symposium on "Internet Vote Trading: The History, Law, and Future of High-Tech Coalition Politics." Location: Room 603, Washington College of Law, American University, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5950.

Transportation Department projects news conference 3 p.m. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater holds a news conference to announce the projects that the Transportation Department has selected to complete in the next phase of the MagLev Deployment Program. Location: Media Center Room 2201, 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

Awards ceremony 5:30 p.m. The National Endowment for Democracy holds a ceremony to award the Democracy Service Medal. Location: Capitol, Mansfield Room. Contact: 202/293-9072.

Book lecture 6 p.m. The Smithsonian Associates hosts a lecture by Michael Lewis on his book, "The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story." Location: Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. Contact: 202/357-3030.

Roe vs. Wade celebration 7 p.m. The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) holds its annual Roe vs. Wade celebration. Location: Omni Shoreham, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 202/973-3032.

China discussion 7 p.m. The National Press Club Professional Affairs Committee and the Society of Professional Journalists present a program titled "An American in China: Two Views." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593 or 202/737-3139.

Clinton administration "funeral" 7 p.m. The Media Research Center holds a "Funeral for the Clinton Administration," a conservative celebration of the death of the Clinton administration. Location: Washington Monarch Hotel, 2401 M St. NW. Contact: 703/683-5004, ext. 132.

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