- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 31, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Romania discussion 9 a.m. The National Press Club hosts a Morning Newsmaker news conference featuring a discussion on "Priorities of the Romanian Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for 2001." The speaker is Mircea Geoana, foreign minister of Romania. Location: West Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Trafficking in women and children forum noon The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Foreign Policy Institute's Protection Project hosts a forum, "Trafficking in Women and Children: The Role Official Corruption Plays." Michael Ledeen, American Enterprise Institute, participates. Location: Room 806, Rome Building, SAIS, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

PRESIDENT BUSH

1:20 p.m. Meets with Catholic Charities, Indian Treaty Room, Eisenhower Old Executive Office Building.

2:20 p.m. Meets with his Cabinet, Cabinet Room of the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases the gross domestic product for the fourth quarter of 2000 (advance estimate). Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

10 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases a report on new one-family houses sold and for sale for December 2000. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Food and Drug Administration holds a meeting of the vaccines and related biological products advisory committee. The committee is to hear a review of the LYMErixTM (Lyme disease vaccine) safety profile, including an update of post-marketing safety data. Location: Versailles I, II and III, Holiday Inn, 8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. Contact: 301/827-0314.

Senate

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:15 a.m. Indian Affairs Committee meets to adopt committee rules for the 107th Congress. Location: 485 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2251.

9:30 a.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on "California's Electricity Crisis and Implications for the West." Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

10:30 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing to consider "CBO Economic and Budget Outlook." Dan Crippen, Congressional Budget Office director, testifies. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

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 holds a forum on the review of the final report prepared by the Commission on 21st Century Production Agriculture. Location: 1300 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2171.

1 p.m. Energy and Commerce Committee holds a hearing to formally organize for the 107th Congress. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

GENERAL AGENDA

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities meeting 7:30 a.m. The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities holds its meeting, "Celebrating 25 Years of Service to Independent Higher Education." Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr., Tennessee Democrat, speaks at 9:15 a.m. on "Looking Forward: A Congressional Leader on Education." Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/785-8866.

Excellence and Accountability in Education Act news conference 9:30 a.m. Reps. George Miller, California Democrat, and Dale E. Kildee, Michigan Democrat, hold a news conference to announce "The Excellence and Accountability in Education Act." Location: Capitol, House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-2095.

National security report news conference 10 a.m. The U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century holds a news conference to present its final report, "Roadmap for National Security: Imperative for Change." Location: Capitol, Room S-207. Contact: 202/944-1987.

Campaign finance reform legislation news conference 10 a.m. Reps. Christopher Shays, Connecticut Republican, and Martin T. Meehan, Massachusetts Democrat, hold a news conference on the House version of campaign finance reform legislation. Location: Capitol, House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-3411 or 202/225-5541.

Pew Partnership for Civic Change briefing 10 a.m. The Pew Partnership for Civic Change holds a news briefing to discuss the results of a poll indicating that Americans have a profound sense of connection to their communities and neighbors. Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/667-0901.

Ashcroft nomination news conference 10 a.m. The Family Research Council holds a news conference with a coalition of attorneys, law enforcement, conservative and family groups to call for the full Senate to vote this week on the nomination of John Ashcroft as attorney general. Location: 428A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/393-2100 or 202/204-5304.

Faith-based initiatives news conference 10:30 a.m. Members of Congress, including Rep. J.C. Watts Jr., Oklahoma Republican, and Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican, hold a news conference to tout successes of faith-based initiatives. Location: Capitol, Room HC-7. Contact: 202/224-2467 or 202/225-5107.

Prescription drug plan news conference 11 a.m. Sens. James M. Jeffords, Vermont Republican, and Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat, hold a news conference to announce they have sent a letter to President Bush urging him to begin the implementation of the prescription drug reimportation plan passed into law last year. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-5141.

Death Tax Elimination Act of 2001 news conference 11 a.m. Reps. Jennifer Dunn, Washington Republican, and John Tanner, Tennessee Democrat, hold a news conference to announce the "Death Tax Elimination Act of 2001." Location: Capitol, Room HC-9. Contact: 202/225-7761.

U.S. Olympic Committee ceremony 11:35 a.m. The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) sponsors a ceremony to name Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, as honorary vice president of the USOC. Sandy Baldwin, USOC president, and Rulon Gardner, U.S. Olympian and wrestling gold medalist, participate. Location: Capitol, Speaker's Ceremonial Office (H-210). Contact: 202/225-2800.

Caspian policy discussion noon The Nixon Center presents a discussion on "U.S. Policy in the Caspian Region." The speaker is Elizabeth Jones, special adviser to the president and secretary of state for Caspian Basin Energy diplomacy. Location: Suite 1250, 1615 L St. NW. Contact: 202/887-1000.

Ashcroft nomination news conference noon The National Organization for Women holds a news conference to protest the nomination of John Ashcroft as attorney general. Location: Capitol, Senate Swamp. Contact: 202/628-8669.

Steel crisis legislative program news conference noon The United Steelworkers of America holds a news briefing on a steel crisis legislative program to stop the impending collapse of the American steel industry in the face of record levels of steel imports despite multiple trade case filings. Location: Lisagor Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/778-4384.

Medicare prescription drug legislation news conference noon The Congressional Progressive Caucus holds a news conference to announce comprehensive Medicare prescription-drug legislation. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-1472 or 202/225-4115.

Race Against Drugs program news conference 12:30 p.m. Rep. Nick Smith, Michigan Republican, and the Justice Department hold a news conference to announce a $2.5 million grant from the Justice Department for the Race Against Drugs program. Participants include Ricky Craven, NASCAR driver. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/226-3243.

Health partnership reception 5 p.m. Kaisernetwork.org hosts a reception to announce a new health partnership between the Alliance for Health Reform and kaisernetwork.org that will present every Alliance Capitol Hill briefing on line in 2001. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/745-5118 or 202/745-5116.

Karski discussion 7 p.m. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum presents a discussion on Jan Karski, a Polish spy who infiltrated the outworks of a Nazi death camp, escaped to the West and met with U.S. and English leaders to convince them of the ongoing genocide. The speaker is Leo O'Donovan, Georgetown University president. Location: 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. Contact: 202/488-0400. Note: By invitation only.


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