- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 1, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

U.S.-Korean alliance conference 9:30 a.m. The Heritage Foundation holds a conference on "Peace on the Korean Peninsula & the Importance of the U.S.-R.O.K. Alliance." Location: Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/608-6143.

Bush tax-cut proposal news conference 11 a.m. The American Conservative Union and Americans for Tax Reform host a news conference of conservative leaders from various grass-roots organizations to announce efforts by their organizations to rally support for the president's tax-cut proposal. Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/739-5920.

PRESIDENT BUSH

9 a.m. Visits Lakewood Elementary School, North Little Rock, Arkansas.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases its report on personal income and outlays for January. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

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

10 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases its report on the value of new construction put in place for January. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

10 a.m. Federal Election Commission meets. Location: 999 E St. NW. Contact: 202/694-1220.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee holds a hearing on the statutes of the conservation programs in the current farm bill. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2035.

10 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing to examine the anti-drug certification process. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

11 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing on the president's fiscal 2002 budget proposal. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill testifies. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

2:30 p.m. Foreign Relations Near Eastern and South Asian affairs subcommittee holds a hearing to examine the U.S. policy toward Iraq. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Veterans' Affairs Committee and the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hold a hearing to receive the legislative priorities of the Retired Enlisted Association, Gold Star Wives, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Fleet Reserve Association, Air Force Sergeants Association and Jewish War Veterans. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9164 or 202/224-9126.

10 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing on the president's fiscal 2002 budget. Mitchell Daniels, director of the Office of Management and Budget, testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

10 a.m. Energy and Commerce health subcommittee and oversight and investigations subcommittee hold a hearing, "Patients First: A 21st-Century Promise to Ensure Quality and Affordable Health Coverage." Art Linkletter, U.S. Seniors Coalition spokesman, testifies. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on the last-minute presidential pardons of international fugitives Marc Rich and Pincus Green. Witnesses include Beth Nolan, former White House counsel; Bruce Lindsey, former assistant to the president; John Podesta, former White House chief of staff; and Jack Quinn, former White House counsel and attorney for Marc Rich. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. Ways and Means Committee marks up a resolution on "The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Act of 2001." Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

10:30 a.m. Education and the Workforce Committee holds a hearing, "State Leadership in Education Reform." Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge; Sen. Thomas R. Carper, Delaware Democrat and former governor of Delaware, testify. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

11 a.m. International Relations Committee holds a hearing, "Conducting Diplomacy in a Global Age." Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

3 p.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing, "Treasury Department Fiscal 2002 Budget Priorities." Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

GENERAL AGENDA

Health Care Lobbying Day all day The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) holds a Health Care Lobbying Day for the U.S. Senate and concludes its state and regional fly-in visits as part of NAM's "Manufacturers Week in Washington." Location: Capitol offices. Contact: 202/637-3089.

National Conference of State Legislatures meeting all day The National Conference of State Legislatures holds its annual "Leader to Leader" meeting to discuss priorities for 2001 with congressional leaders.

Highlights 8 a.m. Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, leaders plenary breakfast.

Noon Sens. Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican, and John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, leaders luncheon plenary session.

7 p.m. Sens. Fred Thompson, Tennessee Republican, and Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, honorees, Restoring the Balance Awards Dinner.

Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/624-8667.

Azerbaijan briefing 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing, "How Free Is Azerbaijan? The State of Civic and Legal Rights." The participants include Eldar Zeynalov, founder of the Human Rights Center of Azerbaijan, and Agalar Agashirinov, XXI Century Lawyers Association president and co-founder of the Azerbaijan Lawyers Association. Location: Fourth-floor conference room, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Religion and public life forum 8:30 a.m. Pew Charitable Trusts presents the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The featured speaker is Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/518-8047.

Health care summit 8:30 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sponsors a summit, "Health Care System Solutions." Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson participates. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Dutch drug policy discussion 9 a.m. The National Press Club holds a Morning Newsmaker news conference featuring Peter Pennekamp, undersecretary for Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands, discussing "The Dutch Drug Policy and Why It Works." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

James Madison conference 9 a.m. The Cato Institute presents a conference, "James Madison and the Future of Limited Government." The keynote speaker is Judge Alex Kozinski, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. James Buchanan, George Mason University, delivers a luncheon address. Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.

American Cancer Society briefing 9 a.m. The American Cancer Society holds a briefing for members of Congress and staff on its policy priorities for the 107th Congress. During the briefing, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, receives the American Cancer Society's Public Policy Achievement Award, and Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, and Rep. Ken Bentsen, Texas Democrat, receive the society's Public Policy Leadership Award. Location: B-339 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/661-5710.

Credit-cards news conference 9:30 a.m. Rep. John J. LaFalce, New York Democrat, hosts a news conference to highlight what he says is the abusive practices of the credit-card industry and how they have contributed to the growing problem of consumer bankruptcy. Robert Manning, author of "Credit Card Nation: The Consequences of America's Addiction to Credit," participates. Location: 2220 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7141 or 202/225-3231.

California electricity market conference 10 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research presents a conference, "The California Electricity Market Meltdown: The End of Deregulation?"

Highlights noon Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, luncheon keynote address.

Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.

Invasive-species issues briefing 11 a.m. The U.S. Geological Survey holds a congressional briefing, "Current Invasive Species Issues." Location: 1302 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 703/648-4414.

Kennedy Center news conference 11 a.m. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosts a news conference to announce the 2001-2002 Kennedy Center season. Location: Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, Rock Creek Park at Virginia Avenue NW. Contact: 202/416-8453.

Bush tax-relief plan news conference 11 a.m. House leaders hold a news conference to tout President Bush's tax-relief plan benefits for working American families. Reps. Dick Armey, Texas Republican, and J.C. Watts Jr., Oklahoma Republican, participate. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-5107 or 202/225-4000.

National Organization for Women news conference 11:30 a.m. The National Organization for Women holds a news conference to announce plans to step up the campaign to "save reproductive freedom." Location: Second floor, 733 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/628-8669, ext. 116.

El Salvador earthquake reconstruction discussion noon The National Press Club holds a Noon Newsmaker news conference featuring Francisco Flores Perez, president of El Salvador, discussing "El Salvador's Earthquake Reconstruction Efforts." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Woman's National Democratic Club luncheon 12:30 p.m. The Woman's National Democratic Club holds a luncheon meeting, featuring a discussion on priorities of the federal budget. Kimberly Robson, Woman's Action of New Directions, participates. Location: 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 202/232-7363.

PETA rally 12:30 p.m. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) holds a rally to protest Burger King's refusal to commit to the minimum animal-welfare standards recently adopted by McDonald's. Location: Burger King, 1606 K St. NW. Contact: 202/244-3709.

Steel Revitalization Act news conference 1 p.m. The Congressional Steel Caucus holds a news conference to present "the Steel Revitalization Act." Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-3306 or 202/225-2461.

Kim visit briefing 2 p.m. The Brookings Institution presents a briefing on the March 7 visit by South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, one of the first foreign leaders to meet with President George W. Bush. Location: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/797-6310.

Congressional Privacy Caucus briefing 2 p.m. The Congressional Privacy Caucus holds a briefing to discuss Web bugs, e-mail wiretapping and the role of government in protecting consumer privacy on the Internet. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0346.

Narcotics certification briefing 2 p.m. Assistant Secretary of State Rand Beers and Robert Brown, acting deputy director of the National Drug Control Policy Office, hold a briefing on the President's 2000 Narcotics Certification Determinations. Location: State Department briefing room. Contact: 202/395-6618.

First Amendment news conference 2 p.m. The American Civil Liberties Union, the National Right to Life Committee, the Christian Coalition, the National Rifle Association, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, hold a news conference to discuss their common goal of preserving First Amendment political speech. Location: 301 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8288.

Bush education plan news conference 2 p.m. People for the American Way holds a news conference on how it says America's most at-risk children will do under the Bush education plan. Location: 2000 M St. NW. Contact: 202/467-4999.

Awards ceremony 3 p.m. The Peace Corps holds a ceremony to award the first Paul D. Coverdell Award for Excellence to seven educators for their participation in a project of the Peace Corps' World Wise Schools education program. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao attends. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/692-2214.

Williams speech 7 p.m. D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams delivers a State of the District Address. Location: Lincoln Theater, 1215 U St. NW. Contact: 202/727-5011.

Black History Month program 7:30 p.m. American University's Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts a Black History Month program, "The 2000 Presidential Election and the African-American Vote: Where Do We Go From Here?" Juan Williams, moderator, of National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation," and Armstrong Williams, host of "The Armstrong Williams Show," participate. Location: Mary Gradon Center's University Club, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5950.


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