- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 14, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Tax cuts news conference 11:30 a.m. Sens. Phil Gramm, Texas Republican, and Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat, hold a news conference on tax cuts. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-2934.

Drug debate 7 p.m. The Georgetown University Law Center presents the American Criminal Law Review's 2001 Annual Debate, "The War on Drugs: Fighting Crime or Losing Time?" The participants include Rep. Bob Barr, Georgia Republican; Eric Sterling, president of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation; and Juan Williams, National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation" host, as moderator. Location: Moot Courtroom, Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/662-9519.

PRESIDENT BUSH

To be announced.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases a report on manufacturing and trade: inventories and sales for January 2001. 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. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing to receive testimony on whether Congress should allow states to require all remote sellers on the Internet to collect and remit sales taxes on deliveries into that state. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

10 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing on "The President's Fiscal 2002 Budget Proposal." Secretary of State Colin Powell testifies. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on "Treatment, Education and Prevention: Adding to the Arsenal in the War on Drugs." The witnesses include: Donnie Marshall, Drug Enforcement Administration administrator; Carroll O'Connor, actor and advocate; and Kerry Collins, quarterback for the New York Giants. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Appropriations, military construction subcommittee holds a hearing on Fiscal 2002 appropriations for European military construction. Location: B-300 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. Science Committee holds a hearing to examine the state of climate science, and the approach the government should take as it develops a research agenda to deal with climate change. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

10 a.m. Veterans' Affairs Committee and the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hold a joint hearing to receive the legislative priorities of the Disabled American Veterans. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9164.

10 a.m. Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on the Bush administration's health and welfare priorities, focusing on Medicare reform. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson testifies. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

1 p.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing on the Agriculture Department's Fiscal 2002 budget priorities. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

1:30 p.m. Transportation and Infrastructure, aviation subcommittee holds a hearing on the Federal Aviation Administration's efforts to modernize the Air Traffic Control system with a focus on the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS). Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

GENERAL AGENDA

National Association of Attorneys General meeting all day The National Association of Attorneys General holds its spring meeting. Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham participate. Location: Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th St. NW. Contact: 202/326-6047.

American Legion conference all day The American Legion holds its 41st Washington Conference.

Highlights 12:15 p.m. Ray Smith, American Legion national commander, presents American Legion 2001 National Public Relations Award to Wal-Mart, National Commanders Luncheon.

Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/737-1234.

Political strategies symposium 8:30 a.m. The Sheridan Group and Progressive Strategies hold a "Symposium Strategies for Moving Politics and Policy Forward." The keynote speaker is Sen. Thomas Daschle, South Dakota Democrat. Location: Phoenix Park Hotel, 520 North Capitol St. NW. Contact: 202/293-1001.

Web news summit 9 a.m. The National Press Club, the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation, and the Radio-Television News Directors Association hold a local broadcast Web news summit. The keynote speaker is Sam Donaldson, ABC News. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

Principi speech 10 a.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center presents a lecture, "Veterans as Revolutionaries," by Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi. Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4016, or 202/691-4100.

Report release 10 a.m. Common Cause, the American Heart Association, Tobacco-Free Kids and the American Lung Association hold a news briefing to release a report detailing tobacco industry campaign contributions and the correlation between the campaign contributions senators receive from industry representatives and how they vote on tobacco-related issues. Location: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/296-5469.

Tobacco company lawsuits news conference 10 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a news conference to announce the filing of formal requests under state freedom of information acts for all documents related to the contracting process used by 21 states that retained outside trial lawyers to pursue state-sponsored lawsuits against tobacco companies. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682 or 202/419-3242.

Taxes news conference 10 a.m. Reps. Richard Armey, Texas Republican, and J.C. Watts, Jr., Oklahoma Republican, hold a news conference on taxes. Location: 2168 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4000 or 202/225-5107.

Agriculture Department news conference 10 a.m. The Agriculture Department holds a news conference to discuss ongoing efforts by the Agriculture Department to protect the U.S. from agricultural pests and diseases in light of the recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in parts of Europe. Location: Federal Inspection Services Center, Dulles International Airport. Contact: 301/734-7253 or 202/720-6959.

Medicare news conference 10:45 a.m. Sen. Thomas Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, and Rep. Richard Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, hold a news conference to discuss Medicare, prescription drugs, and the Bush tax cut. Location: Capitol, Room S-211. Contact: 202/224-2939.

Embryonic stem cell research news conference 11 a.m. The Christian Defense Coalition holds a news conference to present a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson calling upon the Bush administration to honor a ban on the use of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. Location: 200 C St. SW. Contact: 202/547-1735.

Republican budget plans news conference 11:30 a.m. Members of Congress hold a news conference on Republican budget plans for reducing the national debt. Location: 304 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2928.

Railroad Retirement and Survivors Improvement Act news conference noon Members of Congress hold a news conference to introduce the "Railroad Retirement and Survivors Improvement Act of 2001," which will modernize and enhance the railroad retirement system. Location: 2253 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7749 or 202/226-8767.

Portrait unveiling noon Veterans' Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi participates in the unveiling of the official portrait of Jesse Brown, former veterans' affairs secretary. Location: Room 230, 810 Vermont Ave. NW. Contact: 202/273-5712.

Citizens Against Government Waste news conference 12:15 p.m. Citizens Against Government Waste holds a news conference to release its "2001 Congressional Pig Book" to profile egregious pork projects earmarked for states and congressional districts. Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, participates. Location: Executive Conference Room, Second Floor, 650 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/467-5300.

Campaign finance reform news conference 1 p.m. The Blue Dog Coalition hosts a campaign finance reform news conference. Location: Capitol, House Radio/ TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-5235.

Retirement security news conference 2 p.m. Reps. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, and Benjamin Cardin, Maryland Democrat, hold a news conference to discuss the Comprehensive Retirement Security and Pension Reform Act. Location: Capitol, Room H-137. Contact: 202/225-3164.

Consumer Energy Rate Relief Act news conference 2 p.m. The Congressional Progressive Caucus's West Coast delegation holds a news conference to announce the Consumer Energy Rate Relief Act (CERRA), the first House bill that deals with the energy crisis. Location: Capitol, House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-4115.

O'Neill meeting 4 p.m. The Senate Centrist Coalition holds a meeting with Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill. Location: Capitol, Room SDG-11. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Awards ceremony 5 p.m. The Freedom House's Center for Religious Freedom holds a ceremony to bestow its 2001 International Religious Freedom Award to defenders of religious rights for China's main religious and beliefs communities. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/296-5101, Ext. 136.

Film screening 6 p.m. Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat, holds a screening of the film, "The Carpet Slave: Stolen Children of India." Location: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3254.

Book discussion 7 p.m. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine presents a discussion by Dr. Neal Barnard on his newly-released book, "Turn Off the Fat Genes: The Revolutionary Guide to Taking Charge of the Genes that Control Your Weight." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/686-2210.


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