- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 15, 2001

PRESIDENT BUSH

Noon Attends the speaker of the House's annual Irish Luncheon to honor the prime minister of Ireland, Capitol.

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on pending legislation, including a bill to amend the Department of Energy Authorization Act to authorize the energy secretary to impose interim limitations on the cost of electric energy. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham testifies. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4971.

10:30 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Richard Lee Armitage to be deputy secretary of state. 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 a.m. Government Reform national security, veterans affairs, and international relations subcommittee holds a hearing to examine pressing operational and management problems at departments and agencies responsible for national security. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

9:30 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing on the State Department's fiscal 2002 budget priorities. Secretary of State Colin Powell testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

10 a.m. Appropriations transportation and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on airline delays. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

GENERAL AGENDA

Congressional agenda forum 8 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce presents its policy insiders forum on the 107th Congress legislative agenda with House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Education-reform discussion 8 a.m. The Republican Main Street Partnership holds a panel discussion on education reform in Congress. Education Secretary Rod Paige participates. Location: Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St. SE. Contact: 202/225-4165.

Campaign-advertising conference 9:30 a.m. The Annenberg Public Policy Center and the Alliance for Better Campaigns hold a conference, "All Ads, No News: The Future of Campaigns on Television." Former CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite and Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, participate. Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/879-6701 or 202/879-6761.

Inhalants news conference 9:30 a.m. The Office of National Drug Control Policy and the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition hold a news conference to kick off National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week. Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/395-6618, or 202/828-8890.

Poison dangers news conference 10 a.m. The Consumer Product Safety Commission holds a news conference on the 40th National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week to urge parents, grandparents and caregivers to check homes for poison dangers. Location: Consumer Product Safety Commission, East-West Towers, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Contact: 301/504-0580.

Policy forum 11 a.m. Members of Congress, including Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, hold a policy forum on issues of importance to women. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4451.

Estate tax briefing 12:30 p.m. The United for a Fair Economy's Responsible Wealth Project presents a news briefing to discuss preserving the estate tax. William Gates Sr., co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, participates. Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/296-2426.

Bush budget news conference 1 p.m. The Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus hold a news conference to discuss President Bush's budget and what they foresee as its possible impact on racial minorities. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/226-8335.

Spring weather outlook briefing 1 p.m. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration holds a news briefing to present the spring weather outlook for April through June. Location: Commerce Department, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Contact: 301/713-0622 or 301/763-8000, ext. 7163.

Mental Health Equitable Treatment Act news conference 2 p.m. Sens. Pete V. Domenici, New Mexico Republican, and Paul Wellstone, Minnesota Democrat, sponsor a news conference to discuss "The Mental Health Equitable Treatment Act of 2001." Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7098.

Film presentation 6:30 p.m. The World Federalist Association, Amnesty International and PBS affiliate WEDU present the film "The Genocide Factor," along with a discussion, to help campaign for U.S. ratification of the International Criminal Court treaty. Location: Eisenhower Room, Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St. SE. Contact: 202/544-0200, Ext. 289.


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