- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 6, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Religious persecution in China discussion 12:30 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) holds a discussion, "Religious Persecution in China." The speaker is Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom. Location: Room 507, Nitze Building, SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

European Union-U.S. relationship discussion 3:30 p.m. The National Press Club holds an Afternoon Newsmaker news conference featuring a discussion, "The European Union (EU)-U.S. Relationship: The Road Ahead." The participants include Anna Lindh, Sweden's foreign minister, representing the EU presidency; Javier Solana, EU high representative for common foreign and security policy; and Chris Patten, EU commissioner for external affairs. Location: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Visits the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases report on productivity and costs for the fourth quarter 2000 (revised). Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

10 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases a report on manufacturers' shipments, inventories and orders for January 2001. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

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 regarding nutrition and the school-lunch program. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2035.

9:30 a.m. Governmental Affairs permanent investigations subcommittee holds a hearing, "The Role of U.S. Correspondent Banking In International Money Laundering." Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

10 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing to consider the president's fiscal 2002 budget proposal. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson testifies. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

HOUSE

Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning hour and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

1 p.m. Energy and Commerce energy and air quality subcommittee holds a hearing, "Congressional Perspectives on Electricity Markets in California and the West and National Energy Policy." Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

1 p.m. Veterans' Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2002 Veterans Affairs Department budget. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9164.

2 p.m. Financial Services oversight and investigations subcommittee and financial institutions and consumer credit subcommittee hold a joint hearing, "Protecting Consumers: What Can Congress Do To Help Financial Regulators Coordinate Efforts to Fight Fraud?" Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

GENERAL AGENDA

National Community Reinvestment Coalition conference all day The National Community Reinvestment Coalition holds its annual conference, "America's National Conference on Economic Justice: Capital Access in a Global Era." Jerry Hawke, comptroller of the currency, delivers a keynote luncheon address on how the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency views its responsibility to serve communities. Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 703/276-1604, or 202/628-8866.

American Medical Association conference 7:30 a.m. The American Medical Association holds its annual national leadership conference.

Highlights 7:45 a.m. Sen. John B. Breaux, Louisiana Democrat, and Rep. Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, discuss Medicare reform.

Location: Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 202/789-7447.

Uzbekistan briefing 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing, "The Politics of Language in Uzbekistan." Charles Carlson and Aziz Djuraev of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty participate. Location: Fourth-floor conference room, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.

O'Neill speech 8:30 a.m. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill makes remarks at an information-technology conference. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Medical technology symposium 8:30 a.m. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and the Health Insurance Association of America present a symposium featuring new research from Project HOPE on the effect of medical technology on health care costs. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/824-1787 or 202/626-4818.

Consumer Electronics Association conference 8:30 a.m. The Consumer Electronics Association presents a one-day conference, "Copyrights and Consumers' Fair-Use Rights."

Highlights 12:15 p.m. Rep. Rick Boucher, Virginia Democrat, luncheon keynote speaker.

3:15 p.m. Chuck D, founder of Rapstation.com, music artist keynote speaker.

3:45 p.m. Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin, Louisiana Republican, closing keynote speaker.

Location: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 703/907-7664.

Budget round table 8:45 a.m. The Urban Institute holds its 12th annual Round Table on the President's Budget and the Economy. Location: Fifth floor, 2100 M St. NW. Contact: 202/261-5709.

Amnesty International news conference 10 a.m. Amnesty International U.S.A. holds a news conference to release two reports, "Abuse of Women in Custody Sexual Misconduct and Shackling of Pregnant Women," based on a survey of policies and practices in every state, the District of Columbia and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and "Broken Bodies, Shattered Minds: Torture and Ill-Treatment of Women." Location: JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/371-1999.

Project STAR news conference 10:30 a.m. Project STAR (Student/Teacher Achievement Ratio) holds a news conference to release a study showing that smaller class size has a positive effect in narrowing the black-white achievement gap, lowering teen birthrates and possibly reducing crime. The participants include Sens. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat; and Alan Krueger, Project STAR. Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/667-0901.

YMCA news conference 11:30 a.m. YMCA of the U.S.A. holds a news conference to release results of a survey, "After School for America's Teens," and announce YMCA Teen Action Agenda to involve more teens in after-school programs. Location: 2222 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/452-7807.

HIV/AIDS crisis legislation news conference 11:45 a.m. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, and Russell D. Feingold, Wisconsin Democrat, hold a news conference to offer new legislation to address the international HIV/AIDS crisis. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-9629 or 202/224-8657.

Technology lecture noon The Cato Institute presents its High-Tech CEO Lecture Series, featuring George Bell, chairman/CEO of [email protected], discussing "The Death of Dial-Up, the Birth of Broadband and the Revolution in Our Living Rooms." Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.

Kaiser speech 12:30 p.m. Michael Kaiser, director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve news conference 2 p.m. The Energy Department holds a news conference to announce the establishment of the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham participates. Location: Auditorium, 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-4940.

Korea briefing 2 p.m. The United States Institute of Peace holds a current-issues briefing, "North Korea: Past Progress and Next Steps," focusing on Republic of Korean President Kim Dae-jung's visit to Washington. Location: Second-floor conference room, 1200 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/429-3878.

Homeless legislation news conference 2 p.m. Rep. John J. LaFalce, New York Democrat, holds a news conference to announce new legislation, "The Homeless Prevention Permanent Housing Renewal Act of 2001," to help homeless families. Location: 2220 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-71741 or 202/225-3231.

Levin speech 2:30 p.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies presents a major address by Rep. Sander M. Levin, Michigan Democrat, on "Setting the Stage for the Trade Agenda in the 107th Congress." Location: 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3186.

Swearing-in ceremony 3 p.m. The Labor Department holds a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for Labor Secretary Elaine Chao. Location: Great Hall, Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-4650.

Reception 6 p.m. The District of Columbia Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television holds its congressional gala for new members of the 107th Congress. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 301/983-9322.

Book discussion 6 p.m. The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion with John Hulsman on his book "The World Turned Rightside Up: A New Trading Agenda for the Age of Globalization." Location: Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Literary legends discussion 8 p.m. The Greater Washington Society of Association Executives presents a discussion, "Literary Legends: Stories of Power and Passion." The participants include Toni Morrison, 1993 Nobel Prize in literature and 1988 Pulitzer Prize winner; Frank McCourt, author of "Angela's Ashes," and 1997 Pulitzer winner for biography; and Pete Hamill, journalist/ author, moderator. Location: Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Rock Creek Parkway at Virginia Avenue NE. Contact: 202/828-4642.


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