- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 7, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Tax relief news conference 10 a.m. Reps. Dick Armey, Texas Republican, and J.C. Watts Jr., Oklahoma Republican, hold a news conference on tax relief. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill participates. Location: Capitol, Center Steps Hallway. Contact: 202/225-4000 or 202/225-5107.

Missile-defense discussion 10:45 a.m. The New Atlantic Initiative presents a discussion, "American Missile Defense and Europe's Own Defense Plans: Is the Alliance Pulling Apart?" Sen. Fred Thompson, Tennessee Republican, and George Robertson, NATO secretary-general, participate. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/862-5822.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Hosts a visit and working lunch with President Kim Dae-jung of South Korea, White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

3 p.m. Federal Reserve Board releases report on consumer installment credit for January 2001. Location: Constitution Avenue between 20th and 21st streets NW. Contact: 202/452-3206.

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 examine voting-technology reform. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

9:30 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee marks up education legislation. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

9:30 a.m. Small Business Committee holds a meeting, "PNTR/WTO: A Good Deal for U.S. Small Businesses in China?" Location: 428-A Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5175.

10 a.m. Finance Committee holds a hearing, "Marginal Rate Reductions: Tax Relief for All Taxpayers." Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2002 budget priorities of the Health and Human Services Department. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson testifies. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

10 a.m. Energy and Commerce environment and hazardous materials subcommittee holds a hearing, "A Smarter Partnership: Removing Barriers to Brownfields Cleanups." Christine Todd Whitman, Environmental Protection Agency administrator, testifies. Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. Resources Committee holds a hearing to receive testimony on "The Role of Public Lands in the Development of a Self-Reliant Energy Policy" and to focus on the management of federal lands as they relate to energy resources. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

10:30 a.m. Education and the Workforce Committee holds a hearing on President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" education plan. Education Secretary Rod Paige testifies. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

11 a.m. Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on President Bush's trade agenda. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick testifies. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

2 p.m. International Relations Committee holds a hearing, "Reinvigorating U.S. Foreign Policy." Secretary of State Colin Powell testifies. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

2 p.m. Science Committee holds a hearing to review the state of science and math education. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

GENERAL AGENDA

Cyber-terrorism discussion 7:30 a.m. The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce presents a discussion, "Cyber-Terrorism." The speaker is Louis J. Freeh, FBI director. Location: Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean. Contact: 703/749-0400.

Tax-credits news conference 8:30 a.m. The National Center for Policy Analysis and the American Medical Association hold a news conference to express support of tax credits for health insurance as a means to provide insurance coverage for America's 43 million uninsured. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/628-6671 or 202/789-7447.

Charity event 9 a.m. Habitat for Humanity International holds an event during which U.S. senators will build and raise the walls on two Habitat for Humanity houses near the U.S. Capitol, the first in a nationwide series of home-building projects for members of the Senate. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez participates. Location: 509 and 515 Mentor Ave., Capitol Heights. Contact: 202/628-9171, Ext. 106.

Health care symposium 9 a.m. The Federalist Society Administrative Law Practice Group holds a symposium, "Does Current Law Reduce the Availability and Quality of Health Care?" Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, delivers a keynote address at 9 a.m. on "Revisiting Hatch-Waxman: Do Government Policies Foster or Reduce Research and the Availability of Breakthrough Cures?" Location: Capitol, Room S-5. Contact: 202/822-8138.

European Union conference 9 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies hosts a conference, "Enlargement: A Priority for the European Union." The participants include Jan Eliasson, Swedish ambassador; Anna Lindh, Swedish foreign-affairs minister; and Zbigniew Brzezinski of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Carter administration secretary of state. Location: 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3186.

Velazquez news conference 9:30 a.m. Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, New York Democrat, holds a news conference to outline how, she says, small businesses will pay for President Bush's tax cuts through higher loan costs and new taxes disguised as fees. Location: Capitol, House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-2361.

Juvenile Arthritis Week briefing 10 a.m. The Arthritis Foundation holds a congressional briefing to recognize Juvenile Arthritis Week. Topics include the new National Institutes of Health Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic and the passage of the Children's Health Act of 2000. Rep. Constance A. Morella, Maryland Republican, and Stephen Katz, director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, participate. Location: Capitol, Room HC-7. Contact: 202/225-5341.

Land mines hearing 11 a.m. The House Human Rights Caucus holds a hearing on an appeal for U.S. humanitarian assistance for land-mine survivors. The participants include Reps. Tom Lantos, California Democrat, and Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican; and Queen Noor of Jordan. Location: 2200 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/662-1280 or 202/464-0007.

Ballot legislation news conference 11:15 a.m. Sen. Max Cleland, Georgia Democrat, holds a news conference to introduce legislation, "The Make Every Vote Count Act," to eliminate the punch-card ballot nationwide. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0082.

Sudan Peace Act news conference 11:30 a.m. Reps. Joseph R. Pitts, Pennsylvania Republican, Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican, and Donald M. Payne, New Jersey Democrat, hold a news conference to announce reintroduction of the Sudan Peace Act. Location: 2255 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2411.

Tax-cuts discussion noon The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, "Tax Cuts: Bigger and Faster is Better." The speaker is Rep. Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican. Location: Lehrman Auditorium, Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Climate-change briefing 2 p.m. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute holds a congressional briefing on the latest findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/662-1886.

Coin unveiling ceremony 2:45 p.m. Members of Congress, including Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, hold a ceremony to present the U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center commemorative coin. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill participates. Location: Capitol, Statuary Hall. Contact: 202/224-3135 or 202/225-0600.

Medicare Education Regulatory Fairness Act news conference 2:45 p.m. Members of Congress and Thomas Reardon, immediate past president of the American Medical Association, host a news conference on bipartisan legislation, "The Medicare Education Regulatory Fairness Act," to reform the Health Care Financing Administration and the Medicare program. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9306 or 202/789-7447.

Celebration 4 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies sponsors a celebration honoring leaders of an effort to prevent the trafficking of women and children worldwide, featuring the Protection Project Database, an Internet-driven information resource. Location: 485 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 301/972-2367.

Film presentation 7 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies presents a Korean documentary, "The Land of Iron," on land mines in Korea in conjunction with Ban Land Mines Week. Location: Kenny Auditorium, Nitze Building, SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.


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