- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 16, 2001

TODAYS HEADLINERS
Health hearing 10 a.m. House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee holds hearing on "Medicare Reform: Providing Prescription Drug Coverage for Seniors," the second hearing in a series on various needs of Medicare beneficiaries for prescription drug coverage. Dan Crippen, Congressional Budget Office director, testifies. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
Vietnam briefing 2 p.m. The Congressional Human Rights Caucus and the Congressional Dialogue on Vietnam host a briefing on "Religious Persecution in Vietnam." Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3072.

PRESIDENT BUSH
9:55 a.m. Speaks on the African Growth and Opportunity Act Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, Rose Garden of the White House.
4 p.m. Meets with the Cabinet, Cabinet Room of the White House.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. Census Bureau releases a report on housing starts and building permits for April 2001. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.
8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the Consumer Price Index for April 2001. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES
11 a.m. International Trade Commission holds a meeting. Location: Room 101, 500 E St. SW. Contact: 202/205-2000.

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
9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on pending nominations, including that of Timothy Muris to be chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.
9:30 a.m. Veterans Affairs Committee holds a hearing to consider Department of Veterans Affairs nominations. Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-9126.
10 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of A. Elizabeth Jones to be assistant secretary of state for European affairs, and Stephen Brauer to be ambassador to Belgium. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.
10:15 a.m. Appropriations VA, HUD and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2002 appropriations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

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 veterans affairs, housing and urban development, and independent agencies subcommittee hearing on fiscal 2002 appropriations for the National Science Foundation. Dr. Rita Colwell, National Science Foundation director, testifies. Location: Capitol, Room H-143. Contact: 202/225-2771.
9:30 a.m. Financial Services financial institutions and consumer credit subcommittee holds a hearing, "Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Deposit Insurance Reform Proposals." Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.
10 a.m. Appropriations commerce, justice, state and judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2002 appropriations for Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration. Louis J. Freeh, FBI director, testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Appropriations labor, health and human services, and education subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2002 appropriations for the National Institutes of Health. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Resources Committee marks up pending legislation, including a bill to amend the National Trails System Act to update the feasibility and suitability studies of four national historic trails and to provide for possible additions to such trails. Location: 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.
10 a.m. Small Business Committee holds a hearing to focus on the Bush administrations proposed fiscal 2002 budget for the Small Business Administration. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.
11 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee marks up pending legislation, including a bill authorizing the use of the East Front of the Capitol Grounds for performances sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.
1:30 p.m. Appropriations District of Columbia subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2002 appropriations for management reform. Location: Capitol, Room H-140. Contact: 202/225-2771.
2 p.m. International Relations Africa subcommittee marks up a bill to facilitate famine-relief efforts and a comprehensive solution to the war in Sudan. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA
Transition-assistance conference all day The Labor Department and the Veterans Affairs Department hold a conference, "Transition Assistance: The Role of Certification."
Highlights 8:45 a.m. Rep. Jack Quinn, New York Republican, keynote welcome.
12:30 p.m. Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi.
Location: JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/693-4650 or 202/2735712.
Cancer workshop 8:30 a.m. The Institute of Medicines Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine holds a workshop, "Cancer, Genes and the Environment." Sam Donaldson, ABC-TV News, participates. Location: National Academies Building, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2138.
Seniors Coalition news conference 11:15 a.m. The Seniors Coalition holds a new conference to call for "lockbox" protection of Social Security and Medicare and to highlight Older Americans Month. Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi participates. Location: 902 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 703/239-1960.
Democratic Governors Association luncheon noon The Democratic Governors Association holds its monthly Governors Series Lunch. The speaker is Kentucky Gov. Paul E. Patton. Location: Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/488-5085.
Mercatus Center news conference 12:15 p.m. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University holds a news conference to release its second annual "Performance Report Scorecard," which asks whether or not agencies are informing the public about their activities. The participants include Sen. Fred Thompson, Tennessee Republican; Rep. Steve Horn, California Republican; and Maurice McTigue and Jerry Ellig of the Mercatus Center. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 703/993-4945.
Charter-schools forum 1 p.m. The Progressive Policy Institute presents a forum, "Charter Districts and the Future of the Charter School Movement." Location: School for Arts in Learning, 1100 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/547-0001.
Generic-drug legislation news conference 1:30 p.m. Reps. Sherrod Brown, Ohio Democrat, and Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri Republican, hold a news conference to announce introduction of the House version of the McCain-Schumer generic-drug legislation. Location: Capitol, House Triangle (Rain site: 2456 Rayburn House Office Building). Contact: 202/225-6285 or 202/225-4404.
"Walk of Fame" ceremony 4 p.m. The Kaempfer Co. hosts a ceremony marking resumption of signatures by star performers on Warner Theatres "Walk of Fame." David Copperfield, illusionist performing at Warner Theatre, participates. Location: Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 13th Street entrance. Contact: 202/775-0200.
Award reception 5:30 p.m. The Womens Freedom Network hosts its fifth annual Achievement Award Reception honoring Dorothy Rabinowitz, Pulitzer Prize winner, for writing on false sexual-abuse charges. Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.
Judges reception 6 p.m. The D.C. Bar Association presents the annual Boards of Contract Appeal Judges Reception. Location: Grand Ballroom, Westin Fairfax, 2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/626-3463.
North American Free Trade Agreement conference 6 p.m. The U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce holds a conference on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Highlight 6 p.m. Congressional reception.
Location: Capitol. Contact: 703/435-0101.


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