- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 6, 2001

TODAY'S HEADLINERS
The budget and economic outlook — 9:30 a.m. — The Budget Committee holds a hearing to consider the Office of Management and Budget's Mid-Session Review and the Budget and Economic Outlook. Mitch Daniels, director of the Office of Management and Budget, testifies. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.
Small-business scorecard — 9 a.m. — Members of Congress host a news conference to release a report, "Scorecard II: How Federal Agencies Continue to Fail America's Small Businesses." Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-2361.

PRESIDENT BUSH
12:55 p.m. — Departs with Mexican President Vicente Fox for Toledo, Ohio, where they visit the University of Toledo, Savage Hall, and the Arturo Gonzalez Community and Family Resource Center.
8 p.m. — Attends a dinner in his honor hosted by Mr. Fox, Blair House.

VICE PRESIDENT
Noon — Meets with Mexican President Vicente Fox, Capitol, Vice President's Office.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on unemployment insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

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

SENATE COMMITTEES
9:30 a.m. — Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Brian Jones for general counsel to the Education Department. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.
2:30 p.m. — Commerce, Science and Transportation, science, technology, and space subcommittee holds a hearing on space shuttle safety. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

HOUSE
Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business and at 11 a.m. in a joint meeting with the Senate to receive Mexican President Vicente Fox. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES
9:30 a.m. — Science, research subcommittee holds a hearing on "NSF's Major Research Facilities: Planning and Management Issues." Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.
10 a.m. — Financial Services, financial institutions and consumer credit subcommittee marks up the Consumer Rental Purchase Agreement Act. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.
10 a.m. — Judiciary, constitution subcommittee holds a hearing on the Child Custody Protection Act. Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.
10 a.m. — Small Business Committee holds a hearing on procurement policies of the Defense Department with regard to small businesses. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.
10 a.m. — Transportation and Infrastructure, economic development, public buildings, and emergency management subcommittee holds a hearing on the Federal Protective Service Reform Act. Location: 2253 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.
2 p.m. — Education and the Workforce, employer-employee relations subcommittee holds a hearing on "Genetic Non-Discrimination: Implications for Employer Provided Health Care Plans." Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.

GENERAL AGENDA
Workshop — 8:30 a.m. — The Institute of Medicine hosts a Committee on Understanding and Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care workshop on "Race: The Medical Marketplace and Health Care Disparities." Dr. David Satcher, surgeon general, delivers opening remarks. Location: National Academies Building, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-1755.
Health benefits survey release — 8:45 a.m. — The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust hold a media briefing to release "2001 Annual Employer Health Benefits Survey," regarding health insurance coverage and costs. Location: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/347-5270.
House Policy Committee meeting — 9 a.m. — The House Policy Committee holds a closed executive session meeting. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton attends. Location: Capitol, Room H-122. Contact: 202/225-6168.
Internet and diplomacy conference — 9 a.m. — The State Department hosts NetDiplomacy 2001: Conference on the Internet and Diplomacy, on conducting foreign affairs in the Internet age. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell speaks at 10:45 a.m. Location: Loy Henderson Conference Room, State Department, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-6607.
Interfaith Alliance Foundation news conference — 9 a.m. — The Interfaith Alliance Foundation holds a news conference to release results of its nationwide poll showing that religious conservatives reject the notion that political campaign finance reforms would violate Constitutional freedom of speech. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/822-5200 or 202/639-6370.
Internal Revenue Service news conference — 9:30 a.m. — The Internal Revenue Service holds a news conference to announce its newest Electronic Federal Tax Payment System option, EFTPS-Online, the first Internet-based tax payment system. Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 312/970-5805.
Heritage Forests Campaign news conference — 10 a.m. — The Heritage Forests Campaign holds a news conference to call upon President Bush to protect national forests from logging, mining and drilling by implementing the Roadless Area Conservation Rule. Location: Capitol, adjacent to Senate Swamp. Contact: 202/887-1342 or 202/487-7465.
Managed care report news conference — 10 a.m. — The National Committee for Quality Assurance holds a news conference to introduce its fifth annual "State of Managed Care Quality" report. Location: Rotunda, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/955-3509.
Exhibit preview — 10 a.m. — The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery hosts a media open house for its exhibit, "The Cave as Canvas: Hidden Images of Worship along the Silk Road," which opens Sunday. Location: 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/357-4880, Ext. 319.
Signing ceremony — 10 a.m. — The Inter-American Development Bank hosts a signing ceremony for two loans totaling $1.05 billion for housing and agriculture mortgages and small farmers' assistance through Mexico's Procampo program. Mexican President Vicente Fox and Enrique Iglesias, Inter-American Development Bank president, participate. Location: 1300 New York Ave. NW. Contact: 202/623-1374.
China discussion — 10 a.m. — The Washington Roundtable for the Asia-Pacific Press sponsors a panel discussion on "China: Economic Implosion Ahead?" Location: The Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/608-6145.
Drug abuse treatment news conference — 10:30 a.m. — The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment holds a news conference on a research white paper, "1993-2000 Residential Treatment Programs for Pregnant and Parenting Women." Location: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/443-5052.
Fox speech — 11 a.m. — Mexican President Vicente Fox addresses a joint session of Congress. Location: Capitol, House Chamber. Contact: 202/225-5214.
Walters news conference — noon — The Coalition for Compassionate Leadership on Drug Policy holds a news conference to release a report on John Walters, President Bush's drug czar nominee. Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/537-0353.
Protest — noon — The Independent Women's Action Project holds a protest of the National Organization for Women's setting up the Andrea Yates Legal Defense Fund. Andrea Yates is the Houston mother who admitted drowning all her five children. Location: In front of NOW headquarters, 733 15 St. NW. Contact: 202/861-5677.
Brazelton speech — 12:30 p.m. — Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Brazelton Institute for Child Development, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon, discussing "Second Chances: Supporting Parents and Children in the Pre-School Years." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.
Campaign finance legislation news conference — 3 p.m. — Members of Congress hold a news conference to discuss the future of campaign finance legislation in the House. Location: Capitol, House Triangle. Contact: 202/225-5541 or 202/225-3411.
Fairness discussion — 5 p.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion on "The Fairness Menace." Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-7171.
Reception — 5:30 p.m. — The Progressive Majority holds a reception and private dinner to introduce it as an independent political organization to elect federal and state progressive officials. Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, Hollywood actors, participate. Location: Madison Hotel, 15th and M streets NW. Contact: 202/408-8603.
Awards banquet — 6 p.m. — The Natural Resources Council of America holds its 17th Annual Conservation Community Awards Banquet. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/333-0411.


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