- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Immigrant benefits forum 9:30 a.m. The Brookings Institution presents a forum, "Should Legal Immigrants Receive Public Benefits?" Location: 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Lawsuits discussion 11:45 a.m. The Federalist Society and its Litigation Practice Group present a panel discussion, "Government by Litigation: Are Class Actions Subverting the Political Process?" Location: Private Dining Rooms 3-4, Capitol Hill Club, 300 First St. SE. Contact: 202/822-8138.


PRESIDENT BUSH

1 p.m. Delivers the keynote address at the 2002 National Summit on Retirement Savings, Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases its report on the gross domestic product for the fourth quarter 2001 (preliminary estimate). Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its 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. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on "Protecting Content in a Digital Age: Promoting Broadband and the Digital Television Transition." Michael Eisner, chairman/CEO of the Walt Disney Co., testifies. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.

10 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing on the president's fiscal 2003 defense request. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

10 a.m. Judiciary Committee marks up pending legislation and the nomination of Judge Charles W. Pickering to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.

2:30 p.m. Appropriations labor, HHS, and education subcommittee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's public health subcommittee hold a joint hearing on mammography. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

2:30 p.m. Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Louis Kincannon to be director of the Census Bureau. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.


HOUSE

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


HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2003 National Defense Authorization budget request. Army Secretary Thomas White testifies. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.

9:30 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure highways and transit subcommittee hold a hearing on "Perspectives of Governors and Local Elected Officials on Reauthorization of TEA 21." Kentucky Gov. Paul E. Patton testifies. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

9:30 a.m. Ways and Means health subcommittee holds a hearing on the Medicare administrative pricing formula for physicians. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

10 a.m. Appropriations energy and water development subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Bureau of Reclamation. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton testifies. Location: 2362-B Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

10 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2003 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 health subcommittee holds a hearing on "The Uninsured and Affordable Health Care Coverage." Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on "Quickening the Pace of Research in Protecting Against Anthrax and Other Biological Terrorist Agents: A Look at Toxin Interference." Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

1 p.m. Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on the state of the international financial system and IMF reform. Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill testifies. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

2 p.m. Appropriations commerce, justice, state, and judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the attorney general. Attorney General John Ashcroft testifies. Location: 2358-A Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

2 p.m. Appropriations treasury, postal service and general agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Internal Revenue Service. Charles Rossotti, IRS commissioner, testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.

3 p.m. Judiciary immigration and claims subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on "The Implications of Transnational Terrorism for the Visa Waiver Program." Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.


GENERAL AGENDA

Retirement savings summit all day The Labor Department hosts the 2002 National Summit on Retirement Savings.

Highlights 9:25 a.m. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao, opening remarks.

12:40 p.m. Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve Board chairman, luncheon speaker, "Importance of Retirement Savings."

1 p.m. President Bush, keynote address.

7 p.m. Neil Howe and William Strauss, generational specialists, dinner speakers, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE.

Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/693-4676.

4-H summit 8 a.m. The National 4-H Council presents its 4-H Centennial, "National Conversation on Youth Development in the 21st Century," a summit of 1,000 youths and adults discussing ways to improve urban, suburban and rural communities nationwide.

Highlights 8 p.m. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman, Congressional Dinner, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW.

Location: Crystal City Hyatt Hotel, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/326-1745.

Politics and organized crime briefing 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing on "'Clean Hands:' What Can Italy Teach the Post-Soviet World About Dealing With Politics and Organized Crime?" The speaker is Paolo Ielo, deputy prosecutor, Penal Court of Milan. Location: Fourth Floor Conference Room, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Cholesterol screening 9 a.m. The American Heart Association presents a congressional cholesterol screening. Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, participates. Location: Foyer, Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3561.

Terrorism forum 9 a.m. The National Research Council holds a forum on "Lessons from Natural Disasters to Help Counter Terrorism." The participants include: Eric Noji, White House Office of Homeland Security, and John Hansen, former assistant fire chief of Oklahoma City. Location: Lecture Room, National Academies Building, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2138.

Microsoft settlement briefing 9:15 a.m. The Washington Legal Foundation presents a media nosh, "Microsoft Endgame: Judging the Settlement and States' Objections." Location: M.J. Murdock Center for Free Enterprise, 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.

Fishing practices briefing 10 a.m. Oceana and the American Oceans Campaign hold a briefing and teleconference on a formal legal petition with the National Marine Fisheries Service to compel NMFS to stop wasteful fishing practices and release an Oceana report, "Oceans at Risk: Wasted Catch and the Destruction of Ocean Life." Location: Suite 300, 2501 M St. NW. Contact: 202/478-6130.

Franken speech 12:30 p.m. Al Franken, comedian and author, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon, discussing "Predatory Lending." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

Homeland security discussions 12:30 p.m. The Council for Excellence in Government presents two discussions on Homeland Security.

Highlights 1 p.m. Tom Ridge, director of the Office of Homeland Security, luncheon speaker, "The Role of E-Government in Achieving Homeland Security."

2 p.m. "Roundtable Discussion for Journalists: Covering Homeland Security."

Location: Willard Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/530-3223.

Woman's National Democratic Club luncheon 12:30 p.m. The Woman's National Democratic Club presents a discussion on the book, "The Mobilization of Shame: A Global View of Human Rights." The speaker is Rev. Robert Drinan, Georgetown University Law Center professor, former Democratic congressman from Massachusetts and author. Location: 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 202/232-7363.

Rally 1 p.m. Stand Up for Steel holds a rally to urge President Bush to impose 40 percent tariffs on foreign steel. Location: The Ellipse, Constituion Avenue NW, between 15th and 17th streets NW, across from the White House. Contact: 202/337-0808.

Afghanistan seminar 1 p.m. The Global Health Council, Management Sciences for Health, the Pan American Health Organization and the World Bank hold a seminar on "The Long Haul: Rebuilding Afghanistan's Health Infrastructure." Location: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/248-1614.


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