- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2002

OxyContin discussion 10:30 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research presents a health-policy discussion, "The OxyContin 'Crisis' Who's to Blame?" Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.
Independent Women's Forum news conference 10 a.m. The Independent Women's Forum (IWF) holds a news conference to announce results of an IWF College Poll, showing students are enthusiastic about President Bush, feel significantly changed by September 11 events, and pray, volunteer and study more. Location: Lisagor Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/990-2281 or 703/558-4991.

2:30 p.m. Hosts a White House program for the National Council of State Legislators, White House.
5:30 p.m.
Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Oval Office of the White House.

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.

8:30 a.m. National Science Foundation holds a meeting of the Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering Committee. Location: Room 1235, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: 703/292-8741.

9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing to examine the conduct of Operation Enduring Freedom. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.
10 a.m.
Budget Committee holds a hearing on the president's fiscal 2003 budget and revenue proposals. Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill testifies. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.
10 a.m.
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on "Protecting America's Pensions: Lessons from the Enron Debacle." Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao and former Enron employees testify. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.
10:15 a.m.
Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing to examine the future of the war against terrorism. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.
10:30 a.m.
Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on legislation to establish the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

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

9:30 a.m. Government Reform Committee, national security, veterans affairs and international relations subcommittee hearing, "Can the DOD Procurement Process be Standardized?" Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.
10 a.m.
Education and the Workforce Committee holds a hearing on the Enron collapse and its implications for the retirement security of America's workers. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.
10 a.m.
Transportation and Infrastructure, highways and transit subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on "Building Success: Administration Perspectives on Current Issues Affecting Reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21)." Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.
10 a.m.
Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing on President Bush's trade agenda for 2002. U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick testifies. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.
10 a.m.
Judiciary constitution subcommittee marks up the "Child Custody Protection Act." Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.

Science industry round table 8 a.m. The U.S.-Ireland Business Summit presents a "Biotechnology/ Life Sciences Industry Roundtable." Location: Secretary's Conference Room, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/414-0786.
Congo discussion 9 a.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) presents a discussion on "The Humanitarian Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo." Location: Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.
Amtrak Reform Council meeting 9:30 a.m. The Amtrak Reform Council holds a special public meeting to discuss options and its final recommendation for restructuring. A news conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Location: Ballroom, Phoenix Park Hotel, 580 N. Capitol St. NW. Contact: 202/366-0591.
Americans for Alaska news conference 10 a.m. Americans for Alaska releases a letter calling on the Senate to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge while setting a true energy security course. Location: Capitol, Room EF-100. Contact: 202/822-5200, Ext. 233.
Honor cordon 11:15 a.m. The Defense Department welcomes Israeli Minister of Defense Binyamin Ben-Eliezer to the Pentagon. Location: Pentagon River Entrance. Contact: 703/695-0169.
Ridge speech 12:30 p.m. Tom Ridge, director of the Office of Homeland Security, addresses a National Press Club Newsmaker luncheon. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.
Organization of American States news conference 4 p.m. The Organization of American States hosts "The United States and the Hemisphere in 2002." Location: Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. Contact: 202/458-6824.
Taping 6:30 p.m. Liechten-stein Creative Media and public radio stations WNYC/New York and WAMU 88.5/Washington, D.C., tape a two-hour live audience town hall meeting, "State of Mind: America 2002" for "The Infinite Mind" radio show. Dr. David Satcher, surgeon general, and Tipper Gore, honorary chairman of the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign, participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 212/765-6600.
Cyprus discussion 7 p.m. The Hellenic American Women's Council presents a reception and discussion on "Cyprus: New Hopes, New Prospects." Androula Vassiliou, member of parliament and former first lady of Cyprus, participates. Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/464-0400 or 703/893-9437.

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