- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 24, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Enron hearings 10 a.m. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee holds hearing on the collapse of the Enron Corp. Arthur Levitt Jr., former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, testifies. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.

Ultrasound demonstration noon Concerned Women for America and the National Institute of Family and Life hold a news briefing and live ultrasound demonstration. Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/488-7000.


PRESIDENT BUSH

9 a.m. Meets with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, East Room of the White House.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

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.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

1:30 p.m. National Science Board holds a meeting of its executive committee. Location: Room 1295, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: 703/292-7000.


SENATE

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


SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on "Partners for America's Transportation Future." Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise testify. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8832.

9:45 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing to examine early-childhood learning. First lady Laura Bush testifies. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.

10 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing, "The State of the Economy." Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve System's board of governors, testifies. Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-0642.

2 p.m. Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on judicial nominations. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.


HOUSE

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


HOUSE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. Veterans' Affairs health subcommittee holds a hearing on the treatment of veterans suffering illnesses after service, focusing on preventing illnesses in personnel now serving in Afghanistan. Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3527.

9:30 a.m. Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing on the destruction of Enron-related documents by Arthur Anderson personnel. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.

10 a.m. Government Reform national security, veterans affairs and international relations subcommittee holds a hearing on Persian Gulf war veterans' illnesses. Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi testifies. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.


GENERAL AGENDA

U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting 8:30 a.m. The U.S. Conference of Mayors holds the first half of its 70th annual winter meeting, discussing homeland defense and preparedness. Location: Capital Hilton Hotel, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/861-6766 or 202/326-1768.

General Accounting Office report release 9 a.m. Members of Congress host a breakfast briefing and release of the General Accounting Office report, "A New Look through the Glass Ceiling: Where Are Women?" Martha Farnsworth Riche, former Census Bureau director, and Lorraine Bracco, star of HBO's "The Sopranos," participate. Location: B-369 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4071 or 202/225-7944.

Religious-freedom hearing 9 a.m.The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom holds a hearing, "Promoting Religious Freedom in North Korea." Location: 1302 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/523-3240, ext. 27.

Kennedy patients' bill of rights news conference 9 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Health Benefits Coalition host a briefing to discuss the proposed Kennedy patients' bill of rights in the Senate. Location: second floor, National Federation of Independent Business, 1201 F St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Campaign-finance legislation news conference 9:15 a.m. Reps. Christopher Shays, Connecticut Republican, and Martin T. Meehan, Massachusetts Democrat, hold a news conference on efforts to bring campaign-finance legislation to a vote in the House. Location: Capitol, House Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/225-5541 or 202/225-3411.

Welfare bill news conference 10 a.m. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, Maryland Democrat, holds a news conference to introduce legislation, "The Next Step in Reforming Welfare Act," reauthorizing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program. Location: Capitol, Room H-137. Contact: 410/433-8886.

Transatlantic relationship forum 10 a.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center presents a Director's Forum, "The Transatlantic Relationship and the New Global Economy." The speaker is Wolfgang Ischinger, German ambassador. Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4188.

Pickering appointment news conference 10 a.m. The liberal Alliance for Justice holds a news conference to announce formal opposition to the presidential appointment of Judge Charles Pickering, Mississippi District Court, to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals because of his civil rights and abortion-rights record. Location: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/822-6070.

Reserve Officers Association-Visa partnership news conference 10 a.m. The Reserve Officers Association and Visa U.S.A. announce their partnership to provide financial-management resources to families of U.S. Reservists and National Guardsmen deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom. Location: main lobby, 1 Constitution Ave. NE. Contact: 703/683-5004 or 202/646-7726.

Mortgage banking industry briefing 10:30 a.m. The Mortgage Bankers Association of America holds a media briefing, "The State of the Mortgage Banking Industry," including a review of the real estate industry in 2001 and forecast for 2002. Location: eighth floor, 1919 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/557-2730.

Independent Women's Forum luncheon noon The Independent Women's Forum presents a luncheon featuring MSNBC's ChrisMatthews, author of "Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/558-4991.

Report release 12:30 p.m. The Computer Systems Policy Project presents a news conference to release its report, "Building the Foundation of the Networked World: A Vision for 21st-Century Wired and Wireless Broadband." Location: First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/585-0243.

Gephardt speech 1 p.m. The Democratic Leadership Council presents a speech by Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, on "A Long-Term Agenda for American Growth and Prosperity." Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/546-0007.

Auschwitz discussion 2 p.m. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum presents a discussion, "Auschwitz: The End Phase, 1945-1946." Location: classroom A, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. Contact: 202/488-0400.

Vance funeral 2 p.m. The U.S. Army Military District of Washington holds an armed forces funeral service for Carter administration Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. Location: Section 64, Arlington National Cemetery. Contact: 202/685-4645.

Counterintelligence forum 5 p.m. American University holds a forum, "What's a Nice Gal Like You Doing in the Field of Counter-intelligence and Counterterrorism?" The participants include Amoretta Hoeber of AMH Counseling and Caroline Barnes of the Energy Department. Location: American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/885-5950.

War on terrorism coverage discussion 6 p.m. Georgetown University presents a panel discussion on media coverage of the war on terrorism. Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328.

World Affairs Council dinner 7:30 p.m. The World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C., holds its annual dinner, featuring Deputy Treasury Secretary Kenneth Dam, who will discuss "The Global Economy After the Attacks." Location: Willard Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/293-1051.

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