- The Washington Times - Friday, March 1, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Campaign-finance reform briefing 9:30 a.m. The Brookings Institution, the American Enterprise Institute and the Campaign and Media Legal Center hold a briefing, "The Future of Campaign-Finance Reform: Constitutional Challenges, Political Realities." Location: 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Amtrak briefing noon The Cato Institute presents a briefing, "What Should We Do With Amtrak?" regarding the Amtrak Reform Council recommendation to break up the federally owned passenger railroad system. Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.


PRESIDENT BUSH

Travels to Des Moines, Iowa, to promote retirement-security plans and participate in a fund-raiser for Rep. Tom Latham, Iowa Republican.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases a report on personal income and outlays for January 2002. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

10 a.m. Census Bureau releases a report on the value of new construction put in place for January 2002. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the children's health protection advisory committee. Location: Hotel Washington, 515 15th St. NW. Contact: 202/564-2188.

10 a.m. Education Department holds a meeting of the foreign medical education and accreditation national committee. Location: Plaza C, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Pentagon City, 1250 S. Hayes St., Arlington. Contact: 202/219-7009.


SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.


SENATE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


SENATE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. Governmental Affairs international security, proliferation and federal services subcommittee holds a hearing, "U.S. Policy in Iraq: Next Steps." Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.


HOUSE

Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


GENERAL AGENDA

Ashcroft speech 8 a.m. The U.S. Telecom Association holds a conference, "USTA: Building a New Future … Together." Attorney General John Ashcroft speaks at 8 a.m. Location: JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/326-7370.

Retirement-savings summit 8 a.m. The Labor Department hosts the 2002 national summit on retirement savings.

Highlights 8 a.m. Congressional breakfast.

11 a.m. Final plenary session, featuring action plans and insights for retirement-savings campaigns.

12:30 p.m. Closing remarks, Anne Combs, assistant labor secretary.

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 a.m. "Power to Youth" Campaign ceremony.

8 p.m. Former Ambassador Thomas Foley; Rulon Gardner, Olympic Gold Medal wrestler; and former Agriculture secretaries, 4-H Centennial Dinner.

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

Community reinvestment conference 9 a.m. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition presents its 2002 annual conference.

Highlights noon James Gilleran, director of the Office of Thrift Supervision, and Edward Gramlich, Federal Reserve Board governor.

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 202/628-8866.

Americas forum 9 a.m. The Greater American Business Coalition and the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce present a forum, "The Americas: Unity for Prosperity."

Highlights 9 a.m. Francisco Guillermo Flores Perez, president of El Salvador, and Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican.

12:15 p.m. Mr. Perez and Sen. George Allen, Virginia Republican; luncheon.

2 p.m. Mr. Perez and Mr. Davis hold a news conference.

Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/312-1640.

Legislative conference 9 a.m. The National Association of Counties holds its Legislative Conference 2002, "Homeland Security First Responders: Counties Secure America." Location: Washington Hilton Hotel and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/942-4293.

Law and literature symposium 9 a.m. American University's Washington College of Law presents "Legitimating Fictions: A Symposium on Law and Literature." Location: Room 101, Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/274-4000.

East Timor briefing 10 a.m. The Congressional Women's Caucus holds a news briefing on the situation in East Timor. The speaker is Filomena Barros dos Reis, East Timorese human rights activist. Location: 1539 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7924.

Voter-outreach briefing 10 a.m. U.S.A. Votenet.com holds a breakfast briefing to release its report, "A Blueprint for Effective Voter Outreach," including minorities, disabled and disengaged populations. Location: First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/331-0175.

Bank credit-tightening discussion 10 a.m. The House Small Business Committee hosts a roundtable discussion on whether bank credit-tightening impedes America's economic recovery. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.

Middle East Institute lecture noon The Middle East Institute presents "The Oasis of Peace," a lecture regarding Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, the only community in the Middle East where Jews, Palestinian Christians and Muslims live and work together as equals. The speakers are Ahmad Hijazi and Nava Sonnenschein, directors of the community's School for Peace. Location: Boardman Room, 1761 N St. NW. Contact: 202/785-1141.

Concert and discussion 1:15 p.m. Georgetown University presents a concert and discussion. Shai Wosner, an Israeli, and Saleem Aboud-Ashkar, a Palestinian, play music, and Cynthia Schneider leads a discussion. Location: McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328.

War on terrorism news conference 2 p.m. The Defense Department's George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies holds a news conference on its role in the war on terrorism. Location: USAID Briefing Room, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 646/739-7055.

Concert 8 p.m. The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" presents its 80th anniversary concert. Location: DAR Constitution Hall, 18th Street between C and D streets NW. Contact: 202/685-4646.


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