- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 12, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS
Terrorism hearing 10 a.m. House Government Reform national security, veterans affairs, and international relations subcommittee holds an oversight hearing to examine the progress made since September 11 to protect the United States from terrorist attacks. Witnesses include Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating; Paul Bremer, National Commission on Terrorism chairman; and Edwin Meese, former attorney general. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.
Cloning hearing 2 p.m. Senate Appropriations labor, HHS and education subcommittee holds a hearing on "Prohibiting Human Reproductive Cloning and Saving Medical Research." Actor Kevin Kline testifies. Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

PRESIDENT BUSH
Meets with President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan and attends a fund-raiser for Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican.

VICE PRESIDENT
Travels to Jordan to begin a 10-day visit to the Middle East.

FEDERAL AGENCIES
9 a.m. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service holds a meeting of the National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial Commission. Location: American Geophysical Union Building, 2000 Florida Ave. NW. Contact: 703/358-2035.

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

SENATE COMMITTEES
10 a.m. Appropriations commerce, justice, state and the judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the State Department. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell testifies. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
10 a.m. Finance Committee holds a hearing, "Welfare Reform: What Have We Learned?" Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson testifies. Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.
10 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions public health subcommittee holds a hearing, "The Crisis of the Uninsured." Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.
10:30 a.m. Governmental Affairs Committee marks up the nominations of Jeanette Clark, to be an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and Louis Kincannon, to be director of the Census. Location: Capitol, Room S-211. Contact: 202/224-2627.
2:30 p.m. Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on the proposed First Responder Initiative in the president's fiscal 2003 budget. Joe Allbaugh, Federal Emergency Management Agency director, testifies. Location: 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-8832.

HOUSE
Meets at 12:30 p.m. for morning hour and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES
9:30 a.m. Appropriations VA, HUD and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on appropriations for fiscal 2003 for the Environmental Protection Agency. Christine Todd Whitman, EPA administrator, testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
2 p.m. Education and the Workforce 21st century competitiveness subcommittee holds a hearing, "Welfare to Work: Ties Between TANF and Work Force Development." Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.
2:30 p.m. Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing to examine the president's plan to build on welfare reform. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson testifies. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.

GENERAL AGENDA
American Legion all day The American Legion holds its 42nd annual Washington conference.
Highlights 9:15 a.m. Gen. Richard Myers, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman.
10 a.m. VA Secretary Anthony J. Principi
11:30 a.m. Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman, New York Republican, the American Legion Distinguished Public Service Award.
Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/263-2982.
Bankers conference all day The Mortgage Bankers Association of America holds its Washington leadership conference, "Build the Future."
Highlights 9 a.m. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez, opening plenary session, "Housing Policy in the New Millennium," National Housing Summit, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
Noon News conference to make consumer protections and predatory lending announcements.
1 p.m. New Orleans Mayor Marc Moriel, U.S. Conference of Mayors president, luncheon keynote speaker.
Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/557-2791.
Aviation-forecast conference 8 a.m. Airports Council International - North America and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) present the 27th annual FAA Commercial Aviation Forecast Conference, "Planning for the Future in an Uncertain Environment."
Highlights 8:10 a.m. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Jane Garvey, Federal Aviation Administration administrator.
Location: Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/293-8500.
Foreign-policy lecture 8:30 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies presents a lecture, "U.S. Foreign Policy in the Western Hemisphere," by Otto Reich, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs. Location: Crystal Ballroom, Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.
Education rally 10 a.m. The U.S. Student Association holds its 33rd National Student Lobby Day "Education Makes Cents" rally for welfare and education programs. Location: Capitol, Upper Senate Park, North Side. Contact: 202/347-8772.
Unemployment-insurance report news conference 11 a.m. The AFL-CIO hosts a news conference on a report, "Failing the Unemployed: A State-by-State Evaluation of Unemployment Insurance Systems," prepared by the National Employment Law Project, the Economic Policy Institute and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Location: George Meany Room, 815 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/775-8810.
Securities fraud news conference 11:30 a.m. Sens. Thomas Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, and Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, holds a news conference on securities fraud and reform. Location: Capitol, Senate Radio/TV Gallery. Contact: 202/224-5556.
Republican budget news conference noon The House Republican Conference holds a news conference on the Republican budget. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9000.
Girl Scouts award ceremony 6 p.m. Girl Scouts of the USA holds a ceremony to award the first-ever Juliette Award (named after founder Juliette Gordon Low). The keynote speaker is first lady Laura Bush. Location: 401 F St. NW. Contact: 202/745-2118.
Hearing 6 p.m. The Commission on Black Men and Boys holds its second public hearing on education and employment issues and community-based strategies for addressing these issues. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, District Democrat, and Darrell Green, Washington Redskins defensive back and founder of the Youth Life Foundation, participate. Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Ninth and G streets NW. Contact: 202/225-8050.
Faith and public choices discussion 7 p.m. The Washington National Cathedral hosts a panel discussion, "Personal Faith and Public Choices: Revisiting September 11." Location: Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Contact: 202/537-6248.



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