- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 13, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS
Drugs and terrorism hearing 10 a.m. The Senate Judiciary technology, terrorism and government information subcommittee holds a hearing, "Narco-Terror: The Worldwide Connection Between Drugs and Terrorism." Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson, administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, testifies. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.
Corporate accountability hearing 10 a.m. The House Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on the Corporate and Auditing Accountability, Responsibility and Transparency Act of 2002. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

PRESIDENT BUSH
Meets with Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern and attends the annual Speaker's Irish Luncheon, Capitol, Room H-208.

VICE PRESIDENT
Continues his visit to the Middle East.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. Census Bureau releases a report on advance monthly sales for retail and food services for February 2002. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

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

SENATE COMMITTEES
9:30 a.m. Appropriations VA, HUD, and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Housing and Urban Development Department. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez testifies. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
9:30 a.m. Armed Services personnel subcommittee holds a hearing on proposed legislation authorizing funds for fiscal 2003 for the health program of the Defense Department. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.
10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs housing and transportation subcommittee holds a hearing on the challenges facing transit and the reauthorization of TEA-21. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta testifies. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.
10:30 a.m. Appropriations commerce, justice, state and the judiciary subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Commerce Department. Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans testifies. Location: 116 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
5 p.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Robert Finn to be ambassador to Afghanistan. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3953.

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES
10 a.m. Appropriations transportation and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on appropriations for fiscal 2003 for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Jane Garvey, FAA administrator, testifies. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the fiscal 2003 budget request for the Energy Department. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham testifies. Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.
10 a.m. Budget Committee marks up of the fiscal 2002 budget resolution, "Securing America's Future." Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.
10 a.m. Government Reform government efficiency, financial management and intergovernmental relations subcommittee holds a hearing on "The Use and Abuse of Government Purchase Cards." Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.
10:15 a.m. Energy and Commerce health subcommittee holds a hearing on "The 2003 Budget: A Review of the HHS Health Care Priorities." Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson testifies. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
1:30 p.m. Ways and Means Committee marks up the Employee Retirement Savings Bill of Rights and the committee's views and estimates letter to the House Budget Committee. Location: 1100 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3625.
2 p.m. Appropriations commerce, justice, state, the judiciary and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Small Business Administration. Hector Barreto, SBA administrator, testifies. Location: Capitol, Room H-309. Contact: 202/225-2771.
2 p.m. Appropriations Treasury, postal service and general government subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the U.S. Postal Service. Postmaster General John Potter testifies. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
2 p.m. Transportation and Infrastructure Coast Guard and maritime transportation subcommittee holds a hearing on port security and shipping containers. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.
3 p.m. Education and the Workforce employer-employee relations subcommittee holds a hearing on "Assessing Mental Health Parity: Implications for Patients and Employers." Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.
4 p.m. House-Senate Conference Committee meets on the farm bill. Location: Capitol, Room HC-5. Contact: 202/225-2171.

GENERAL AGENDA
American Legion conference all day The American Legion holds its 42nd annual Washington conference.
Highlights 8 a.m. New conference to release results of a national poll on the proposed Flag Protection Amendment.
12:15 p.m. National Commander's Luncheon
Location: Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/263-2982.
Drug treatment litigation briefing 9 a.m. The Washington Legal Foundation presents "Drug Treatment and Pricing Litigation: Will It Help or Hinder Health Care?" Location: M.J. Murdock Center for Free Enterprise, 2009 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/588-0302.
Rape kit bill news conference 10 a.m. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat, holds a news conference to introduce legislation, "The Rape Kit DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act." Location: 2456 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5635.
ProEnglish news conference 10 a.m. ProEnglish holds a news conference to discuss plans to file a suit against President Bush, Attorney General John Ashcroft and Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson to overturn Executive Order 13166, signed by President Clinton, to create a "civil right" to oral interpreter and translation services in any of the 176 languages spoken in the United States. Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/816-8821.
New York's fiscal future discussion noon The National Press Club holds a Newsmaker news conference on "New York's Fiscal Future." The speaker is New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7516. Note: Members and credentialed media only, please.
U.S.-Iran relations conference 1 p.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce presents a conference, "U.S.-Iran Relations: Is Confrontation Necessary?" Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.
Colorectal cancer awareness event 2 p.m. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson participates in a colorectal cancer awareness event. Location: 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/690-6343.
Kennedy tribute news conference 2:45 p.m. Bertie Ahern, prime minister of Ireland, participates in a news conference to announce a national tribute by the Irish government to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, HELP Committee chairman, in honor of his 70th birthday and in recognition of his longstanding commitment to Ireland and Irish affairs. Location: Capitol, Room S-211. Contact: 202/224-2633.
Reception 5 p.m. The Congressional Black Caucus hosts a reception to announce Oracle's grant to the United Negro College Fund for education and technology. Location: B-369 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 650/633-8927 or 703/205-3454.
Awards gala - 6 p.m. - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) holds the fifth annual LULAC Legislative Awards Gala. The awards honor Secretary of State Colin L. Powell; Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat; and Rep. Silvestre Reyes, Texas Democrat. Location: JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/833-6130.
Cold War history discussion 6 p.m. The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs presents a discussion on Cold War history. The speaker is John Lewis Gaddis, Welling visiting professor and Cold War expert. Location: Marvin Center Amphitheater, third floor, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. Contact: 202/994-6460.
Reception 6:30 p.m. The U.S.-ASEAN Business Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hold a reception to start the U.S. Singapore Free Trade Coalition. George Yeo, Singaporean minister of foreign trade, participates. Location: Crystal Room, Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/289-1911, Ext. 232.
American Ireland Fund gala 7 p.m. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson attends an American Ireland Fund gala. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/690-6343.



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