- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 14, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS
Pickering markup 2 p.m. The Senate Judiciary Committee marks up the nomination of Charles W. Pickering to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.
Clinton pardon report markup 10 a.m. The Government Reform Committee marks up the pardon report, "Justice Undone: Clemency Decisions in the Clinton White House." Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

PRESIDENT BUSH
5:25 p.m. Meets with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, Oval Office of the White House.

VICE PRESIDENT
Continues his visit to the Middle East.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. Census Bureau releases a report on manufacturing and trade: inventories and sales for January 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. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on proposed legislation authorizing funds for fiscal 2003 for the Defense Department, focusing on the atomic energy defense activities of the Energy Department. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham testifies. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.
9:30 a.m. Special Committee on Aging holds a hearing on "The Economic Downturn and Its Impact on Seniors: Stretching Limited Dollars in Medicaid, Heath, and Senior Services." Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5364.
10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing to examine audit quality and accounting principles in the wake of the Enron collapse. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.
2 p.m. Appropriations Treasury and general government subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Treasury Department. Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill testifies. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
2 p.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on "The Future of American Steel: Ensuring the Viability of the Industry and the Health Care and Retirement Security for Workers." Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.
2:30 p.m. Appropriations labor, HHS, and education subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Education Department. Education Secretary Rod Paige testifies. Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES
10 a.m. Appropriations Treasury, postal service and general government subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Office of Management and Budget. Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Education and the Workforce Committee holds a hearing on "Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers." First lady Laura Bush testifies. Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.
10 a.m. Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing to examine the financial collapse of Enron. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2927.
10 a.m. Resources fisheries conservation, wildlife and oceans subcommittee, forests and forest health subcommittee, and national parks, recreation and public lands subcommittee hold a joint hearing on legislation to protect conserve and restore native fish, wildlife and their natural habitats on federal lands through grants to control, mitigate and eradicate harmful non-native species. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton and Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman testify. Location: 1334 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.
10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure aviation subcommittee and railroads subcommittee hold a joint hearing on reauthorization of the National Transportation Safety Board. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.
11 a.m. International Relations Committee holds a hearing on the Afghanistan Freedom Support Act of 2002. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

GENERAL AGENDA
AIDS meeting all day The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS holds its 19th PACHA meeting. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson holds a briefing at 9:45 a.m. Location: Truman Room, White House Conference Center, 726 Jackson Place NW. Contact: 202/260-8863.
Dining Out for Life all day Washington area restaurants and restaurant goers come to gether during lunch and dinner for the sixth annual Dining Out for Life, an event raising thousands of dollars for people living with AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses. Location: For a list of participating restaurants call 202/582-DINE. Contact: 202/887-0500, Ext. 20.
NATO discussion 9 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion on "NATO and the Baltic States." The defense ministers of Estonia and the republics of Latvia and Lithuania participate. Location: B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.
Bush trips briefing 9 a.m. The Cato Institute presents a media breakfast briefing on President Bush's upcoming trips March 18-22 to Mexico, and March 22-24 to Peru and El Salvador. Ted Galen Carpenter, Brink Lindsey and Ian Vasquez, Cato scholars, participate. Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.
Drug abuse survey briefing 9:30 a.m. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment holds a media briefing on a "National Household Survey on Drug Abuse" and to discuss dangers of inhalant use and treatment provided by federal agencies. John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, participates. Location: First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/443-3740.
Access to Cancer Therapies Act news conference 9:30 a.m. The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship holds a news conference prior to a congressional hearing to support immediate congressional approval of the Access to Cancer Therapies Act to provide access to the most up-to-date cancer drugs available. Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/974-5083 or 301/562-2767.
Renewable energy technologies discussion 10 a.m. The National Press Club hosts a Morning Newsmaker news conference featuring a discussion on employing renewable energy technologies solar, wind and biomass that can contribute significantly to the nation's energy security. The speaker is Vice Adm. Richard Truly, National Renewable Energy Laboratory director. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.
Book forum noon The Cato Institute presents a book forum on "Ten Myths About School Choice: Answering the Campaign against School Vouchers" co-authored by Kaleem Caire, Black Alliance for Educational Options. Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.
Gene patenting bills news conference 1:30 p.m. House Science Committee Democrats host a news conference on the introduction of two bills aimed at controlling negative effects of human gene patenting. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6375 or 202/225-6261.
Film presentation 6 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) presents the premiere screening and discussion on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation film "The Hospital at the End of the Earth." The event is part of the 2002 Environmental Film Festival in the nation's capital. Location: Auditorium, Rome Building, SAIS, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.
Hiking lecture 7:30 p.m. Georgetown University presents a lecture, "Walking the Dream," by Ellen Wolfe, the first woman to hike the entire 2,160-mile Appalachian Trial. Location: Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328.
Radical religion discussion 8 p.m. The Georgetown University Woodstock Theological Center presents a discussion titled "Being Radically Religious in Public Life." Location: Bunn Intercultural Center Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact: 202/687-4328.


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