- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 21, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS
Contraception legislation news conference 10 a.m. Rep. Constance A. Morella, Maryland Republican, holds a news conference to announce legislation to require hospitals that receive federal funds to offer information and access to emergency contraception for victims of sexual assault. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5341
Pentagon ceremony 11 a.m. Members of Congress, including Rep. Mark Foley, Florida Republican, hold a ceremony to honor the workers who are rebuilding the Pentagon. Location: Newly renovated wing of the Pentagon. Contact: 202/225-4970

PRESIDENT BUSH
Departs for Monterrey, Mexico, for a U.N. Finance for Development conference and a summit with Mexican President Vicente Fox.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on unemployment insurance claims for the week. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.
8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the Consumer Price Index for February 2002. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

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

SENATE COMMITTEES
9 a.m. Governmental Affairs Committee marks up the E-Government Act of 2001, legislation to establish the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, and the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2001, and considers the issuance of various subpoenas to employees of Enron. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-2627.
9:30 a.m. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing to examine airport-capacity expansion plans in the Chicago area. Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5115.
9:30 a.m. Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on "Reforming the FBI in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Oklahoma City Bombing Case." Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7703.
10 a.m. Appropriations transportation subcommittee holds a hearing to examine security challenges presented by the transportation of cargo. Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.
10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee holds an oversight hearing to examine accounting and investor-protection issues raised by the Enron collapse. Harvey Pitt, Securities and Exchange Commission chairman, testifies. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.
10 a.m. Finance Committee holds a hearing on "Corporate Tax Shelters: Looking Under the Roof." Location: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4515.
10 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds a hearing on "IDEA: Implementation and Enforcement." Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.
11 a.m. Appropriations labor, HHS and education subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the National Institutes of Health. Location: 192 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
9 a.m. Judiciary immigration and claims subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on "The INS and Office of Special Council for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices." Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3951.
9:30 a.m. Appropriations agriculture, rural development, FDA and related agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Food and Drug Administration. Location: 2362-A Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
9:30 a.m. Appropriations VA, HUD and independent agencies subcommittee holds a hearing on appropriations for fiscal 2003 for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Location: Capitol, Room H-143. Contact: 202/225-2771.
9:45 a.m. Appropriations labor, HHS and education subcommittee holds a hearing on fiscal 2003 appropriations for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Location: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2771.
10 a.m. Financial Services oversight and investigations subcommittee holds a hearing on "The Effects of the Global Crossing Bankruptcy on Investors, Markets, and Employees." Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.
10:30 a.m. Education and the Workforce 21st century competitiveness subcommittee holds a hearing on "Assessing the Assistive Technology Act of 1998." Location: 2175 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4527.
11 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a Special Oversight Panel on Department of Energy Reorganization hearing on the findings and recommendations of the report of the Panel to Assess the Reliability, Safety, and Security of the United States Nuclear Stockpile. Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.
1 p.m. Government Reform national security, veterans' affairs and international relations subcommittee meets to receive a briefing from the Office of Homeland Security on threat-risk assessment, counter-terrorism strategy and other security issues. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074. Note: A hearing on "Combating Terrorism: Protecting the United States" begins immediately following the meeting.
2 p.m. Resources national parks and public lands subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on the status of the Visitor Center and fund-raising efforts at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Location: 1334 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-2761.

GENERAL AGENDA
Boehlert speech 8 a.m. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics holds its 2002 Congressional Visits meeting. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, New York Republican, speaks at 8 a.m. Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 703/264-7657.
Congressional breakfast 8:30 a.m. Members of Congress and the National Science Foundation host a congressional breakfast for the recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. The speaker is Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, New York Republican. Location: B338-340 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-3665 or 703/292-5111
Border issues conference 8:30 a.m. The U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce hosts a special border issues conference on homeland security and partnership for prosperity as President Bush departs for a meeting with Mexican President Vicente Fox.
Highlights noon Alberto Gonzales, counsel to U.S. president, Senatorial Luncheon speaker
6 p.m. Reps. J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, and Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, and HUD Secretary Mel Martinez, speakers; and Joe Harper, mayor of San Luis, Ariz., and Enrique Reina, mayor of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, Bi-National Border Achievement Award recipients, Congressional Reception.
Location: Members Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 First St. SE. Contact: 703/435-0101.
Zimbabwe discussion 9 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a panel discussion on "Zimbabwe: A Post Election Assessment." Location: B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.
Open house 10 a.m. The Willard Inter-Continental Hotel presents a media open house to celebrate the 2002 National Cherry Blossom Festival by revealing its cherry blossom decor and a scenic Japanese garden in the Willard lobby. The first Japanese delegation to the United States stayed at the Willard in 1860. Location: Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/637-7309.



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