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Today's Events In Washington

on 2/15/01.

White House:

PRESIDENT BUSH - Signing of the Joint Resolution commemorating Ronald Reagan 's 90th Birthday, Oval Office, White House; delivers remarks to State Department employees; attends swearing-in of junior State Department officers; meets with members of Congress. Cabinet Room, White House. VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY - Addresses the 28th Annual CPAC Dinner. US Senate: Meets at 10 a.m. BUDGET _ 10 a.m. Hearing on Medicare reform and prescription drugs. Kathy Means, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Patton Boggs, LLP; Dr. Marilyn Moon, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute; others. 608, Dirksen. HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND PENSIONS _ 9:30 a.m. Hearing on President Bush's education proposal. Rod Paige, Secretary of Education. 430, Dirksen. JUDICIARY _ 10 a.m. Mark up pending legislation. Bankruptcy Reform Legislation. 226, Dirksen. US House: Not in session. AGRICULTURE _ 9:30 a.m. Hearing on cotton commodity program. Robert McLendon, Chairman, National Cotton Council. 1300, Longworth. ENERGY AND COMMERCE _ 10 a.m. Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee. Heranig on electricity deregulation and California energy crisis. 2322, Rayburn. ENERGY AND COMMERCE _ 10 a.m. Health Subcommittee. Hearing on prescription drug benefit for seniors. 2123, Rayburn. JUDICIARY _ 10 a.m. Full Committee. Continue mark up of H.R. 333 - Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act; H.R. 256 - to extend for 11 additional months the period for which chapter 12 of title 11 of the United States Code is reenacted. 2141, Rayburn. Other: AARP CONFERENCE _ All Day. AARP holds its Legislative and Public Policy conference. Highlights: 8:30 a.m. Chairman Gail Wilensky of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. 10:15 a.m. Dallas Salisbury of the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Location: Hyatt Recency Hotel, 400 News Jersey Ave. NW. CONSERVATIVES _ All Day. The 28th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference takes place, Feb. 15-17.
Highlights: 10:30 a.m. News conference with ACU President David Keane. 11 a.m. David Keene, American Conservative Union. 11:05 a.m. Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore. 11:35 a.m. Presentation of Defense of the Constitution Award to Gov. Gilmore. 11:45 a.m. Panel on ''The Case for Optimism: A Conservative Analysis of Election 2000,'' with Frank Donatelli, Young America's Foundation; Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard; Chuck Cunningham, NRA-ILA; John Gizzi, Human Events. 12:35 p.m. Panel on ''How Bush Can Fight the PR Assault From the Left,'' with Marc Rotterman, John Locke Foundation; David Horowitz, Center for the Study of Popular Culture; Ann Coulter, author, columnist; Terry Jeffrey, Human Events. 1:25 p.m. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas; introduction by Richard Norman, Richard Norman Co. 1:55 p.m. Presentation of the Conservative Journalism Award by Wesley Pruden, Washington Times. 2:10 p.m. Panel on ''Republican Control of the Government,'' with Donald Devine, ACU; Steve Moore, Club for Growth; Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, The Polling Co.; Peter Roff, UPI. 3 p.m. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. 3:30 p.m. News conference with South African Prime Minister M. G.Buthelezi. Mount Vernon Room. 3:30 p.m. Panel on ''De-Funding the Left,'' with Morton Blackwell, Leadership Institute; Terry Scanlon, Capital Research Center; Stefan Gleason, National Right to Work Foundation; Paul Beckner, Citizens for a Sound
Economy. 4:10 p.m. Panel on ''China, Russia and U.S. National Security,'' with Bill Gertz, Washington Times; Sen. Fred Thompson, R- Tenn.; Rep. Chris Cox, R-Calif. 5:10 p.m. Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C.; introduction by Rep. Walter Jones, Jr., R-N.C. 7:30 p.m. Presidential Banquet, with Charlton Heston, presentation of the Charlton Heston Award for Courage Under Fire; presentation of the John Ashbrook Award to Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft by Marv Krinsky. Keynote speaker - Vice President Cheney at 7:45 p.m. (NOTE: All media must be at the Arlington Ballroom by 6 p.m.) Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also is scheduled to speak. Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Va. DEFENSE REFORM _ All Day. Conclusion of the Defense Reform 2001 conference, sponsored bythe American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Highlights: 9:30 a.m. Panel discussion on the financial health of the defense industry in 2001. 10:45 a.m. Panel discussion on military requirements for defense and budget allocation for defense procurement. Noon. Luncheon speaker - Rep. Heather Wilson. 1:30 p.m. Panel discussion on the global marketplace. 3 p.m. Panel discussion on defense reform recommendations.
Location: Reagan Trade Center. GERMANY-U.S. _ 9 a.m. National Press Club Newsmaker panel discussion on U.S.-German issues, with former U.S. Ambassador Robert Hunter, Helmut Sonnenfeldt of Brookings Institution, Ronald Asmus of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Steven Muller and Jackson Janes of Johns Hopkins University. Location: National Press Club. BUSH-TAXES _ 10 a.m. Citizens for Tax Justice and U.S. Action hold a news conference to release a report on the Bush tax plan, which they say would reward the nation's wealthiest residents. Location: National Press Club. TREASURY-O'NEILL _ 10 a.m. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill holds a pre-G7 press conference. Location: Treasury Department, Diplomatic Reception Room 3311, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. DEMOCRATS-TAXES_ 10:15 a.m. Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle and House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt hold a news conference to discuss Democratic principles behind a tax cut plan. They will be joined by Luwaunna Adams, a single mother from Pennsylvania, who they say would receive virtually nothing from the Bush tax cut plan; and by Senator Jon Corzine, who is wealthy enough to get a large tax cut under the same plan. Location: Room S-211, Capitol. BIRTH CONTROL _ 10:30 a.m. Reps. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., and Nancy Johnson, R-Conn., join Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., family planning representatives, others, for a press briefing on the introduction of global gag repeal legislation that would continue U.S. family planning assistance to foreign non- governmental organizations. Location: Room HC-9, Capitol. MEXICO _ 11 a.m. briefing on Mexico by National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. Brady Press Briefing Room, White House. FARM ACCOUNT _ 11 a.m. Rep. Kenny C. Hulshof, R- Mo., others, hold a press conference on the farm account bill. Location: Room H-137, Capitol. TV VIOLENCE _ 11 a.m. Sens. Fritz Hollings, D-S.C., and Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, hold a press conference to announce TV violence ''safe harbor'' legislation.
Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery. MEXICO-DRUGS _ Noon. Senators Hutchison, Feinstein and Domenici hold a press conference to unveil Mexican drug certification legislation. Location: Senate Radio/TV Gallery. WELFARE REFORM _ 12:15 p.m. The National Council of Churches holds a news conference to release a study of faith-based organizations nationwide on the impact of the 1996 welfare reform legislation. Location: National 4-H Center, 7100 Connecticut Ave. NW. WATTS _ 12:15 p.m. House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts Jr. holds a pen and pad briefing on the budget, tax relief and other issues. Location: Room H-157, Capitol. ENVIRONMENT _ 12:30 p. m. Senators Smith, Reid, Chafee, and Boxer hold a press briefing to unveil brownfields legislation. Locaton: Senate radio/TV Gallery. NORTON _ 1 p.m. Interior Secretary Gale Norton addresses departmental employees. Location: auditorium, main Interior. MEDICARE REFORM _ 1:30 p.m. Sens. John Beaux and Bill Frist hold a news conference on their Medicare reform proposal. Location: Senate Radio-TV Gallery. HISPANIC BUSINESS _ 2 p.m. The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce holds a roundtable discussion on its action plan and outlook for Hispanic business this year. Location: conference room, Suite 100, 2175 K St. NW. SECURITY THREATS _ 2:15-4 p.m. The American Enterprise Institute's New Atlantic Initiative in association with Sen. Fred Thompson, R- Tenn., host a discussion on ''Intractable Conflicts, How Democracies Deal With Terrorists, and Other Challenges for the New Administration,'' with Jeffrey Gedmin, New Atlantic Initiative; Sen. Fred Thompson; Iain Duncan Smith, U.K. shadow secretary of state for defence and member of Parliament; Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif.; Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.; John McWethy, ABC News; Benjamin Netanyahu, former prime minister of Israel; Richard Perle, American Enterprise Institute; David Trimble, Northern Ireland Assembly; Rep. J.C. Watts, Jr., R-Okla.; and R. James Woolsey, former director, CIA.
Location: Room 342, Dirksen Senate Office Building.