Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF JANUARY 13, 2003

*** No Committee business scheduled this week – House out of session until Monday January 27 ***

COMMITTEE BUSINESS FOR JANUARY 6, 2003

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Wednesday, January 8, 2003

10:15 a.m. CLASSIFIED briefing on North Korea with Marc Grossman, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Department of State. This was a CLOSED briefing for Members and designated Committee staff.

***Reports Filed***

Thursday, January 2, 2003

Legislative Review Activities of the Committee on International Relations During the 107th Congress (H. Rept. 107-803).

*** Legislation Referred ***

Tuesday, January 7, 2003

H.R. 48 (Cox) – to develop and deploy technologies to defeat Internet jamming and censorship.

H.R. 55 (Dreier) – to provide authority to control exports, and for other purposes.

H.R. 155 (Paul) – to support the domestic shrimping industry by eliminating taxpayer subsidies for certain competitors, and for other purposes. (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services; also referred to the Committee on Resources and International Relations.)

H.R. 167 (Reynolds) – to take certain steps toward recognition by the U.S. of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

H.R. 182 (Schiff) – to make permanent the authority to waive restrictions on use of funds for threat reduction in States of the former Soviet Union and for a chemical weapons destruction facility in Russia. (Referred to the Committee on Armed Services; also referred to the Committee on International Relations.)

H.R. 187 (Serrano) – to amend the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 to allow for the financing of agricultural sales to Cuba. (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services; also referred to the Committees on International Relations and Agriculture.)

H.R. 188 (Serrano) – to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes. (Referred to the Committee on International Relations; also referred to the Committees on Way sand Means, Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary, Financial Services, Government Reform and Agriculture.)

H.R. 189(Serrano) – to waive certain prohibitions with respect to nationals of Cuba coming to the United States to play organized professional baseball. (Referred to the Committee on International Relations; also referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.)

H.R. 192 (Smith-NJ) – to amend the Microenterprise for Self-Reliance Act of 2000 and the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to increase assistance for the poorest people in developing countries under microenterprise assistance programs under those Acts, and for other purposes.

H.R. 204 (Sweeney) – to prohibit United States voluntary and assessed contributions to the United Nations if the United Nations imposes any tax or fee on United States persons or continues to develop or promote proposals for such taxes or fees.

H. Con. Res. 4 (Paul) – expressing the sense of the Congress that the United States should not rejoin the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

H. Res. 11 (Lantos) – expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should declare its support for the independence of Kosova after it develops and consolidates democratic self-government.

H. Res. 16 (Hastings-FL) – commending the people and government of Kenya for the recent free elections and the orderly and democratic transfer of power.

H. Res. 20 (Payne) – expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to polio. (Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce; also referred to the Committees on International Relations.)

H. Res. 21 (Woolsey) – expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Senate should ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Wednesday, January 8, 2003

H.R. 250 (Farr) – to amend the Peace Corps Act to promote global acceptance of the principles of international peace and non-violent coexistence among peoples of diverse cultures and systems of government, and for other purposes.

H.R. 287 (Hunter) – to prohibit the exportation of natural gas from the United States to Mexico for use in electric energy generation units near the U.S. border that do not comply with air quality control requirements that provide air quality protection that is at least equivalent to the protection provided by requirements applicable in the United States.

H. Con. Res. 9 (Goode) – urging the President to negotiate a new base rights agreement with the Governement of the Republic of Panama in order for United States Armed Forces to be stationed in Panama for purposes of defending the Panama Canal. (Referred to the Committee on International Relations; also referred to the Committee on Armed Services.)

H. Con. Res. 10 (Hastings-FL) – condemning the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for its failure to comply with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the U.S.-North Korea Agreed Framework of 1994.

H. Res. 27 (Wynn) – concerning the establishment of a permanent United Nations security force.

*** Presidential Messages, Executive and Other Communications Received ***

Report on Anti-Corruption Actions By Countries As a Result of MDB Assistance 2002 - November 22, Department of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 803 (b) (1) of the P.L. 106-429; unnumbered.

Narcotics Rewards – Dec. 11, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED reward recipients, pursuant to 22 USC 2708; unnumbered.

Quarterly Report to Congress on Financial Implications of U.S. Participation in the International Monetary Fund - December 12, Department of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 504 (b) of Appendix E, Title V of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2000; unnumbered.

Narcotics Personnel – Dec. 18, notification from the Joint Staff pursuant to Sec. 8 of the International Narcotics Control Act for FY 90.

Quarterly Report on Real Estate Transactions - December 20, Under Secretary of State for Management, required by the Conference Report (H. Rept. 104-863) accompanying H.R. 3610, the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act, 1997(P.L. 104-208); unnumbered.

U.S. International Food Assistance Report 2001 - December 23, USAID, pursuant to P.L. 480, the Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act 1954, Sec. (f) 407-21; unnumbered.

Report on Acquisition of Technology Relating to Weapons of Mass Destruction – Dec. 23, letter from the Central Intelligence Agency transmitting CLASSIFIED and unclassified reports pursuant to Sec. 721 of the FY 97 Intelligence Authorization Act (P.L. 104-293); unnumbered.

Department of Commerce Inspector General’s Semiannual Report to Congress - December 23, letter from the Secretary of Commerce transmitting report pursuant to the Inspector General Act of 1978; unnumbered.

Cooperative Threat Reduction Annual Report to Congress for FY 03 – Dec. 23, letter from the Department of Defense transmitting annual report pursuant to Sec. 1308 of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 01 (P.L. 106-398), as amended by P.L. 107-107 (the NDAA for FY 02); unnumbered.

Financial Report of the U.S. Committee on International Religious Freedom for FY 2002 - December 30, U.S. Committee on International Religious Freedom, pursuant to Sec 208 (e) of P.L. 105-292, amended by P.L. 106-55 and P.L. 107-228; unnumbered.

Title II Food Aid Programs for FY 2003 – Dec. 30, letter from the Agency for International Development transmitting copy of report pursuant to Sec. 3007((3) of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act (P.L. 107-171), as related to P.L. 480; unnumbered.

Fifth Annual High Performance Computer Report – Dec. 31, letter from the Department of Commerce transmitting report pursuant to Sec. 1213 of the NDAA for FY 98 (P.L. 105-85); unnumbered.

Colombia Annual Reports – Dec. 31, letters from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED reports pursuant to Sec. 1025 of the NDAA for FY 00 (P.L. 106-65); unnumbered.

Visa Denials – Jan. 2, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 51 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act (P.L. 84-885); unnumbered.

U.S. Citizen Deaths from Non-Natural Causes in Foreign Countries – Jan. 3, letter from the Department of State transmitting copy of report pursuant to Sec. 204 (c) of the FRAA FY 03 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - January 3, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $350,000 in FY 2002 ESF in support of the associated travel and hotel costs of Iraqi oppositionists participating in meetings of the Advisory Committee set up at the December 14-17 Iraqi opposition conference, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 and 570 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - January 3, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $200,000 for US-GUAM Framework Program’s Trade and Transport Facilitation Initiative and Law Enforcement Initiative,

pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - January 3, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate INCLE funds in the amount of $1,500,000 for international narcotics and law enforcement programs, projects and activities in Pakistan, pursuant to the Joint Resolution Making Further Continuing Appropriations for FY 2003, CR 7, HJR 124, P.L. 107-229 and Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 & 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

Copies of International Agreements, Other Than Treaties, Entered into by the United States - January 7, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the provisions in the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b (a); Ex. Comm. 50.

Copies of International Agreements, Other Than Treaties, Entered into by the United States - January 7, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the provisions in the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b (a); Ex. Comm. 51.

Copies of International Agreements, Other Than Treaties, Entered into by the United States - January 7, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the provisions in the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b (a); Ex. Comm. 52.

The Dept’s. Final Rule - January 7, 2003, DOS, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs; Amendments to the International Traffic in Arms Regulation: Canadian Exemption [Billing Code 4710-25] Received December 9, 2002, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 53.

Intelligence Sharing with the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons – Jan. 7, letter from the White House transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 112 of the National Security Act of 1947 (P.L. 80-253); unnumbered.

Amendment to the Export Administration Regulations – Jan. 8, letter from the Department of Commerce transmitting report pursuant to Sec. 15(c) of the EAA; unnumbered.

Obligation of Funds from the Middle East Democracy Fund to Support U.S. Government Democracy Building – Jan. 8, notification from the U.S. Department of State regarding the intent to obligate $405,000 in funds for the Regional Small Grants Program; unnumbered.

Report to Congress on the Government of Vietnam’s Progress Toward Improved Human Rights for the Period August 2001-December 2002 – Jan. 8, letter from the Department of State transmitting copy of report pursuant to Sec. 703 of the FY03 Department of State Authorization Act (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Inventory of Programs Produced by the Interagency Working Group – Jan. 8, letter from the Department of State transmitting report pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (P.L. 87-256); Ex. Comm. 139.

Report on the Status of the World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty and the World Intellectual Property Organization Performances and Phonograms Treaty – Jan. 8, letter from the President transmitting report on treaties; Ex. Comm. 140.

Temporary Transfer of Military Equipment from Germany to Israel – Jan. 13, notification from the Department of State of the intent to consent to the temporary transfer of military equipment pursuant to Sec. 3 of the AECA; unnumbered.

Fifth Report on International Extradition Related to Plan Colombia – Jan. 13, letter from the Department of State transmitting copy of report pursuant to Sec. 3203 of Title III, Chapter 2 of the Emergency Supplemental Act, 2000, as enacted by the Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2001 (P.L. 106-246); unnumbered.

***Nominations Received***

Homeland Security - Jan. 7, Thomas J. Ridge, of Pennsylvania, to be Secretary; and Gordon England, of Texas, to be Deputy Secretary. Jan. 10, Asa Hutchinson, of Arkansas, to be Under Secretary for the Border and Transportation; and Clark Kent Ervin, of Texas, to be Inspector General.

United States Court of International Trade - Jan. 7, Timothy C. Stanceu, of Virginia, to be Judge.

United Nations – Jan. 9, to be Representatives of the U.S. to the 57th Session of the General Assembly of the U.N.: Michael B. Enzi, of Wyoming; Paul Sarbanes, of Maryland; James Shinn, of New Jersey; Cynthia Costa, of South Carolina; Ralph Martinez, of Florida.

Department of State – Jan. 9, Grant S. Green, Jr., of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources.

African Development Foundation – Jan. 9, Walter H. Kansteiner and Claude A. Allen, to be Members of the Board.

Inter-American Foundation – Jan. 9, Jose A. Fourquet, of New Jersey, Roger Francisco Noriega, of Kansas, and Adolfo A. Franco, of Virginia, to be Members of the Board of Directors.

Advisory Board for Cuba Broadcasting – Jan. 9, Feliciano Foyo, of Florida, to be a Member of the Advisory Board.

International Trade Commission – Jan. 9, Charlotte A. Lane, of West Virginia, and Daniel Pearson, of Minnesota, to be Members.

Department of Defense – Jan. 9, Christopher Ryan Henry, of Virginia, to be Deputy Under Secretary for Policy.