Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF February 9, 2003

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

 

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

11:00 a.m.
Briefing on Israel’s Security Fence - Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia.
Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building
Briefers:
Ambassador Dennis Ross and David Makovsky of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy

5:30 p.m.
"Status of International Religious Freedom: An Analysis of the State Department’s 2003 Annual Report" - Full Committee Hearing.

Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses:
The Honorable John V. Hanford III, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Department of State; The Honorable Michael K. Young, Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Joseph K. Grieboski, Founder and President, Institute on Religion and Public Policy; Tom Malinowski, Washington Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch; The Honorable Robert A. Seiple, Founder and Chairman of the Board.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Noon
"The President’s International Affairs Budget Request For FY 2005" - Full Committee Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable Colin L. Powell, Secretary of State.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

10:00 a.m.
"Afghanistan: Drugs and Terrorism and U.S. Security Policy" - Full Committee Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses:
The Honorable Mark Steven Kirk, Representative in Congress from the State of Illinois; The Honorable Robert B. Charles, Assistant Secretary, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable William B. Taylor, Jr., Coordinator for Afghanistan, Department of State; The Honorable Karen P. Tandy, Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration; The Honorable Thomas W. O’Connell, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, Department of Defense.

Friday, February 13, 2004

10:00 a.m.
"Preventing the Entry of Terrorists into the United States" - Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights field hearing.
Samuel Greenberg Board Room, Administration Building, Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California
Witnesses:
The Honorable Robert S. Mueller III (invited), Director, Federal Bureau of Investigations; The Honorable Asa Hutchinson (invited), Under Secretary, Border and Transportation Security, Department of Homeland Security; The Honorable Maura Harty (invited), Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State; Jessica Vaughan, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Immigration Studies; The Honorable Peter K. Nunez, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of San Diego (Former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of California); Bill West, Consultant, The Investigative Project.

COMMITTEE BUSINESS FOR WEEK OF FEBRUARY 2, 2004

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Wednesday, February 4, 2004

1:00 p.m.
"L Visas: Losing Jobs Through Laissez-Faire Policies?" - Full Committee Hearing.
Witnesses: Mr. Daniel Stein, Executive Director, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR); Mr. Harris Miller, President, The Information Technology Association of America; Mr. Michael W. Gildey, Executive Director, Department of Professional Employees, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); Ms. Sona Shaw, Displaced Worker; Ms. Patricia Fluno, displaced Worker.

3:30 p.m.
MEMBERS ONLY CLASSIFIED briefing on Athens Olympic Security

***Floor***

Tuesday, February 3, 2004

H. Res. 157 (Udall) – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding several individuals who are being held as prisoners of conscience by the Chinese Government for their involvement in efforts to end the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Passed with 398 yeas with none voting "nay."

H. R. 2664 (Shaw) – Congo Basin Forest Partnership Act of 2003. House Agreed to the Senate changes, clearing the measure for the President.

***Legislation Introduced***

Friday, February 6, 2004

H. R. 3782 (Hyde) – A bill to amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to increase the maximum amount of an award available under the Department of State rewards program, to expand the eligibility criteria to receive an award, to authorize nonmonetary awards, to publicize the existence of the rewards program, and for other purposes.

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

Quarterly Report to Congress Regarding Exports to Cuba - January 16, 2004, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Title IX of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-387); unnumbered.

Amendment to the Export Administration Regulations - January 20, 2004, Dept. of Commerce; unnumbered.

Notice Regarding Annual Report on the Threats Posed to the U.S. by the Proliferation of Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons and their Associated Delivery Systems - January 27, 2004, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 234 of the National Defense Authorization Act, 1998 (P.L. 105-85); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - January 27, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $200,000 in FY 03 Carryover Assistance for AEEB funds for technical assistance activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Annual Financial Report - January 28, 2004, USTDA, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 2421 (e)(2); unnumbered.

Notice from State Regarding Plans to Relocate Funds and Positions - January 29, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - January 29, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $179,331,800 for HIV/AIDS related activities, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Report on Foreign Language Proficiency - January 30, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 327 of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-671); unnumbered.

Message from the President of the United States - Consistent with the Resolution of Advice and Consent to Ratification of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling, and the Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction, Adopted by the Senate of the United States on April 24, 1997 - January 30, 2004, The White House, pursuant to Condition 7 ( c ) (I); M0052.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - January 30, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $50,000,000 in FY 04 for international narcotics and law enforcement programs, projects and activities in Afghanistan, pursuant to Title II, Chapter 2 of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan Act, and Supplemental Appropriations Act for Further Recovery From and Response to Terrorist Attacks on the United States, 2004 (P.L. 108-106); unnumbered.

Cooperative Threat Reduction Annual Report to Congress FY 2005 - January 30, 2004, Principal Deputy Under Secretary, pursuant to Sec. 1308 of the National Defense Authorization Act, 2001 (P.L. 106-398); unnumbered.

U.S. Intelligence Community Sharing with the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons – January 30, 2004, letter from the President transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 112 of the National Security Act of 1947; unnumbered.

Annual Reports on Commerce With, and Assistance to, Cuba – January 30, 2004, letter from the Central Intelligence Agency transmitting CLASSIFIED reports pursuant to Sec. 108 (a) of P.L. 104-114; unnumbered.

Copies of International Agreements - January 30, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the provisions in the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 6482.

Convening of a Accountability Review Board to Examine the October 15, 2003 Attack on a U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv Motorcade in Gaza - January 30, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 301 of the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorsim Act, 1986 (P.L.99-399); Ex. Comm. 6483.

Annual Report to Congress on U.S. Foreign Policy Based Export Controls 2003 - January 30, 2004, Secretary of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 6 of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); Ex. Comm. 6484.

The Department’s Final Rule - Lifting of UN Sanctions Against UNITA [Docket No. 031219324-3324-01] (RIN: 0694-AC86) - January 30, 2004, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 6485.

Report to Congress on Imposition of Foreign Policy Controls - February 2, 2004, Dept. Of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 6 of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); unnumbered.

Annual 2003 Report to the Congress on Assets in the United States of Terrorist Countries and International Terrorism Programs Designees - February 2, 2004, Dept. Of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 304 of the FRAA, 1992-1993 (P.L. 102-138); unnumbered.

Report Listing Eligible Countries for MCA in FY 04 - February 2, 2004, Millennium Challenge Corporation, pursuant to Sec. 608 (a) of the Millennium Challenge Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - February 2, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent by USAID to transfer $1,200,000 in FY 03 AEEB regional carryover funds to the Dept. Of Commerce for its Commercial Law Development Program, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Small Arms/Light Weapons Destruction Program (NADR) FY 04 Activity Description - February 4, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 & 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Bilateral Debt Reduction Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Madagascar - February 4, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 501 of the Miscellaneous Appropriations Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-113); unnumbered.

Reports Containing the 30 September 2003 Status of Loans and Guarantees Issued under the AECA - February 4, 2004, DSCA, pursuant to sec. 25 (a) (11) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 6622.

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Mexico - February 4, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 127-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 6623.

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Jordan - February 4, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 128-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 6624.

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan - February, 4 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 129-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 6625.

Report on the Audit of the American Red Cross for the Financial Year Ending June 30, 2003 - February 4, 2004, DoD, pursuant to Sec. 300110 of Title 36 U.S.C.; Ex. Comm. 6626.

NDAA Annual Report - February 5, 2004, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 1213 (( c ) of the National Defense Authorization Act, 1998 (P.L. 105-85); unnumbered

Twentieth Report on U.S. Military Personnel Involved in the Anti-Narcotics Campaign in Colombia – February 6, 2004, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 3204(f) of P.L. 106-246; unnumbered.

Report to Congress on Effectiveness of Actions Under ILSA - February 6, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 3 of the ILSA Extension Act, 2001 (P.L. 107-24); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - February 6, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent by USAID to transfer $100,000 in FY 03 AEEB funds to the USDA for Montenegro, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

***Committee Hearings/Markups Printed***

U.S. Policy Toward Iraq - September 25, 2003, Full Committee Hearing; Serial No. 108-60.

Human Rights in Burma: Fifteen Years Post Military Coup - October 1 and 2, 2003, Subcommittees on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights and Asia and the Pacific; Serial No. 108-68.

U.S. China Ties: Reassessing the Economic Relationship - October 21, 2003, Full Committee Hearing; Serial No. 108-70.

The Challenge of Terrorism in Asia and the Pacific - October 29, 2003, Subcommittees on Asia and the Pacific and International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights; Serial No. 108-69.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF FEBRUARY 2, 2004

***Hearings of Interest***

House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, Judiciary and Related Agencies held a hearing on the Recommendations of the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World. Testimony was heard from Ambassador Margaret Tutwiler, Under Secretary, Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Department of State; and the following officials of the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World: Ambassador Edward Djerejian, Chairman; and Ambassador David Abshire.

***Nominations Received***

Department of State - Craig A. Kelly, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Chile.