Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF FEBRUARY 17, 2003

House in Recess Until 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2003

COMMITTEE BUSINESS FOR FEBRUARY 10, 2003

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***
 

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

5:45 p.m. Full Committee Organizational Meeting

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

10:00 a.m. “The President’s International Affairs Budget Request for FY 2004" - Full Committee held Hearing
Witnesses: The Honorable Colin L. Powell, Secretary of State.

2:00 p.m. “Prospect for Peace in Ivory Coast” - Full Committee held Hearing
Witnesses: The Honorable Walter H. Kansteiner, III, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Department of State; Timothy M. Docking, Ph.D., Program Officer, Research and Studies Program, United States Institute of Peace; Jeanne M. Toungara, Ph.D., Professor, Department of History, Howard University.

2:00 p.m. MEMBERS ONLY held meeting with Ambassadors from Middle East Countries

4:15 p.m. MEMBERS ONLY held meeting with H.E. Lucio Gutierrez, President of Ecuador.

Thursday, February 13, 2003

9:15 a.m. MEMBERS ONLY held meeting with H.E. Georges Savvaides, Ambassador of Greece, representing the Greek Presidency of the European Union

9:30 a.m. “North Korea’s Nuclear Program: The Challenge to Stability in Northeast Asia” - Full Committee held Hearing
Witnesses: The Honorable James A. Kelly, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State.

12:00 p.m. CLOSED MEMBERS BRIEFING was held on Developments in the Middle East
Witnesses: The Honorable William J. Burns, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State.

***Floor***

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Condemning Libya’s Selection to Chair Commission on Human Rights: H. Con. Res. 27 (Hyde) - Agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas to 2 nays with 8 voting “present.”

Honoring Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel: H. Con Res. 22 (Kind) - Agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas with none voting “nay.”

Commending Israel for its Free and Fair Elections: H. Res. 61 (Cantor) - Agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas to 2 nays with 3 voting “present.”

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

H. Con. Res. 32 (Ros-Lehtinen) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress with respect to human rights in Central Asia.

H. Res. 61 (Cantor) - A resolution commending the people of Israel for conducting free and fair elections, reaffirming the friendship between the Governments and peoples of the United States and Israel, and for other purposes.

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

H. Res. 68 (Kucinich) - A resolution requesting the President to transmit to the House of Representatives not later 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution documents in the President’s possession relating to Iraq’s declaration on its weapons of mass destruction that was provided to the United Nations on December 7, 2002.

H. Res. 72 (Capuano) - A resolution recognizing the inauguration of President Roh Moo Hyun as a momentous moment for the people of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and an opportunity to broaden and deepen the friendship and cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Korea, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 76 (Wynn) - A resolution condemning the terrorist Attacks in Mombasa, Kenya, which occurred on November 28, 2002.

Thursday, February 13, 2003

H. R. 800 ( Fossella) - A bill to provide for the withholding of United States contributions to any United Nations commission, organization, or affiliated agency that is chaired or presided over by a country that has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism, and for other purposes.

H. R. 854 (Smith) - A bill to provide for the promotion of democracy, human rights, and rule of law in the Republic of Belarus and for the consolidation and strengthening of Belarus sovereignty and independence. (In addition, referred to the Committees on the Judiciary and Financial Services.)

H. R. 857 (Sweeney) - A bill to prevent the slaughter of horses in and from the Untied States for human consumption by prohibiting the trade and transport of horseflesh and live horses intended for human consumption, and for other purposes. (In addition, referred having primary jurisdiction to the Committee on Agriculture. Also referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.)

H. Con. Res. 43 (Lantos) - Concurrent resolution welcoming the expression of support of 18 European nations for the enforcement of United Nations Security Counsel Resolution 1441.

H. Con. Res. 46 (Paul) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that all United States Armed Forces should be withdrawn from South Korea and the United States should end its defense guarantee of South Korea.

H. Con. Res. 47 (Rangel) - Concurrent resolution acknowledging African descendants of the transatlantic slave trade in all of the Americas with an emphasis on those descendants in Latin America and the Caribbean, recognizing the injustices suffered by these African descendants, and recommending that the Untied States and the international community work to improve the situation of Afro- descendant communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

H. Con. Res. 48 (Saxton) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the people and companies of the Untied States and the United States Armed Forces should not participate in the Paris Air Show, should the Government of France continue its opposition to the potential use of force to insure that Saddam Hussein complies with United Nations resolutions concerning weapons of mass destruction. (In addition, referred to the Committee on Armed Services.)

H. Con. Res. 49 (Smith - NJ) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress that the sharp escalation of anti-Semitic violence within many participating States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is of profound concern and efforts should be undertaken to prevent future occurrences.

H. Res. 81 (Bereuter) - A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization must begin to plan steps for the defense of Turkey as requested by that nation.

H. Res. 84 (Pitts) - A resolution calling for the immediate intervention in the conflict in Burma, and for other purposes.

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

Quarterly Report to Congress on Activities Undertaken by the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Relating to Exports of Agricultural Commodities to Cuba for October-December 2002 - January 28, 2003, Under Secretary for Industry and Security, pursuant to Sec. 906 (b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 Title IX of P.L. 106-387; unnumbered.

Bilateral Debt Reduction Agreement with Ethiopia - February 10, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 501 of the Miscellaneous Appropriations Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-113), Sec. 572 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1989 (P.L. 100-461), and Sec. 14 of the Export - Import Bank Act of 1945; unnumbered.

Secretary of State’s Determination to Waive the 100-foot Setback Requirement RE: Consulate General, Belfast, Northern Ireland - February 11, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 606 (a) (3) of the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-113); unnumbered.

Determination and Memorandum of Justification RE: Arab League Boycott Certification & Religious Discrimination in Subcontracting Certification - February 11, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 565 (b) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 (P.L. 103-236); unnumbered.

Communication From the President of the Untied States - Legislative Proposal for the Millennium Challenge Account of 2003 - February 11, 2003. The White House; (H. Doc. 108-37).

Project Certification for Amendment Three to an Agreement with Japan Concerning Cooperative Ballistic Missile Defense Research - February 11, 2003, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order. 11958; Ex. Comm. 577.

Transmittal No. 01-03 Which Informs of an Intent to Sign a Memorandum of Agreement Between the United States and Singapore for Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation Projects - February 11, 2003, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order. 11958; Ex. Comm. 578.

Fiftieth Annual Report - United States Contributions to International Organizations - February 11, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2 of P.L. 81-806; Ex. Comm. 579.

Text of Agreements in which the American Institute in Taiwan is a Party Between January 1 - December 31, 2001 - February 11, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the Taiwan Relations Act; Ex. Comm. 580.

Memorandum of Justification for the Drawdown to Support the Government of Afghanistan - February 11, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 202 and other relevant provisions of the Afghanistan Freedom Support Act (P.L. 17-327) and Sections 506 and 652 of the FAA of 1961; Ex. Comm. 581.

Report on Steps Taken Over the Past Year to Expand Activities in sub-Saharan Africa, Including the Invigoration of the Africa Investment Council - February 11, 2003, OPIC, pursuant to Sec. 123 ( c ) of the Trade and Development Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-200); Ex. Comm. 582.

Notification of State’s Intent to Initiate the FY 2003 IMET Program for Algeria - February 11, 2003, DSCA, pursuant to Title III, Military Assistance, IMET, of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act for FY 2002 (P.L. 107-115) as carried forward under the CR for FY 2003 (P.L. 107-229);  Ex. Comm. 643.

Amendment to the Export Administration Regulations - February 12, 2003, Bureau of Industry and Security, pursuant to 15 ( c ) of the Export Administration Act; unnumbered.

Amendment to the Bilateral Debt Reduction Agreement with the Republic of Niger - February 12, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 501 of the Miscellaneous Appropriations Act 2000 (P.L. 106-113) and Sec. 14 of the Export - Import Bank Act of 1945; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Italy - February 12, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 284-02), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

USAID Notification Regarding Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Republic of Serbia) - February 12, 2003, informing of the intent to obligate $10,000,000 in FY 03 AEEB funds for Accelerated Development and Growth of Private Enterprise in Serbia, submitted in anticipation of language in the 2003 FOAA; CN No. 43.

USAID Notification Regarding Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Republic of Serbia) - February 12, 2003, informing of the intent to obligate an additional $6,400,000 in FY 2003 AEEB funds for more Effective, Responsive and Accountable Democratic Institutions in Serbia, submitted in anticipation of language in the 2003 FOAA; CN No. 44.

USAID Notification Regarding Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Republic of Serbia) - February 12, 2003, informing of the intent to obligate $26,689,500 in FY 2003 AEEB funds, for Increased, Better Informed Citizens’ Participation in Political and Economic Decision making in Serbia, submitted in anticipation of language in the 2003 FOAA; CN No. 45.

USAID Notification Regarding Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Republic of Serbia) - February 12, 2003, informing of the intent to obligate $3,000,000 in FY 2003 AEEB funds, for Cross-Cutting Programs in Serbia, submitted in anticipation of language in the 2003 FOAA; CN No. 46.

The Department’s Final Rule - Reporting and Procedures Regulations; Cuban Assets Control Regulations: Publication of Economic Sanctions Enforcement Guidelines - February 12, 2003, Office of Foreign Assets (Department of Treasury), pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 652.

State Notification that the Department Intends to Consent to a Request by the Government of Germany for a Transfer of Defense Articles to Israel - February 12, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 3 of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 653.

Message From the President of the United States Transmitting the Administration’s 2003 National Drug Control Strategy - February 13, 2003, The White House, pursuant to the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-277).

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Belgium - February 13, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 004-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to United Arab Emirates - February 13, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 213-02), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Norway - February 13, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 285-02), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Bilateral Debt Rescheduling Agreement with Macedonia - February 13, 2003, DOS; unnumbered.

Communication From the President of the United States Transmitting a Report - “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002" - February 13, 2003, The White House, pursuant to P.L. 107-243; (H. Doc. 108-40) Ex. Comm. 688.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan - February 14, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 286-02), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan - February 13, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 287-02), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF FEBRUARY 10, 2003

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. Con. Res. 4 (McCain) - A concurrent resolution welcoming the expression of support of 18 European nations for the enforcement of United Nations Security Counsel Resolution 1441.

***Nominations Received***

Department of State - Heather M. Hodges, of Ohio, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova.