Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF March 1, 2004

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***



Wednesday, March 3, 2004

10:00 a.m. “United States Priorities in Europe” – Subcommittee on Europe.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable A. Elizabeth Jones, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State

Markup Immediately Following the Hearing: H. Res. 540, Expressing the condolences and deepest sympathies of the House of Representatives for the untimely death of Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski.

1:30 p.m. Classified MEMBERS ONLY Briefing on International Terrorist Activities and Organizations in Europe with the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of State.
Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

2:00 p.m. “The Situation in Haiti” – Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable Roger F. Noriega, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; The Honorable Arthur E. Dewey, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, both from the Department of State; and The Honorable Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID.

3:00 p.m. Classified MEMBERS ONLY Briefing on the Results of the Six-Party Talks on the North Korean Nuclear Issue with James A. Kelly, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State.
Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

Thursday, March 4, 2004


10:30 a.m. “The United States Government Strategy for Fighting HIV/AIDS: Implementation of Public Law 108-25” – Full Committee Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable Randall L. Tobias, Coordinator for HIV/AIDS, Department of State.

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF FEBRUARY 23, 2004

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

10:00 a.m. “United States and the Iraqi Marshlands: An Environmental Response” – February 19, 2004, hearing before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia.
Witnesses: Mr. Gordon West, Acting Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia and the Near East, USAID; John Wilson, Ph.D., Senior Environmental Officer, Bureau for Asia and the Near East, USAID; Fernando R. Miralles-Wilhelm, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Departments of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Miami; and Azzam Alwash, Ph.D., Senior Project Advisor, Eden Again.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

10:30 a.m. Full Committee Markup.
H.R. 3818 (Smith-NJ) - The Microenterprise Results and Accountability Act of 2004 (Ordered reported favorably to the House as amended, with a single amendment in the nature of a substitute, by voice vote.)

H. Res. 499 (Holt) – Requesting the President and directing the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, and the Attorney General to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution documents in the possession of the President and those officials relating to the disclosure of the identity and employment of Ms. Valerie Plame (Ordered reported adversely to the House by a vote of 24 ayes to 22 noes.)

The committee favorably considered the following measures and adopted a motion urging the Chairman to request that they be considered on the suspension Calendar.

H. R. 3782 (Hyde) – To amend the State Department Basic Authorities 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.

H. R. 854 (Smith-NJ) – Belarus Democracy Act of 2003, as amended.

H. Res. 530 (Smith-NJ) – Urging passage of a resolution addressing human rights abuses in the People’s Republic of China at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and calling upon the Government of People’s Republic of China to respect and protect human rights.

H. Con. Res. 15 (Wilson-SC) – Commending India on its celebration of Republic Day.

H. Res. 526 (Ney) – Expressing the sympathy of the House of Representatives for the victims of the devastating earthquake that occurred on December 26, 2003 in Bam, Iran; and

H. Con. Res. 364 (Pombo) – To recognize more than 5 decades of strategic partnership between the United States and the people of the Marshall Islands in the pursuit of international peace and security, and for other purposes.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

11:00 a.m. “U.S. Foreign Assistance After September 11th: Major Changes, Competing Purposes and Different Standards – Is There an Overall Strategy?”
Witnesses: Ms. Mary McClymont, Chief Executive Officer, Interaction; Patrick Cronin, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Director of Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Lael Brainard, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution; Mr. Steven Radelet, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development; Ms. Helle Dale, Deputy Director, Davis Institute for International Studies, the Heritage Foundation.

***New Public Laws***


H. R. 2264 (Shaw) – To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2004 to carry out the Congo Basin Forest Partnership Program. Signed on February 13, 2004; (P.L. 108-200)

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

H. R. 3818 (Smith-NJ) – A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to improve the results and accountability of microenterprise development assistance programs, and for other purposes.

H. Con. Res. 364 (Pombo) – Concurrent resolution to recognize more than 5 decades of strategic partnership between the United States and the people of the Marshall Islands in the pursuit of international peace and security, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 530 (Smith) – A resolution urging the appropriate representative of the United States to the 60th session of the united Nations Commission on Human Rights to introduce a resolution calling upon the Government of the People’s Republic of China to end its human rights violations in China, and for other purposes.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

H. Con. Res. 370 (Waters) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should support the principles of democracy and constitutional rule in the Republic of Haiti, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 535 (Weller) – A resolution expressing the concern and support of the House of Representatives for local elected officials under threat of assassination, kidnapping, forcible displacement, and coercion by terrorist organizations in the republic of Colombia.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

H. Con. Res. 371 (Pence) – Concurrent resolution supporting the construction by Israel of a security fence to prevent Palestinian terrorist attacks and condemning the decision by the United Nations General Assembly to request the International Court of Justice to render an opinion on the legality of the security fence.

H. Con. Res. 372 (Hastings) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the urgency of cessation of hostilities in the Republic of Haiti.

H. Res. 540 (Souder) – A resolution expressing the condolences and deepest sympathies of the House of Representatives for the untimely death of Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski.

H. Res. 541 (English) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Senate should give its advice and consent to ratification of the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime and certain Protocols thereto.

H. Res. 543 (Price) – A resolution providing for the establishment of a commission in the House of Representatives to assist parliaments in emerging democracies.

H. Res. 545 (Rohrabacher) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that a specific statement should be included in the Iraqi Transitional Administrative Law guaranteeing the people of Iraq the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, and for other purposes.

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

Final Rule Amending the Export Administration Regulations – February 11, 2004, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 15 ( c ) of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L.96-72); unnumbered.

Notification of the Intent to Transfer up to $20,863,000 From the Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Service Appropriation to the Diplomatic & Consular Programs Appropriation – February 13, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11) and the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 (P.L. 108-106); unnumbered.

Quarterly Report on Real Estate Transactions – February 18, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to the Conference Report (H. Rept. 104-863) accompanying H.R. 3610, the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act, 1997 (P.L. 104-208); unnumbered.

Determination That Israel Is Not Being Denied Its Right to Participate in the Activities of the International Atomic Energy Agency – February 18, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Notice That Israel Has Paid All Parking Fines in DC & NY – February 18, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 544 of the Foreign Appropriations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Act, 2004 (P.L. 708-199); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 18, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent by USAID to transfer $330,000 in FY 03 AEEB funds to the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau of the State Department, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 18, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $100,000 in FY 03 AEEB allocated to Serbia and carried over to monitor Serbian domestic organized crimes and war crimes trials, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 and 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003, (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 18, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $250,000 in FY 03 FSA funds for the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and section 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003, (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act of 1999 - February 19, 2004, DOS, pursuant to sections 606 (a) (2) (iii) and (3) (iii) of the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act, 1999 (P.L. 106-113; unnumbered.

The President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief: U.S. Five-Year Global HIV/AIDS Strategy – February 23, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 101 of The United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-25); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 18, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide $1,005,000 in FY 03 ESF to support the center for Civic Education and Media Development Loan Fund as part of the Department’s Muslim outreach efforts, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and section 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003, (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Message from the President of the Untied States Regarding Chemical Weapons – February 24, 2004, The White House, in connection with Condition 9; M0055

Communication From the President of the United States – Report Relating to the Interdiction of Aircraft Engaged in Illicit Drug Trafficking – February 24, 2004, The White House, pursuant to the Intelligence Authorization Act, 2002, (P.L. 107-108); H. Doc. 108-158; Ex. Comm. 6749.

Communication From the President of the United States – A Report Consistent With the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution – February 24, 2004, The White House, pursuant to Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution, 2002 (P.L. 107-243); H. Doc. 108-160; Ex. Comm. 6750.

Communication From the President of the United States – A Report Consistent With the War Powers Resolution – February 25, 2004, The White House, pursuant to the War Powers Resolution (P.L. 93148); H. Doc. 108-163; Ex. Comm. 6786.

***Committee Hearings/Markups Printed***

Afghanistan: Democratization and Human Rights on the Eve of the Constitutional Loya Jirga – November 19, 2003, Subcommittees on the Middle East and Central Asia and International Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Human Rights; Serial No. 108-72.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF FEBRUARY 23, 2004

***Other Hearings of Interest***


Senate Foreign Relations Committee: The Middle East: Rethinking the Roadmap. Witnesses included: Henry A. Kissinger, former Secretary of State; Dennis Ross, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Robert Malley, International Crisis Group; and Martin Indyk, Brookings Institution.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: The Japanese Tax Treaty and the Sri Lanka Tax Protocol. Witnesses included: Barbara M. Angus, International Tax Counsel, Department of the Treasury; George Yin, Chief of Staff, Joint Committee on Taxation; William A. Reinsch, National Foreign Trade Council, and James W. Fatheree, U.S. – Japan Business Council.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: USAID Contracting Policies. Witnesses included: Everett L. Mosley, Inspector General, and Tim Beans, Director, Office of Procurement, both from USAID; Frederick D. Barton, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Allen V. Burman, Jefferson Solutions; and Marcus L. Stevenson, The Urban Institute.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Public Diplomacy and International Free Press. Witnesses included: Margaret DeB. Tutwiler, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; Gene P. Mater, Freedom Forum; Dam Clayton Powell III, University Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy; and Kurt A. Wimmer, Covington and Burling.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Libya – Next Steps in U.S. Relations. Witnesses included: William J. Burns, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs; and Paula A. DeSutter, Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance.

House Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources held a hearing entitled, “Afghanistan: Law Enforcement Interdiction Efforts in Transshipment Countries to Stem the Flow of Heroin.” Witnesses included: Robert Charles, Assistant Secretary, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Department of State; and Karen Tandy, Administrator, DEA, Department of Justice.


***Senate Appointments***

United States-China Economic Security Commission: Gary J. Schmitt and Michael A. Ledeen.

***Nominations Received***

Millennium Challenge Corporation – Paul V. Applegarth, of Connecticut, to be Chief Executive Officer.

Department of State – John Campbell, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Department of State – John J. Danilovich, of California, to be Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil.

Department of State – Michael Christian Polt, of Tennessee, to be Ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro.