Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF March 3 , 2003

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2003

10:15 a.m. Full Committee Markup
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

H.R. 192, 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. 441, To amend Public Law 107-10 to authorize a United States plan to endorse and obtain observer status for Taiwan at the annual summit of the World Health Assembly in May 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland and for other purposes; H.R. 868, To amend section 527 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995, to require that certain claims for expropriation by the Government of Nicaragua meet certain requirements for the purpose of the prohibition for assistance to that government; H. Res. 109, Urging passage of a resolution addressing human rights abuses in North Korea at the 59th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and calling on the Government of North Korea to respect and protect the human rights of its citizens; H. Con. Res. 57, Supporting the goals of International Women’s Day; and H. Con. Res. 26, Condemning the punishment of execution by stoning as a gross violation of human rights, and for other purposes; H. Con. Res. 77, Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the historic rescue of Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust and commending the Bulgarian people for preserving and continuing their tradition of ethnic and religious tolerance.

12:15 p.m. MEMBERS ONLY meeting with families of Japanese abducted by North Korea, hosted by the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building
2:00 p.m. MEMBERS ONLY roundtable discussion with ambassadors from countries of Central Asia, hosted by the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia.
Room H-139, The Capitol

Thursday, March 6, 2003

10:00 a.m. “The Millennium Challenge Account.” Full Committee Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses:
The Honorable Andrew S. Natsios, Administrator, USAID; The Honorable Alan P. Larson, Under Secretary, Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Business and Agricultural Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable John B. Taylor, Under Secretary, Office of the Undersecretary for International Affairs; David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World; Steven Radelet, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development; Charles F. MacCormack, President and CEO, Save the Children; Brett D. Schaefer, Jay Kingman Fellow, Center for International Trade and Economics, The Heritage Foundation.

COMMITTEE BUSINESS FOR FEBRUARY 24, 2003

***Hearings/Meetings/Markups***

Wednesday, February, 26, 2003

10:15 a.m. “Russia’s Policies Toward the Axis of Evil: Money and Geopolitics in Iraq and Iran.” Full Committee Hearing.
Witnesses: The Honorable Mikhail Margelov, Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Federation Council of the Russian Federation; Celeste Wallander, Ph.D., Director of Russia and Eurasia Programs, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Eugene Rumer, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University; Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Senior Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation.

11:45 a.m. MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Excellency Hamid Karzai, President of the Transitional State of Afghanistan.

Thursday, February 27, 2003

12:30 p.m. MEMBERS ONLY luncheon honoring President Enrique Bolanos of Nicaragua.

2:00 p.m. “Overview of U.S. Policy Toward the Western Hemisphere.” Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Hearing.
Witnesses: The Honorable John P. Walters, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy; The Honorable Adolfo Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID; Mr. J. Curtis Struble, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State.

***Senate Bills Referred***

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

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

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

H. R. 868 (Ballenger) - A bill to amend section 527 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 to require that certain claims for expropriation by the Government of Nicaragua meet certain requirements for purposes of the prohibition on foreign assistance to that government.

H. J. Res. 24 (Brown OHIO) - A joint resolution requiring the President to report to Congress specific information relating to certain possible consequences of the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

H. R. 922 (Camp) - A bill to amend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 to provide for the liquidation of blocked assets of terrorists and terrorist organizations in order to reimburse the Treasury for the compensation of claimants. (Also, referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.)

H. Res. 108 (Pallone) - A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that India should be a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

Thursday, February 27, 2003

H. R. 1019 (Royce) - A bill to promote the freedom of information in Vietnam.

H. Con. Res. 57 (Schakowsky) - Concurrent resolution supporting the goals of International Women’s Day. (Also refereed to the Committee on Judiciary.)

H. Con. Res. 60 (Jones) - Concurrent resolution requesting the United States Government to take appropriate action to urge the Government of the People’s Republic of China to provide for a fair resolution of the claims of the United States citizens who hold Chinese Government Bonds on which that Government has defaulted.

H. Con. Res. 61 (McCollum) - Concurrent resolution recognizing the need to double Federal funding for the Peace Corps from fiscal year 2002 funding levels to $550,000,000 by 2007, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 109 (Smith NJ) - A resolution urging passage of a resolution addressing human rights abuses in North Korea at the 59th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and calling on the government of North Korea to respect and protect the human rights of its citizens.

H. Res. 118 (Weldon) - A resolution calling for the establishment of an international criminal tribunal for the purpose of indicting, prosecuting, and imprisoning Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi officials who are responsible for crimes against humanity, genocide, and other criminal violations of international law.

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

USAID Notification Regarding Romania - February 14, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate $217,000 in FY 02 AEEB for Accelerated Private Sector Growth by supporting a market driven economy; CN # 47.

Program Description Export Control and Related Border Security Assistance Nonproliferation, Antiterrorism, Demining and Related Programs (Submission for FY 03) - February 20, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $360,000 in FY 03 funds made available under Title II, 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), and CR (P.L. 107-229); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - February 20, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $650,000 in FY 02 AEEB funds to support the Commission for Real Property Claims in Bosnia and Herzegovina, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2001 (P.L. 106-429) and Sections 515 & 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - February 20, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $7,715,000 in FY 02 ESF appropriations from the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) for 11 different programs to create political, economic and educational opportunity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115), and CR (P.L. 107-229); unnumbered.

USAID Notification Regarding Bolivia - February 20, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate $10,000,000 ESF for an economic stabilization program; CN # 48.

Bilateral Debt Reduction Agreement with the Government of Ghana - February 21, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 14 of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - February 21, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to provide $250,000 in FY 02 ESF to support human rights and democracy programs to the National Endowment for Democracy, 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), and CR (P.L. 107-229); unnumbered.

USAID Notification Regarding Zimbabwe - February 24, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate an additional $500,000 in carryover FY 02 ESF to establish a legal defense fund for Zimbabwean civil society; CN # 49.

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Belgium - February 25, 2003, DOS (DTC 004-03), involving the export of pistols, revolvers and associated spare parts, pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 708.

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to UAE - February 25, 2003, DOS (DTC 213-02), relating to the est. of a depot level maintenance capability for hydraulic, pneumatic, fuel, instrument, landing gear and oxygen systems for the F-16 Block 60, C-130 and AH - 64A aircraft, pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 709.

Bimonthly Report on Cyprus December 2002 - January 2003 - February 25, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 620C ( c ) of the FAA of 1961; Ex. Comm. 710.

Message from the President of the United States Transmitting a Statement of Justification Regarding the Australia Group - February 26, 2003, The White House; unnumbered.

International Assistance to Afghanistan - February 26, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 303 of the Afghanistan Freedom Support Act 0f 2002 (P.L. 107-327); unnumbered.

FY 04 Summary of Amounts Report for Cooperative Threat Reduction Programs in the Former Soviet Union - February 26, 2003, Assistant Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 1307 of FY 1999 National Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 105-261); unnumbered.

Message from the President of the United States Transmitting Emergency Regarding Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction - February 26, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 204 ( c ) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergencies Act; (H. Doc. 108-41).

Background: Support to Peacekeeping Operations in East Timor - February 27, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 551 of the FAA of 1961 and Title III Sec. 515 of the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 (H.J. Res. 2); unnumbered.

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Russia and Kazakhstan - February 28, 2003, DOS (DTC 022-03), concerning future commercial activities related to the Proton Space Launch Vehicle, pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Russia, Ukraine, and Norway - February 28, 2003, DOS (DTC 023-03), relating to the launch of commercial satellites from the Pacific Ocean, pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan - February 28, 2003, DOS (DTC 024-03), concerning development of Japan’s Galaxy express space launch vehicle program, pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

International Narcotics Control Strategy Report - February 28, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 489 of the FAA of 1961, available at <http://www.state.gov/g/inl/rls/nrcrpt/2002/> ; unnumbered.

USAID Notification Regarding Iraq - February 28, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate $40,000,000 of Child Survival Health (CSH) funds for reconstruction and development; CN # 50.

Presidential Message Transmitting Continuation of National Emergency Regarding Cuba’s Destruction of Civilian Aircraft - March 3, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 ( d ) of the National Emergencies Act; (H. Doc. 108-42).

USAID Notification Regarding Israel - March 4, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate $600,000,000 in FY 03 ESF for cash transfer; CN # 51.

USAID Notification Regarding Yemen - March 4, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate $300,000 in FY 02 Supplemental Appropriations to support ongoing Yemen community based health & education program; CN # 52.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF FEBRUARY 24, 2003

***Nominations Received***

African Development Foundation - Ephraim Batambuze, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Board of Directors, for a term expiring February 9, 2008.

African Development Foundation - Thomas Thomas Riley, of California, to be a Member of the Board of Directors, for a remainder of the term expiring September 22, 2005.

Department of State - Gregory W. Engle, of Colorado, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister Counselor, to be Ambassador to the Togolese Republic.

Department of State - Eric S. Edelman, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey.

Department of State - James B. Foley, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti.

U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy - Jay T. Snyder, of New York, to be a Member for a term expiring July 1, 2004.

U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy - Harold C. Pachios, of Maine, to be a Member for a term expiring July 1, 2005.

U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy - Elizabeth F. Bagley, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member for a term expiring July 1, 2005.

U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy - Marie Sophia Aguirre, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member for a term expiring July 1, 2006.

U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy - Barbara McConnell Barrett, of Arizona, to be a Member for a term expiring July 1, 2006.

U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy - Charles William Evers III, of Florida, to be a Member for a term expiring July 1, 2006.

***Senate Hearings of Interest***

Committee on Foreign Relations - February 25, 2003, “The State of the World Report on Hunger from Africa to North Korea.” Witnesses included Mr. James T. Morris, Executive Director, The World Food Program, United Nations; The Honorable Andrew S. Natsios, Administrator, USAID;

Committee on Foreign Relations - February 26, 2003, “Post Conflict Afghanistan: A Perspective on Revitalization and Reconstruction.” Witnesses included His Excellency Hamid Karzai, President, The Transitional Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Committee on Foreign Relations - February 27, 2003, “American Public Diplomacy and Islam.” Witnesses included The Honorable Charlotte Beers, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy, Department of State; The Honorable Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, Chairman, Board of Broadcasting Governors.

***Senate Meetings of Interest***

Committee on Armed Services - February 26, 2003, met in closed session to receive a briefing to discuss the planning for post-conflict Iraq and potential U.S. military operations in the Philippines from Douglas J. Feith, Under Secretary of Defense for policy; and Ryan Crocker, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.

***Miscellaneous***

Congressional - Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China: The Chair announced the speaker’s appointment of Representatives Leach, Chairman, and Representatives Bereuter, Dreier, Wolf, and Pitts, Members, to the Commission.