Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF March 8, 2004

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

 

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

 

10:30 a.m.       

“Weapons of Mass Destruction, Terrorism, Human Rights and the Future of U.S.-Libyan Relations” – Full Committee  Hearing.

Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses: The Honorable William J. Burns, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; The Honorable Paula A. DeSutter, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Verification and Compliance, both of the Department of State; Patrick Clawson, Deputy Director, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Ray Takeyh, Ph.D., Professor of National Security Studies and Director of Studies, Near East and South Asia Center, National Defense University and Adjunct Scholar, Center for American Progress; Ms. Krista Riddley, Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Amnesty International.

 

1:00 p.m.  

MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Excellency Dr. Marwan Muasher, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – Subcommittee on Middle East and Central Asia.

Room H-139 of the Capitol

 

1:30 p.m.

“Human Rights Practices Around the World: A Review of the State Department’s 2003 Annual Report” – Full Committee Hearing.

Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses: The Honorable Lorne W. Craner, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Department of State; Irina Krasovskaya, Belarusian Human Rights Activist; Ngawang Sangdrol, Tibetan Nun and Former Political Prisoner; Gabriel Shumba, Zimbabwean Human Rights Activist and Torture Victim; Tom Malinowski, Washington Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch; Jennifer Windsor, Executive Director, Freedom House.

 

5:00 p.m.

MEMBERS ONLY meeting with the Honorable Marc Otte, the European Union’s Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process – Subcommittees on the Middle East and Central Asia and Europe.

Room 2255 Rayburn House Office Building

 

Thursday, March 11, 2004

 

2:00 p.m.

“Sudan: Peace Agreement Around the Corner?” – Subcommittee on Africa.

Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses: The Honorable Charles R. Snyder, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable Roger P. Winter, Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, USAID; J. Stephen Morrison, Ph.D., Director of the Africa Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Pastor Gary Kusunoki, Chairman, Safe Harbor; Eric Reeves, Ph.D., Professor, Smith College.

 

 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.

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.  (Approved by voice vote.)

 

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.

                               

2:00 p.m.          “The Situation in Haiti” – Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.

                        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; The Honorable Timothy M. Carney (Former U.S. Ambassador to Haiti); The Honorable Orlando Marville, Former Head of the Election Observation Mission of the Organization of American States, (2000); Mr. Pierre-Marie Paquiot, President, State University of Haiti; Robert Maguire, Ph.D., Director of Programs in International Affairs, Trinity College; Jeffrey D. Sachs, Ph.D., Director, The Earth Institute at Colombia University.

 

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.

                               

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.

                         Witnesses: The Honorable Randall L. Tobias, Coordinator for HIV/AIDS, Department of State.

 

***Floor***

 

Tuesday, March 2, 2004

 

H. Res. 526 (Ney) – Expressing sympathy of the House of Representatives for the victims of the devastating 

earthquake that occurred on December 26, 2003 in Bam, Iran.  (Agreed to by the yeas and nays 381-0)

 

H. Res. 530 (Smith-NJ) – Urging the introduction of a resolution calling upon the Government of the People’s Republic

 of China to end its human rights violations in China.  (Agreed to by a yea and nay vote of 402 yeas to 2 nays.)

 

 ***Reports Filed***

 

H. Res. 499, 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 adoption of this resolution documents in the possession of the President and those officials relating to the disclosure of the identity and the employment of Ms. Valerie Plame, having considered the same, report unfavorably thereon without amendment and recommend that resolution not be agreed to.  (Adverse Report submitted on February 27, 2004 by Mr. Hyde.); Rept. 108-413 Part II.

 

***Legislation Introduced***

 

Thursday, March 4, 2004

 

H. Con. Res. 378 (Smith) – Concurrent resolution calling on the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to immediately and unconditionally release Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly, and for other purposes.

 

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

 

Debt Negotiations with the Government of Colombia under the Tropical Forest Conservation Act – January 23, 2004, Department of the Treasury, pursuant to the Tropical Forest Conservation Act, 1998 (P.L. 105-214); unnumbered.

 

Report on Implementation of the Tiahrt Amendment Covering July-December 2003 – February 18, 2004, USAID, pursuant to House Committee Appropriations Report; unnumbered.

 

Quarterly Reports on Expenditures from the “Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Service Appropriation” – February 20, 2004 letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 124 of the FRAA FY 88-89, as amended by Sec. 114 of the FRAA FY 92-93; unnumbered.

 

Reports Pursuant to Title IV of the LIBERTAD Act – February 24, 2004 letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED reports pursuant to Title IV of P.L. 104-114; unnumbered.

 

Background – Multinational Force and Observers – February 25, 2004, DOS, 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.

 

Deputy Secretary’s Determinations and Memoranda of Justification with Respect to Countries and Entities Failing to Take Measures to Apprehend and Transfer All Indicted War Criminals – February 25, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 570 of the Foreign Operations, , Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Report on Parties’ Participation in and Commitment to the Sudan Peace Act – February 25, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the Sudan Peace Act (P.L. 107-245); unnumbered.

 

Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2003 – February 25, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 655 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, 2003 (P.L. 107-228) and Sections 116 (d) and 502B(b) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 

Message from the President of the Untied States – Certification Regarding Captured or Missing U.S. Personnel – February 26, 2004, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 1 of Title I of P.L. 65-24 and sections 201 and 301 of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 108-164.

 

Message from the President of the United States – Continuation of the National Emergency Relating to Cuba – February 26, 2004, The White House, consistent with condition 3 of the resolution of advice and consent to the ratification of the Protocols to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949…; H.Doc. 108-165.

 

Diplomatic Construction Project at the United States Embassy, Nicosia, Cyprus – February 27, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, 1988 and 1989 (P.L. 100-204) as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, 1990 and 1991 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

 

Diplomatic Construction Project at the United States Embassy, in Kigali, Rwanda – February 27, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, 1988 and 1989 (P.L. 100-204) as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, 1990 and 1991 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

 

Diplomatic Construction Project at the United States Embassy, in Hanoi, Vietnam – February 27, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, 1988 and 1989 (P.L. 100-204) as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, 1990 and 1991 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

 

Annual Program Performance Report – FY 03 Performance Plan for Broadcasting Board of Governors – February 27, 2004, BBG, pursuant to the Government Performance and Results Act, 1993; unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 27, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $2,500,000 in FY 03 Carryover AEEB funds to the International Organization for Migration for its Kosovo Protection Corps training program, 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.

 

International Narcotics Control Strategy Report – Part II Money Laundering and Financial Crimes – March 1, 2004, DOS, in accordance with Sec. 489 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 

Letter of Intent to Initiate International Military Education Training (IMET) for Algeria – March 1, 2004, DSCA, pursuant to Title III, Military Assistance, International Military Education Training, of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Letter Informing of the President’s Intention to Name Morocco a Major Non-NATO Ally – March 1, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 517 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 

Deputy Secretary’s Determination and Memorandum of Justification on U.S. Position on Proposed European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Loan to the Marbo Company and International Development Association Provision of Social Sector Adjustment Credit – March 1, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 570 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Informing of the Intent to Allocate $19.5 Million Appropriated under International Disaster and Famine Assistance for Humanitarian Relief  and to Support Refugee Return and Reintegration in Liberia – March 1, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 632 (a) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 

Reports Regarding the Sale of Defense Equipment Valued at $1,000,000 or More – March 1, 2004 letter from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 36(a) of the AECA;

Ex. Comm. 6851.

 

Cooperative Threat Reduction Annual Report to Congress FY 2005 – March 1, 2004, DoD, pursuant to Sec. 1308 of the National Defense Authorization Act, 2001 (P.L. 106-398); Ex. Comm. 6878.

 

United Nations Documents – March 2, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

 

Informing of the Intent to Initiate IMET funds for Guatemala – March 2, 2004, DSCA, pursuant to Title III, Military Assistance, International Military Education Training, of the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act for FY 2004, (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of the Philippines – March 2, 2004, DSCA, total value of items is estimated to be $927,200.00 pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of the Dominican – March 2, 2004, DSCA, total value of items is estimated to be $500,000.00 pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 

The Administration’s 2004 National Drug Control Strategy – March 2, 2004, The White House, pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 1504, 21 U.S.C. 1705; M0061

 

Report on International Agreements Transmitted to the Congress After Expiration of the Sixty-Day Period Specified in the Case Zablocki Act – March 2, 2004, The White House, pursuant to subsection (b) of the Case-Zablocki Act (1 U.S.C. 112b); Ex. Comm. 6896.

 

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Australia and Singapore– March 2, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 126-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA;

Ex. Comm. 6897.

 

Copies of International Agreements – March 2, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the provisions in the Case-Zablocki Act 1 U.S.C. 112; Ex. Comm. 6898.

 

Copies of International Agreements – March 2, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the provisions in the Case-Zablocki Act 1 U.S.C. 112; Ex. Comm. 6899.

 

Interagency Working Group on U.S. Government-Sponsored International Exchanges and Training – March 2, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act, 1961 (P.L. 87-256); Ex. Comm. 6900.

 

Certifications and Waivers Regarding Arab Boycott of Israel – March 2, 2004, DOS, pursuant to sec. 565 (b) of the FRAA, 1994 and 1995 (P.L. 103-236); Ex. Comm. 6901.

 

Department’s Final Rule – Amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations: United States Munitions List (RIN:1400-ZA06) – March 2, 2004, DOS, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 9a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 6902.

 

Two-Part Report to the Congress on Various Conditions in Bosnia-Herzegovina – March 2, 2004, DOS, Part I is pursuant to Sec. 7 of the Supplemental Appropriations and Recessions Act, 1998 (P.L. 105-174) and Part II is pursuant to Sec. 1203 (a) the National Defense Authorization Act, 1999 (P.L. 105-261); Ex. Comm. 6930.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 3, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $3,000,000 in FY 04 funds appropriated under NADR to support demining projects in Afghanistan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Message from the President of the United States – Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Zimbabwe – March 3, 2004, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act

(P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 108-168.

 

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Russia, Ukraine, and Norway - March 3, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 015-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA;

Ex. Comm. 6936.

 

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan - March 3, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 017-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 6937.

 

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Russia and Kazakhstan – March 3, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 016-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA;

Ex. Comm. 6938.

 

Communication From the President of the United States – An Additional Report Consistent with the War Powers Resolution – March 3, 2004, The White House, pursuant to the War Powers Resolution (P.L. 93-148);

H. Doc. 108-167; Ex. Comm. 6939.

 

Analysis and Description of Services Performed During FY 03 by Full Time USG Employees Who Are Performing Services for Which Reimbursement is Provided under Section 21 (a) or Section 43 (b) of the AECA – March 3, 2004, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 25 (a) (6) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 6940.

 

Final Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Sierra Leone and Liberia – March 3, 2004, Department of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412) and 204 ( c ) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (P.L.95-223); Ex. Comm. 6941.

 

The President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief: U.S. Five Year Global HIV/AIDS Strategy – March 3, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-25);

Ex. Comm. 6942.

 

The Department’s Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program Accomplishment Report and the Disabled Veteran’s Affirmative Action Program Report for the Period of September 30, 2002 – September 30, 2003 – March 3, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 105 (d)(2) of the Foreign Service Act, 1980 (P.L. 96-465); Ex. Comm. 6997.

 

Message from the President of the United States – Proposed Protocol Amending the Agreement for Cooperation between the United States and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia – March 4, 2004, The White House, pursuant to Sections 123 b. and 123 d. of the Atomic Energy Act, 1954 (P.L. 83-703); H. Doc. 108-169.

 

The Department’s Final Rule – Passport Procedures - - Amendment to Passport Regulations (RIN:1400-ZA05) – March 5, 2004, DOS, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 7018.

 

Defense Articles and Services Licensed for Export – March 5, 2004 letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 38 of the AECA; unnumbered.

 

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF MARCH 1, 2004

 

***Other Hearings of Interest***

 

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Foreign Assistance Oversight.  Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of State: Christina B. Rocca, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs; William J. Burns, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs; Donald W. Keyser, Principal  Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Roger F. Noriega, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs; Donald Y. Yamamoto, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs; and the following officials of USAID: Gordon West, Acting Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East; Adlofo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator for  Latin America and the Caribbean; Constance Berry Newman, Assistant Administrator for Africa; and Kent R. Hill, Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia.

 

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: The North Korean Nuclear Calculus: Beyond the Six Power Talks.  Testimony was heard from James Kelly, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State; Terence Taylor, International Institute for Strategic Studies; Victor D. Cha, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; and Tom Malinowski, Human Rights Watch.

 

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Building Operational Readiness in Foreign Affairs Agencies.  Testimony was heard from James Dobbins, RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center; John J. Hamre, Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Hans Binnendijk, National Defense University.