Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF March 10, 2003

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

2:30 p.m. “Saving the Congo Basin: The Stakes, The Plan” - Subcommittee on Africa Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses:
The Honorable Walter H. Kansteiner III, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable John F. Turner, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable Constance Berry Newman, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Africa, USAID; J. Michael Fay, Ph.D, Ecologist, Wildlife Conservation Society.

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

10:15 a.m. Full Committee Markup
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
H. Res. 68, Requesting the President to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 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; and H. R. ____, United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis Act of 2003. (Begin Consideration)

5:00 P.M. CLASSIFIED TOP SECRET LEVEL BRIEFING with the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia. Hosted by the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
Room 2255 Rayburn House Office Building

Thursday, March 13, 2003

10:00 a.m. “The Middle East Partnership Initiative: Promoting Democratization in a Troubled Region” -
Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses:
The Honorable William Burns, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable Wendy Chamberlin (Invited), Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East, USAID; Fawaz A. Gerges, Ph.D., Christian A. Johnson Chair in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies, Sarah Lawrence College; Munira Fakhro, Ph.D., Professor, University of Bahrain; Patrick Clawson, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Washington Institute on Near East Policy

1:30 p.m. “United States Priorities in Europe” - Subcommittee on Europe Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses:
The Honorable A. Elizabeth Jones, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable J.D. Crouch II, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security Policy, Department of Defense.

COMMITTEE BUSINESS FOR WEEK OF MARCH 3, 2003

***Hearings/Meetings/Markups***

Wednesday, March 5, 2003

10:15 a.m. Full Committee Markup
By Unanimous Consent the following 7 measures were requested to be considered on the House suspension calendar. There were no amendments and no votes.
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.

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.

Thursday, March 6, 2003

10:00 a.m. “The Millennium Challenge Account.” Full Committee Hearing.
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.

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, March 4, 2003

H. R. 1072 (Saxton) - A bill to prohibit post-conflict assistance for Iraq from being expended with any French firm.

H. Con. Res. 77 (Wilson) - Concurrent resolution commemorating the 60th anniversary of the historic rescue of 50,000 Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust and commending the Bulgarian people for preserving and continuing their tradition of ethnic and religious tolerance.

Wednesday, March 5, 2003

H. Con. Res. 78 (Lee) - Concurrent resolution expressing the need to reengage Congress and the Administration regarding the social conditions and need for poverty reduction in Haiti, and for other purposes. (In addition, to the Committee on Financial Services)

Thursday, March 6, 2003

H. R. 1145 (Millender-McDonald) - A bill to provide additional appropriations for the fiscal year 2003 for the Peace Corps.

H. R. 1146 (Paul) - A bill to end membership of the United States in the United Nations.

H. R. 1154 (Paul) - A bill to provide that the International Criminal Court is not valid with respect to the United States.

H. Con. Res. 79 (Bereuter) - Concurrent resolution expressing support for a peaceful, just, and lasting settlement to the Cyprus problem.

H. Con. Res. 80 (Boehlert) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress relating to efforts of the Peace Parks Foundation in the Republic of South Africa to facilitate the establishment and development of transfrontier conservation efforts in southern Africa.

H. Con. Res. 81 (Hastings) - Concurrent resolution condemning the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for its announcement that it has restarted a nuclear reactor at Yongbyon and for the provocation caused by the interception of a United States Air Force reconnaissance plane by North Korean military aircraft.

H. Con. Res. 82 (Hostettler) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress on commemorating the 20th Anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s vision for protecting the United States against ballistic missile attack and commending President George W. Bush’s commitment to a multi-layered ballistic missile defense system to protect the homeland of the United States from ballistic missile attack. (In addition, to the Committee on Armed Services)

H. Con. Res. 83 (Millender-McDonald) - Concurrent resolution honoring the victims of the Cambodian genocide that took place from April 1975 to January 1979.

H. Res. 131 (Meeks) - A resolution expressing the gratitude of the House of Representatives to the people and Government of Malaysia for their support, cooperation, and assistance in combating international terrorism.

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

World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers (WMEAT) 1999-2000 - January 30, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 404 of the Arms Control and Disarmament Act of 1998; unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Jordan - February 24, 2003, DSCA, estimated total value $2,379,831, pursuant to 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - February 27, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate an additional $150,000 in FY 02 funds by the Department of Treasury for expansion of a Training Center in the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Armenia, pursuant to Sec. 632 (a) of the FAA of 1961, 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); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - February 28, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $10,000,000 in FY 02 NADR supplemental funds for the Terrorist Interdiction Program (TIP), pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, Sections 515 and 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115), and Title I, Chapter 6 of the 2002 Supplemental Appropriations Act for Further Recovery From and Response to Terrorist Attacks on the United States (P.L. 107-206); unnumbered.

Bilateral Debt Reduction Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Cameroon - March 3, 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.

List Submitted by the Chief of Mission in Port-au-Prince of Persons Who Have Been Credibly Alleged to Have Ordered, Carried out, or Materially Assisted in Extrajudicial and Political Killings - March 3, 2002, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 616 ( c ) of the FY 1999 Commerce, Justice and State Appropriations Act (P.L. 105-277); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 3, 2003, DOS, USAID intends to transfer $10,161,321 in FY 2002 Carryover AEEB funds to the INL to provide support for the civilian police contingent to the United Nations Interim administration Mission in Kosovo police force, pursuant to Sec. 632 (a) of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

Report on International Agreements Transmitted to the Congress - March 3, 2003, DOS, pursuant to subsection (b) of the Case-Zablocki Act; Ex. Comm. 859.

Report on United States-Sponsored Activities in Colombia - March 4, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 695 (b) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 4, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $75,000 in FY 02 ESF to strengthen domestic good governance and the rule of law in China , pursuant to Title II of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

Status of the Government of Haiti’s Investigation into Certain Extrajudicial and Political Killings - March 4, 2003, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 616(c)(4) of P.L. 105-277; unnumbered.

Status of the FMF Account Direct Loans, and the Foreign Military Loan Liquidating Account Direct Loans As of 30 September 2000 - March 4, 2003, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 25 (a) (11) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 895.

Report Containing an Analysis and Description of Services Performed by Full-Time USG Employees During FY 2002 - March 4, 2003, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 25 (a) (6) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 896.

Project Certification to Sign Amendment No. One to the NATO Improved Link Eleven MOU Between the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK - March 4, 2003, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, (Transmittal No. 04-03), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; Ex. Comm. 897.

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Norway - March 4, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 285-02), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 898.

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Japan - March 4, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 287-02), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 899.

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Italy - March 4, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 284-02), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 900.

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan - March 4, 2003, DOS (DTC 286-02), involving the export of one PHALANX close-in weapon system, pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 901.

Certification and Justification Pursuant to the Cooperative Threat Reduction Act and the FREEDOM Support Act - March 4, 2003, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED Certification and Justification pursuant to P.L. 103-160 and 102-511; Ex. Comm. 902.

Department of State’s Performance and Accountability Report FY 2002 - March 5, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993; unnumbered.

Support to the ECOFORCE Peacekeeping Mission in Cote d’Ivoire - March 5, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Title III and

Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Secretary of State is Re-Designating Burma, China, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Sudan as “Countries of Particular Concern” - March 5, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 402 (b) of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998; unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Israel - March 5, 2003, DSCA, estimated total value $2,787,456.50, pursuant to 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Israel - March 5, 2003, DSCA, estimated total value $532,375.85, pursuant to 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 5, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent by DRL to provide $100,000 in FY 02 ESF from the HRDF to support the rule of law, democracy, and human rights in the People’s Republic of China, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 & 526 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

Project Certification Informing of the Intent to Sign a PA under the U.S. - Singapore Research, Development, Test and Evaluation MOA - March 5, 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. 943.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Argentina - March 6, 2003, DSCA, estimated total value $153,942.00, pursuant to 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Colombia - March 6, 2003, DSCA, estimated total value $900,000.00, pursuant to 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Production and Publication of the Historical Documentary Series, Foreign Relations of the United States - March 6, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 205 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 6, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $52,000 in FY 02 Africa Regional ESF to help fund the East African Market Acceleration Geothermal Conference that will be Held in Nairobi, Kenya from April 9 to 11, 2003, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 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 - March 6, 2003, DOS, AID intends to transfer $400,000 in FY 02 AEEB funds to INL DOJ program to support a Resident Legal Advisor for Serbia and Montenegro, pursuant to Sec. 632 (a) of the FAA of 1961, Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

USAID Notification Regarding Russia - March 6, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate $4, 435,000 in FREEDOM Support Act funds to support USAID/Russia’s Small & Medium Size Enterprise Sector Strengthened and Expanded, pursuant to Sec. 517 of the FY 03 Foreign Operations Appropriations Act; CN # 53.

USAID Notification Regarding Russia - March 6, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate $9,500,000 in FREEDOM Support Act funds for Russia Cross - Cutting Programs, pursuant to Sec. 517 of the FY 03 Foreign Operations Appropriations Act; CN # 54.

Draft Bill Entitled “Marine Mammal Protection Act Amendments of 2003" - March 6, 2003, Department of Commerce, purpose of legislation to authorize appropriations for MMPA through FY 07; Ex. Comm. 1000.

Waiver Determination and Memorandum of Justification Regarding U.S. Assistance to Pakistan - March 7, 2003, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED Determination and Memorandum of Justification relating to U.S. assistance to Pakistan, pursuant to Sec. 620H of the FAA, as amended; unnumbered.

OTHER BUSINESS FOR WEEK OF MARCH 3, 2003

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. Con. Res. 13 (Lautenberg) - Condemning the Selection of Libya to Chair the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

***Hearings/Briefings of Interest***

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Millennium Challenge Account: A New Way to Aid. Testimony was heard from The Honorable Alan Larson, Undersecretary of State for Economic, Business & Agricultural Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable John Taylor, Under Secretary for International Affairs, Department of the Treasury; The Honorable Andrew S. Natsios, Administrator, USAID.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: The Turkish Aid Negotiations and Developments in Northern Iraq. Closed Members briefing with The Honorable Beth Jones, Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable Earl Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable Ryan C. Crocker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: An Agreed Framework for Dialogue with North Korea. Testimony was heard from private witnesses.

House Committee on Armed Services: U.S. - Russian Cooperative Threat Reduction and Non-Proliferation Programs. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Defense: J. D. Crouch, II, Assistant Secretary, International Security Policy; and David Steensma, Deputy Assistant Inspector General, Auditing; Ambassador Linton Brooks, Acting Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy; Paula A. DeSutter, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Verification and Compliance, Department of State; and Joseph A. Christoff, Director, International Affairs and Trade Team, GAO.

***Miscellaneous***

Senate approved the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Strategic Offensive Reductions, signed at Moscow on May 24, 2002