Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF March 16, 2004

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

 

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

 

5:00 p.m. 

MEMBERS ONLY CLASSIFIED briefing with Assistant Secretary William J. Burns, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State.

Room H-139 of the Capitol

 

 

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

 

10:00 a.m.              

MEMBERS ONLY meeting with the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Dr. Mohamed El Baradei.

Room H-139 of the Capitol

 

10:30 a.m.               

“The United States and Asia: Continuity, Instability, and Transition” – Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses: Dr. Richard J. Ellings, President National Bureau of Asian Research; Dr. Robert A. Scalapino, Robson Research Professor Emeritus of Government, University of California at Berkeley; Peter Ennis, Weekly Toyo Keizai and The Oriental Economist Report; Ambassador Edward Masters, Co-Chairman US-Indonesia Society; and Ambassador Teresita C. Schaffer, Director, South Asia Program, CSIS.

 

1:00 p.m.

Markup of: H.R. ____, Designation of Foreign Terrorist Organizations Reform Act – Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights.

Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

 

 

2:30 p.m.  

“The Current Situation in Serbia” – Subcommittee on Europe.

Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses: Ms. D. Kathleen Stephens, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of State; Daniel Serwer, Ph.D., Director, Balkans Initiative, USIP; Svetozar Stojanovic, Ph.D., President, Serbian-American Center, Belgrade, Serbia.

 ***Markup Immediately Following the Subcommittee on Europe Hearing 

MARKUP OF: H. Res. 543, Providing for the establishment of a commission in the House of Representatives to assist parliaments in emerging democracies; and H. Res.   558, Welcoming the accession of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and for other purposes.

 

Thursday, March 18, 2004

 

9:30 a.m.  

MEMBER briefing on Current situation in Cyprus given by Ambassador Tom Weston.

Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

 

10:30 a.m.        

“U.S. – Russia Relations in Putin’s Second Term” – Full Committee Hearing.

Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses: The Honorable A. Elizabeth Jones, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State; Leon Aron, Ph.D., Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; The Honorable Steven, R. Sestanovich, Senior Fellow, CFR; Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Ph.D., Senior Fellow in Strategic Studies, The Nixon Center. 

 

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.

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.

               

1:30 p.m.

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

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.

                               

Thursday, March 11, 2004

 

2:00 p.m.

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

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 International Studies; Pastor Gary Kusunoki, Chairman, Safe Harbor; Eric Reeves, Ph.D., Professor, Smith College.

 

 ***Floor***

 

H. Con. Res. 15 (Wilson) – Commending India on its celebration of Republic Day.  Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays 418-0.

 

H. Res. 540 (Souder) – Expressing the condolences of the House for the untimely death of Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski.  Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays 411-0.

 

***Legislation Introduced***

 

Tuesday, March 9, 2004

 

H. R. 3919 (Lee) – A bill to establish the Independent Commission on the 2004 Coup d’Etat in the Republic of Haiti.

 

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

 

H. Res. 555 (Meeks) – A resolution expressing the heartfelt sympathy of the House of Representatives for the victims of the earthquake on February 24, 2004, near Al Hoceima, Morocco, and for other purposes.

 

Thursday, March 11, 2004

 

H. Res. 557 (Hyde) – A resolution relating to the liberation of the Iraqi people and the valiant service of the United States Armed Forces and Coalition forces;  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, referred to the Committee on Armed Services.)

 

H. Res. 558 (Bereuter) – A resolution welcoming the accession of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and for other purposes.

 

H. Res. 559 (Gibbons) – A resolution expressing condolences to the families of the individuals killed in the terrorist bombing attacks in Madrid that occurred on March 11, 2004, and expressing deepest sympathy to the individuals injured in those attacks and to the people of the Kingdom of Spain.

 

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

 

Notice that the Philippines is a Major Non-NATO Ally – January 28, 2004, The Under Secretary of Defense, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2350a; unnumbered.

 

Notice of the Number of Members of USAF Involved in Counternarcotics-Related Functions in Andean Countries in December 2003 – January 29, 2004, The Joint Staff, pursuant to Sec. 8 of International Narcotics Control Act, 1990 (P.L. 101-623); unnumbered.

 

Annual Report of the Bureau of Industry and Security – March 2, 2004, The Secretary of Commerce, pursuant to the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); unnumbered.

 

Report on Criteria and Methodology for Determining the Eligibility of Candidate Countries for MCA Assistance of 2004 – March 2, 2004, MCC, pursuant to Sec. 608(b)(1) of the Millennium Challenge Account Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Report on Foreign Relations of the United States Historical Series – March 3, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 205 of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

 

Notice of Transfer of Funds in the Amount of $25,000,000 from Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Services Appropriation to the Protection of Foreign Missions and Officials – March 4, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management, in accordance with the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 (P.L. 108-106); unnumbered.

 

Diplomatic Construction Project at the United States Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, France – 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.

 

2003 Language Service Review Summary – March 5, 2004, BBG, in accordance with the report language contained in the Conference Report on H.J. Res. 2 of the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 

Two Amended Subsidiary Agreements to the Amended Compacts of Free Association – March 5, 2004, DOS, pursuant to sections 104 (j) and 105 (f) and (i) of the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-188); unnumbered.

 

Charter of the Defense Trade Advisory Group – March 5, 2004, DOS, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (P.L. 92-463); unnumbered.

 

Support to Haitian Coast Guard Program Description – March 5, 2004, DOS, 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. 108-99); unnumbered.

 

Allocation of Foreign Operations Funding – March 5, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 653 (a) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 

Charter of the United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee - March 5, 2004, DOS, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (P.L. 92-463); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 5, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide $405,000 in FY 03 ESF from the HRDF to support rule of law programs in China, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 5, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $475,000 in FY 03 ESF/HRSF to support the Afghanistan Local Democracy Education Project,  pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 5, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $1,235,873 in FY 03 ESF/HRDF to support democracy and human rights programs in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Western Hemisphere, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 5, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $1,409,600 in FY 03 ESF/HRDF to fund journalism training projects in the Middle East, Kyrgyz Republic and Nigeria, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 5, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $580,000 for IIP, $1,500,000 EEA activities, and $150,000 for BBG training, 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, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 5, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $8.7 million in AEEB funds for different programs, 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.

 

Funding Obligations  for Pakistan and Serbia That Require Special Notification – March 8, 2004, USTDA, pursuant to Sec. 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 

Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Program of the Department of Defense – March 8, 2004, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 401, Title 10, USC; unnumbered.

 

Certification that the Comptroller General of the United States Will Have Access to Appropriate United States Financial Information to Review U.S. Assistance (ESF) for the West Bank/Gaza Program – March 8, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 566 (a) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Defense Articles and Services Licensed for Export – March 8, 2004 letter from the Department of State to the President transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 38 of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7060.

 

Defense Articles and Services Licensed for Export – March 8, 2004, letter from the Department of State to the Speaker transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 38 of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7061.

 

The Department’s Final Rule – Export Administration Regulations: Penalty Guidance in the Settlement of Administrative Enforcement Cases [Docket No. 030909226-4048-02] (RIN: 0694-AC92) – March 8, 2004, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 7062.

 

Message from the President of the United States – Report on Implementation of P.L. 107-228 Authority for Russian Federation Debt Reduction for Nonproliferation – March 9, 2004, The White House, consistent with Sec. 1321 of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); H. Doc. 108-171.

 

Report of Licensing Activities – March 9, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 1503 of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 and Presidential Determination No. 2003-23; unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 9, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram the FY 03 ACI funds in the amount of $3 million, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and the provision of Title II of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 9, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $1,000,000 in International Disaster and Famine Assistance Supplemental funds to support a U.S. military technical assessment, including contractors, of the security sector in Liberia and to create the draft plan, estimates of costs and timelines for execution of a SSR program, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 (P.L. 108-106); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 9, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $200,000 in FY 03 FSA funds in support of the Customs link Entry/Exit America-Russia-Pacific Project, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 9, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $1,000,000 in FY 04 International Disaster and Famine Assistance funds to support technical debt management, financial policy, and banking supervision advisors for the National Transitional Government of Liberia, pursuant to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 (P.L. 108-106), Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 and 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 9, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $700,000 in FY 03 AEEB for activities under the Northern Europe Initiative, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Kazakhstan– March 9, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 131-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7102.

 

Program Description: Philippines Engineering Unit, UH-1 Refurbishment, and Mobility Spares – March 11, 2004, DOS, 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.

 

FY 04 Peacekeeping Operations Funds for OSCE – March 11, 2004, DOS, 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.

 

Background: Support to the African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Burundi – March 11, 2004, DOS, 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.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 11, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent, to obligate $500,000 in FY 04 AEEB to UNMIK CFA for use HPD, 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 Untied States – Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Iran – March 11, 2004, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act, (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 108-173.

 

Funding Obligations  for Serbia That Require Special Notification – March 12, 2004, USTDA, pursuant to Sec. 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered

 

Narcotics Reward – March 12, 2004, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report on reward paid pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 2708; unnumbered.

 

List of All Sales and Licensed Commercial Exports of Major Weapons and Equipment – March 12, 2004,  letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 25(a)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 

Project Certification for Supplement Number Five to the Multiple Launch Rocket System MOU Concerning the Production and Support Phase of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Program – March 12, 2004, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 01-04), pursuant to Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; Ex. Comm. 7158.

 

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Zimbabwe – March 12, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412) and Sec. 204 ( c ) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (P.L. 95-223); Ex. Comm. 7159.

 

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF MARCH 8, 2004

 

***Senate Measure Passed***

 

S. Con. Res. 315 (Biden) – International Women’s Day.

 

S. Con. Res. 319 (Frist) – Condemning Terrorist Attacks in Spain.

 

***Other Hearings/Meetings of Interest***

 

House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, Judiciary and Related Agencies held a hearing on Department of State, Administration of Foreign Affairs.  Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of State: Richard L. Armitage, Deputy Secretary; and Grant Green, Under Secretary of Management.

 

House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs held a hearing on the Secretary of State.  Testimony was heard from Colin L. Powell, Secretary of State.

 

House Committee on Government Reform: Held a hearing on the Complex Task of Coordinating Contracts Amid Chaos: The Challenges of Rebuilding a Broken Iraq.  Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Defense: MG Carl A. Strock, USA, Director, Civil Works, Army Corps of Engineers; GEN Paul J. Kern, USA, Commanding General, U.S. Army Material Command; MG Wade H. McManus, Jr., USA, Commanding General, U.S. Army Field Support Command; Tina Ballard, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Army, (Policy and Procurement); Dov S. Zakheim, Under Secretary, (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer; William H. Reed, Director, Defense Contract Audit Agency; and RADM David Nash, USN (Ret.), Director, Iraq Program Management Office, CPA; and Lewis Lucke, Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID.

 

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to hold a hearing on Iraqi WMD.  Testimony was heard from departmental witnesses.

 

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security met in executive session to hold a hearing on Intelligence Community-Military Coordination in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Senate Committee on Finance: Hearing on Economic Trade Policy in the Middle East.  Testimony was heard from Senator McCain; Grant D. Aldonas, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade; Alan P. Larson, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs; David L. Mack, Middle East Institute; William A. Maxwell, Hewlett-Packard Company; and Doug Boisen, National Corn Growers Association.

 

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Met in closed session to receive a briefing on the transition to sovereignty relating to Iraq with Marc I. Grossman, Under Secretary for Political Affairs; Francis J. Ricciardone, Ambassador to the Philippines, Coordinator for Iraq Transition, and Major General Charles E. Williams, USA (Ret.), Director, Overseas Building Operations; all of the Department of State; and Lieutenant General Claude Kicklighter, U.S. Army (Ret.), CPA Transition Chief, Baghdad, Iraq.

 

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Hearing on Nonproliferation and Arms Control Issues.  Testimony was heard from William J. Perry, Stanford University, Center for International Security and Cooperation (former Sec. of Defense); Arnold Kanter, Scowcroft Group; and Ashton B. Carter, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.

 

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Narcotics Affairs held a hearing on U.S.-Haiti relations.  Testimony was heard from Senators DeWine and Graham (FL); Representatives Cummings, and Waters; Roger Noriega, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State; Adolfo Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID; James Dobbins, RAND Corporation; Lawrence Pezzullo, former U.S. Special Envoy to Haiti; Robert Maguire, Trinity College; and Michael Heinl.

 

***Nominations Received***

 

Department of StateJack Dyer Crouch IIse II, of Missouri, to be Ambassador to Romania.