Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF March 17,  2003

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Wednesday, March 19, 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, Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East, USAID.

Thursday, March 20, 2003

1:00 p.m. “The U.S. and South Asia: Challenges and Opportunities for American Policy” - Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable Christina Rocca, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South Asian Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable Wendy J. Chamberlin, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia and the Near East, USAID.

COMMITTEE BUSINESS FOR MARCH 10, 2003

***Hearings/Meetings/Markups***

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

2:30 p.m. “Saving the Congo Basin: The Stakes, The Plan” - Subcommittee on Africa Hearing.
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

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 - A motion to report the resolution ADVERSELY to the House was agreed to by a voice vote, a quorum being present (Report will be filed by HIRC).

H. R. 1208, To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2004 and 2005 for United States contributions to the International Fund for Ireland, and for other purposes - The Chair asked unanimous Consent for approval of a motion to request consideration of the bill in the House under suspension of the rules. There was no objection.

5:00 p.m. CLASSIFIED BRIEFING with the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia.
Hosted by the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

Thursday, March 13, 2003

1:30 p.m. “United States Priorities in Europe” - Subcommittee on Europe Hearing.
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.

***Floor***

H. R. 441 (Brown ) - Obtaining Observer status for Taiwan at the May 2003 World Health Assembly. Agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 414 yeas with none voting “nay.”

H. Con. Res. 77 (Wilson) - Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Rescue of 50,000 Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust and Commending the Bulgarians for Their Ethnic and Religious Tolerance. Agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas with none voting “nay.”

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

H. R. 1196 (Maloney) - A bill to provide a United States voluntary contribution to the United Nations Population Fund.

H. R. 1206 (Sweeney) - A bill to prohibit United States voluntary and assessed contributions to the United Nations or the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development if the United Nations or the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development imposes any tax or fee on United States persons, continues to develop or promote proposals for such taxes or fees, or attempts to implement or impose a policy that would enable foreign governments to tax income earned inside the borders of the Untied States.

H. R. 1208 (Smith NJ) - A bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2004 and 2005 for United States contributions to the International Fund for Ireland, and for other purposes.

H. Con. Res. 87 (Andrews) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding Turkey’s claims of sovereignty over islands and islets in the Aegean Sea.

H. Con. Res. 89 (McDermott) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should respect the sovereign equality of the member states of the United Nations Security Council with respect to each state’s position concerning Iraq’s compliance with Resolution 1441.

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

H. Res. 140 (Lantos) - A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives concerning the continuous repression of freedoms within Iran and of individual human rights abuses, particularly with regard to women.

H. Res. 141 (Lee) - A resolution disavowing the doctrine of preemption.

Thursday, March 13, 2003

H. Con. Res. 93 (McKeon) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the President should renegotiate the extradition treaty with Mexico so that the possibility of capital punishment or life imprisonment will not interfere with the timely extradition of criminal suspects from Mexico to the United States.

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

Annual Report of the Foreign Service Grievance Board - March 4, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1105 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980; unnumbered.

Report Responding to Section 8171 of the Department of Defense and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Recovery From and Response to Terrorist Attacks on the United States Act of 2002 - March 6, 2003, letter from the U.S. Department of Defense transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to P.L. 107-117; Ex. Comm. 997.

Quarterly Report on Real Estate Transactions - March 7, 2003, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to H. Rept. 104-863 accompanying H.R. 3610, the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act, 1997 (P.L. 104-208); unnumbered.

Copies of International Agreements Entered into by the United States - March 10, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 1010.

The Department’s Final Rule - Implementation of the 2002 Wassenaar Arrangement List of Dual Use Items: Revisions to Categories 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 of the Commerce Control List, General Software Note, and Reporting Requirements [Docket No. 030127020-3020-01] (RIN: 0694-AC65) - March 10, 2003, Department of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 1011.

Humanitarian Demining Program (NADR) FY 2003 Activity Description - Afghanistan - March 11, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, Division E, of the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Bolivia - March 11, 2003, DSCA, estimated total value $1,395,600.00, pursuant to 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

USAID Notification - Nigeria - March 11, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate up to $1,200,000 in ESF FY 03 for the Democracy and Good Governance Program; CN # 55.

Diplomatic Construction Project in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire - March 12, 2003, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (P.L. 100-204) as amended by Sec. 135 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Message From the President of the United States Transmitting the Semiannual Report Detailing Payments Made to Cuba by United States Persons as a Result of the Provision of Telecommunications Services Pursuant to Department of the Treasury Specific Licenses - March 12, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 1705 (e) (6) of the Cuban Democracy Act of 1992, as amended by Sec. 102 (g) of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996; M0017.

Message From the President of the United States Transmitting a Plan for Securing Nuclear Weapons, Material, and Expertise of the States of the Former Soviet Union and Reports on Implementation of the Plan During FY 02 - March 12, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 1205 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 02 (P.L. 107-107) and Sec. 1205 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 03 (P.L. 107-314); M0018.

Message From the President of the United States - Blocking Property of Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Zimbabwe - March 12, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 204 (b) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and Sec. 301 of the National Emergencies Act; H. Doc. 108-45.

Report on Implementation of Title IV of the LIBERTAD Act - Regarding Confiscated Property and Trafficking in Confiscated Property in Cuba - March 12, 2003, letter from the U.S. Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 2802 of the Foreign Relations Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-277); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 13, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $865,000 in ESF to support media outreach in Indonesia to decrease the level of anti-American sentiment, 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); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 13, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent by USAID to transfer $10,662,000 in FY 02 AEEB funds to INL for bilateral and regional anti-crime training and technical assistance programs in Southeast Europe, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs, Division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 13, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent by DRL to provide up to $714,000 in FY 02 and $196,000 in FY 03 ESF from HRDF to support political party reform and renewal projects in Latin America, pursuant to 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 the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Message From the President of the United States - Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Iran - March 13, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act; H. Doc. 108-46.

Message From the President of the United States - Periodic Report on the National Emergency With Respect to Iran - March 13, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergencies Act, Sec. 204 ( c ) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and Sec. 505 ( c ) of the International Security and Development and Cooperation Act of 1985; H. Doc. 108-47.

Report on Allocation of Foreign Operations Funding - March 14, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 653 (a) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Memorandum of Justification UN Peacekeeping Procurement Certification - March 14, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7) and Department of State Delegation Authority 245 (66 FR 22065); unnumbered.

Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Program of the Department of Defense - March 14, 2003, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 401, Title 10, U.S.C.; unnumbered.

Notification to Initiate E-IMET Funds for Guatemala - March 14, 2003, DSCA, pursuant to Title III, Military Assistance, International Military Education and Training, of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act for FY 03 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Notification to Initiate IMET for Colombia - March 14, 2003, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act for FY 03 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Greece - March 14, 2003, DSCA, estimated total value $2,832,316.80, pursuant to 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project in Ankara, Turkey - March 14, 2003, Under Secretary of State, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (P.L. 100-204) and Sec. 135 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project in Warsaw, Poland - March 14, 2003, Under Secretary of State, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (P.L. 100-204) and Sec. 135 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project in Abuja, Nigeria - March 14, 2003, Under Secretary of State, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (P.L. 100-204) and Sec. 135 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

USAID Notification - International Disaster Assistance - March 14, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate $50,000,000 in Development Assistance to meet continuing humanitarian emergencies worldwide, pursuant to 492 (b) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

USAID Notification - Iraq - March 14, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate $40,000,000 for Iraq Reconstruction and Development; CN # 56.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF MARCH 10, 2003

***Hearings/Briefings of Interest***

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

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Hearing on Iraq: Reconstruction. Testimony heard from private witnesses.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Regional Implications of the Changing Nuclear Equation on the Korean Peninsula. Testimony was heard from The Honorable James A. Kelly, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Iraq’s Political Future. Closed Members Briefing with The Honorable William Burns, Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs, Department of State.

***Nominations Received***

Department of State - Ralph Frank, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia.

Department of State - William M. Bellamy, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya.

Department of State - Helen R. Meagher La Lime, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mozambique.

African Development Foundation - John W. Leslie, Jr., of Connecticut, to be a Member of the Board of Directors for a term expiring September 27, 2007.

Department of Homeland Security - Eduardo Aguirre, Jr., of Texas, to be a Director of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

***Miscellaneous***

Mexico - United States Interparliamentary Group: The Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of Representative Kolbe as Chairman.

Canada - United States Interparliamentary Group: The Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of Representative Houghton as Chairman.

British - American Interparliamentary Group: The Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of Representative Petri as Chairman.