Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF March 22, 2004

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

 

 

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

 

 

10:30 a.m.       

“Safety and Security of Peace Corps Volunteers” – Full Committee Hearing.

Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses: Mr. Jeffrey Bruce, Editor, Dayton Daily News; Mr. Jess Ford, Director, International Affairs and Trade, GAO; Mr. Walter R. Poirier, Private Witness; Mr. Kevin Quigley, President, National Peace Corps Association; The Honorable Charles D. Smith, Inspector General, The Peace Corps; The Honorable Gaddi H. Vasquez, Director, The Peace Corps.

 

1:30 p.m.

“Saudi Arabia and the Fight Against Terrorism Financing” – Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia.

Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses: The Honorable J. Cofer Black, Coordinator, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State; Mr. Gary M. Bald, Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Mr. Juan C. Zarate, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Executive Office, Terrorist Financing and Financial Crime, Department of Treasury; Mr. Robert Baer, Former CIA Middle East Intelligence Officer; Mr. Steven Simon, Senior Analyst, RAND Corporation.

 

Thursday, March 25, 2004

 

10:00 a.m.             

MEMBERS ONLY round table discussion on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights with Ambassadors from the Western Europe and Others Group (WEOG), Eastern Europe, and the Western Hemisphere – Joint Subcommittee meeting.

Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

 

1:00 p.m.

“Developments in Burma” – Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses: Mr. Matthew P. Daley, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable Daw San San, Member-Elect of Parliament, National League for Democracy, Burma; Mr. Brad Adams, Executive Division, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch; Ms. Veronica Martin, Policy Analyst for East Asia and the Pacific, U.S. Committee for Refugees; David I. Steinberg, Ph.D., Director, Asian Studies Program, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Mr. Morten B. Pedersen, Senior Analyst, International Crisis Group.

 

 COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF MARCH 15, 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.

             

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.

                               

10:30 a.m.              

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

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. 3978, Designation of Foreign Terrorist Organizations Reform Act – Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights.  (Approved for Full Committee action)

               

2:30 p.m.

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

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 - The following resolutions were approved by voice vote.

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.

                               

10:30 a.m.              

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

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. 

 

***Floor***

 

H. Res. 557 (Hyde) – Relating to the liberation of the Iraqi people and the valiant service of the United States Armed Forces and Coalition forces.  (Agreed to by a recorded vote of 327-93)

 

H. Con. Res. 364 (Pombo) – Recognizing more than five decades of strategic partnership between the U.S. and the people of the Marshall Islands.  (Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays 408-0)

 

 

***Legislation Introduced***

 

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

 

H. Con. Res. 385 (Skelton) – Concurrent resolution calling on the President to negotiate a bilateral security agreement with the Iraqi Governing Council before June 30, 2004.

 

H. Res. 563 (Ros-Lehtinen) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the one year anniversary of the human rights crackdown in Cuba.

 

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

 

H.R. 3989 (Hastings) – A bill to require the Secretary of the Treasury to direct the United States Executive director at the inter-American Development Bank to urge the Bank to release the loans approved for Haiti, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services.  In addition, referred to HIRC.)

 

H. Con. Res. 387 (John) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the current policy on the bids for agricultural food tenders in Iraq.

 

H. Res. 564 (Pelosi) – 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. 565 (Weller) – A resolution condemning the terrorist bombing attacks in Madrid that occurred on March 11, 2004.

 

H. Res. 569 (Hastings) – A resolution expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives to the victims, their families and friends, and the people of the Kingdom of Spain for the loss suffered during the terrorist attacks in Madrid on March 11, 2004.

 

Thursday, March 18, 2004

 

H. R. 3996 (Schiff) – A bill to build operational readiness in civilian agencies, and for other purposes.

 

H. Con. Res. 390 (Ackerman) – Concurrent resolution condemning the adoption of United Nations General Assembly Resolution ES-10/14 (December 8, 2003) which requests the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to render an advisory opinion concerning the international legal consequences arising from Israel’s construction of a security fence in parts of the West Bank, and for other purposes.

 

H. Con. Res. 392 (Woolsey) – Concurrent resolution calling for the adoption of a sensible, Multilateral American Response to terrorism (“SMART”) Security Platform for the 21st Century.

 

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

 

FY 03 Report on Steps to Increase OPIC Activities in sub-Saharan Africa – February 9, 2004, OPIC, pursuant to Sec. 123 ( c ) of the Trade and Development Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-200); unnumbered.

 

Notice of Ecuador Eligibility to Participate in TFCA Programs – February 11, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to the Tropical Forest Conservation Act, 1998 (P.L. 87-195); unnumbered.

 

Notice of the Number of Members of USAF Involved in Counternarcotics-Related Functions in Andean Countries in January 2004 – February 14, 2004, The Joint Staff, pursuant to Sec. 8 of International Narcotics Control Act, 1990 (P.L. 101-623); unnumbered.

 

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.

 

Report to the Congress – Imposition of Foreign Policy Controls on Items Previously Controlled for National Security Reasons – March 10, 2004, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 6 of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L.96-72); unnumbered.

 

Notice of a $13.3 Million Transfer to the Government of Colombia for Narcotics Control Purposes – March 12, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 482 (e) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 

Support to Peacekeeping Operations in East Timor – March 16, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 634 of the FAA and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Letter Seeking Support to Increase the Ceilings on the Numbers of U.S. Military Personnel and U.S. Contractors Involved in Plan Colombia – March 16, 2004, DOS; unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 16, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $1,000,000 in FY 04 IDFA funds to support post-conflict forest sector rehabilitation and reform in Liberia, pursuant to Sec. 632 (b) 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.

 

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Iran – March 18, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412), 204 ( c ) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (P.L. 95-223), and Sec. 505 ( c ) of the International Security and Development Cooperation Act, 1985; Ex. Comm. 7191.

 

Semiannual Report on Telecommunications Payments Made to Cuba – March 18, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 1705 (e) (6) of the Cuban Democracy Act, 1992 (P.L. 102-484), 6004 (e) 96), as amended by Sec. 102 (g) of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act, 1996 (P.L. 104-114);

Ex. Comm. 7192.

 

Report to the Congress – Imposition of Foreign Policy Controls on Items Previously Controlled for National Security Reasons – March 18, 2004, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 6 of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); Ex. Comm. 7193.

 

Bureau of Industry and Security – Annual Report FY 2003 – March 18, 2004, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); Ex. Comm. 7194.

 

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF MARCH 15, 2004

 

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

 

House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs held a hearing on International HIV/AIDS Assistance Request.  Testimony was heard from Ambassador Randall Tobias, Global AIDS Coordinator.