Committee on International Relations
COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF March 30, 2004
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
“The Bush Administration and Nonproliferation: A New Strategy Emerges” – Full Committee Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable John R. Bolton, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Department of State; Mr. Henry D. Sokolski, Executive Director, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center; Mr. Joseph Cirincione, Director for Nonproliferation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Victor Gilimsky, Ph.D., Former Commissioner, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Room 2172Rayburn House Office Building
H.R. 3978, Designation of Foreign Terrorist Organizations Reform Act;
H. R. 4019, Concerning participation of Taiwan in the World Health Organization;
H.R. 4011, The North Korea Human Rights Act of 2004;
H. R. 2760, The Resolution of the Ethiopia-Eritrea Border Dispute Act of 2003;
H.R.__, the Peace Corps Safety and Security Act of 2004;
H.R.__, Assistance for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act of 2004;
H.R.__, the United States International Leadership Act of 2003, and for other purposes;
H. Res. 402, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the urgent need for freedom, democratic reform, and international monitoring of elections, human rights, and religious liberty in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic;
H. Res. 535, Expressing the concern and support of the House of Representatives for local elected officials under threat of assassination, kidnapping, forcible displacement, and coercion by terrorist organizations in the Republic of Colombia;
H. Res. 563, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the one-year anniversary of the human rights crackdown in Cuba;
H. Res. 576, Urging the Government of the People’s Republic of China to improve its protection of intellectual property rights, and for other purposes;
H. Con. Res. 326, Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the arbitrary detention of Dr. Wang Bingzhang by the Government of the People’s Republic of China and urging his immediate release;
H. Con. Res. 336, Expressing the sense of Congress that the continued participation of the Russian Federation in the group of 8 nations should be conditioned on the Russian Government voluntarily accepting and adhering to the norms and standards of democracy;
H. Con. Res. 352, Recognizing the contributions of people of India origin to the United States and the benefits of working together with India towards promoting peace, prosperity, and freedom among all countries of the world;
H. Con. Res. 378, Calling on the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to immediately and unconditionally release Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly, and for other purposes; and
H. Con. Res.__, Expressing the concern of Congress over Iran’s development of the means to produce nuclear weapons.
“Belarus and Its Future: Democracy or Soviet-Style Dictatorship? – Subcommittee on Europe Hearing
Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation; Mr. Stephen Nix, Regional Program Director, Eurasia, International Republican Institute; Mr. Paul LeGendre, Program Officer, Working Group on Belarus and Secretariat, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
Thursday, April 1, 2004
“Al-Qaeda: The Threat to the United States and its Allies” – Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Human Rights.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
The Honorable J. Cofer Black, Ambassador-at-large, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State.
“Fighting Terrorism in Africa” – Subcommittee on Africa.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: Mr. Karl Wycoff, Associate Coordinator for Press, Policy, Programs and Plans, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State; The Honorable Princeton Lyman, Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow in Africa Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Mr. Douglas Farah, Former Washington Post Correspondent; Dr. Gilbert Khadiagala, Associate Professor of African Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University.
COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF MARCH 22, 2004
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
“Safety and Security of Peace Corps Volunteers” – Full Committee Hearing.
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.
"Saudi Arabia and the Fight Against Terrorism Financing” – Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia.
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
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.
“Developments in Burma” – Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
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.
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
H. R. 4011 (Leach) – A bill to promote human rights and freedom in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and for other purposes. (Referred to HIRC. In addition, to the Committee on the Judiciary.)
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
H. R. 4019 (Chabot) – A bill to address the participation of Taiwan in the World Health Organization.
H. R. 4021 (Ackerman) – A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to require that only countries that have a democratic form of government and that support the United States nonproliferation objectives may be designated as major non-NATO allies for purposes of that Act and the Arms Export Control Act.
H. Res. 576 (Watson) – A resolution urging the Government of the People’s Republic of China to improve its protection of intellectual property rights, and for other purposes.
Thursday, March 25, 2004
H. Con. Res. 398 (Hyde) – Concurrent resolution expressing the concern of Congress over Iran’s development of the means to produce nuclear weapons.
H. Con. Res. 399 (Millender-McDonald) – Concurrent resolution urging the President to provide encouragement and support for the ratification, establishment, and financing of a tribunal for the prosecution of surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime.
H. Res. 577 (Bereuter) – A resolution recognizing 50 years of relations between the United States Government and the European Union.
***Presidential Messages, Executive and Other Communications Received***
Notice of Withdrawal of USAID CN #254 – January 30, 2004, USAID; unnumbered.
International Affairs Technical Assistance Report to Congress – February 19, 2004, Department of Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 129, of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.
Forging New Partnerships – 2003 Annual Report to Congress – March 4, 2004, OPIC; unnumbered.
Standards for Success Accomplishment Report FY 2003 – March 15, 2004, USAID; unnumbered.
Diplomatic Construction Project at the United States Embassy, Kingston, Jamaica – March 18, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA, 1988 and 1989 (P.L. 100-204), as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, 1990 and 1991 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.
Training of Personnel in Friendly Foreign Countries in Use of Nonproliferation Technology – March 22, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1302 (b) (1) of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2003 – March 22, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 665 of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228) and sections 116 (d) and 502B (b) of the FAA of 1961; Ex. Comm. 7213.
Notice of Intent to Initiate IMET Funds for Algeria – DSCA, pursuant to Title III of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199);
Ex. Comm. 7218.
Certification and Memorandum of Justification Concerning UN Peacekeeping Procurement – March 23, 2004, DOS, consistent with Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.
Communication from the President of the United States - Reports on the Status of United States Efforts in the Global War on Terrorism – March 23, 2004, The White House, consistent with the War Powers Resolution, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution, 2002 (P.L. 107-243) and Authorization for Use of U.S. Armed Forces Pursuant to UNSCR 678 (P.L. 102-1); H. Doc. 108-175.
Certification and Memorandum of Justification Related to Serbia and Montenegro – March 24, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1511 of the National Defense Authorization Act, 1994 (P.L. 103-160); unnumbered.
Copies of International Agreements – March 24, 2004, DOS, pursuant to 1 U.S.C. 112b (a);
Ex. Comm. 7245.
Report to Congress on Activities by U.S. Government Departments and Agencies Relating to the Prevention of Nuclear Proliferation from January 1 to December 31, 2003 – March 17, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 601 (a) of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act, 1978 (P.L. 95-242); Ex. Comm. 7246.
President’s Bi-Monthly Report on Cyprus December 2004 – January 2004 – March 24, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 620 ( c ) of the FAA of 1961, as amended and in accordance with Sec. 1 (a) (6) of ex. Order 13313; Ex. Comm. 7247.
Notice that Haiti is Eligible to Enter Negotiation of an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) with the Department of Defense (DoD) – March 25, 2004, DSCA, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2342(b); unnumbered.
Report to Congress on Development Assistance and Child Survival Health Programs – March 25, 2004, USAID, pursuant to Sec. 653 (a) of the FAA of 1961, as amended by the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.
Project Certification to Sign an Agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation of Ballistic Missile Defense Capabilities and Systems – March 25, 2004, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 02-04), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; Ex. Comm. 7271.
Notice of the U.S. – China Economic and Security Review Commission’s Efforts to Travel to the People’s Republic of China to Conduct Business on Behalf of the Congress – March 25, 2004, U.S. – China Commission; unnumbered.
Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance – March 26, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management; unnumbered.
Notification of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Portugal – March 29, 2004, DSCA, total value of items estimated to be $2,514,700.80, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered
Notification of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Portugal – March 29, 2004, DSCA, total value of items estimated to be $122,400.00, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered
Notification of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Israel – March 29, 2004, DSCA, total value of items estimated to be $5,574,912.88, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.
OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF MARCH 22, 2004
Department of State – Constance Berry Newman, of Illinois, to be Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.
Department of State – Jendayi Elizabeth Frazer, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa.
Department of State – Thomas Neil Hull III, of New Hampshire, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone.
Department of State – R. Niels Marquardt, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon, and to serve concurrently without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
Department of State – Roger A. Meece, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Department of State – Lauren Moriarty, of Hawaii, for the rank of Ambassador during her tenure of service as United States Senior Official to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum.
Department of State – Mitchell B. Reiss, of Virginia, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Special Envoy for Northern Ireland.
***Other Hearings/Meetings of Interest***
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: U.S – Mexico Relations. Testimony was heard from the following Senators: Hagel, McCain, Craig, Durbin, and Cornyn; Roger F. Noriega, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs; C. Stewart Verdery, Assistant Secretary for Border and Transportation Security Policy and Planning, and Eduardo Aguirre, Jr., Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, both of the Department of Homeland Security; and Stephen E. Flynn, Council on Foreign Relations; Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Migration Policy Institute, and Arturo A. Valenzuela, Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: AGOA III: The United States Africa Partnership Act of 2003. Testimony was heard from Alan P. Larson, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs; Florizelle B. Liser, Assistant United States Trade Representative for Africa; and Constance B. Newman, Assistant Administrator for Africa, USAID.