Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF MARCH 31,  2003

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***



Tuesday, April 1, 2003

10:15 a.m. “The U.S. Response to East African Famines and the Future Outlook for Food Aid in Africa” - Full Committee Hearing.
Witnesses: The Honorable Frank R. Wolf, Chairman, Subcommittee on the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives; The Honorable Alan P. Larson, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable Andrew Natsios, Administrator, USAID; Dr. James G. “Jim” Butler, Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Ms. Sheila Sisulu, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

2:00 p.m. CLOSED MEMBERS BRIEFING on Recent Developments in and U.S. Policy Toward North Korea with The Honorable James Kelly, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; The Honorable Peter Rodman, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; and Mr. Arthur Brown, National Intelligence Officer for East Asia.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Wednesday, April 2, 2003

10:15 a.m. Full Committee Markup of H.R. 1298, United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Thursday, April 3, 2003

2:00 p.m. “Democratic Republic of Congo: Key to the Crisis in the Great Lakes Region” - Subcommittee on Africa Hearing.
Witnesses: Mr. Charles R. Snyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Department of State; Mr. Francois Grignon, Central Africa Project Director, International Crisis Group, The Honorable Howard Wolpe, Africa Project Consulting Director, Woodrow Wilson Center.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

COMMITTEE BUSINESS FOR MARCH 24, 2003

***Hearings/Meetings/Markups***

Wednesday, March 26, 2003
 

10:00 a.m. “U.S. Policy Towards the Western Hemisphere” - Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. MEMBERS ONLY CLASSIFIED briefing with The Honorable Marc Grossman, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Department of State.

1:30 p.m. “Overview of International Terrorist Organizations” - Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Human Rights.
Witnesses: The Honorable J. Cofer Black, Ambassador-at-Large, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State.

2:00 p.m. “U.S. Policy Toward Southeast Asia” - Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
Witnesses: The Honorable Matthew P. Daley, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State; Mr. Gordon West, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia and the Near East, USAID.

Thursday, March 27, 2003

1:30 p.m. “U.S. Assistance Programs in Europe: An Assessment” - Subcommittee on Europe
Witnesses: Mr. Thomas Adams, Acting Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia, Bureau of European and Eurasia Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable Kent R. Hill. Ph.D., Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, USAID.

***Floor***

H. Con. Res. 118 (Kingston) - Concerning the treatment of members of the Armed Forces held as prisoner of war by Iraqi authorities. Agreed to by yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 91.

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

H. R. 1414 (McGovern) - A bill to facilitate the establishment of a United Nations civilian police corps for international peace operations to maintain the rule of law and promote peace and stability in post-conflict situations.

H. R. 1415 (Houghton) - A bill to implement effective measures to stop trade in conflict diamonds. (In addition, to the Committee on Ways and Means)

H. R. 1432 (Rangel) - A bill to authorize the Secretary of State to enter into negotiations with representatives of the Government of Cuba to establish cooperation between the United States and Cuba on illicit narcotics control efforts.

H. Con. Res. 111 (Baird) - Concurrent resolution expressing sympathy for the loss of Rachel Corrie in the Palestinian village of Rafah in the Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003.

H. Con. Res. 112 (Crane) - Concurrent resolution condemning attacks on United States citizens by Palestinian terrorists, and for other purposes.

H. Con. Res. 113 (English) - Concurrent resolution urging all governments involved in the military action against Iraq to work to take all reasonable measures to avoid damage to the cultural antiquities in Iraq until hostilities have ceased.

H. Con. Res. 114 (Eddie Bernice Johnson) - Concurrent resolution calling on civic groups, women’s groups, and others throughout the world to hold workshops, forums, and other events to speak up for world peace and reaffirm women’s essential role in the peace-building process.

H. Con. Res. 116 (Sessions) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should withhold its assessed and voluntary contributions to the United Nations until the Charter of the United Nations is amended to ensure that a member state may not be a member of the security council, or serve as chair of, or in any other position of responsibility in, any organ or agency of the United Nations, unless the government of that country has been democratically elected.

H. Con. Res. 117 (Wexler) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States Government should reaffirm its unwavering commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act as the cornerstone of United States relations with Taiwan, and for other purposes.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

H. R. 1441 (Issa) - A bill to require the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development and the Secretary of Defense to give a preference for American companies in the award of contracts to provide assistance for Iraq, and to require the use of CDMA technology in any such contract for the provision of commercial mobile wireless communication service. (In addition, to the Committee on Armed Services)

H. R. 1452 (Sessions) - A bill to provide that the language of the text of the United States passports is written in English and Spanish.

H. R. 1454 (Vitter) - A bill to establish the policy of the United States with respect to deployment of missile defense systems capable of defending allies of the United States against ballistic missile attack. (Referred to the Committee on Armed Services. In addition, to the Committee on International Relations)

H. Con. Res. 119 (Crane) - Concurrent resolution condemning attacks on United States citizens by Palestinian terrorists, and for other purposes.

H. Con. Res. 121 (Hastings) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress concerning United States and allied Armed Forces personnel killed or wounded or taken captive while engaged in the war on terrorism and the war with Iraq and offering deepest sympathy to the families of those killed in action. (Referred to the Committee on Armed Services. In addition, to the Committee on International Relations)

H. Con. Res. 122 (Tauscher) - Concurrent resolution urging the United Nations to put in place broad United Nations Security Council authority to help the people of Iraq.

H. Res. 164 (Flake) - A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the human rights situation in Cuba.

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


Message From the President of the United States Transmitting Benchmarks for a Sustainable Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina - February 5, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 7 (b) of the Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Act, 1998 (P.L. 105-174) and Sec. 1203 (a) of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 1999 (P.L. 105-261); (H. Doc. 108-34).

Notice of the Number of US Armed Forces Involved in Counternarcotics-Related Functions in Andean Countries During January 2003 - February 26, 2003, The Joint Staff, pursuant to Sec. 8 of the International Narcotics Control Act for FY 90 (P.L. 101-623); unnumbered.

List of All Sales and Licensed Commercial Exports - “Javits” Report - March 17, 2003, letter from the DOS transmitting CLASSIFIED annual report pursuant to Sec. 25(a)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 18, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $5,500,000 in FY 02 International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement supplemental funds for law enforcement programs, projects and activities in Afghanistan, pursuant to 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), Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 19, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $7,438,400 in funds made available under Title II NADR of FY 03 FOAA to provide security, training, equipment and related support for Afghan President Hamid Karzai as part of the Department’s effort to develop an indigenous security detail capability, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 Division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 19, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $188 million in FY 03 bilateral ESF for Pakistan to help reduce debts that are currently owed to the USDA, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, Sections 515 & 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003, Division E of the Consolidated Omnibus Appropriations Resolution (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Report on Efforts by the United States to Achieve Certain Nuclear and Missile Nonproliferation Objectives in South Asia - March 20, 2003, letter from the President transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 1601(c) of the State Department Authorization Act, FY03 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Certification and Justifications Regarding Kazakhstan and Ukraine - March 20, 2003, letter from the DOS transmitting CLASSIFIED reports pursuant to Sec. 1203(d) of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Act of 1993 (P.L. 103-160) and Sec. 502 of the FREEDOM Support Act (P.L. 102-511); Ex. Comm. 1244.

Amendment to the Export Administrations Regulations Submitted by the Bureau of Industry and Security to the Federal Register - March 24, 2003, Department of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 15 ( c ) of the Export Administration Act; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 24, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent by the Department of Transportation to obligate $2,000,000 in FY 2002 Emergency Supplemental ESF to improve the security and safety of Nigeria’s aviation sector, seaports, and rail system, pursuant to 632 (a) of the FAA of 1961, Supplemental Appropriations Act for Further Recovery from and Response to Terrorist Attacks on the United States, 2002 (P.L. 107-206); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 24, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $327,000 in FY 02 funds for the Eurasian Exchanges, Training and Democracy Programs, pursuant to 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

Message From the President of the United States Transmitting “Confiscating and Vesting Certain Iraqi Property” - March 24, 2003, The White House, pursuant to 204 (b) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and Sec. 301 of the National Emergencies Act; (H. Doc. 108-51).

Message From the President of the United States Transmitting a Periodic Report on the National Emergency With Respect to Persons Who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism - March 24, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergencies Act and Sec. 204 ( c ) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act; (H. Doc. 108-52).

Annual Report Covering Defense Articles and Services That Were Licensed for Export Under Sec. 38 of the Arms Export Control Act - March 24, 2003, letter from the DOS transmitting CLASSIFIED and unclassified reports pursuant to Sec. 655 of the FAA; Ex. Comm. 1334.
Communication From the President Transmitting Report on Efforts in the Global War on Terrorism - March 24, 2003, The White House, consistent with the War Powers Resolution and P.L. 107-40, to keep the Congress informed on United States Efforts in the Global War on Terrorism; (H. Doc. 108-53) Ex. Comm. 1335.

Communication From the President of the United States Transmitting Report Regarding the Use of Military Force Against Iraq - March 24, 2003, The White House, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (P.L. 93-148);
(H. Doc. 108-54) Ex. Comm. 1336.

Report on Proposed Obligations for Weapons Destruction and Non-Proliferation in the Former Soviet Union - March 25, 2003, Assistant Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 1205 of the FY 1996 National Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 104-106); unnumbered.

Report to Congress on Identifying Federal Law Enforcement and Intelligence Community Information Identified as Necessary by DOS to Screen Visa Applicants and DHS to Screen Applicants for Admission to the United States, and to Identify Those Aliens Inadmissible or Deportable under the Immigration and Nationality Act - March 25, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 201 (b) of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-173); unnumbered.

Amendment to the Export Administrations Regulations Submitted by the Bureau of Industry and Security to the Federal Register - March 25, 2003, Department of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 15 ( c ) of the Export Administration Act; unnumbered.

Report on the Future Enlargement of NATO - March 25, 2003, letter from the President transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 3(2)(E)(i) of the Resolution of Ratification to the Protocols to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, adopted on April 30, 1998; unnumbered.

The Department’s Final Rule - Direct Investment Survey: BE-605, Transactions of U.S. Affiliate, Except a U.S. Banking Affiliate, With Foreign Parent, and BE-605 Bank, Transactions of U.S. Banking Affiliate With Foreign Parent [Docket No. 020913215-3002-01] (RIN: 0691-AA45) - March 25, 2003, Department of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 1401.

Policy on Terminating the Arab League Boycott of Israel and Expanding the Process of Normalization Between the Arab League Countries and Israel - March 26, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 535 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Egypt - March 26, 2003, DSCA, estimated total value $6,537,582.00, pursuant to 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Notification of Waiver of Sanctions - March 26, 2003, CLASSIFIED notification from the DOS, pursuant to Sec. 73(a) of the AECA and Sec. 11B(b)(1) of the EAA; unnumbered.

The Department’s Final Rule - Cuban Assets Control Regulations: Family and Educational Travel-Related Transactions, Remittances of Inherited Funds, Activities of Cuban Nationals in the United States, Support for the Cuban People, Humanitarian Projects, and Technical Amendments - March 26, 2003, Department of Treasury, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 1447.

The Department’s Final Rule - Authorization of Certain Humanitarian Activities by Non-governmental Organizations in Iraq and Iran - March 26, 2003, Department of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 1448.

The Department’s Final Rule - Direct Investment Surveys: BE-12, Benchmark Survey of Foreign Direct Investment in the United States - 2002 [Docket No. 020813189-2330-02] (RIN: 0691-AA44 - March 26, 2003, Department of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 1449.

Deputy Secretary’s Determinations and Memoranda of Justification Regarding Assistance Programs in the Republika Srpska and Serbia - March 27, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 576 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations, Division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Background and Justification African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance Program - March 27, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Title III and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations, 2003 as enacted in P.L. 108-7 and Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Suriname - March 27, 2003, DSCA, estimated total value $90,787.50, pursuant to 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of the Dominican Republic - March 27, 2003, DSCA, estimated total value $150,000.00, pursuant to 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 27, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate an additional $80,000 in FY 02 AEEB funds for the purpose of funding the position of media development advisor at the mission to Serbia and Montenegro of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, Sections 515 & 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 27, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $13.45 million in FY 03 FSA funds for transportation of humanitarian assistance to needy populations in Europe and Eurasia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (Division E, P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 27, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $300,000 in FY 02 Africa Regional ESF to purchase a printing press for the Association of the Independent Angolan Press, pursuant to 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 - March 27, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $5,250,000 in FY 02 ESF appropriations from MEPI for six programs to create political and educational opportunity in the MENA; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 27, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $175,000 in carryover FY 02 AEEB funds to support the activities of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, Sections 515 & 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

Copies of International Agreements, Other Than Treaties Entered into by the United States - March 27, 2003, DOS, pursuant to 1 U.S.C. 112b (a); Ex. Comm. 1485.

Bureau of Industry and Security Annual Report FY 02 - March 27, 2003, Department of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 14 of the Export Administration Act of 1979; Ex. Comm. 1486.

President’s Determination & Justification on Suspension of Limitations Under the Jerusalem Embassy Act - March 27, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 7 (a) of the JEA of 1995 (P.L. 104-45); Ex. Comm. 1559.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 28, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent by USAID to transfer $450,000 in FY 02 AEEB funds to ECA for the Ron Brown Fellowship Program in Serbia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (Division E, P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 28, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $25,000,000 in FY 2001 and FY 2003 International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement for post-conflict activities in Iraq, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2001 (P.L. 106-429) and 2003 (Division E, P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

FY 2003 FMF Programs for Afghanistan, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Malta, and Nicaragua - March 28, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (Division E, P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Export License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Greece - March 28, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 006-02), transaction involves the export of 132.50 caliber semi-automatic sniper rifles and associated equipment to the Greek Army, pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Export License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Greece - March 28, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 007-03), transaction involves the sale of 3 S-70B helicopters with enhanced configuration to the Gov. of Greece, pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Export License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to France, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Spain - March 28, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 008-03), transaction involves the exports of technical data and defense services for the launch of 2 commercial communications satellites to be owned and operated by a U.S. firm, pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Export License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to the United Kingdom - March 28, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 014-03), transaction involves the exports of technical data and defense services for demonstration, manufacturing and in-service support phases of the Airborne Electronic Reconnaissance System known as Project EXTRACT for end-use by the UK Ministry of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Jordan - March 28, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 005-03), transaction involves the transfer of technical data, assistance and manufacturing know-how to Jordan for the modernization and upgrade of 1,200 M113A1 vehicles to the M113A2Mkl Armored Personnel Carrier configuration for the Jordan Armed Forces, pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Germany - March 28, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 011-03), transaction involves the transfer of technical data, defense services, and hardware to Germany for the manufacture of components for the Standard Advanced Dewar Assembly II Thermal Imaging System for end-use, pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Report Regarding the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) Implementation Act of 1998 for FY 2001 - March 28, 2003, letter from the President transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 309 of the CWC Implementation Act of 1998; unnumbered.

Report Regarding the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) Implementation Act of 1998 for FY 2002 - March 28, 2003, letter from the President transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 309 of the CWC Implementation Act of 1998; unnumbered.

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

To Amend the Microenterprise for Self-Reliance Act of 2000 and the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961; To Amend P.L. 107-10; To Amend Sec. 527 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY 1994 and FY 1995; Urging Passage of a Resolution Addressing Human Rights Abuses in North Korea; Supporting the Goals of International Women’s Day; Condemning the Punishment of Women by Stoning; Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Rescue of Bulgarian Jews From the Holocaust and Commending the Bulgarian People For Their Tradition of Ethnic and Religious Tolerance - March 5, 2003, Markup before the Full Committee; Serial No. 108-1.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF MARCH 24, 2003

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. Con. Res. 30 (Lugar) - Expressing the sense of Congress to commend and express the gratitude of the United States to the nations participating with the United States in the Coalition to Disarm Iraq. Agreed to by yea-and-nay vote of 97 yeas with none voting “nay”, RV No. 109.

***Hearings/Briefings of Interest***

House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs held a hearing on the following: Export-Import Bank, USTDA; and OPIC. Testimony was heard from Philip Merrill, Chairman, Export-Import Bank; Peter Watson, President, OPIC; and Thelma Askey, Director, USTDA.

House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs held a hearing on Supplemental Request for Iraq and the Global War on Terrorism. Testimony was heard from Richard L. Armitage, Deputy Secretary, Department of State; and Andrew S. Natsios, Administrator USAID.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Foreign Assistance Oversight. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of State: The Honorable William Burns, Assistant Secretary, Near Eastern Affairs; The Honorable James A. Kelly, Assistant Secretary, East Asian and Pacific Affairs; The Honorable Christina B. Rocca; and The Honorable Wendy Chamberlin, Assistant Administrator for Asia & the Near East, USAID.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: NATO Enlargement: Qualifications & Contributions. Testimony was heard from The following officials of the Department of State: Ms. Heather A. Conley, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, European & Eurasian Affairs; Ms. Janet L. Bogue, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, European & Eurasian Affairs; Mr. Robert A. Bradtke, Deputy Assistant Secretary, European & Eurasian Affairs; and Mr. Ian Brzezinski, Deputy Assistant Secretary, European & NATO Affairs, DOD.

Senate Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded hearings to examine the future of NATO, after receiving testimony from Marc I. Grossman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; and Douglas J. Feith, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Transmission of Global AIDS in Africa. Testimony was heard from Claude A. Allen, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services; Maria J. Wawer, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Rakai District, Uganda; and David Gisselquist, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

***Nominations Received***

Department of State - Marsha E. Barnes, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname.