Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF April 7, 2003

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Thursday, April 10, 2003

1:30 p.m. “The Balkans: Assessing the Progress and Looking to the Future” - Subcommittee on Europe Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: Mr. Daniel Serwer, Director, Balkans Initiative, United States Institute of Peace; General William L. Nash (Ret.), Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations; Mr. Mark Wheeler, Bosnia Project Manager, International Crisis Group.

COMMITTEE BUSINESS FOR WEEK OF MARCH 31, 2003

***Hearings/Meetings/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; Mesfin Wolde Mariam, Ph.D., Professor, Harvard University.

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.

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. Reported favorably to the House, as amended.

Thursday, April 3, 2003

10:00 a.m. MEMBERS ONLY CLASSIFIED briefing on Iraq with the Honorable Elliott Abrams, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs, National Security Council.

11:00 a.m. Subcommittee on Europe Markup of H. Res. 165, A resolution expressing support for a peaceful settlement of the Cyprus problem; H. R. 854, A resolution promoting democracy, human rights and rule of law in Belarus; H. Res. 154, A resolution commending the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; H. Con. Res. 129, A resolution expressing appreciation for support of the United Kingdom. These resolutions were reported to the Full Committee, as amended.

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.

***Floor***

Monday, March 31, 2003


H. R. 1208 (Smith - NJ) - Northern Ireland Peace and Reconciliation Support Act: To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2004 and 2005 for United States contributions to the International Fund for Ireland. Agreed to by voice vote.

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, April 1, 2003


H. R. 1548 (Paul) - A bill to prohibit any Federal official from expending any Federal funds for any population control or population planning program or any family planning activity. (In addition, referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce)

H. Con. Res. 133 (Lantos) - Concurrent resolution expressing the concern of Congress over Russian and Syrian actions in support of Iraq.

H. Con. Res. 134 (Royce) - Concurrent resolution acknowledging the deepening relationship between the United States and the Republic of Djibouti and recognizing Djibouti’s role in combating terrorism.

Wednesday, April 2, 2003


H. R. 1578 (Udall) - A bill to promote and coordinate global change research, and for other purposes. (Referred to the Committee on Science. In addition to the Committees on the Budget and International Relations)

Thursday, April 3, 2003

H. R. 1854 (Houghton) - A bill to implement effective measures to stop trade in conflict diamonds, and for other purposes. (Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. In addition, to the Committee on International Relations)

H. R. 1590 (Lantos) - A bill to enhance United States leadership and the functioning of international organizations and multilateral institutions.

H. R. 1636 (Stearns) - A bill to protect and enhance consumer privacy, and for other purposes. (Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. In addition, to the Committee on International Relations)

H. Con. Res. 136 (Lantos) - Concurrent resolution providing that NATO should play a greater role in promoting security in Afghanistan and for other purposes.

H. Res. 177 (Green) - A resolution commending the people of the Republic of Kenya for conducting free and fair elections, for the peaceful and orderly transfer of power in their government, and for the continued success of democracy in their nation since that transition.

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

Report of Licensing Activities - March 3, 2003, Department of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 906(b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000; unnumbered.

USAID Congressional Notification Regarding China - March 25, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate $1,500,000 in FY 02 prior year ESF to support activities that preserve cultural traditions & promote sustainable development and environmental conservation in Tibetan communities, pursuant to Sec. 526 (a) of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); CN # 58.

USAID Congressional Notification Regarding Kosovo - March 25, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate $1,250,000 in FY 03 AEEB funds for Kosovo Special Initiatives; CN # 59.

USAID Congressional Notification Regarding Ukraine - March 25, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate $55,704 of FREEDOM Support Act carryover funds in support of promoting legal systems that support democratic processes and market reforms, pursuant to Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, Related Programs Appropriation Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); CN #60.

USAID Congressional Notification Regarding Ukraine - March 25, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to obligate $1,000,000 of FREEDOM Support Act carryover funds in support of promoting more effective, responsive and accountable local government , pursuant to Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, Related Programs Appropriation Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); CN #61.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 27, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $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.

Notification with Respect to a Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Sell Defense Articles and Services to Norway - March 27, 2003, CLASSIFIED notification from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency pursuant to Sec. 36(b) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 1484.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 28, 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 Former 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.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 28, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent by USAID to transfer $450,000 in FY 03 AEEB funds to DOS ECA Bureau 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 of the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

USAID Congressional Notification Regarding Honduras - March 28, 2003, USAID, informing of the intent to transfer $335,200 from Development Assistance funds to the Development Credit Authority account for the “Economic Reactivation Meeting the Needs of the poor,”; CN # 62.
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2002 - March 31, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 116 (d) (1) and 502B (b) of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 505 ( c ) of the Trade Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-618); unnumbered.

Report Concerning Minority Recruitment at the U.S. Department of State - March 31, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sections 324 and 325 ( c ) on the State Department Authorization Bill for the FY 03 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Training of Personnel in Friendly Foreign Countries in Use of Nonproliferation Technology - March 31, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1302 (b) (1) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for FY 03 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Report on the German Foundation, “Remembrance, Responsibility, and the Future” - March 31, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 704 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for FY 03 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Semi-Annual Report on Progress Toward Regional Nuclear Nonproliferation in South Asia - March 31, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 620F ( c ) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project in Vancouver, Canada - March 31, 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.

Diplomatic Construction Project in Guadalajara, Mexico - March 31, 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.

Diplomatic Construction Project in Sao Paulo, Brazil - March 31, 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.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - March 31, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram $6,500,000 originally programmed for Airfield Upgrades in Title III, Chapter 2 of Division B of the Emergency Supplemental Act, pursuant to Sections 488 (b) and 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 and 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2000(101-167); unnumbered.

Certifications and Waivers and Their Justification of the Prohibition Against Contracting With Firms That Comply With the Arab League Boycott of the State of Israel and of the Prohibition Against Contracting With Firms That Discriminate in the Award of Subcontracts on the Basis of Religion - March 31, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 565 (b) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 (P.L. 103-236); Ex. Comm. 1568.

Annual Report on Military Assistance, Military Exports, and Military Imports for FY 02 - March 31, 2003, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 655 of the FAA of 1961, Sec. 1324 of P.L. 104-106, Sec. 148 of P.L. 104-164; Ex. Comm. 1569.

The Department’s Final Rule - Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations Related to the Missile Technology Control Regime [Docket No. 030304054-3054-01] (RIN: 0694-AC22) - March 31, 2003, Department of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 1570.

Presidential Determination No. 2003-04 and the PLO Commitments Compliance Act Report - March 31, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 804 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990-1991 and Sections 603, 604 and 699 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY 03; Ex. Comm. 1571.

Notice of Transfer of Military Equipment From Germany to the Netherlands for Deployment in Turkey - March 31, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 3 of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 1572.

Report Regarding Programs for the Protection, Control and Accounting of Fissile Materials in the Countries of the Former Soviet Union First Half of FY 02 - March 31, 2003, Department of Energy, pursuant to Sec. 3131 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 1996 (P.L. 104-106); Ex. Comm. 1610.

Report to Congress on Reform Activities in Colombia - April 1, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 694 (a) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY 03 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - April 1, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate FY 02 Andean Counterdrug Initiative (ACI) Funds in the amount of $800,000 to procure ammunition, pursuant to Sec. 634 of the FAA of 1961, Sections 515 & 520 and 482 (b) under the heading (ACI) in Title II of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

Visas Denied on Grounds of Terrorist Activity - April 1, 2003, CLASSIFIED notification from the Department of State pursuant to Sec. 51 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act; unnumbered.

A Listing of Gifts by the USG to Foreign Individuals for the Period of January 1 - September 30, 2002 - April 1, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY1978 (P.L. 95-105); Ex. Comm. 1619.

The Department’s Final Rule - Exports and Re-exports of Explosives Detection and Equipment and Related Software and Technology; Imposition and Expansion of Foreign Policy Controls [Docket No. 030213032-3032-01] (RIN: 0694 - AB87) - April 1, 2003, Department of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A);
Ex. Comm. 1620.

Report to Congress on Rightsizing Overseas Posts - April 2, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 302 of the Department of State Authorization Act, 2003, (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Proposed Legislation - Foreign Relations Authorization Act For Fiscal Years 2004 and 2005 - April 2, 2003, DOS: unnumbered.

Report on Conditions in Burma and U.S. Policy Toward Burma for the Period September 28, 2002 - March 27, 2003 - April 2, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 570 (d) of the FY 1997 Foreign Operations Appropriations Act, as contained in the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 104-208); unnumbered.

Notice to Provide up to $332,000 in FY 03 ESF to the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba - April 2, 2003, DOS, to support democracy building efforts, pursuant to Sec. 109 (a) of the Cuban liberty Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-114), 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.

Report to Congress on East Timor’s Political and Economic Situation 2002 - April 2, 2003. DOS, pursuant to Sec. 638 (a) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Export License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Kuwait - April 2, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 041-03), transaction involves the export of Sentinel radar assemblies and related equipment tot he U.S. Armed Forces in Kuwait, pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - April 2, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $150,000 in FY 02 ESF to second a U.S. police officer for one year in the civilian component of the United Nations Mission to Sierra Leone, pursuant to Sec. 660 (b) (6) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - April 2, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to provide $800,000 in FY 2003 ESF to the KDP and PUK to support Kurdish training and public outreach on Chemical and Biological Weapons, pursuant to Sec. 515 of Division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003; unnumbered.

USAID Congressional Notification Regarding Bolivia - April 2, 2003, informing of the intent to obligate $2,000,000 of FY 02 Andean Counterdrug Initiative carryover funds for democracy programs in Bolivia, pursuant to Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); CN #63.

USAID Congressional Notification Regarding Bolivia - April 2, 2003, informing of the intent to obligate $3,000,000 of FY 02 Andean Counterdrug Initiative carryover funds for economic opportunities programs in Bolivia, pursuant to Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); CN #64.

2001 Report on CWC Compliance - April 2, 2003, letter from the White House transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Condition 10(C) of the resolution of advice and consent to ratification of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction; unnumbered.

Copies of International Agreements, Other Than Treaties Entered into by the United States - April 2, 2003, DOS, pursuant to 1 U.S.C. 112b (a); Ex. Comm. 1639.

Third Annual report to Congress on the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption - April 2, 2003, The White House, pursuant to the resolution of advice and consent to ratification of the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption adopted by the Senate on 27 July, 2000; Ex. Comm. 1640.

The Department’s Legislative Initiatives as a Part of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2004 - April 2, 2003, DoD; Ex. Comm. 1660.

Certification and Report to Congress on Security Assistance to East Timor - April 3, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 637 (a) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Report on Cases Involving Diplomatic Immunity for Calendar Year 2001 - April 3, 2003, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 2217 of P.L. 105-277; unnumbered.

Plan for Improving the Recruitment of Veterans into the Foreign Service - April 4, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 323 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Changes to the Visa Application Process Since September 11, 2001 - April 4, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the CJS FY 2003 Appropriations Bill (as enacted in P.L. 108-10); unnumbered.

Notification that the Status of the Office of International Information Programs Has Changed to that of a “Bureau” - April 4, 2003, DOS; unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Senegal - April 4, 2003, DSCA, estimated total value $131,925.00, pursuant to 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

Prospects for Peace in the Ivory Coast - February 12, 2003, Serial No. 108-2, Hearing before the Subcommittee on Africa.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF MARCH 31, 2003

***Senate Measures Passed***


S. 762 (Stevens) - Wartime Supplemental Appropriations: By a unanimous vote of 93 yeas, Senate passed S. 762, making supplemental appropriations to support DoD operations in Iraq, Department of Homeland Security, and Related Efforts for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2003.

***Reports Filed***


Committee on Appropriations: Ordered reported the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for FY 2003 (Rept. No. 108-55).

***Hearings/Briefings of Interest***

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: NATO Enlargement: Testimony was heard from The Honorable Nicholas R. Burns, U.S. Permanent Representative to North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels, Belgium; and private witnesses. Part II of the hearing featured private witnesses.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Foreign Assistance Oversight: Testimony was heard from the following officials of Department of State: Mr. William A. Bellamy, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs; Mr. Charles P. Ries, Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Europe and Eurasian Affairs; and Mr. J. Curtis Struble, Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Testimony was also heard from the following officials of USAID: The Honorable Constance Berry Newman, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Africa; The Honorable Kent R. Hill, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Europe and Eurasia; The Honorable Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean.

***Nominations Received***


Department of State - Stephen M. Young, of New Hampshire, to be Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic.

Department of State - Steven A. Browning, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Malawi.

Department of State - Ronald L. Schlicher, of Tennessee, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia.

Organization of American States - John F. Maisto, of Pennsylvania, to be Permanent Representative of the United States of America, with the rank of Ambassador.

United States Institute of Peace - Stephen D. Krasner, of California, to be a Member of the Board of Directors for a term expiring January 19, 2005.

United States Institute of Peace - Daniel Pipes, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Board of Directors for a term expiring January 19, 2005.

United States Institute of Peace - Charles Edward Horner, of he District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors for a term expiring January 19, 2007.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting - Elizabeth Courtney, of Louisiana, to be a Member of the Board of Directors for a term expiring January 31, 2010.

***Nominations Withdrawn***

Department of State - Ronald L. Schlicher, of Tennessee, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia.

Visas Denied on Grounds of Terrorist Activity - April 1, 2003, CLASSIFIED notification from the Department of State pursuant to Sec. 51 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act; unnumbered.