Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF April 12,  2004

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

 

No Committee Business Scheduled – House in Recess

 

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEKS OF MARCH 30, 2004 & APRIL 5, 2004

 

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

 

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

 

11:00                      

“The Bush Administration and Nonproliferation: A New Strategy Emerges” – Full Committee Hearing.

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

 

10:30 a.m.              
Full Committee Markup of:

The Full Committee ordered reported the following bills:

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. 4060, the Peace Corps Safety and Security Act of 2004; and

H.R. 4061, Assistance for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act of 2004.

 

The Full Committee favorably considered the following measures and adopted a motion urging the Chairman to request that they be placed on the Suspension Calendar:

H.R. 4053, the United States International Leadership Act of 2003;

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. 398, Expressing the concern of Congress over Iran’s development of the means to produce nuclear weapons.

 

1:30 p.m.

“Belarus and Its Future: Democracy or Soviet-Style Dictatorship? – Subcommittee on Europe Hearing

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

 

9:30 a.m.  

“Al-Qaeda: The Threat to the United States and its Allies” – Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Human Rights. The Honorable J. Cofer Black, Ambassador-at-Large, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State.

 

2:00 p.m.

“Fighting Terrorism in Africa” – Subcommittee on Africa.

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.

 

  ***Floor***

 

H. Res. 558 (Bereuter) – Welcoming the accession of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia to NATO.  Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays 422-2.

 

***Reports*** 

 

Friday, April 2, 2004

 

H.R. 3818 – A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to improve the results of accountability of microenterprise development assistance programs, and for other purposes; with an amendment;

Rept. 108-459 Submitted by Hyde.

 

***Legislation Introduced***

 

Monday, March 29, 2004

 

H.R. 4053 (Lantos) – A bill to improve the workings of international organizations and multilateral institutions, and for other purposes.

 

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

 

H. R. 4056 (Mica) – A bill to encourage the establishment of both long-term and short-term programs to address the threat of man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) to commercial aviation.  (Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  In addition, to HIRC)

 

H. R. 4058 (Hyde) – A bill to authorize assistance for civilians in foreign countries who have been affected by conflict, and for other purposes.

 

H. R. 4060 (Hyde) – A bill to amend the Peace Corps Act to establish an Ombudsman and an Office of Safety and Security of the Peace Corps, and for other purposes.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, referred to the Committee on Government Reform.)

 

H. R. 4061 (Lee) – A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide assistance for orphans and other vulnerable children in developing countries.

 

H. Con. Res. 402 (Tancredo) – Concurrent resolution recognizing the involvement in or support for acts of international terrorism by senior officials of the Government of the Republic of Sudan and calling on Sudan to cease its involvement in acts of international terrorism and to prosecute and punish any Sudanese officials who have supported or have been involved in acts of international terrorism.

 

H. Res. 587 (Smith – NJ) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the recent outbreak of violence in Kosovo.

 

Thursday, April 1, 2004

 

H. R. 4117 (Maloney) – A bill to provide assistance and security for women and children in Afghanistan, and for other purposes.

 

H. Con. Res. 403 (Wolf) – Concurrent resolution condemning the government of the Republic of Sudan for its attacks against innocent civilians in the impoverished Darfur region of western Sudan.

 

Friday, April 2, 2004

 

H. Con. Res. 406 (Payne) – Concurrent resolution remembering the victims of the genocide that occurred in 1994 in Rwanda and pledging to work to ensure that such an atrocity does not take place again.

 

H. Res. 596 (Burton) – A resolution condemning ethnic violence in Kosovo.

 

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

 

Annual Report on Performance and Accountability – January 2004, USDA, report available at http://www.usda.gov/ocfo/usdarpt/usdarpt.htm; unnumbered.

 

Notification Identifying Kuwait as a Major Non-NATO Ally – February 17, 2004, The Under Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 517 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 

Amendment to the Export Administration Regulations – March 5, 2004, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 15 ( c ) of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); unnumbered.

 

Final Rule – Export Administration Regulations – March 8, 2004, Dept. of Commerce; unnumbered.

 

Amendment to the Export Administration Regulations – March 16, 2004, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 15 ( c ) of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); unnumbered.

 

Annual Report of the Foreign Service Grievance Board – March 25, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1105 of the Foreign Service Act, 1980 (P.L. 96-465); unnumbered.

 

FY 04 Financial Plan for the Embassy Security Construction, and Maintenance Appropriation – March 26, 2004, Under Secretary of State; unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 25, 2004, informing of the intent to allocate and obligate up to $250,000 in FY 03 ESF from HRDF to support UN efforts to establish the Commission for the Investigation of Illegal Bodies and Clandestine Security Organizations in Guatemala, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 25, 2004, informing of the intent to allocate and obligate up to $350,000 in FY 03 ESF from WHA’s Administration of Justice program to support UN efforts to establish the Commission for the Investigation of Illegal Bodies and Clandestine Security Organizations in Guatemala, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 25, 2004, informing of the intent to provide $200,000 in FY 03 ESF for democracy programs in Burma, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 25, 2004, informing of the intent to obligate $18,3000 in FY 03 AEEB to the DOS, Office of the Inspector General and $5,580 in FY 03 AEEB to the DOS, EEA to cover administrative costs, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 25, 2004, informing of the intent to provide $1,988,200 in FY 04 ESF in support of the generation of scientific and technological cooperation between the United States and Pakistan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 25, 2004, informing of the intent to obligate $1,137,000 in FY 03 carryover and $42,784,000 in FY 04 AEEB funds for law enforcement assistance in Kosovo, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 and 2004 (P.L. 108-7) (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 25, 2004, informing of the intent to obligate $3,500,000 in FY 04 AEEB funds for the International Commission for Missing Persons, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 25, 2004, informing of the intent to provide up to $87.25 million in FY 04 FMF to carry out the provisions of section 23 of the AECA, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Presidential Determination No. 2004-24 Authorizing the Use of $32 Million From the ERMA to Meet Unexpected Refugee Needs – March 29, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2 ( c ) (1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, 1962 ( P.L. 87-510); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 29, 2004, informing of the intent to provide up to $2,244,000 in FY 04 from NADR to support humanitarian demining programs in Azerbaijan, Eritrea, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Yemen, pursuant to Sec. 520 of the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 29, 2004, informing of the intent to obligate $1,000,000 in ESF from the Muslim Outreach program for Micro-Scholarships for English Language Study, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 29, 2004, informing of the intent to obligate $23,220,000 in FY 04 FSA funds for the Anti-Crime Training and Technical Assistance Program of the Bureau of INL, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

President’s Determination That Pakistan is Cooperating with the United States in the Global War on Terrorism – March 29, 2004, DOS, consistent with Constitution and the laws of the Untied States, including the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 (P.L. 108-106); Ex. Comm. 7308.

 

Kosovo Benchmarks – March 29, 2004, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 1212 ( c ) of the National Defense Authorization Act, 2001 (P.L. 106-398); Ex. Comm. 7326.

 

Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States for Defense Articles and Services  -- March 30, letter from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency transmitting CLASSIFIED notification (Trans. No. 04-04) pursuant to Sec. 36(b)(1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7328.

 

Determination and Certification on a Chemical Weapons Proliferation Sanctions Matter -- March 30, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 81(d) of the AECA;

Ex. Comm. 7329.


Quarterly Report to Congress – Inspector General Coalition Provisional Authority – March 30, 2004, CPA, required by Sec. 3001 (i) of Title III of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 (P.L. 108-106); unnumbered.

 

Amended Fiscal Procedures Agreement and Revised Article X of the Federal Programs and Services Agreement – March 30, 2004, DOS, pursuant to sections 104 (j) and 105 (f) and (i) of the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-188); Ex. Comm. 7348.

 

DoD Legislative Initiatives for Inclusion in the National Defense Authorization Act, 2005 – March 30, 2004, DoD; Ex. Comm. 7349.

 

Notice Informing of the Designation of the American Center in Alexandria, Egypt as an American Presence Post (APP) – March 31, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management; unnumbered.

 

Notification of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Israel – March 31, 2004, DSCA, total value of items estimated to be $14,352,375.00, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 31, 2004, informing of the intent to obligate up to $200 million in Supplemental ESF for Pakistan, pursuant to Title II, Chapter 2, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 (P.L. 108-106), Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, sections 515 and 520; unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 31, 2004, informing of the intent to provide up to $1,142,000 in FY 03 ESF to support democracy and human rights programs in Central Asia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7), and the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11); unnumbered.

 

Notification Regarding Certification for the Government of Serbia and Montenegro – April 1, 2004, DOS, pursuant to sections 572 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Establishing a UN Peacekeeping Operation for Haiti – April 1, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 4 (e) of the United Nations Participation Act, 1945 (P.L.79-264), and the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 

Program Description of Senior Advisor in Kabul, Afghanistan – April 1, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Chapter 2 of Title II of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 (P.L. 108-106); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 1, 2004, informing of the intent to obligate FY 04 ACI funds in the amount of $726,687,000 to support counternarcotics programs, projects and activities in the Andean region, pursuant to Sec. 634A and 653 (a) of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 & 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 1, 2004, informing of the intent to obligate up to $1,900,000 of FY 03 ESF to support a joint U.S. –UK monitoring mission, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles to Russia and Kazakhstan – April 1, 2004, DOS (DTC 019-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7447.

 

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles to Australia – April 1, 2004, DOS (DTC 008-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7448.

 

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles to Russia, Ukraine, and Norway – April 1, 2004, DOS (DTC 018-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7449.

 

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles to Japan and Russia – April 1, 2004, DOS (DTC 020-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7450.

 

Copies of International Agreements – April 1, 2004, DOS, pursuant to 1 U.S.C. 112b (a); Ex. Comm. 7451.

 

Notification of Export of Items in the National Interest of the United States to Iraq – April 1, 2004, DOS (DTC 02IZ-04), pursuant to Sec. 1504 of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11); Ex. Comm. 7452.

 

Fourth Annual Report to Congress on the inter-American Convention Against Corruption – April 1, 2004, DOS; Ex. Comm. 7453.

 

Draft Bill – “To Reauthorize the Tropical Forest Conservation Act of 1998 through FY 07” – April 1, 2004, DOS; Ex. Comm. 7454.

 

OPIC 2003 Annual Report – April 1, 2004, OPIC; Ex. Comm. 7455.

 

Report on Progress Toward Regional Nuclear Nonproliferation in South Asia – April 2, 2004, required by Sec. 620F ( c ) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 2, 2004, informing of the intent to obligate $11,305,000 in FY 04 FREEDOM Support Act funds for Department of State Humanitarian Transport, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 2, 2004, informing of the intent to obligate $240,274,000, pursuant to Sec. 634A and 653 (a) of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515 and 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Conditions in Burma and U.S. Policy Toward Burma for the Period September 28, 2003 – March 27, 2004 – April 6, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 570 (d) of the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act, 1997 (P.L. 104-208); unnumbered.

 

Notice of Proposed Transfer of Major Defense Equipment to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – April 7, 2004, DOS (T. No. RSAT-1-04), pursuant to Sec. 3 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Service to Australia, New Zealand and Canada – April 7, 2004, DOS (DTC 003-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) and (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Service to Italy and Japan – April 7, 2004, DOS (DTC 010-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) and (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 8, 2004, informing of the intent to re-obligate $4,857,4000 to counternarcotics/law enforcement projects in Bolivia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 8, 2004, informing of the intent to transfer to the Colombian National Police and Colombian Bureau of prisons items for use in Colombia’s law enforcement efforts, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 8, 2004, informing of the intent to obligate $11,590,000 in FY 04 FSA funds for Democracy programs including the democracy Commission Small Grants program, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 8, 2004, informing of the intent to obligate $2,489,000 in FY 04 AEEB funds for the OSCE, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

OTHER BUSINESS WEEKS OF MARCH 30, 2004 & APRIL 5, 2004

 

***Nominations Received***

 

Department of StateJeffrey D. Feltman, of Ohio, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon.

 

Department of StatePatricia M. Haslach, of Oregon, to be Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

 

Department of StateRichard LeBaron, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the State of Kuwait.

 

Department of StateVictor Henderson Ashe, of Tennessee, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Poland.

 

United NationsJames B. Cunningham, of Pennsylvania, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Vienna Office, with the rank of Ambassador.

 

United NationsJames B. Cunningham, of Pennsylvania, to be Representative of the United States of America to the International Atomic Energy Agency, with the rank of Ambassador.

 

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

 

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: The Effects of the Madrid Terrorist Attacks on U.S. European Cooperation in the War on Terrorism.  Testimony was heard from J. Cofer Black, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State; Robert Kagan, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Robin Niblett, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Philip H. Gordon, Brookings Institution; and James Dobbins, RAND Corporation.

 

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: A Review of the United Nations oil-for-food Program.  Testimony was heard from John D. Negroponte and Patrick F. Kennedy, each a United States Representative to the United Nations; Robin L. Raphel, Iraq Reconstruction Coordinator, Department of State; Joseph A. Christoff, Director, International Affairs and trade, GAO; and Michael J. Thibault, Deputy Director, Defense Contract Audit Agency, DoD.

 

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa: A Progress Report.  Testimony was heard from Randall L. Tobias, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Department of State; Jonathan H. Mermin, Public Health Epidemiologist, Country Director for GAP Uganda, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services; Ernest Darkoh, African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships, Garbone, Botswana; and Lulu Oguda, Doctors Without Borders, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Anti-Semitism in Europe.  Testimony was heard from A. Elizabeth Jones, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs; Caryl M. Stern, Anti-Defamation League; Rabbi Andrew Baker, American Jewish Committee; Mark Levin, National Conference on Soviet Jewry; and Daniel S. Mariaschin, B’nai B’rith International. 

 

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, Judiciary and Related Agencies held a hearing on the Broadcasting Board of Governors.  Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Broadcasting Board of Governors: Kenneth Tomlinson, Chairman; and Norman Pattiz, Member of the Board. 

 

The Subcommittee held a hearing on Department of State International Organizations.  Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of State: Ambassador John D. Negroponte, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations; and Kim Holmes, Assistant Secretary.

 

Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs held a hearing on USAID.  Testimony was heard from Andrew S. Natsios, Administrator, USAID.

 

Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources held a hearing entitled, “Afghanistan: Are the British Counternarcotics Efforts Going Wobbly?”  Testimony was heard from Robert Charles, Assistant Secretary, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Department of State.    

 

***Petitions/Memorials***

 

A petition of the Lithuanian-American Community, Inc., Waukegan/Lake County Chapter Waukegan, Illinois, relative to resolution on the occasion of Lithuania’s Independence day, petitioning the Untied States Congress and the President of the United States to designate February 16, 2004, as