Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF April 26, 2004

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***


Wednesday, April 28, 2004 

 

10:30 a.m.     

“The United Nations Oil-for-Food Program: Issues of Accountability and Transparency”– Full Committee Hearing.

Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses: Mr. Howar Ziad, Representative, Kurdistan Regional Government, United Nations Liaison; Ms. Danielle Pletka, Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, AEI; Ms. Claudia Rosett, Senior Fellow, The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies; John G. Ruggie, Ph.D., Evron and Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of International Affairs and Director, Center for Business and Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Mr. Michael Soussan, Former Program Coordinator, United Nations Oil-for-Food Program; Mr. Joseph A. Christoff, Director, International Affairs and Trade, GAO.

 

1:00 p.m. 

MEMBERS ONLY CLASSIFIED briefing with The Honorable William Burns, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State Regarding Recent Developments in the Middle East.

Room H-139, The Capitol

 

1:30 p.m. 

 “North Korea: Human Rights, Refugees, and Humanitarian Challenges” – Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building 

Witnesses: L. Gordon Flake, Executive Director, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation; Tarik M. Radwan, Jubilee Campaign USA; Timothy A. Peters, Founder and Director, Helping Hands/Korea; Suzanne Scholte, President, Defense Forum Foundation; An Hyuk, North Korean prison camp survivor and Co-founder, Democracy Network Against the North Korean Gulag; Kim Tae Jin, North Korean prison camp survivor and former North Korean refugee in China; Choi Dong Chul, Former North Korean prison guard and refugee in China. 

 

2:30 p.m.  

MEMBERS ONLY meeting with the Foreign Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasim Bin Jaber Al-Thani.

Room H-139, The Capitol

 

3:00 p.m.  

Markup of H. Res. 577, Recognizing 50 years of relations between the United States Government and the European Union.

Room 2255 Rayburn House Office Building

                               

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF APRIL 19, 2004

 

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

 

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

 

10:30 a.m.  

"The Taiwan Relations Act: The Next Twenty-Five Years" – Full Committee Hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable James A. Kelly, Assistant Secretary, Department of State; The Honorable Peter W. Rodman, Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs, Department of Defense; William Kristol, Ph.D., Editor, The Weekly Standard; Mr. John Fuh-sheng Hsieh, Professor, Department of Political Science and Director, Center for Asian Studies, University of South Carolina; Richard C. Bush III, Ph.D., Director, Foreign Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution; Ming Wan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Government and Politics, George Mason University; Michael D. Swaine, Ph.D., Senior Associate and Co-Director of the China Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

 

1:30 p.m.  

“The U.S. and Northern Europe: the e-PINE Initiative” – Subcommittee on Europe.

Witnesses: Ms. Heather Conley, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State; His Excellency Jan Eliasson, Sweden’s Ambassador to the United States; His Excellency Vygaudas Usackas, Ambassador of the                                      Republic of Lithuania.

 

Thursday, April 22, 2004

 

2:00 p.m.  

“Rwanda’s Genocide: Looking Back” – Subcommittee on Africa.

Witnesses: Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, Royal Canadian Army, Retired; Ms. Alison Des Forges, Senior Advisor to Africa Division, Human Rights Watch; Ms. Samantha Power, Lecturer in Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

 

***Legislation Introduced***

 

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

 

H. R. 4177 (Larson) – A bill to establish a Manufacturing and Technology Administration to promote and assist American manufacturers, to provide incentives to American manufacturers, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.  In addition, to the Committees on Science, Financial Services, Government Reform,Rules, and International Relations.)

 

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

 

H.R. 4184 (Cummings) – A bill to require the United States assistance for repair, maintenance, or construction of the transportation infrastructure of Iraq to be provided in the form of loans subject to repayment in full to the United States Government.

 

H.R. 4185 (Drier) – A bill to improve the coordination of the Federal Government in identifying and responding to weak or failing countries that endanger international security or stability, to improve the coordination and conduct of pre-conflict stabilization operations and post conflict reconstruction operations, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on International Relations.  In addition, to the Committee on Armed Services.)

 

H.R. 4191 (Millender-McDonald) – A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide for the establishment of a network of pediatric centers in certain developing countries to provide treatment and care for children with HIV/AIDS, and for other purposes.

 

Thursday, April 22, 2004

 

H.R. 4212 (Schiff) – A bill to promote the national security of the United States by facilitating the removal of potential nuclear weapons materials from vulnerable sites around the world, and for other purposes.

 

H.R. 4214 (Smith-NJ) – A bill to require a report on acts of anti-Semitism around the world. 

 

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

 

Notice to Designate the American Center in Alexandria, Egypt an American Presence Post – March 31, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management; unnumbered.

 

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

 

United Nations Documents – April 1, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

 

Presidential Waiver and Memorandum of Justification Relating to Pakistan – April 6, 2004, pursuant to Sec. 2213 of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 (P.L. 108-106); unnumbered.

 

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

 

Notice to Reprogram Funds within the United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission – April 7, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management; unnumbered.

 

Amendment to the Export Administration Act – April 13, 2004, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 15

( c ) of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); unnumbered. 

 

Report on Proposed Obligations for Weapons Destruction and Non-Proliferation in the Former Soviet Union – April 13, 2004, Principal Deputy Under Secretary, pursuant to Sec. 1205 of the National Defense Authorization Act, 1996 (P.L. 104-106); unnumbered.

 

Quarterly Report to the Congress on Activities Undertaken by the Department of Commerce – April 15, 2004, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 906(a)(1) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-387); unnumbered.

 

Report to Congress on the International Anticorruption and Good Governance Act – April 16, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 133 of the Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-309); unnumbered.

 

Report to Congress on Certain Counternarcotics Activities in Colombia – April 16, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 694 (b) of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228): unnumbered.

 

Capital Security Projects – April 16, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Waiver and Memorandum of Justification Regarding Assistance to Parties to the Rome Statute Establishing the ICC  - April 16, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2007 of the American Servicemembers’ Protection Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-206); unnumbered.

 

Twenty Third Report on the Activities of the Multinational Force and Observers – April 16, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. (6) of the Multinational Force and Observers Participation Resolution (P.L. 97-132); unnumbered.

 

Charter of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee – April 16, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (P.L. 92-463); unnumbered.

 

Notice Designating Pakistan a Major Nom-NATO Ally – April 19, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 517 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 

Notification of Excess of Defense Articles to the Philippines – April 19, 2004, DSCA, total value of items estimated to be $1,854,400.00, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 

Notification of Excess of Defense Articles to the Uganda – April 19, 2004, DSCA, total value of items estimated to be $858,486.00, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 

Report Concerning Minority Recruitment – April 20, 2004, DOS, pursuant to sections 324 and 325 (c ) of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

 

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles to Israel – April 20, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 001-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 

Determination Regarding Cyprus – April 20, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 4 of the United Nations Participation Act, 1945 (79-264); unnumbered.

 

2005 Congressional Budget Justification – Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement – April 20, 2004, DOS; unnumbered.

 

Number of USAF Involved in Counternarcotic-Related Functions in Andean Countries in March 2004 – April 20, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 8 of the International Narcotics Control Act, 1990 (P.L.101-623); unnumbered.

 

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan – April 20, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 009-04), pursuant to sections 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 20, 2004, informing of the intent to obligate $6,300,000 million in FY 04 and $400,000 on FY 03 Carryover AEEB funds for its Technical Assistance activities in Europe, 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.

 

MOU for Counterterrorism Research and Development between the United States and Canada – April 20, 2004, DoD (Transmittal No. 03-04), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; Ex. Comm. 7573.

 

Report on Progress Toward Regional Nuclear Nonproliferation in South Asia – April 2, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 620F ( c ) of the FAA of 1961; Ex. Comm. 7574.

 

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan – April 20, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 010-04), pursuant to sections 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA;

Ex. Comm. 7575.

 

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Australia, New Zealand, and Canada – April 20, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 003-04), pursuant to sections 36 ( c ) & (d); Ex. Comm. 7576.

 

Certification of a Proposed Transfer of Major Defense Equipment from the United Arab Emirates to Morocco – April 20, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 3 (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7577.

 

The Department’s Final Rule – Amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations: Denial Policy Against Iraq (RIN: 1400-ZA09) – April 20, 2004, DOS, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 7578.

 

Notice that the Government of Serbia and Montenegro Have Not Met the Certification in 578 ( c ) Regarding Cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) – April 20, 2004, pursuant to Section 572 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); Ex. Comm. 7620.

 

Annual Report on Transfers of Militarily Sensitive Technology to Countries and Entities of Concern – April 20, 2004, DoD, pursuant to Sec. 1402 of the National Defense Authorization Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-65); Ex. Comm. 7621.

 

Presidential Determination on the Sudan Peace Act – April 21, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the Sudan Peace Act, (P.L. 107-245); unnumbered.

 

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to the Republic of Korea – April 20, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 011-04), pursuant to sections 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 

Copies of International Agreements – April 21, 2004, DOS, pursuant to 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 7641.

 

Communication from The President of the United States – A Report Consistent with the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution – April 21, 2004, The White House, pursuant to the resolution, 2002 (P.L. 107-243); H. Doc. 108-180; Ex. Comm. 7642.

 

Human Rights Report for IMET Recipients – April 21, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 549 of the FAA of 1961; Ex. Comm. 7643.

 

U.S. – Macau Policy Act Report – April 21, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 301 of the United States-Macau Policy Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-570); Ex. Comm. 7644.

 

Protecting Women and Children Affected by Humanitarian Emergencies: U.S Government Efforts – April 22, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 594 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 22, 2004, informing of the intent to transfer $80,000 in FY 03 AEEB funds to the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, 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 22, 2004, informing of the intent to obligate $3,100,000 in FY 04 FSA funds for feasibility studies and other project planning activities in Eurasia, 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 22, 2004, informing of the intent to transfer $1,325,000 in FY 04 AEEB funds to the Department of Commerce, CEEBIC, 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.

 

The Department’s Final Rule – Addition of Aruba, Netherlands Antilles, East Timor, and Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Update of Country Names, in the Export Administration Regulations [Docket No. 040330104-4104-01](RIN:0694-AC83)  - April 22, 2004, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 7771.

 

United States Hong Kong Policy Act Report – April 22, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 301 of the Act, 1992 (P.L. 104-107); Ex. Comm. 7772.

 

Voting Practices in the United Nations – April 22, 2004, DOS, pursuant to FRAA, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991 (P.L. 101-246); Ex. Comm. 7808.

 

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

 

Expressing the Condolences and Deepest Sympathies of the House of Representatives for the Untimely death of Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski – Markup before the Subcommittee on Europe; Serial No. 108-73.

 

OTHER COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF APRIL 19, 2004

 

***Hearings of Interest***

 

Senate Committee on Armed Services: Open and closed hearings to examine United States policy and military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Testimony was heard from Paul D. Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense; General Richard B. Myers, USAF, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Mark I. Grossman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

 

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: The Current State of Society in Iraq.  Testimony was heard from James R. Schlesinger, Lehman Brothers; Samuel R. Berger, Stonebridge International, LLC, and Richard N. Perle, AEI; Benjamin T. Dodge, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, United Kingdom; and Juan Cole, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

House Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations held a hearing on Iraq Oil-for –Food Program.  Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of State: Patrick F. Kennedy, U.S. Representative for United Nations Management and Reform, U.S. Mission to the United Nations; and Robin L Raphel, Coordinator, Office of Iraq Reconstruction; Michael J. Thibault, Deputy Director, Defense; Jeff Ross, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, Executive Office for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, Department of the Treasury; and public witnesses.    

 

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion held a hearing on the future of NAFTA.  Testimony was heard from Grant D. Aldonas, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade; E. Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs; A. Ellen Terpstra, Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service, Department of Agriculture; Hector V. Barreto, Administrator, Small Business Administration; and Franklin J. Vargo, National Association of Manufacturers; C. Fred Bergsten, Institute for International Economics, and Thea Lee, AFL-CIO.

 

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: State of Society in Iraq.  Testimony was heard from Kenneth M. Pollack and Michael E. O’Hanlon, both of the Brookings Institution; and General George A. Joulwan (Ret.), former NATO SACEAUR; Michael Sheehan, New York Police Department; Ahmed S. Hashim, United States Naval War College.

 

***Nominations Received***

 

Department of State – Thomas Finger, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Intelligence and Research).

 

Department of State – Constance Berry Newman, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs), to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation for a term expiring September 27, 2009.

 

United Nations – Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, to be Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador, and the Deputy Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations.

 

United Nations – Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, to be a Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as, Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.

 

Department of State – Suzanne Hale, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia.

 

***Nominations Withdrawn***

 

Department of State – Walter H. Kansteiner, Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs), to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation for a term expiring September 27, 2003, which was sent to the Senate on January 9, 2003.