Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF May 5, 2003

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***
 

Wednesday, May 7, 2003

10:30 a.m. Full Committee markup: H.R. ___, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2004 and 2005 (State Department Authorization); and H.R. ___, the Millennium Challenge Account of 2003.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Thursday, May 8, 2003

10:30 a.m. Full Committee markup continued (if necessary)

Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

1:30 p.m. "U.S. Cooperative Threat Reduction and Nonproliferation Programs - Part I" Subcommittee on Europe and Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights Hearing.
Room 2165 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses:
The Honorable John S. Wolf, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Nonproliferation, Department of State; The Honorable Linton F. Brooks, Acting Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy; Ms. Lisa Bronson, Deputy Under Secretary for Technology, Security, Policy and Counterproliferation, Department of Defense.

COMMITTEE BUSINESS FOR WEEK OF APRIL 28, 2003

***Hearings/Meetings/Markups***

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

4:00 p.m. MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Excellency Dr. Marwan Muasher, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

4:00 p.m. "NATO and Enlargement: Progress Since Prague" – Subcommittee on Europe hearing.
Witnesses: Mr. Robert A. Bradtke, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State; Mr. Ian J. Brzezinski, Deputy Assistant Secretary, European and NATO Policy, Department of Defense.

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

2:00 p.m. "A Review of the State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" – Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights hearing.
Witnesses: The Honorable Lorne W. Craner, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Department of State; Ms. Alexandra Arriaga, Director of Government Relations, Amnesty International, USA; Ms. Jennifer L. Windsor, Executive Director, Freedom House; Ms. Soon-Ok Lee, Former North Korean Prisoner at Kaechon Prison Camp; Mr. Rahman Aljebouri, Former Iraqi Prisoner and Refugee.

Thursday, May 1, 2003

10:15 a.m. MEMBERS ONLY Meeting with the President of Colombia, H.E. Alvaro Uribe.

***New Public Laws***

H.R. 1854 (Houghton) – to implement effective measures to stop trade in conflict diamonds. Signed on April 25, 2003; (P.L. 108-19)

***House Measures Passed***

H. R. 1298 (Hyde) – to provide assistance to foreign countries to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Passed the House by a recorded vote of 375 ayes to 41 noes, Roll No. 158.

***Reports Filed***

H. Res. 210 (Diaz-Balart) – providing for consideration of H.R. 1298, to provide assistance to foreign countries to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; H. Rept. 108-80

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

H. R. 1847 (Andrews) – A bill concerning denial of passports to noncostodial parents subject to State arrest warrants in cases of nonpayment of child support.

H. R. 1857 (Hastings) – A bill to authorize assistance to combat the growing HIV/AIDS problem in countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.

H. R. 1864 (Rohrabacher) – A bill to preserve certain actions in Federal Court brought by members of the United States armed Forces held as prisoners of war by Japan during World War II against Japanese nationals seeking compensation for mistreatment or failure to pay wages in connection with labor performed in Japan to the benefit of the Japanese nationals, and for other purposes. (Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. In addition, to the Committees on International Relations and Government Reform.)

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

H. R. 1875 (Lantos) – A bill to strengthen the missile proliferation laws of the United States, and for other purposes.

H. R. 1892 (Payne) – A bill to provide authorizations of appropriations for the global initiative to end the continuing menace of polio. (Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. In addition, to the Committee on International Relations.)

H. Con. Res. 158 (Millender-McDonald) – A concurrent resolution recognizing the importance of women in Africa.

H. Res. 208 (Foley) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the systematic human rights violations in Cuba committed by the Castro regime and calling for the immediate removal of Cuba from the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

H. Res. 210 (Diaz-Balart) A resolution providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1298) to provide assistance to foreign countries to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and for other purposes.

Thursday, May 1, 2003

H. R. 1932 (Leach) – a bill to designate the diplomacy center of the Department of State as the Colin Powell Center for American Diplomacy and to provide for appropriate museum visitor and educational outreach services at the center.

H. Res. 214 (Johnson) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that small and minority-owned businesses in the United States should be involved in the rebuilding of Iraq. (Referred to the Committee on Small Business. In addition, to the Committee on International Relations.)

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

Number of Members of the USAF involved in Counternatcotics-Related Functions in Andean Countries during March 2003 - April 17, 2003, The Joint Staff, pursuant to Sec. 8 of the International Narcotics Control Act, 1990 (P.L. 101-623); unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project in Kabul, Afghanistan - April 24, 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) and Sec. 135 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990-1991 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Cuban Emigration Policies - April 25, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2245 of the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999 (P.L. 105-277); unnumbered.

Secretary’s Determination and Memorandum of Justification Regarding the Anti-Economic Discrimination Act of 1994 - April 25, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 564 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 (P.L. 103-236); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 25, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent by USAID to transfer $650,000 in FY 03 AEEB to the USDA for technical assistance in Bulgaria, 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 25, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent by USAID to transfer $1,987,000 in FY 03 AEEB to the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration to provide technical assistance to Bulgaria to improve safety of its Soviet designed reactors and nuclear infrastructure, 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 25, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate FY 03 INCLE funds in the amount of $195,719,500 consistent with the FY 03 Congressional Budget Justification, pursuant to Sections 653 (a) and Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 and 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Special Notice of Funding Obligations for Pakistan - April 28, 2003, USTDA, 2 separate notifications, pursuant to Sec. 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

2003 EIPC Allocations/Program Descriptions - April 29, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 and 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 29, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $207,000 in FY 02 FSA funds for the Enhanced Partnership in Northern Europe (E-PINE), formerly known as the Northern Europe Initiative (NEI) and Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI) Regional Center for Combating Organized Crime (RCCOC) in Bucharest, Romania, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 29, 2003, DOS, advises that the USTDA intends to obligate $4,000,000 in FY 03 AEEB to support export and investment promotion activities in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia Montenegro, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 and 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 29, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $110,000 in FY 03 AEEB to support Federal Trade Commission programs in conjunction with DOJ to build capacity for the enforcement of competition laws in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia and Montenegro, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 and 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Project Certification Concerning Aegis Combat System Test and Evaluation on U.S. and Spanish Aegis Ships between the United States and Spain - April 29, 2003, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; Ex. Comm. 1879.

Classified Report to Congress - April 29, 2003, DSCA, transmitting reports in accordance with Sec. 36(a) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 1880.

Bimonthly Report on Cyprus February - March 2003 - April 29, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 620 ( c ) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961; Ex. Comm. 1881.

Copies of International Agreements, Other Than Treaties, Entered into by the United States - April 29, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 1882.

Presidential Communication Regarding Iraq - April 29, 2003, The White House, consistent with the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution, 2002 (P.L. 107-243); H. Doc. 108-63; Ex. Comm. 1883.

Presidential Communication on the National Emergency With Respect to Significant Narcotics Traffickers Centered in Colombia - April 29, 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. 108-64; Ex. Comm. 1884.

The Department’s Final Rule – International Services Surveys: BE-22, Annual Survey of Selected services Transactions with Unaffiliated Foreign Persons [Docket No. 020725180-2263-02] (RIN: 0691-AA43) - April 29, 2003, Department of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 1885.

Classified Report to Congress - April 29, 2003, DOS, transmitting a report pursuant to the Cooperative Threat Reduction Act of 1993 (P.L. 103-160) and the FREEDOM Support Act; Ex. Comm. 1886.

Report on Visa Issuances to on Inadmissible Aliens October 1, 2002 through March 31, 2003 - April 30, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 51 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act, Sec. 231 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Colombia - April 30, 2003, DOS (DTC 030-03), transaction involves export of 243 M-24 7.62 x 51mm bolt action centerfire rifles and associated equipment to the Colombian Ministry of National Defense for use by the Colombian Army, pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Patterns of Global Terrorism 2002 - April 30, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 140 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for FY 1988 and 1989; unnumbered. Report available at http://www.state.gov/s/ct

Notice of Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Singapore - May 1, 2003, DSCA (Transmittal No. 03-12), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 1, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $4,095,000 in FY 03 AEEB funds for the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program for activities in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 and 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 1, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $575,000 in FY 03 AEEB for U.S. Speakers Programs in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Romania and $100,000 for text translations, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 and 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 1, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $100,000 in FY 03 AEEB funds for TV Cooperative Programs in Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 and 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 1, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to transfer $650,000 in FY 03 AEEB funds to the BBG for media training projects in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, and Montenegro, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 and 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF APRIL 28, 2003

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. 243 (Allen) – Concerning participation of Taiwan in the World Health Organization. Passed by UC.

S. J. Res. 3 (McCain) – Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to human rights in Central Asia. Passed by UC.

***Senate Measures Reported***

S. 295 (Lugar) – April 28, 2003, to authorize appropriations for the Department of State and international broadcasting activities for fiscal year 2004 and for the Peace Corps for fiscal years 2004 through 2007; S. Rept No. 108-39.

S. 113 (Kyl) – April 29, 2003, to exclude United States persons from the definition of "foreign power" under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 relating to international terrorism; S. Rept. No. 108-40.

S. Con. Res. 26 (Landrieu) – condemning the punishment of execution by stoning as a gross violation of human rights.

***Senate Measures Indefinitely Postponed***

S. 760 (Grassley) – to implement effective measures to stop trade in conflict diamonds.

***Senate Hearings***

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: An Enlarged NATO: Mending Fences & Moving Forward on Iraq. Testimony was heard from The Honorable Colin L. Powell, Secretary, Department of State.

***Memorials/Petitions***

A memorial of the Senate of the State of Michigan, relative to senate Resolution No. 37 memorializing the Congress to support the President’s strategy for protecting the security of the United States through our efforts in Iraq and to support for the men and women of our military and their families. Memorial No. 26.

***Nominations Received***

Department of Homeland Security - Frank Libutti, of New York, to be Under Secretary for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection.

Department of Homeland Security - Joe D. Whitley, of Georgia, to be General Counsel.

Department of State - Robert W. Fitts, of New Hampshire, to be Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Solomon Islands and Ambassador to the republic of Vanuatu.

Department of State - John E. Herbst, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Ukraine.

Department of State - William B. Wood, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia.

Department of State - Harry K. Thomas Jr., of New York, to be Ambassador to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

Department of State - Tracy Ann Jacobson, of the District of Colombia, to be Ambassador to the People’s Republic of Turkmenistan.