Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF May 12, 2003

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***


Tuesday, May 13, 2003

2:00 p.m. “Reviewing the Sudan Peace Act” - Subcommittee on Africa Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable Andrew S. Natsios, Administrator, USAID; The Honorable Walter H. Kansteiner III, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Department of State.

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

10:30 a.m. MEMBERS ONLY CLASSIFIED briefing on United Nations Security Council Resolution regarding Iraq reconstruction given by the Honorable Marc Grossman, Under Secretary, Office of the Undersecretary for Political Affairs, Department of State.
Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

12:30 p.m. “U.S. Cooperative Threat Reduction and Nonproliferation Programs: How Far Have We Come - Where are We Heading? -Part II
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: Ms. Laura S. H. Holgate, Vice President for Russia/NIS Programs, Nuclear Threat Initiative; Mr. Kenneth N. Luongo, Executive Director, Russian-American Nuclear Security Advisory Council; James Clay Moltz, Ph.D., Associate Director and Research Professor, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies; Mr. Jon B. Wolfsthal, Associate and Deputy Director, Non-Proliferation Project, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Thursday, May 15, 2003

10:30 a.m. “United States Policy Toward Iraq” - Full Committee Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable Alan P. Larson, Under Secretary, Bureau of Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable Douglas J. Feith, Under Secretary for Policy, Department of Defense; The Honorable Wendy J. Chamberlin, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia and the Near East, USAID; Lt. Gen. Jay M. Garner, United States Army (Ret.), Director, Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance, Department of Defense.

2:00 p.m. MEMBERS ONLY CLASSIFIED briefing on Secretary Powell’s recent visit to the Middle East given by the Honorable William Burns, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State.
Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building


COMMITTEE BUSINESS FOR WEEK OF MAY 5, 2003

***Hearings/Meetings/Markups***

Wednesday, May 7, 2003

10:30 a.m. Full Committee Markup of H.R. 1950, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2004 and 2005 (State Department Authorization)

Thursday, May 8, 2003

9:30 a.m. Meeting with H.E. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark.

10:00 a.m. Continuation of Markup of H.R. 1950, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2004 and 2005 (State Department Authorization)
(Ordered reported, as amended.)

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.
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.

1:30 p.m. MEMBERS ONLY meeting with the Honorable Dr. Yuval Shteinitz, Chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

***Senate Bills Referred***

S. Con. Res. 42 (Bond) - Welcoming the Prime Minister of Singapore, His Excellency Goh Chok Tong, on the occasion of his visit to the United States, expressing gratitude to the Government of Singapore for its strong cooperation with the United States in the campaign against terrorism, and reaffirming the commitment of Congress to the continued expansion of friendship and cooperation between the United States and Singapore.

***Legislation Introduced***

Monday, May 5, 2003

H. R. 1950 (Hyde) - A bill to authorize appropriations for the Department of State for the fiscal years 2004 and 2005, to authorize appropriations under the Arms Export Control Act and the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 for security assistance for fiscal years 2004 and 2005, and for other purposes.

Tuesday, May 6, 2003


H. R. 1966 (Hyde) - A bill to establish the Millennium Challenge Account and the Millennium Challenge Corporation in order to reduce global poverty through increased economic growth by supporting a new compact for global development

H. Con. Res. 160 (Smith, Michigan) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United Nations should remove the economic sanctions against Iraq completely and without condition. (HIRC favorably considered and adopted a motion urging the Chairman to request that this measure be considered on the Suspension Calendar.)

Wednesday, May 7, 2003

H. R. 2002 (Berkley) - A bill to establish a pilot program for the promotion of travel and tourism in the United States through United States International Broadcasting. (In addition, referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.)

H. R. 2006 (Collins) - A bill to provide for the transfer of Vietnam-era Cessna L-19D Bird Dog aircraft that is excess to the needs of the Department of State to Army Aviation Heritage Foundation.

H. Con. Res. 163 (Baca) - Concurrent resolution recognizing the historical significance of the Mexican holiday of Cinco De Mayo.

H. Con. Res. 165 (Payne) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Greece.

H. Con. Res. 167 (Weldon) - Welcoming the Prime Minister of Singapore, His Excellency Goh Chok Tong, on the occasion of his visit to the United States, expressing gratitude to the Government of Singapore for its strong cooperation with the United States in the campaign against terrorism, and reaffirming the commitment of Congress to the continued expansion of friendship and cooperation between the United States and Singapore.

Thursday, May 8, 2003

H. Con. Res. 169 (Lantos) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States government should support the human rights and dignity of all persons with disabilities by pledging support for the drafting and working toward the adoption of a thematic convention on the human rights and dignity of persons with disabilities by the United Nations General Assembly to augment the existing United Nations human rights system, and for other purposes.

H. Con. Res. 171 (Rahall) - Concurrent resolution expressing the thanks of Congress to the people of Qatar for their cooperation in supporting United States Armed Forces and the armed forces of coalition countries during the recent military action in Iraq and welcoming His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifah Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, to the United States.

Friday, May 9, 2003

H. R. 2050 (Ackerman) - A bill to prohibit cooperation with or assistance to any investigation or prosecution under a universal jurisdiction statute.

H. R. 2063 (Schiff) - A bill to authorize the use of Cooperative Threat Reduction funds for projects and activities to address proliferation threats outside the states of the former Soviet Union, and for other purposes.

H. Con. Res. 173 (Foley) - Concurrent resolution recognizing the historic significance of the 55th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel and reaffirming the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the United States and Israel.

H. Con. Res. 174 (Hastings) - Concurrent resolution calling on the President to request former President Jimmy carter, and members of the Carter Center, to assist the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance for Post-War Iraq (ORHA).

H. Con. Res. 175 (Payne) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the Parthenon Marbles should be returned to Greece.

H. Res. 228 (Wu) - A resolution declaring that the warm relations and bilateral exchanges between the people of the United States and the people of Taiwan should continue and grow deeper, recognizing the important contributions of Taiwanese-American heritage Week.

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

Joint Strategies from USAID and Department of State - April 21, 2003, DOS; unnumbered.

Report on Activities and Programs for Countering Proliferation and NBC Terrorism - April 22, 2003, letter from the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 1503 of the National Defense Authorization Act FY 95 (P.L. 103-337); unnumbered.

Quarterly Report to Congress on Financial Implications of U.S. Participation in the International Monetary Fund - April 30, 2003, Department of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 504 (b) of Appendix E, title V of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-113); unnumbered.

Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 FY 2002 Annual Report to the Congress - April 30, 2003, The Secretary of Health and Human Services, pursuant to 107 (b)(1)(D) of the Act; unnumbered.

Performance Plan FY 2004 - May 2, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993, available electronically at <http://www.state.gov/m/rm/rls/perfplan/2004/>; unnumbered.

Notice Regarding the Suspension of Certain Sanctions/Restrictions on Iraq - May 2, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1503 of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11); unnumbered.

Bilateral Debt Restructuring Agreement With the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo - May 5, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 551 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, FY 2002 (P.L. 107-115) and Sec. 14 of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (P.L.79-173); unnumbered.

U.S. Assistance to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) - May 5, 2003, DOS, pursuant to House Report 107-663, which accompanied the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, Division E, of the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, FY 2003 (P.L. 108-7).

Bilateral Debt Reduction Agreement with the Government of Pakistan - May 5, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the authority set forth in the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 P.L. 108-7; unnumbered.

Notice of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Sri Lanka - May 5, 2003, DSCA, total estimated value is $3,308,000.00, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project in Luxembourg - May 6, 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 Pristina, Kosovo - May 6, 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 Asmara, Eritrea - May 6, 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.

Report on Extradition Policy and Practice - May 6, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 696 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, FY 2003; unnumbered.

Message From the President Transmitting a Periodic Report on the National Emergency With Respect to Sudan - May 6, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412) and Sec. 204 ( c ) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (P.L. 95-223); H. Doc. 108-68.

Foreign Terrorist Organization Designation - May 6, 2003, CLASSIFIED notification from the Department of State pursuant to Sec. 219 of the INA, as added by Sec. 302 of the AEDPA (P.L. 104-132), and amended by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-208), and by the USA PATRIOT Act (P.L. 107-56); unnumbered.

Interagency Review of Export Enforcement - May 6, 2003, letter from the Department of Commerce transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 1402 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2000 (P.L. 106-65); Ex. Comm. 2042.

Annual Report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom - May 6, 2003, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, pursuant to Sec. 205 of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-292) as amended by (P.L. 106-55) and (P.L. 107-228); Ex. Comm. 2044.

Bilateral Debt Reduction Agreement with the Government of Nicaragua - May 7, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 501 of the Miscellaneous Appropriations Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-113) and Sec. 14 of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (P.L. 79-173); unnumbered.

Humanitarian Demining Program in Iraq - May 7, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 & 507 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Bilateral Debt Reduction Agreement with the Government of Sierra Leone - May 7, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 501 of the Miscellaneous Appropriations Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-113); unnumbered.

Bilateral Debt Reduction Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Rwanda - May 7, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 14 of the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 (P.L. 79-173); unnumbered.

Message From the President Transmitting Termination of Emergency With Respect to the Actions and Policies of UNITA and Revocation of Related Executive Orders - May 7, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (P.L. 95-223); H. Doc. 108-69.

Copies of International Agreements, Other Than Treaties, Entered into By the United States - May 7, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 2071.

Report to the Congress Regarding the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program - May 8, 2003, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, pursuant to Sec. 702 ( c ) of the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978, as amended by Sec. 3105 (a) (2) of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002; unnumbered.

Report on Tibet Negotiations - May 8, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 613 (b) of the Tibet Policy Act of 2002 Sec. 611 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Humanitarian Demining Program FY 2003 Activity Description - May 8, 2003, DOS, 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.

Notice of Allocation of Funds by the Administration From Funding Levels Established in the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 - May 8, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 653 (a) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Quarterly Reports on Expenditures from the “Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Service Appropriation” Account - May 8, 2003, letter from the Under Secretary of State for Management transmitting CLASSIFIED and unclassified reports pursuant to Sec. 124 of the FRAA FY 88/89, as amended by the FRAA FY 92/93, identifying expenditures from January 1, 2003 through March 31, 2003; unnumbered.

Patterns of Global Terrorism 2002 - May 8,2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 140 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for FY 1988 and 1989; Ex. Comm. 2098. Ex. Comm. 2098. Report available at <http://www.state.gov/s/ct>

Cooperative Threat Reduction Annual Report - May 8, 2003, Assistant Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 1308 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2001 (P.L. 106-398), as amended by Sections 1307 and 1309 of the NDAA for FY 2002 (P.L. 107-107); Ex. Comm. 2099.

Statement of the State Duma on the Situation around the Republic of Iraq - May 8, 2003, Embassy of the Russian Federation; Ex. Comm. 2100.

International Disaster Assistance and Transition Initiatives Program Allocations - FY 2003 May 8, 2003, USAID, pursuant to Sec. 653 (a) of the FAA of 1961; Ex. Comm. 2117.

Department of State Proposed Legislation to Authorize Appropriations - May 8, 2003, DOS; Ex. Comm. 2121.

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

Russia’s Policies Toward the Axis of Evil: Money and Geopolitics in Iraq and Iran - February 26, 2003, hearing before the Full Committee, Serial No. 108-6.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF MAY 5, 2003

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. Con. Res. 42 (Bond) - Welcoming the Prime Minister of Singapore, His Excellency Goh Chok Tong, on the occasion of his visit to the United States, expressing gratitude to the Government of Singapore for its strong cooperation with the United States in the campaign against terrorism, and reaffirming the commitment of Congress to the continued expansion of friendship and cooperation between the United States and Singapore.

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

***Treaties Approved***

Protocols to North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on Accession of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia (Treaty Doc. 108-4). Resolution of ratification was agreed to by a unanimous vote of 96 yeas.

***Hearings of Interest***


House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs held a hearing on Global Health Issues. Testimony was heard from Tommy Thompson, Secretary of Health and Human Services; David Gootnick, M.D., Director, International Affairs and Trade, GAO; Richard Feachman, M.D., Executive director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

***Memorials/Petitions***

A memorial of the Senate of the State of Michigan, relative to Senate Resolution No. 9 memorializing the United States Congress that we call for the creation of a great Lakes Caucus. Memorial No. 30.

A memorial of the Senate of the State of Michigan, relative to Senate Resolution No. 10 memorializing the United States Congress to encourage the International Joint Commission to maintain its participation in developing feasible and defensible strategies and policies that protect the Great Lakes water from out-of-basin diversions and to continue to support the Annex 2001 process in a deeply considered and scientifically informed manner. Memorial No. 31.

***Appointments***

Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group - Senators Leahy and Akaka.

United States China Review Commission - Ms. Carolyn Bartholomew, for a term expiring on December 31, 2003.

United States- China Economic Security Review Commission - Roger W. Robinson, Jr., of Maryland, for a term expiring December 31, 2005.

United States- China Economic Security Review Commission - Robert F. Ellswoth, of California, for a term expiring December 31, 2005.

***Nominations Received***

Department of State - Richard W. Erdman, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.