Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF May 24,  2004

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

No Committee business scheduled – House in recess until Tuesday, June 1, 2004

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF MAY 17, 2004

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

10:30 a.m.

“Should China Join the Nuclear Suppliers Group?” – Full Committee Hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable John Wolf, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Nonproliferation, Department of State.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

10:30 a.m.

“Implementation of the Millennium Challenge Act” – Full Committee Hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable Paul Applegarth, Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation.

3:00 p.m.

Markup of: H. Res. 642, Providing for the establishment of a commission in the House of Representatives to assist parliaments in emerging democracies. Approved for Full Committee Action.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

12:00 p.m.

Classified MEMBERS ONLY briefing on recent developments in the Middle East with the Honorable William Burns, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

2:15 p.m.

Full Committee MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Excellency Konstantinos Karamanlis, Prime Minister of Greece.

***Floor***

H. Con. Res. 403 (Wolf) – condemning the Government of the Republic of the Sudan for its attacks against innocent civilians in the impoverished Darfur region of western Sudan. Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays 360-1.

***Legislation Introduced***

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

H. Con. Res. 431 (Collins) – Concurrent resolution urging the Government of Vietnam to provide to the United States all information in the Possession of Vietnam regarding Americans unaccounted for from the Vietnam War, and for other purposes.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

H. R. 4426 (Bachus) – A bill to prohibit certain entities from trading in capital markets in the United States.

H.R. 4448 (Lee) – A bill to require the President to seek the establishment of an international commission for monitoring the treatment of persons in United States custody in Iraq.

H.R. 4449 (Lee) – A bill to provide assistance to combat HIV/AIDS in the Republic of India and for other purposes.

H.R. 4452 (Meeks) – A bill to require funds made available to each Federal department and agency for the United States development or humanitarian assistance programs to be made available to foreign countries through the activities of United States organizations or businesses that are owned or controlled by naturalized United States citizens, or aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence, who are from those foreign countries.

H.R. 4467 (Thompson) – A bill to establish reporting requirements relating to funds made available for military operations in Iraq or for the reconstruction of Iraq, and for other purposes. (Referred to the Committee on Armed Services. In addition, referred to the Committee on International Relations.)

H. Con. Res. 433 (Lantos) – Concurrent resolution congratulating the Republic of India on the conduct of its recent democratic national elections.

H. Con. Res. 436 (Payne) – Concurrent resolution celebrating 10 years of majority rule in the Republic of South Africa and recognizing the momentous social and economic achievements of South Africa and recognizing the momentous social and economic achievements of South Africa since the institution of democracy in that country.

H. Con. Res. 437 (Rohrabacher) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the President of the United States should request Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian to deploy Taiwanese Marines to Iraq to join International Coalition forces in the global war on Terrorism.

H. Res. 652 (Wexler) – A resolution urging the Government of the Republic of Belarus to ensure a democratic, transparent, and fair election process for its parliamentary elections in the fall of 2004.

H. Res. 654 (Meeks) – A resolution recognizing the 38th anniversary of the independence of Guyana and extending best wishes to Guyana for peace and further progress, development, and prosperity.

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

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 4, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent of the U.S. to support a UNSCR creating a UN peacekeeping Operation in Burundi, pursuant to Sec. 4 9d) of the United Nations Participation Act and Title IV of the Department of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies Appropriations Action, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 6, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $897,000 in FY 03 Supplemental ESF to support democracy and human rights programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, 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 6, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $250,000 in FY 03 FSA funds for e-Pine, 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 – May 6, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $1,057,000 in FY 04 ESF to support democracy and human rights programs in the Middle East, 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 – May 6, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $728,000 in FY 03 and $1,000,000 in FY 04 AEEB funds to INL war crimes domestic trial capacity for ICTY, 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) 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 6, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $3.55 million in FY 04 funds for its technical assistance activities in Eurasian countries, 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 – May 6, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $384,000 in FY 04 ESF to support democracy and human rights programs in Southeast Asia, 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 – May 7, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $5,490,000 for project proposals, pursuant to Sec. 508 (a) of the FSA and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 7, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $1,500,000 in FY 04 PKO funds in support of African regional peacekeeping activities, 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 – May 7, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $600,000 in FY 04 PKO funds in support of the Pan Sahel Initiative, 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 – May 7, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $900,000 in FY 04 ESF to support democracy and human rights programs in the Middle East, 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.

Notice of Proposed Lease of Defense Articles to the Government of Turkey – May 13, 2004, DSCA (Transmittal No. 03-04), pursuant to Sec. 62 (a) of the AECA;

Ex. Comm. 8151.

Copies of International Agreements – May 13, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b(a); Ex. Comm. 8152.

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Sudan – May 13, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury, as required by Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412), Sec. 204 ( c ) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (P.L. 95-223), and Ex. Order 13313; Ex. Comm. 8153.

Diplomatic Construction Project of a New Embassy Compound in Bamako, Mali – May 13, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA FY 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204), as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, FY 1990-91 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Charter of the Advisory Committee on International Law – May 13, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, (P.L. 92-463); unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project Involving Marine Security Guard Improvements in Nouakchott, Mauritania – May 14, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA FY 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204), as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, FY 1990-91 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Department of State FY 04 State Programs Summary – May 14, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 24(b)(4) of the State Department Basic Authorities Act; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 14, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $11,000,000 in FY 04 FSA funds for the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation, 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 – May 14, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate INC funds for 1995-97 and INCLE funds for 2001 for each of these fiscal years totaling $1,529,041 for international narcotics and related law enforcement programs, projects and activities in Colombia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, in accordance with sections 511, 515, and 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1995 (P.L. 103-306), 1996 (P.L. 104-107), 1997 (P.L. 104-208), 2001 (P.L. 106-429); unnumbered.

Listing of All Major Letters of Offer Regarding Major Defense Equipment Valued at $1,000,000 or More -- May 17, 2004, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 36(a) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 8175.

Report to Congress on U.S. Government Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons in FY 2003 – May 18, 2004, DOJ, pursuant to Sec. 6 (a) of the Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-193); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 18, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $500,000 in FY 04 ESF to support democracy and human rights in Haiti, 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.

Continuation of National Emergency with Respect to Burma – May 19, 2004, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 108-186.

Notice of Proposed letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Japan – May 19, 2004, DSCA (Transmittal No. 04-06), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1); Ex. Comm. 8193.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Poland – May 19, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 005-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 8194.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Israel – May 19, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 026-04), pursuant to sections 36 ( c ) and (d) of the AECA;

Ex. Comm. 8195.

Notice of Proposed Transfer of Major Defense Equipment from the Government of Switzerland to the Government of Austria – May 19, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. RSAT-3-04), pursuant to Sec. 3 (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 8196.

Patterns of Global Terrorism 2003 – May 19, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 140 of the FRAA, 1998-89 (P.L. 100-204); Ex. Comm. 8197.

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to the 1979 Iranian Emergency Assets Blocking – May 19, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury, as required by Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412), Sec. 204 ( c ) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (P.L. 95-223), and Ex. Order 12170; Ex. Comm. 8198.

Report to the Congress - Imposition of Foreign Policy Controls on Protective and Detection Equipment and Components, Not Specially Designed for Military Use – May 19, 2004, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 6 of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); Ex. Comm. 8199.

Overseas Surplus Property – May 19, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2215 of the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, FY 1999 (P.L. 105-277); Ex. Comm. 8200.

Determination and Certification of Countries Not Cooperating Fully with U.S. Antiterrorism Efforts – May 19, 2004, pursuant to Sec. 40A of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 8201.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to the Republic of Korea and Germany – May 19, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 032-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Colombia – May 19, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 130-03), pursuant to sections 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Canada – May 19, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 027-04), pursuant to sections 36 ( c ) and (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with the United Kingdom and Norway - May 19, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 025-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Japan and the United Kingdom - May 19, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 030-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to The Netherlands and Belgium – May 19, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 028-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Notice that Danger Pay was Terminated for Sierra Leone – May 20, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the DSAA, FY 1984-85 (P.L. 98-164); Ex. Comm. 8242.

Notice that Danger Pay has been Established for Haiti – May 20, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the DSAA, FY 1984-85 (P.L. 98-164); Ex. Comm. 8243.

Cuban Emigration Policies – May 20, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2245 of the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999 (P.L. 105-277); Ex. Comm. 8244.

Determination and Memorandum of Justification Regarding Arab Economic Boycott of Israel – May 20, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the Anti-Economic Discrimination Act, 1994 (P.L. 103-236); Ex. Comm. 8245.

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

Status of International Religious Freedom: An Analysis of the State Department’s 2003 Annual Report – February 10, 2004, Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Human Rights;

Serial No. 108-77.

United States and the Iraqi Marshlands: An Environmental Response – February 24, 2004, Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia; Serial No. 108-74.

Sudan: Peace Agreement around the Corner? – March 11, 2004, Subcommittee on Africa; Serial No. 108-79.

The United States and Asia: Continuity, Instability and Transition – March 17, 2004, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific; Serial No. 108-83.

The Current Situation in Serbia – March 17, 2004, Subcommittee on Europe; Serial No. 108-80.

***Memorials/Petitions***

A memorial of the Senate of the State of Illinois, relative to Senate Resolution No. 447 memorializing the government of the Russian Federation and the Russian oil company LUKoil to open up its drilling site in the Baltic Sea, known as D-6, off the coast of Lithuania for inspection by international organizations and Lithuanian authorities; and memorializing the government officials, the judiciary, and the media in Lithuania to address the current political crisis surrounding the office of the President in Lithuania in a forthright and transparent manner; Memorial No. 0328.

OTHER COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF MAY 17, 2004

***Hearings of Interest***

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Iraq’s Transition: The Way Ahead (Part I). Testimony was heard from Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Lieutenant General Walter L. Sharp, Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Chiefs of Staff, both of the DoD; and Richard L. Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Iraq’s Transition: The Way Ahead (Part II). Testimony was heard from Anthony H. Cordesman, CSIS, and Phebe Marr, NDU; General Joseph P. Hoar, USMC (Ret.), former Commander in Chief, USCC; and Larry Diamond, Stanford University Hoover Institution.

Senate Committee on Armed Services: Open and closed hearings to examine allegations of mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners, receiving testimony from Gen. John P. Abizaid, USA, Commander, USCC; and Lieutenant General Ricardo S. Sanchez, USA, Commander, and major General Geoffrey D. Miller, USA, Deputy Commander for Detainee Operations, both of Multi-National Force-Iraq.

Senate Committee on Finance: Held a hearing on terrorism financing. Testimony was heard from Joseph M. Myers, Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman, former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement, and Jonathan M. Winer, Alston and Bird, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Law Enforcement.

House Committee on Armed Services: Operation Iraqi Freedom. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the DoD: GEN Richard B. Myers, USAF, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army; and GEN Michael W. Hagee, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps.

***Nominations Received***

Department of State – Christopher William Dell, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe.

Inter-American Foundation – Nadine Hogan, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of Directors for a term expiring June 26, 2008.

Inter-American Foundation – Jack Vaughn, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors for a term expiring September 20, 2006.