Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF June 30, 2003

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***


No Committee Business - House in Recess

COMMITTEE BUSINESS FOR WEEK OF JUNE 23, 2003

***Hearings/Meetings/Markups***

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

9:00 a.m. Meeting with the Honorable Pat Cox, President (Speaker) of the European Parliament.

10:00 a.m. MEMBERS ONLY meeting with Her Excellency Mireya Moscoso, President of the Republic of Panama. Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.

2:00 p.m. “Boosting Africa’s Agricultural Trade” - Subcommittee on Africa.
Witnesses: The Honorable Erastus J. O. Mwencha, M.B.S., Secretary General, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa; Terry Townsend, Ph.D., Executive Director, International Cotton Advisory Committee; Mr. Henry H. Kartchner, Chairman, Food Development Corporation.

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

10:15 a.m. “U.S. Trade and Commercial Policy in Southeast Asia and Oceania” - Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
Witnesses: The Honorable James A. Kelly, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State; Mr. Ralph F. Ives, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Asia-Pacific and APEC Affairs.

1:30 p.m. “Enforcement of the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act and Increasing Security Threats from Iran (Part I)” - Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia.
Witnesses: Mr. Charles English, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State; Ms. Anna Borg, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Department of State; Mr. Philo Dibble, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State; Patrick Clawson, Ph.D., Deputy Director, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Mr. Roger W. Robinson, CEO and President, Conflict Securities Advisory Group, Inc.

2:30 p.m. “Global Trends in Trafficking and the Trafficking in Persons Report” - Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights.
Witnesses: The Honorable John Miller, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Department of State; The Reverend Lauran Bethell, International Baptist Theological Seminary of the European Baptist Federation; Ms. Holly Burkhalter, U.S. Policy Director, Physicians for Human Rights; Mr. Gary A. Haugen, President and CEO; Founder, International Justice Mission; Mohamed Y. Mattar, S.J.D., Co-Director, The Protection Project, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies; Ms. Nancy Murphy, Executive Director, Northwest Family Life; Louise I. Shelley, Ph.D. Director, Transitional Crime and Corruption Center, American University.

4:45 p.m. Joint Europe & Middle East Central Asia Subcommittees Meeting with Javier Solana, EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy.

Thursday, June 26, 2003

9:45 a.m. Meeting with His Excellency General Pervez Musharraf, the President and Chief Executive of Pakistan. Full Committee.

11:30 a.m. Markup of H. R. 2550, To amend the American Servicemembers’ Protection Act of 2002 to provide clarification with respect to the eligibility of certain countries for United States military assistance. (Approved for Full Committee)

12:00 p.m. “U.S. Security Policy in Asia and the Pacific: Restructuring America’s Forward Deployment” - Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
Witnesses: Mr. Peter Rodman, Assistant Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs, Department of Defense, Admiral Thomas B. Fargo, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command; Mr. Christopher LaFleur, Special Envoy for Northeast Asia Security Consultations, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State.

2:00 p.m. MEMBERS ONLY briefing regarding Iraq by Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace.

***Floor***


Monday, June 23, 2003

H. Res. 264 (Lantos) - Expressing sympathy for the victims of the devastating earthquake that struck Algeria on May 21, 2003. Agreed to by 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 382 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 297.

H. Res. 177 (Green) - Amended, Commending the people of the Republic of Kenya for conducting free and fair elections, for the peaceful and orderly transfer of power in their government, and for continued success of democracy in their nation since that transition. Agreed to by 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 380 yeas with none voting nay, Roll No. 298.

H. Con. Res. 209 (Engel) - Amended, Commending the signing of the United States-Adriatic Charter, a charter of partnership among the United States, Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia. Agreed to by 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 381 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 299.

Wednesday, June 25, 2003


H. Con. Res. 49 (Smith, Chris) - Expressing the sense of the Congress that the sharp escalation of anti-Semitic violence within many participating States of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is of profound concern and efforts should be undertaken to prevent further occurrences. Agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 412 yeas with none voting “nay,” Roll No. 315.

H. Res. 199 (Frank, Barney) - Amended, Calling on the Government of the People’s Republic of China immediately and unconditionally to release Dr. Yang Jianli, calling on the President of the United States to continue working on behalf of Dr. Yang Jianli for his release. Agreed to by 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 412 yeas with none voting “nay,” Roll No. 316.

H. Res. 294 (Lantos) - Condemning the terrorism inflicted on Israel since the Aqaba Summit and expressing solidarity with the Israeli people in their fight against terrorism. Agreed to by 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 399 yeas to 5 nays with 7 voting “present,” Roll No. 317.

***Reports Filed***

H. Res. 260, (submitted by Mr. Hyde) requesting the President to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution documents or other materials in the President’s possession relating to Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, adverse, amended (H. Rept. 108-168).

***Legislation Introduced***

Monday, June 23, 2003

H. Con. Res. 226 (Evans) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the Government of Japan should formally issue a clear and unambiguous apology for the sexual enslavement of young women during colonial occupation of Asia and World War II, known tot he world as “comfort women”, and for other purposes.

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

H. Con. Res. 229 (Payne) - Concurrent resolution acknowledging the strong relationship between the United States and the Republic of Mali and recognizing Mali’s role in building a participative democracy, providing leadership through conflict resolution and peacekeeping activities, and supporting the fight against terrorism.

H. Res. 294 (Lantos) - A resolution condemning the terrorism inflicted on Israel since the Aqaba Summit and expressing solidarity with the Israeli people in their fight against terrorism.

Thursday, June 26, 2003

H. R. 2616 (Farr) - A bill to increase the capabilities of the United States to provide reconstruction assistance to countries or regions impacted by armed conflict and for other purposes.

H. R. 2620 (Smith, Chris) - A bill to authorize appropriations for Fiscal Years 2004 and 2005 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, and for other purposes. (In addition, referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.)

H. R. 2647 (Norton) - A bill to provide for nuclear disarmament and economic conversion in accordance with the District of Columbia Initiative Measure Number 37 of 1992. (Referred to the Committee on Armed Services.)

H. R. 2655 (Walsh) - A bill to amend and extend the Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998. (Referred, to the Committee on the Judiciary.)

H. Con. Res. 232 (Andrews) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding security for Taiwan.

H. Con. Res. 233 (Fossella) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding the dire humanitarian situation in Liberia and efforts to introduce peace and justice to that country.

H. Con. Res. 238 (Rohrabacher) - Concurrent resolution supporting efforts to advance regional and community based water and sanitation needs of Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians as an effective bridge for peace building in the Middle East.

H. Con. Res. 239 (Watson) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the global diamond industry, as represented by the World Diamond Council, should provide transition development assistance to communities in Sierra Leone, Angola, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the illicit trade in conflict diamonds for arms fueled civil war, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 302 (Filner) - A resolution calling for the immediate and unconditional release from prison of Kurdish members of the Parliament of the Republic of Turkey.

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


Office of Inspector General Semiannual Report to the Congress for October 1, 2002 - March 31, 2003 - May 29, 203, USAID, pursuant to the Inspector General Act, 1978 (P.L. 95-452); unnumbered.
Available at: http://www.usadi.gov/oig/public/semiannual1.htm <http://www.>

U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants and Assistance From International Organizations - June 2, 2003, USAID, pursuant to Sec. 634 of the Foreign assistance Act of 1961

Office of Inspector General Semiannual Report to the Congress for October 1, 2002 - March 31, 2003 - June 9, 2003, Department of Homeland Security, pursuant to Sec. 5 of the Inspector General Act, 1978 (P.L. 95-452); unnumbered.
Available at : <http://www.dhs.gov>

Amendment to the Export Administration Regulations - June 10, 2003, Assistant Secretary for Export Administration, pursuant to Sec. 15 ( c ) of the Export Administration Act, (P.L. 96-72); unnumbered.

Report of Licensing Activities Relating to Iraq - June 13, 2003, Department of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 1503 of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2003 and Presidential Determination No. 2002-23; unnumbered.

Secretary’s Determination to Waive the 100 ft. Setback Requirement with Respect to the Relocation of the Embassy, Bridgetown, Barbados - June 18, 2003, pursuant to Sec. 606 (a) (3) of the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-113); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - June 18, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $200,000 in FY 2003 Countries in Transition ESF to assist the Angolan Ministries of Energy and Water and Petroleum in the development, adoption, and implementation of a national energy management strategy, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

United States Support for Taiwan’s Participation as an Observer at the 56th World Health Assembly and in the Work of the World Health Organization (WHO) - June 19, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the requirement in P.L. 108-28; unnumbered.

Secretary’s Determination to Waive the 100 ft. Setback Requirement with Respect to the Relocation of the Consulate, Adana, Turkey - June 19, 2003, pursuant to Sec. 606 (a) (3) of the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-113); unnumbered.

Report to Congress - Steps Taken to Address Human Health and Environmental Concerns Related to the Aerial Eradication of Illicit Crops in Colombia - June 19, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the statement of Managers, accompanying the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - June 19, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $120,000 in FY 03 AEEB to support the work of the stability Pact for Southeastern Europe’s Initiative to Fight Organized Crime and its Executive Secretariat, to provide an advisor on NATO information security issues to the Government of Bulgaria, and to support the Stability Pact programs 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 & 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Freetown Logistics and Logistical Training Depot Facility - June 20, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.
Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Greece - June 20, 2003, DSCA, total estimated value to be $3,917,504.00, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Peru - June 20, 2003, DSCA, total estimated value to be $9,403.00, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - June 20, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $20,000 in FY 03 AEEB to the USIP to support a U.S. advisor to UNMIK, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - June 20, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent by INL to obligate $200,000 of USAID funds to support a DOJ/OPDAT Resident Legal Advisor for Serbia and Montenegro, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 & 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - June 20, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $250,000 in FY 03 AEEB funds to support OPIC in facilitating U.S. business involvement in the economic recovery of Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia and Montenegro, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 & 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

USTDA Special Funding Obligation for Russia - June 20, 2003, USTDA, pursuant to Title I under the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

USTDA Special Funding Obligation for Serbia - June 20, 2003, USTDA, pursuant to Sec. 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

Message from the President - Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to the Western Balkans - June 23, 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. 108-86.

Message from the President - Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Western Balkans - June 23, 2003. The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act; H. Doc. 108-87.

The Department’s Final Rule - Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations - June 23, 2003, OFAC - Department of Treasury, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 2777.

Regional Bureau Justifications FY 03 Capital Security Projects - June 24, 2003, Under Secretary for Management; unnumbered.

Supporting Democracy and Human Rights: The U.S. Record 2002-03 - June 24, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 665 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.
Available at: <http://www.state.gov>

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - June 24, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $691,855 in FY 03 Supplemental ESF for the U.S. - MEPI for Partnership for Financial Excellence Part I and Labor Sector Technical Advisor in Bahrain, pursuant to Emergency Wartime supplemental appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11); unnumbered.

Bimonthly Report on Cyprus - June 24, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 620C ( c ) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961; Ex. Comm. 2802.

The Department’s Final Rule - Export Administration Regulations: Encryption Clarifications and Revisions [Docket No. 030529136-3136-01] (RIN: 0694-AC78) - June 24, 2003, Department of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (a); Ex. Comm. 2803.

The Department’s Final Rule - Implementation of the Understandings Reached at the June 2002 Australia Group Plenary Meeting and the AG Intersessional Decision on Cross Flow Filtration Equipment - Chemical and Biological Weapons Controls in the Export Administration Regulations [Docket No. 030523133-3133-01] (RIN: 0694-AC70) - June 24, 2003, Department of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) 91) (A); Ex. Comm. 2804.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - June 25, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $280,000 on behalf of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 106429); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - June 25, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $300,000 in FY 03 Africa Regional ESF to support the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau’s Voice of America Program in Angola, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with South Korea - June 25, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 034-03), pursuant to Sections 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2840.

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Canada - June 25, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 012-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2841.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to South Korea - June 25, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 043-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2842.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan - June 25, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 035-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2843.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan - June 25, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 036-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2844.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan - June 25, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 037-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2845.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Israel - June 25, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 038-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2846.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway and the United Kingdom - June 25, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 010-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2847.

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan - June 25, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 039-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2848.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Egypt - June 26, 2003, DSCA, total estimated value to be $4,162,348.00, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Program Background - Support to Peacekeeping Operations in Burundi - June 26, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Program Background - African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance - June 26, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Program Background - Logistics Support of Joint Military Commission to Nuba Mountain Cease-fire in Sudan - June 26, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sections 515 & 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Israel - June 26, 2003, DSCA, total estimated value to be $1,800,000.00, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - June 26, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $34 million from in Andean Counterdrug Initiative Emergency Wartime Supplemental Act for Colombia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and the provisions of Title II and Sections 515 & 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

***Hearings/Markups Printed***


The Middle East Partnership Initiative: Promoting Democratization in a Troubled Region - March 19, 2003, Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia; Serial No. 108-17.

OTHER COMMITTEE BUSINESS WEEK OF JUNE 23, 2003

***Senate Measures Passed***


S. Res. 62 (Ensign) - Calling upon the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Union, and human rights activists throughout the world to take certain actions in regard to the human rights situation in Cuba. Passed without amendment and with a preamble by UC.

S. Res. 149 (Feingold) - Expressing the sense of the Senate that the international response tot he current need for food in the Horn of Africa remains inadequate. Passed without amendment and an amended preamble by UC.

***Hearings of Interest***


Senate Foreign Relations Committee: “U.S. Relations with a Changing Europe: Differing Views on Technology Issues.” Testimony was heard from Mr. Gary Litman, Vice President Europe and Eurasia, United States Chamber of Commerce and private witnesses.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: “The African Growth and Opportunity Act.” Testimony was heard from Ms. Florizelle Liser, Assistant United States Trade Representative for Africa, USTR; The Honorable Walter Kansteiner III, Assistant Secretary for African Affairs and private witnesses.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: “Constitutionalism, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Nation of Iraq.” Testimony heard from private witnesses.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: “The Successor States to Pre-1991 Yugoslavia: Progress & Challenges.” Testimony was heard from Mr. Paul Jones, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of State; Ms. Mira Ricardel, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Defense and private witnesses.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: “The Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues - Responding to International Parental Abduction.” Testimony was heard from The Honorable Blanche L. Lincoln, United States Senate; The Honorable Maura Harty, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State.

***Nominations Received***


Department of Homeland Security - June 26, 2003, Penrose C. Albright, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary.

***Nominations Confirmed***

Department of State - Marsha E. Barnes, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname.

Department of State - Robert W. Fitts, of New Hampshire, to be Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, and to serve concurrently 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 - Tracey Ann Jacobson, of the District of Columbia, a Foreign Service Officer of Class One to be Ambassador to Turkmenistan.

Department of State - George A. Krol, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus.

Department of State - Greta N. Morris, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands.