Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF August 9, 2004

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

 

No Committee Business – House in Recess

 

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEKS OF JULY 19 – AUGUST 2, 2004

 

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

 

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

 

10:00 a.m.              

MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Excellency Boudewijn Ban Eenennaam, the Dutch Ambassador to the United States – Subcommittee on Europe.

 

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

 

11:00 a.m.              

MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Excellency Boris Tadic, President of Serbia – Full Committee.

 

1:30 p.m.

“HIV/AIDS in Asia” – Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

Witnesses: Ms. Kathleen Cravero, Deputy Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); Bates Gill, Ph.D., Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Vijay V. Yeldandi, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P., Director of Clinical Research, The Metro Foundation; Ms. Holly Burkhalter, U.S. Policy Director, Physicians for Human Rights –Washington Office.

 

Thursday, July 22, 2004

 

1:30 p.m. MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Excellency Eduardo Stein, Vice President of Guatemala.

 

2:00 p.m. “The Democratic Republic of Congo Peace Accords: One Year Later” – Subcommittee on Africa.

Witnesses: The Honorable Constance Berry Newman, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Leonard Dees, Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for Democracy, The Honorable Gareth Evans, President, International Crisis Group.

 

Friday, August 6, 2004

 

10:00 a.m.         

“9/11 Commission Report Recommendation: Denying sanctuaries to Terrorists” – Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights.

Witnesses: The Honorable Slade Gorton, Commission Member, The 9/11 Commission; Mr. Richard Ben-Veniste, Commission Member, The 9/11 Commission; The Honorable J. Cofer Black, Ambassador-at-Large, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State.

 

***Floor***

 

H. R. 1587 ( Smith-NJ) – Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2003.  Passed the House with 323 yeas to 45 nays.

 

S. 2264 (Feingold) – Northern Uganda Crisis Response Act.  Passed the House by 371 yeas to 1 nay, clearing the measure for the President. 

 

H. R. 4011 (Leach) – North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004.  Agreed to by voice vote.

 

H. R. 4660 (Lantos) – Amending the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003.  Agreed to by voice vote.

 

H. Res. 652 (Bereuter) – Urging the Government of the Republic of Belarus to ensure a democratic election process for its elections in the Fall of 2004.  Passed the House with 421 yeas.

 

H. Con. Res. 436 (Payne) – Celebrating 10 years of majority rule in the Republic of South Africa.  Passed the House by 422 yeas.

 

H. Con. Res. 418 (Lantos) – Recognizing the importance in history of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Japan.  Passed the House by 416 yeas.

 

H. Con. Res. 469 (Ros-Lehtinen) – Condemning the attack on the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina in July 1994.  Passed the House by 422 yeas.

 

H. Con. Res. 467 (Payne) – Declaring genocide in Darfur, Sudan.  Passed the House with 422 yeas.

 

***Legislation Introduced***

 

Monday, July 19, 2004

 

H. Res. 726 (Bereuter) – A resolution congratulating the people of Serbia for conducting a democratic, free and fair presidential election and for reaffirming Serbia’s commitment to peace, democracy, and the rule of law.

 

H. Res. 727 (Delahunt) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the policy of the United States at the 56th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission.

 

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

 

H. Con. Res. 475 (Rangel) – Concurrent resolution encouraging the International Olympic Committee to select New York City as the site of the 2012 Olympic Games.

 

H. Res. 729 (Bereuter) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to the 50th anniversary of the food aid programs established under the Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act of 1954.  (In addition, referred to the Committee on Agriculture.)

 

H. Res. 733 (Bereuter) – A resolution calling on the Government of Libya to review the legal actions taken against several Bulgarian medical workers.

 

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

 

H. R. 4965 ( Lantos) – A bill to impose sanctions on foreign entities that engage in certain nuclear proliferation activities, and for other purposes.

 

H. R. 4989 (Schiff) – A bill to require an annual Department of State report on information relating to the promotion of religious freedom, democracy and human rights in foreign countries by individuals, nongovernmental organizations, and the media in those countries, and for other purposes.

 

H. R. 4998 (Strickland) – A bill to make funds available to pay the United States prisoners of war that brought suit against the Government of Iraq in the case of Acree v. Republic of Iraq.

 

H. Con. Res. 481 (Chabot) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding high level visits by democratically elected officials of Taiwan to the United States.

 

H. Con. Res. 482 (Meeks) – Concurrent resolution recognizing and celebrating the abolition of slavery more than 150 years ago in the Latin American countries of Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Peru, and Venezuela, and for other purposes.

 

H. Con. Res. 485 (Simmons) – Concurrent resolution extending the thanks of Congress and the Nation to the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office and the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command of the Department of Defense and to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for their efforts to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans unaccounted for as a result of the Vietnam War.  (Referred to the Committee on Armed Services.  In addition, referred to HIRC.)

 

H. Res. 744 (Burton) – A resolution congratulating the people and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia on successfully completing elections for national, provincial, and regional, parliamentary representatives, and praising the growth of democracy in Indonesia.

 

H. Res. 751 (Ros- Lehtinen) – A resolution commending the people and the Governments of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait, the State of Qatar, and the Sultanate of Oman for their progress toward democratization and political and economic liberalization.

 

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

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief FY2004 Operational Plan – June 3, 2004 DOS, pursuant to the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Notice that Pakistan has been Designated a Major non-NATO Ally – June 25, 2004, The Under Secretary of Defense, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2350a; unnumbered.

 

Report of Licensing Activities of Exports to Iraq – July 7, 2004, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 1503 of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003; unnumbered.

 

Debt Negotiations with the Government of Jamaica under the Tropical Forest Conservation Act – July 9, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury; unnumbered.

 

Notice Regarding Religious Freedom in Iraq – July 19, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 409 of the International Religious Freedom Act, 1998 (P.L. 105-292); unnumbered.

 

Notice of Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and/or Services to Egypt – July 19, 2004, DSCA (Transmittal No. 04-11), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9149.

 

Notice of Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and/or Services to Egypt – July 19, 2004, DSCA (Transmittal No. 04-10), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9150.

 

Report on Economic Conditions in Egypt – July 19, 2004, USAID, pursuant to Sec. 1205 (b) of the International Security and Development Cooperation Act, 1985; Ex. Comm. 9151.

 

Biological Weapons Proliferation Prevention Program Engaged Facility Profile – July 19, 2004, DoD, pursuant to Sec. 1304 of the NDAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-136); Ex. Comm. 9152.

 

Copy of Presidential Determination No. 2004-31, Waiving Prohibition on United States Military Assistance with Respect to Burkina Faso and Dominica – July 19, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2007 (a) of the American Servicemembers’ Protection Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-206); Ex. Comm. 9153.

 

Trafficking in Persons Report – June 2004 – July 19, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 110 of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-386); Ex. Comm. 9154.

 

Report on International Extradition – July 20, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 3203 of Title III of the Emergency Supplemental Act, 2001 (P.L. 106-246); unnumbered.

 

Fifty-Second Report to the Congress on the United States Contributions to International Organizations – July 20, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 405 (b) to the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

 

Determination and Memorandum of Justification Regarding the Arab League Boycott – July 20, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 565 (b) of the FRAA, 1994 and 1995 (P.L. 103-236); unnumbered.

 

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Morocco – July 20, 2004, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 

Notice of Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and/or Services to India – July 20, 2004, DSCA (Transmittal No. 04-08), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9243.

 

Copies of International Agreements – July 20, 2004, DOS, pursuant to 1 U.S.C. 112b (a); Ex. Comm. 9244.

 

“Report from the Field: the USA Patriot Act at Work” – July 20, 2004, DoJ; unnumbered.

 

Report on Claims by United States Firms Against the Government of Saudi Arabia – July 21, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2801 of the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act, 1998 (P.L. 105-277); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – July 21, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $10.9 million in FY 04 FMF to support the Colombian National Police, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Notice of Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan – July 21, 2004, DSCA (Transmittal No. 04-19), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9287.

 

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License with Canada – July 21, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9288.

 

Draft Bill to Implement the Agreement on Conservation and Management of the Alaska-Chukotka Polar Bear Population – July 21, 2004, Dept. of the Interior; Ex. Comm. 9312.

 

Role of Foreign Service Nationals in Granting & Refusal of Visas & Other Documents Authorizing Entry of Aliens to the United States – July 22, 2004, DHS, pursuant to Sec. 428 (g) of the Homeland Security Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-296); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – July 22, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $14,000,000 in FY 04 FSA funds for the GBSLE Assistance Program, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2002 & 2003 (P.L. 107-115 &108-7); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – July 22, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $235,000 for ACILS to support free media among Middle East trade unions, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – July 22, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $10,000 in FY 04 ESF to support the Voluntary Principles and promote corporate social responsibility in the area of human rights and security in the extractive industries, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – July 22, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $6,800,000 in FY 04 FSA funds for the EXBS Program for the Eurasian states, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – July 22, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram $39 million in FY 03 PKO funds for activities in Iraq, Sudan, and East Africa, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to the Western Balkans – July 22, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury, 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); Ex. Comm. 9317.

 

Report Regarding Calendar Year 2003 Sales to Designated Tier III Countries of Computers Capable of Operating at a Speed in  Excess of a Specified Number of Million Theoretical Operations Per Second by Companies that Participated in the Advanced Simulation & Computing Program – July 22, 2004, National Nuclear Security Administration, pursuant to Sec. 3157 of the NDAA, 1998 (P.L. 105-85); Ex. Comm. 9318.

 

Determination and Justification in Support of Sale of Defense Articles to Colombia – July 23, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2 (b)(6) of the Export Import Bank, 1945 (P.L. 79-173); unnumbered.

 

Determination Regarding Export to Iraq – July 23, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1504 of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11); unnumbered.

 

Certification of a Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Canada – July 23, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 050-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License with Germany – July 23, 2004, DOS (RSAT-06-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License with Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway – July 23, 2004, DOS (RSAT-02-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License with the Netherlands– July 23, 2004, DOS (RSAT-05-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – July 23, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to use up to $600,000 in FY 04 PKO to provide assistance to Burundi, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – July 23, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram up to $2,385,000 in FMF funds to support the east Africa Counterterrorism Initiative, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – July 23, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram up to $1,500,000 in FY 04 FMF for assistance to Sri Lanka, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – July 23, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $300,000 in FY 04 ESF to support human rights and democracy initiatives in Turkey, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – July 23, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $1,155,000 in FY 04 ESF to support democracy and human rights programs in Pakistan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

Notice of Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and/or Services to Canada – July 21, 2004, DSCA (Transmittal No. 04-27), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 

Implementation of the FY 04 IMET – July 23,2 004, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

 

Rwanda’s Genocide: Looking Back – April 22, 2004, Subcommittee on Africa hearing; Serial No. 108-96.

 

North Korea: Human Rights, Refugees, and Humanitarian Challenges – April 28, 2004, Subcommittees on Asia and the Pacific and International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights; Serial No. 108-94.

 

To Authorize the Establishment of a Social Investment and Economic Development Fund for the Americas, Etc. – May 5, 2004, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere; Serial No. 108-95.

 

The African Growth and Opportunity Act: Building Trade Capacity – May 11, 2004, Subcommittee on Africa; Serial No. 108-98.

 

Ukraine’s Future and U.S. Interests – May 12, 2004, Subcommittee on Europe; Serial No. 108-97.

 

Urging the Government of Ukraine to Ensure a Democratic Transparent, and Fair Election Process for the Presidential Election on October 31, 2004; and 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 – Markup before the Subcommittee on Europe; Serial No. 108-99.

 

OTHER COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEKS OF JULY 19 –AUGUST 2, 2004

 

***Hearings/Briefings/Meetings of Interest***

 

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) – Held a hearing on democracy in Albania.

 

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) – Held a briefing on Caucasus Religious Freedom.

 

House Committee on Government Reform: Held part IV of a series of hearings on Iraq Reconstruction.     

 

Senate Committee on Armed Services: Met in closed session to receive a briefing regarding the activities of the Iraq survey Group in Iraq from Major General Keith W. Dayton, USA, former Commander of the ISG.

 

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Middle East Road Map to Peace.  Testimony was heard from David M. Satterfield, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs; Dennis Ross, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Abdek Monem Said Aly, Brookings Institute; Aaron David Miller, Seeds of Peace.  

 

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Iraq-Post Transition.  Testimony was heard from Ronald L. Schlicher, Iraq Coordinator, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State; and David C. Gompert, National Defense University Center for Technology and National Security Policy. 

 

***Other House/Senate Measures Passed***

 

S. 2677 (Grassley) – U.S. – Morocco Free Trade Agreement Implementation.  Passed Senate by 85 yeas to 13 nays.

 

S. Con. Res. 106 (Campbell) – Urging the Government of Ukraine.  Agreed to by UC.

 

S. Con. Res. 125 (Smith, G) – Recognizing the Warsaw Uprising.  Agreed to by UC.

 

S. Con. Res. 126 (Coleman) -- Condemning Anti-Semitic Attack. Agreed to by UC.

 

S. Con. Res. 133 (Brownback) – Sudan Human Rights.  Agreed to by UC.

 

S. Res. 414 (Cornyn) – Human Trafficking and Slavery.  Agreed to by UC.  

 

H.R. 4842 (Delay) – U.S. – Morocco Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act.  Passed by 323 yeas to 99 nays.

 

***Memorials/Petitions***

 

A memorial of the General Assembly of the State of Ohio, relative to Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 24 memorializing the Congress of the United States to support Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization and to deplore the persecution of the Falun Gong practitioners, Christians, and members of other religious groups in the People’s Republic of China and to urge that specified actions be taken to end that persecution; Memorial No. 398.

 

A memorial of the General Assembly of the State of Ohio, relative to Senate Concurrent resolution No. 24 urging the support of Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization and to deplore the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, Christians, and members of other religious groups in the People’s Republic of China and to urge that specified actions be taken to end that persecution; Memorial No. 409. 

 

A memorial of the House of Representatives of the State of Delaware, relative to House Resolution No. 86 recognizing the plight of Falun Gong practitioners in China and memorializing the Congress of the United States to take all appropriate actions and to use all appropriate public and private forums to address this issue; Memorial No. 416.

 

A petition of the City Council of Madera, California, relative to Resolution 04-113 supporting Taiwan’s entry into the World Health Organization; Petition No. 093.

 

***Nominations Received***

 

Department of StateB. Lynn Pascoe, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia.

 

USAID Lloyd O. Pierson, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Administrator.

 

African Development Foundation - Lloyd O. Pierson, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors.

 

***Nominations Confirmed***

 

Department of StateJohn Ripin Miller, of Washington, to be Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking, with the rank of Ambassador at Large.

 

Inter-American Development BankHector E. Morales, of Texas, to be United States Executive Director.

 

United NationsYousif B. Ghafari, of Michigan, to be an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Fifty-ninth Session of the General Assembly.

 

United NationsJane Dee Hull, of Arizona, to be a Representative of the United States of America to the Fifty-ninth Session of the General Assembly.