Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF September 27, 2004

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 

10:30 a.m.            “Afghanistan: United States Strategies on the Eve of National Elections” – Full Committee Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building                               
Witnesses:
The Honorable Richard L. Armitage, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Andrew S. Natsios, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development.

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 13 & 20, 2004 

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups*** 

Tuesday, September 14, 2004 

1:30 p.m.              “U.S. – European Cooperation on Counterterrorism: Achievements and Challenges” – Subcommittees on Europe and International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights.
Witnesses:
Mr. William T. Pope, Principal Deputy Coordinator, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Gjis De Vries, Counter-terrorism Co-ordinator, European Union; The Honorable C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Mr. Bruce Swartz, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice. 

2:00 p.m.              “Malaria and Tuberculosis in Africa” – Subcommittee on Africa.
                               Witnesses: The Honorable E. Anne Peterson, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, USAID;
                                Roger Bate, Ph.D., Director, Africa Fighting Malaria; Allan Schapira, M.D., Coordinator, Strategy and
                                Policy Team, Roll Back Malaria Department, World Health Organization.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004 

11:00 a.m.               MEMBERS ONLY meeting with a delegation from the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

 1:00 p.m.                MEMBERS ONLY meeting with The Honorable Katalin Szili, Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly.

 1:00 p.m.                “Asia’s Environmental Challenges” – Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.                  
   Witnesses:
Ms. Ruth Greenspan Bell, Resident Scholar, Resources for the Future; Elizabeth C. Economy,
   Ph.D.,  Director of Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Mr. Mingma Sherpa, Director of Asia
   Programs, World Wildlife Fund; Mr. Christopher Flavin, President, Worldwatch Institute.

1:30 p.m.                “Disarmament of Libya’s Weapons of Mass Destruction” – Subcommittee on International Terrorism,
  Nonproliferation and Human Rights.
  Witnesses:
The Honorable Curt Weldon, Member of Congress; The Honorable Paula A. DeSutter,
  Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Verification and Compliance, Department of State; Mr. Philo Dibble, Deputy
  Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State; Mr. Kurt Kessler, Acting Deputy
  Director, Office of Regional Affairs, Bureau of Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State.

4:00 p.m.               MEMBERS ONLY meeting with a delegation of Members of the Parliament of the Hashemite
 Kingdom of Jordan.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

1:00 p.m.              “United States Security Policy in Afghanistan on the Eve of National Elections” – Full Committee hearing.
Witnesses:
The Honorable Peter W. Rodman, Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense; The Honorable Robert B. Charles, Assistant Secretary, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Lieutenant General Walter L. Sharp, Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, The Joint Staff.

***Floor***

Monday, September 13, 2004

H. Con. Res. 363 (Ros-Lehtinen) – Expressing the grave concern of Congress regarding the continuing violations of human rights and civil liberties of the Syrian people.  Passed with 342 yeas, none voting “nay,” and one voting “present.”

H. Res. 667 (Cox) – Expressing support for freedom in Hong Kong.  Passed with 345 yeas, with none voting “nay,” and one voting “present.”

H. Res. 760 (Royce) – Condemning the terrorist attacks against the Russian Federation that occurred in August and September of 2004.  Passed with 347 yeas and with none voting “nay.”

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

S. Con. Res. 137 (Frist) – Calling for the suspension of Sudan’s membership of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.  Agreed to by voice vote.

H. Res. 767 (Burton) – A resolution condemning the terrorist attack in Jakarta, Indonesia, that occurred on September 9, 2004.  Agreed to by voice vote.

***Legislation Introduced***

 Monday, September 13, 2004

 H. Res. 767 (Burton) – A resolution condemning the terrorist attack in Jakarta, Indonesia, that occurred on September 9, 2004.

 H. Res. 768 (Gallegly) – A resolution calling on the United Nations Security Council to immediately consider and take appropriate action to respond to the growing threat that the ruling State Peace and Development Council in Burma poses to the Southeast Asia region and to the people of Burma.

 Tuesday, September 14, 2004

 H. R. 5071 (Pallone) –  A bill to amend the international Claims Settlement Act of 1949 to allow for certain claims of nationals of the United States against Turkey, and for other purposes.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.)

 H. Res. 774 (Meehan) – A resolution commending the people and Government of Greece for the successful completion of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.

 Tuesday, September 21, 2004

 H. Res. 782 (Blumenauer) – A resolution affirming the commitments made by the United States at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, to improve worldwide access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation services.

 Wednesday, September 22, 2004

 H.R. 5121 (Young) – A bill to further protect the United States aviation system from terrorist attacks.  (Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  In addition, referred to HIRC)

 H. Con. Res. 496 (Lee) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress with regard to providing humanitarian assistance to countries of the Caribbean devastated by Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne.

 Thursday, September 23, 2004

 H. R. 5131 (Blunt) – A bill to provide assistance to Special Olympics to support expansion of Special Olympics and development of education programs and a Healthy Athletes Program, and for other purposes. (Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.  In addition, referred to HIRC and the Committee on Energy and Commerce.)

 H. Res. 799 (Meehan) – A resolution urging the interim Government of Iraq to ensure that the charges brought against Saddam Hussein include charges for the crimes his government committed against the people of Iran during the Iran-Iraq war from 1980 to 1988. 

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

Report to Congress on Financial Implications of U.S. Participation in the International Monetary Fund – September 3, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 504 (b) of Appendix E, Title V of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-113); unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project at the United States Consulate General, Toronto, Canada – September 7, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA, 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204), as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, 1990-91 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Presidential Communication – Certification for an Export to the People’s Republic of China – September 7, 2004, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 1512 of the NDAA, 1999 (P.L. 105-261); H. Doc. 108-210; Ex. Comm. 9372.

 Number of USAF Involved in Counternarcotics-Related Activities in Andean Countries – September 8, 2004, The Joint Staff, pursuant to Sec. 8 of the International Narcotics Control Act, 1991 (P.L. 101-623); unnumbered.

 United Nations Documents – September 8, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

 Report on Proposed Obligations for Weapons Destruction and Non-Proliferation in the Former Soviet Union – September 9, 2004, The Under Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 1302 of the NDAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-136); unnumbered.

 Determination and Justification Regarding Vietnam’s Cooperation with the U.S. in Accounting for POW/MIAs – September 10, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 612 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 Reprogramming of FY 04 Funds Contributions for International Peacekeeping Activities – September 10, 2004, DOS; unnumbered.

 Diplomatic Construction Project at the United States Embassy, Beijing, China – September 13, 2004, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA, 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204), as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, 1990-91 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

 Proposed Rule – Export and Import of Nuclear Equipment and Radioactive Materials; Security Policies – September 13, 2004, Nuclear Regulatory Commission; unnumbered.

 Report on Location of Publicly Indicted War Criminals and on Authorities Known to Have Obstructed the Work of the Tribunal – September 13, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 564(g)(4) of the FOAA, 2001 (P.L. 106-429); unnumbered.

 Presidential Determinations with Respect to Foreign Governments’ Efforts Regarding Trafficking in Persons – September 13, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 110 ( c ) of the Victims Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-386); unnumbered.

 Special Watch List of Countries the Secretary Determines Require Special Scrutiny Relating to Human Trafficking – September 13, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 110 (b)(3)(A) of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-386); unnumbered.

 Charter of the Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy – September 13, 2004, DOS, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (P.L. 92-463); unnumbered.

 Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Israel– September 13, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 077-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Israel – September 13, 2004, DSCA (Transmittal No. 04-31), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 Notice of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Afghanistan – September 13, 2004, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 13, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $500,000 in FY 04 PKO funds to support the Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance programs, 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 – September 13, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $427,000 to support human rights initiatives around the world; unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 13, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $2,064,400 in FMF for Djibouti, Ghana, Honduras, Latvia, Nicaragua, and Senegal, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 Presidential Communication – Termination of the National Emergency with respect to Iraq – September 13, 2004, The White House, consistent with Sec. 304 (b) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (P.L. 95-223); unnumbered.

 Presidential Message – Continuation of the National Emergency with respect to the Terrorist Attacks on the Untied States of September 11, 2001 – September 13, 2004, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 108-212

 Presidential Message – Blocking Property of Certain Persons Prohibiting the Importation of Certain Goods from Liberia – September 13, 2004, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 204 (b) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (P.L. 95-223); H. Doc. 108-214

 The Department’s Final Rule – Cuban Assets Control Regulations – September 13, 2004, OFAC, Department of the Treasury, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); H. Doc. (108-213); Ex. Comm. 9543.

 The Department’s Final Rule – Clarification of Export Controls on Military Vehicles and Parts [Docket No. 040810235-4235-01] (RIN: 0694-AC91) – September 13, 2004, Dept. of Commerce, 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 9544.

 The Department’s Final Rule – Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates; Proposed Rule (RIN: 1400-AB94) – September 13, 2004, DOS, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 9545.

 Report of Congress and the President on the Work of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Board – September 14, 2004, U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad; unnumbered.

 Prospective Transfer Regarding Afghanistan that Requires Special Notification – September 14, 2004, USTDA, pursuant to Sec. 632(a) & 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 Expansion of the UN Observer Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – September 14, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 4(d) of the United Nations Participation Act, and Title IV of the Department of Commerce, Justice and State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Egypt – September 14, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 070-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Spain – September 14, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 074-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Canada– September 14, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 058-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Germany– September 14, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 055-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Japan – September 14, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 076-04), pursuant to sections 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Germany– September 14, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 075-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 Notice of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Israel – September 14, 2004, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 14, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $330,000 in FY 03 carryover Assistance for AEEB funds for the War Crimes Tribunal in Bosnia and Herzegovina, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 14, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram $4.7 million in FY 04 ACI funds, 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 – September 14, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $3,574,900 in FY 04 PKO funds in support of Africa regional peacekeeping activities, 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 – September 14, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $201,407 in FY 04 NADR funds for mine action management training in Afghanistan, 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 – September 14, 2004, DOS, determination and Memorandum of Justification authorizing the use of up to $1,500,000 in FY 04 PKO funds in order to provide assistance to Djibouti, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 Periodic Report on the National Emergency Caused by the Lapse of the Export Administration Act for 1979 for August 19, 2003 to February 19, 2004 – September 14, 2004, Dept. of Commerce, consistent with 204 ( c ) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (P.L. 95-223), Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412), and Sec. 1 (d) of Ex. Order 13313; Ex. Comm. 9565.  

 International Agreements – September 14, 2004, in accordance with the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 9566.

 Unauthorized Retransfer of U.S.-Origin Defense Articles – September 14, 2004, CLASSIFIED notification pursuant to Sec. 3(e) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9567.

 President’s Bimonthly Report on Cyprus – September 14, 2004, DOS, pursuant to 620C ( c ) of the FAA of 1961 and in accordance with 1(a)(6) of Ex. Order 13313; Ex. Comm. 9568.

 Determination and Justification for the President to Authorize the use of $34 million from the ERMA Fund to Meet Unexpected Urgent Needs in Chad, Sudan, and the West Bank and Gaza – September 15, 2004, DOS; unnumbered

 Presidential Determination and Justification Regarding Major Drug Producing of Major Drug-Transit Countries – September 15, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 706 of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

 Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Canada, Norway, Ireland, and the United Kingdom– September 15, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 073-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to the Netherlands – September 15, 2004, DSCA (Transmittal No. 04-33), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 Missile Technology Proliferation Sanctions – September 15, 2004, CLASSIFIED notification from the Department of State pursuant to Sec. 73(a)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 OPIC Congressional Notification Regarding Economic Consulting Services for Iraq – September 16, 2004, OPIC; unnumbered.

 Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Germany– September 16, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 061-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Australia– September 16, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 069-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to India– September 16, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 057-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 Designation of a Foreign Terrorist Organization – September 17, 2004, CLASSIFIED notification from the Department of State pursuant to Sec. 219 of the INA; unnumbered.

 International Agreements – September 17, 2004, letter from the Department of State transmitting the texts of CLASSIFIED international agreements (04-C-101-104), pursuant to Sec. 112(b)(a) of P.L. 92-403 (Case-Zablocki Act); unnumbered.

 Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Japan – September 17, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 065-04), pursuant to sections 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9591.

 Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to the United States– September 17, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 052-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9592.

 International Agreements – September 17, 2004, in accordance with the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 9593.

 Final Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Iraq – September 17, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury, as required by Sec. 204 (c) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (P.L. 95-223), Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412), and Sec. 1 (d) of Ex. Order 13313; Ex. Comm. 9594.  

 Defense Export to Iraq – September 17, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 06IZ-04), pursuant to Sec. 1504 of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental  Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11); Ex. Comm. 9595.

 Memorandum of Justification Regarding the President’s Proposed Use of His 610 Authority – September 21, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 652 of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 509 of the FOAA, 2004, (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 Presidential Communication – Termination of the National Emergency with Respect to Libya – September 21, 2004, The White House, consistent with sec. 204 (b) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, (P.L. 95-223); H. Doc. 108-216; Ex. Comm. 9645.

 Project Certification for a MOU Between the United States, Germany, and Italy for the MEADS – September 21, 2004, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 09-04), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958l; Ex. Comm. 9646.

 Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to International Waters/U.S. – September 21, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 052-04); Ex. Comm. 9647.

 Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Germany – September 21, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 072-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9648.

 Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Japan – September 21, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 065-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9649.

 Periodic Report on the National Emergency with respect to Zimbabwe – September 21, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury, as required by Sec. 204 ( c ) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (P.L. 95-223), Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412), and Sec. 1 (d) of Ex. Order 13313; Ex. Comm. 9650.  

 Report to Congress – April-June 2004 and June-August 2004 on Matters Relating to Post-Liberation Iraq – September 21, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 7 of the Iraq Liberation Act, 1998 (P.L. 105-338); Ex. Comm. 9651.

 Notice of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Kazakhstan – September 22, 2004, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 Notice of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Thailand – September 22, 2004, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 Notice of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Morocco – September 22, 2004, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 Report on Bosnia and U.S. Forces in NATO-Led Stabilization Force – September 22, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 7 of the Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Act, 1998 (P.L. 105-174) and Sec. 1203 (a) of the NDAA, 1999 (P.L. 105-261); Ex. Comm. 9688.

 ***Executive Communications for Thursday, September 23, 2004 will appear in the next survey. 

***Hearings/Markups Printed*** 

The Imminent Transfer of Sovereignty in Iraq – May 13, 2004, Full Committee hearing; Serial No. 108-130.

 Transatlantic Relations: A Post-Summit Assessment – July 15, 2004, Subcommittee on Europe hearing; Serial No. 108-131.

OTHER COMMITTEE BUSINESS WEEKS OF SEPTEMBER 13 & 20, 2004

***Senate Measures Passed***

H.R. 4818 (Kolbe) – Making appropriations for foreign operations, export financing, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005.

***Nominations Received***

United NationsPatrick J. Leahy, of Vermont, to be a Representative of the United States of America to the Fifty-ninth Session of the General Assembly.

United NationsJohn E. Sununu, of New Hampshire, to be a Representative of the United States of America to the Fifty-ninth Session of the General Assembly.

United NationsSusan L. Moore, of Texas, to be an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Fifty-ninth Session of the General Assembly.

Department of StateRyan C. Crocker, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Department of StateMarcie B. Ries, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Albania.

***Nominations Confirmed***

United NationsStuart W. Holiday, of Texas, to be an Alternate Representative of the USA to the Sessions of the General Assembly.

United NationsJohn E. Sununu, of Vermont, to be a Representative of the United States of America to the Fifty-ninth Session of the General Assembly.

***Appointments***

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom: Preeta D. Bansal, of Nebraska, for a term of two years.

***Other Meetings/Hearings of Interest***

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: U.S. Assistance to Iraq.  Testimony was heard from Ronald L. Schlicher, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and Joseph W. Bowab, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Foreign Assistance Programs and Budget, Bureau of Resource Management, both of Department of State.

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) – Held a joint hearing with the Committee on Armed Services to examine DoD efforts to combat human trafficking.  Testimony was received from Charles S. Abell, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness, and Joseph E. Schmitz, Inspector General, both of the Department of Defense; General Leon J. LaPorte, Commander, U.S. Forces Korea; John R. Miller, Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Department of State; Sarah Mendelson, CSIS; and Martina E. Vandenberg, Jenner and Block, Chicago, Illinois.

Joint Meeting: The House and Senate met in a Joint Meeting to receive His Excellency Ayad Allawi, Interim Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq.