Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF September 29, 2003

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

3:30 p.m.           
"Russia's Transition to Democracy and U.S. - Russia Relations: Unfinished Business"
- Subcommittee on Europe.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses:
Michael McFaul, Ph.D., Peter and Helen Bing Research Fellow, Hoover Institute, Stanford University; Mr. Dimitri Simes, President, Nixon Center.

Wednesday, October 1, 2003

10:30 a.m.       
MEMBERS ONLY CLASSIFIED
briefing on Narcotics Trafficking and Transnational Crime in Central America: Current Trends in U.S. Strategy - Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

1:30 p.m.            
"Turkey's Future Direction and U.S. - Turkey Relations"
- Subcommittee on Europe.
Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: Mr. Soner Cagaptay, Soref Fellow and Coordinator, Turkish Research Program, The Washington Institute; Mr. Bulent Aliriza, Senior Associate and Director, Turkey Project, CSIS; Mr. Sedat Ergin, Senior Editor, Hurriyet Daily; The Honorable Mark Parris, Senior Public Policy Advisor, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.

1:30 p.m.           
"Human Rights in Burma: Fifteen Years Post Military Coup"
- Subcommittees on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights and Asia and the Pacific.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses:
The Honorable Lorne W. Craner, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Department of State; Mr. Matthew Daley, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State; Mr. Stephen Dun, World Aid; Mr. Michael Mitchell, Orion Strategies; Ms. Naw Musi, Burmese Refugee; Mr. Wunna Maung, National League for Democracy; Mr. Bo Hla-Tint, National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma.

Thursday, October 2, 2003

10:00 a.m.            
MEMBERS ONLY
meeting with H.E. Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Prime Minister of Pakistan - Full Committee.
Room H-139, The Capitol

2:00 p.m.            
"U.S. Policy Toward Liberia"
- Subcommittee on Africa.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable Walter H. Kansteiner III, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Department of State; Teresa Whelan, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of African Affairs, Department of Defense; Alex Vines, Senior Researcher, Business and Human Rights Division, Human Rights Watch; Nohn Kidau, President, Movement for Democratic Change in Liberia.
COMMITTEE BUSINESS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 22 2003

***Hearings/Meetings/Markups***

Thursday, September 25, 2003

12:30 p.m.            
Full Committee Markup of:
H. Res. 364, Resolution of Inquiry requesting the President to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of adoption of this resolution the report prepared for the Joint Chiefs of Staff entitled, "Operation Iraqi Freedom Strategic Lessons Learned," and documents in his possession on the reconstruction and security of post-war Iraq.
The motion to report adversely to the House H. Res. 364 was agreed to by a record vote of 24-20.
H. R. 3145
, To amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to reauthorize the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
The motion to favorably report to the House H.R. 3145, as amended, was agreed to by a voice vote.
A motion that the Chair request the following to be considered by the House under suspension of the rules was agreed to by U.C.
H. Con. Res. 274,
Commending the National Endowment for Democracy for its contributions to democratic development around the world on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the National Endowment for Democracy.
H.R. 2264, To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2004 and 2005 to carry out the Congo Basin Forest Partnership.
H. Res. 372, Expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives in response to the murder of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh.
H. Res. 356, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the man-made famine that occurred in Ukraine in 1932-1933.

4:00 p.m.            
"U.S. Policy Toward Iraq"
- Full Committee Hearing.
Witnesses: The Honorable L. Paul Bremer, III, Ambassador, Presidential Envoy to Iraq.

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

H. R. 3145 (Hyde) - A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to reauthorize the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and for other purposes.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

H. R. 3173 (Nadler) - A bill to provide for the purchase by the Secretary of Energy of excess Russian plutonium and highly enriched uranium, and for other purposes.

H. Con. Res. 288 (Allen) - Concurrent resolution honoring Seeds of Peace for its promotion of understanding, reconciliation, acceptance, coexistence, and peace among youth from the Middle East and other regions of conflict.

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

Quarterly Report on Activities of the Department of Defense in Support of United Nations Inspections in Iraq - September 2, 2003, The Under Secretary of Defense, pursuant to the Weapons of Mass Destruction Control Act, 1992 (P.L. 102-484); unnumbered.

State Notice of Transfer of Funds from D&CP to IFC - September 12, 2003, Under Secretary of State; unnumbered.

U.S. Government Foreign Credit Exposure as of December 31, 2002 - September 12, 2003, Dept. Of the Treasury, pursuant to the House Committee on Appropriations Report on the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

State Notice Regarding Intent to Obligate $3,481,000 for IO&P - September 15, 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.

President's Report on Major Illicit Drug Producing or Major Drug Transit Countries - September 15, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 706 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, 2003-2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

U.S. Contribution to the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization: Determination Regarding Funds Under the Heading "Nonproliferation, Anti-Terrorism, Demining and Related Programs" in Title II of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs Appropriations, 2003 - September 15, 2003, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED Determination pursuant to P.L. 108-7; unnumbered.

DoD Notice Regarding Electricity in Iraq - September 16, 2003, Under Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Emergency wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11); unnumbered.

Letter Stating Actions Taken Since the Publication of "Foreign Assistance: Sustained Efforts Needed to Help Southern Africa Recover from Food Crisis" - September 16, 2003, DOS, pursuant to requirement from the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Government Reform; unnumbered.

Department of State - USAID Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2004 - 2009 - September 16, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the Government Performance and Results Act. Copies are available at http://www.state.gov/m/rm/rls/dosstrat/2004

Report for the Creation and Administration of an International Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue in the Palazzo Corpi, Istanbul, Turkey - September 16, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the continuing appropriations FY03 Conference Report 108-10; unnumbered.

Report Regarding the Export of Goods or Technology - September 17, 2003, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 81(a) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Determination and Memorandum of Justification Regarding U.S. Assistance to Russia - September 17, 2003 letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED Determination and Memorandum of Justification pursuant to 620H of the FAA; unnumbered.

Report Strengthening Certain Sanctions Against Missile Technology Proliferation Activities - September 17, 2003, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 73(a) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4303.

Report on the Status of Consultations on the Imposition of Sanctions for Chemical Weapons - September 17, 2003 letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 81(a) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4304.

Fiscal Summary and Narrative Justification for Reprogramming of Funds to Afghan Reconstruction - September 22, 2003, Under Secretary of State; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - September 22, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $800,000 in FY 2003 ESF to support war crimes documentation in Sierra Leone, 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 - September 22, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $300,000 in FY 03 ESF for Administration of Justice to support the development of the National Police of the Dominican Republic, pursuant to Sec. 534 (d) and 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.

Determination and Reasons to Waive the 100-foot Setback Requirement - September 23, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 606 (a) (3) of the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act, 1999 (P.L. 106-113); unnumbered.

Notice of Withdrawal of USAID Notification #127 dated 5/12/02 - September 23, 2003, USAID; unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles/Services to United Kingdom - September 23, 2003, DSCA (Transmittal No. 03-36), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b) (1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4344.

Certification of Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with The Netherlands, Denmark - September 23, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 093-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4345.

Certification of Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Japan - September 23, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 094-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4346.

Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Service Appropriation - September 23, 2003, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED and unclassified reports pursuant to Sec. 124 of the FRAA, FY88-89; unnumbered.

Presidential Message - Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Persons who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism - September 23, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 108-127.

DoD Notice Regarding Oil Infrastructure in Iraq - September 24, 2003, Under Secretary of Defense; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - September 24, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $5,000,000 in prior-year ESF to carry out urgent activities in support of the reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 and 534 (a) of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - September 24, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $453,000 in FY 03 Africa Regional ESF to fund a variety of anti-trafficking projects in Tier 2 countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa, 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 Excess of Defense Articles to the Government of the United Kingdom - September 24, 2003, DSCA, total estimated value is $149,805.00, pursuant to Sec. 524 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Presidential Message - Waiver of Suspensions with Respect to the Issuance of Licenses for OSR-11 Sensors - September 24, 2003, the White House, pursuant to Sec. 902 (b)(2) of the FRAA, 1990-1991 (P.L. 101-246); H. Doc. 108-128.

Notification Concerning the Department of the Army's Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office for Defense Articles and Services - September 24, 2003, letter from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency transmitting (Trans. No. 03-23) CLASSIFIED notification pursuant to Sec. 36(b) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4402.

Notification Concerning the Department of the Army's Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Pakistan for Defense Articles and Services - September 24, 2003, letter from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency transmitting (Trans. No. 03-22) CLASSIFIED notification pursuant to Sec. 36(b) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4403.

Notification Concerning the Department of the Army's Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Egypt for Defense Articles and Services - September 24, 2003, letter from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency transmitting (Trans. No. 03-24) CLASSIFIED notification pursuant to Sec. 36(b) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4404.

Notification Concerning the Department of the Army's Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Pakistan for Defense Articles and Services - September 24, 2003, letter from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency transmitting (Trans. No. 03-25) CLASSIFIED notification pursuant to Sec. 36(b) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4405.

Notification Concerning the Department of the Army's Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Greece for Defense Articles and Services - September 24, 2003, letter from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency transmitting (Trans. No. 03-33) CLASSIFIED notification pursuant to Sec. 36(b) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4406.

Notification Concerning the Department of the Army's Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Finland for Defense Articles and Services - September 24, 2003, letter from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency transmitting (Trans. No. 03-35) CLASSIFIED notification pursuant to Sec. 36(b) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4407.

Report from the President Concerning His Decision Regarding the Singapore Technologies Telemedia in Global Crossing Ltd. - September 24, 2003, letter from the President transmitting CLASSIFIED report to Congress pursuant to Sec. 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950; Ex. Comm. 4398.

State Notice Regarding the Transfer of Funds from IO&P to CSH - September 25, 2003, pursuant to Sec. 652 of the FAA of 1961 and sec. 509 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Colombia - September 25, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 102-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Foreign Terrorist Organizations - September 25, 2003, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 219 of the INA, as added by P.L. 104-132, and amended by P.L. 104-208 and P.L. 107-56 (PATRIOT Act); unnumbered.

Copies of International Agreements - September 25, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 4426.

Draft of Proposed Legislation Entitled "To Eliminate Inequities in the Compensation of Certain Federal Employees Stationed Outside the Continental United States, and for Other Purposes" - September 25, 2003, Office of Personnel Management; Ex. Comm. 4457.

***Committee Hearings/Markups Printed***

 

The Future of Transatlantic Relations: A View From Europe - Subcommittee on Europe, June 17, 2003; Serial No. 108-34.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEKS OF SEPTEMBER 22, 2003

***Hearings/Meetings of Interest***

House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs held a hearing on the Administration's Fiscal Year 2004 Supplemental Request for Iraq. Testimony was heard from Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, III, Presidential Envoy to Iraq and Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority; and Lt. Gen. John P. Abizaid, USA, Commander, U.S. Command, Department of Defense.

House Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on United States Policies and Operations in Iraq. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Defense: Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary; Gen. John Abizaid, USA, Commander, U.S. Central Command and Gen. John M. Keane, USA, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army; and Ambassador L. Bremer III, Presidential Envoy to Iraq and Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority.

House Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation held a hearing entitled "The Hamas Asset Freeze and Other Government Efforts to Stop Terrorist Financing." Testimony was heard from David Aufhauser, General Counsel, Department of the Treasury; E. Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary, Economic and Business Affairs, Department of State; John Pistole, Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division, FBI, Department of Justice; and Marcy Forman, Deputy Assistant Director, Financial Investigations Division, Department of Homeland Security.

House Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations held a hearing on Strategic Workforce Planning at USAID. Testimony was heard from John Marshall, Assistant Administrator, Management, AID, Department of State; and Jess T. Ford, Director, International Affairs and Trade Division, GAO.

House Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Government Efficiency and Financial Management held a hearing entitled "Improving USAID Financial Management." Testimony was heard from the following officials of AID, Department of State: John Marshall, Assistant Administrator, Management and Chief Information Officer; and Everett Mosley, Inspector General; and Gregory Kutz, Director, Financial Management and Assurance, GAO.

Senate Committee on Appropriations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the President's Fiscal Year 2004 supplemental request for Iraq and Afghanistan, focusing on the Afghanistan operations, after receiving testimony from Dov S. Zakheim, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller); Peter Rodman, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; and General Peter Pace, vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Senate Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine ongoing military operations and reconstruction efforts in Iraq, focusing on the President's fiscal year 2004 supplemental request for Iraq and Afghanistan, after receiving testimony from L. Paul Bremer III, Administrator, Coalition Provisional authority for Iraq; and Gen. John P. Abizaid, Commander, U.S. Central Command.

Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee held a hearing to examine counterterror initiatives in the terror finance program, focusing on the role of anti-moneylaundering regulatory regime in the financial war on terrorism, better utilization of technology, increased information sharing, developing similar international standards, and the formation of The Terrorist Financing Operations Section, receiving testimony from David D. Aufhauser,, General Counsel, Department of the Treasury; John S. Pistole, Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice; and E. Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs.

Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs: Iraq: Next Steps on How to Internationalize Reconstruction and Organize the U.S. Government to Administer Reconstruction Efforts. Testimony was heard from The Honorable J. Brian Atwood, Dean, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; the Honorable James Dobbins, Director, International Security & Defense Policy Center, RAND Washington Office; The Honorable John Hamre, President & Chief Executive Officer, CSIS; and The Honorable Richard Haass, President, CFR.

Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs: Iraq: Next Steps on What Will an Iraq Five Year Plan Look Like. Testimony was heard from, The Honorable L. Paul Bremer, III, Administrator, Coalition Provisional Authority.

Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs: Iraq: Next Steps on How Can Democratic Institutions Succeed in Iraq & the Middle East. Testimony was heard from Dr. Noah Feldman, Assistant Professor of Law, New York University School of Law; Dr. Phebe Marr, Former Senior Fellow, National Defense University; Dr. Isam al-Khafaji, Professor, University of Amsterdam; and Mr. Rami Khouri, Executive Editor, The Daily Star.