Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF October 5, 2004

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

 

Tuesday, October 5, 2004 

1:30 p.m.                
Subcommittee on Europe Open Markup:
Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building                          
H. Res. 726
, Congratulating the people of Serbia and government 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. 733
, Calling on the Government of Libya to review the legal actions taken against several Bulgarian medical workers;
H. Res. 341
, Urging the President of the European Union to add Hezbollah to the European Union’s wide-ranging list of terrorist organizations; and
H. Res. 483
, Pledging continued United States support for the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and democratic and economic reforms of the Republic of Georgia. 
H. Con. Res. 412
, Relating to the reunification of Cyprus 

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 

10:30 a.m.            "Annual Report on International Religious Freedom 2004 and Designations of Countries of Particular Concern”
Full Committee Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses:
The Honorable John V. Hanford III, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, U.S. Department of State; Ms. Preeta Bansal, Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Mr. Mark B. Levin, Executive Director, National Conference on Soviet Jewry; Mr. Paul Marshall, Senior Fellow, Center for Religious Freedom, Freedom House; Mr. Timothy Shah, Senior Fellow in Religion and International Affairs; The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life; Mr. Ali Ahmed, Director, Saudi Institute.                  

2:30 p.m.                 “U.S. Trade Disputes in Peru and Ecuador” – Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
                               
Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building
                                Witnesses:
The Honorable Earl Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Ms. Regina K. Vargo, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Americas, Office of the Untied States Trade Representative; The Honorable Charles S. Shapiro, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. John Murphy, Vice President for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Eric Fransworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas; Mr. Mark Dresner, Vice-President for Corporate Communications, Englehard Corporation. 

Friday, October 8, 2004 

10:00 a.m.             “Peacekeeping in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities” – Subcommittee on Africa
                               
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
                                Witnesses:
Mr. James W. Swigert, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Vivian Lowery Derryck, Senior Vice President and Director, Academy for Educational Development (Former Assistant Administrator at USAID); Mr. Doug Brooks, President, International Peace Operations Association.   

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.
Witnesses:
The Honorable Richard L. Armitage, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State.                              Markup of:  S. 2292 (Voinovich) Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004.  Favorably considered and adopted a motion requesting that it be considered on the Suspension Calendar.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

3:30 p.m.               Subcommittee on Africa markup of:  H. R. 5061 (Tancredo) – To provide assistance for the current crisis in Darfur region of Sudan and to facilitate a comprehensive peace in Sudan.  Approved for Full Committee action.

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

H.R. 5161 (Tauscher) – A bill to provide for counterproliferation measures.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

H. R. 5177 (Lowey) – a bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide assistance for developing countries to promote quality basic education and to establish the achievement of universal basic education in all developing countries as an objective of United States foreign assistance policy, and for other purposes.

H. Con. Res. 503 (Pallone) – Concurrent resolution recognizing the 20th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster and expressing the commitment of Congress to work with the Government of India and others to ensure that Union Carbide provides environmental and medical rehabilitation of the affected area and is held responsible for its actions.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

H.R. 5193 (Ros-Lehtinen) – A bill to hold the current regime in Iran accountable for its threatening behavior and to support a transition to democracy in Iran.

H. Res. 812 (Johnson) – A resolution recognizing the commencement of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and commending Muslims in the United States and throughout the world for their faith.

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

United Nations Documents – August 3, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Iran Nonproliferation Act Report – September 23, 2004, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 2 of the Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-178); unnumbered.

Copies of International Documents – September 23, 2004, pursuant to 1 U.S.C. 112b (a); Ex. Comm. 9695.

Copies of International Documents – September 23, 2004, pursuant to 1 U.S.C. 112b (a); Ex. Comm. 9696.

Copies of International Documents – September 23, 2004, pursuant to 1 U.S.C. 112b (a); Ex. Comm. 9697.

Copies of International Documents – September 23, 2004, pursuant to 1 U.S.C. 112b (a); Ex. Comm. 9698.

Secretary’s Determination and Memorandum of Justification Regarding Colombian Armed Forces – September 24, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 563 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with the United Kingdom and Italy – September 24, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 047-04), pursuant to sections 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to the Netherlands – September 24, 2004, DSCA (Transmittal No. 04-33), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9745.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Israel – September 24, 2004, DSCA (Transmittal No. 04-31), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9746.

Periodic Report on Telecommunications Payments Made to Cuba – September 24, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 1705 (e)(6) of the Cuban Democracy Act, 1992 (P.L. 102-484), 6004 (e)(6), as amended by Sec. 102 (g) of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act, 1996 (P.L. 104-114), and Ex. Order 13313; Ex. Comm. 9747.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Germany– September 24, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 061-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9748.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Australia– September 24, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 069-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9749.

Certifications and Waivers Concerning the Arab League Boycott of Israel – September 24, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 565 (b) of the FRAA, 1994-95 (P.L. 103-236); Ex. Comm. 9750.

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Terrorists Who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process – September 24, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergency Act (P.L. 94-412) and Sec. 204 ( c ) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (P.L. 95-223); Ex. Comm. 9751.

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Iran – September 24, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergency Act (P.L. 94-412) and Sec. 204 ( c ) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (P.L. 95-223); Ex. Comm. 9752.

Notice of Completion of Negotiations and Signed Subsidiary Agreements to the Amended Compacts of Free Association with the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia with Regard to the Future of United States Provision of Disaster Assistance – September 24, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 105 (f)(1)(A) of the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-188);Ex. Comm. 9784.

Kosovo Benchmarks – September 24, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1212 ( c ) of the NDAA, 2001 (P.L. 106-398); Ex. Comm. 9785.

Certification Permitting Rescission of Iraq as a Sponsor of Terrorism – September 27, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 6 (j) (4) (A) of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project at the United States Consulate General, Casablanca, Morocco – September 27, 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.

 Final Report on Licensing Activities – September 27, 2004, The Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 1503 of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11); unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project at the United States Mission to the European Office of the UN and Other International Organizations – September 28, 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 Determination and Justification Concerning Assistance and Sanctions with Libya – September 28, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 101 and 102 (b) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to the Czech Republic– September 28, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 078-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Afghanistan – September 28, 2004, DSCA (Transmittal No. 04-18), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to the Netherlands – September 28, 2004, DSCA (Transmittal No. 04-38), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Report of Enhancement or Upgrade of Sensitivity of Technology or Capability for Egypt – September 28, 2004, DSCA (Transmittal No. 0A-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(5)(A); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 28, 2004, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $80,000 in FY 04 Africa regional ESF to train Cameroonian election observers nationwide in preparation for the country’s 2004 Presidential elections, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Designation of a Foreign Terrorist Organization – September 28, 2004, CLASSIFIED notification from the Department of State pursuant to Sec. 219 of the INA; unnumbered.

Visas Denied on Grounds of Terrorist Activity – September 28, 2004, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 51 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act (P.L. 84-885); unnumbered.

MOU between the United States and Australia for Cooperative Development, Production, and Support of the Combat Control System AN/BYG-1 Tactical Subsystem – Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 08-04), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; Ex. Comm. 9792.

Notice of Intent to Sign a Project Agreement between the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for Plague Vaccine Acquisition – September 28, 2004, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 07-04), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; Ex. Comm. 9793.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Norway– September 28, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 071-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9794.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Israel– September 28, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 062-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9795.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Kazakhstan– September 28, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 064-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9796.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to the United Kingdom– September 28, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 060-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9797.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan– September 28, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 066-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9798.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Mexico– September 28, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 067-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9799.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Hungary– September 28, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 063-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9800.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Canada– September 28, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 056-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9801.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to France and Brazil– September 28, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 068-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9802.

Certification of a Proposed Transfer of Major Defense Equipment – September 28, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. RSAT-04-04), pursuant to Sec. 3 (d ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9803.

Report to Congress on IAEA Nuclear Assistance to Iran During 2003 – September 28, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1344 of the Iran Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Act (FRAA), 2003, (P.L. 107-228); Ex. Comm. 9804.

Copies of International Documents – September 28, 2004, pursuant to 1 U.S.C. 112b (a); Ex. Comm. 9805. 

Report to the Congress – Imposition of Foreign Policy Controls on Iraq – September 28, 2004, Dept. of Commerce; Ex. Comm. 9806.

Notification of Export of Items to Iraq in the National Interest of the United States – September 28, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 05IZ-04), pursuant to Sec. 1504 of the Emergency wartime Supplemental Appropriation Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11); Ex. Comm. 9807.

Report on the German Foundation, “Remembrance, Responsibility, and the Future” – September 29, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 704 of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Loan Guarantees to Israel – September 29, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Chapter 5 of Title I of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11); unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to India– September 29, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 057-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9869.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Canada, Norway, Ireland, and the United Kingdom– September 29, 2004, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 073-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 9870.

Report to Congress – U.S. Representation in United Nations Agencies and Efforts Made to Employ U.S. Citizens – September 29, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 181 of the FRAA, 1992-93 (P.L. 102-138); Ex. Comm. 9871.

Battling International Bribery – September 29, 2004, letter from the Department of State transmitting 6th and final annual CLASSIFIED report pursuant to the resolution of advice and consent adopted by the U.S. Senate on 7/31/98; Ex. Comm. 9872.

The Department’s Final Rule – Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, Department of State and Overseas Embassies and Consulates (RIN: 1400-AB94) – September 29, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 251 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, 1996; Ex. Comm. 9873.

Memorandum of Justification Regarding Assistance to Darfur – September 29, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 451 of the FAA of 1961; Ex. Comm. 9874.

Memorandum of Justification Regarding Funds Appropriated for International Organizations and Programs to the ESF – September 29, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 652 of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 509 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); Ex. Comm. 9875.

Designation of a Foreign Terrorist Organization – October 1, 2004, CLASSIFIED notification from the Department of State pursuant to Sec. 219 of the INA; unnumbered.

***Hearings/Markups Printed*** 

United States Support of Human Rights and Democracy – July 7, 2004, Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights; Serial No. 108-133. 

The Democratic Republic of Congo Peace Accords: One Year Later – July 22, 2004, Subcommittee on Africa hearing; Serial No. 108-132.

OTHER COMMITTEE BUSINESS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 27, 2004

***Senate Measures Passed***

H.R. 4011 (Leach) – North Korean Human Rights Act.  Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.

H. R. 4654 (Portman) – Tropical Forest Conservation Act Reauthorization.  Passed Senate without an amendment by Unanimous Consent.

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

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Multilateral Development Banks.  Testimony was heard from: Bruce M. Rich, Environmental Defense and George B.N. Ayittey, American University Department of Economics.