Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF October 20, 2003

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

10:00 a.m.
Classified MEMBERS ONLY briefing on Middle Eastern Terrorist Groups Operating in Latin America - Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia & Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

1:30 p.m.
"Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Policy in the Western Hemisphere" - Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable Roger F. Noriega, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State; The Honorable Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID.

2:00 p.m.
"U.S. -China Ties: Reassessing the Economic Relationship" - Full Committee Hearing.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable Grant D. Aldonas, Under Secretary, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce; Mr. Franklin J. Vargo, Vice President, International Economic Affairs, National Association of Manufacturers; Nicholas R. Lardy, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Institute for International Economics; Ms. Thea Lee, Chief International Economist, Public Policy Department, AFL-CIO; and Mrs. Jonna Bianco, President and Chairwoman, American Bondholders Foundation.

COMMITTEE BUSINESS WEEK OF OCTOBER 13, 2003

***Hearings/Meetings/Markups***



Thursday, October 16, 2003

9:30 a.m.
Classified MEMBERS ONLY briefing by officials from the CIA/DIA regarding the implementation of the Afghanistan Freedom Support Act of 2002 and the reconstruction and security of Afghanistan.

10:30 a.m.
"United States Policy in Afghanistan: Current Issues in Reconstruction - Part II" - Full Committee Hearing.
Witnesses: The Honorable William B. Taylor, Afghanistan Coordinator, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Peter Rodman, Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense; Mr. James Kunder, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia and the Near East, USAID.

1:30 p.m.
Subcommittee on Africa Mark up of H.R. 2760, To limit United States assistance for Ethiopia and Eritrea if those countries are not in compliance with the terms and conditions of agreements entered into by the two countries to end hostilities and provide for a demarcation of the border between the two countries, and for other purposes. (Reported, as amended to Full Committee)

***Floor***

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

H. R. 1828 (Ros-Lehtinen) - Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Act of 2003. Passed by 398 yeas to 4 nays.

Thursday, October 16, 2003

H. Res. 198 (Cole) - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that France, Germany, and Russia can initially best contribute to the reconstruction of Iraq by the forgiveness of outstanding debt between both Iraq and France, Iraq and Germany, and Iraq and Russia. Passed by 394 yeas to 31 nays.

***Reports Filed***

House Committee on International Relations: H.R. 1828, Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003 (H. Rept. 108-314).

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, October 15, 2003

H. Con. Res. 302 (Wexler) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress welcoming President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan to the United States on October 31, 2003.

Thursday, October 16, 2003

H. Con. Res. 304 (Ros-Lehtinen) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding oppression by the Government of the People's Republic of China of Falun Gong in the United States and in China. (Referred to the Committee on International Relations. In addition to the Committee on the Judiciary)

H. Res. 400 (McCotter) - A resolution honoring the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's ascension to the papacy.

H. Res. 402 (Burton) - A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the urgent need for freedom, democratic reform, and international monitoring of elections, human rights, and religious liberty in the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

H. Res. 404 (DeLauro) - A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the position of Iraqi Reconstruction Coordinator should be established within the Department of State to be accountable for all reconstruction funding in Iraq, and for other purposes.

Friday, October 17, 2003

H. Con. Res. 305 (Filner) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Major league Baseball officials should select Monterrey, Mexico, to host 25 percent of the total number of Montreal Expos games in the 2004 season as a gesture of goodwill between the United States and Mexico.

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

U.S. Department of Commerce Strategic Plan FY 2004- FY 2009 - September 30, 2003, The Secretary of Commerce; unnumbered.

Notice of DoD Plans to Transfer Defense Articles and/or Services to Another Nation or International Organization for International Peacekeeping - October 7, 2003, Deputy Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 8065 of the DoD Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-87); unnumbered.

Semi-Annual Report on Progress Toward Regional Nuclear Nonproliferation in South Asia - October 8, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 620F ( c ) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Copies of United Nations Documents - October 9, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - October 9, 2003, informing of the intent to obligate $650, 000 in FY 03 funds for the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development and Training in Uzbekistan, pursuant to 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - October 9, 2003, informing of the intent to obligate $50,0000 of 03 IRRF to support police training and development programs in Iraq, pursuant to Sec. 624A and 482 (b) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project at the US Embassy, Tokyo, Japan - October 11, 2003, Under Secretary of State, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA, 1988 & 1989, (P.L. 100-204), as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, 1990 & 1991, (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Certification for the Project Arrangement (PA) Among the Government of Singapore and the DoD of the USA for Human Modeling for Injury Assessment During Ejection - October 14, 2003, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 01-03), pursuant to Sec. 2350a of Title 10 of the USC; unnumbered.

Request for the Government of Egypt to Cash Flow Finance a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) - October 14, 2003, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 23 (g) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4741.

Notification Concerning the Department of the Army's Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and Services to Egypt - October 14, 2003, DSCA (Transmittal No. 04-02), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b) (1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4742.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Luxembourg and France - October 14, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 099-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4743.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to the United Kingdom - October 15, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 089-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4744.

Loan Guarantees to Israel - October 14, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11); Ex. Comm. 4745.

Diplomatic Construction Project at the Marine Security Guard Activation in Milan, Italy - October 15, 2003, Under Secretary of State, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA, 1988 & 1989, (P.L. 100-204), as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, 1990 & 1991, (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Waiving Prohibition on United States Military Assistance to Parties to the Rome Statute Establishing the ICC - October 15, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2007 (a) of the American Servicemembers' Protection Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-206); unnumbered.

State Comments on H.R. 2620 - The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act - October 15, 2003, DOS; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to the United Kingdom - October 15, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 098-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Kuwait - October 15, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 100-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Copies of International Agreements - October 15, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 4753.

Communication From the President of the United States Regarding Iraq - October 16, 2003, The White House, pursuant to the Authorization for the use of Force Against Iraq Resolution, 2002 (P.L. 107-243); H. Doc. 108-135; Ex. Comm. 4793.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan - October 17, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 090-03), 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 the United Kingdom, France, and Germany - October 17, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 095-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) and (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan - October 17, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 091-03), 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 The Netherlands - October 17, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 096-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Narcotics Traffickers Centered in Colombia - October 17, 2003, 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. 4801.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF OCTOBER 13, 2003

***Hearings/Meetings of Interest***


House Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness held a hearing entitled "Castro's Cuba: What is the Proper United States Response to Ongoing Human Rights Violations in Our Hemisphere?" Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of State: Roger Noriega, Assistant Secretary, Western Hemisphere; and Adolfo Franco, Assistant Administrator, Latin America and the Caribbean, AID; R. Richard Newcomb, Director, OFAC, Department of Treasury.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: The UN Convention on the Law Sea (T. Doc. 103-39). Testimony was heard from The Honorable Ted Stevens, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate; and other private witnesses.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: The Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs held a closed session briefing on the Roadmap with William J. Burns, Assistant Secretary of Near East Affairs, Department of State.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: The Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs held a hearing entitled, "The Middle East Roadmap: Overcoming Obstacles to Peace." Testimony was heard from private witnesses.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Afghanistan: In Pursuit of Security & Democracy. Testimony was heard from The Honorable William B. Taylor, Coordinator for Afghanistan, Department of State; The Honorable Peter W. Rodman, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, DoD; Brigadier General Gary L. North, Deputy J-5 for Political & Military Affairs, The Joint Staff, DoD, The Pentagon; and private witnesses.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: U.S. - EU Cooperation on Regulatory Affairs. Testimony was heard from Mr. Charles Ries, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State; Eric Stewart, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, Department of Commerce; and private witnesses.

***Reports Filed***

House Committee on Appropriations: H.R. 3289, making emergency supplemental appropriations for defense and for the reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 108-312).

***Nominations Received***


Department of State - Jon R. Purnell, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Department of State - Thomas Riley, of California, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco.

Department of State - Margaret Scobey, of Tennessee, to be Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic.

Department of State - Margaret DeBardeleben Tutwiler, of Alabama, to be Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy.