Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF November 3, 2003

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***



Wednesday, November 5, 2003

10:00 a.m.
Classified MEMBERS ONLY briefing on Nonproliferation issues in North Korea with Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs James A. Kelly.
Room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

2:00 p.m.
"The Case for a Social Investment Fund for the Americas" - Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable J. Brian Atwood, Dean, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; The Honorable Patrick M. Cronin, Senior Vice President and Director of Studies, CSIS; J. Michael Waller, Ph.D., Professor, Institute of World Politics; Carol Graham, Ph.D., Vice President and Director, Governance Studies Program, The Brookings Institution.

COMMITTEE BUSINESS WEEK OF OCTOBER 27, 2003

***Hearings/Meetings/Markups***


Wednesday, October 29, 2003


9:00 a.m.
Strengthening U.S. Relations with Indonesia - Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific briefing.

10:00 a.m.
"Central Asia: Terrorism, Religious Extremism, and Regional Stability" - Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia hearing.
Witnesses: The Honorable A. Elizabeth Jones, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State; Stephen Blank, Ph.D., Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College; Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation; Fiona Hill, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, the Brookings Institution; Martha Brill Olcott, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

1:00 p.m.
Subcommittee on Europe Markup of H. Res. 390, Recognizing the continued importance of the transatlantic relationship and promoting stronger relations with Europe by reaffirming the need for a continued and meaningful dialogue between the United States and Europe. (Approved for Full Committee Action.)

1:30 p.m.
"The Challenges of Terrorism in Asia and the Pacific" - Subcommittees on Asia and the Pacific and International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights hearing.
Witnesses: Following officials from the Department of State: The Honorable J. Cofer Black, Ambassador-at-Large, Coordinator for Counterterrorism; The Honorable Christina B. Rocca, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South Asian Affairs; The Honorable Matthew P. Daley, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Zachary Abuza, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Simmons College; Timothy D. Hoyt, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy, U.S. Naval War College; Mr. B. Raman, Former head of counterterrorism at the Research and Analysis Wing, India's External Intelligence Agency, Former member of the National Security Advisory Board to the Government of India; The Honorable Robert B. Oakley, Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University.

Thursday, October 30, 2003

11:30 a.m.
MEMBERS ONLY meeting with North Korean Defector, Hwang Jan-yop.

***Floor***

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

H. J. Res. 63 (Leach) - Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003. Agreed to as amended by voice vote.

H. Res. 409 (Blunt) - Repudiating the anti-Semitic sentiments expressed by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote with 411 yeas, 1 present, and none voting nay.

Thursday, October 30, 2003

H. Con. Res. 302 (Wexler) - Expressing the Sense of Congress welcoming President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan to the United States on October 31, 2003. Agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote with 416 yeas and none voting nay.

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

H. Con. Res. 311 (Ros-Lehtinen) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the international community should recognize the plight of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East should establish a program for resettling Palestinian refugees.

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

H. R. 3386 (Lee) - A bill to provide assistance to combat infectious diseases in Haiti and to establish a comprehensive health infrastructure in Haiti, and for other purposes.

Thursday, October 30, 2003

H. Con. Res. 319 (Ros-Lehtinen) - Concurrent resolution expressing the grave concern of Congress regarding the continuing repression of the religious freedom and human rights of the Iranian Baha i community by the Government of Iran.

H. Res. 427 (Sanchez) - A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the courageous leadership of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam and the urgent need for religious freedom and related human rights in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

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


Amendment to the Export Administration Regulations - October 17, 2003, Department of Commerce; unnumbered.

Quarterly Report to the Congress on Activities Undertaken Relating to Exports of Agricultural Commodities to Cuba - October 20, 2003, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 906 (a) (1) of the trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000; unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project - October 23, 2003, Under Secretary of State, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA, 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204) & Sec. 135 of the FRAA, 1990-91 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Report of Visa Denials - October 27, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 51 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act and Sec. 231 of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Defense Export to Iraq - October 27, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 03IZ-03), pursuant to Sec. 1504 of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11); unnumbered.

2002 Report on IAEA Activities - October 28, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2809 (c ) (2) of the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act, 1998 (P.L. 105-277); unnumbered.

Cuban Emigration Policies - October 28, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2245 of Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999 (P.L. 105-277); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - October 28, 2003, informing of the intent to provide up to $500,000 in FY 03 ESF to the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs for activities that promote U.S. positions in oceans, marine and wildlife conservation, health, sustainable natural resource management, environmental good governance, water and forests, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to The Netherlands - October 28, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 096-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4956.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan - October 28, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 090-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4957.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to the United Kingdom, France, and Germany - October 28, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 095-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4958.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan - October 28, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 091-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4959.

Periodic Report on the National Emergency With Respect to Sudan - October, 29, 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. 4979.

Notifications Regarding Defense Exports to Egypt - October 29, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sections 36 (b) and 42 (b) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4980.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Chile - October, 30, 2003, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - October 30, 2003, informing of the intent to obligate $425,000 in FY 03 FSA funds for the Eurasia Exchange, Training and Democracy Programs, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Presidential Communication - Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Proliferation of WMD and Their Delivery Systems - October 30, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act, (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 108-138; Ex. Comm. 5005.

Presidential Communication - Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Sudan - October 30, 2003, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act, (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 108-139; Ex. Comm. 5006.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Pacific Ocean (International Waters) - October 30, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 101-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 5007.

Copies of International Agreements - October 30, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the provisions in the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 5008.

Report on Activities to Support Democracy Activists in Burma - October 31, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 8 of the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act (P.L. 108-61); unnumbered.

Report on Financial and Personnel Resources for the Coordinator of USG Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally - October 31, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Title I, Sec. 102 (b) of the U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-25); unnumbered.

Response to the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World - Changing Minds, Winning Peace - October 31, 2003, DOS, pursuant to H. Rept. 108-221; unnumbered.

International Assistance to Afghanistan - October 31, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 303 of the AFSA, 2002 (P.L. 107-327); unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to the Republic of Korea - October 31, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 118-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - October 31, 2003, informing of the intent to obligate $20 million in supplemental FY 03 FMF funds transferred and merged with ACI account in support of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft and other aviation logistical support for the Colombian Armed Forces, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, provisions of Title II and sections 515 & 520 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Waiver Determination Under Iran-Iraq Arms Nonproliferation Act of 1992 - October 31, 2003, CLASSIFIED notification from the Department of State pursuant to the Iran-Iraq Arms Nonproliferation Act; unnumbered.

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

The Future of Kosovo - May 21, 2003, hearing before the Full Committee; Serial No. 108-36.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF OCTOBER 27, 2003

***Reports Filed***


Thursday, October 30, 2003

H. R. 3289 (Young) - 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.

***Hearings/Meetings of Interest***


House Committee on Armed Services: Iraq Reconstruction and Stability Operations. Testimony was heard from non-governmental witnesses.

House Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology held a hearing on World Bank lending to Iran. Testimony was heard from William Schuerch, Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Development, Department of the Treasury; and other witnesses.

House Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness held a hearing entitled "The Ongoing Tragedy of International Slavery and Human Trafficking: An Overview." Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of State: John Miller, Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; and Kent Hill, Assistant Administrator, AID; and other witnesses.

Senate Appropriations Committee: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education concluded a hearing to examine Palestinian education. Testimony was heard from William J. Burns, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State; James Kunder, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East, USAID; and other witnesses.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Iran: Security Threats. Testimony was heard from Richard L. Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State; and other witnesses.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Iran: Security Threats. Briefing with Sylvia Copeland, Director, and Nathan Tuchrello, Deputy Issue Manager for Iran and Saudi Arabia, both of the Office of the Near east and South Asia Analysis, CIA.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: U.S. Policy Toward Colombia. Testimony was heard from Robert B. Charles, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID; General James T. Hill, USA, Commander, U.S. Southern Command; and other witnesses.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Committee held a briefing on U.S. -Syria relations with J. Cofer Black, Coordinator, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State. Committee also held a hearing on the same subject. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of State. William J. Burns, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs; J. Cofer Black.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Subcommittee on African Affairs met jointly with the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions' Subcommittee on Children and Families to receive a report from Senator Frist relative to the HIV/AIDS Codel to Africa.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Transnational Crime and Corruption. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of State: Steven Pifer, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and Steven Scharge, Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; The following officials of the Department of Justice: Bruce C. Shwartz, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, and Grant D. Ashley, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigative Division, FBI

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. Res. 250 (Brownback) - Commending the People and Government of Romania. Agreed to by UC.