Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF November 24, 2003

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

No Committee Business Scheduled
 

COMMITTEE BUSINESS WEEK OF NOVEMBER 17, 2003

***Hearings/Meetings/Markups***

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

1:30 p.m
"Afghanistan: Democratization and Human Rights on the Eve of the Constitutional Loya Jirga" - Subcommittees on the Middle East and Central Asia and International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights.Witnesses: The following officials of the Department of State: The Honorable Lorne W. Craner, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; The Honorable John V. Hanford III, Ambassador-at-Large, Office of International Religious Freedom, The Honorable Christina B. Rocca, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South Asian Affairs; Ms. Barbara Haig, Vice President of Programs, Planning and Evaluation, National Endowment for Democracy; T. Kumar, Advocacy Director for Asia and Pacific, Amnesty International, U.S.A.; Mariam A. Nawabi, Esq., Advisor to the Constitutional Drafting Commission for Afghanistan, Associate, Dechert, LLP; and Mark Schneider, Senior Vice President, International Crisis Group.

Thursday, November 20, 2003

2:00 p.m.
 "Human Rights Violations Under Saddam Hussein: Victims Speak Out" - Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia.Witnesses: The Honorable Deborah Pryce, Member of Congress from the State of Ohio; The Honorable Darlene Hooley, Member of Congress from the State of Oregon; Ms. Sandy Hodgkinson (invited), Forensics Unit, Coalition Provisional Authority; Joe Collins, Ph.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary, Stability Operations, Department of Defense; Major Alvin Schmidt, United States Marine Corps; Ms. Susanah Sirkin, Deputy Director, Physicians for Human Rights; Maha Alattar, M.D., Professor, Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Athir Morad, M.D., Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Virginia.

***Floor***

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

H. Res. 427 (Sanchez) - 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. (409 yeas to 13 nays)

H. Con. Res. 83 (Millender-McDonald) - Honoring the victims of the Cambodian genocide that took place from April 1975 to January 1979. (420 yeas to 1 nay)

H. Con. Res. 288 (Allen) - Honoring Seeds of Peace. (415 yeas with none voting nay)

H. Res. 393 (Biggert) - Commending Afghan Women. (414 yeas to 1 nay)

H. R. 1813 (Smith-NJ) - Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization Act of 2003. (Agreed to by Voice Vote)

S. 1824 (Lugar) - To amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to reauthorize the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. (Agreed to by Voice Vote)

H. Res. 423 (Wolf) - Recognizing the 5th Anniversary of the signing of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. (416 yeas to 1 nay)

Thursday, November 20, 2003

H. J. Res. 63 (Leach) - Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003. (Agreed to Senate amendments by 417 yeas to 2 nays)

H. Con. Res. 209 (Engel) - Commending the signing of the United States Adriatic Charter. (Agreed to Senate amendments by 416 yeas to 1 nay)

H. R. 1828 (Ros-Lehtinen) - Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003. (Agreed to Senate amendments by 408 yeas to 8 nays)

Friday, November 21, 2003

H. Res. 453 (Hastings) - A resolution condemning the terrorist attacks in Istanbul, Turkey, on November 15, 2003, expressing condolences to the families of individuals murdered and expressing sympathies to the individuals injured in the terrorist attacks, and standing in solidarity with Turkey in fight against terrorism. (Passed with 426 yeas with non voting nay)

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

H. R. 3515 (Thornberry) - A bill to establish an independent nonpartisan review panel to assess how the Department of State can best fulfill its mission in the 21st century and meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

H. Con. Res. 326 (Napolitano) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding the arbitrary detention of Dr. Wang Bingzhang by the Government of the People's Republic of China and urging his immediate release.

H. Con. Res. 327 (Crowley) - Concurrent resolution calling on the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement to immediately declare a ceasefire and halt hostilities in the Indonesian province of Aceh, end all human rights violations, and return to negotiations with significant Acehnese civil society and international involvement, and for other purposes.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

H. Con. Res. 329 (Towns) - Concurrent resolution congratulating the people and Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the twelfth anniversary of the independence of Kazakhstan and praising longstanding and growing friendship between the United States and Kazakhstan. (In addition, referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.)

H. Con. Res. 330 (Lantos) - Concurrent resolution expressing the concern of Congress regarding human rights violations committed against Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered (LGBT) individuals around the world based on their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

H. Res. 453 (Hastings) - A resolution condemning the terrorist attacks in Istanbul, Turkey, on November 15, 2003, expressing condolences to the families of individuals murdered and expressing sympathies to the individuals injured in the terrorist attacks, and standing in solidarity with Turkey in fight against terrorism.

H. Res. 455 (Murphy) - A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives in support of establishing a program to foster private investment by the people of the United States in Iraqi schools and hospitals through adopt-a-school and adopt-a-hospital initiatives.

Thursday, November 20, 2003

H. Con. Res. 332 (Weldon) - Concurrent resolution expressing the deep concern of Congress regarding the failure of the Islamic Republic of Iran to adhere to its obligations under a safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the engagement by Iran in activities that appear to be designed to develop nuclear weapons.

H. Con. Res. 333 (Millender-McDonald) - Concurrent resolution expressing support and appreciation for the longstanding alliance between the United States and the Republic Korea, and for other purposes.

Friday, November 21, 2003

H. R. 3573 (Leach) - A bill to promote human rights, democracy, and development in North Korea, to promote overall security on the Korean Peninsula and establish a more peaceful world environment, and for other purposes. (In addition, referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.)

H. R. 3603 (Gerlach) - A bill to provide for the adjudication of claims of nationals of the United States against the Government of Iraq arising during the period beginning on May 16, 1987, and ending on May 1, 2003.

H. R. 3616 (Larson) - A bill to establish the Commission on Preemptive Foreign Policy and Military Planning. (In addition, to the Committee on Armed Services.)

H. R. 3642 (Waters) - A bill to require the Secretary of State to prepare an annual report on progress made to eradicate poppy cultivation and prevent illicit drug trafficking in Afghanistan.

H. R. 3643 (Weiner) - A bill to halt Saudi support for institutions that fund, train, incite, encourage, or in any other way aid and abet terrorism, and to secure full Saudi cooperation in the investigation of terrorist incidents.

H. Con. Res. 336 (Lantos) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the continued participation of the Russian Federation in the Group of 8 nations should be conditioned on Russian Government voluntarily accepting and adhering to the norms and standards of democracy.

H. Con. Res. 340 (Andrews) - Concurrent resolution expressing the Sense of Congress that the people of Taiwan should be able to conduct referenda votes free from intimidation or threat of force.

H. Con. Res. 342 (Maloney) - Concurrent resolution commending Iraqi women for their participation in Iraqi government and civil society, encouraging the inclusion of Iraqi women in the political and economic life of Iraq, and advocating the protection of Iraqi women's human rights in the Iraqi constitution.

H. Con. Res. 344 (Meeks) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress that American prisoners of war (POWs) during the 1991 Gulf War and their immediate family members should be adequately compensated, without delay for their suffering and injury, as decided by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

H. Res. 462 (Issa) - A resolution supporting the vision of Israelis and Palestinians who are working together to conceive pragmatic, serious plans for achieving peace, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 466 (Solis) - A resolution conveying the sympathy of the House of Representatives to the families of the young women murdered in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, and encouraging increased Untied States involvement in bringing an end to these crimes.

H. Res. 470 (Ros-Lehtinen) - A resolution expressing gratitude to Israeli Law enforcement officers for the counterterrorism training and consultation they have provided to law enforcement officers in the United States and Israel, and for other purposes. (In addition, referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.)

H. Res. 471 (Rush) - A resolution congratulating the people of Haiti on the bicentennial of their independence.

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

Implementation of Legislative Provisions Relating to the International Monetary Fund - November 12, 2003, Dept. Of the Treasury, pursuant to Sections 1503 (a) and 1705 (a) of the International Financial Institutions Act (P.L. 95-118) and Sec. 801 ( c ) (1) (B) of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2001 (P.L. 106-420 ); unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project - November 13, 2003, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (P.L. 100-204) and Sec. 135 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - November 13, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to provide $3,690,500 to support Democracy and Human Rights Programs in China, 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.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - November 13, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to provide $280,000 to support Democracy and Human Rights Programs in the Middle East, 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.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - November 13, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to 475,000 in FY 2003 ESF/HRDS to support East Timor Local Democracy Education Project, 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.

Integrating Natural Resource Management and Agriculture - November 14, 2003, USAID, pursuant to Title XII of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961; unnumbered.

Determination and Certification Regarding Government Actions to Terminate Chemical Weapons Proliferation Activities of Foreign Persons - November 14, 2003, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED documents pursuant to Sec. 81(a) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 5279.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - November 17, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $380,000 in FY 03 ESF/HRDF to IRI, to promote economic and political empowerment in El Salvador, 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.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - November 17, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $11.5 million in FY 03 Supplemental IRRF to support penal system development and training programs in Iraq, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 1502 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 Israel - November 17, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 115-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Receipt of Grant Excess Defense Articles for the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia in FY 2004 - November 17, 2003, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 (f) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Tunisia - November 17, 2003, DSCA, total value of items estimated to be $4,127,200.00 pursuant to Sec. 516 (f) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Israel - November 17, 2003, DSCA, total value of items estimated to be $8,362,369.00 pursuant to Sec. 516 (f) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Periodic Report on the National Emergency With Respect to the 1979 Iranian Emergency and Assets Blocking - November 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) and Ex. Order 13313 of July 31, 2003; Ex. Comm. 5401.

Presidential Communication - Report on Continued Contributions in Support of Peacekeeping Efforts in Kosovo - November 17, 2003, The White House; Ex. Comm. 5402.

IAEA 2002 Report - November 17, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2809 ( c ) (2) of the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-277) and 307 (a) of the Foreign Assistance Act; Ex. Comm. 5403.

United States Participation in the Untied Nations - November 18, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 4 (a) United Nations Participation Act, 1945 (P.L. 79-264); Ex. Comm. 5435.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan - November 18, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 120-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 5436.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to the United Kingdom - November 18, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 112-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 5437.

Waiver on Restrictions on Assistance to Russia Under the Cooperative Threat Reduction Act of 1993 and Title V of the FREEDOM Support Act - November 18, 2003, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 1306 of P.L. 107-314 (P.D. 2004-08); Ex. Comm. 5438.

Notification of Termination for Fifteen Percent Danger Pay for Saudi Arabia - November 18, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the Department of State Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1984 and 1985 (P.L. 98-164); Ex. Comm. 5439.

Report of U.S. Citizen Expropriation Claims and Certain Other Commercial and Investment Disputes - November 18, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 527 (f) of the FRAA, Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995 (P.L. 103-236); Ex. Comm. 5440.

Certification and Justification Regarding Ukraine - November 18, 2003, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED Certification and Justification pursuant to Sec. 1203(d) of P.L. 103-160; Ex. Comm. 5441.

Presidential Determination No. 2004-04 on Waiving and Certification of Statutory Provisions Regarding the Palestine Liberation Organization - November 18, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 534 (d) of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); Ex. Comm. 5466.

Transmittal 20-03 Informing of the Intent to Sign the Second Amendment to the MMOU on NATO AEW&C - November 19, 2003, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; Ex. Comm. 5498.

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing Agreement with the United Kingdom - November 19, 2003, DOS (DTC No. 108-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 5499.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to the Czech Republic - November 19, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 114-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 5500.

Notification of Export of Items to Iraq in the National Interest of the United States - November 19, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1504 of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11); Ex. Comm. 5501.

Report Concerning Cuban Emigration Policies - November 19, 2003, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2245 of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999 (P.L. 105-277); Ex. Comm. 5502.

Report Regarding Title IV of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996 - November 20, 2003, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 2802 of P.L. 105-277; unnumbered.

Transmittal No. 20-03 Informing of the Intent to Sign Amendment No. One to the Project Arrangement between the United States and Canada Concerning Distributed Mission Training Technologies - November 20, 2003, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; Ex. Comm. 5544.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Australia - November 20, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 104-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 5545.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to the Republic of Korea - November 20, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 118-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 5546.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Belgium - November 20, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 103-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 5547.

Copies of International Agreements - November 20, 2003, DOS, pursuant to the provisions in the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 5548.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to United Arab Emirates - November 21, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 105-03), 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 Various NATO Nations - November 21, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 124-03), 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 - November 21, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 113-03), 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 Saudi Arabia - November 21, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 123-03), 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 Greece - November 21, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 107-03), 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 Italy & Belgium - November 21, 2003, DOS, (Transmittal No. DTC 106-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of Manufacturing License Agreement with Turkey - November 21, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 109-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of Manufacturing License Agreement with Japan - November 21, 2003, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 116-03), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - November 21, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $250,000 in FY 02 INCLE funds for projects and activities in Jamaica, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - November 21, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $8,355,000 in FY 03 Supplemental ESF for MEPI and $2,500,000 in FY 03 ESF for MEDF (part of MEPI), pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and the Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003 (P.L. 108-7) and the FY 03 Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act (P.L. 108-11); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - November 21, 2003, DOS, informing of the intent to provide $5,000,000 in FY 03 ESF for the Sierra Leone Special Court, 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.

*Friday November 21st Executive Communications will be posted in next survey

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

Expressing Support for Freedom in Hong Kong; and Requesting Documents Relating to Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction - June 17, 2003, markup before the Full Committee; Serial No. 108-47.

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Between the United States and Bulgaria; and Regarding the Man-Made Famine That Occurred in Ukraine in 1932-1933 - September 9, 2003, markup before the Subcommittee on Europe; Serial No. 108-46.

Requesting the President to Submit to the House the Report Prepared for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Documents on Reconstruction/Security of Post-War Iraq; Amending the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to reauthorize OPIC; Commending the National Endowment for Democracy; Authorizing Appropriations for FY 2004/2005 to Carry out the Congo Basin Forest Partnership; Condolences in Response to the Murder of Swedish Foreign Minister Lindh; and Expressing the Sense of the House Regarding the Ukraine Man-Made Famine in 1932-1933 - September 25, 2003, markup before the Full Committee; Serial No. 108-49.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF NOVEMBER 17, 2003

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. Res. 268 (Graham) - To express the Sense of the Senate regarding the deaths of 19 citizens of Italy and Iraq. (Agreed to without amendments and with a preamble by UC.)

***Hearings/Briefings of Interests***

House Committee on Armed Services: U.S. National Security Strategy. Testimony was heard from Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, former permanent Representative to the United Nations; and Samuel L. Berger, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.Senate Committee on Armed Services: Met in closed session to receive a briefing on an assessment of the current situation in Iraq from Vice Admiral Lowell E. Jacoby, USN, Director, and Jami Miscik, Deputy Director for Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency.

***Nominations Received***

United Nations - Stuart W. Holliday, of Texas, to be an Alternate Representative of the USA to the sessions of the General Assembly during his tenure of service as Alternate Representative of the USA for Special Political Affairs.

*Friday, November 21st nominations will be in next survey.