Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF JANUARY 10, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

No Committee Business Scheduled

***New Public Laws***

H. R. 3818 (Smith-NJ) – To amend the foreign Assistance act of 1961 to improve the results and accountability of microenterprise development assistance programs.  Signed on December 23, 2004; P.L. 108-484.

S. 2781 (Lugar) – To express the sense of Congress regarding the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, to provide assistance for the crisis in Darfur and for comprehensive peace in Sudan.  Signed on December 23, 2004; P.L. 108-497.

***Floor***

H. Res. 12 (Hyde) – A resolution expressing condolences and support for assistance to the victims of the earthquake and tsunamis that occurred on December 26, 2004 in South and Southeast Asia.  Agreed to without objection.

***Reports Filed***

(Hyde) - Committee on International Relations.  Legislative Review Activities of the Committee on International Relations, 108th Congress; Report No. 108-809.  (Referred to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union)

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, January 4, 2005

H.R. 14 (Hayworth) – A bill to limit the United States share of assessments for the United Nations regular budget.

H. R. 67 (Crenshaw) – A bill to establish the National Commission on the Modernization of the United Nations.

H.R. 164 (Millender-McDonald) – A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide for the establishment of a network of pediatric centers in certain developing countries to provide treatment and care for children with HIV/AIDS, and for other purposes.

H. R. 208 (Serrano) – A bill to lift the trade embargo on Cuba, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on International Relations.  In addition, referred to the Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary, Financial Services, Government Reform, and Agriculture.)

H.R. 209 (Serrano) – A bill to waive certain prohibitions with respect to nationals of Cuba coming to the United States to play organized professional baseball.  (Referred to the Committee on International Relations.  In addition, referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.)

H. Res. 12 (Hyde) – A resolution expressing condolences and support for assistance to the victims of the earthquake and tsunamis that occurred on December 26, 2004 in South and Southeast Asia.

H. Res. 24 (Lantos) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should declare its support for the independence of Kosova.

H. Res. 27 (Meeks) – A resolution congratulating Wangari Maathai for winning the Nobel Peace Prize and commending her for her tireless work promoting sustainable development, democracy, peace, and women’s rights in Africa.

Thursday, January 6, 2005

H. R. 282 (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. Con. Res. 15 (Jackson-Lee) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Congress has the sole and exclusive power to declare war.

H. Con. Res. 16 (Hyde) – Concurrent resolution congratulating the people of Ukraine for conducting a democratic, transparent, and fair runoff presidential election on December 26, 2004, and congratulating Viktor Yushchenko on his election as President of Ukraine and his commitment to democracy and reform.

H. Con. Res. 18 (Ros-Lehtinen) – Concurrent resolution expressing the grave concern of Congress regarding the continuing gross violations of human rights and civil liberties of the Syrian and Lebanese people by the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic.

H. Res. 37 (Ros-Lehtinen) – A resolution commending the people and Governments of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Morocco, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait, the State of Qatar, the Sultanate of Oman, and the Republic of Yemen for their political and economic liberalization efforts and expressing hope that progress will continue and that efforts of these countries will serve as a model for other Arab countries. 

H. Res. 38 (Ros-Lehtinen) – A resolution expressing support for the accession of Israel to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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

MOU for Cooperative Research and Technology Projects between the United States, France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom – December 17, 2004, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 15-04), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; unnumbered.

USTDA Annual Report 2004 – December 20, 2004, USTDA; unnumbered.

Evaluation of the United States Trade and Development Agency’s Information Security Program – Final Report – December 20, 2004, USTDA; unnumbered.

Report Requiring Agencies to Report to Congress on Their Competitive Sourcing Efforts During the Previous Fiscal Year – December 21, 2004, USTDA, pursuant to Sec. 647 (b) of the Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Interim Assessment of Special Watch List Countries for Human Trafficking – December 22, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 110(b)(3)(B) of the Victims Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-386); unnumbered.

Report on Kosovo Peacekeeping – December 23, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1213 of the NDAA, 2001 (P.L. 106-398); unnumbered.

Charter of the Advisory Committee on International Policy  - December 27, 2004, DOS, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (P.L. 92-463); unnumbered.

Report to Congress on the Government of Vietnam’s Progress toward Improved Human Rights for the Period December 2003 – December 2004 – December 27, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 702 of the DSAA, 2003 (P.L. 108-7); unnumbered.

Report on Relationships between Terrorist Organizations in Colombia and Foreign Governments and Organizations – December 30, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1021 of the NDAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-375); unnumbered.

Report Requiring Agencies to Report to Congress on Their Competitive Sourcing Efforts During the Previous Fiscal Year – December 30, 2004, USAID, pursuant to Sec. 647 (b) of the Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Report on Global Anti-Semitism – January 3, 2004, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 4 of the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-332); unnumbered.

GAO Assessment on Assistance for Lebanon – January 3, 2005, GAO; unnumbered.

Annual Report on Inspections Information – January 3, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 309 of the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act, 1998 (P.L. 105-277); unnumbered.

MOJ Authorizing a Drawdown of up to $65 million of Articles, Services and Training from the Inventory and Resources of the DoD for Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Maldives, Malaysia, Burma, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Bangladesh, and Seychelles – January 3, 2005, DOS, pursuant to sections 652 & 506(a)(2) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

United Nations Documents – January 3, 2005, DOS, pursuant to FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Report of Licensing Activities – January 4, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 906 (b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-387); unnumbered.

Project Certification for Memorandum of Agreement between the U.S. and Israel – January 4, 2005, 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. 00010.

MOU for Cooperative Research and Technology Projects between the United States, France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom – January 4, 2004, DoD (Transmittal No. 15-04), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; Ex. Comm. 00011.

Copies of International Agreements – January 4, 2004, DOS, in accordance with the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 00012.

Final Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Libya – January 4, 2005, Dept. of the Treasury, as required by Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412), Sec, 204 ( c ) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (P.L. 95-223), Sec. 505 ( c) of the International Security and Development Cooperation Act, 1985 (P.L. 99-83), and pursuant to Ex. Order 13313; Ex. Comm. 00013.

Memorandum of Justification Regarding the Drawdown to Support the Government of Afghanistan – January 4, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 202 of the AFSA, 2002 (P.L. 107-327); Ex. Comm. 00015.

President’s Bimonthly Report on Cyprus – January 4, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 620C ( c ) of the FAA of 1961 and in accordance with Sec. 1 (a) (6) of ex. Order 13313; Ex. Comm. 00016.

Presidential Determination No. 2005-10 on Waiver of Restrictions on Providing Funds to the Palestinian Authority – January 4, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 552, 515, and 529 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-309); Ex. Comm. 00017.

Diplomatic Construction Project – United States Embassy, Tokyo, Japan – January 5, 2005, Under Secretary of State for Management, 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.

Diplomatic Construction Project – United States Consulate, Fukuoka, Japan  – January 5, 2005, Under Secretary of State for Management, 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.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – January 5, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $150,000 in FY 04 ESF to support implementation of the new Electoral Law in Honduras, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – January 5, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $2,500,000 in FY 05 NADR funds to support humanitarian mine action projects in Sudan, pursuant to Sec. 634Aof the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 and 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Iraq – January 6, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Annual Inventory of U.S. Government Sponsored International Exchanges and Training Programs – January 6, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 112 (f) and (g) of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act, 1961 (P.L. 87-256); Ex. Comm. 00121.

Presidential Determination, Policy Justification, and Report on Suspension of Limitations under the Jerusalem Embassy Act – January 6, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 7 (a) of the Jerusalem Embassy Act, 1995 (P.L. 104-45); Ex. Comm. 00194.

Notification Informing of Department of State’s Intention to Initiate IMET for Iraq – January 6, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Title III, Military Assistance, IMET, of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); Ex. Comm. 00195.

The Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – January 7, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the Statement of Managers accompanying the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Report to Congress on the Activities of the World Bank in Iraq – January 7, 2004, Dept. of the Treasury; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – January 10, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $3,900,000 in FY 05 AEEB funds for the International Commission for Missing Persons, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447) and consistent with the determination of the Deputy Secretary of State dated January 4, 2005, pursuant to Sec. 561 (e) of the FY05 FOAA; unnumbered.

MOJ on UN Peacekeeping Procurement Certification – January 11, 2004, DOS, pursuant to the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Charter of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law – January 11, 2005, DOS, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (P.L. 92-463); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – January 11, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $3,700,000 in FY 04 supplemental IRRF to support governance programs in Iraq, pursuant to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 (P.L. 108-106); unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Morocco – January 12, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Suspension for 6 Months of the Right to Bring An Action under Title III of the LIBERTAD Act – January 13, 2005, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 306 9 c ) (2) of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act, 1996 (P.L. 104-114); unnumbered.

Report and Determinations Regarding the PLO – January 13, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 804 of the PLOCCA, 1989 (P.L. 101-246) and sections 603, 604, and 699 of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. Res. 4 (Frist) – Expressing sympathy and pledging the support of the United States Senate and people of the United States for the victims of the powerful earthquake and devastating tsunami that struck Bangladesh, Burma, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, and other areas of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa on December 26, 2004.  Agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by UC.

***Nominations Received***

Department of State – Condoleeza Rice, of California, to be Secretary of State.

Inter-American Foundation – Adolfo A. Franco, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors for a term expiring September 20, 2008.

Inter-American Foundation – Roger Franciso Noriega, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors for a term expiring September 20, 2006.