Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF JANUARY 24, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***
 

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

1:30 p.m.

“The Tsunami Tragedy: How the U.S. is Responding and Providing Relief” – Full Committee Briefing.

Briefers: The Honorable James Leach, Member of Congress; The Honorable Earl Blumenauer, Member of Congress; The Honorable Andrew S. Natsios, Administrator, USAID; The Honorable Alan P. Larson, Under Secretary for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Peter W. Rodman, Assistant Secretary, International Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense; Brigadier General John Allen, Principal Director for Asian and Pacific Affairs, International Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense; Mr. Peter Bell, President, CARE-USA; Mr. Richard Brennan, Chief of Medical Programs, International Rescue Committee; Ms. Afshan Khan, Deputy Chief of Emergency Programmes United States Fund for UNICEF, Public Policy and Advocacy.


***Floor***


Tuesday, January 25, 2005

H. Res. 39 (Lantos) – A resolution commending countries and organizations for marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and urging a strengthening of the fight against racism, intolerance, bigotry, prejudice, discrimination, and anti-Semitism. Passed with 393 yeas with none voting “nay.”

H. Con. Res. 16 (Hyde) – Congratulating the people of Ukraine for conducting a democratic, transparent, and fair runoff presidential election on December 26, 2004, and congratulating Victor Yushchenko on his election as President of Ukraine and his commitment to democracy and reform. Passed with 392 yeas to 1 nay.


***Legislation Introduced***
 

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

H. R. 332 (King) – A bill to amend the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996 to require that, in order to determine that a democratically elected government in Cuba exists, the government extradite to the United States convicted felon William Morales and all other individuals who are living in Cuba in order to escape prosecution or confinement for criminal offenses committed in the United States.

H.R. 343 (Pitts) – A bill to establish a pilot program of Central Asian scholarships for undergraduate and graduate level public policy internships in the United States.

H. R. 344 (Pitts) – A bill to establish a pilot program of Afghanistan scholarships for undergraduate and graduate level public policy internships in the United States.

H. Res. 39 (Lantos) – A resolution commending countries and organizations for marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and urging a strengthening of the fight against racism, intolerance, bigotry, prejudice, discrimination, and anti-Semitism.

H. Res. 43 (Jo Ann Davis) – A resolution urging the European Council to continue to maintain its embargo on the sales of arms to the People’s Republic of China.

H. Res. 44 (Kaptur) – A resolution supporting the establishment and full funding of a staff exchange program between the House of Representatives and the Parliament of Ukraine, the Verkhnova Rada, as soon as possible.

H. Res. 47 (Pitts) – A resolution urging a peaceful resolution of the conflict over Kashmir, and for other purposes.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

H. R. 396 (Menendez) – A bill to provide early warning systems in foreign countries.

H. R. 397 (Menendez) – A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide assistance to children who are orphaned or unaccompanied as a result of the tsunamis that occurred on December 26, 2004 in the Indian Ocean.

H. R. 422 (Tauscher) – A bill to provide for counterproliferation measures.

H. Con. Res. 31 (Ros-Lehtinen) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress with respect to human rights in Central Asia.

H. Con. Res. 32 (Ros-Lehtinen) – Concurrent resolution expressing the grave concern of Congress regarding the occupation of the Republic of Lebanon by the Syrian Arab Republic.

H. Con. Res. 34 (Udall) – Concurrent resolution honoring the life and contributions of Yogi Bhajan, a leader of Sikhs, and expressing condolences to the Sikh community on his passing.

H. Con. Res. 35 (Woolsey) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the President should develop and implement a plan to begin the immediate withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq.

H. Res. 54 (Ros-Lehtinen) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding anti-Semitism at the United Nations and for other purposes.
 

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

Secretary’s Certification and Memorandum of Justification Regarding Guatemala – January 19, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 584 (b) of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – January 21, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $5,300,000 in FY 05 NADR funds to support humanitarian mine projects in Azerbaijan and Eritrea, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005, (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Report on the Conflict in Sudan, Including Darfur – January 25, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 8 (b) of the Sudan Peace Act (P.L. 107-245) as amended by Sec. 5 (b) of the Comprehensive Peace Sudan Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-497); unnumbered.

Activities of United States Government Representatives on Israeli and Palestinian Issues at the United Nations – January 25, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 721 ( c ) of the FRAA, 2000 (P.L. 106-113); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – January 25, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $1,984,000 in FY 05 NADR funds for CTE and related technical assistance, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515 and 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – January 25, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $327,000 in FY 04 ESF to support human rights for women in Pakistan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515 and 520 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – January 25, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $200,000 in FY 04 ESF for ARF to promote democratic institutions and strengthen civil society through implementation of a civics curriculum into Chadian schools, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004, (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Terrorists Who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process – January 25, 2005, 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. 219.

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to the Western Balkans - January 25, 2005, 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. 220.

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to the Risk of Nuclear Proliferation Created by the Accumulation of Weapons-Usable Fissile Material in the Territory of the Russian Federation – January 25, 2005, 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. 221.

International HIV/AIDS Workplace Program – January 25, 2005, Dept. of Labor, in accordance with the CR of the FY04 Labor-HHS-Education appropriation; Ex. Comm. 222.

Report pursuant to Paragraph (5) (D) of the Senate’s May 1997 Resolution of Advice and Consent to the Ratification of the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty Flank Document of May 31, 1996 - January 25, 2005, letter from Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report; Ex. Comm. 223.

Memorandum of Justification for a Drawdown to Support the Governments of Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Maldives, Malaysia, Burma, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Bangladesh, and Seychelles – January 25, 2005, DOS, pursuant to sections 652 and 506 (a)(2) of the FAA of 1961; Ex. Comm. 224.

Report on Bosnia and U.S. Forces in NATO-Led Stabilization Force – January 25, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 7(b) of the Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Act, 1998 (P.L. 105-174) and Sec. 1203 (a) of the NDAA, 1999 (P.L. 105-261); Ex. Comm. 320.

Copies of International Agreements – January 26, 2005, DOS, in accordance with the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 331.

Report pursuant to the Cooperative Threat Reduction Act of 1993 and the FREEDOM Support Act, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 5852 - January 26, 2005, letter from Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED memorandum; Ex. Comm. 332.

Renewed Charter for the Advisory Panel to the United States Section of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission – January 27, 2005, DOS, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (P.L. 92-463); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – January 27, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $13,420,000 in FY 05 FSA funds for the DS/Humanitarian Transport, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – January 27, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $18,840,000 in FY05 ESF for Sudan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 and 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – January 27, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $236,500,000 for counter-narcotics programs in Afghanistan, pursuant to the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199), Supplemental, 2004 (P.L. 108-106), and the AFSA, 2002 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Assets in the United States of Terrorist Countries and International Terrorism Program Designees – no date, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 2656g; unnumbered.
 

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF JANUARY 24, 2004

***Senate Measures Passed***
 

S. Res. 18 (Talent) – Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz extermination camp in Poland. Agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by UC.

S. Con. Res. 7 (Lugar) – Congratulating the people of Ukraine for conducting a democratic transparent and fair runoff presidential election on December 26, 2004, and congratulating Victor Yushchenko on his election as President of Ukraine and his commitment to democracy and reform. Agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by UC.
 

***Nominations Received***


BBG – Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, of Virginia, to be a Member and Chairman.

BBG – D. Jeffrey Hirschberg, of Wisconsin, to be a Member for a term expiring August 13, 2007.

Cuba Broadcasting – Jorge A. Plasencia, of Florida, to be a Member of the Advisory Board for a term expiring October 27, 2006.

Department of Defense – Peter Cyril Wyche Flory, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary.

Foreign Claims Settlement Commission – David B. Rivkin, Jr., of Virginia, to be a Member for a term expiring September 30, 2007.

Inter-American Foundation – Nadine Hogan, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of Directors for a term expiring June 26, 2008.

Inter-American Foundation – Roger W. Wallace, of Texas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors for a term expiring June 26, 2008.

Inter-American Foundation – Jack Vaughn, of Texas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors for a term expiring September 20, 2006.

United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy – Jay T. Snyder, of New York, to be a Member for a term expiring July 1, 2007.
 

***Nominations Confirmed***
 

Department of State – Condoleezza Rice, of California, to be Secretary of State. By 85 yeas and 13 nays.

 

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF JANUARY 17, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

No Committee Business Scheduled

***Legislation Introduced***

Thursday, January 20, 2005

H. Con. Res. 19 (Tancredo) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the people of the United States should observe the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a Nazi death camp during World War II, and honor all the victims of the Holocaust, and for other purposes.

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

Presidential Message – Transmitting Report on the Implementation of the Russian Federation Debt Reduction for Nonproliferation – January 4, 2005, The White House, pursuant to Title XIII, Subtitle B, Sec. 1321 of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-221); unnumbered.

Annual Foreign Policy Report to Congress – January 2005 – January 14, 2005, The Secretary of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 6 of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); unnumbered.

Certification Ensuring Comptroller General of the United States Will Have Access to Financial Information for West Bank/Gaza ESF – January 14, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 559 (a) of the FRAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Presidential Determination No. 2005-18 – Extension of Waiver with Respect to Assistance to the Government of Azerbaijan – January 18, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 907 of the FSA, 1992 (P.L. 102-511) and Title II of the FOAA, 2002 (P.L. 107-115); unnumbered.

MOJ for Drawdown for the Philippines – January 18, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 506 (a)(2) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Report on International Extradition Related to Plan Colombia – January 19, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 3203 of Title III, Chapter 2 of the Emergency Supplemental Act, 2000 as enacted in the Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2001 (P.L. 106-246); unnumbered.

Presidential Communication – Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Terrorists who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process – January 20, 2005, The White House, pursuant to Sec 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act, (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 109-6; Ex. Comm. 197.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Portugal – January 24, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered. (1 of 2)

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Portugal – January 24, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered. (2 of 2)

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Egypt – January 24, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – January 24, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $1,035,000, 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 24, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $1,254,107 for ESF in East Asia and the Pacific, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.