Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF FEBRUARY 14, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

10:30 a.m.         

“United States Policy toward Iran: Next Steps” – Full Committee Hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable Mark Palmer, Committee on the Present Danger; Mr. Henry D. Sokolski, Executive Director, The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center; Gary Sick, Ph.D., Senior Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor of International Relations, School of International and Public Affairs, Colombia University.

1:00 p.m.                

“An Overview of Transatlantic Relations Prior to President Bush’s Visit to Europe” – Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats Hearing.

Witnesses: Daniel Hamilton, Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations, John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; Robin Niblett, Ph.D., Director, Europe Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies; John Hulsman, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Davis Institute, The Heritage Foundation. 

Markup of H. Res. 108, Commemorating the life of the late Zurab Zhvania, Prime Minister of the Republic of Georgia.  Approved for Full Committee action.

1:00 p.m.           

“Iran: A Quarter-Century of State-Sponsored Terror” – Middle East and Central Asia and International Terrorism and Nonproliferation Subcommittees joint hearing.

Witnesses: Yonah Alexander, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Director, International Center for Terrorism Studies; Mr. Matthew Levitt, Director, Terrorism Studies Program, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; William J. Daugherty, Ph.D. (Former Iranian Hostage); Major Steven Kirtley (USMC, Ret.) (Former Iranian Hostage); Ms. Lynn Smith Darbyshire (Family Member of Capt. Vince Smith, killed in bombing of Marine Barracks in Beirut, 1983.)

2:00 p.m.           

MEMBERS ONLY meeting with HE Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

10:00 a.m.         

“The North Korean Nuclear Challenge: Is There a Way Forward?” – Subcommittees on Asia and the Pacific and International Terrorism and Nonproliferation.

Witnesses: Mr. Ralph Cossa, President, Pacific Forum, CSIS; Nicholas Eberstadt, Ph.D., Henry Wendt Scholar in Political Economy, AEI; Mr. Jon Wolfsthal, Deputy-Director for Non-Proliferation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Robert Sutter, Ph.D., Professor of Asian Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

2:00 p.m.           

“International Relations Budget for Fiscal Year 2006” – Full Committee Hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of State.

***Floor***

H. Res. 91 (Rahall) – Condemning the terrorist bombing attack that occurred on February 14, 2005, in Beirut, Lebanon, that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and killed and wounded others.  Passed the House 409-0.

***Legislation Introduced***

Monday, February 14, 2005

H. Con. Res. 60 (Rangell) – Concurrent resolution acknowledging African descendants of the transatlantic slave trade in all of the Americas with an emphasis on descendants in Latin America and the Caribbean, recognizing the injustices suffered by these African descendants, and recommending that the United States and the international community work to improve the situation of Afro-descendant communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

H. Res. 90 (Engel) – A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Anti-Slavery Day.

H. Res. 91 (Rahall) – A resolution honoring the life and legacy of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

H. Con. Res. 65 (Whitfield) – concurrent resolution commending the Republic of Turkey for assuming the leadership of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and for its ongoing contribution to the war against terrorism.

H. Res. 99 (McCotter) – A resolution expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives to the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Madrid that occurred one year ago, on March 11, 2004, and expressing deepest sympathy to the individuals injured in those attacks and to the people of the Kingdom of Spain.

H. Res. 101 (Saxton) – A resolution urging the European Union to add Hezbollah to the European Union’s wide ranging list of terrorist organizations.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

H. R. 857 (Pallone) – A bill to amend the International Claims Settlement Act of 1949 to allow for certain claims of nationals of the United States against Turkey, and for other purposes.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, the Committee on the Judiciary)

H. R. 860 (Reyes) – A bill to provide for the conveyance of the reversionary interest of the United States in certain lands to the Clint independent School District, El Paso County, Texas.

H. R. 871 (Thompson) – A bill to establish reporting requirements relating to funds made available for military operations in Iraq or the reconstruction of Iraq and for military operations in Afghanistan or the reconstruction of Afghanistan, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Armed Services.  In addition, to HIRC)

H. Con. Res. 68 (Evans) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the Government of Japan should formally issue a clear and unambiguous apology for the sexual enslavement of young women during colonial occupation of Asia and World War II, known to the world as “comfort women”, and for other purposes.

H. Con. Res. 69 (Tancredo) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should resume normal diplomatic relations with the Republic of China on Taiwan, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 108 (Gallegly) – A resolution commemorating the life of the late Zurab Zhvania, Prime Minister of the Republic of Georgia.

H. Res. 115 (Kaptur) – A resolution expressing the sense of the United States House of Representatives that the United States should adhere to moral and ethical principles of economic justice and fairness in developing and advancing United States international trade treaties, agreements, and investment policies.  (Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.  In addition, referred to HIRC.)

Thursday, February 17, 2005

H. R. 890 (Pallone) – A bill to provide for the establishment of national and global tsunami warning systems and to provide assistance for the relief and rehabilitation of victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami and for the reconstruction of tsunami affected countries.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, to the Committee on Resources and Science.)

H. R. 912 (Delahunt) – A bill to ensure the protection of beneficiaries of United States humanitarian assistance.

H. R. 928 (Gutierrez) – A bill to amend the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to extend certain consumer protections to international remittance transfers of funds originating in the United States, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services.  In addition, referred to HIRC.)

H. R. 935 (Honda) – A bill to urge the Government of Ethiopia to hold orderly, peaceful, and free and fair national elections in May 2005 and to authorize United States assistance for elections-related activities to monitor the Ethiopian national elections.

H. R. 945 (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.

H. R. 946 (Lee) – A bill to establish the Independent Commission on the 2004 Coup d’Etat in the Republic of Haiti.

H. R. 950 (Maloney) – A bill to authorize assistance to support programs to protect children who are homeless or orphaned as a result of the tsunamis that occurred on December 26, 2004, in the Indian Ocean from becoming victims of trafficking.

H. R. 952 (Markey) – A bill to prohibit the transfer or return of persons by the United States, for the purpose of detention, interrogation, trial, or otherwise, to countries where torture or other inhumane treatment of persons occurs.

H. R. 953 (Menendez) – A bill to authorize the establishment of a Social Investment and Economic Development Fund for the Americas to provide assistance to reduce poverty and foster increased economic opportunity in the countries of the Western Hemisphere, and for other purposes.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, referred to the Committee on Financial Services.)

H. R. 965 (Ros-Lehtinen) – A bill to hold accountable Members of Congress who advocate on behalf of a foreign person or commercial entity for the purpose of influencing or seeking a change in a law or regulation of the United States that would ease any restriction on a state sponsor of terrorism, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.  In addition, referred to HIRC.)

H. Con. Res. 70 (Chabot) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should strongly oppose China’s anti-secession legislation with respect to Taiwan.

H. Con. Res. 74 (Meeks) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the urgency of providing adequate assistance to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana devastated by severe flooding as a result of torrential rains from late December 2004 to January 2005.

H. Con. Res. 76 (Miller) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should urge the People’s Republic of China not to enact into law the so-called “anti-secession” legislation with respect to Taiwan and should reaffirm its unwavering commitment to Taiwan, and for other purposes.

H. Con. Res. 78 (Schiff) – Concurrent resolution expressing the grave concern of Congress regarding the arrest of Ayman Nour, the leader of the Al Ghad party, by the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the support of Congress for continued progress toward Democracy in Egypt.

H. Res. 120 (Blumenauer) – A resolution commending the outstanding efforts by members of the Armed Forces and civilian employees of the Department of State and the United States Agency for International development in response to the earthquake and tsunami of December 26, 2004.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, referred to the Committee on Armed Services.)

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

International Affairs Technical Assistance Report to Congress – February 9, 2005, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 129 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Visa Security Program: Annual Report for 2003-2004 – February 11, 2005, Homeland Security, pursuant to Sec. 428 (e)(4) of the Homeland Security Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-296); unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project at the United States Embassy, Islamabad, Pakistan – February 11, 2005, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA, 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204) as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, 1990-91 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project at the United States Embassy, Amman, Jordan – February 11, 2005, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA, 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204) as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, 1990-91 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Under Secretary’s Determination and MOJ Concerning the Arab League Boycott – February 11, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 565 (b) of the FRAA, 1994-95 (P.L. 103-263); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 11, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $1,000,000 in FY 05 FSA funds for law enforcement activities in Ukraine, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515 & 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Rule to Amend the Export Administration Regulations – February 14, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 15 ( c ) of the Export Administration Act; unnumbered. (1 of 3)

Rule to Amend the Export Administration Regulations – February 14, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 15 ( c ) of the Export Administration Act; unnumbered. (2 of 3)

Rule to Amend the Export Administration Regulations – February 14, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 15 ( c ) of the Export Administration Act; unnumbered. (3 of 3)

The Antiterrorism Assistance Program Report to Congress for FY 2004 – February 15, 2005, DOS, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 2349aa-7; unnumbered.

Report of the Visas Viper Committee Activity – February 16, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 304 (f) of the Enhanced Border Security Entry Reform Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-173); unnumbered.

Status of Loans Issued under the AECA – February 17, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 25(a)(11) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 866.

The Department’s Final Rule – Direct investment Surveys: BE-10, Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad - - 2004 [Docket No. 040907254-4254-01] (RIN: 0691-AA52) – February 17, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a)(1)(A); Ex. Comm. 867.

Presidential Determination Concerning Pakistan – February 18, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 508 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

OIG Report – Financial Support and Training Office Paris, France – no date, DOS, pursuant to the Inspector General Act, 1978 (P.L. 95-452), Sec. 209 of the Foreign Service Act, 1980 (P.L. 96-465),the Arms Control and Disarmament Amendments Act, 1987 (P.L. 100-213) and the Department of State Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1996; unnumbered.

OIG Report – Review of the Department of State’s Overseas Purchase Card Program – no date, DOS, pursuant to the Inspector General Act, 1978 (P.L. 95-452), Sec. 209 of the Foreign Service Act, 1980 (P.L. 96-465),the Arms Control and Disarmament Amendments Act, 1987 (P.L. 100-213) and the Department of State Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1996; unnumbered.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF FEBRUARY 14, 2005

***Nominations Received***

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

Inter-American FoundationRoger Francisco Noriega, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Board of Directors for a term expiring September 20, 2006.

Department of StateJohn B. Bellinger, of Virginia, to be a Legal Advisor.

Department of StateR. Nicholas Burns, of Massachusetts, to be an Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

Department of StateC. David Welch, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.

***Nominations Confirmed***

Department of StateRobert B. Zoellick, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of State.

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. Res. 63 (Biden) – Calling for an investigation into the assassination of Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and urging steps to pressure the Government of Syria to withdraw from Lebanon.  Passed w/out amendment and w/ a preamble by UC.

***Senate Meetings/Hearings of Interest***

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: “The President’s Budget for Foreign Affairs.”  Testimony was heard from the Honorable Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of State.   

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: “Democracy in Retreat in Russia.”  Testimony was heard from public witnesses