Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEKS OF FEBRUARY 20 & 27, 2006 

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups*** 

***Week of February 20, 2006*** 

House in Recess 

***Week of February 27, 2006***

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 

5:00 p.m.             

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations Markup of: 

H.R. 3189, Central Asia Democracy and Human Rights Act of 2005; 

H. Con. Res. 320, Calling on the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to immediately and unconditionally release Dr. Pham Hong Son and other political prisoners of conscience;  

H. Res. 578, Concerning the Government of Romania’s ban on intercountry adoptions and the welfare of orphaned or abandoned children in Romania; and 

H. Res. 675, Expressing disapproval of the Arab League’s decision to hold its 2006 summit in Khartoum, Sudan and calling on the Arab League, the Government of Sudan, the Sudanese rebels, and the world community to do all they can to end acts of genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.  

*All measures approved for Full Committee action. 

Thursday, March 2, 2006 

10:30 a.m. 

“United States Policy Toward the Palestinians in the Aftermath of Parliamentary Elections” – Full Committee hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable C. David Welch, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable James Kunder, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia and the Near East, U.S. Agency for International Development; Lieutenant General Keith W. Dayton, United States Coordinator, U.S. Department of State.  

2:00 p.m.                  

“Assessing ‘Rights’ under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty” – Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation.

Witnesses: Mr. Henri D. Sokolski, Executive Director, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center; Mr. Baker Spring, F.M. Kirby Research Fellow in National Security Policy, The Heritage Foundation; Mr. Eldon Greenberg, Attorney at Law, Garvey Schubert Barer. 

2:00 p.m.             

“Western Hemisphere Energy Security” – Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.

Witnesses: The Honorable Karen A. Harbert, Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy; Mr. Eric Fransworth, Vice President, Council of the Americas; Sidney Weintraub, Ph.D., William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy, CSIS; Ms. Anne Korin, Co-Director, Institute for Analysis of Global Security. 

***Legislation Introduced*** 

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 

H. R. 4807 (King) – A bill to require an investigation under the Defense Production Act of 1950 of the acquisition by Dubai Ports World of the Peninsular and Oriental Stream Navigation Company, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services.  In addition, referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, International Relations, and Homeland Security). 

H. R. 4813 (Foley) – A bill to amend the Defense Production Act of 1950 to improve national security and clarify congressional intent with respect to the review process for certain mergers and acquisitions, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services.  In addition, referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and International Relations).  

H. R. 4814 (Garrett) – A bill to amend section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950 to suspend all proposed mergers, acquisitions, or takeovers by foreign persons until certain determinations are made.  (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services.  In addition, referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and International Relations).  

H. R. 4817 (Hayworth) – A bill to prohibit entities owned or controlled by foreign governments from carrying out operations at seaports in the Untied States.  (Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  In addition, referred to HIRC).   

H. R. 4820 (Markey) – A bill to amend the Defense Production Act of 1950 to strengthen the requirements relating to investigations under such act, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services.  In addition, referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, International Relations, and Homeland Security).  

H. R. 4823 (Visclosky) – A bill to establish a United States-Poland parliamentary youth exchange program, and for other purposes.  

H. J. Res. 79 (Harman) – A joint resolution disapproving the results of the review conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) into the purchase of Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation (P&O) by Dubai Ports World (DP World).  (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services.  In addition, referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and International Relations).     

H. Con. Res. 348 (Thompson) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress with respect to accomplishing the mission in Iraq.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, referred to the Committee on Armed Services). 

H. Res. 697 (Hyde) – A resolution congratulating the people and government of Italy, the Torino Olympic Organizing Committee, the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee, the 2006 United States Olympic Team, and all international athletes upon the successful completion of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy. 

H. Res. 700 (Ros-Lehtinen) – A resolution supporting an upgrade in Israel’s relationship with NATO to that of a leading member of NATO’s Individual Cooperation Program, as a first step toward Israel’s inclusion in NATO as a full member with all corresponding rights, privileges, and responsibilities. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2006  

H. Res. 703 (Gallegly) – A resolution recognizing the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and supporting continued efforts to control radiation and mitigate the adverse health consequences related to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. 

Thursday, March 2, 2006 

H. Res. 707 (Garrett) – A resolution condemning the Government of Iran’s offer of assistance to Hamas, a known terrorist organization which currently controls the Palestinian Authority, and its call for other Arab nations to do the same, and the anti-Israeli and anti-American statements of the leaders of Iran. 

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

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Report on Refugees and IDPs – February7, 2006, DOS, pursuant to House Report accompanying H.R 3057; unnumbered. 

FY07 Joint State/USAID Performance Summary Volume 1 – February 16, 2006, DOS, pursuant to the Government Performance and Results Act, 1993; unnumbered. 

The Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Transformational Diplomacy – February 16, 2006. DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (P.L. 92-463); unnumbered. 

U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants – February 16, 2006, USAID, pursuant to Sec. 634 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 16, 2006, MCC, informing of the intent to allocate up to $37,070,248 in FY05 MCA program funds to help Paraguay’s ten specific initiatives, pursuant to Sec. 619 (b)(2) of the Millennium Challenge Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 16, 2006, MCC, informing of the intent to approve up to $13.85 million in FY04 MCC program funds for the Albania Threshold Program; unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 21, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate a total of $2,990,000 in FY05 AIS funds and $330,000 in FY05 AIS funds for Uzbekistan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 and 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 21, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $425,000 in FY06 AEEB funds for its programs in Romania, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FRAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 21, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $467,000 in FY06 NADR funds for Small Arms and Light Weapons to Angola and Nicaragua, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FRAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 21, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram $1,100,000 in FY05 INCLE funds to support the severance of up to 926 officers employed by the Special Security Service, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 21, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram $135,427 in FY1997, $36,802 in FY 1998, and $61,369 in FY99 AEEB funds for assistance to Macedonia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 1997 (P.L. 104-208), 1998 (P.L. 105-118), and 1999 (P.L. 105-277); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 21, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $4,174,262 in FY06 NADR funds to support humanitarian mine action projects in Afghanistan, Eritrea and $5,250,000 for Cambodia and Sudan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FRAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 21, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $2,570,000 in FY06 AEEB regional funds to support a one year of a contact administered by the Bureau of DS to provide personal security protection to three-high ranking U.S. citizen officials, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FRAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 21, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $5,700,000 in FY06 PKO funds to support the Multinational Forces and Observers mission in the Sinai, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FRAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 21, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to make available for obligation $1,515,383,833 in FY06 GHAI account for HIV/AIDS activities, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FRAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 21, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $150,000 in FY05 Africa Regional ESF to improve marine disaster prevention and preparedness in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered. 

Informing of the Intent to Open a U.S. Mission to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – February 21, 2006, DOS; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 22, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $5,129,000 in F06 AEEB funds for TA in Europe, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 22, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $2,130,000 in FY06 AIS funds for its SABIT program, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 517 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 22, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $1,325,000 in FY06 AIS funds for BIS in the NIS, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 517 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

FY06 Distribution for Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs Appropriation – February 23, 2006, DOS, pursuant to the Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, FY06 (P.L. 109-108); unnumbered. 

FY06 Supplemental Request for International Affairs Programs – February 23, 2006, DOS; unnumbered. 

Analysis of Alternatives for Procurement of Aircraft for Colombia Spray Operations – February 24, 2006, DOS, pursuant to the Managers Report 109-265 accompanying the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-265); unnumbered. 

Notice of Proposed Reprogramming FY06 International Fisheries Commission – February 27, 2006, DOS; unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 27, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $464,780,250 in FY06 ACI funds for Colombia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 596 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 27, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $232,650,000 in FY06 INCLE funds for Afghanistan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 596 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 27, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $126,720,000 in FY06 INCLE funds for Global Programs and Program Development and Support, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515, 520, 556, and 596 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 27, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $32,424,480 for Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, and Venezuela, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 596 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 27, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $60,885,000 in INCLE funds for programs in the Western Hemisphere, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 596 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 27, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram $500,000 in FY05 ACI funds to support U.S. DoJ demobilization and reintegration activities in Colombia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 27, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $52,173,000 in FY06 INCLE funds for Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, and Pakistan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515, 520, and 596 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – February 27, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $229,950,270 in FY06 ACI funds for Bolivia, Peru, Air Bridge Denial, and Critical Flight Safety, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 596 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered.

Report on the Audit of the American Red Cross – February 28, 2006, DoD, pursuant to 36 U.S.C. 300110; Ex. Comm. 6302. 

Termination of Danger Pay Allowance Dushanbe, Tajikistan – February 28, 2006, DOS, pursuant to the Foreign Service Act, 1980 (P.L. 96-465); Ex. Comm. 6303. 

Copies of International Agreements – February 28, 2006, DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 6304. 

Presidential Communication – Report Relating to the Interdiction of Aircraft Engaged in Illicit Drug Trafficking – February 28, 2006, The White House, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 2291-4; H. Doc. 109-91; Ex. Comm. 6305. 

Security Assistance – Annual Report on Military Assistance, Military Exports, and Military Imports – February 28, 2006, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 655 of the FAA of 196; Ex. Comm. 6306. 

Presidential Message – Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Zimbabwe – March 1, 2006, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 109-93. 

Plan Colombia/Andean Counterdrug Initiative Semi-Annual Obligation Report – March 2, 2006, Office of National Drug Control Policy, pursuant to Sec. 3204 (e) of P.L. 106-246; Ex. Comm. 6439.  

***Committee Hearings/Markups Printed*** 

Social Investment and Economic Development Fund for the Americas of 2005; Acknowledging African descendents of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in all of the Americas with an emphasis on descendants in Latin America and the Caribbean, and for other purposes; and Haiti Economic and Infrastructure Reconstruction Act – June 29, 2005, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere markup; Serial No. 109-106.  

Lebanon Reborn? Defining National Priorities and Prospects for Democratic Renewal in the Wake of March 14, 2005 – July 28, 2005, Full Committee hearing; Serial No. 109-112.  

The U.S. and India: An Emerging Entente? – September 8, 2005, Full Committee hearing; Serial No. 109-117.  

The United States and Southeast Asia: Developments, Trends and Policy Choices – September 21, 2005, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific hearing; Serial No. 109-110. 

The South Asia Earthquake: Impact and Humanitarian Response – October 20, 2005, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific; Serial No. 109-109. 

Sudan: Losing Ground on Peace? – November 1, 2005, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations; Serial No. 109-115. 

Mourning the horrific loss of life caused by the floods and mudslides in Central America and Mexico and expressing that the U.S. should do everything possible to assist the affected people and communities; Conveying sympathy to the families of the young women murdered in Chihuahua, Mexico, and encouraging increased U.S. involvement in ending these crimes; And remembering and commemorating the lives of Sisters Maura Clarke, Ita Ford and Dorothy Kazel, and team member Jean Donovan, who were executed by members of El Salvador’s Armed Forces – November 2, 2005, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere markup; Serial No. 109-107. 

OTHER BUSINESS WEEKS OF FEBRUARY 20 & 27, 2006 

***Senate Measures Passed*** 

Thursday, March 2, 2006 

S. Res. 388 (Frist) – Sudan Peace Agreement.  Agreed to by UC. 

S. Res. 383 (Biden) – Calling on the President to make immediate steps to help improve the security situation in Darfur, Sudan, with an emphasis on civilian protection.  Agreed to by UC. 

***Meetings/Hearings of Interest*** 

House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs held a hearing on Avian Influenza.  Testimony was received from the following officials of the NIH: DHHS: Anthony Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Julie Gerberding, M.D., Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Testimony was also received from the following officials of the Department of State: Ambassador Nancy Power, Senior Coordinator, Avian Influenza and Infectious Diseases; and Kent Hill, M.D., Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development.   

House Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on Dubai Ports World.  Testimony was received from: Ambassador Eric S. Edelman, Under Secretary for Policy, DoD; the following officials from the Department of Homeland Security: Stewart Baker, Assistant Secretary of Policy, Planning and International Affairs; Rear Admiral Thomas Gilmour, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandment for Protection; Testimony was also received from: Alan Misenheimer, Director, Office of Arabian Peninsula and Iran Affairs, Department of State; Clay Lowery, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, Department of the Treasury. 

House Committee on Homeland Security: Executive session briefing by departmental witnesses on acquisition of terminal operations in U.S. ports by Dubai Port World. 

Joint Meeting: The Honorable Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy. 

Senate Committee on Armed Services: Dubai Ports World Purchase briefing.  Briefers included: Gordon England, Deputy Secretary and Peter Flory, Assistant Secretary for International Security Policy, both of the Department of Defense; Bob Joseph, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security and Tony Wayne, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, both of the Department of State; Robert Kimmitt, Deputy Secretary and Clay Lowery, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, both of the Department of Treasury; Michael Jackson, Deputy Secretary, Rear Admiral Thomas Gilmour, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandment for Protection, Stewart Baker, Assistant Secretary for Policy, and Jason Ahern, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, all of the Department of Homeland Security.  

Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Held hearing on Dubai Ports World.  Testimony was received from: Robert M. Kimmitt, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury; Eric Edelman, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; Stewart Baker, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Policy; and Robert Joseph, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. 

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Closed session on Iran with John D. Negroponte, Director of National Intelligence, Office of the Director of National Intelligence;  Open hearing on Iran.  Testimony received from: Ronald F. Lehman, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Patrick Clawson, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and Ray Takeyh, Council on Foreign Relations. 

Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs: Open and closed briefings Dubai Ports World Purchase.  Clay Lowery, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, Department of Treasury; Stewart Baker, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs, Rear Admiral Thomas Gilmour, Assistant Commandment for Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection, U.S. Coast Guard; Jason Ahern, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, all of the Department of Homeland Security; Beth McCormick, Deputy Under secretary and Acting Director, Defense Technology Security Administration, Department of Defense; and Alan Misenheimer, Director of Arabian Peninsula and Iran Affairs, Department of State. 

***Appointments*** 

Mexico-United States Interparliamentary Group: Representatives Kolbe, Chairman and Representative McCaul of Texas, Vice-Chairman.  Also, Representatives Dreier, Manzullo, Delahunt, Faleomavaega, English, Weller, Reyes, Davis and Fortuno. 

***Nominations Received*** 

Department of StateGeorge McDade Staples, of Kentucky, to be Director General of the Foreign Service.