Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEKS OF MARCH 6, 2006 

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups*** 

Wednesday, March 8, 2006 

10:00 a.m.           

Markup of: H.R. 3217, The Darfur Peace and Accountability Act.

Ordered reported, as amended. 

United States Policy Toward Iran – Next Steps

Witnesses: The Honorable Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Robert Joseph, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, U.S. Department of State; John C. Hulsman, Ph.D., The Heritage Foundation; Michael A. Ledeen, Ph.D., The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research; Mr. Gary Mihollin, Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control; Abbas William Samii, Ph.D., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.  

1:30 p.m.                

“The U.S. – European Relationship: Opportunities and Challenges” – Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats.

Witness: The Honorable Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

 2:00 p.m.                

 “East Asia in Transition: Opportunities and Challenges for the United States” – Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

Witness: The Honorable Christopher Hill, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

 2:30 p.m.                  

“Palestinian Authority Elections: Implications for Peace, Regional Security, and U.S. Assistance” – Subcommittee on the Middle East and

Central Asia.

Witnesses: Ms. Ilka Schroeder, Research Fellow, Georgetown University; Brigadier General Michael Herzog, Israel Defense Forces, Visiting

Military Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and Mr. Ben Zimmerman, Project Leader, American-Israeli Demographic

Research Group. 

Thursday, March 9, 2006 

8:00 a.m.                  

“Afghanistan: Is the Aid Getting Through?” – Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Witnesses: The Honorable Don Ritter, Chairman, Afghanistan-America Foundation (former Member of Congress); Barnett R. Rubin, Ph.D., Director of Studies/Senior Fellow, Center for International Cooperation, New York University; Mr. Frederick D. Barton, Senior Advisor and Co-Director, International Security Program, CSIS; Amit Pandya, Esq, International Development Consultant; Seth G. Jones, Ph.D., Political Scientist, RAND Corporation.

 10:30 a.m.                               

“Afghanistan: Progress Report” – Joint hearing of the Subcommittees on the Middle East and Central Asia & on Oversight and

Investigations.

Witnesses: The Honorable Richard A. Boucher, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable James R. Kunder, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia and the Near East, U.S. Agency for International Development; The Honorable Anne W. Patterson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Rear Admiral Robert T. Moeller, USN, Director, Plans and Policy, U.S. Central Command; Mr. Thomas A. Schweich, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Maureen E. Quinn, Coordinator for Afghanistan, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State. 

***Floor*** 

Wednesday, March 8, 2006 

H. Res. 673 (Shimkus) – Expressing support for the efforts of the people of the Republic of Belarus to

establish a full democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights and urging the Government of

Belarus to conduct a free and fair Presidential election on March 19, 2006.  Passed the House 419-1, and 2

present. 

***Legislation Introduced*** 

Tuesday, March 7, 2006 

H. R. 4881 (Hunter) – A bill to promote the national defense by establishing requirements for the ownership, management, and operation of critical infrastructure in the United States, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services.  In addition, referred to the Committees on Armed Services, Energy and Commerce, Homeland Security, and International Relations.) 

H. R. 4885 (Berkley) – A bill to amend the Defense Production Act of 1950 to prohibit acquisitions, mergers, or takeovers of persons engaged in interstate commerce in the United States by entities controlled by or acting on behalf of foreign governments that do not recognize countries that are member states of the United Nations, participate in boycotts against countries that are friendly to the United States, or provide support for international terrorism.  (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services.  In addition, referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and International Relations.) 

H. R. 4895 (Rohrabacher) – A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to limit the provision of United States military assistance and the sale, transfer, or licensing of United States military equipment or technology to Ethiopia. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2006  

H.R. 4898 (Woolsey) – A bill to reallocate funds toward sensible priorities such as improved children’s education, increased children’s access to health care, expanded job training, and increased energy efficiency and conservation through a reduction of wasteful defense spending, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Armed Services.  In addition, referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Education and the Workforce, Homeland Security, and International Relations.)  

H. Con. Res. 353 (Waters) – Concurrent resolution commending the people of the Republic of Haiti for holding democratic elections on February 7, 2006, and congratulating President-elect Rene Garcia Preval on his victory in these elections. 

H. Res. 714 (Harris) – A resolution urging the replacement of the United Nations Human Rights Commission with a new Human Rights Council. 

Thursday, March 9, 2006 

H. R. 4917 (Barrow) – A bill to amend the Defense Production Act of 1950 to require notification to Congress after receipt of written notification of proposed or pending mergers, acquisitions, or takeovers subject to investigation under such Act, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services.  In addition referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Homeland Security, and International Relations.) 

H.R. 4929 (Sabo) – A bill to amend section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950 to enhance the effectiveness of the investigations of certain mergers, acquisitions, and takeovers for national security implications, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services.  In addition, referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Intelligence (Permanent Select), and International Relations.)   

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

Copies of Renewal Charters for 17 Committees under the Industry Trade Advisory Center – February 17, 2006, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act; unnumbered. 

Notice Relating to Congressional Report on the Current and Future Military Strategy of the People’s Republic of China – February 22, 2006, Assistant Secretary of Defense, pursuant to the NDAA, 2000 (P.L. 106-65); unnumbered. 

The Iran-Iraq Arms Non-Proliferation Act of 1992 – February 27, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1606 of the Iran-Iraq Arms Non-Proliferation Act, 1992 (P.L. 102-484); unnumbered.   

Status Report of Diplomatic Properties for Posts With Funding for Construction of a New Secure Compound in or after FY99 – February 27, 2006, DOS, in accordance with the Conference Report accompanying H.R. 2862, the Science, State, Justice, and Commerce Appropriations Act, 2006 (P.L. 109-108); unnumbered. 

Iraq Reconstruction: Lessons in Human Capital Management – February 28, 2006, SIGIR; unnumbered. 

Report on DoD Humanitarian Assistance Programs for FY05 – February 28, 2006, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 2561, Title 10, USC; unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 1, 2006, MCC, informing of the intent to provide funding of up to $9,700,000 in FY05 MCC program funds for the purpose of facilitating the development and implementation of the MCC with the Republic of Mali, pursuant to Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered. 

Report on Rajdamri Property Development Options – March 2, 2006, DOS, pursuant to the Joint Explanatory Statement that accompanied the Science, State, Justice, and Commerce Appropriations Act, 2006 (P.L. 109-108); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 3, 2006, MCC, informing of the signing of a Compact with the Government of Benin, pursuant to Sec. 610 (b)(1) of the MCA, 2003 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 7, 2006, MCC, informing of the signing of a Compact with the Government of Vanuatu, pursuant to Sec. 610 (b)(1) of the MCA, 2003 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered. 

Notice of Intent to Initiate IMET with Liberia – March 7, 2006, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 520 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 7, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to provide $681,176 in FY05 ESF to support the electoral process in Côte d’Ivoire, 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 – March 7, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $3,600,000 to support African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program partners as part of the Global Peace Operations Initiative, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 7, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate 13,450,000 in FY06 AIS funds for the coordinator’s Humanitarian Assistance Program and related expenses, 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 – March 7, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $1,168,000 in FY06 AIS funds for its CLDP, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended and sections 515 & 517 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with respect to Zimbabwe – March 7, 2006, 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); Ex. Comm. 6474. 

PA Certification bet. The U.S. and Singapore for Analysis and Testing of Braided Composite Structures and Joints – March 7, 2006, DoD (Transmittal No. 06-06), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; Ex. Comm. 6475. 

PA Certification bet. The U.S. and Singapore for Motheye Antireflective Structure for ZGP Crystal – March 7, 2006, DoD (Transmittal No. 07-06), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; Ex. Comm. 6476.  

PA Certification to the MOU bet. The U.S.  and the UK Concerning the Network and Information Sciences – International Technology Alliance – March 7, 2006, DoD, pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; Ex. Comm. 6477. 

Copies of International Agreements – March 7, 2006, DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112 b; Ex. Comm. 6478. 

Country Reports in Human Rights Practices – March 8, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sections 116 (d) and 502B(b) of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 504 of the Trade Act, 1974 (P.L. 93-618); unnumbered. 

Annual Report of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – March 8, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 305 of the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-25); unnumbered. 

Humanitarian and Civic Assistance and Humanitarian Mine Action Programs of the DoD – March 8, 2006, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 401, Title 10, U.S.C. and Sec. 8009 of the Defense Appropriations Act, 2005 (P.L. 108-287); unnumbered. 

Informing of the Intent to Initiate IMET for Haiti – March 8, 2006, pursuant to Title III and Sec. 549 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles – March 8, 2006, DSCA, pursuant to sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961, as amended; unnumbered. 

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with respect to Iran – March 8, 2006, 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); Ex. Comm. 6539. 

International Narcotics Control Strategy Report – March 8, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 489 of the FAA of 1961, as amended; Ex. Comm. 6540. 

Certification Related to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – March 8, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 525 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); Ex. Comm. 6541. 

***Hearings/Markups Printed*** 

Requesting the President and directing the Secretary of State to transmit to the House all information relating to communication with the U.K. between 1/1/02 and 10/16/02 relating to the policy of the U.S. with respect to Iraq; Requesting the President and directing the Secretary of Defense to transmit to the House all documents relating to communications with the U.K. relating to the policy of the U.S. with respect to Iraq; and Directing the Secretary of State to transmit to the House documents relating to the disclosure of the identity and employment of Ms. Valerie Plame – September 14, 2005, Full Committee markup; Serial No. 109-114. 

Broadcasting Board of Governors and Alhurra Television – November 10, 2005, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing; Serial No. 109-113.

***Memorials/Petitions*** 

A memorial of the House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, relative to House Resolution No. 165 memorializing the Congress of the United States to support policies to protect and encourage the cultural autonomy of the people of Macedonia; Memorial No. 253. 

A memorial of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, relative to a Senate resolution supporting the United States Conference of Mayors’ resolution and the “Mayors for Peace” initiative; Memorial No. 254. 

OTHER BUSINESS WEEKS OF MARCH 6, 2006 

***Meetings/Hearings of Interest*** 

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission):  Concluded a hearing to examine the complete absence of political freedom in Belarus and the implications this has on its upcoming elections.  Testimony was received from David J. Kramer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs; Stephen B. Nix, IRI; Rodger Potocki, NED; Iryna Vidanava, Students’ Thought; Celeste A. Wallander, SCIS; Patrick Merloe. 

House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related programs held a hearing on HIV/AIDS programs.  Testimony was received from Mark Dybul, M.D., Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Chief Medical Officer, Department of State. 

House Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Management, Integration, and Oversight held a hearing entitled, “The 9/11 Reform Act: Examining the Implementation of the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center.”  Testimony was heard from John Clark, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security; Chris Swecker, Acting Executive Assistant Director of Law Enforcement Services, DoJ; and Marc Gorelick, acting Director, Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center, U.S. Department of State. 

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held an oversight hearing on foreign operations of U.S. Port Facilities.  Testimony was received from Stewart A. Baker, Assistant Secretary, Department of Homeland Security. 

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: met in executive session to hold a hearing on Background Intelligence Surveillance Act.  Testimony was heard from departmental witnesses. 

Senate Committee on Finance: Subcommittee on International Trade held a hearing to examine U.S. – Oman FTA.  Testimony was received from Susan S. Schwab, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative; Edward S. Walker Jr., Middle East Institute; David Hamod, National U.S. Arab Chamber of Commerce; Thea M. Lee, AFL-CIO; and Robert Hemphill, AES Corporation. 

Joint Meeting: Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia. 

***Nominations Received*** 

Department of StateMichael E. Ranneberger, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya. 

Department of StateRobert F. Godec, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia.