Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF MARCH 7, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Tuesday, March 8, 2005

4:00 p.m.           

MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Excellency Jose Ramos-Horta, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation for the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (East Timor).

5:00 p.m.                

Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats MARKUP OF:

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

H. Res. 99 (McCotter) – 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.

Both measures were approved for Full Committee action, as amended.

Wednesday, March 9, 2005

10:15 a.m.         

Full Committee Markup:

H. Con. Res. 18 (Ros- Lehtinen) – 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. Con. Res. 32 (Ros- Lehtinen) – Expressing the grave concern of Congress regarding the occupation of the Republic of Lebanon by the Syrian Arab Republic.

H. Con. Res. 34 (Udall) – 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. 81 (Menendez) – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the two-year anniversary of the human rights crackdown in Cuba.

H. Con. Res. 82 (Schiff) – 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. Con. Res. 83 (Smith-NJ) – Urging the appropriate representative of the United States to the 61st session of the Untied Nations Commission on Human Rights to introduce a resolution calling upon the Government of the People’s Republic of China to end its human rights violations in China, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 99 (McCotter) – 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) – Urging the European Union to add Hezbollah to the European Union’s wide-ranging list of terrorist organizations.

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

H. Res. 120 (Blumenauer) – Commending the outstanding efforts by members of the Armed Forces and civilian employees of the Department of State and the United States Agency for Agency for International Development in response to the earthquake and tsunami of December 26, 2004.

H. Res. 135 (Dreier) – Providing for the establishment of a commission in the House of Representatives to assist parliaments in emerging democracies.

Full Committee authorized the Chairman to seek consideration under suspension of the rules for the previous measures, with amendments deemed agreed to.

11:00 a.m.         

“Combating Human Trafficking: Achieving Zero Tolerance” – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations.

Witnesses: The Honorable John R. Miller, Director, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Linda Smith, President, Shared Hope International (Former Member of Congress); The Honorable Shirley E. Barnes, President, Barnes Findley Foundation (Former American Ambassador to The Republic of Madagascar); Sarah E. Mendelson, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS; Julianne Duncan, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Migration and Refugee Services, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Ms. Beatrice Fernando, Associate, American Anti-Slavery Group.

1:00 p.m.           

“Developments in U.S. – Russia Relations” – Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats.

Witnesses: The Honorable Curt Weldon, U.S. House of Representatives; Celeste A. Wallander, Ph.D., Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS; Mr. Dimitri K. Simes, President, The Nixon Center; Eugene B. Rumer, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University.

1:30 p.m.

“The State of Democracy in Latin America” – Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.

Witnesses: The Honorable Roger F. Noriega, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Adolfo Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID; The Honorable Lorne W. Craner, President, IRI; Mr. Stephen Johnson, Senior Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation; Arturo A. Valenzuela, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, Georgetown University; Mr. Kenneth Wollack, President, NDI.

2:00 p.m.           

“U.S. Policy Toward the Palestinians in the Post-Arafat Era” – Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia.

Witnesses: The Honorable David Satterfield, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable James Kunder, Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East, USAID.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

10:30 a.m.         

“The Korean Peninsula: Six Party Talks and the Nuclear Issue” – Full Committee Hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable William J. Perry, Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor, Stanford University (Former Secretary of Defense); The Honorable James R. Lilley, Senior Fellow, AEI (Former Ambassador to the Republic of Korea)

1:00 p.m.           

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations - MARKUP OF:

H. R. 972 (Smith, Chris) – To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2006 and 2007 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2000, and for other purposes.

H. Con. Res. 88 (Payne) – Concurrent resolution remembering the victims of the genocide that occurred in 1994 Rwanda and pledging to work to ensure that such an atrocity not take place again.

Both measures approved for FC action as amended.

2:00 p.m.           

“Eliminating Terrorist Sanctuaries: The Role of Security Assistance” – Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation.

Witnesses: Mr. William P. Pope, Acting Coordinator, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State; Rear Admiral Hamlin B. Tallent, USN, Director of Operations, United States European Command.

2:00 p.m.           

“Indonesia in Transition: Recent Developments and Implications for U.S. Policy” – Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

Witnesses: The Honorable Marie Huhtala, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State (Former American Ambassador to Malaysia); The Honorable Alphonse F. La Porta, President, United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) (Former American Ambassador to Mongolia); Douglas E. Ramage, Ph.D., Representative, Indonesia and Malaysia, The Asia Foundation; Mr. Edmund McWilliams, Board of Directors, Indonesia Human Rights Network and former Political Counselor with the U.S. Embassy, Jakarta.