Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEKS OF MARCH 13 & 20, 2006 

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups*** 

Wednesday, March 15, 2006 

10:30 a.m.           

Full Committee markup:                          

H.R. 282, the Iran Freedom Support Act; Ordered reported as amended. 

Following measures requested to be considered on the Suspension Calendar: 

H. Con. Res. 90, Conveying the sympathy of Congress to the families of the young women murdered in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, and encouraging increased United States involvement in bringing an end to these crimes; 

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 and prisoners of conscience, and for other purposes; 

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. 658, Supporting the goals and ideals of World Water Day.  

2:30 p.m.                  

“The Northern Ireland Peace Process: Policing Advances and Remaining Challenges” – Joint hearing with the Subcommittees on Africa,

Global Human Rights and International Operations and on Europe and Emerging Threats.

Witnesses: The Honorable Mitchell B. Reiss, Special Envoy of the President and the Secretary of State for the Northern Ireland Peace Process, U.S. Department of State; The Right Honorable Sir Desmond Rea, Chairman, Northern Ireland Policing Board; Mr. Denis Bradley, Vice Chairman, Northern Ireland Policing Board; Ms. Maggie Beirne, Director, Committee for the Administration of Justice; Ms. Jane Winter, Director, British Irish Rights Watch; Ms. Archana Pyati, Senior Associate, Human Rights Defenders Program, Human Rights First. 

3:00 p.m.             

“Unrest in South Asia: Recent Developments in Nepal and Sri Lanka” – Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

Witness: Mr. Donald A. Camp, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asian Affairs, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs,

U.S. Department of State.   

Thursday, March 16, 2006 

2:00 p.m.             

“Monitoring Respect for Human Rights Around the World: A Review of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2005” –

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations.

Witnesses: The Honorable Barry Lowenkron, Assistant Secretary, Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State; The Most Reverend Thomas Wenski, Chairman, Committee on International Policy, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Ms. Elisa Massimino, Washington Director, Human Rights First; Ms. Nina Shea, Director, Center for Religious Freedom, Freedom House; Mr. Ali al-Ahmed, Director, Institute for Gulf Affairs; Ms. Sharon Hom, Executive Director, Human Rights in China. 

***Floor*** 

Wednesday, March 15, 2006 

H. Con. Res. 190 (Smith-NJ) – Expressing the sense of the Congress that the Russian Federation should

fully protect the freedoms of all religious communities without distinction, whether registered and

unregistered, as stipulated by the Russian Constitution and international standards.  Passed the House with

412 yeas, 2 nays, and 1 voting present.  

***Reports Filed*** 

H.R. 3127 (Hyde) – Darfur Peace and Accountability Act of 2005; Rept. 109-392. 

***Legislation Introduced*** 

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 

H.R. 4956 (Moran) – A bill to provide for the mandatory revocation of passports of individuals who are more than $5,000 in arrears in child support payments.  (Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.  In addition, referred to HIRC.) 

H.R. 4959 (Turner) – A bill to impose limitations on investment and certain operations by foreign entities in the United States.  (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services.  In addition, referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and HIRC).  

H. Res. 723 (Lantos) – A resolution calling on the President to take immediate steps to help improve the security situation in Darfur, Sudan, with a specific emphasis on civilian protection. 

H. Res. 727 (Waters) – A resolution congratulating Prime-Minister designate Portia Simpson Miller for becoming the first female Prime-Minister designate for Jamaica. 

Thursday, March 16, 2006 

H.R. 4977 (Jackson-Lee) – A bill to place a 2-year moratorium on certain contracts to conduct port operations in the United States, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  In addition, referred to the Committees on Homeland Security and HIRC.) 

H.R. 4983 (Blumenauer) – A bill to recognize the exemplary service of the National Guard in Iraq and to direct the President to begin the redeployment of United States military forces from Iraq, starting with the National Guard Units.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, referred to the Committee on ArmedServices.) 

H. Con. Res. 362 (Jackson-Lee) – Concurrent resolution congratulating Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller for becoming the first democratically-elected female Prime Minister of Jamaica and the first female head of state. 

H. Res. 734 (Smith-NJ) – A resolution calling on the Government of the United Kingdom to immediately establish a full, independent, public judicial inquiry into the murder of Northern Ireland defense attorney Pat Finucane, as recommended by international Judge Peter Cory as part of the Western Park agreement and a way forward for the Northern Ireland Peace Process. 

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

Reward Paid – January 31, 2006, CLASSIFIED notification from the Department of State of a reward paid pursuant to the Rewards for Justice Program, Sec. 36(b) of the State Department Basic Authorities Act; unnumbered. 

Twenty-Ninth Report to Congress on the Aggregate Number, Locations, Activities, and Lengths of Assignment for All Temporary and Permanent U.S. Military Personnel and U.S. Individual Civilian Contractors Involved in the Anti-Narcotics Campaign in Colombia as of December 30, 2005 – February 7, 2006, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 3204(f) of P.L. 106-246; unnumbered. 

Certification Pursuant to the Cooperative Threat Reduction Act of 1993 and the FREEDOM Support Act Regarding Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan – February 8, 2006, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 1203(d) of P.L. 103-160 and Sec. 502 of P.L. 102-511; Ex. Comm. 6122. 

Restrictions on Assistance – February 14, 2006, notification from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED Determination and Justification related to the Republic of Serbia and Republika Srpska, pursuant to Sec. 561 of P.L. 109-102; unnumbered. 

Annual Report on Military Assistance, Military Exports and Military Imports – Feb. 15, 2006, letter from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 655 of the FAA, as amended; Ex. Comm. 6201. 

Certification Pursuant to the Cooperative Threat Reduction Act and the FREEDOM Support Act – Feb. 27, 2006, CLASSIFIED notification from the Department of State pursuant to Sec. 1203(d) of P.L. 103-160, and Sec. 502 of P.L. 102-511; unnumbered. 

Legislative Affairs Personnel at the Department of State – March 8, 2006, DOS, pursuant to the Statement of Managers to the Conference Report making appropriations for Science, the Departments of State, Justice and Commerce, and Related Agencies; unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 9, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $1,482,770 in FY05 ESF for anti-trafficking programs, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515, 520, and 534 of the FOAA, 2005, (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered. 

The Antiterrorism Assistance Program – March 10, 2006, DOS, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 2349aa-7; unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 13, 2006, MCC, informing of the intent to obligate up to $500,000 in FY05 MCC program funds for Compact with the government of Armenia, pursuant to Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 P.L. 108-447); unnumbered. 

Quarterly Report to Congress – Agricultural Commodities to Cuba: October – December 2005 – March 13, 2006, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to 906 (a)(1) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act, 2005 (P.L. 106-387); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 13, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $990,000 in FY06 FMF to Lebanon, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Visa Viper Committee Status – March 14, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 304 (f) of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-173); unnumbered. 

Charter of the Defense Trade Advisory Group – March 14, 2006, DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Act, (P.L. 92-463); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 14, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $3,330,000 in FY06 AIS funds for Export Control and Related Border Security in Georgia and the Kyrgyz Republic, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 14, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $200,000 in FY05 ESF to support human rights and democracy projects for the Community of Democracies, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515 and 536 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered. 

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 14, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $32,808,000 in FY06 AIS funds for Anti-Crime Training and Technical Assistance for programming in Independent States of the Former Soviet Union, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515 and 536 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 14, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $549,000 in FY06 AIS funds for US-GUAM Framework Agreement Projects in Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 14, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $480,000 to support TV Cooperatives in EEB and IS, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515, 520, and 596 (a) of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 14, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $5,000,000 in FY06 AIS funds for Georgia Border Security and Law Enforcement, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 14, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram $7,400,000 in ACI funds for the purchase of spray aircraft in Bogota, 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 – March 14, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $4,616,000 in FY06 AIS funds for the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515 & 517 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 14, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $1,980,000 in FY06 AIS funds to implement economic development programs to benefit IS countries, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515, 517, and 520 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 14, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $5,405,000 in FY06 AIS funds for its Office of Technical Assistance to implement its financial management and reform program in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Kyrgyz Republic, Ukraine, and regionally, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515 & 517 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Presidential Message – Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Iran – March 14, 2006, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 109-95. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 15, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $7,975,000 in FY06 AIS funds for CRDF to implement its scientific research and development program in Eurasia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515 & 517 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 15, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $60,000 in FY05 AEEB carryover funds for a Riga Port Assessment, 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 – March 15, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $3,410,000 in FY06 AEEB funds for its programs in South Central Europe, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Letter Regarding Danger Pay Allowances – March 16, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 4 (d) To Provide Certain Authorities for the Department of State (P.L. 109-140); unnumbered.  

Charter of the United States International Telecommunication Advisory Committee - March 16, 2006, DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Act, (P.L. 92-463); unnumbered. 

The Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – March 16, 2006, DOS, pursuant to the Statement of Managers accompanying the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered. 

Missile Technology Proliferation Sanctions – March 16, 2006, Classified notification from the Department of State pursuant to Sec. 73(e) of the AECA, and Sec. 11B(b)(5) of the EAA; unnumbered. 

The Department’s Final Rule – Clarification to the Export Administration Regulations; General Order to Implement the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Act [Docket No. 051230351-5351-01] (RIN: 0694-AD68) – March 16, 2006, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a)(1)(A);

Ex. Comm. 6728.  

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 16, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $1,347,000 in FY05 ESF to support activities that promote U.S. positions in oceans, marine and wildlife conservation, health, sustainable natural resource management, environmental good governance, science and technological cooperation, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 534 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered. 

FY06 Department of State Programs Summary – March 17, 2006, DOS; unnumbered. 

FY06 Financial Plan for the Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance Appropriation – March 17, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 (P.L. 109-108); unnumbered.

UN Peacekeeping Operation in Liberia – March 17, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 4 (d) of the United Nations Participation Act, 1945 (P.L. 79-264), and Title IV of the Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 2006 (P.L. 109-108); unnumbered. 

Javits Report – March 17, 2006, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 25(a)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered. 

CBO Cost Estimate on HR 3127 – Darfur Peace and Accountability Act of 2006 – March 20, 2006, CBO; unnumbered. 

Special Notification Funding Obligation for Sub-Saharan Africa – March 21, 2006, USTDA, pursuant to Sec. 520 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 21, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $10,000,000 in FY05 supplemental PKO for Bulgaria and Romania, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and the notification requirement in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005 (P.L. 109-13); unnumbered.  

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 22, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $100,000 in FY06 AEEB funds & $130,000 in FY06 AIS funds for a youth exchange program, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515 & 520 and 515 & 517 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 22, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram $3,000,000 to support Government of Colombia demobilization and reintegration programs, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered. 

Certification of Proposed Issuance of License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to the United Kingdom – March 23, 2006, DOS, pursuant to 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered. 

Report on the German Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility, and the Future” – March 23, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 704 of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered. 

OTHER BUSINESS WEEKS OF MARCH 13 & 20, 2006 

***Meetings/Hearings of Interest*** 

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

Senate Committee on International Relations: hearing to examine post-Palestinian election challenges.  Testimony was heard from Lieutenant General Keith W. Dayton, U.S. Security Coordinator, Department of State; James D. Wolfensohn, Quartet special Envoy for Gaza Disengagement; Dennis Ross, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Rob Malley, International Crisis Group. 

***Senate Measures Passed*** 

S. Res. 400 (Biden) – Expressing the Sense of the Senate on the Constitutional reform process in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Passed by UC.  

S. Res. 401 (McCain) – Urging the Republic of Belarus to conduct planned presidential elections March 19, 2006, in a free, fair, and transparent manner and with respect for human rights.  Passed by UC. 

***Nominations Received***  

CIA – John A. Rizzo, of the District of Columbia, to be General Counsel. 

Department of State – Robert D. McCallum, Jr., of Georgia, to be Ambassador to Australia. 

Department of State – Mark C. Minton, of Florida, to be Ambassador to Mongolia. 

OPIC – John A. Simon, of Maryland, to be Executive Vice President. 

United Nations – Warren W. Tichenor, of Texas, to be a Representative of the United States of America to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, with the rank of Ambassador. 

***Nominations Confirmed*** 

United Nations – Mark D. Wallace, of Florida, to be a Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform, with the rank of Ambassador. 

United Nations – Mark D. Wallace, of Florida, to be Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during his tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform. 

United Nations – Richard T. Miller, of Texas, to be Representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador. 

United Nations – Richard T. Miller, of Texas, to be Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during his tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.