Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF MARCH 14, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

2:30 p.m.           

“United Nations Reform: Challenges and Prospects” – Full Committee Hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable Richard C. Holbrooke, Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC (U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N., 1999-2001); The Honorable Jean J. Kirkpatrick, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N., 1981-1985); The Honorable Richard S. Williamson, Partner, Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw, LLP (U.S. Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs in the U.N., 2002-2003; U.S. Representative to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, 2004).

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

10:30 a.m.         

“Libya: Progress on the Path Toward Cautious Reengagement” – Full Committee Hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable William J. Burns, Acting Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

1:00 p.m.           

MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Majesty Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

2:00 p.m.                

“Northern Ireland Human Rights: Update on the Cory Collusion Inquiry Reports” – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations.

Witnesses: The Honorable Mitchell Reiss, Special Envoy of the President and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, U.S. Department of State; Mrs. Geraldine Finucane, Wife of slain human rights attorney Patrick Finucane; Ms. Elisa Massimino, Director, Washington Office, Human Rights First; Ms. Jane Winter, Director, British Irish Rights Watch; Ms. Maggie Beirne, Director, Committee on the Administration of Justice.

3:00 p.m.           

CLOSED CLASSIFIED MEMBERS ONLY briefing on China’s Influence in the Western Hemisphere.

The briefing will be conducted by officials from the CIA and DIA.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

9:30 a.m.           

MEMBERS ONLY CLASSIFIED briefing on North Korea with the National Intelligence Officer for Asia, James Shinn, and colleagues from the CIA – Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

11:00 a.m.              

“U.S. Counternarcotics Policy in Afghanistan: Time for Leadership” – Full Committee Hearing.   

Witnesses: The Honorable Maureen E. Quinn, Coordinator for Afghanistan, U.S. Department of State; Ms. Mary Beth Long, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counternarcotics, U.S. Department of Defense; Michael A. Braun, Special Agent, Chief of Operations, Drug Enforcement Administration;

1:30 p.m.           

“A Global Review of Human Rights: Examining the State Department’s 2004 Annual Report” – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations.

Witnesses: The Honorable Michael G. Kozak, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Brian Steidle (former Captain, USMC) Global Grassroots; Mr. Tom Malinowski, Washington Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch; Mr. Adotei Akewi, Campaign Director, Amnesty International; Mr. Daniel S. Mariaschin, Executive Vice President, B’nai B’rith International; Mr. Vincuk Viachorka, Chairman, Belarus Popular Front Party.

1:30 p.m.           

“The United Nations and the Fight Against Terrorism” – Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation hearing.

Witnesses: Mr. Victor Comras, Attorney, Comras & Comras (former member of United Nations al-Qaeda monitoring group); Ms. Anne Bayefsky, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute. *Briefing to follow hearing.

1:30 p.m.           

“The United Nations Oil-for-Food Program: The Cotecna and Saybolt Inspection Firms” – Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Witnesses: John Denson, Esq., General Counsel, Saybolt Group, Houston, Texas; Rehan Mullick, Ph.D., Former Research Officer, United Nations Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq (UNOHCI); Evelyn Suarez, Esq., Williams & Mullen Attorney representing Cotenca S.A. Washington, D.C.

1:30 p.m.           

MEMBERS ONLY CLASSIFIED briefing on Lebanon and Syria with the CIA – Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia.

***Floor***

Monday, March 14, 2005

H. Res. 135 (Dreier) – Providing for the establishment of a commission in the House to assist parliaments in emerging democracies.  Passed with 386 yeas to 2 nays.

H. Res. 101 (Saxton) – Urging the European Union to add Hezbollah to the EU’s list of terrorist organizations.  Passed with 380 yeas, 3 nays, and 5 voting present.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

H. Con. Res. 98 (Hyde) – Expressing concern regarding the recent passage of the anti-secession law in the People’s Republic of China.  Passed the House with 424 yeas to 4 nays.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

H. Con. Res. 18 (Ros-Lehtinen) – Expressing concern regarding the continued violations of human rights and civil liberties of the Syrian and Lebanese people by the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic.  Passed the House with 402 yeas to 3 nays.

H. Con. Res. 32 (Ros-Lehtinen) – Expressing concern regarding the occupation of the Republic of Lebanon by the Syrian Arab Republic.  Passed the House with 419 yeas to 1 nay and 4 voting present.

***Legislations Introduced***

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

H.R. 1319 (Reyes) – A bill to improve the health of residents of, and the environment in, the United States-Mexico border area.  (Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.  In addition, referred to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Agriculture, Financial Services, Transportation and Infrastructure, International Relations, and Armed Services.)

H. R. 1321 (Strickland) – A bill to make funds available to pay the United States prisoners of war that brought suit against the Government of Iraq in the case of Acree v. Republic of Iraq.

H. Con. Res. 98 (Hyde) – Concurrent resolution expressing the grave concern of Congress regarding the recent passage of the anti-secession law by the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China.

H. Res. 156 (Conyers) – A resolution condemning the conduct of Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his actions to incite religious persecution and urging the United States to condemn all violations of religious freedom in India.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

H. R. 1339 (Emerson) – A bill to amend the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 to clarify allowable payment terms for sales of agricultural commodities and products to Cuba.  (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services.  In addition, referred to HIRC.)

H. R. 1348 (Norton) – A bill to provide for nuclear disarmament and economic conversion in accordance with District of Columbia Initiative Measure Number 37 of 1992.  (Referred to the Committee on Armed Services.  In addition, referred to HIRC.)

H. Con. Res. 101 (McCollum) – Concurrent resolution calling upon the President to order an immediate moratorium on the rendition of persons to Syria and all countries that routinely use torture as reported by the Department of State’s 2004 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

H. Con. Res. 102 (Smith –NJ) – Concurrent resolution urging the appropriate representative of the United States to the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to introduce a resolution calling upon the Government of the Republic of Belarus to cease its human rights violations, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 160 (Conyers) – A resolution condemning the conduct of Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his actions to incite religious persecution and urging the United States to condemn all violations of religious freedom in India.

H. Res. 166 (Menendez) – A resolution urging Turkey to respect the rights and religious freedoms of the Ecumenical Patriarch.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

H. R. 1361 (Dreier) – A bill to improve the ability of the Federal Government to coordinate and conduct stabilization and reconstruction operations in countries or regions that are in, are in transition from, or are likely to enter into, conflict or civil strife, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1408 (Lee) – A bill to provide assistance to combat HIV/AIDS in India, and for other purposes.

H. R. 1409 (Lee) – A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide assistance for orphans and other vulnerable children in developing countries, and for other purposes.

H. R. 1413 (Lowey) – A bill to make the protection of vulnerable populations, especially women and children, who are affected by a humanitarian emergency a priority of the United States Government, and for other purposes.

H. R. 1424 (Payne) – A bill to impose sanctions against perpetrators of crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur, Sudan and for other purposes.

H. R. 1437 (Rohrabacher) – A bill to eradicate the poppy plant in Afghanistan.

H. Res. 171 (Dreier) – A resolution supporting the creation of the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization at the Department of State, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 172 (Burton) – A resolution expressing the condemnation of the House of Representatives on the one year anniversary of ethnic violence in Kosovo that occurred on March 17 and 18, 2004, and expressing condolences to the families of individuals who were killed or injured.

H. Res. 174 (Meeks) – A resolution congratulating the people of Malaysia and honoring Datuk Siti Norma Binti Yaacob regarding her recent appointment as the first female Chief Judge of Malaya, Malaysia.

H. Res. 180 (Wynn) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that a United Nations Emergency Peace Service capable of intervening in the early stages of a humanitarian crisis could save millions of lives, billions of dollars, and is in the interest of the United States.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

H.R. 1453 (Lantos) – A bill to strengthen United States relations with Libya, to facilitate the integration of Libya into the international community, and to encourage positive change in Libyan society, and for other purposes.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, referred to the Committees on Financial Services, Ways and Means, and Government Reform.)

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

Presidential Message – Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Iran – March 14, 2005, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (D) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 109-15

Periodic Report on Telecommunications Payments Made to Cuba – March 15, 2005, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 1705 (e)(6) of the Cuban Democracy Act, 1992 (P.L. 102-484); Ex. Comm. 1175.

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Iran – March 15, 2005, 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. 1176.

Notice of Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and/or Services to Iraq – March 10, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal NO. 05-17), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Bureau of Industry and Security – Annual Report – March 15, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); Ex. Comm. 1177.

Iraq Liberation Reports October-December 2004 – March 15, 2005, DOS, consistent with the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution, 2002 (P.L. 107-243) and Authorization for the Use of Force Against Iraq Resolution (P.L. 102-1), and Sec. 7 of the Iraq Liberation Act, 1998 (P.L. 105-338); Ex. Comm. 1178.

Certifications and Waivers and Memorandum of Justification Pertaining to the Arab League Boycott – March 15, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 565 (b) of the FRAA, 1994 & 1995 (P.L. 103-236); Ex. Comm. 1179.

Statement of Justification – Annual Certification to Congress on the Effectiveness of the Australia Group – March 15, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Condition 7 ( C ) (i); Ex. Comm. 1180.

IMET Revisions – March 15, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Division D, Title V, Sec. 515 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); Ex. Comm. 1226.

Copies of International Agreements – March 16, 2005, DOS, pursuant to 1 U.S.C. 112b(a); Ex. Comm. 1243.

2004 Agreements between the American Institute in Taiwan and the Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States – March 16, 2005, Dos, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 3311 (a); Ex. Comm. 1244.

Report on Efforts to Deny Oil Revenues to Sudan – March 21, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 6 (e) of the Sudan Peace Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-245); unnumbered.

***Nominations Confirmed***

Department of StateDavid B. Balton, of the District of Columbia, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries.

Department of StateJoseph R. DeTrani, of Virginia, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Special Envoy for the Six Party Talks.

Department of StateJohn Thomas Schieffer, of Texas, to be Ambassador to Japan.

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.

Department of StateChristopher R. Hill, of Rhode Island, to be an Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

United NationsRudolph E. Boschwitz, of Minnesota, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as representative of the United States of America on the Human Rights Commission of the Economic and Social Council of the Untied Nations.

***Nominations Received***

United NationsJohn Robert Bolton, of Maryland, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador, and the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations.

United NationsJohn Robert Bolton, of Maryland, to be the Representative of the Untied 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.

National Intelligence – John D. Negroponte, of New York, to be Director.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF MARCH 14, 2005

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. Res. 84 (Kennedy) – Condemning violence and criminality by the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland.  Agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by UC.

S. Res. 91 (Smith, Gordon) – Urging the European Union to maintain its arms embargo on the People’s Republic of China. 

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

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations:  The Lifting of the EU Arms Embargo on China.  Testimony was heard from Richard F. Grimmett, Specialist in National Defense, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress; Peter T.R. Brooks, Heritage Foundation; Bates Gill, CSIS.