Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF MARCH 21, 2005

House in Recess Weeks of March 21 & 28, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

9:00 a.m.                 “China’s Anti-Secession Law and Developments across the Taiwan Strait” – Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific hearing.
                                Witnesses:
Mr. Randall G. Schriver, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Shelley Rigger, Ph.D., Brown Associate Professor of East Asian Politics, Department of Political Science, Davidson College; Thomas J. Christensen, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Princeton University; Mr. John J. Tkacik, Jr., Research Fellow in China Policy, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation. 

12:00 p.m.               “Bosnia-Herzegovina: Unfinished Business” – Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats.
                                Witnesses: Mr. Ivan Vejvoda, Executive Director, Balkan Trust for Democracy, German Marshall Fund; Gerard Toal, Ph.D., National Capital Region Director, Masters of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; R. Bruce Hitchner, Ph.D., Chairman, Dayton Peace Accords Project, Tufts University.

 1:30 p.m.                 “China’s Influence in the Western Hemisphere” – Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
                                Witnesses: The Honorable Roger F. Noriega, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Rogelio Pardo-Maurer, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense; June Teufel-Dreyer, Ph.D., Commissioner, U.S. – China Economic and Security Review Commission; Mr. Peter T.R. Brookes, Senior Fellow, The Heritage Foundation; Ms. Cynthia Watson, Ph.D., Professor of Strategy, National War College; Riordan Roett, Ph.D., Sarita and Don Johnson Professor of Political Science and Director of Western Hemisphere Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University 

 5:00 p.m.                 MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Excellency Shimon Peres, the Vice Premier of the State of Israel. 

***Floor*** 

H. Res. 108 (Gallegly) – Commemorating the life of the late Zurab Zhvania.  Passed the House with 402 yeas and none voting nay. 

H. Res. 120 (Blumenauer) – Commending the outstanding efforts of U.S. military and civilian workers in response to the earthquake and tsunami of December 26, 2004.  Passed the House with 401 yeas and none voting nay. 

H. Con. Res. 34 (Udall) – Honoring the life and contributions of Yogi Bhajan.  Passed the House with 405 yeas and none voting nay. 

H. Res. 190 (Hyde) – A resolution honoring the life and achievements of His Holiness Pope John Paul II and expressing profound sorrow on his death.  Passed the House with 415 yeas and none voting nay. 

***Legislation Introduced*** 

Tuesday, April 5, 2005  

H.R. 1476 (Tiahrt) – A bill to amend the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Act of 1990 to authorize additional appropriations for the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Program Trust fund, and for other purposes.

 H. Res. 183 ( McCotter) – A resolution honoring the life, and expressing the condolences of the House on the passing, of Pope John Paul II. 

H. Res. 186 (Higgins) – A resolution honoring the life’s work of Pope John Paul II. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2005  

H.R. 1497 (Smith – NJ) – A bill to require the Secretary of State, in consultation with the heads of other appropriate departments and agencies, to conduct an economic impact study on the dual gateway policy of the Government of Ireland before the United States takes any action that could lead to the discontinuation of the policy. 

H.R. 1527 (Paul) – A bill to remove all embargoes on food, medicine, and medical supplies. 

H. Res. 190 (Hyde) – A resolution honoring the life and achievements of His Holiness Pope John Paul II and expressing profound sorrow on his death. 

H. Res. 191 (Lantos) – A resolution urging the Government of Romania to recognize its responsibilities to provide equitable, prompt, and fair restitution to all religious communities for property confiscated by the former communist government in Romania. 

H. Res. 192 (McGovern) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives encouraging the active engagement of American in world affairs and urging the Secretary of State to take the lead and coordinate with other governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations in creating an online date base of international exchange programs and related opportunities. 

 H. Res. 193 (Mario Diaz-Balart) – A resolution expressing support to the organizers and participants of the historic meeting of the Assembly to promote the civil society in Cuba on May 20, 2005, in Havana. 

H. Res. 195 (Kingston) – A resolution recognizing the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day and the Liberation of Western Bohemia.   

 H. Res. 199 (Smith-NJ) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the massacre at Srebrenica in July 1995.

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

U.S. – EU Agreement on Large Civil Aircraft – February 18, 2005, USTR; unnumbered. 

NDAA Annual Report – March 7, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 1213 ( c ) of the NDAA, 1998 (P.L. 105-85); unnumbered. 

Letter Concerning China’s “Anti-Secession” Law – March 9, 2005, U.S. – China Commission; unnumbered. 

Development Assistance and Child Survival  & Health Programs Fund Program Allocations – March 10, 2005, USAID, pursuant to Sec. 653 (a) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered. 

Quarterly Report on Real Estate Transactions – March 11, 2005, Under Secretary of State for Management, as required by the Conference Report H. Rept. 104-863, accompanying H.R. 3610, the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act, 1997 (P.L. 104-208); unnumbered. 

List of Aliens Denied Visas March 14, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 616 ( c ) of the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999 (P.L. 105-277); unnumbered. 

Training of Personnel in Friendly Foreign Countries in Use of Nonproliferation Technology – March 14, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1302 (b)(2) of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

 Final Rule to Amend the Export Administration Regulations – March 14, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 15 ( c ) of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); unnumbered.

 Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Jordan – March 14, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered. (1 of 2)

 Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Jordan – March 14, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered. (2 of 2)

 Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Brazil – March 14, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 Notification for Intent to Conduct IMET for DRC – March 14, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Title 3, Military Assistance International Military Education and Training, of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 14, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $125,000 in FY 05 AEEB top SECI to support closer coordination of SECI and Stability Pact programs, and greater regional participation in the development of Stability Pact initiatives, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 and 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 14, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to transfer $400,000 in FY05 AEEB regional funds to the Department of Commerce for CLDP, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 and 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 14, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $115,000 in FY05 AEEB funds to support Stability Pact working Table on Democracy and Human Rights, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 and 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 14, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $14,000,000 in FY05 AEEB for Nuclear Reactor Safety Assistance Program, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515, 517 and 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 14, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $2,000,000 in FY05 AIS funds to improve near-term safety of Soviet designed reactors currently operating in Ukraine, Russia, and Armenia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515, 517 and 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108447); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 14, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $100,000 in FY05 AEEB funds to the OECD, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 and 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 14, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $100,000 in FY05 AEEB funds for the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe’s DPPI, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 and 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

 USAID Investments in Drinking Water Supply Projects and Related Activities in 2005 – March 15, 2005, USAID, pursuant to the Statement of Managers of the FY05 Appropriations Act Conference Report 107-792; unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 15, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $9,670,000 in AIS funds for the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515, 517 & 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 15, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $2,320,000 in FY05 AIS funds for SABIT, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 & 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 15, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $38,805,000 in FY05 AIS funds for Anti-Crime Training and Technical Assistance program, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515, 517 & 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108447); unnumbered.

 Notification of Non NATO Countries That Have Detonated a Nuclear Explosive Device – March 16, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1523 of the NDAA, 1999 (P.L. 105-262)l unnumbered.

 Amendment to the Export Administration Regulations – March 16, 2005, Dept. of Commerce; unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 16, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $2,500,000 in FY05 AIS for USTDA program in Eurasia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515, 517 & 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108447); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 16, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $1,500,000 in FY05 AIS funds to support the DOL’s Coal Mine Safety Program in Ukraine, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515, 517 & 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108447); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 16, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $1,694,000 in AIS to support environmental activities in the Eurasian states, including the Russian national program for protection of the Arctic marine environment, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515, 517, and 568 (b) of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 16, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $1,720,000 in FY05 AIS to support the work of the OSCE to eliminate rocket fuel components stocks in Armenia, pursuant to Sec. 515 and 517 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

 INR Analytic Training Program Report to Congress – March 17, 2005, DOS, pursuant to H. Rept. 108-561; unnumbered.

 BBG Expenditure Plan – March 18, 2005, BBG, pursuant to the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108447); unnumbered.

 Notice of Intent to Share Forfeited Assets with the Gov. of Guatemala for Narcotics Control Purposes – March 21, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 482 (e) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 Certification of a proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Russia and Kazakhstan – March 22, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. 005-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

 Amendment to the Export Administration Regulations – March 23, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 15 ( c ) of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); unnumbered.

 Memorandum of Justification for the Waiver of the Loan Default Assistance Restrictions Regarding the DRC – March 23, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 512 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

 U.S. Assistance and Financial Obligations to Afghanistan – March 23, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 103 of the AFSA, 2002 (P.L. 107-327); unnumbered.

 Correction to Annual Report Covering Defense Articles and/or Services – March 23, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 38 of the AECA; unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 23, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $250,000 in FY 05 NADR funds to support humanitarian mine action in Vietnam, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 23, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $2,625,000 in FY05 AEEB funds to the NED to support pro-democracy groups in Southeast Europe, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 23, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $38,805,000 in FY05 AIS for ACTTA program in Eurasia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515, 517 & 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108447); unnumbered. 

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 23, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $1,924,000 in FY04 ESF to support local election initiatives in Pakistan, civil society capacity in Uganda, formation of network of democrats in MENA, and a training and education program on the Moroccan Family Code, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 23, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $890,000 in FY04 ESF to support human rights and democracy projects in the Western Hemisphere and China, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Letter Regarding Russian Rocket Engines – March 24, 2005, DOS; unnumbered.

 Comments on HCR 82 – March 25, 2005, DOS; unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 25, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to $397,442,677 in IRRF for reconstruction activities in Iraq, pursuant to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 (P.L. 108-106); unnumbered.

 Determination that Israel is Not Being Denied Participation in the IAEA – March 25, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Title II of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

 Plan Colombia/Andean Ridge Counterdrug Initiative Semi-Annual Obligation Report 3rd and 4th Quarters FY04 – March 28, 2005, Office of the National Drug Control Policy. Pursuant to Sec. 3204 (e) of P.L. 106-246; unnumbered.

 Overseas Surplus Property – March 29, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2215 of P.L. 105-277; unnumbered.

 Conditions in Burma – March 29, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 570 (d) of the FOAA, 1997 (P.L. 104-208); unnumbered.

 Report on the German Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility, and the Future” – March 30, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 704 of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

 Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Gov. of Morocco – March 30, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 30, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram and obligate $1.298 million in FY04 ACI funds for Colombian National Police, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 30, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $2.027 million in FY05 NADR funds to support export control assistance activities, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 30, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $9,300,000 in FY05 IS funds for USDA-Armenia, MAP, Cochran Fellowship Program, and Faculty Exchange program, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515, 517 & 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 30, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $1,435,517 in FY04 ESF for Liberia to support implementation of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme for rough diamonds, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 30, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $25,620,000 in FY04 and $179,300 in FY05 AEEB funds for contributions to the OSCE, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project, United States Embassy - Vienna, Austria – March 31, 2005, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA, Fiscal Years 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204), as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, Fiscal Years 1990-1991 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project, United States Embassy – Belmopan, Belize – March 31, 2005, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA, Fiscal Years 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204), as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, Fiscal Years 1990-1991 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

FY05 Financial Plan for Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance – March 31, 2005, Under Secretary of State, pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Human Rights Report for International Military Education and Training Recipients – March 31, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 549 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 Report on Progress Toward Regional Nuclear Nonproliferation in South Asia – April 1, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 620F( c ) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

 Notification of State’s Intention to Allocate $5,031,000 in FY05 D&CP Appropriation for Costs Associated with Hosting the OASGA – April 1, 2005, Under Secretary of Management; unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 4, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $225,000 in FY04 ESF to strengthen border controls in the Caribbean, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 Renewed Charter for the Advisory Committee to the United States Section of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission – April 5, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 4 of the Tuna Conventions Act, 1950 (P.L. 92-463); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 5, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to $420,000 in FY04 ESF for Administration of Justice to support civilian police in Haiti, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

 Project Certification for an Agreement between the U.S. – Singapore Concerning a Low Cost SDSN – March 16, 2005, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 02-05), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; Ex. Comm. 1340.

 Copies of International Agreements – April 5, 2005, DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 1341.

 Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Persons Who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism – April 5, 2005, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to 401 ( c ) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412); Ex. Comm. 1342.

 Report to Congress – Imposition of Foreign Policy Controls on Certain Entities Sanctioned by the State Department and on Tula Instrument Design Bureau of Russia – April 5, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 6 (f) of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); Ex. Comm. 1343.

 Cooperative Threat Reduction – Annual Report to Congress – April 5, 2005, DoD, pursuant to Sec. 1308 of the NDAA, 2001 (P.L. 106-398); Ex. Comm. 1344.

 President’s Bimonthly Report on Cyprus – April 5, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 620C ( c ) of the FAA of 1961, and in accordance with 1(a)(6) of Ex. Order 13313; Ex. Comm. 1345.

 Project Certification – Project Arrangement, Serial No. N-05-0042, the Australia/United States Phased Array Radar Project – April 6, 2005, DoD (Transmittal No. 01-05), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958.; Ex. Comm. 1406.  

 Accountability Review Board – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – April 6, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 301 of the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act, 1986, (P.L. 99-399); Ex. Comm. 1407.

 Text of International Labor Organization Convention – April 6, 2005, DOS, in accordance with the obligations of the United States as a member of the ILO; Ex. Comm. 1408.

 Draft Legislation – April 6, 2005, BBG; Ex. Comm. 1409.

Supporting Democracy and Human Rights: The U.S. Record 2004-2005 – April 6, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 665 of the FRAA, 2003 P.L. 107-228); Ex. Comm. 1410.

 Report on Workforce Planning for Foreign Service Personnel – April 6, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 601 (c ) of the Foreign Service Act, 1980 (P.L. 96-465); Ex. Comm. 1411.

 Progress Made and the Challenges that Remain with the Partnership with Colombia – April 6, 2005, DOS; Ex. Comm. 1412. 

***Nominations Confirmed*** 

Department of State – John B. Bellinger, of Virginia, to be a Legal Advisor. 

***Nominations Received*** 

Department of State – Sean Ian McCormack, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Public Affairs).

 ***Hearings/Markups Printed***

Diplomacy in the Age of Terrorism: What is the State Department’s Strategy? – August 19, 2004, Full Committee hearing; Serial No. 108-152.

9-11 Commission Recommendations for U.S. Diplomacy – August 24, 2004, Full Committee hearing; Serial No. 108-153.

“Annual Report on International Religious Freedom 2004” and Designations of Countries of Particular Concern – October 6, 2005, Full Committee hearing; Serial No. 108-154.

Aid to Colombia – The European Role in the Fight Against Narco Terrorism – November 18, 2004, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing; Serial No. 108-155.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEKS OF MARCH 21 – APRIL 4, 2005

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. Res. 95 (Frist) – Relating to the death of the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.  Passed with 98 yeas.

H. Con. Res. 34 (Udall) – Honoring the life and contributions of Yogi Bhajan.  Passed the House with 405 yeas and none voting nay.  Senate agreed by UC. 

***Meetings/Hearings of Interest*** 

Joint Meeting – April 6, 2005, to receive His Excellency Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine.  

House Committee on Armed Services – Held a hearing on Iraq’s Past, Present, and Future.  Testimony was heard from the following former officials of the Department of Defense: GEN Wesley Clark, USA (ret.), Combatant Commander, European Command; and Richard Perle, Assistant Secretary, International Security Policy.