Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS WEEK OF APRIL 11, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

10:30 a.m.       

“U.S. Response to Global AIDS Crisis: A Two-Year Review” – Full Committee Hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable Randall L. Tobias, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Jack Valenti, President of Friends of the Global Fight (Former President and CEO of the Motion Picture Association); Geeta Rao Gupta, Ph.D., President, International Center for Research on Women; Mr. Martin Ssempa, Director, Makerere Youth Ministry in Uganda, Special Representative to First Lady of Uganda’s Task Force on AIDS; Ms. Holly Burkhalter, U.S. Policy Director, Physicians for Human Rights.

12:00 p.m.       

Subcommittee on Middle East and Central Asia markup: H.R. 282, to hold the current regime in Iran accountable for its threatening behavior and to support a transition to democracy in Iran.  Approved for Full Committee action.

1:30 p.m.         

“U.S. Trade Agreements with Latin America” – Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.

Witnesses: The Honorable Kevin Brady, Member of Congress; The Honorable Xavier Becerra, Member of Congress; The Honorable Cass Ballenger, Former Member of Congress; The Honorable Regina Vargo, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; Mr. Jerry Cook, Vice President of International Trade, Sara Lee Branded Apparel, Sara Lee Corporation; Mr. Michael Massey, General Counsel, Payless ShoeSource, Inc.; Ms. Linda Chavez Thompson, Executive Vice President, The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); The Most Reverend Alvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri, Bishop of San Marcos, Guatemala; Mr. John G. Murphy, Vice President, Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Mark Dresner, Vice President for Corporate Communications, Engelhard Corporation.

3:30 p.m.         

MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Excellency Miguel Angel Moratinos, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

9:00 a.m.         

“The National Security and Foreign Policy Implications for the United States of Arms Exports to the People’s Republic of China by Member States of the European Union – Joint hearing of the Committees on International Relations and Armed Services.

Witnesses: The Honorable R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Peter Lichtenbaum, Acting Under Secretary, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce; The Honorable Peter W. Rodman, Assistant Secretary, International Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense.

2:00 p.m.         

“The United Nations Secretary-General’s Reform Plan: Rhetoric vs. Reality” – Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Witnesses: Ms. Ann Florini, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution.

2:00 p.m.

“Foreign Relations Authorization for FY 2005-2006: Department of State Management Initiatives” – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations.

Witnesses: The Honorable Christopher B. Burnham, Under Secretary for Management (Acting), U.S. Department of State; Ms. Louise Crane, Vice President, American Foreign Service Association, U.S. Department of State.

2:00 p.m.

“Averting Nuclear Terror” – Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation.

Witnesses: The Honorable Jim Woolsey, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton; Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation; Michael A. Levi, Ph.D., Nonresident Science Fellow, The Brookings Institution; Laura S.H. Holgate, Vice President for Russia/New Independent States Programs Nuclear Threat Initiative.

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

H. R. 1550 (Hyde) – A bill to authorize assistance for the relief of victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami and for the recovery and reconstruction of tsunami-affected countries.

H. R. 1553 (Ackerman) – A bill to prohibit the provision of United States military assistance and the sale, transfer, or licensing of United states military equipment or technology to Pakistan.

H. Con. Res. 127 (Royce) – Concurrent resolution calling on the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to transfer Charles Ghankay Taylor, former President of the Republic of Liberia, to the Special Court for Sierra Leone to be tried for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international humanitarian law.

H. Con. Res. 128 (Shimkus) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the Government of the Russian Federation should issue a clear and unambiguous statement of admission and condemnation of the illegal occupation and annexation of the Soviet Union from 1940 to 1991 of the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

H. R. 1662 (Schiff) – A bill to require an annual Department of State report on information relating to the promotion of religious freedom, democracy, and human rights in foreign countries by individuals, nongovernmental organizations, and the media in those countries, and for other purposes.

H. R. 1670 (Weiner) – A bill to prohibit United States military assistance for Egypt and to express the sense of Congress that the amount of military assistance that would have been provided for Egypt for a fiscal year should be provided in the form of economic support fund assistance.

H. Con. Res. 132 (Paul) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress that the United states should formally withdraw its membership from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

H. Con. Res. 133 (Spratt) – Concurrent resolution stating the policy of the Congress concerning actions to support the treaty on the NonProliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) on the occasion of the seventh NPT Review Conference.

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

Annual Report of the Foreign Service Grievance Board for the Year 2004 – March 29, 2005, FSGB, pursuant to Sec. 1105 of the Foreign Service Act, 1980 (P.L. 96-465); unnumbered.

Authorization of Additional Time to Complete Judgment Concerning Nuclear Export License Applications – March 30, 2005, DOS, pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act, 1954 (P.L. 83-703) and Delegations of Authority 140 & 140-1; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – March 30, 2005, informing of the intent to obligate $600,000 in FY04 ESF for the U.S.-MEPI to support the Partnership for Economic Excellence in Jordan, Algeria, and Tunisia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Microenterprise Results Report – April 6, 2005, USAID, pursuant to Sec. 7(5) of the Microenterprise Results and Accountability Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-484); unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Gov. of Israel – April 7, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Gov. of Hungary – April 7, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Department of State Response to 9/11 Commission Conclusions and Recommendations – April 11, 2005, DOS, pursuant to the Conference Report 108-792 of the Omnibus Appropriations Bill, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Report to Congress – Reform Activities in Colombia – April 11, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 694 (a) of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Transfer of Major Defense Equipment from the Gov. of the Netherlands to the Gov. of Portugal – April 11, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. RSAT-01-05), pursuant to Sec. 3 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project, United States Embassy – Kathmandu, Nepal – April 11, 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.

Amendment to the Export Administration Regulations – April 11, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 15 ( c ) of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); unnumbered.

Report on Tibet Negotiations – April 12, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 613 (b) of the Tibet Policy Act in the FRAA, 2002 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered

Report to Congress – Countries Approved for Assistance under P.L. 480 Title II – April 12, 2005, USAID, pursuant to Sec. 3007(3) of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-171); unnumbered.

Report to the Congress – Imposition on Foreign Policy Controls on Chemical and Biological Weapon End-Uses – April 12, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 6 (f)(2) of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); Ex. Comm. 1474.

Report on Progress Toward Regional Nuclear Nonproliferation in South Asia – April 12, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 620F( c ) of the FAA of 1961; Ex. Comm. 1475.

Notification of the Establishment of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office/DHS – April 13, 2005, DHS, in accordance with Sec. 872 of the Homeland Security Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-296); unnumbered.

Notice of Request from Gov. of Israel to Cash Flow Finance a DCC for Defense Items – April 13, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to  Sec. 23 (g) of the AECA; unnumbered.

The Department’s Final Rule – Amendments Affecting the Country Scope of the End-User/End-Use Controls in Section 744.4 of the Export Administration Regulations [Docket No. 040615184-4184-01] (RIN: 0694-AD15) – April 13, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a)(1)(A); Ex. Comm. 1533.

Human Rights Report for International Military Education and Training Recipients – April 13, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 549 of the FAA of 1961; Ex. Comm. 1534.

Overseas Surplus Property – April 13, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2215 of P.L. 105-277; Ex. Comm. 1535.

U.S. Support for Taiwan in WHO – April 13, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1 ( c ) in the Participation of Taiwan in the World Health Organization Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-235); Ex. Comm. 1536.

Annual Report on United Nations Voting Practices – April 13, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 406 of the FRAA, 1990-91 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Australia – April 14, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-16), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Australia – April 14, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-15), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Copies of International Agreements – April 14, 2005, DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 1609.

Report on Economic Conditions in Egypt – April 15, 2005, USAID, pursuant to Sec. 1205 (b) of the International Security and Development Cooperation Act, 1985 (P.L. 99-83); unnumbered.

Report on Humanitarian Assistance to North Koreans – April 15, 2005, USAID, pursuant to sections 201 & 202 of the North Korea Human Rights Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-333); unnumbered.

Bilateral Debt Reduction Agreement with the Republic of Ghana – April 15, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 14 of the Export-Import Bank Act; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 15, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $141,000 in FY04 ESF/PESP to address unacceptable working conditions in manufacturing facilities overseas, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515 & 537 of the FOAA, 2004 P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 15, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $11,021,750 in FY04 ESF and $5,000,000 in FY05 ESF for the U.S.-MEPI, 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 – April 15, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $315,000 in FY04 ESF to support environmental programs in ASEAN, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Multilateral Development Bank Assistance Proposals Likely to Have Adverse Impacts on the Environment, Natural Resources, Public Health and Indigenous People – April 17, 2005, USAID, pursuant to Sec. 1303   ( c ) of the International Financial Institutions Act, (P.L. 95-118); unnumbered.

Activities of the Special Envoy on Human Rights in North Korea – April 18, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 107 of the North Korean Human Rights Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-333); unnumbered.

Bilateral Debt Reduction Agreement with the Republic of Madagascar – April 19, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 14 of the Export-Import Bank Act; unnumbered.

MCA Annual Report 2004 – April 19, 2005, DOS, pursuant to the Millennium Challenge Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 19, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $6,850,000 in FY05 AIS funds for the EXBS program for the Eurasian states, pursuant to sections 515, 517 and 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

The Department’s Final Rule – Revision of Export and Reexport Restrictions on Libya: Responses to Comments on the Interim Rule [Docket No. 040422128-5024-02] (RIN: 0694-AD14) – April 19, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a)(1)(A); Ex. Comm. 1683.

The Department’s Final Rule – Licensing Policy for Entities Sanctioned under Specified Statutes; License Requirement for Certain Sanctioned Entities; and Imposition of License Requirement for Tula Instrument Design Bureau [Docket No. 041222360-4360-01] (RIN: 0694-AD24) – April 19, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a)(1)(A); Ex. Comm. 1684.

The Department’s Final Rule – Editorial Corrections to Part 730 of the Export Administration Regulations [Docket No. 05022023-5023-01] (RIN: 0694-AD40) – April 19, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a)(1)(A); Ex. Comm. 1685.

The Department’s Final Rule – Denied Persons and Specially Designated Nationals [Docket No. 050208029-5029-01] (RIN: 0694-AD43) – April 19, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a)(1)(A); Ex. Comm. 1686.

East Timor’s Political and Economic Situation – April 20, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 638 (a) of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

The Department’s Final Rule – Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations Based on the 2004 Missile Technology Control Regime Plenary Agreements; Additions to the Entity List; Revisions to the Missile Catch-All Controls [Docket No. 050218043-5043-01] (RIN: 0694-AD42) – April 21, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a)(1)(A); Ex. Comm. 1716.

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

U.S. Policy Toward Iran: Next Steps - February 16, 2005, Full Committee hearing; Serial No. 109-3

A Parent’s Worst Nightmare: The Heartbreak of International Child Abductions – June 22, 2004, Full Committee hearing; Serial No. 108-156.

***Petitions***

A petition of the Lithuanian-American Council Branch of Lake Country, Indiana, relative to a Resolution commending the United States Government for monitoring election fairness to preserve individual freedoms; Petition No. 0015.

***Reports Printed***

Forty-Third Mexico-United States Interparliamentary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico May 13-16, 2004.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEKS OF APRIL 11-18, 2005

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. Res. 111 (Lugar) – Urging the United States to increase its efforts to ensure democratic reform in the Kyrgyz Republic.

***Meetings/Hearings of Interest***

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission): Held meeting on Kyrgyzstan.  Testimony was heard from Martha Olcott, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Daniel Kimmage, Radio free Europe/Radio Liberty; Zamira Sydykova, Res Publica; Yulia Savchenko, Pyramid TV.

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission): Held a hearing on religious communities in Russia.  Testimony was heard from John V. Hanford, III, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Department of State; Lawrence A. Uzzell, International Religious Freedom Watch, Fisherville, Virginia; Paul Globe, University of Tartu, Estonia; Boris Perchatkin, American-Russian Relief Committee, Washington; Andrew Okhotin, Independent Christian Baptists, Massachusetts; Sergei Cherpanov, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Russia.

House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs held a hearing on the Millennium Challenge Corporation.  Testimony was heard from Paul V. Applegarth, CEO, Millennium Challenge Corporation.

House Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations held a hearing entitled, “Oil-for-Food: The Inevitable Failure of the U.N. Sanctions.”  Testimony was heard from Thomas A. Schweich, Chief of Staff, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Department of State.

Senate Committee on Armed Services: Met in closed session to receive a briefing on Iraq security forces.  The briefing was conducted by General Gary E. Luck, USA (Ret.), Peter W. Rodman, Assistant Secretary for Defense for International Security Affairs, Lieutenant General Raymond T. Odierno, USA, Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Lieutenant General Walter L. Sharp, USA, Director of Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, The Joint Staff.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Held a hearing entitled “Combating Terrorism Through Education: The Near East and South Asian Experiences.”  Testimony was heard from Elizabeth L. Cheney, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs; James Kunder, Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East, USAID; Bassem Awadallah, Minister of Finance, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Shahid Javed Burki, Nathan Associates; Samina Ahmed, International Crisis Group; and Frank J. Method, Research Triangle Institute International.