Committee on International Relations

***Week of April 17, 2006 – House in Recess*** 

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 

10:30 a.m.               “Human Rights in China: Improving or Deteriorating Conditions?” – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations.

                                Witnesses: Mr. Ethan Gutmann, Author, Losing the New China: A Story of American Commerce, Desire and Betrayal; Ms. Rebiyai Kadeer, Human Rights Activist, Former Political Prisoner; Mr. Joseph Kung, Director, Cardinal Kung Foundation; Ms. Thea Lee, Director of Public Policy, AFL-CIO; Steven Mosher, Ph.D., President, Population Research Institute; Mr. Harry Wu, Executive Director, Laogai Research Foundation; Mr. Lu Dechang, 1989 Tiananmen Square Protestor. 

***Week of April 24, 2006*** 

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 

11:30 a.m.               “Iraq: Update on U.S. Policy” – Full Committee hearing.

                                Witnesses: The Honorable James Jeffrey, Senior Advisor to Secretary Rice and Coordinator for Iraq, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Peter W. Rodman, Assistant Secretary, International Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense; Brigadier General Michael D. Jones, Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs (Middle East), J-5, The Joint Staff.    

2:00 p.m.                 “U.S. – Mexico Relations” – Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing.

Witnesses: Ms. Elizabeth A. Whitaker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mexico, Canada, and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. John M. Melle, Deputy Assistant Trade Representative for North America, Office of the United States Trade Representative; Ms. Audrey Adams, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of International Affairs, U.S. Customs and Border protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Mr. Stephen Johnson, Senior Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation; Robert, A. Pastor, Ph.D., Vice President of International Affairs, American University.   

2:00 p.m.                 “The Endangered Children of Northern Uganda” – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations.

                                Witnesses: Mr. Jeffrey Krilla, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Leonard Rogers, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development; Ms. Grace Grall Akello, Former Abducted Child Soldier for the LRA, World Vision; Ronald Waldman, M.D., Professor of Clinical, Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Policy, Colombia University; Ms. Michelle Brown, U.N. Advocate, Refugees International; Mr. John Prendergast, Co-Director of the Africa Program, International Crisis Group. 

2:00 p.m.                 “U.S. Policy in Central Asia: Balancing Priorities (Part II) – Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia hearing.

                                Witnesses: The Honorable Richard A. Boucher, Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Drew W. Luten, Acting Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, U.S. Agency for International Development; Mr. James MacDougall, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Defense; Ms. Lisa Davis, Director of RIGHTS Program, Freedom House; Ms. Elizabeth Dugan, Vice President, IRI; Ms. Martha Brill Olcott, Senior Associate – Russian and Eurasian Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 

Thursday, April 27, 2006 

10:00 a.m.               “North Korea: Human Rights Update and International Abduction Issues” – Joint hearing of the Subcommittees on Asia and the Pacific and on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations.

                                Witnesses: The Honorable Jay Lefkowitz, Special Envoy for Human Rights in North Korea, U.S. Department of State; Mrs. Sakie Yokota, Mother of Megumi Yokota, Japanese abductee; Mr. Koh Myung Sup, South Korean abductee held in North Korea for 35 years; Professor Yoichi Shimada, Vice Chairman, National Association for the Rescue of Japanese Kidnapped by North Korea (NARKN); Mr. Cho Chang-Ho, Former South Korean officer and POW held in North Korea for 43 years; Ms. Lee Mi-Il, President, Korean War Abductees Family Union. 

1:00 p.m.                 “United Nations Reform: Improving Internal Oversight Within the UN” – Full Committee hearing.

                                Witness: The Honorable David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the United States, U.S. GAO. 

***Floor*** 

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 

H. Con. Res. 365 (Kennedy) – Urging the Government of China to reinstate all licenses of Gao Zhisheng and his law firm, remove all legal and political obstacles for lawyers attempting to defend criminal cases in China, including politically sensitive cases, and revise law and practice in China so that it conforms to international standards.  Passed the House with 421 yeas and none voting nay. 

H. R. 282 (Ros-Lehtinen) – Iran Freedom Support Act.  Passed the House 397-21. 

***Reports Filed*** 

H.R. 282, Iran Freedom Support Act; Report No. 109-417. 

***Legislation Introduced*** 

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 

H. R. 5185 (Maloney) – A bill to promote the empowerment of women in Afghanistan. 

H. Res. 775 (Burton) – A resolution commending the community of Sant’Egidio for their extensive charity and generosity on behalf of the poor throughout the world. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 

H.R. 5196 (Manzullo) – A bill to amend the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 to establish the office of Trade Promotion in the Executive Office of the President, and for other purposes.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, referred to the Committee on Small Business.) 

H.R. 5199 (Kirk) – A bill to expand the diplomatic infrastructure and economic competitiveness of the United States in the People’s Republic of China, and for other purposes.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Small Business). 

H. Con. Res. 391 (DeFazio) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the President should not initiate military action against Iran with respect to its nuclear program without first obtaining authorization from Congress. 

H. Con. Res. 392 (Wilson) – Concurrent resolution recognizing the 58th anniversary of the independence of the State of Israel. 

H. Res. 780 (Eshoo) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that King Gyanendra should immediately release all political detainees, restore constitutional liberties, and undertake good faith negotiations with all involved parties to restore democracy. 

H. Res. 782 (Wamp) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United Nations Security Council should sanction Iran for its noncompliance with the nuclear Non-proliferation treaty. 

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

Fourth Report on the Human Implementation of USAID Disability Policy – March 6, 2006, USAID; unnumbered. 

List of Individuals Credibly Alleged to Have Ordered, Carried Out, or Materially Assisted in the Extrajudicial and Political Killings – Port-au-Prince – April 4, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 616 ( c ) of the Department’s of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1999 (P.L. 105-277); unnumbered. 

Notice that OIG Has Initiated It’s Audit of the Department of State’s 2006 and 2005 Principal Financial Statements – April 6, 2006, DOS, in accordance with Government Auditing Standards; unnumbered. 

Eighth Annual Report on Post-Shipment Verifications Conducted on Exports of High Performance Computers to Tier 3 Countries – April 6, 2006, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 1213 ( c ) of the NDAA, 1998 (P.L. 105-85); unnumbered. 

Certification of Proposed Issuance of License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Turkey – April 7, 2006, DOS Transmittal No. DTC 001-06), pursuant to 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered. 

Report to Congress on the Compacts of Free Association with the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands – April 7, 2006, The Sec. of the Interior, pursuant to Sec. 104 (h) of the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-188); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 7, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $19,166,000 to support the MFO, SSR in Liberia and the TFC in the DRC, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, Sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 7, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $1,615,000 in FY06 AIS fund to improve near-term safety of Soviet-designed reactors and enhance regulatory oversight of radioactive sources in Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, and Georgia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 517 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Report on Kosovo Peacekeeping – December 2005 – April 10, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1213 of the NDAA, 2001 (P.L. 106-398); unnumbered. 

CY 2005 Summary Report Collocation and Setback Waivers – April 10, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Title VI, Sections 606 (a) (2) (iii) and (3) (iii) of the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act, 1999 (P.L. 106-113); unnumbered. 

Report to Congress – U.S. Assistance Programs in Colombia and Plans to Transfer Responsibilities to Colombia – April 10, 2006, DOS pursuant to House Report 109-152 accompanying FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Multilateral Development Banks’ Assistance Proposals – USAID, April 10, 2006, pursuant to Sec. 1303 (c) of the International Financial Institutions Act (P.L. 95-118); unnumbered. 

Congressional Certification for the U.S. Consulate General, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom – April 12, 2006, DOS, pursuant to 160 (a) of the FRAA, 1998-89 (P.L. 100-204), as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, 1990-91 (P.L. 101-246). 

Final Rule to Amend the Export Administration Regulations – April 12, 2006, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 15 ( c ) of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); unnumbered. 

Letter Regarding Parliamentary Elections in Haiti – April 13, 2006, DOS; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 13, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $400,000 in FY06 AEEB funds for the CLDP, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 13, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $29,590,000 in FY05 ESF for the U.S. MEPI, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 520 & 526 (b) of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 13, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $1,000,000 in FY06 HRDF to support democracy, human rights, and rule of law initiatives in Nicaragua, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 13, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $842,000 in FY06 AEEB funds to the NED for programs in support of pro-democracy groups in Southeast Europe, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 13, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to transfer $845,000 in FY06 AEEB funds to the BBG for media training in Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515, 520, & 596 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 13, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $3,248,000, consisting of $1,494,500 in FY05 and $1,753,500 in FY06 AEEB funds for the International Commission on Missing Persons, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447), consistent with the determination of the Deputy Sec. of State dated January 4, 2005, pursuant to Sec. 561 of the FY05 FOAA, and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102) and consistent with the determination of the Sec. of State dated Feb. 9, 2006, pursuant to 561 of the FY06 FOAA; unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 13, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $1,350,000 in FY06 AEEB funds for the War Crimes Registry in Bosnia and Herzegovina, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 13, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $27,000,000 in FY06 PKO funds to support vital and ongoing operations in Darfur, Sudan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 13, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $2,872,000 in FY06 AEEB funds for the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); numbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 13, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram $405,994 in recovered FY 1999 INCLE funds and $344,006 in recovered FY01 INCLE funds to provide salary and operations support to the UNODC, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 1999 & 2001 (P.L. 105-277 & P.L.106-429); unnumbered. 

Report on Tibet Negotiations – April 14, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 613 (b) of the Tibet Policy Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered. 

Notice that State Intends to Use $32,000 of Unobligated 2001 Funds Out of the “X-year” Account to Fund Two Vietnamese IMET Students – April 14, 2006, DSCA, pursuant to the FOAA, 2001 (P.L. 106-429); unnumbered. 

Report on FMF and IMET – April 17, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 584 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Conditions in Burma & U.S. Policy Toward Burma – April 17, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 570 (d) of the FOAA, 1997 (P.L. 104-208); unnumbered. 

Project Certification Agreement Between the U.S. and Italy Concerning BMD – April 17, 2006, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 11958), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; unnumbered. 

MCC Report on 2005 Obligations and Expenditures – April 18, 2006, DOS, pursuant to the MCA, 2003 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered. 

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Gov. of Pakistan – April 19, 2006, DSCA; unnumbered. 

Determination that Israel Is Not Being Denied It’s Right to Participate in the Activities of the IAEA – April 20, 2006; unnumbered. 

Training of Personnel in Friendly Foreign Countries in Use of Nonproliferation Technology – April 20, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1302 (b)(2) of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered. 

Certification of Proposed Issuance of License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan  – April 21, 2006, DOS Transmittal No. DTC 008-06), pursuant to 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 24, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $160,000 in FY05 AEEB carryover funds to support the Stability Pact anti-Organized Crime Initiative, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515, 520, & 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447) and consistent with the determination of the Deputy Secretary of State dated January 4, 2005, pursuant to Sec. 561 (e) of the FY05 FOAA; unnumbered.  

Report on Training of Consular Officers to Counter Terrorist Travel – April 25, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 7201 (d) of the Intelligence Reform And Terrorism Prevention Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-458); Ex. Comm. 6927.  

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Korea – April 25, 2006, DSCA (Transmittal No. 06-18), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b) (1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 6929. 

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Australia – April 25, 2006, DSCA (Transmittal No. 06-22), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b) (1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 6930. 

Annual Report for FY 2005 – Bureau of Industry and Security – April 25, 2006, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 14 of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); Ex. Comm. 6931.  

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – Education – April 25, 2006, DOS, pursuant to House Report 109-152 accompanying H.R. 3057 (FOAA, 2006 P.L. 109-102); Ex. Comm. 6932. 

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – IDPs – April 25, 2006, DOS, pursuant to House Report 109-152 accompanying H.R. 3057 (FOAA, 2006 P.L. 109-102); Ex. Comm. 6933. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 25, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $6,000,000 in FY06 ESF to support activities that promote U.S. positions in emerging environmental issues, in particular those related to sustainable energy, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 517 ( c ) of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); Ex. Comm. 6934. 

Overseas Surplus Property – April 25, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2215 of the Omnibus Appropriation, 1998 (P.L. 105-277); Ex. Comm. 6935.   

Report to Congress – Iraq – April 25, 2006, DOS, consistent with the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution, 2002 (P.L. 107-243) and the 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. 6936. 

2003 Report on IAEA Activities – April 25, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2809 (c)(2) of the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act, 1998 (P.L. 105-277) and  Sec. 307 (a) of the FAA of 1961; Ex. Comm. 6937. 

Certification of Proposed Issuance of License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Iraq – April 25, 2006, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 072-05), pursuant to 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 6938. 

Certification of Proposed Issuance of License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Canada, France and the UK– April 25, 2006, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 002-06), pursuant to 36 ( c ) and 36 (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 6939. 

Certification of Proposed Retransfer of Defense Articles and/or Services From the RNLA to Egypt – April 25, 2006, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 058-05) , pursuant to Sec. 3 (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 6940. 

Certification of Proposed Issuance of License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Russia – April 25, 2006, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 057-05), pursuant to sections 36 ( c ) & (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 6941. 

Supporting Human Rights and Democracy: The U.S. Record 2005-2006 – April 25, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 665 of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); Ex. Comm. 6942.  

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Persons Who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism – April 25, 2006, Dept. of the Treasury, 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. 6943. 

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Gov. of Egypt – April 26, 2006, DSCA; unnumbered. 

Presidential Communication – Addition to the National Emergency with Respect to Syria – April 27, 2006, The White House, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, (P.L. 95-223); H. Doc. 109-100. 

***Hearings/Markups Printed*** 

Expressing the Sense of Congress Concerning Uzbekistan; and Commending the State of Kuwait for Granting Women Certain Important Political Rights – June 29, 2006, Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia markup; Serial No. 109-125. 

East Asia Security Act of 2005; Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization Act of 2005; Condemning the DPRK for the Abductions and Captivity of Citizens of the ROK and Japan; Acknowledging African Descendants of the Transatlantic Slave Trade; Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Conclusion of the War in the Pacific and Honoring Veterans of WWII; Recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the Workers’ Strikes in Poland; Supporting the Goals and the Ideals of a National Weekend of Prayer and Reflection for Darfur, Sudan; and Commending Kuwait for Granting Women Certain Political Rights – June 30, 2006, Full Committee markup; Serial No. 109-124. 

The Middle East Peace Process and U.S. Strategic Priorities Post-Disengagement – September 21, 2005, Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia hearing; Serial No. 109-116.

Keeping Democracy on Track: Hotspots in Latin America – September 28, 2005, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing; Serial no. 109-126. 

U.S. Diplomacy in Latin America – July 27, 2005, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing; Serial No. 109-122. 

Expressing Support for the Efforts of the People of the Republic of Belarus to Establish a Full Democracy, the Rule of Law, and Respect for Human Rights and Urging the Government of Belarus to Conduct Free and Fair Presidential Elections in 2006; and Concerning the Government of Romania’s Ban on Intercountry Adoptions and the Welfare of Orphaned or Abandoned Children in Romania – February 14, 2006, Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats hearing; Serial No. 109-144. 

***Memorials/Petitions*** 

A memorial of the General Assembly of the State of Ohio, relative to House Concurrent Resolution No. 19 encouraging the United States to continue its support of humanitarian efforts in and contributions of humanitarian aid to the Darfur region of Sudan and to encourage the United States to lead multilateral efforts to bring those responsible for the egregious human rights violation to justice; Memorial No. 283 – 284. 

A memorial of the legislature of the State of West Virginia, relative to Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 60 expressing support of the United States armed forces in Iraq; Memorial No. 289. 

OTHER BUSINESS WEEKS OF APRIL 10 – APRIL 24, 2006 

***Appointments*** 

Canada – U.S. Interparliamentary Group: The following Senators were appointed: Allard, Akaka, Leahy and Voinovich. 

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom: Preeta D. Bansal of Nebraska was appointed for a term of two years. 

***Meetings/Hearings of Interest*** 

House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related programs held a hearing on USAID.  Testimony was heard from Ambassador Randall L. Tobias, Administrator, USAID. 

House Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations held a hearing on Iraq.  Testimony was heard from David M. Walker, Comptroller General, GAO. 

Senate Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, and International Security concluded a hearing to examine the scope of illicit activity funding the regime of North Korea.  Testimony was heard from: Peter A. Prahar, Director, Office of Africa, Asia and Europe Programs, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Department of State; Michael Merritt, Deputy Assistant Director, U.S. Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security; Kim Seung Min, Free North Korea Radio, Seoul, South Korea; David Asher, Institute for Defense Analyses; Marcus Noland, Institute for International Economics; Chuck Downs.  

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Held a hearing on U.S. – India Atomic Energy Cooperation.  Testimony was heard from Ashton B. Carter, Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; William J. Perry, Stanford University Hoover Institution; Robert L. Gallucci, Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service; Ashley J. Tellis, CEIP; Robert J. Einhorn, CSIS; Gary Milhollin, Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control; Stephen P. Cohen, Brookings institution; Ronald F. Lehman, II, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.   

***Nominations Received*** 

Department of State – April 24, 2006, Daniel S. Sullivan, of Alaska, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Economic and Business Affairs). 

Department of State – April 24, 2006, Leslie V. Rowe, of Washington, to be an Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Solomon Islands and Ambassador to Vanuatu. 

Department of State – April 24, 2006, Robert S. Ford, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria. 

Department of State – April 24, 2006, Anne E. Derse, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan. 

Department of State – April 25, 2006, April H. Foley, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary. 

Department of State – April 25, 2006, Tracey Ann Jacobson, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan. 

United Nations – April 25, 2006, Gaddi H. Vasquez, of California, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as U.S. Representative the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. 

***Nominations Confirmed*** 

Department of Defense – April 7, 2006, Dorrance Smith, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary.