Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF MAY 1, 2006 

***Hearings/Meetings/Markups *** 

Wednesday, May 3, 2006 

2:00 p.m.                 “The United States and NATO: Transformation and the Riga Summit” – Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats.

                                Witnesses: Mr. Kurt Volcker, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Dan Fata, Deputy Assistant Secretary, European and NATO Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense. 

Thursday, May 4, 2006 

2:00 p.m.                 “Germany’s World Cup Brothels: 40,000 Women and Children at Risk of Exploitation through Trafficking – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations.

                                Witnesses: Mr. Michael Horowitz, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; Ms. Ashley Garrett, Project Manager for Trafficking in Persons in North America and the Caribbean, International Organization for Migration; Ms. Jennifer Roemhildt, Executive Director, Lost Coin, Athens, Greece; Ms. Katherine Chon, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Polaris Project; Ms. Maureen Greenwood, Advocacy Director for Europe and Eurasia, Amnesty International; Juliette Engel, Ph.D., Director, Mira med Institute, Moscow, Russia. 

***Floor*** 

Tuesday, May 2, 2006 

H.R. 697 (Hyde) – Congratulating the people and Government of Italy, the Torino Olympic Organizing Committee, the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee, the 2006 United States Olympic and Paralympic Teams, and all international athletes upon the successful completion of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy.  Passed 409-0. 

H. Con. Res. 392 (Wilson) – Recognizing the 58th anniversary of the independence of the State of Israel.  Passed with 413 yeas and none voting nay. 

H. Con. Res. 90 (Solis) –  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.  Passed by UC. 

H. Res. 658 (Johnson) – Supporting the goals and ideals of World Water Day.  Passed 397-14.  

***Legislation Introduced*** 

Tuesday, May 2, 2006 

H. R. 5270 (Kucinich) – A bill to ensure that efforts to address world hunger through the use of genetically engineered animals and crops actually help developing countries and peoples while protecting human health and the environment, and for other purposes.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, referred to Committees on Ways and Means, Financial Services, and Agriculture.)   

H. Con. Res. 397 (Meeks) – Concurrent resolution honoring 2006 Olympic team member Joey Cheek and recognizing the need to work with international partners to help bring an end to the ongoing genocide in Darfur region of Sudan and the suffering children in Chad. 

H. Res. 792 (Meeks) – A resolution recognizing the 40th anniversary of the independence of Guyana and extending best wishes to Guyana for peace and further progress, development, and prosperity.  

Wednesday, May 3, 2006 

H. R. 5278 (Kirk) – A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to assist Palestinian Refugees in the West Bank and Gaza to move to post-refugee status, and for other purposes. 

H. Res. 794 (Smith-NJ) – A resolution recognizing the 17th anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, in the People’s Republic of China, and for other purposes. 

H. Res. 795 (Davis) – A resolution condemning in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Dahab and Northern Sinai, Egypt, on April 24 and 26, 2006. 

Thursday, May 4, 2006 

H. R. 5292 (Ros-Lehtinen) – A bill to exclude from admission to the United States aliens who have made investments contributing to the enhancement of the ability of Cuba to develop its petroleum resources, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.  In addition, referred to the Committees on Financial Services, Government Reform, and HIRC.)   

H. R. 5303 (McKinney) – A bill to require the suspension of the use, sale, development, production, testing, and export depleted uranium munitions pending the outcome of certain studies of the health effects of such munitions, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Armed Services.  In addition referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and HIRC.) 

H. Res. 799 (Gallegly) – A resolution congratulating the people of Ukraine for conducting free, fair, and transparent parliamentary elections on March 26, 2006, and commending their commitment to democracy and reform. 

H. Res. 801 (Walsh) – A resolution expressing support for the restoration of mutli-party democracy, prevention of Maoist conquest, re-establishment of security, government services, exercise of political rights, and respect for human rights in Nepal. 

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

U.S. Government Assistance to and Cooperative Activities with Eurasia – January 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 104 of the FREEDOM Support Act, 2002 (P.L. 102-511); unnumbered. 

2005 Report to Congress – International Affairs Technical Assistance – March 13, 2006, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 129 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered. 

Quarterly Report on Real Estate Transactions – March 27, 2006, DOS, 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. 

Migration and Refugee Assistance FY2007 – April 3, 2006, DOS; unnumbered. 

Proposed Legislation to Modernize the Foreign Service – April 21, 2006, DOS; unnumbered. 

Cultural Property Advisory Committee – April 24, 2006, DOS, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (P.L. 92-463); unnumbered. 

Reconfiguration of the UNMEE – April 24, 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 Appropriations Act, 2006 (P.L. 109-108); unnumbered. 

Rationalizing UN Operations in West Africa – April 24, 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 Appropriations Act, 2006 (P.L. 109-108); unnumbered. 

Report on U.S. Humanitarian Assistance to North Koreans – April 24, 2006, USAID, pursuant to Sections 201 & 202 of the North Korea Human Rights Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-333); unnumbered. 

Notice of Funds Available for Capital Security Projects – April 26, 2006, DOS, pursuant to the Science, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 (P.L. 109-108); unnumbered. 

Notice Regarding U.S. Assistance to Support the Gov. of Turkmenistan to Aid in its Counterdrug Initiative – April 26, 2006, Deputy Sec. of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 1033 of the NDAA, 1998 (P.L. 105-85); unnumbered. 

Legislative Proposal – April 26, 2006, DoD; unnumbered. 

Country Reports on Terrorism 2005 – April 28, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 140 of the FRAA, 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204); unnumbered. 

Notice Regarding Pakistan – April 28, 2006, DoD, pursuant to Sec. 1033 of the NDAA, 1998 (P.L. 105-85); unnumbered. 

Fourth Report to Congress on International Anticorruption and Good Governance Act – April 15, 2006, DOS, pursuant to the Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-309); unnumbered. 

Terrorist Assets Report – May 1, 2006, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 302 of the Dante B. Fascell North-South Center Act, 1991 (P.L. 102-138), as amended by Sec. 304 of P.L. 103-236; unnumbered. 

Quarterly Report on Iraq Reconstruction – May 1, 2006, SIGIR, pursuant to Sec. 3001 of Title III of the 2004 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 (P.L. 108-106), as amended by P.L. 108-375, it also complies with the Inspector General Act, 1978 (P.L. 95-452); unnumbered. 

Presidential Message – National Emergency with Respect to Sudan – May 1, 2006, The White House, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, (P.L. 95-223); H. Doc. 109-101. 

Project Certification Agreement Between the U.S. and Italy Concerning BMD – May 1, 2006, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 10-06), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; Ex. Comm. 7113. 

Report Covering Current Military, Diplomatic, Political, and Economic Measures in Iraq – May 1, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1227 of the NDAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-163); Ex. Comm. 7114.  

2006 U.S. – Hong Kong Policy Act Report – May 1, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 301 of the Act, 1992 (P.L. 102-383), as amended by Sec. 576 of P.L. 104-107; Ex. Comm. 7115. 

The Department’s Final Rule – Foreign Assets Control Regulations – May 1, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a)(1)(A); Ex. Comm. 7116. 

Annual Report – Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act – May 2, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 203 of the Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-174); unnumbered. 

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Gov. of the Dominican Republic – May 2, 2006, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered. 

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Japan – May 2, 2006, DSCA (Transmittal No. 06-29), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b) (1) of the AECA; unnumbered. 

Notice Regarding Colombia – May 2, 2006, DoD, pursuant to Sec. 1033 of the NDAA, 1998 (P.L. 105-85); unnumbered. 

Draft Bill Re: Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission – May 2, 2006, DOS; Ex. Comm. 7163. 

Certification of Proposed Issuance of License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan  – May 2, 2006, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 008-06), pursuant to 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7164. 

President’s Bimonthly Report on Cyprus – May 2, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 620C ( c ) of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and in accordance with Sec. 1 (a)(6) of ex. Order 13313; Ex. Comm. 7165. 

Certification of Proposed Issuance of License for the Export of Defense Articles and/or Services to Turkey – May 2, 2006, DOS (Transmittal No. DTC 001-06), pursuant to 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7166. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 2, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $4.4 million in FY06 ESF for Cuba; unnumbered. 

Report to Congress on Action Taken by the Department of State in Response to the Program Recommendations of the Iraq Accountability Review Board – May 2, 2006, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report pursuant to Sec. 301 of the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act; unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 3, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to transfer excess property to the Gov. of Mexico, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 3, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $1,984,000 in FY05 ESF to address unacceptable working conditions in manufacturing facilities overseas, 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 – May 3, 2006, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram $7.716 million in FY06 NADR funds to support Export Control Assistance Activities, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and sections 515, 520, & 596 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered. 

Rewards for Justice Program Rewards – May 3, 2006, CLASSIFIED notification from the Department of State of rewards paid pursuant to Sec. 36(b) of the State Department Basic Authorities Act; unnumbered. 

Determination Regarding the Iran-Iraq Arms Nonproliferation Act – May 3, 2006, CLASSIFIED notification from the Department of State pursuant to the Iran-Iraq Arms Nonproliferation Act (P.L. 102-484); unnumbered. 

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Syria – May 4, 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. 7236. 

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Narcotics Traffickers Centered in Colombia– May 4, 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. 7237. 

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Turkey – May 5, 2006, DSCA (Transmittal No. 06-23), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b) (1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7238. 

2004 Report for IAEA – May 4, 2006, pursuant to Sec. 1343 (a) of the FY03 FRAA, (P.L. 107-228); Ex. Comm. 7240. 

Secretary’s Determination Regarding Office of the Peace Corps, Yaoundé, Cameroon – May 5, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 606 (a)(2) of the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act, 1999 (P.L. 106-113); unnumbered. 

Secretary’s Determination Regarding Office of the Peace Corps, Panama City, Panama – May 5, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 606 (a)(2) of the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act, 1999 (P.L. 106-113); unnumbered. 

Secretary’s Determination Regarding Office of the Peace Corps, Conakry, Guinea – May 5, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 606 (a)(2) of the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act, 1999 (P.L. 106-113); unnumbered. 

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF MAY 1, 2006 

***Meetings/Hearings of Interest*** 

House Committee on Government Affairs: Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations held a hearing on UN Sanctions After Oil-for-Food.  Testimony was heard from Ambassador John R. Bolton, Permanent United States Representative to the United Nations, Department of State; Joseph A. Christoff, Director, International Affairs and Trade Team, GAO. 

***Senate Measures Passed*** 

S. Res. 463 (Frist) – Israel’s 58th Independence Anniversary.  Passed by UC. 

***Appointments*** 

Canada – U.S. Interparliamentary Group: Following Members were appointed: Mr. Manzullo, Chairman; Mr. McCotter, Vice Chairman; Mr. Drier, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Peterson of Minnesota, Mr. English of Pennsylvania, Mr. Gutknecht, Mr. Souder, Mr. Tancredo, Mr. Brown of South Carolina and Mr. Lipinski.