Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS WEEK OF MAY 2, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

11:00 a.m.         

MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Excellency Dr. Javier Solana Madariaga, Secretary General of the European Council and European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy.

2:00 p.m.                

“Starving Terrorists of Money: The Role of Middle Eastern Financial Institutions” – Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation and the Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations joint hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable Stuart Levey, Under Secretary, Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury; The Honorable Paul Simons, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau for Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. John Byrne, Director, Department of Compliance, American Banking Association; Zahid H. Bukhari, Ph.D., Director, American Muslim Studies Program and Fellow, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University.

3:00 p.m.           

“9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act Oversight, Part I—Oppressors vs. Reformers in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Witnesses: The Honorable Michael G. Kozak, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State; Mr. J. Scott Carpenter, Deputy Assistant Secretary,  Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Lorne Craner, President, The International Republican Institute; Mr. Kenneth Wollack, President, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs; Ron Johnson. Ph.D., Senior Vice President, International Development Group, RTI International.

Thursday, May 5, 2005

9:30 a.m.           

“Promoting Democracy through Diplomacy” – Full Committee Hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable Frank R. Wolf, Member of Congress; The Honorable Paula Dobriansky, Under Secretary of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Mark Palmer, President and CEO, Capital Development Company; Ms. Jennifer Windsor, Executive Director, Freedom House; Mr. Saad al-Din Ibrahim, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Mr. Edil Baisalov, President, Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society, Kyrgyzstan.

2:00 p.m.           

“Ethiopia and Eritrea: Promoting Stability, Democracy and Human Rights” – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations.

Witnesses: Mr. Don Yamamoto, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable David Shinn, Adjunct Professor, Elliot School for International Affairs, George Washington University; Mr. Michael Clough, Advocacy Director Africa (Interim), Human Rights Watch; Mr. Dave Peterson, Africa Director, National Endowment for Democracy.

***Floor***

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

H. Res. 228 (Davis, Tom-VA) – observing the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Republic of Vietnam.  Passed the House with 416 yeas and none voting “nay.”

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

H. Con. Res. 127 (Royce) – Calling on the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to transfer Charles Ghankay Taylor to the Special Court for Sierra Leone.  Passed the House with 421 yeas and 1 nay.

H. Res. 195 (Kingston) – Recognizing the 60th anniversary of VE Day and the Liberation of Western Bohemia.  Passed the House with 419 yeas and none voting “nay.”

H. Res. 233 (Gallegly) – Recognizing the 60th anniversary of VE Day during WWII.  Passed the House with 423 yeas and with none voting “nay.”

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

H. Con. Res. 143 (Cox) – concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the continued participation of the Russian Federation in the Group of 8 nations should be conditioned on the Russian Government voluntarily accepting and adhering to the norms and standards of democracy.

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

H. Res. 260 (Garrett) – A resolution thanking John R. Bolton, President George W. Bush’s nominee to serve as United States Ambassador to the United Nations, for his long standing history of confronting corruption at the United Nations and urging him to continue his hard work and dedication to the implementation of measures that will restore credibility of this international organization.

H. Con. Res. 144 (King) – Concurrent resolution condemning attacks on United States citizens by Palestinian terrorists.

Thursday, May 5, 2005

H. Con. Res. 146 (Millender-McDonald) – Concurrent resolution honoring the victims of the Cambodian genocide that took place from April 1975 to January 1979.

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

Humanitarian Assistance Programs Within Nagorno-Karabakh – April 26, 2005, USAID, pursuant to the Statement of Managers of the FY05 Appropriations Act Conference Report 108-792; unnumbered.

Summary of NRC Actions in Response to GAO Reports – April 27, 2005, NRC, pursuant to Sec. 236 of the Legislative Reorganization Act, 1970 (P.L. 91-510); unnumbered.

Two Reports on Dual-Use Export Controls – April 28, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, SENSITIVE, pursuant to Sec. 1402 of the NDAA, 2000 (P.L. 106-65); unnumbered.

Bilateral Debt Reduction Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Ecuador – April 29, 2005, DOS; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – April 29, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $1,260,000 in FY05 AIS for its Business Information Service, 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 – May 2, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $3,850,000 in FY05 AIS for OTA, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515, 517, and 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Supporting Democracy and Human Rights: The U.S. Record 2004-2005 – May 2, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 665 of the FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); Ex. Comm. 1752.

Annual Report on the Inter-American Convention – May 2, 2005, DOS; Ex. Comm. 1753.

Export Controls: Controls Over the Export Licensing Process for Chemical and Biological Items – May 2, 2005, DoD-IG, pursuant to Sec. 1402 of the NDAA, 2000 (P.L. 106-65); Ex. Comm. 1771.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 3, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $870,000 in FY05 ESF to support elections in the Kyrgyz Republic, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Russia and Kazakhstan – May 3, 2005, DOS (DDTC No. 005-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 1779.

Copies of International Agreements – May 3, 2005, DOS, pursuant to 1 U.S.C. 112b(a); Ex. Comm. 1780.

Correction of Previously Reported Error Regarding the AECA – May 3, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 655 of the FAA of 1961; Ex. Comm. 1781.

Iraq Report for Period of December 15, 2004 – February 15, 2005 – May 3, 2005, DOS, consistent with the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution, 2002 (P.L. 107-243) and the Authorization for Use of Force Against Iraq Resolution (P.L. 102-1); Ex. Comm. 1782.

Determination and Memorandum of Justification Regarding Assistance to the DRC – May 4, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 512 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Sudan Peace Act Report – May 4, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 11 of the Sudan Peace Act (P.L. 107-245); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 4, 2005, MCC, informing of the intent to provide funding up to $4,155,000 for the Gov. of the Republic of Georgia to facilitate development and implementation of a Compact with Georgia, in accordance with Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 4, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $15,000,000 in FY05 ESF for the continued provision of reintegration and rehabilitation assistance to former combatants and to women and children affected by the violence in Liberia, 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 – May 5, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $23,651,000 in FY05 AEEB funds for bilateral and regional anticrime training and technical assistance programs in southeast Europe, 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 – May 5, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate 15,000,000 in FY05 AIS funds for the Georgia Border Security and Law Enforcement Assistance Program, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 and 517 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 5, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $650,000 in FY04 AEEB funds for the War Crimes Registry in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 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 – May 5, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $4,250,000 in NADR funds to support humanitarian mine action projects in Afghanistan and Yemen, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

The Department’s Final Rule – Iranian Transactions Regulations – May 5, 2005, Dept. of Treasury, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 1846.

The Department’s Final Rule – Administrative Collection of Civil Penalties in the Iranian Assets Control Regulations, the Libyan Sanctions Regulations, and the Iraqi Sanctions Regulations – May 5, 2005, Dept. of Treasury, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 1847.

The Department’s Final Rule – Syrian Sanctions Regulations – May 5, 2005, Dept. of Treasury, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 1848.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF MAY 2, 2005

***Reports Filed***

H.R. 1268, making Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief; Conference Report 109-72