Committee on International Relations

Committee Business for the Week of May 08, 2006

***Markups/Hearings/Meetings***

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

10:00 a.m. 

A Resurgent China: Responsible Stakeholder or Robust Rival? - Full Committee

Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable Robert B. Zoellick, Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State.

2:00 p.m.     

Current Issues in U.S. Refugee Protection and Resettlement - Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations

Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable Ellen R. Sauerbrey, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, U.S. Department of State; Ms. Rachel Brand, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy, U.S. Department of Justice; Mr. Paul Rosenzweig, Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy Development, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Mr. Michael Cromartie, Chair, USCIRF; Mr. Tad Stahnke, Deputy Director for Policy, USIRF; Ms. Anastasia Brown, Director of Refugee Programs, MRS/USCCB; Ms. Lavinia Limón, President, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants; Mr. Kenneth H. Bacon, President, Refugees International.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

10:30 p.m. 

The U.S.-India ‘Global Partnership’: Legislative Options - Full Committee

Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable Jim Kolbe, Member of Congress; The Honorable Edward J. Markey, Member of Congress; Ashley J. Tellis, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Leonard Weiss, Ph.D., Independent Consultant; Mr. Daryl Kimball, Executive Director, Arms Control Association; Mr. Fred McGoldrick, Bengelsdorf, McGoldrick and Associates, LLC; Richard A. Falkenrath, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution.

2:00 p.m.  

Reviewing the State Department’s Annual Report on Terrorism - Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation

Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: The Honorable Henry A. Crumpton, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Russell Travers, Deputy Director, Information Sharing and Knowledge Development, National Counterterrorism Center.

2:00 p.m.  

Visa Overstays: Can We Bar the Terrorist Door? - Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office Building
Witnesses: Mr. Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies; Margaret D. Stock, Esq., Associate Professor, Department of Law, United States Military Academy.

***Reports Filed***

Thursday, May 11, 2006

H. R. 4681 (Ros-Lehtinen) - A bill to promote the development of democratic institutions in areas under the administrative control of the Palestinian Authority, and for other purposes; Report filed by Mr. Hyde

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

H.R. 5333 (Royce) - A bill to reduce the threat of terrorists acquiring shoulder-fired missiles

H. Res. 804 (English) - A resolution condemning the unauthorized, inappropriate, and coerced ordination of Catholic bishops by the People's Republic of China

H. Res. 807 (Davis) - A resolution endorsing reforms for freedom and democracy in Vietnam.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

H.R. 5337 (Blunt) - A bill to ensure national security while promoting foreign investment and the creation and maintenance of jobs, to reform the process by which such investments are examined for any effect they may have on national security, to establish the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, and for other purposes; Referred to the Committee on Financial Services. In addition, referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and HIRC.

H. Res. 812 (Meeks) - A resolution expressing gratitude to Mrs. Deloris Jordan and the James Jordan Foundation for improving the lives of inner city youth in the United States and initiating a public-private collaborative to establish a women and children's hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, and supporting the current Nairobi Women's Hospital for its dedication and commitment to the residents of Nairobi.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

H. R. 5353 (Flake) - A bill to permit United States companies to participate in the exploration for and the extraction of hydrocarbon resources from any portion of a foreign maritime exclusive economic zone that is contiguous to the exclusive economic zone of the United States, and for other purposes.

H. R. 5376 (McKinney) - A bill to require nationals of the United States that employ individuals in a foreign country to provide full transparency and disclosure in all their operations

H. R. 5377 (McKinney) - A bill to require nationals of the United States that employ more than 20 persons in a foreign country to implement a Corporate Code of Conduct with respect to the employment of those persons, and for other purposes; Referred to HIRC. In addition, referred to the Committees on Government Reform and Financial Services.

H. R. 5378 (McKinney) - A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce by 50 percent certain tax benefits allowable to profitable large corporations which make certain workforce reductions; Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. In addition, referred to the Committee on Financial Services and HIRC.

H. R. 5382 (Smith -NJ) - A bill to promote the development of democratic institutions and full respect for human rights in the countries of Central Asia; Referred to HIRC. In addition, referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

H. Con. Res. 400 (Burton) - Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the Government of Venezuela should actively support strategies for ensuring secure airport facilities that meet international certifications to prevent trafficking of controlled substances, narcotics, and laundered money.

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

Secretary's Determination to Waive the Collocation Requirement Concerning the Office of the Peace Corps, Lomé, Togo - Friday, May 05, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 606 (a)(2) of the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act, 1999 (P.L. 106-113); unnumbered.

USAID Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress on MCC - Thursday, May 04, 2006, MCC, in accordance with the Inspector General Act, 1978 (P.L. 95-452); unnumbered.

Copies of International Agreements - Monday, May 08, 2006, DOS, in accordance with the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 7285.

Presidential Message - Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Syria - Wednesday, May 10, 2006, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 109-109; unnumbered.

Report on the Global Effort to Reduce Child Hunger and Increase School Attendance - Friday, April 28, 2006, USDA, pursuant to Sec. 3107 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act, 2002 (P.L. ; unnumbered.

Report to Congress on USAID Investments in Drinking Water Supply Projects and Related Activities - Monday, May 08, 2006, USAID, in accordance with Senate Appropriations Committee Report (108-346) 2005; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - Wednesday, May 10, 2006, DOS, notification details of the allocation details of $220,995,437 in FY06 GHAI funds; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Australia, Canada, and Malaysia - Thursday, May 11, 2006, DOS, (Transmittal No. DDTC 013-06) pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to the Republic of Korea - Thursday, May 11, 2006, DOS, (Transmittal No. DDTC 071-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to the UK - Thursday, May 11, 2006, DOS, (Transmittal No. DDTC 073-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to International Waters - Thursday, May 11, 2006, DOS, (Transmittal NO. DDTC 007-06), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Notice to Upgrade Diplomatic Presence in Tripoli, Libya - Monday, May 15, 2006, DOS; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Italy - Monday, May 15, 2006, DOS, (Transmittal No. DDTC 012-06), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) & (d); unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Gov. of Thailand - Monday, May 15, 2006, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Amendment to the Charter of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board - Monday, April 24, 2006, Dept. of Commerce, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act; unnumbered.

Annual Report to Congress on the Activities of the WHINSEC - Monday, May 01, 2006, DoD, in accordance with 10 U.S.C. Sec. 2166(i); unnumbered.

Ways to Strengthen the Rewards for Justice Program as it Applies to Al Qaeda - Monday, May 08, 2006, DOS, response to conference report for the Science, Justice, Commerce and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 (P.L. 109-108); unnumbered.

Notice Regarding Support to the Government of Peru - Monday, May 08, 2006, DoD, pursuant to Sec. 1033 of the NDAA, 1998 (P.L. 105-85); unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Japan - Tuesday, May 09, 2006, DSCA, (Transmittal No. 06-29), pursuant to Sec. 36(b)(1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7337.

Country Reports on Terrorism 2005 - Tuesday, May 09, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 140 of the FRAA, 1998-99 (P.L. 105-277); Ex. Comm. 7336.

Determination & Certification Concerning the AECA - Monday, May 15, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 40A of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Israel - Monday, May 15, 2006, DOS, (Transmittal No. DDTC 005-06), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Notice to Initiate FY06 IMET for Colombia - Monday, May 15, 2006, DSCA, pursuant to Title III and sections 515 and 556 (b) of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered.

Report to Congress on Reform Activities in Colombia - Monday, May 15, 2006, Department of State, letter from the Department of State transmitting report pursuant to Sec. 694(a) of the FRAA (FY03), P.L. 107-228.; unnumbered.

Prospective Funding Obligation Requiring Special Notification - Serbia - Friday, May 05, 2006, USTDA, pursuant to Sec. 520 of the FOAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-102); unnumbered.

Rule to Amend the Export Administration Regulations - Tuesday, May 02, 2006, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 15 ( c ) of the Export Administration Act, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); unnumbered.

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Burma - Monday, May 08, 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. 7284.

Debt Negotiations with the Government of Paraguay - Thursday, May 04, 2006, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to the Tropical Forest Conservation Act, 1998 (P.L. 87-195) & (108-323); unnumbered.

Report on LaBelle Disco Claims - Friday, May 12, 2006, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 1225 (b)(1) of the NDAA, 2006 (P.L. 109-163); unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Algeria & Spain - Monday, May 15, 2006, DOS, (Transmittal No. DDTC 039-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Gov. of Egypt - Monday, May 15, 2006, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Other Business for the Week of May 15, 2006

***Senate Measures Passed ***

Friday, May 12, 2006

S. Res. 476 (Senator Nelson) - Supporting democracy, development, and stabilization in Haiti

***Meetings/Hearings of Interest***

Senate Committee on Armed Services: Met in closed session to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan with Lieutenant General Karl W. Eikenberry, USA, Commanding General, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Met in closed session to receive a briefing to examine Iran's nuclear program and the impact of potential sanctions. Briefers included: Robert Walpole, Deputy Director for Strategy and Evaluation, National Counter-proliferation Center and S. Leslie Ireland, Mission Manager for Iran, both of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; and Paul E. Simons, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy, Sanctions and Commodities, Bureau of Economics and Business Affairs.

***Nominations Received***

Department of State - W. Stuart Symington IV of Missouri to be Ambassador Republic of Djibouti.

Department of State - Gayleatha Beatrice Brown of New Jersey to be Ambassador Republic of Benin.

Department of State - Peter R. Coneway of Texas to be Ambassador Switzerland Serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Department of State - Christina B. Rocca of Virginia to be for the rank of Ambassador during tenure of service as U.S. Representative to the Conference on Disarmament.