Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS WEEK OF MAY 9, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

10:00 a.m.         

“The State of U.S. – Turkish Relations” – Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats.

Witnesses: Ms. Zeno Baran, Director, International Security and Energy Programs, The Nixon Center; Henri J. Barkey, Ph.D., Department Chair, Department of International Relations, Lehigh University; Soner Cagaptay, Ph.D., Director, Turkish Research Program, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; The Honorable Mark Parris (Former American Ambassador to Turkey), Senior Public Advisor, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.

2:00 p.m.           

“Plan Colombia: Major Successes and New Challenges” – Full Committee Hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives; The Honorable John P. Walters, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP); The Honorable Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID; The Honorable Roger F. Noriega, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Jonathan D. Farrar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Ralph D. Utley, RADM (Ret.), Acting Coutnernarcotics Officer and Interdiction Coordinator, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

4:00 p.m.

MEMBERS ONLY meeting with Mr. David Waller, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Management – Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

10:30 a.m.         

“Reviewing the State Department’s Annual Report on Terrorism” – Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation.

Witnesses: The Honorable Philip D. Zelikow, Counselor, U.S. Department of State; Mr. John O. Brennan, Interim Director, National Counterterrorism Center; Raphael F. Perl, Specialist in International Terrorism Policy, CRS, Library of Congress; Larry C. Johnson, Managing Director, BERG Associates, LLC.

11:00 a.m.              

“Foreign Relations Authorization for FY2005-2006: Embassy and Border Security” – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations.

Witnesses: Mr. Gregory B. Starr, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Countermeasures, Bureau of Diplomatic of Security, U.S. Department of State; Major General Charles E. Williams USA, Ret., Director, Bureau of Overseas Buildings, Operations, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Dan Smith, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

H.R. 2208 (Manzullo) – A bill to amend the Exchange Rates and International Economic Policy Coordination Act of 1988 to clarify the definition of manipulation with respect to currency, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services.  In addition, referred to HIRC)

H.R. 2216 (Cox) – A bill to develop and deploy technologies to defeat Internet jamming.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

H. Con. Res. 149 (Wilson) – Concurrent resolution recognizing the 57th anniversary of the independence of the State of Israel.

H. Res. 272 (Jackson-Lee) – A resolution recognizing the historic steps India and Pakistan have taken toward achieving bilateral peace.

H. Res. 273 (Ros-Lehtinen) – A resolution urging the withdrawal of all Syrian forces from Lebanon, support for free and fair democratic elections in Lebanon, and the development of democratic institutions and safeguards to foster sovereign democratic rule in Lebanon.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

H. R. 2329 (Kirk) – A bill to permit eligibility in certain circumstances for an officer or an employee of a foreign government to receive a reward under the Department of State Rewards Program.

H. R. 2330 (Kolbe) – A bill to improve border security and immigration.  (Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.  In addition referred to the Committees on Homeland Security, International Relations, Energy and Commerce, and Education and the Workforce.)

H. Res. 277 (Wicker) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that due to the allegations of fraud, mismanagement, and abuse within the United Nations oil-for-food program, the growing record of human rights abuses by United Nations personnel in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the lack of action by the United Nations in response to the genocide in the Darfur region of the Sudan, Kofi Annan should resign from the position of Secretary General of the United Nations to help restore confidence in the organization.

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

Special Inspector General Quarterly Report for Iraq Reconstruction – April 25, 2005, pursuant to Sec. 3001 (i) of Title III of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for the Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 (P.L. 108-106); unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project – United States Embassy in Algiers, Algeria – April 27, 2005, Under Secretary of State for Management, pursuant to Sec. 160 of the FRAA, 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204), as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, 1990-91 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Quarterly Report to the Congress – Agricultural Commodities to Cuba: January-March 2005 – Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 906 (b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-387); unnumbered.

United Nations Documents – May 4, 2005, DOS, pursuant to FRAA, 2003 (P.L. 107-228); 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 obligate $15,000,000 in FY05 AID funds for the GBSLE, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA and sections 515 & 517 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 5, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $4,250,000 NADR funds for humanitarian mine action projects in Afghanistan and Yemen, 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 obligate $23,651,000 in FY05 AEEB funds for bilateral and regional anti-crime training and technical assistance, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and/or Services to Pakistan – May 6, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-18), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and/or Services to Pakistan – May 6, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-19), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

USAID Planned Activities under Private Sector Development Program – Louis Berger/Iraq – May 9, 2005, USAID, pursuant to Sec. 2202 of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriation for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004 (P.L. 108-106); unnumbered.

Notice Regarding Support to the Government of Ecuador to Aid in its Counterdrug Activities – May 9, 2005, Deputy Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 1033 of the NDAA, 1998 (P.L. 105-85); unnumbered.

Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Syria – May 9, 2005, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 109-21.

Country Reports on Terrorism 2004 – May 10, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2256f of Title 22 U.S.C.; unnumbered.

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to New Zealand, Israel, and Canada – May 10, 2005, DOS (DDTC No. 002-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan – May 10, 2005, DOS (DDTC No. 096-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 1921.

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Iraq – May 10, 2005, DOS (DDTC No. 001-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 1922.

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Annual 2005 Report – May 11, 2005, USCIRF, pursuant to Sec. 202 (a)(2) of the International Religious Freedom Act, 1998 (P.L. 105-292) as amended by P.L. 106-55 & P.L. 107-228; unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and/or Services to Israel – May 11, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-10), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 1958.

Report on the Activities of the USG Departments and Agencies Relating to the Prevention of Nuclear Proliferation between January 1 and December 21, 2004 – May 11, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 601 (a) of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act, 1978 (P.L. 95-242); Ex. Comm. 1959.

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Narcotics Traffickers Centered in Colombia – May 11, 2005, 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. 1960.

Quarterly Reports on Expenditures from the “Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Service Appropriation” – May 11, 2005, letter from the Department of State transmitting CLASSIFIED report (Second Quarter FY2005) pursuant to Sec. 124 of the FRAA FY 88-89, as amended by Sec. 114 of the FRAA FY 92-93; unnumbered.

Attachment to Notification of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Morocco – May 12, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Memorandum of Justification Regarding Drawdown to Support Afghanistan – May 13, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 202 of the AFSA, 2002 (P.L. 107-327); unnumbered.

International Agreements – May 13, 2005, letter from the Department of State transmitting the text of a CLASSIFIED international agreement (05-C-10), pursuant to Sec. 112(b)(a) of P.L. 92-403 (Case-Zablocki Act); unnumbered.

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

The Oil-for-Food Program: Tracking the Funds – Full Committee, November 17, 2004; Serial No. 108-157.

An Overview of Transatlantic Relations Prior to President Bush’s Visit to Europe – Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats, February 16, 2005; Serial No. 109-9.

The Crisis in Nepal – Subcommittee on Asia, March 2, 2005; Serial No. 109-6.

Algeria’s Struggle Against Terrorism – Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation, March 3, 2005; Serial No. 109-10.

Authorizing Appropriations for FY 2006 and 2007 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2000; and Remembering the Victims of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, Pledging to Ensure Such an Atrocity Does Not Reoccur – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations markup, March 10, 2005; Serial No. 109-5.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF MAY 9, 2005

***New Public Laws***

H. R. 1268, making Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005.  Signed May 11, 2005 (P.L. 109-13)

***Senate Floor Action on HIRC Measures***

H. Con. Res. 127 (Royce) – 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 ward crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international humanitarian law.  Senate passed by UC on 5/10/05

***Senate Hearings/Meetings of Interest***

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: U.S. – E.U. Regulatory Cooperation on Emerging Technologies.  Testimony was heard from private witnesses.

***Nominations Received***

Department of State – James M. Derham, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala.

Department of State – Robert Johann Dieter, of Colorado, to be Ambassador to Belize.

Department of State – Zalmay Khalilzad, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to Iraq.

Department of State – Rodolphe M. Vallee, of Vermont, to be Ambassador to the Slovak Republic.

Department of State – Pamela E. Bridgewater, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana.

Department of State – William Alan Eaton, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Panama.

Department of State – Henrietta Holsman Fore, of Nevada, to be an Under Secretary of State for Management.