Committee on International Relations

Committee Business for the Week of May 15, 2006

***Hearings/Markups/Meetings***

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 

2:00 p.m. Medical Outreach: An Instrument of U.S. Diplomacy - Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations

                                Witnesses: Ms. Cheryl Austein-Casnoff, Associate Administrator, Office of Health Information Technology. Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS; Mr. Ralph Braibanti, Direcot, Office of Space and Advanced Technology, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental Scientific Affairs; Mr. Richard Greene, Director, Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition Bureau for Global Health, USAID; Karen S. Rheuban, M.D., Medical Director, Office of Telemedicine, University of Virginia; Keith Vrbicky, M.D., Chairman and CEO, American Educational Telecommunications, LLC; Mr. Jeb Carney, Vice President, Defense Forum Foundation; Bing Chen, Ph.D., Department of Computer and Electronics Engineering, College of Engineering and Technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 

1:30 p.m. The United States and South Asia: An Expanding Agenda - Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
                                Witnesses: The Honorable Richard Boucher, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State.    

2:00 p.m. Review of U.S. Assistance Programs to Egypt - Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia
                                Witnesses: The Honorable David C. Welch, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable James Kunder, Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East, USAID; Mr. Michael W. Coulter, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State. 

Thursday, May 18, 2006 

10:00 a.m.               Prospects for Peace in Darfur - Full Committee z
                                Witnesses: The Honorable Jendayi E. Frazer, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Lloyd O. Pierson, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Africa, USAID  

2:00 p.m. Nigeria's Struggle with Corruption - Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations
                               Witnesses: Ms. Linda Thomas Greenfield, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, Executive Chairman, Economic & Financial Crimes Commission, Federal Republic of Nigeria; Mr. David Goldwyn, President, Goldwyn International Strategies; George B.N. Ayittey, Ph.D., Distinguished Economist in Residence, American University.  

2:00 p.m. Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation Markup of: 

                                H.R. 5333, Shoulder-fired Missile Threat Reduction Act of 2006;
                               Approved for FC action.

***Reports Filed***

Monday, May 15, 2006 

H.R. 4681 (Ros-Lehtinen) - To promote the development of democratic institutions in areas under the administrative control of the Palestinian Authority, and for other purposes, with an amendment; This report is Part II filed by the Judiciary Committee.

***Legislation on the Floor***

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 

H. Res. 499 (McCotter) - Condemning the murder of American journalist Paul Klebnikov on July 9, 2004, in Moscow and the murders of other members of the media in the Russian Federation; Passed by voice vote.  

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 

H. Res. 740 (Smith-NJ) - Calling on the Government of the United Kingdom to immediately establish a full, independent, public judicial inquiry into the murder of Northern Ireland defense attorney Pat Finucane, as recommended by international Judge Peter Cory as part of the Weston Park agreement and a way forward for the Northern Irealnd Peace Process; Passed 390-5 with 6 voting present.  

Thursday, May 18, 2006 

H. Res. 795 (Davis) Condemning in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Dahab and Northern Sinai, Egypt, on April 24 and 26, 2006; Passed with 409 yeas and none voting nay.
***Legislation Introduced***

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 

H.R. 5408 (McCollum) - A bill to urge the Government of the Republic of Armenia to resolve the murder case of Joshua Haglund, a United States citizen, in Yerevan, Armenia, and to fund scholarships at the University of Minnesota in the memory of Joshua Haglund for study abroad and diversity training; Referred to HIRC. In addition, referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.  

H.R. 5412 (Reyes) - A bill to establish grant programs to improve the health of border area residents and for bioterrorism preparedness in the border area, and for other purposes; Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce. In addition, referred to HIRC.  

H. Con. Res. 405 (McKinney) - Concurrent resolution opposing any agreement between the Government of the United States and the Government of Nigeria to deploy United States Armed Forces to Nigeria.

Thursday, May 18, 2006 

H. Res. 820 (Sherman) - A resolution expressing support for the celebration of "Human Rights Day" and "Human Rights Week"; Referred to HIRC. In addition, referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.  

H. Res. 822 (McCollum) - A resolution promoting local peace building efforts in Colombia and recognizing the courageous efforts of Colombian civil society and churches to establish peace communities, advance and non-violent conflict resolution, and advocate for human dignity.  

Friday, May 19, 2006 

H.R. 5430 (Berman) - A bill to establish sound criteria for civilian nuclear cooperation with certain countries; Referred to HIRC. In addition, referred to the Committee on Rules.  

H. Con. Res. 408 (Burton) - Concurrent resolution commending the Government of Canada for its renewed commitment to the Global War on Terror.  

H. Con. Res. 409 (Leach) - Concurrent resolution commemorating the 60th anniversary of the ascension to the throne of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.  

Monday, May 22, 2006 

H. Res. 828 (Pitts) - A resolution commending the people of Mongolia, on the 800th anniversary of Mongolian statehood, for building strong, democratic institutions, and expressing the support of the House of Representatives for efforts by the United States to continue to strengthen its partnership with that country.
***Presidential Messages, Executive and Other Communications Received***

Quarterly Report on Activities Undertaken by the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security Relating to Exports of Agricultural Commodities to Cuba - Tuesday, May 09, 2006, Letter from the Department of Commerce transmitting report pursuant to Sec. 906(b) of the TSRA (P.L. 106-387); unnumbered.

International Agreements - Monday, May 15, 2006, , Letter from the Department of State transmitting international agreements pursuant to the Case-Zablocki Act; Ex. Comm. 7509.  

Sixth Annual Report to Congress on the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption - Monday, May 15, 2006, , Letter from the Department of State transmitting report pursuant to the Resolution of Advice and Consent to Ratification of the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption adopted by the U.S. Senate on July 27, 2000; Ex. Comm. 7510.

Reprogramming of Funds - Monday, May 15, 2006, , Notification from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency of its intent to use "X" funds from 2001 to fund International Military Education and Training students in the English Language Instructors Course, pursuant to P.L. 106-29; Ex. Comm. 7514.  

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

Report on the Compacts of Free Association with the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands - Monday, May 15, 2006, , Letter from the Department of the Interior transmitting FY2005 report pursuant to P.L. 108-188; Ex. Comm. 7515.  

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet -- Pakistan - Tuesday, May 16, 2006, Notification (06-125) from the Department of State of its intent to reprogram $4,500,000 in funds to be used for a counternarcotics program in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA, and Sec. 515 and 520 of P.L. 108-7.; unnumbered.  

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - Global Peace Operations Initiative - Tuesday, May 16, 2006, Notification from the Department of State of its intent to change the program content of FY06 Peacekeeping Operation funds previously obligated ($2,250,000); unnumbered.  

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet -- Central and Eastern Europe - Tuesday, May 16, 2006, , Notification (06-122) from the Department of State of its intent to obligate $150,000 in funds for use by the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs to assist in the establishment of the Interpol I 24/7 database tracking system, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA, and Sec. 515 and 520 of P.L. 109-102.; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet -- Tajikistan - Tuesday, May 16, 2006, , Notification (06-124) from the Department of State of its intent to obligate $3,076,875 in funds to be used by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs for salary supplements for personnel serving on the Tajik-Afghan border, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA, Sec. 515 of P.L. 104-208, and Sec. 515 of P.L. 105-118.; unnumbered.  

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet -- Lebanon - Tuesday, May 16, 2006, , Notification from the Department of State of its intent to reprogram $190,000 of FY02 funds to support training for the Lebanese Armed Forces; unnumbered.  

Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement for the Manufacture of Significant Military Equipment Abroad - Wednesday, May 17, 2006, Notification of certification involving the export of defense equipment to the United Kingdom (Trans. No. DTC-006-06), pursuant to Sec. 36(c) and Sec. 36(d) of the AECA.; unnumbered.  

Transfer of Excess Defense Articles - Wednesday, May 17, 2006, , Letter from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency transmitting notification of the proposed grant transfer of 59 M113A2 armored personnel carriers and 4 cargo carriers to Iraq, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA; unnumbered.  

President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief - Wednesday, May 17, 2006, , Letter from the Department of State transmitting report pursuant to H.R. 3057; unnumbered.  

Certification of Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles or Services - Wednesday, May 17, 2006, Notification from the Department of State regarding certification of the export of defense articles to Mexico (Trans. No. DDTC-015-06), pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; unnumbered.  

Department of Defense Final Rule - Thursday, May 18, 2006, , Letter from the Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy regarding labor laws received April 25, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); Ex. Comm. 7581.  

Report on Reform Activities in Colombia - Thursday, May 18, 2006, , Letter from the Department of State transmitting report pursuant to Sec. 694(a) of the FRAA FY03 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.  

Report on Certain Counternarcotics Activities in Colombia - Thursday, May 18, 2006, , Letter from the Department of State transmitting report pursuant to Sec. 694(b) of the FRAA FY03 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Certification of Project Arrangement Between the U.S. and Sweden for Materials and Technologies for Laser Protection - Thursday, May 18, 2006, , Letter from the Under Secretary of Defense transmitting certification pursuant to Sec. 27(f) of the AECA; unnumbered.  

Cuban Compliance with the Migration Accords - Thursday, May 18, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting Report concerning methods employed by the Government of Cuba to comply with the U.S.-Cuba September 1994 "Joint Communique" and the treatment by the Government of Cuba of persons returned to Cuba in accordance with the U.S.-Cuba May 1995 "Joint Statement," pursuant to Sec. 2245 of P.L. 105-277; unnumbered. 

Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement -- Germany - Thursday, May 18, 2006, , Letter from the Department of State transmitting proposed agreement (DDTC-064-05) for the manufacture of significant military equipment or services to Germany, pursuant to Sec. 36(c) and Sec. 36(d) of the AECA; unnumbered.  

Final Rule -- Department of the Treasury - Thursday, May 18, 2006, , Letter from the Chief Counsel, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, transmitting the Department's Final Rule on Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations, and Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations, received May 8, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); Ex. Comm. 7583.  

Memorandum of Understanding Between the Department of Defense of the United States, and the Department of Defense of Australia - Thursday, May 18, 2006, , Letter from the Under Secretary of Defense transmitting a Memorandum of Understanding (Trans. No. 12-06) pursuant to Sec. 27(f) of the AECA.; unnumbered.  

Final Rule -- Department of Defense - Thursday, May 18, 2006, , Letter from the Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy regarding incremental funding of fixed price contracts received April 25, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); Ex. Comm. 7582.  

Final Rule -- Department of Commerce - Thursday, May 18, 2006, , Letter from the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration, Department of Commerce, transmitting the Department's Final Rule on Chemical Weapons Convention Regulations received April 21, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); Ex. Comm. 7580.  

Presidential Message - Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Burma - Friday, May 19, 2006, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 109-110; unnumbered.  

Memorandum of Understanding Between the United States and Canada Concerning Defense Space Cooperation - Wednesday, May 24, 2006, Letter from the Under Secretary of Defense transmitting MOU pursuant to Sec. 27(f) of the AECA; unnumbered.

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

The Global Water Crisis: Evaluating U.S. Strategies to Enhance Access to Safe Water and Sanitation - Thursday, June 29, 2006, Full Committee Oversight Hearing; Serial No. 109-127.

The Impact of Liberia's Election on West Africa - Wednesday, February 08, 2006, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations Oversight Hearing; Serial No. 109-146.  

Chinese Influence on U.S. Foreign Policy Through U.S. Educational Institutions, Multilateral Organizations and Corporate America - Tuesday, February 14, 2006, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Oversight Hearing; Serial No. 109-145.

Other Business for the Week of May 22, 2006

***Senate Measures Passed***

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 

S. Res. 484 (McConnell) - Expressing the sense of the Senate condemning the military junta in Burma for its recent campaign of terror against ethnic minorities and calling on the United Nations Security Council to adopt immediately a binding, non-punitive resolution on Burma.; Passed by UC.

***Hearings/Meetings of Interest***

Helsinki Commission: Held a hearing on human rights and democracy. Testimony was received from: Kurt Volker, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Christian Strohal, Director, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, OSCE; Carl Gershman, NED; Jeff Fischer, IFES; Patrick Merloe, NDI; Lorne Craner, IRI.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Concluded hearing on Iran. Testimony was received from Frank G. Wisner, American International Group, Inc., Vali R. Nasr, Naval Postgraduate School; Julia Nanay, PFC Energy; James A. Phillips, Heritage Foundation.  

Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East and South Asian Affairs: Held a hearing on recent developments in Nepal. Testimony was received from Richard A. Boucher, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs; Deepak Thapa, Colombia University; Sam Zarifi, HRW; John Norris, ICG.  

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Held a hearing on Iran. Witnesses included: Robert J. Einhorn, CSIS; David Albright, Institute for Science and International Security; Kenneth M. Pollack, Brookings Institution; Karim Sadjadpour, ICG; Patrick Clawson, WINEP; Geoffrey Kemp, Nixon Center.

***Appointments***

Commission on International Religious Freedom: Elizabeth H. Prodromou of MAFor a two-year term ending May 14, 2008.  

NATO Parliamentary Assembly: Senator Leahy of VT - Member of Senate Delegation.  

NATO Parliamentary Assembly: Senator Wyden of OR - Member of Senate Delegation.  

NATO Parliamentary Assembly: Senator Grassley of IA - Member of Senate Delegation. 

NATO Parliamentary Assembly: Senator Allard of CO - Member of Senate Delegation.  

NATO Parliamentary Assembly: Senator Sessions of AL - Member of Senate Delegation.  

NATO Parliamentary Assembly: Senator Voinovich of OH - Member of Senate Delegation.  

NATO Parliamentary Assembly: Senator Coleman of MN - Member of Senate Delegation.