Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS WEEKS OF MAY 16 & 23, 2005 

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups*** 

Week of May 16, 2005 

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 

10:30 a.m.               Full Committee Markup: 

The following measures were authorized to be considered under suspension of the rules in the House.                               

H. Con. Res. 44, Recognizing the historical significance of the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo;  

                                H. Con. Res. 89, Honoring the life of Dorothy Stang; 

H. Con. Res. 149, Recognizing the 57th anniversary of the independence of the State of Israel; as amended during the subcommittee markup 

H. Con. Res. 153, Welcoming His Excellency Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, on the occasion of his visit to the United States in May 2005, and expressing support for a strong an enduring strategic partnership between the United States and Afghanistan, 

H. Res. 191, Urging the Government of Romania to recognize its responsibilities to provide equitable, prompt, and fair restitution to all religious communities for property confiscated by the former Communist government in Romania; 

H. Res. 272, Recognizing the historic steps India and Pakistan have taken toward achieving bilateral peace; 

H. Res. 273, 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; as amended during the Subcommittee markup 

H. Res. 282, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding anti-Semitism at the United Nations, and for other purposes. 

“Kosovo: Current and Future Status” – Full Committee Hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Ms. Mira R. Ricardel, Acting Assistant Secretary for International Security Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense; The Most Reverend Marko Sopi, Apostolic Administrator of Prizren; The Reverend Lush Gjergji, Ph.D., General Administrative Vicar of Prizren; The Honorable Ardian Gjini, Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning, Government of Kosovo; Ms. Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi, Balkans Affairs Advisor, Albanian American Civic League; Daniel P. Serwer, Ph.D., Vice-President and Director, Peace and Stability Operations and Balkans Initiative, USIP; The Honorable Alex Rondos, Member, International Commission on the Balkans; Mr. Vuk Jeremic, Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Serbia; The Reverend Irinej Dobrijevic, Coordinator, Kosovo and Metohija Committee Office, Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church; Mr. Harry Bajraktari, Member of the Board, National Albanian American Council, President, Bajraktari Management. 

1:30 p.m.                 Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia MEMBERS ONLY CLASSIFIED briefing on Recent Developments in the Middle East with the Honorable C. David Welch, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs. 

2:30 p.m.                 “UN Peacekeeping Reform: Seeking Greater Accountability and Integrity” – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations hearing.

                                Witnesses: Mr. Philo L. Dibble, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Eric Schwartz, Consultant, Council on Foreign Relations; Ms. Victoria Holt, Senior Associate, The Henry L. Stimson Center. 

4:00 p.m.                 Full Committee MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Nazif, Prime Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt.  

Thursday, May 19, 2005 

9:00 a.m.                 Full Committee MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed Sabah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait. 

9:30 a.m.                 “Reforming the Untied Nations: Budget and Management Perspectives” – Full Committee briefing & hearing.

                                Briefer: Mr. Mark Malloch Brown, Chief of Staff to the Secretary-General, United Nations.  Witnesses: Mark P. Lagon, Ph.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Ms. Catherine Bertini (Former Under Secretary-General for Management, United Nations, 2003-2005); The Honorable Timothy E. Wirth, President, UN Foundation. 

Week of May 23, 2005 

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 

10:00 a.m.               MEMBERS ONLY classified briefing on U.S. Security Policy in the Middle East.  Briefers: The Honorable Rose M. Likins, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Peter W. Rodman, Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense; Ms. Mira Ricardel, Acting Assistant Secretary for International Security Policy, U.S. Department of Defense; Mr. Alan Misenheimer (Accompanying Briefer), Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

11:30 a.m.               Full Committee MEMBERS ONLY meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority. 

1:00 p.m.                 “Northern Ireland: Prospects for the Peace Process” – Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats.

                                Witnesses: The Honorable Mitchell B. Reiss, Special Envoy of the President and Secretary of State for the Northern Ireland Peace Process, U.S. Department of State. 

1:30 p.m.                 “Transparency and Rule of Law in Latin America” – Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.

                                Witnesses: The Honorable Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID; Mr. Jonathan D. Farrar, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Otto J. Reich, Former Assistant Secretary of State of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Mr. Armando E. Lacasa, Chairman, Latin American Law Initiative Council, American Bar Association; Ms. Jennifer Windsor, Executive Director, Freedom House; Mr. John G. Murphy, Vice President, Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

2:00 p.m.                 “The United States Nuclear Legacy in the Marshall Islands: Consideration of Issues Relating to the Changed Circumstances Petition – Joint Committee on Resources and Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. 

Thursday, May 26, 2005 

9:30 a.m.                 “The United States and Northeast Asia” – Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

                                Witnesses: The Honorable Christopher Hill, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Richard P. Lawless, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs, Bureau of International Security Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense.  

1:00 p.m.                 Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations markup: 

                                The following measures were approved for FC action. 

                                H.R. 2601, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007; 

                                H. Res. 199, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the massacre at Srebrenica in July 1995. 

***Floor*** 

Monday, May 23, 2005  

H. Con. Res. 89 (Ryan) – Honoring the life of Dorothy Stang.  Agreed to by voice vote. 

H. Res. 191 (Lantos) – Urging the Government of Romania to provide fair restitution to religious communities for property confiscated by the former Communist government.  Agreed to by voice vote. 

H. Res. 273 (McCotter) – Urging the Withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon and support for fair democratic elections and rule in Lebanon.  Agreed to by voice vote. 

H. Con. Res. 153 (Ros-Lehtinen) – Concurrent resolution welcoming His Excellency Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, on the occasion of his visit to the United States in May 2005 and expressing support for a strong and enduring strategic partnership between the United States and Afghanistan.  Agreed to by voice vote. 

***Legislation Introduced*** 

Week of May 16, 2005 

Monday, May 16, 2005  

H. Con. Res. 153 (Ros-Lehtinen) – Concurrent resolution welcoming His Excellency Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, on the occasion of his visit to the United States in May 2005 and expressing support for a strong and enduring strategic partnership between the United States and Afghanistan.   

H. Res. 279 (Higgins) – A resolution condemning the recent vote by the British Association of University Teachers to boycott Bar-Ilan University and Haifa University. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 

H. Con. Res. 154 (Burton) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Taiwan should be accorded full and equal membership in the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international organizations. 

H. Con. Res. 155 (Smith –NJ) – Concurrent resolution urging the Government of the Republic of Albania to ensure that the parliamentary elections to be held on July 3, 2005, are conducted in accordance with international standards for free and fair elections. 

H. Res. 282 (Ros-Lehtinen) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding manifestations of anti-Semitism by United Nations member states and urging action against anti-Semitism by United Nations officials, United Nations member states, and the Government of the United States, and for other purposes. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2005  

H. R. 2420 (Kucinich) – A bill to preserve the cooperative, peaceful uses of space for the benefit of all humankind by prohibiting the basing of weapons in space and the use of weapons to destroy or damage objects in space that are in orbit, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Science.  In addition, referred to HIRC.) 

H. Con. Res. 156 (Neugebauer) – Concurrent resolution condemning irresponsible and inaccurate journalism, expressing condolences to the victims and families of the victims of the riots in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and for other purposes. 

H. Con. Res. 158 (Woolsey) – Concurrent resolution calling for the adoption of a Sensible, Multilateral American Response to Terrorism (SMART) security platform for the 21st century. 

H. Res. 286 (Visclosky) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on promoting initiatives to develop and HIV vaccine. 

Thursday, May 19, 2005  

H. Con. Res. 162 (Saxton) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the ongoing nuclear efforts of the Islamic Republic of Iran constitute a threat to the national security of the United States and to international peace and security. 

H. Res. 290 (Maloney) – A resolution recognizing and appreciating the historical significance and the heroic human endeavor and sacrifice of the people of Crete during World War II and commending the PanCretan Association of America.  

Week of May 23, 2005 

Monday, May 23, 2005 

H. Con. Res. 164 (Delahunt) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding the policy of the United States at the 57th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission. 

H. Res. 292 (Crowley) – A resolution commending the State of Kuwait for granting women certain important political rights.  

Wednesday, May 25, 2005 

H. R. 2617 (Davis) – A bill to bar certain additional restrictions on travel and remittances to Cuba. 

Thursday, May 26, 2005  

H.R. 2672 (Harris) – A bill to direct the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a program to enhance the mutual security and safety of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and for other purposes.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, referred to the Committees on Armed Services and Homeland Security.) 

H. Con. Res. 168 (Hyde) – Concurrent resolution condemning the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for the abductions and continued captivity of citizens of the Republic of Korea and Japan as acts of terrorism and gross violations of human rights. 

H. Con. Res. 172 (McCollum) – Concurrent resolution affirming the commitment and leadership of the United States to improve the lives of 1.3 billion people living in extreme poverty and conditions of misery. 

H. Res. 299 (Bishop) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House that the President should take immediate action to initiate measures to lower the burden of gasoline prices on the economy of the United States, prevent Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries from reaping windfall profits on sales of oil to the United States, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.  In addition, referred to HIRC and the Committee on the Judiciary.) 

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

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 10, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $3,000,000 in FY05 ESF to restore the secondment of 17 U.S. police officers in UNMIL CIVPOL, 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 11, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $110,000 in FY04 AEEB Carryover funds for bilateral border security programs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 13, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $595,000 in FY05 NADR funds to support SA/LW destruction projects in Cambodia and Sudan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered. 

Determination and Certification Regarding Countries Not Cooperating Fully with U.S. Antiterrorism Efforts – May 13, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 40A of the AECA; unnumbered.   

Secretary’s Determination and Memorandum of Justification Pertaining to the Arab Boycott – May 17, 2005, DOS, pursuant to the Anti-Economic Discrimination Act in the FRAA, 1994 (P.L. 103-236); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 17, 2005, MCC, informing of the intent to provide up to $1,400,000 to facilitate the development of a Compact with the Kingdom of Lesotho, pursuant to Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered. 

Report on MCC Threshold Program – May 17, 2005, Pursuant to Title II of Division D of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered. 

Attachment to Notification of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Turkey – May 18, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered. 

Attachment to Notification of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Afghanistan – May 18, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered. 

Attachment to Notification of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Morocco – May 18, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered. 

Attachment to Notification of Excess Defense Articles to the Government of Israel – May 18, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered. 

Notice Concerning Request by the Gov. of Israel to Cash Flow Finance a FMS Totaling  $600 Million – May 18, 2005, pursuant to Sec. 23 (g) of the AECA; unnumbered. 

Report of the Visas Viper Committee Activity – May 18, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 304 (f) of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-173); unnumbered. 

Quarterly Report on Real Estate Transactions – May 18, 2005, Under Secretary of State for Management, 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. 

Presidential Message – Continuation of Nat. Emergency with Respect to Burma – May 18, 2005, The White House, pursuant to 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act, (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 109-27. 

Diplomatic Construction Project – United States Airforce Base, Croughton, United Kingdom – May 19, 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. 

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Greece– May 19, 2005, DOS (DDTC No. 014-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 19, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $225,168,000 in FY05 FMF to Colombia, Comoros, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan and Seychelles, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515, 520 and 556 of the FOAA, 2005, (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 19, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $200,000 in FY05 AEEB for the program for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 and 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 19, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-18), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2028. 

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and/or Services to Pakistan – May 19, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-19), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2029. 

Country Reports on Terrorism: 2004 – May 19, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 140 of the FRAA, 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204); Ex. Comm. 2030. 

Report on Economic Conditions in Egypt – May 19, 2005, USAID, pursuant to Sec. 1205 (b) of the International Security and Development Cooperation Act, 1985 (P.L. 99-83); Ex. Comm. 2031. 

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Sudan – May 19, 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. 2032. 

Memorandum of Justification and Schedule of Proposed Obligation in NDF Assistance – May 19, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); Ex. Comm. 2033. 

Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States Annual Report 2004 – May 19, 2005, DoJ, pursuant to the War Claims Act, 1948 and the International Claims Settlement Act, 1949 (P.L. 81-455); Ex. Comm. 2066.  

Report on Education Reform in Pakistan – May 20, 2005, DOS, as required by the Conference Report 108-792, accompanying FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered. 

Bilateral Debt Rescheduling Agreement with the Republic of Gabon – May 20, 2005, DOS; unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 20, 2005, MCC, informing of the intent to provide up to $57,000 to facilitate a Compact with the Republic of Ghana, pursuant to Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 20, 2005, MCC, Report on Compact between the United States and the Government of the Republic of Honduras, pursuant to Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered. 

 Information on U.S. Trade Sanctions Against Burma – May 23, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 8 (b)(3) of the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act, 2003 P.L. 108-61); unnumbered. 

Notice of Support to the Gov. of Pakistan for its Counterdrug Activities – May 23, 2005, Deputy Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 1033 of the NDAA, 1998 (P.L. 105-85); unnumbered. 

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and/or Services to Australia – May 23, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-13), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered. 

Presidential Message – Continuation of Nat. Emergency with Respect to Protecting the Development Fund for Iraq – May 23, 2005, The White House, pursuant to 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 109-28. 

Periodic Report on the National Emergency Caused by the Lapse of the Export Administration Act of 1979 for August 19, 2004 to February 19, 2005 – May 23, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, 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. 2095. 

 Updated and Corrected Copy of Country Reports on Terrorism: 2004 – May 23, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 140 of the FRAA, 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204); Ex. Comm. 2096. 

Presidential Communication – Transmitting Report on the Implementation of the Open Skies Treaty – May 23, 2005, CLASSIFIED; Ex. Comm. 2097.

 Presidential Communication – A Supp. Report Consistent with the War Powers Resolution – May 23, 2005, The White House, pursuant to the War Powers Resolution (P.L. 93-148); H. Doc. 109-30; Ex. Comm. 2098.  

Report on Activities the Operation of the Enterprise for the Americas Facility and the Tropical Forest Conservation Act – May 23, 2005, DOS, as required by Sec. 813 of the FAA of 1961 (enacted in P.L. 105-214); Ex. Comm. 2099. 

Determination and Certification Regarding Countries Not Cooperating Fully with U.S. Antiterrorism Efforts – May 23, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 40A of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2100. 

Certification of Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to New Zealand, Israel, and Canada – May 24, 2005, DOS (DDTC No. 002-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2111. 

Notice Concerning Request by the Gov. of Israel to Cash Flow Finance a DCC Totaling  $148 Million – May 24, 2005, pursuant to Sec. 23 (g) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2112. 

Correction to Transmittal No. 05-10 of 26 April, 2005 Concerning LOA to Israel – May 24, 2005, DSCA, pursuant of Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2113. 

Six-Month Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to the Development Fund for Iraq – May 24, 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. 2114. 

Memorandum of Justification Regarding Drawdown to Support Afghanistan – May 24, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 202 of the AFSA, 2002 (P.L. 107-327); Ex. Comm. 2115. 

The Department’s Final Rule – Aliens Inadmissible Under the Immigration and Nationality Act – Unlawful Voters (RIN: 1400-AC04) – May 24, 2005, DOS, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 2116. 

Presidential Determination No. 2005-23 Regarding Authorization of $34.7 Million to Meet Unexpected Urgent Refugee Needs – May 25, 2005, DOS, pursuant to 2 ( c ) (1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, 1962 (P.L. 87-510); unnumbered. 

Copies of International Agreements – May 25, 2005, DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 2150.

 Copies of International Agreements – May 25, 2005, DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 2151.

 Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Syria – May 25, 2005, Dept. of 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. 2152. 

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Burma– May 25, 2005, Dept. of 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. 2153.

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to the 1979 Iranian Emergency and Assets Blocking– May 25, 2005, Dept. of 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. 2154. 

Cuban Emigration Policies – May 25, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2245 of the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999 (P.L. 105-277); Ex. Comm. 2155. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 26, 2005, MCC, informing of the intent to provide up to $227,000 to facilitate a Compact with the Republic of Ghana, pursuant to Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 26, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $2,000,000 from deobligated prior year funds and $200,000 from FY05 funds for Washington based administrative expenses which are currently identified for Law Enforcement Training and Trafficking In Persons programs, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 1996 (P.L. 104-107), 1997 (P.L. 104-208), 1998 (P.L. 105-118), 1999 (P.L. 105-277), 2000 (P.L. 106-113), 2001 (P.L. 106-429), and 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered. 

Project Certification for Amendment One to Supplement Number Five to the MOU on a Cooperative Program for a MLRS Amongst France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain and the United States for production and Support Phase of a Guided MLRS Program – May 26, 2005, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 04-05), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA; unnumbered. 

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and/or Services to Canada – May 26, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-25), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered. 

Notice of Proposed Transfer of Major Defense Equipment from the Gov. of Australia to a Canadian Private Entity – May 27, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. RSAT-02-05), pursuant to Sec. 3 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – May 27, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $50,000,000 in FY05 PKO funds to support the African Union’s peacekeeping efforts in the Darfur region of Sudan, pursuant to Sec. 634Aof the FAA of 1961; unnumbered. 

***Hearings/Markups Printed*** 

Urging the European Union to Add Hezbollah to the European Union’s Wide Ranging List of Terrorist Organizations – March 3, 2005, Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation Markup; Serial No. 109-8.  

U.S. Economic Assistance to Egypt: Does it Advance Reform? – June 17, 2004, Full Committee hearing; Serial No. 108-160. 

Developments in U.S. Russia Relations – March 9, 2005, Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats hearing; Serial No. 109-12. 

***Memorials*** 

A memorial of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, relative to House Resolution No. 347 expressing the support of the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico to the nomination of John Bolton as Ambassador of the United States to the United Nations Organization; Memorial No. 0027. 

OTHER BUSINESS WEEKS OF MAY 16 & 23, 2005 

***Senate Measures Passed*** 

S. Con. Res. 35 (Smith, Gordon) – Expressing the sense of Congress that the Government of the Russian Federation should issue a clear and unambiguous statement of admission and condemnation of the illegal occupation and annexation by the Soviet Union from 1940 to 1991 of the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Passed the Senate by UC on May 19, 2005. 

S. Res. 151 (Frist) – Recognizing the 57th Anniversary of the Independence of the State of Israel.  Passed the Senate by UC on May 19, 2005. 

S. Res. 152 (Hagel) – Welcoming His Excellency Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, and expressing support for a strong and enduring strategic partnership between the United States and Afghanistan.  Passed the Senate by UC on May 23, 2005. 

***Hearings/Meetings of Interest*** 

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Concluded a hearing on human rights in Kosovo.  Testimony was heard from Soren Jessen-Petersen, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo; and Charles L. English, Director, Office of South Central European Affairs, Department of State.  

House Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations held a hearing entitled “Fostering Democracy in the Middle East: Defeating Terrorism with Ballots?”  Testimony was heard from Mona Yacoubian, Special Advisor, Muslim World Initiative, USIP.  See Committee Website for list of other witnesses.   

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: The Commission for Africa: Recommendations for a Coherent Strategy for Africa.  Testimony was heard from: Former Senator Nancy Kassebaum-Baker and Tidjane Thiam, Aviva, United Kingdom, both on behalf of the Commission for Africa; and Nancy Birdsall, Center for Global Development. 

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Iran: Weapons Proliferation, Terrorism, and Democracy.  Testimony was heard from: R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; Geoffrey Kemp, The Nixon Center; Gary Milhollin, Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control; George Perkovich, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Abbas William Samii, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 

***Appointments*** 

Commission on International Religious Freedom: The Chair announced the Speaker’s reappointment of Ms. Nina Shea of Washington, D.C. , and upon the recommendation of the Minority Leader, Ms. Felice Gaer of New Jersey to the Commission for a two-year term. 

NATO Parliamentary Assembly: Senator Leahy as Acting Vice Chairman. 

***Nominations Received*** 

Department of Defense – Daniel R. Stanley, of Kansas, to be an Assistant Secretary

Department of Defense – Eric S. Edelman, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary for Policy

Department of TreasurySandra L. Pack, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary

Department of State – Paul A. Trivelli, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Nicaragua. 

Department of State – Anne Louise Wagner, of Missouri, to be Ambassador to Luxembourg. 

Department of State – Terence Patrick McCulley, of Oregon, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mali

Department of State – Larry Miles Dinger, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Fiji Islands, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, and the Republic of Kiribati. 

Department of State – Linda Jewell, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Ecuador

Department of State – John F. Tefft, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Georgia. 

Department of State – Ronald E. Neumann, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. 

Inter-American Development BankJan E. Boyer, of Texas, to be United States Alternate Executive Director

NATOVictoria Nuland, of Connecticut, to be Permanent Representative of the United States of America on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with the rank and status of Ambassador. 

United Nations – Gregory L. Schulte, of Virginia, to be a Representative of the United States of America to the Vienna Office of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador & to be Representative of the United States to the IAEA. 

USAIDMichael E. Hess, of New York, to be an Assistant Administrator

***Nominations Confirmed*** 

Department of State – Robert Joseph, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary for Arms Control. 

Department of State – David Horton Wilkins, of South Carolina, to be Ambassador to Canada. 

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

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

Department of State – Paul A. Trivelli, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Nicaragua. 

NATOVictoria Nuland, of Connecticut, to be Permanent Representative of the United States of America on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with the rank and status of Ambassador. 

Department of State – Linda Jewell, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Ecuador

Department of State – John F. Tefft, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Georgia.