Committee on International Relations

Committee Business for the Week of May 29, 2006

***No Committee Schedule - House in Recess***

 

Committee Business for the Week of May 22, 2006

***Hearings/Markups/Meetings***

Thursday, May 25, 2006 

10:00 a.m.               Full Committee Markup of: 

                                The following resolutions were agreed to by UC to be taken up by the House under suspension of the rules:

                                 H.R. 860, To provide for the conveyance of the reversionary interest of the United States in certain lands to the Clint Independent School District, El Paso County, Texas; 

                                H.R. 5247, Support for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews Act of 2006; as amended

                                 H.R. 5333, Shoulder-fired Missile Threat Reduction Act of 2006; 

                                H. Con. Res. 338, Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the activities of Islamist terrorist organizations in the Western Hemisphere;

                                H. Con. Res. 408, Commending the Government of Canada for its renewed commitment to the Global War on Terror; as amended 

                                H. Con. Res. 409, Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the ascension to the throne of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand; 

                                H. Res. 608, Condemning the escalating levels of religious persecution in the People’s Republic of China; as amended 

                                H. Res. 784, Commending and supporting Radio Al Mahaba, Iraq’s first and only radio station for women; 

                                H. Res. 792, Recognizing the 40th anniversary of the independence of Guyana and extending best wishes to Guyana for peace and further progress, development, and prosperity; 

                                H. Res. 794, Recognizing the 17th anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, in the People’s Republic of China, and for other purposes; as amended 

                                H. Res. 799, Congratulating the people of Ukraine for conducting free, fair, and transparent parliamentary elections on March 26, 2006, and commending their commitment to democracy and reform;  

                                H. Res. 804, Condemning the unauthorized, inappropriate, and coerced ordination of Catholic bishops by the People’s Republic of China; and 

                                H. Res. 828, 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 tostrengthen its partnership with that country. 

11:00 a.m.               The World Hunger Crisis - Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations briefing and hearing.

                        Briefer: Mr. James T. Morris, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Program
                        Witnesses:
The Honorable Michael E. Hess, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, USAID; The Honorable Tony P. Hall, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Organization for Food andAgriculture; Mr. Sean Callahan, Vice President, Overseas Operations, Catholic Relief Services.  

2:00 p.m.                 U.S. - Canada Relations - Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere briefing and hearing.
                         Briefer: His Excellency Michael Wilson, Ambassador of Canada to the United States;
                         Witnesses:
The Honorable David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; Ms. Elizabeth A. Whitaker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mexico, Canada, and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State.  

2:00 p.m.                 The A.Q. Khan Network: Case Closed? - Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation hearing.

                                Witnesses: Mr. David Albright, President, Institute for Science and International Security; Leonard Weiss, Ph.D., Independent Consultant.

*** Floor***

Monday, May 22, 2006 

HR 4681 (Ileana Ros-Lehtinen) - Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006; House completed debate under suspension of the rules. May 23, 2006, House passed, amended, under suspension of the rules by a vote of 361-37, with nine voting "present."

***Legislation Introduced***

Monday, May 22, 2006 

H. Con. Res. 412 (Ros-Lehtinen) - Commemorating the thirty-ninth anniversary of the reunification of the city of Jerusalem.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 

H. Con. Res. 415 (Kirk) - Condemning the repression of the Iranian Baha'i community and calling for the emancipation of Iranian Baha'is.  

H. Res. 838 (Ferguson) - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Secretary of State should not accept the credentials of any representative of the Government of Libya until the Government of Libya has fully met its financial commitments to the families of the victims of Pan Am Flight 103 and that the President should urge the Government of Libya to make a good faith effort to resolve other outstanding cases of United States victims of terrorism sponsored or supported by Libya.  

H.R. 5476 (Stearns) - To withhold United States funding from the United Nations Human Rights Council.  

Thursday, May 25, 2006 

H.R. 5480 (McDermott) - to promote economic diversification, entrepreneurship, and private sector development in Africa.; In addition, referred to the Committees on Ways and Means, Small Business, and Financial Services.  

H. Res. 846 (Lee) - requesting the President and directing the Secretary of State to provide to the House of Representatives certain documents in their possession relating to strategies and plans either designed to cause regime change in or for the use of military force against Iran.  

H. Con. Res. 417 (Udall (CO)) - expressing the sense of the Congress in support of a broad-based political settlement in Iraq.  

H. Res. 844 (Engel) - congratulating the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative on ten years of significant achievement in the search for an HIV/AIDS vaccine.  

H. Res. 848 (Ros-Lehtinen) - expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the creation of refugee populations in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf region as a result of human rights violations.

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

Report on Visas Viper Committee Reporting - Thursday, May 18, 2006, , Letter from the Department of State transmitting report pursuant to Sec. 304(f) of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-173); unnumbered.  

Continuation of National Emergency with Respect to Protecting the Development Fund for Iraq - Thursday, May 18, 2006, , Message from the President transmitting notification pursuant to Sec. 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (H. Doc. 109-112); unnumbered.  

East Timor's Political and Economic Situation - Thursday, May 18, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting report pursuant to Sec. 638(a) of P.L. 107-228; unnumbered.  

Multilateral Development Banks' Assistance Proposals - Thursday, May 18, 2006, Letter from the U.S. Agency for International Development transmitting report pursuant to Sec. 1303(c) of P.L. 95-118; unnumbered.  

Amendment to the Export Administration Regulations Regarding Baggage Rules - Monday, May 22, 2006, Letter from the Department of Commerce transmitting report pursuant to Sec. 15(c) of the EAA.; unnumbered.  

Report on the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003 - Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting report pursuant to Sec. 6 of P.L. 108-175; unnumbered.  

Proposed Export of Significant Military Equipment - Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Notification from the Department of State (DDTC-74-05) of the proposed export to International Waters of satellite systems valued at $647,500,000; unnumbered.  

Embassy Construction Project in Hermosillo, Mexico - Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting certification of embassy project pursuant to Sec. 160(a) of P.L. 100-204; unnumbered.

Revised Charter for the Department of State's Defense Trade Advisory Group - Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting Charter pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (P.L. 92-463); unnumbered.  

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet -- 06-130 - Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Notification from the Department of State of its intent to reprogram FY 02 International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Funds ($700,000) to the Resident Legal Advisor program in China, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA, and Sec. 515 of P.L. 107-115; unnumbered.  

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - 06-128 - Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Notification from the Department of State of its intent to reprogram $700,000 to support programs in India; unnumbered.  

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet -- 06-131 - Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Notification from the Department of State of its intent to obligate $3,190,000 in funds to support humanitarian mine action projects in Cambodia, Colombia, Guinea-Bissau, Laos, and the OAS, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA, and Sec. 515 and Sec. 520 of P.L. 109-102; unnumbered.  

Renewed Charter for the Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Law - Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting charter pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (P.L. 92-463); unnumbered.  

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet -- 06-129 - Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Notification from the Department of State of it's intent to obligate $175,000 to provide conflict resolution training for women and rule of law training for journalists in Africa, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA, and Sec. 515 of P.L. 108-447; unnumbered.  

Department of Commerce Final Rule - Wednesday, May 24, 2006, Notification of corrections and clarifications to EAA regulations, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); Ex. Comm. 7634.  

Six Month Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to the Development Fund for Iraq - Wednesday, May 24, 2006, Letter from the Department of the Treasury transmitting report pursuant to Sec. 401(c) of the National Emergencies Act, and Sec. 204(c) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act; Ex. Comm. 7633.  

Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and Services to the Governments of Australia, Canada, and Malaysia - Wednesday, May 24, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting agreement DDTC-013-06, pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7635.  

Proposed Authorization for the Export of Military Equipment to International Waters - Wednesday, May 24, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting agreement DDTC 007-06, pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7636.  

Proposed Sale of Military Equipment to the United Kingdom - Wednesday, May 24, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting agreement DDTC 075-05 pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7637.  

Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles to the Republic of Korea - Wednesday, May 24, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting agreement DDTC 071-05 pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7638.  

Report Regarding the Arab League Boycott of Israel - Wednesday, May 24, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting report pursuant to Sec. 535 of P.L. 108-447; unnumbered.  

Transfer of Funds to the Government of the Dominican Republic - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Notification from the Department of State of the transfer of approximately $26,961.94 to the Government of the Dominican Republic for narcotics control purposes; unnumbered.

Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Italy - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting agreement (DDTC-012-06) pursuant to Sec. 36(c) and 36(d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7686.  

Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with the Government of Germany - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting agreement DDTC -64-05 pursuant to Sec. 36(c) and Sec. 36(d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7687.  

Memorandum of Understanding Between the Governments of the U.S. and Australia - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of Defense transmitting project certification pursuant to Sec. 27(f) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7678.  

International Agreements - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting international agreements 06-102 - 06-113, pursuant to the Case-Zablocki Act; Ex. Comm. 7680.  

Report on Small Arms Programs - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting report pursuant to P.L. 109-102; Ex. Comm. 7685.  

Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with the Government of the United Kingdom - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting agreement DDTC 006-06 pursuant to Sec. 36(c) and Sec. 36(d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7688.  

Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with the Government of Mexico - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting agreement DDTC 015-06 pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7689.  

Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with the Government of Israel - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting agreement DDTC 005-06 pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7691.  

Proposed Export of Significant Military Equipment in International Waters - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting agreement DDTC 074-05 pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7692.  

Certification for U.S. Embassy Project in Quito, Ecuador - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting certification pursuant to Sec. 160(a) of P.L. 100-204; unnumbered.  

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet -- 06-132 - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Notification from the Department of State of its intent to obligate $50,000 in funds to Ukraine; unnumbered.  

Periodic Report on the Authorization for Use of Force Against Iraq - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting report pursuant to 107-243; Ex. Comm. 7683.  

Certification of Project Arrangement Between the U.S. and Sweden - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of Defense transmitting project arrangement pursuant to Sec. 27(f) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7677.  

Memorandum of Understanding Between the Governments of the U.S. and Canada - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of Defense transmitting project certification pursuant to Sec. 27(f) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7679.  

President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting report pursuant to P.L. 109-102; Ex. Comm. 7684.

Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with the Governments of Algeria and Spain - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting agreement DDTC 039-05 pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7690.  

Determination and Certification that Five Countries are not Cooperating Fully with U.S. Anti-terrorism Efforts - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting Determination pursuant to Sec. 40A of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 7693.  

Reports on Dual-Use Export Controls - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Department of Commerce transmitting reports pursuant to Sec. 1402 of P.L. 106-65; Ex. Comm. 7682.  

Proposed Lease of Defense Articles to the Government of Switzerland - Thursday, May 25, 2006, Letter from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency transmitting agreement 03-06, pursuant to Sec. 62(a) of the AECA.; Ex. Comm. 7681.  

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet -- 06-135 - Friday, May 26, 2006, Notification from the Department of State of its intent to obligate $250,000 to Mauritania to support democracy building, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA; unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project in Brunei - Friday, May 26, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting report pursuant to Sec. 160(a) of P.L. 100-204; unnumbered.  

Accountability Review Board Report -- Karachi - Tuesday, May 30, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting report on the March 2, 2006 attack on the U.S. Consulate Karachi, pursuant to Sec. 301 of the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - 06-138 - Tuesday, May 30, 2006, Notification from the Department of State of its intent to obligate $4,310,000 to provide training and technical assistance to support Cuban independent journalists and human rights groups, pursuant to Sec.634A of the FAA; unnumbered.  

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet - 06-137 - Tuesday, May 30, 2006, Notification from State Department of its intent to obligate $55,000 in funds to be used by the Southeast European Cooperative Initiative (SECI) for its Professional Committees, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA and Sec. 515 and Sec. 520 of P.L. 109-102; unnumbered.  

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet -- 06-136 - Tuesday, May 30, 2006, Notification from the State Department of its intent to obligate $335,800 in funds to promote U.S. positions in oceans, marine and wildlife conservation, health, sustainable natural resource development, and other cooperation, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA and Sec. 515 of P.L. 109-102; unnumbered.  

Proposed Transfer of Major Defense Equipment - Tuesday, May 30, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting notification (Trans. No. RSAT-01-06) of the transfer of five Apache helicopters to the Government of the Netherlands; unnumbered.  

Determination and Certification Related to the Colombian Armed Forces - Tuesday, May 30, 2006, Letter from the Department of State transmitting Determination, Certification and Justification pursuant to Sec. 556 of P.L. 108-447; unnumbered.  

Amendment to the Export Control Regulations Regarding Certain Biological Toxins - Friday, June 02, 2006, Letter from the Department of Commerce transmitting report pursuant to Sec. 15(c) of the EAA; unnumbered.  

***Petitions/Memorials***

Memorial by the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, relative to House Resolution No. 690 applauding the contributions of Pennsylvania’s Taiwanese-American community and joining in support of the participation of the Republic of China in the role of World Health Organization observer; 318.

Other Business for the Week of May 22, 2006

***Nominations Received***

Department of State - Richard E. Hoagland of District of Columbia to be to be Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia.  

Department of State - Clifford M. Sobel of New Jersey to be to be Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil.  

Department of State - Robert O. Blake, Jr. of Maryland to be to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Maldives.

***Nominations Confirmed***

United Nations - Robert C. O'Brien of California to be to be an Alternate Representative of the United States to the 60th Session of the U.N.  

United Nations - Patricia Brister of Louisiana to be for the rank of Ambassador during her tenure as the Representative of the U.S. on the Commission on the Status of Women of the Economic and Social Council of the U.N.  

United Nations  - Duane Acklie of Nebraska to be to be an Alternate Permanent Representative of the United States to the Sixtieth Session of the United Nations States to the 60th session of the U.N.  

Department of State - Robert F. Godec of Virginia to be to be Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia.  

Department of State - Mark C. Minton of Florida to be to be Ambassador to Mongolia.  

Department of State - Michael Kirby of Virginia to be to be Ambassador to Moldova.  

Department of State - Lisa Bobbie Schreiber Hughes of Pennsylvania to be to be Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname.  

Department of State - David M. Robinson of Connecticut to be to be Ambassador to the Republic of Guyana.  

Department of State - John Cloud, Jr. of Virginia to be to be Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania.  

Department of State - Anne Derse of Maryland to be to be Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan.  

Department of State - Robert S. Ford of Maryland to be to be Ambassador to the People's Republic of Algeria. 

Department of State - April Foley of New York to be to be Ambassador to Hungary.  

Department of State - Tracey Ann Jacobson of District of Columbia to be to be Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan. 

Department of State - Robert Anthony Bradtke of Maryland to be to be Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia.  

Department of State - William B. Taylor, Jr. of Virginia to be to be Ambassador to the Ukraine.  

Department of State - Michael Wood of District of Colombia to be to be Ambassador to Sweden.