Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF JUNE 13, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

9:30 a.m.    

“The United States and South Asia” – Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable Christina B. Rocca, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Ashley J. Tellis, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Stephen P. Cohen, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution; Mr. Dana Robert Dillon, Senior Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation, Asian Studies Center.

***Floor***

Friday, June 17, 2005

H.R. 2745 (Hyde) – Henry J. Hyde United Nations Reform Act.  Passed the House with 221 ayes to 184 noes.

***Reports Filed***

Monday June 13, 2005

H. R. 2745 (Hyde) - Henry J. Hyde United Nations Reform Act of 2005. Report No. 109-120.

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

H. Con. Res. 177 ( Kirk) – concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the crisis regarding the Iranian nuclear program should be primarily resolved through diplomatic means.

H. Res. 316 (Radanovich) – A resolution calling upon the President to ensure that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to human rights, ethnic cleansing and genocide documented in the United States record relating to the Armenian Genocide, and for other purposes.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

H. Res. 321 (Leach) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should support the regionally balanced expansion of the membership of the United Nations Security Council. 

H. Res. 322 (Maloney) – A resolution expressing support for the European Court of Human Rights for its decisions in the Loizidou v. Turkey and Xenides-Arestis v. Turkey cases and for admitting similar cases before the European Court of Human Rights.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

H.J. Res. 55 (Abercrombie) – A joint resolution requiring the President to develop and implement a plan for the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq, and for other purposes.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, referred to the Committee on Armed Services.)

H. Res. 326 (Gallegly) – A resolution calling for free and fair parliamentary elections in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Friday, June 17, 2005

H.R. 2957 (Smith-NJ) – A bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide for the establishment of centers for the treatment of obstetric fistula in developing countries.

H. Res. 328 (Gallegly) – A resolution recognizing the 25th anniversary of the workers’ strikes in Poland in 1980 that led to the establishment of the Solidarity Trade Union.

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

Semi-Annual IG Report on Peace Corps – June 1, 2005, The Director of the Peace Corps, required by Sec. 5 of the Inspector General Act, 1978 (P.L. 95-452); unnumbered.

The Commission’s Final Rule – Export and Import of Nuclear Equipment and Material; Exports to Syria Embargoed (RIN: 3150-AH67) – June 9, 2005, NRC, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a)(1)(A); Ex. Comm. 2275. 

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – June 13, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $300,000 in FY05 PKO funds to support the ECOWAS Regional Information Exchange System (ERIES) in West Africa, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – June 13, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $2,000,000 of the $34,000,000 in previously notified IDFA funds appropriated by the Emergency Supplemental Appropriation Act for the Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan (P.L. 108-106) to support the demobilization of the Armed Forces of Liberia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Japan – June 13, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-27), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2295.

Letter Regarding Determination Related to Serbia – June 13, 2005, DOS CLASSIFIED, pursuant to 563( c ) of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); Ex. Comm. 2296.

Notice of Proposed Transfer of Major Defense Equipment From the Gov. of Australia to a Private Canadian Entity – June 13, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. RSAT-02-05), pursuant to Sec. 3 (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2297.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan – June 14, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 018-05), 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 Japan – June 14, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 022-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) and (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – June 14, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $50,000 in FY04 AEEB funds for the International Commission of Missing Persons, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Australia – June 14, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-13), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2328.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Greece – June 14, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 014-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2329.

Notice of Request from Gov. of Israel to Cash Flow Finance a Foreign Military Sales Case – June 14, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 23 (g) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2330.

Arab Economic Boycott – June 14, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Part C of Title V, FRAA, FY1994-95 (P.L. 103-236); Ex. Comm. 2331.

FCC Report to Congress – June 15, 2005, FCC, pursuant to Sec. 646 of the Open-Market Reorganization for the Betterment of International Telecommunications Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-180); unnumbered.

Recommendation to Accept the Orco Property Group Build-To-Lease Agreement for RFE-RL’s New Headquarters – June 15, 2005, BBG; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – June 15, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $53,000 in FY05 AEEB funds for police training and prosecutorial performance index in Bulgaria, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961 and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Copies of International Agreements – June 15, 2005, DOS, in accordance with the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b (a); Ex. Comm. 2372.

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

Providing for the establishment of a Commission in the House of Representatives to assist parliaments in emerging democracies; The 25th anniversary of the constitution of the Republic of the Marshall Islands – Full Committee markup, June 17, 2004; Serial No. 108-159.

International Relations Budget for Fiscal Year 2006 – February 17, 2005, Full Committee hearing; Serial No. 109-16.

United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo: A Case for Peacekeeping Reform – March 1, 2005, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations briefing and hearing; Serial No. 109-13.

 OTHER BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF JUNE 13, 2005

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. Res. 174 (McConnell) – Recognizing Burmese democracy activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as a symbol of the struggle for freedom in Burma.  Passed the Senate by UC.

***Meetings/Hearings of Interest***

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: An Update on Six-Party Talks and Matters Related to the Resolution of the North Korean Crisis.  Testimony was heard from Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Joseph R. DeTrani, Special Envoy, Six-Party Talks, Department of State.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Stabilization and Reconstruction: Building Peace in a Hostile Environment.  Testimony was heard from: Carlos Pascual, Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, Department of State; Ryan Henry, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Policy, DoD; Lieutenant General Walter Sharp, Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, Joint Staff, DoD; James Kunder, Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East, USAID.

House Committee on Ways and Means: Approved, as amended, the draft implementing proposal on the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act.

***Appointments***

Commission on Security Cooperation in Europe: Following Senators appointed: Smith, Chambliss, Burr, and Vitter.

***Nominations Received***

Department of Defense – John G. Grimes, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary.

***Nominations Confirmed***

Cuba Broadcasting – Jorge A. Plasencia, of Florida, to be a Member of the Advisory Board.

United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy – Jay T. Snyder, of New York, to be a Member.

OPIC – Christopher J. Hanley, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Board of Directors for a term expiring December 17, 2006.

OSCE – Julie Finley, of the District of Columbia, to be U.S. Representative, with the rank of Ambassador.

Department of State – Craig Roberts Stapleton, of Connecticut, to be Ambassador to France.

Department of State – Eduardo Aguirre, Jr., of Texas, to be Ambassador to Spain and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to Andorra.

Department of State – Roger Dwayne Pierce, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cape Verde.

Department of State – Donald E. Booth, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia.

Department of State – Molly Hering Bordonaro, of Oregon, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Malta.

Department of State – Richard J. Griffin, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security.

Department of State – Richard J. Griffin, of Virginia, to be the Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, and to have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure.

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 – Ann 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.