Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF JUNE 20, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Monday, June 20, 2005

2:00 p.m.         

“Human Rights in Vietnam” – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations.

Witnesses: Ms. Nina Shea, Vice Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Ms. Minky Worden, Media Director, Human Rights Watch; Ms. Helen Ngo, Chairwoman, Committee for Religious Freedom in Vietnam; Nguyen Thang, Ph.D., Executive Director, Boat People S.O.S.; Mr. Vo Van Ai, President, Vietnam Committee on Human Rights & Que Me: Action for Democracy in Vietnam, France; Mr. Y. Khim Nie, Executive Director, Montagnard Human Rights Organization.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

1:30 p.m.         

“Democracy in the Middle East: Toward an Inter-Arab Democratic Charter” – Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia briefing. Briefer: A.A. El- Eryani, Ph.D., Political Advisor to the President of Yemen (Former Prime Minister of Yemen).

5:00 p.m.

“Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats Markup:

Following measures approved for Full Committee action:

H. Res. 326, calling on free and fair parliamentary elections in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

H. Res. 328, Recognizing the 25th anniversary of the workers’ strikes in Poland in 1980 that led to the establishment of the Solidarity Trade Union; and

H. Con. Res. 155, 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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

10:30 a.m.       

“Sudan: Consolidating Peace While Confronting Genocide” – Full Committee Hearing.

 Witnesses: The Honorable Robert B. Zoellick, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State.

1:30 p.m.         

MEMBERS ONLY classified briefing with Ambassador Rose M. Likins, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau for Political-Military Affairs on the Department of State’s efforts to prevent terrorists from accessing shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles.

2:15 p.m.         

“The EU Constitution and U.S. – EU Relations: The Recent Referenda in France and the Netherlands and the U.S. – EU Summit” – Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats.

Witnesses: His Excellency John Bruton, Head of Delegation, Delegation to the European Commission; Her Excellency Arlette Conzemius, Ambassador of Luxembourg.

5:00 p.m.              

MEMBERS ONLY Meeting with His Excellency Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of American States – Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

11:00 A.M.      

MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Excellency Ibrahim al-Ja’afari, the Prime Minister of Iraq.

2:00 p.m.         

“Implementing the 1998 Torture Victims Relief Act” – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations hearing.

Witnesses: Mr. Lloyd Feinberg, Manager of the Victims of Torture Fund, USAID; Mr. Sheikh Sackor, Founder, Humanist Watch Liberia, Survivor of Torture in Liberia; Mr. Douglas A. Johnson, Executive Director, Center for the Victims of Torture; Allen S. Keller, M.D., Director, Program for Survivors of Torture, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York University School of Medicine.

4:00 p.m.         

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations Markup of:

Following measures approved for Full Committee action:

H.R. 2017, Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization Act of 2005

H. Con. Res. 168, 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; and

H. Res. 333, Supporting the goals and ideals of a National Weekend of Prayer and reflection for Darfur, Sudan.

***Legislation Introduced***

Monday, June 20, 2005

H. R. 2991 (McHenry) – A bill to prohibit United States foreign assistance from being provided to any country that refuses to extradite to the United States individuals accused of killing law enforcement officers.

H. Res. 33 (Payne) – A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of a National Weekend of Prayer and Reflection for Darfur, Sudan.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

H. R. 3007 (Hart) – A bill to combat terrorism financing, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.  In addition, referred to HIRC.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

H. Con. Res. 184 (Skelton) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding additional steps to expedite the success of the United states in Iraq, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Armed Services.  In addition, referred to HIRC.)

H. Con. Res. 187 (Ros-Lehtinen) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress concerning Uzbekistan.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

H. Con. Res. 190 (Smith-NJ) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress that the Russian Federation should fully protect the freedoms of all religious communities without distinction, whether registered and unregistered, as stipulated by the Russian constitution and international standards.

Friday, June 24, 2005

H. R. 3064 (Lee) – A bill to prohibit the use of funds to implement certain regulations that restrict travel to Cuba for educational activities.

H. Con. Res. 191 (Hyde) – Concurrent resolution commemorating the 60th anniversary of the conclusion of the war in the Pacific and honoring veterans of both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters of the Second World War.

H. Con. Res. 192 (Maloney) – Concurrent resolution recognizing the 60th anniversary of the United Nations.

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

Diplomatic Construction Project – New Embassy Compound in Managua, Nicaragua – June 13, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA, FY 198-89 (P.L. 100-204), as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, FY 1990-91 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Implementation Strategies for Meeting the Immediate and Long-Term Security Needs of Afghanistan – June 16, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 206 ( c )(2) of the AFSA, 2002 (P.L. 107-327); unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project – New Embassy Compound in Accra, Ghana – June 16, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA, FY 198-89 (P.L. 100-204), as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, FY 1990-91 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – June 17, 2005, MCC, pertaining to Honduras, in accordance with 610(b)(1) of the MCA, 2003 ( P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

SALSRA Report – June 17, 2005, DOS, as required by Sec. 6 of the SALSRA, 2003 (P.L. 108-175); unnumbered.

Report of Licenses Approved by Dept. of Commerce 7/30/04 – 3/30/05 – The Secretary of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 1503 of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003; unnumbered.

Presidential Determination 2005-24 and Policy Justification Relating to Jerusalem Embassy – June 20, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 7(a) of the Jerusalem Embassy Act, 1995 (P.L. 104-45); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – June 20, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram and obligate $5,000,000 in FY04 ESF for MEPI, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Ghana – June 21, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 003-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

FY 05 Contributions to International Organizations – June 22, 2005, DOS; unnumbered.

Notice of Implementation of IMET in Iraq – June 22, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Division D, Title V, Sec. 515 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – June 23, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $500,000 in FY05 AIS funds to improve near-term safety of Soviet-designed reactors currently operating in Kazakhstan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – June 23, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $100,000 in FY05 in AIS funds for programs in Kazakhstan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – June 23, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $2,400,000 in FY05 AIS funds for the Anti-Crime Training and Technical Assistance Program, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – June 23, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $500,000 in FY05 AEEB funds for DoJ and ICITAP police training, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – June 23, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $90,000 in FY05 AIS for BISNIS in Kazakhstan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – June 23, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $500,000 in FY05 AIS funds for the Nuclear Reactor Safety Assistance Program for Kazakhstan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – June 23, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $400,000 in FY05 AIS funds for CRDF program in Kazakhstan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – June 23, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $450,000 in FY05 AEEB funds for technical assistance activities in Europe, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – June 23, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram $1,009,359 in FY 1998 and 1999 AIS funds for Eurasia programs within the Former Soviet union for INL programs, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 1998 (P.L. 105-118) & 1999 (P.L. 105-277); unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Germany – June 24, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-28), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Egypt – June 27, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-24), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Egypt – June 27, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-26), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Notification and Accountability Review Board to Examine the Facts and the Circumstances of the Loss of Life at a U.S. Mission Abroad and to Report and Make Recommendations at a U.S. Mission Abroad – Baghdad, Iraq – June 27, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 301 of the omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act, 1986; Ex. Comm. 2466.

The Department’s Final Rule – Requirements for Reporting the Kimberley Process Certificate Number for Exports and Reexports of Rough Diamonds (RIN: 0607-AA44) – June 27, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a)(1)(A); Ex. Comm. 2467.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan – June 27, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 022-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) and (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2468.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan – June 27, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 018-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2469.

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Unfinished Business – April 6, 2005, Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats hearing; Serial No. 109-22.

The U.N. Commission on Human Rights: Protector or Accomplice? – April 19, 2005, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations hearing and briefing; Serial No. 109-24.

Recognizing the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day and the liberation of Western Bohemia; and Recognizing the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day during World War II – April 26, 2005, Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats markup; Serial No. 109-23.

OTHER BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF JUNE 20, 2005

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. Res. 178 (Bennett) – Expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the United States-European Union Summit.  Passed by UC.

S. Res. 134 (Smith) – Expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the massacre at Srebrenica in July 1995.  Passed by UC.

***Meetings/Hearings of Interest***

House Committee on Appropriations: FY06 FOAA ordered reported on June 21, 2005.

House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Science, The Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce, and Related Agencies held a hearing on the United Nations Task Force.  Testimony was heard from the following Co-Chairs of the UNTF: Senator George Mitchell, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; and Philo Dibble, Acting Assistant Secretary, International Organizations, U.S. Department of State.

House Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on Afghanistan: Operations and Reconstruction.  Testimony was heard from the following officials of the DoD: Peter Rodman Assistant Secretary, International Security Affairs; and TLG Walter Sharp, USA, Director, Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, The Joint Staff; and Nancy Powell, Assistant Secretary, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

House Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on the progress of the Iraqi security services.  Testimony was heard from the following officials of the DoD: Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary; GEN Richard B. Myers, USAF, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; GEN John Abizaid, USA, Commander, Central Command; and GEN George W. Casey, Jr., USA, Commander, Multi-National Forces-Iraq.

House Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled “The United Nations Oil-for-Food Program: A Review of the 661 Sanctions Committee.”  Testimony was heard from Thomas A. Schweich, Chief of Staff, United States Mission to the United Nations, U.S. Department of State.

House Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade, and Technology held a hearing entitled “Combating Trafficking in Persons: An International Perspective.”  Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

House Committee on Government Reform: Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations held a hearing entitled “The Development Fund for Iraq: U.S. Management of Iraq Oil Proceeds and Compliance with UNSCR 1483.”  Testimony was heard from the following officials of DoD: Stuart W. Bowen, Jr., Special Inspector General, Iraq Reconstruction; William Reed, Director, Defense Contract Audit Agency; COL Emmett H. Du Bose, Jr., Deputy Commander and Engineers, Department of the Army; Joseph A. Benkert, Defense Reconstruction Support Office, Office of the Secretary; David Norquist, Under Deputy Secretary of Financial Management.

Senate Committee on Armed Services: Held hearing on U.S Military Strategy in Iraq.  Testimony was heard from Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense; General Richard B. Myers, USAF, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; General John P. Abizaid, USA, Commander, USCC; and General George W. Casey, USA Commanding General, Multi-National Force Iraq.

Senate Committee on Armed Services: Met in Closed session to receive briefing on Iraqi security forces.

Senate Committee on Finance: Held a hearing on U.S. – China Economic Relations.  Testimony was heard from Senators Collins, Bayh, Graham, and Stabenow; Alan Greenspan, Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; John W. Snow, Secretary of the Treasury and public witnesses.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: U.S. Policy toward Russia.  Testimony was heard from Patricia M. Cloherty, The U.S. Russia Investment Fund; Frank A. Verrastro and Celeste A. Wallander, both of CSIS.

***Nominations Confirmed***

Department of StateEmil A. Skodon, of Illinois, to be Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam.

Department of StateJoseph A. Mussomeli, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Department of StateDina Habib Powell, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Department of StateLarry 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 StateRonald E. Neumann, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

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

United NationsGregory L. Schulte, of Virginia, to be Rep. of the USA to the Vienna Office with the rank of Amb.

IAEA - Gregory L. Schulte, of Virginia, to be Rep. of the USA.