Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEKS OF JUNE 27 – JULY 11, 2005

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

10:30 a.m.         

“The Global Water Crisis: Evaluating U.S. Strategies to Enhance Access to Safe Water and Sanitation” – Full Committee Hearing.

Briefers: Ms. Vanessa Tobin, Chief, Water Environment Sanitation Section, United Children’s Fund; Mr. Olav Kjorven, Director of the Energy and Environment Group, Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Program.  Witnesses: The Honorable John F. Turner, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Ms. Jackee Schafer, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade, USAID; Peter Lochery, Senior Advisor on Water, Sanitation and Environment Health, CARE USA; Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Ph.D., Director, Environmental Change and Security Project; Mr. Malcolm S. Morris, Chairman, Millennium Water Alliance.

2:00 p.m.           

“Iraq’s Transition to Democracy” – Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia.

Witnesses: The Honorable Richard Jones, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Coordinator for Iraq, U.S. Department of State.

Markup of:

H. Con. Res. 187, Expressing the sense of Congress concerning Uzbekistan; and

H.Res. 343, Commending the State of Kuwait for granting women certain important political rights.

Both measures were approved for Full Committee action.

2:00 p.m.           

Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere Markup of:

H.R. 611, Haiti Economic and Infrastructure Reconstruction Act;

H.R. 953, Social Investment and Economic Development Fund for the Americas Act of 2005; and

H.Con. Res. 175, Acknowledging African descendants of the transatlantic slave trade in all of the Americas with an emphasis on descendants in Latin America and the Caribbean, recognizing the injustices suffered by these African descendants, and recommending that the Untied States and the international community work to improve the situation of Afro-descendant communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

All three measures were approved for Full Committee action

Thursday, June 30, 2005

10:30 a.m.         

Full Committee Markup of:

H.R. 3100, East Asia Security Act of 2005; Ordered favorably reported.

Committee approved a motion authorizing the Chairman to request that the following measures be considered on the suspension calendar:

H.R. 611, Haiti Economic and Infrastructure Reconstruction Act;

H.R. 2017, Torture Victims 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;

H.Con. Res. 175, Acknowledging African descendants of the transatlantic slave trade in all of the Americas with an emphasis on descendants in Latin America and the Caribbean, recognizing the injustices suffered by these African descendants, and recommending that the Untied States and the international community work to improve the situation of Afro-descendant communities in Latin America and the Caribbean

H. Con. Res. 191, 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. Res. 328, Recognizing the 25th anniversary of the workers’ strikes in Poland in 1980 that led to the establishment of the Solidarity Trade Union;

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

H.Res. 343, Commending the State of Kuwait for granting women certain important political rights.

2:00 p.m.           

“The G8 Summit and Africa’s Development” – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations hearing.

Witnesses: Mr. Paul Reid, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs; U.S. Department of State; Mr. Robert Pittman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Development, Finance, and Debt, U.S. Department of Treasury; Mr. Gerald Flood, Counselor to the International Policy Committee, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Mr. Roger Bate, Resident Fellow, AEI; Ms. Imani Countess, Coordinator, Africa Program, American Friends Service Committee.

2:30 p.m.           

“Nonproliferation and the G-8” – Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation.

Witnesses: Ms. Michèle A. Flournoy, Senior Advisor, International Security Program, CSIS; Mr. Baker Spring, F.M. Kirby Research Fellow in National Security Policy, The Heritage Foundation; Mr. Leonard S. Spector, Deputy Director, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of international Studies; Mr. Jon Wolfsthal, Associate and Deputy Director for Non-Proliferation, CEIP.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

10:30 a.m.         

“North Korean Nuclear Negotiations: Strategies and Prospects for Success” – Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses: The Honorable Donald P. Gregg, President and Chairman, The Korea Society; Mr. Scott Snyder, Senior Associate, The Asia Foundation and Pacific Forum, CSIS; Mr. William M. Drennan, Consultant and Author (Colonel, USAF (retired)); Mr. David Albright, President, Institute for Science and International Security.  

***Floor***

H. Res. 199 (Smith-NJ) – Sense of the House regarding the massacre at Srebrenica in July 1995.  Passed the House with 370 yeas and 1 nay.

H. Con. Res. 155 (Smith-NJ) – Urging the Government of the Republic of Albania to ensure that the elections on July 3, 2005 are conducted in accordance with international standards for free and fair elections.  Passed the House with 369 yeas to 1 nay.

H. Con. Res. 168 (Hyde) – 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.  Passed the House with 362 yeas to 1 nay.

H. Res. 333 (Payne) – Supporting the goals and ideals of a National Weekend of Prayer and reflection for Darfur, Sudan.  Passed the House with 364 yeas to 2 nays.

H.Res. 343 (Crowley) – Commending the State of Kuwait for granting women certain important political rights.  Passed the House with 420 yeas.

H. Res. 356 (Hyde) – A resolution condemning in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks in London, England, on July 7, 2005.  Passed the House with 416 yeas.

H. Con. Res. 191 (Hyde) – Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the conclusion of the war in the Pacific and honoring the veterans of WWII.  Passed the house with 399 yeas.

***Reports Filed***

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

H.R. 3100 (Hyde) – East Asia Security Act of 2005; Report No. 109-165.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

H.R. 2601 (Smith-NJ) – Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007; Report No. 109-168.

***Legislation Introduced***

Monday, June 27, 2005

H. Res. 343 (Crowley) – A resolution commending the State of Kuwait for granting women certain important political rights.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

H. R. 3100 (Hyde) – A bill to authorize measures to deter arms transfers by foreign countries to the People’s Republic of China.

H.R. 3103 (Schiff) – A bill to direct the Secretary of State to submit a report outlining the steps taken and plans made by the United States to end Turkey’s blockade of Armenia.

H. Con. Res. 195 (Schiff) – Concurrent resolution commemorating the Armenian Genocide of 1975-1923, urging the Government of the Republic of Turkey to acknowledge the culpability of its predecessor state, the Ottoman Empire, for the Armenian Genocide and engage in rapprochement with the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian people, and supporting the accession of Turkey to the European Union if Turkey meets certain criteria.

H. Res. 344 (Pombo) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that a Chinese state-owned energy company exercising control of critical United States Energy infrastructure and energy production capacity could take action that would threaten to impair the national security of the United States.  (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services.  In addition, referred to HIRC.)

Thursday, June 30, 2005

H. R. 3127 (Hyde) – A bill to impose sanctions against individuals responsible for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, to support measures for the protection of civilians and humanitarian operations, and to support peace efforts in Darfur region of, Sudan, and for other purposes. 

H. R. 3142 (Allen) – A bill to declare that it is the policy of the United States not to maintain a long-term or permanent military presence in Iraq.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, referred to the Committee on Armed Services.)

H. R. 3184 (Ros-Lehtinen) – A bill to ensure that countries that have signed a Small Quantities Protocol also sign, ratify, and implement the Additional Protocol and provide access by IAEA inspectors to their nuclear-related facilities and to direct the United States Permanent Representative to the IAEA to make every effort to rescind and eliminate the Small Quantities Protocol and ensure compliance by all Member States of the IAEA with IAEA obligations and the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

H. R. 3189 (Smith-NJ) – A bill to promote the development of democratic institutions and full respect for human rights in the countries of Central Asia.

H.R. 3190 (Smith- NJ) – A bill to promote freedom and democracy in Viet Nam.

H. R. 3191 (Smith- NJ) – A bill to provide multilateral debt cancellation for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Financial Services.  In addition, referred to HIRC.)

H. Con. Res. 197 (Lee) – Concurrent resolution declaring that it is the policy of the United States not to enter into any base agreement with the Government of Iraq that would lead to a permanent United States military presence in Iraq.

H. Con. Res. 201 (Ortiz) – Concurrent resolution welcoming the Prime Minister of Singapore, His Excellency Lee Hsien Loong, on the occasion of his visit to the United States, expressing gratitude to the Government of Singapore for its support in the reconstruction of Iraq and its strong cooperation with the United States in the campaign against terrorism, and reaffirming the commitment of Congress to the continued expansion of friendship and cooperation between the United States and Singapore.

H. Res. 347 (Cleaver) – A resolution condemning the Government of Mexico for printing and distributing blatantly racist postage stamps and recall from circulation those postage stamps currently on the market.

H. Res. 348 (Issa) – A resolution congratulating the people of Lebanon on successfully conducting democratic parliamentary elections in May and June 2005.

H. Res. 349 (Fattah) – A resolution recognizing the importance of addressing extreme poverty in Africa, recognizing the devastating impact that HIV/AIDS has had on the African economy, recognizing the need for the development of a safe blood supply in Africa, and congratulating the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for hosting the “Live 8 2005” concert.

H. Res. 350 (Stupak) – A resolution expressing appreciation to the people and Government of Canada for their long history and friendship and cooperation with the people and Government of the United States and congratulating Canada as it celebrates “Canada Day.”

H. Res. 353 (McDermott) – A resolution supporting a landmark initiative in bilateral energy cooperation between India and Pakistan.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

H. Con. Res. 206 (Serrano) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress that the President should temporarily suspend restrictions on remittances, gift parcels, and family travel to Cuba to allow Cuban-Americans to assist their relatives in Cuba in the aftermath of Hurricane Dennis.

H. Res. 356 (Hyde) – A resolution condemning in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks in London, England, on July 7, 2005.

H. Res. 358 (Fossella) – A resolution expressing thanks to the people of the city of Rome for welcoming several million people into Rome and Vatican City during the funeral observances of Pope John Paul II in April 2005.

H. Res. 359 (Price) – A resolution expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives to the victims, their families and friends, and the people of the United Kingdom for the loss suffered during the terrorist attacks in London on July 7, 2005.

H. Res. 360 (Stearns) – A resolution commemorating the 60th anniversary of V-J Day and the end of World War II in the Pacific.  Referred to HIRC.  In addition, referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

H. R. 3269 (Leach) – A bill to amend the International Organizations Immunities Act to provide for the applicability of that Act to the Bank for International Settlements.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

H. R. 3306 (Pelosi) – A bill to amend the Tariff Act of 1930 and the Trade Act of 1974 to provide relief from certain practices by other countries, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.  In addition, referred to HIRC)

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

Engendering Bold Leadership: The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – June 16, 2005, DOS, pursuant to the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-25); unnumbered.  

FY 2005 Foreign Operations Supplemental Financial Plan – June 16, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 2104 of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief Act, 2005 (P.L. 109-13); unnumbered.

Presidential Message – Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Russian Federation – June 17, 2005, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act ( P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 109-35.

IG’s Semiannual Report to Congress – June 22, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to the Inspector General Act, 1978 (P.L. 95-452); unnumbered.

Presidential Message – Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Western Balkans – June 24, 2005, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act ( P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 109-37.

 Project Certification for a MOU between the U.S., Australia, Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Spain, and Switzerland Concerning a Cooperative Framework for the F/A-18 Program – June 27, 2005, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project – United States Embassy in Rangoon, Burma – June 28, 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.

Diplomatic Construction Project – United States Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand – June 28, 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.

Diplomatic Construction Project – United States Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina – June 28, 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.

International Fisheries Commission FY05 Spending Plan – June 28, 2005, DOS, pursuant to the Joint Explanatory Statement accompanying P.L. 108-447; unnumbered.

Updated Spending Plans for the Diplomatic & Consular Programs – June 29, 2005, DOS; unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Japan – June 29, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-23), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Belgium – June 30, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 012-05), 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 Haiti – June 30, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 010-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification – June 30, 2005, OPIC, concerning project in Iraq, pursuant to P.L. 108-447; unnumbered.

Establishment of the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center – July 1, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 7202 (d) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-458); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – July 1, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to make available for obligation $269,365,675 from the FY05 GHAI account for HIV/AIDS activities, 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 – July 1, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $80,000 in FY05 PKO funds to support Global Peace Operations Initiative, 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 – July 1, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $7,000,000 in FY05 PKO funds to support the Afghan National Army and the Multinational Force and observers mission in the Sinai, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to United Kingdom – July 5, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 016-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( d ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan – July 5, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 023-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – July 5, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $1,000,000 in FY05 PKO funds to support peacekeeping activities in the Great Lakes region (Africa), pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Five-Year Strategy for Afghanistan – July 6, 2005, DOS, pursuant to the AFSA, 2002 (P.L. 107-327) as amended by Sec. 7104(a)(1) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, 2004 (P.l. 108-458); unnumbered.

Amendment to the Export Administration Regulations – July 6, 2005, Dept. of Commerce; unnumbered.

Justifications for Capital Security Projects – July 8, 2005, DOS; unnumbered.

FY05 Capital Security Projects – July 8, 2005, DOS; unnumbered.

PLOCCA Report – July 8, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 804 of the PLO Commitments Compliance Act, 1989 (P.L. 101-246), and sections 603-604 of the Middle East Peace Commitments Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-228); unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Gov. of Colombia – July 11, 2005, DSCA pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Gov. of Bahrain – July 11, 2005, DSCA pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Summary of MEPI Programming in Libya – July 11, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 451 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – July 11, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram $600,000 in FY04 IS funds for the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation to assist Eurasian countries, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 517 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – July 11, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $2,820,000 in AEEB funds for programs in Serbia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Presidential Communication – Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Proliferation of WMD and Their Delivery Systems – July 11, 2005, The White House, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, (P.L. 95-223); H. Doc. 109-38; Ex. Comm. 2491.

Proposed Amendment to the Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000 – July 12, 2005, NASA; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – July 12, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $4,300,000 in FY04 and $22,500,000 in FY05 ESF for the U.S. – MEPI, 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 – July 12, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $300,000 in FY05 IS funds to support independent education in Belarus and the continuing mission of the European Humanities University, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Copies of International Agreements and Other Treaties – July 12, 2005, DOS, in accordance with the provisions with the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 2566.

Copies of International Agreements and Other Treaties – July 12, 2005, DOS, in accordance with the provisions with the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 2567.

Copies of International Agreements and Other Treaties – July 12, 2005, DOS, in accordance with the provisions with the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 2568.

Memorandum of Justification Re: Deploying Forces to Darfur, Sudan – July 15, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 552 ( c ) (2) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

IG’s Semiannual Report to Congress – no date, DOS and BBG, pursuant to the Inspector General Act, 1978 (P.L. 95-452); unnumbered.

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

The Way Forward in the Middle East Peace Process – February 10, 2005, Full Committee hearing; Serial No. 109-29.

Eliminating Terrorist Sanctuaries: The Role of Security Assistance – March 10, 2005, Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation; Serial No. 109-19.

Northern Ireland Human Rights: Update on the Cory Collusion Inquiry Reports – March 16, 2005, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations; Serial No. 109-15.

Libya: Progress on the Path Toward Cautious Reengagement – March 16, 2005, Full Committee hearing; Serial No. 109-25.

The United Nations and the Fight Against Terrorism – March 17, 2005, Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation; Serial No. 109-20.

U.S. Counternarcotics Policy in Afghanistan: Time for Leadership – March 17, 2005, Full Committee hearing; Serial No. 109-17.

China’s Anti-Secession Law and Developments Across the Taiwan Strait – April 6, 2005, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific hearing; Serial No. 109-30.

Foreign Relations Authorization for Fiscal Year 2005-2006: Department of State Management Initiatives – April 14, 2005, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations; Serial No. 109-14.

Recognizing the 60th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day and Liberation of Western Bohemia; Recognizing the 60th Anniversary of VE Day during World War II; Supporting the Organizers and Participants of the Meeting of the Assembly to Promote the Civil Society in Cuba; Calling on the Gov. of Nigeria to Transfer Charles Taylor to the Special Court for Sierra Leone; and Observing the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the republic of Vietnam to the Communist Forces if North Vietnam – April 27, 2005, Full Committee markup; Serial No. 109-18.

***Petitions/Memorials***

A petition of the Committee on European Affairs, Hungarian Parliament, relative to a declaration regarding the imprisonment of medical staff in Libya; Petition No. 0022.

OTHER BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEKS OF JUNE 27 – JULY 11, 2005

***Other House Measures Passed***

H.R. 3057 (Kolbe) – Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act for FY 2006.  Passed the House with 393 yeas and 32 nays.

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. Res. 193 (Frist) – Expressing sympathy for the people of the United Kingdom in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks on London on July 7, 2005.

S. Res. 196 (Bond) – Welcoming the Prime Minister of Singapore.  Passed the Senate by UC.

***Meetings/Hearings of Interest***

Commission on Security Cooperation in Europe: Hearing on the Uzbekistan crisis.  Testimony was heard from Muhammed Salih, ERK Democratic Party of Uzbekistan; Galima Bukharbaeva, Institute for War and Peace; Holly Cartner, Human Rights Watch; Robert Templer, International Crisis Group.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Held hearing on Middle East Roadmap.  Testimony was heard from C. David Welch, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs and James D. Wolfensohn, Quartet Special Envoy for Gaza Disengagement, both of the Department of State.  Lieutenant General William E. Ward, Deputy Commander, United States Army Europe, U.S. Coordinator for Security, Department of Defense. 

***Nominations Received***

Department of StateJohn Hillen, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary (Political-Military Affairs).

Department of StateGillian Arlette Milovanovic, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia.

Department of StateMichael Retzer, of Mississippi, to be Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania.

Department of StateKaren P. Hughes, of Texas, to be an Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, with the rank of Ambassador.

Department of StateKristen Silverberg, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary (International Organization Affairs).

Department of StateJames Cain, of North Carolina, to be Ambassador to Denmark.

Department of StateMark Langdale, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica..

Department of StateJendayi Elizabeth Frazer, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary (African Affairs).

Department of Homeland SecurityJulie L. Myers, of Kansas, to be an Assistant Secretary.

Department of the Treasury – Patrick M. O’Brien, of Minnesota, to be an Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing.

Office of the Director of National Intelligence John S. Redd, of Georgia, to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

OPICRobert A. Mosbacher, of Texas, to be President.

***Nominations Confirmed***

Department of StateMarie L. Yaovanovitch, of Connecticut, to be Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic.

Department of StateJohn Ross Beyrle, of Michigan, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria.

Department of StateRonald Spogli, of California, to be Ambassador to the Italian Republic.

Department of StateRobert H. Tuttle, of California, to be Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

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