Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

1:00 p.m.           

MEMBERS ONLY CLASSIFIED briefing on Afghanistan by the Central Intelligence     Agency.

Thursday, September 8, 2005

10:30 a.m.         

“The U.S. and India: An Emerging Entente?” – Full Committee hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Robert Joseph, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, U.S. Department of State.

***Floor***

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

H. Res. 360 (Stearns) – Commemorating the 60th anniversary of V-J Day and the end of World War II in the Pacific.  Passed the House with 394 yeas and  none voting “nay.”

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

H. Res. 427 (Hyde) – A resolution relating to the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001 voting .  Passed the House with 402 yeas to 6 nays.

H. Res. 428 (Hyde) – A resolution expressing the sincere gratitude of the House of Representatives to the foreign individuals, organizations, and governments that have offered material assistance and other forms of support to those who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.  Passed the House with 410 yeas and with none “nay.”

***Senate Measures Referred to HIRC***

S. J. Res. 19 (Brownback) – A joint resolution calling upon the President to issue a proclamation recognizing the 30th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act.  Passed the House with 393 yeas and one nay.

***Legislation Introduced***

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

H. Res. 427 (Hyde) – A resolution relating to the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition referred to the Committees on Armed Services, Transportation and Infrastructure, the Judiciary, and Homeland Security.)

H. Res. 428 (Hyde) – A resolution expressing the sincere gratitude of the House of Representatives to the foreign individuals, organizations, and governments that have offered material assistance and other forms of support to those who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Thursday, September 8, 2005

H. Con. Res. 237 (Chabot) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress welcoming President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan to the United States on September 20, 2005.

H. Con. Res. 238 (Millender-McDonald) – Concurrent resolution honoring the victims of the Cambodian genocide that took place from April 1975 to January 1979.

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

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and Services to Egypt – July 29, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-35), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1); unnumbered.

Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments – August 2005, DOS, classified and unclassified versions, pursuant to Sec. 403 of the ACDA; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification – August 22, 2005, MCC, informing of the intent to enter into a Compact with the Government of Georgia, pursuant to Sec. 610 (a) of the MCA, 2003 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Charter of the Advisory Committee on Cultural Diplomacy – August 31, 2005, DOS, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, (P.L. 92-463); unnumbered.

Notice of Support to the Government of Peru for its Counterdrug Activities – August 31, 2005, Deputy Secretary of Defense, pursuant to Sec. 1033 of the NDAA, 1998 (P.L. 105-85); unnumbered.

Project Certification for the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Annex to the MOU between the U.S. and Australia Concerning Ballistic Missile Defense – August 31, 2005, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 07-05); unnumbered.

Report to Congress on the Compacts of Free Association with the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands – August 31, 2005, The Secretary of the Interior, pursuant to Sec. 104(h) of the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-188); unnumbered.

Reports on Visas Viper Committee Activity – September 1, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 304 (f) of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-173); unnumbered.

Special Funding Obligation for FREEDOM Support Act Countries – September 2, 2005, USTDA, pursuant to Sec. 517 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Determination and Memorandum of Justification Pertaining to Assistance to Haiti – September 6, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 451 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan – September 6, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 034-05), 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 South Korea – September 6, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 029-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 6, 2005, MCC, Report on the Criteria and Methodology for Determining the Eligibility of Candidate Countries for MCA Assistance in FY06, pursuant to Sec. 608 (b) (1) of the MCA, 2003 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and Services to Turkey – September 6, 2005 DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-33), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1); unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and Services to Spain – September 6, 2005 DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-43), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 6, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $1,561,520 in FY04 and FY05 ESF to support gender based violence prevention and treatment project in Darfur, Sudan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 and 520 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Report of Enhancement or Upgrade of Sensitivity of Technology or Capability – September 7, 2005, DSCA (Transmittal No. 0B-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(5)(A); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 7, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram $1,100,000 in FY05 INCLE funds to support technical assistance for police, courts and corrections in southern Sudan, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 and 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 7, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate an additional $15,000 in FY05 AEEB funds to support closer coordination for Southeast European Cooperation Initiative and Stability Pact Programs, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 7, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $50,000 in FY05 AEEB funds to support the work of the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 7, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $2,081,000 to support the training and technical assistance for anti-trafficking in persons law enforcement in India, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA, as amended and sections 515 and 534 (a) of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199) and 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 7, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to reprogram $1,100,000 in IDFA funds to support the CivPol program and technical assistance for Liberian police, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Implementation of FY05 IMET – September 8, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Letter Transmitting Report – September 7, 2005, CLASSIFIED, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 7120 of the IRTPA, 2000 (P.L. 108-458); Ex. Comm. 3684.

Report on Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments for August 2005 – September 7, 2005, CLASSIFIED, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 2593; Ex. Comm. 3685.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and Services to Turkey & Policy Justification – September 8, 2005 DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-29), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1); unnumbered.

Certification and Memorandum of Justification Pertaining to the International Fund for Ireland – September 8, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 5 ( c ) of the Anglo-Irish Agreement Support Act, 1986 (P.L. 99-415); Ex. Comm. 3725.

Report on Employment of U.S. Citizens by International Organizations – September 8, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 181 of the FRAA, 1992-93 (P.L. 102-138); Ex. Comm. 3726.

Report to the Congress on Action Taken by the DOS Pertaining to the Program Recommendations of the Baghdad (Mollen) Accountability Review Board – September 8, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 301 of the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act, 1986 (P.L. 99-399); Ex. Comm. 3727.

53rd Annual Report on U.S. Contributions to International Organziations – September 8, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 405 (b) of P.L. 107-228; Ex. Comm. 3728.

Copies of International Agreements and Other International Agreements Entered into by the United States - September 8, 2005, DOS, in accordance with the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 3729.

Copies of International Agreements and Other International Agreements Entered into by the United States -September 8, 2005, DOS, in accordance with the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 3730.

Copies of International Agreements and Other International Agreements Entered into by the United States - September 8, 2005, DOS, in accordance with the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 3731.

The Department’s Final Rule – Amendments to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations: Port Directors, Definition, NATO Definition, Major Non-NATO Ally Definition, Recordkeeping Requirements, Supporting Documentation for Electronics License Applications, Disclosure of Registration Documents – September 8, 2005, DOS, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801 (a) (1) (A); Ex. Comm. 3732.

Notification of an Unauthorized Transfer of U.S. Origin Defense Articles – September 8, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 3 (e) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 3733.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to the UK and Canada – September 8, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 097-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 3734.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Russia, Ukraine and Norway – September 8, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 024-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 3735.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Kazakhstan – September 8, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 025-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 3736.

Determination and Memorandum of Justification Pertaining to Assistance to the Palestinian Authority – September 8, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 451 of the FAA; Ex. Comm. 3737.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to International Waters – September 8, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 008-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 3738.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan – September 8, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 020-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 3739.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Iraq– September 8, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 035-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 3740.

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Japan – September 8, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 019-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 3741.

Notice of Proposed Transfer of Major Defense Equipment from the Gov. of Saudi Arabia to the Gov. of Mexico – September 8, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 3 (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 3742.

Presidential Determination and Memorandum of Justification Pertaining to Assistance to Colombia – September 8, 2005, DOS, consistent with Sec. 2007 of the American Servicemembers’ Protection Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-206); Ex. Comm. 3743.

Determination and Memorandum of Justification to Provide Assistance to the UN Democracy Fund – September 8, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 451 of the FAA of 1961; Ex. Comm. 3744.

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

The G-8 Summit and Africa’s Development – June 30, 2005, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations hearing; Serial No. 109-54.

Plan Colombia: Major Successes and New Challenges – May 11, 2005, Full Committee hearing; Serial No. 109-49.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings of Interest***

House Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs held a hearing on Iraq reconstruction.  Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of State: Ambassador James Jeffrey, Senior Advisor on Iraq to the Secretary; and James Kunder, USAID; and Stuart W. Bowen, Jr., Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

***Nominations Received***

BBG – Mark McKinnon, or Texas, to be a Member for a term expiring August 13, 2008.

Department of State – Ellen R. Sauerbrey, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration.

Department of State – Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere.

Department of State – Brenda LaGrange Johnson, of New York, to be Ambassador to Jamaica.

Department of State – Alexander R. Vershbow,  of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Korea.

Department of State – David B. Dunn,  of California, to be Ambassador to the Togolese Republic.

USAID – Jacqueline Ellen Schafer, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Administrator.

***Nominations Confirmed***

Department of State – Francis Joseph Ricciardone, Jr.,  of New Hampshire, to be Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt.