Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEKS OF OCTOBER 3 - 10, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Thursday, October 6, 2005

10:30 a.m.         

“The Six-Party Talks and the North Korean Nuclear Issue: Old Wine in New Bottles?” – Full Committee hearing.

Witness: The Honorable Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

2:00 p.m.           

“India’s Unfinished Agenda: Equality and Justice for 200 Million Victims of the Caste System” – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations.

Witnesses: Udit Raj, Ph.D., Chairman, All India Confederation of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes Organization; Mr. Kancha Ilaiah, Professor of Political Science, Osmania University, India; Ms. Indira Singh Athwale, All India Confederation of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes Organization; Joseph D’Souza, Ph.D., President, Dalit Freedom Network; Mr. T. Kumar, Advocacy Director, Asia and Pacific, Amnesty International.

Friday, October 7, 2005

9:00 a.m.           

MEMBERS ONLY meeting with His Excellency Sir David Manning, Ambassador of the United Kingdom, and His Excellency John Bruton, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission.

11:15 a.m.         

Full Committee Markup of:

H.R. 972 (Smith-NJ) – Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act of 2005.  Agreed to by voice vote as amended. 

H. Con. Res. 252 (Burton) – Expressing the sense of Congress that the Government of the United States should actively support the aspirations of the democratic political and social forces in the Republic of Nicaragua toward an immediate and full restoration of functioning democracy in that country.  Agreed to by UC as amended.

H. Res. 192 (McGovern) – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives encouraging the active engagement of Americans in world affairs and urging the Secretary of State to take the lead and coordinate with other governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations in creating an online database of international exchange programs and related opportunities.  Agreed to by UC as amended.

H. Res. 368 (Schiff) – Congratulating the State of Israel on the election of Ambassador Dan Gillerman as Vice-President of the 60th United Nations General Assembly.

H. Res. 472 (Eddie Bernice Johnson) – Recognizing the commencement of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal, and commending Muslims in the United States and throughout the world for their faith.  Agreed to by UC as amended.

***Floor***

Friday, October 7, 2005

H. Con. Res. 248 (Waxman) – Honoring the life and work of Simon Wiesenthal and reaffirming the commitment of Congress to the fight against anti-Semitism and intolerance in all forms, in all forums, and in all nations.  Passed the House with 354 yeas and none voting “nay.”

***Legislation Introduced***

Monday, October 3, 2005

H. Con. Res. 258 (Millender-McDonald) – Concurrent resolution calling for a Commission within the United Nations that will build a 21st century abolitionists movement end to slavery, human trafficking, and exploitation around the world.

Thursday, October 6, 2005

H. R. 4003 (Paul) – A bill to make amendments to the Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000 related to International Space Station payments.  (Referred to HIRC.  In addition, referred to the Committee on Science).

H. Con. Res. 260 (Holt) – Concurrent resolution recognizing the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, Nostra Aetate, and the continuing need for mutual interreligious respect and dialogue.

H. Con. Res. 261 (Payne) – Concurrent resolution paying tribute to the Africa-America Institute (AAI) for its more than 50 years of dedicated service toward nurturing and unleashing the productive capacities of knowledgeable, capable, and effective African leaders through education.

H. Res. 479 (Lantos) --  A resolution recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution that began on October 23, 1956 and reaffirming the friendship between the people and governments and the United States and Hungary.

Friday, October 7, 2005

H. R. 4014 (Hyde) – A bill to reauthorize the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003, and for other purposes.

H. Con. Res. 265 (Kirk) – Concurrent resolution expressing appreciation for the contribution of Chinese art and culture and recognizing the festival of China at the Kennedy Center.

H. Con. Res. 266 (Towns) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Cote d’Ivoire be encouraged and supported by the United States in its efforts to hold democratic elections in the very near future.

H. Res. 490 (Millender-McDonald) – A resolution urging the United Nations to establish a commission on the prevention of slavery, human trafficking, and exploitation.

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

Report of Licensing Activities – August 26, 2005, Dept. of the Treasury, pursuant to Sec. 906 (b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-387); unnumbered.

2005 World Expo – Commissioner General’s Second Interim Report – August 31, 2005, DOS, pursuant to P.L. 106-113; unnumbered.

Notice Regarding USG Contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS – September 21, 2005, DOS, pursuant to sections 202 (d) (4) (A) (ii) & 202 (d) 94) (A) (v) of the U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-25); unnumbered.

Charter of the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board – September 21, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act; unnumbered.

Section 27 Project Certification for the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. – Israel Arrow System Improvement Program Agreement – September 26, 2005, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 08-05), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958.  

Report of the Advisory Committee on Cultural Diplomacy – September 27, 2005, DOS, pursuant to P.L. 107-228; unnumbered.

Report on President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – September 27, 2005, DOS, as requested in House Report 108-559; unnumbered.

Project Certification for MOA U.S. – Denmark BMDT Agreement – September 27, 2005, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 09-05), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 27, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to use $9,000,000 in FY05 ESF to assist the implementation of the peace accord between the Indonesian Government and Free Aceh Movement, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Presidential Determinations Pertaining to Foreign Governments’ Efforts Regarding Trafficking in Person – September 28, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 110 ( c ) of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-386); unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Japan – September 28, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 027-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Certification of a Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Japan – September 28, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 030-05), 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 International Waters – September 28, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 045-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Congressional Certification for the United States Embassy, Ankara, Turkey – October 3, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA, Fiscal Years 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204) as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, Fiscal Years 1990-91 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Congressional Certification for the United States Embassy, Brasilia, Brazil – October 3, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA, Fiscal Years 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204) as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, Fiscal Years 1990-91 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Secretary’s Determination and Memorandum of Justification Pertaining to Waive Restrictions on Assistance to the DRC – October 3, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 620 (q) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Report on Implementation of the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act, 1999 – October 3, 2005, DOS, pursuant to the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act, 1999 (P.L. 106-107); unnumbered.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – October 4, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $415,000 in FY05 ESF to survey democracy and human rights conditions in priority countries, 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 – October 4, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $2,875,000 in FY05 ESF to support democracy in Burma and provide scholarships for Burmese students, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 and 531 (b) of the FOAA; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – October 4, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $10,517,230 in FY05 ESF for anti-trafficking programs, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515, 520 and 534 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – October 4, 2005, MCC, informing of the intent to provide an additional $120,000 in funding for expanding baseline surveys in the Republic of Ghana, in accordance with Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Relating to UNMIL – October 5, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 4 (d) of the United Nations Participation Act, 1945 (P.L. 79-264) and Title IV of the Departments of Commerce, Justice and State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Report Regarding Loan Guarantees to Israel – October 6, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Chapter 5 of title I of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11); unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Gov. of Yemen – October 7, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Gov. of Poland – October 7, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Notice that Jordan is Eligible for the Negotiation of an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement – October 7, 2005, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2342 (b); unnumbered.

Unclassified Report on Location of Indicted War Criminals and on Authorities Known to Have Obstructed the Work of the Tribunal – October 11, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 564 (g)(4) of the FOAA, 2001 (P.L. 106-429); unnumbered. 

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and Services to Colombia – October 14, 2005 DSCA (Transmittal No. 06-08), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – October 11, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $75,000 to cover CEEBIC costs, 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 – October 11, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $992,000 in FY05 ESF to fund education, democracy, economic development, and conflict resolution in South Asia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 520 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

 Project Certification for a Memorandum of Agreement Concerning the AGM-88E AARGM Between the U.S. – Italy – no date, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 10-05), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958.

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

Expressing Support to the Organizers and Participants of the Historic Meeting of the Assembly to Promote the Civil Society in Cuba on May 20, 2005, in Havana – April 20, 2005, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere markup; Serial No. 109-64.

Malaria and TB: Implementing Proven Treatment and Eradication Methods – April 26, 2005, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations hearing; Serial No. 109-65.

Northern Ireland: Prospects for the Peace Process – May 25, 2005, Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats hearing; Serial No. 109-56.

The United States and Northeast Asia – May 26, 2005, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific hearing; Serial No. 109-61.

The EU Constitution and U.S. – EU Relations: The Recent Referenda in France and the Netherlands and the U.S. – EU Summit – June 22, 2005, Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats hearing; Serial No. 109-68.

Implementing the 1998 Torture Victims Relief Act – June 23, 2005, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations; Serial No. 109-67.

The Torture Victims Relief Act of 2005; Supporting the Goals and Ideals of a National Weekend of Prayer and Reflection for Darfur, Sudan; and Condemning the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for Abductions and Continued Captivity of Citizens of the Republic of Korea and Japan as Acts of Terrorism and Gross Violations – June 23, 2005, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations markup; Serial No. 109-66.

***Petitions/Memorials***

A petition of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Illinois, relative to a resolution dated June 21, 2005, condemning the use of torture as well as cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment upon anyone being held by, or under the permission of, any governmental authority; Petition No. 0072.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEKS OF OCTOBER 3-10, 2005

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. Res. 264 (Frist) – Expressing sympathy to the people of Indonesia.  Agreed to by UC.

***Nominations Received***

Department of State – Jeffrey Thomas Bergner, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs.

Department of State – Nicholas F. Taubman, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Romania.

Department of State – Susan Rasinski McCaw, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Austria.

USIP – Ron Silver, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of Directors.

USIP – Judy Van Rest, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors.

***Nominations Confirmed***

African Development Foundation – Jendayi Elizabeth Frazer, Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs), to be a Member of the Board of Directors for a term expiring September 29, 2009.

Department of State – Charles A. Ford, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Honduras.

Department of State – John Hillen, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs.

Department of State – Patricia Louise Herbold, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore.

Department of State – Alfred Hoffman, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Portugal.

Department of State – Barry F. Lowenkron, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

Department of State – William Paul McCormick, of Oregon, to be Ambassador to New Zealand, and serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to Samoa.

Department of State – Francis Rooney, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Holy See.

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

Inter-American Development Bank – Jan E. Boyer, of Texas, to be United States Executive Director.

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development – Josette Sheeran Shiner, of Virginia, to be United States Alternate Governor for a term of five years.  Also: Inter-American Development Bank; African Development Bank; African Development Fund; Asian Development Bank; and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

MCC – John J. Danilovich, of California, to be Chief Executive Officer.

OPIC – Robert A. Mosbacher, of Texas, to be President.

USAID – Kent R. Hill, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Administrator.

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