Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF OCTOBER 24, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

10:30 a.m.         

“The U.S. – India ‘Global Partnership’: The Impact on Nonporliferation” – Full Committee hearing.

Witnesses: The Honorable Robert J. Einhorn, International Security Program, CSIS; Neil Joeck, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Mr. Henry Sokolski, Executive Director, Nonproliferation Policy Education Center; Mr. Leonard Spector, Deputy Director, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Center for Nonproliferation Studies; Mr. David Albright, President, Institute for Science and International Security.

1:30 p.m.           

MEMBERS ONLY classified briefing on threat of avian flu pandemic with the Honorable Paula Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs and Dr. David Gordon, Vice Chairman of the National Intelligence Council.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

10:30 a.m.         

“U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy” – Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation.

Witness: The Honorable Henry A. Crumpton, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State.

10:30 a.m.

“U.S. Security Policy in Central Asia’ – Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia.

Witness: The Honorable Christopher H. Smith, Member of Congress; The Honorable Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

1:30 p.m.           

“Lifting the Veil: Getting the Refugees Out, Getting Our Message In: An Update on the Implementation of the North Korean Human Rights Act.”

Witnesses: Ms. Kelu Chao, Associate Director for Language Programming, Voice of America; Mr. Daniel Southerland, Vice President for Programmin.g, Radio Free Asia; Mrs. Ma Soon Hee, North Korean Refugee; Mrs. Cha Kyeong Sook, North Korean Refugee; Mr. Kim Seung Min, Director, Radio Free North Korea; and Mr. Tim Peters, Founder/Director, Helping Hands Korea.

***Floor***

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.  Passed the House on 10/27/05 by 407 yeas with none voting “nay.”  

***Reports Filed***

H.R. 1973 (Blumenauer) – to make access to safe water and sanitation for developing countries a specific policy objective of the United States foreign assistance programs, with an amendment.  Report filed By Mr. Hyde on 10/28/05; H. Report 109-260

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

H. J. Res. 70 (Price) – A joint resolution requiring the President to submit to Congress a plan for the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 510 (Wexler) – A resolution supporting the findings of the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission that is investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, condemning the government of Syria for its apparent involvement in this terrorist attack, and demanding compliance by Syria with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1595.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

H. Con. Res. 275 (Davis) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress regarding the education curriculum in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

H. Con. Res. 279 (Ros-Lehtinen) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the 2005 presidential and parliamentary elections in Egypt.

H. Res. 514 (McCollum) – A resolution supporting the observance of a month of Global Health.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

H. Con. Res. 280 ( Burton) – Concurrent resolution mourning the horrific loss of life caused by the floods and mudslides that occurred in October 2005 in Central America and Mexico and expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should do everything possible to assist the affected people and communities

H. Con. Res. 284 (Ros-Lehtinen) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the 2005 presidential and parliamentary elections in Egypt.

H. Res. 521 (Maloney) – A resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) should cease its distribution of negative and nationalist propaganda and should work with the United Nations and Greece to find a mutually acceptable official name for the FYROM.

H. Res. 522 (Rohrabacher) – A resolution honoring the 600th anniversary of the birth of Gjergj Castrioti (Scanderbeg), statesman, diplomat, and military genius, for his role in saving Western Europe from Ottoman occupation.

Friday, October 28, 2005

H. Res. 523 (Hyde) – A resolution condemning Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s threats against Israel.

H. Res. 525 (Wicker) – A resolution expressing the sense of the house of representatives with respect to the trial and sentencing of Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky and the seizing of assets and state directed takeover of the Yukos Oil Company by the Government of the Russian Federation.

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

Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Service Appropriation – Unclassified Expenditure Report – Third Quarter FY2005 April 1 –June 30 – October 12, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 124 of the FRAA, FY 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204), as amended by Sec. 114 of the FRAA, FY 1992-93 (P.L. 102-138); unnumbered.

Application Submitted by North Korean Nationals for Asylum or Refugee Status in the United States – October 18, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 305 (a) of the North Korean Human Rights Act, 2004 (P.L. 108-333); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – October 24, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $19.84 million in FY05 ESF for Trade Capacity Building to support the improvement of labor and environmental capacities of the Dominican Republic and the Central American states relating to the CAFTA, pursuant to sections 534 (d) & 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Certification for PA to the Navigation Warfare Technology Demonstrator and System Prototype Projects MOU between the U.S., Australia, Canada, and the UK – October 24, 2005, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 13-05), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; unnumbered.

Project Certification for MOA for Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation Projects between the U.S. and India - October 24, 2005, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 12-05), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; unnumbered.

Project Certification for a MOA Concerning the Upgrade of the AGM-88E AARGM between the U.S. and Italy – October 24, 2005, 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; Ex. Comm. 4678.

Copies of International Agreements – October 24, 2005, DOS, pursuant to the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 4679.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and Services to Colombia– October 24, 2005 DSCA (Transmittal No. 06-08), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1); Ex. Comm. 4680.

Report on Loan Guarantees to Israel – October 24, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Chapter 5 of title I of the Emergency Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (P.L. 108-11); Ex. Comm. 4681.

 Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – October 24, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to re-program and obligate $300,000 in FY05 ESF initially allocated to Morocco to support HIV/AIDS assistance efforts in Libya, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and sections 515 & 522 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); Ex. Comm. 4682.

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief – Community and Faith Based Organizations – October 24, 2005, DOS, pursuant to H. Report. 108-599; Ex. Comm. 4683.  

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – October 25, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $250,000 in FY05 ESF for Kenya to convene a media summit, pursuant to Sec. 634Aof the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and Services to Greece– October 25, 2005 DSCA (Transmittal No. 06-17), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1); unnumbered.

Project Certification for a MOU Concerning the Soldier Combat System between the U.S. and Australia – October 25, 2005, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Transmittal No. 11-05), pursuant to Sec. 27 (f) of the AECA and Sec. 1 (f) of Ex. Order 11958; unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and Services to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S.– October 25, 2005 DSCA (Transmittal No. 06-07), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1); unnumbered.

Presidential Communication – Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Proliferation of WMD and Their Delivery Systems – October 25, 2005, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 109-63; Ex. Comm. 4743.

Presidential Determination No. 2005-39 and MOJ Concerning Transfers of Defense Articles or Services for Libya for Chemical Weapons Destruction – October 26, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 40 (g) and 40A of the AECA; unnumbered.

Memorandum of Justification Concerning Authorization of Drawdown of up to $6 million in Darfur, Sudan – October 26, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 552 ( c ) (2) of the FAA of 1961; Ex. Comm. 4763.

Certification of a Proposed Issuance of an Export License for Defense Articles and/or Services to Canada – October 26, 2005, DOS (Transmittal No. DDTC 031-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4764.

Notice of Department of State’s Intent for Conducting FY06 IMET Program with the DRC – October 27, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 101 of the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2006 (P.L. 109-77); unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Transfer of Major Defense Equipment to the Gov. of the Netherlands – October 28, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 3 (d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Periodic Report on the National Emergency with Respect to Sudan – October 31, 2005, Dept. of the Treasury, Sec. 401 ( c ) of the National Emergency Act (P.L. 94-412) and Sec. 204 ( c ) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (P.L. 95-223); Ex. Comm. 4874.

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

Untied Nations Reform: Challenges and Prospects – March 15, 2005, Full Committee hearing; Serial No. 109-71.

The Role of BNP-Paribas SA in the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program – April 28, 2005, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing; Serial No. 109-72.

North Korean Nuclear Negotiations: Strategies and Prospects for Success – July 14, 2005, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific; Serial No. 109-73.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF OCTOBER 24, 2005

***Senate Measures Passed***

S. Res. 292 (Lautenberg) – Condemning Anti-Israel Sentiments.  Passed the Senate by UC on 10/27/05.

***Nominations Received***

Department of StateBernadette Mary Allen, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Niger.

Department of StateMarilyn Ware, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador to Finland.

Department of StateJanice L. Jacobs, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Senegal, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

***Nominations Received***

Department of StatePatricia Newton Moller, of Arkansas, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi.

Department of StateCarol Van Voorst, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland.

Department of StateRoss Wilson, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey.

***Nominations Confirmed***

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development – Jennifer L. Dorn, of Nebraska, to be United States Alternate Executive Director.

Department of StateDavid B. Dunn, of California, to be Ambassador to the Togolese Republic.

Department of StateCarmen Maria Martinez, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia.

Department of StateBenson K. Whitney, of Minnesota, to be Ambassador to Norway.

Department of StateMichael R. Arietti, of Connecticut, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda.

Department of StateDavid M. Hale, of New Jersey, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Department of StateNicholas F. Taubman, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Romania.

Department of StateSusan Rasinski McCaw, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Austria.