COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF FEBRUARY 20, 2001
*** House in recess until Monday, February 26 ***
COMMITTEE BUSINESS -- WEEK OF FEBRUARY 12, 2001
*** Floor ***
Congratulating Prime-Minister-elect Sharon and Reaffirming the Friendship between the United States and
Israel Feb 13, House passed H. Res. 34, amended, by a vote of 410 yeas to 1 nay with 1 voting "present", (Roll No. 12).
*** Meetings/Hearings/Markups ***
Organizational Meeting Feb 14, Full Committee held meeting.
State Department: In the Lead on Foreign Policy? Feb 14, Full Committee held hearing. Witnesses: Hon. Harold Rogers, Member of Congress, (Former Chairman: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and Judiciary); Hon. Frank Carlucci, Chairman, Report of an Independent Task Force: "State Department Reform"; and Lewis B. Kaden, Chairman, Overseas Presence Advisory Panel.
*** Distinguished Visitors Received ***
Prime Minister-Elect Sharons Foreign Policy Transition Team Feb 14, Members held private meeting with the transition team.
*** Legislation Introduced ***
February 13, 2001:
H.R. 598 (Reynolds) to take certain steps toward recognition by the United States of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
H. Con. Res. 29 (Engel) expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the conviction of ten members of Iran's Jewish community.
H. Con. Res. 30 (Tancredo) expressing the sense of Congress with respect to relocating the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
February 14, 2001:
H.R. 611 (Kildee) to amend part F of the title X of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to improve and refocus civic education, and for other purposes. (Primary referral to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.)
H.R. 660 (Hooley) to ensure that exports of Alaskan North Slope crude oil are prohibited. (In addition, referred to the Committee on Resources.)
H.R. 675 (Lantos) to provide assistance to East Timor to facilitate the transition of East Timor to an independent nation, and for other purposes. (In addition, referred to the Committees on Financial Services, and Ways and Means.)
H.R. 684 (Millender-McDonald) to authorize assistance for mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission prevention efforts.
H. Con. Res. 35 (Goss) expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the upcoming trip of President George W. Bush to Mexico to meet with newly elected President Vicente Fox, and with respect to future cooperative efforts between the United States and Mexico.
H. Res. 51 (Towns) expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of Argentina should provide an immediate and final resolution to the Buenos Aires Yoga School case.
*** Presidential Messages, Executive and Other Communications Received ***
Determination Regarding Country Eligible for Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement Feb 6, letter from the Defense Department transmitting the determination that Nicaragua is eligible for an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement, pursuant to Sec. 1317 of P.L. 103-337; unnumbered.
Report on Claims by United States Firms Against the Government of Saudi Arabia Feb 9, letter from the State Department transmitting the report, pursuant to Sec. 2801 of P.L. 105-277; unnumbered.
Report on Food Aid Tonnage Levels Feb 9, letter from the U.S. Agency for International Development transmitting the report, pursuant to Sec. 204(a)(3) of P.L. 480; unnumbered.
Commerce Department Final Rule Feb 12, letter from the Commerce Department transmitting the Department's final rule on Implementation of Presidential Announcement of January 10, 2001: Revisions to License Exception , pursuant to Sec. 251 of P.L. 104-121; Ex. Comm. 771.
United Nations Documents Feb 12, letter from the State Department transmitting the following documents: 1) Security Council Resolution 1340, concerning troop contribution; 2) Report on Yugoslavia; and 3) Letter on Sierra Leone. Pursuant to Sec. 4(b) and 4(c) of P.L. 79-264; unnumbered.
Report on Guatemala Visa Denial Feb 12, letter from the State Department transmitting the visa denial report, pursuant to Sec. 51 of P.L. 84-885; unnumbered.
2000 Annual Report of the Defense POW/MIA Missing Personnel Office Feb 12, letter form the Defense POW/MIA Missing Personnel Office transmitting the report; unnumbered.
Report on Initial Distribution of Available Resources Within the 2001 Educational and Cultural Exchange Programs Appropriation Feb 12, letter from the State Department transmitting the report; unnumbered.
International Agreements Feb 13, letter from Department of State transmitting copies of international agreements, other than treaties, entered into by the United States and Panama, European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, Finland, Kazakhstan, Canada, Japan, and Mexico. Pursuant to Sec. 112(b)(a) of P.L. 92-403; Ex. Comm. 815.
Notification to Terminate the Identification of Serbia as a Particularly Severe Violator of Religious Freedom Feb 14, letter from the State Department transmitting the notification; Ex. Comm. 834.
Notification to Authorize the Furnishing of Emergency Military Assistance to the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) Feb 14, letter from the Department of State transmitting Presidential Determination 2001-04, pursuant to Sec. 506(a)(1) of the FAA; Ex. Comm. 835.
Report on Transfers to Iran and Iraq Feb 14, letter from the State Department transmitting the CLASSIFIED report, pursuant to Sec. 1607 of P.L. 102-484; unnumbered.
Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to the Republic of Korea for Defense Articles and Services Feb 15, letter from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency forwarding (Transmittal No. 01-02), a CLASSIFIED copy of the Air Forces LOA to Korea, pursuant to Sec. 36(b)(1) of the AECA; unnumbered.
Certification Regarding Armenia, Azerbaijan , Georgia, Moldova , Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan Feb 15, letter from the State Department transmitting the CLASSIFIED report regarding the certification that those countries are committed to the courses of action described in the Cooperative Threat Reduction Act, and the Former Soviet Union Demilitarization Act, pursuant to Sec. 1203 of P.L. 103-160 and Sec. 1412(d) of P.L. 102-511; unnumbered.
Notification of Renovation Project at Zetra House, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina Feb 15, letter from the State Department transmitting notification of a construction project at Zetra House, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of P.L. 100-204; unnumbered.
Certifications and Waivers of the Prohibition Against Contracting with Firms that Comply with the Arab League Boycott of the State of Israel Feb 16, letter from the State Department transmitting the certifications and waivers, pursuant to Sec. 565(b) of P.L. 103-236; unnumbered.
Provision of Funds to Support the Organization of Africa Unitys Liaison Mission to the UN Mission in Ethiopia-Eritrea Feb 16, letter from the State Department transmitting the notification, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA; unnumbered.
Obligation of Funds Appropriated Under the Heading "International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement" for FY 2001 Above the Budget Request for Narcotics Control Programs Feb 16, letter from the State Department transmitting the notification, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA; unnumbered.
*** Hearings/Markups Printed ***
DEVELOPMENTS IN THE BALKANS
(Hearing before the Full Committee, April 11 and July 19, 2000 Serial No. 106-169.)
THE TREATMENT OF RELIGIOUS MINORITIES IN WESTERN EUROPE
(Hearing before the Full Committee, June 14, 2000 Serial No. 106-165.)
THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
(Hearing before the Full Committee, July 25 and 26, 2000 Serial No. 106-176.)
OTHER DEVELOPMENTS WEEK OF FEBRUARY 12
*** Floor ***
President's Trip to Mexico Feb 14, Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 13
S. Con. Res. 9 (Harkin) Feb 13, condemning the violence in East Timor and urging the establishment ofan international war crimes tribunal for prosecuting crimes against humanity that occurred during that conflict; to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
S. Res. 22 (Hutchinson) Feb 14, urging the appropriate representative of the United States to the UnitedNations Commission on Human Rights to introduce at the annual meeting of the Commission a resolution calling upon the Peoples Republic of China to end its human rights violations in China and Tibet, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
S. Res. 27 (Helms) Feb 15, to express the sense of the Senate regarding the 1944 deportation of the Chechen people to central Asia, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
S. 353 (Hutchinson) Feb 15, to provide that a certification of the cooperation of Mexico with United States counterdrug efforts not be required in fiscal year 2001 for the limitation on assistance for Mexico under section 490 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 not to go into effect in that fiscal year, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
S. 367 (Boxer) Feb 15, to prohibit the application of certain restrictive eligibility requirements to foreign nongovernmental organizations with respect to the provision of assistance under part I of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961; to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
S. 375 (Kennedy) Feb 15, to provide assistance to East Timor to facilitate the transition of East Timor to an independent nation, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
S. 376 (Grassley) Feb 15, to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to modify for fiscal years 2002 through 2004 the procedures relating to assistance for countries not cooperating in United States counterdrug efforts, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
*** Meetings/Hearings/Markups ***
Export Controls Feb 14, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held hearing.
*** Appointments ***
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki) Feb 13, The Chair appointed Senators Hutchison, Brownback, Smith (OR), and Voinovich as members during the 107th Congress.
U.S.-China Security Review Commission Feb 13, The Chair appointed Michael A. Ledeen, of Maryland,Roger W. Robinson, Jr., of Maryland, and Arthur Waldron, of Pennsylvania as members of the United States-China Security Review Commission.
*** Nominations ***
Fifty-Fifth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations Feb 13, Bill Frist, to be a Representative of the United States of America.