COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF MAY 29, 2001

*** House in recess until Tuesday, June 5th ***

 

COMMITTEE BUSINESS -- WEEK OF MAY 21, 2001

*** Floor ***

H. Con. Res. 139, Welcoming His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All

Armenians to the United States – May 23, House agreed to H. Con. Res. 139. May 25, Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 139.

*** Meetings/Hearings/Markups ***

The Export Administration Act: The Case for Its Renewal – May 23, Full Committee held hearing. Witness: Hon. Kenneth I. Juster, Undersecretary, Bureau of Export Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

Annual Report -- U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom – May 24, Full Committee held hearing. Witnesses: Hon. Elliott Abrams, Chairman, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, President, Ethics and Public Policy Center; Rabbi David Saperstein, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism; Laila Al-Marayati, M.D., Commissioner, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Past President, Muslim Women’s League; and Nina Shea, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Director, Center for Religious Freedom, Freedom House.

*** Distinguished Visitors Received ***

United Nations – May 24, Members held private meeting with Secretary General Kofi Annan.

*** Legislation Introduced ***

May 21, 2001:

H. Con. Res. 139 (Wicker) – welcoming His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, on his visit to the United States and commemorating the 1700th anniversary of the acceptance of Christianity in Armenia.

May 23, 2001:

H.R. 1954 (Gilman) – to extend the authorities of the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act of 1996 until 2006. (In addition, referred to the Committees on Financial Services, Ways and Means, and Government Reform.)

May 24, 2001:

H. Con. Res. 144 (Kildee) – expressing the sense of Congress regarding the Republic of Korea's ongoing practice of limiting United States motor vehicles access to its domestic market. (In addition, referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.)

H. Res. 152 (Oberstar) – urging the President to continue to delay granting Mexico-domiciled motor carriers authority to operate in the United States beyond the commercial zone until the President certifies that such carriers are able and willing to comply with United States motor carrier safety, driver safety, vehicle safety, and environmental laws and regulations; that the United States is able to adequately enforce such laws and regulations at the United States-Mexico border and in each State; and that granting such operating authority will not endanger the health, safety, and welfare of United States citizens. (Primary referral to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce.)

May 25, 2001:

H. Con. Res. 145 (Engel) – condemning the recent order by the Taliban regime of Afghanistan to require Hindus in Afghanistan to wear symbols identifying them as Hindu.

May 26, 2001:

H. Con. Res. 148 (Rogers) – affirming authority of the Great Lakes Basin.

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

Report on Proliferation of Missiles and Essential Components of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons – May 21, letter from the State Department transmitting the CLASSIFIED report, pursuant to Sec. 1097 of P.L. 102-190; Ex. Comm. 2013.

International Agreement – May 21, letter from the Department of State transmitting copies of international agreements, other than treaties, entered into by the United States and Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Djibouti, and Japan. Pursuant to Sec. 112 (b)(a) of P.L. 92-403; Ex. Comm. 2014.

Commerce Department Final Rule – May 21, letter from the Department of Commerce transmitting the Department's final rule--Entity List: Revisions and Additions, pursuant to Sec. 251 of P.L. 104-121; Ex. Comm. 2015.

Report on Cuban Immigration Policies – May 21, letter from the State Department transmitting the report, pursuant to Sec. 2245 of P.L. 105-277; Ex. Comm. 2016.

Presidential Determination Waiving Certain Restrictions on the Maintenance of a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Office and on Expenditure of PLO Funds – May 21, letter from the State Department transmitting PD 2001-13 a Presidential Determination waiving certain restrictions on the maintenance of a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Office and on expenditure of PLO funds, pursuant to Sec. 538(d) of P.L. 106-113; Ex. Comm. 2038.

Notification of a Construction Project at U.S. Embassy, Liberia – May 21, letter from the State Department transmitting notification of a construction project at U.S. Embassy, Monrovia, Liberia, pursuant to Sec. 160(a) of P.L. 100-204; unnumbered.

Report on Continued U.S. Contributions in Support of Peacekeeping Efforts in Kosovo – May 22, communication from the President, transmitting a supplemental report to help ensure that the Congress is kept fully informed on continued U.S. contributions in support of peacekeeping efforts in Kosovo, pursuant to P.L. 93-148; Ex. Comm. 2067; H. Doc. No. 107-74.

Draft Proposed Legislation to Authorize FY 2002-2003 Appropriations for the Broadcasting Board of Governors – May 22, letter from the Broadcasting Board of Governors, transmitting a draft of proposed legislation to authorize appropriations for Fiscal Years 2002 and 2003 for the Broadcasting Board of Governors, pursuant to P.L. 80-402; Ex. Comm. 2068.

Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program (FEORP) Accomplishments Report for Fiscal Year 2000 – May 22, letter from the Department of State transmitting the report, pursuant to Sec. 105(d) of P.L. 96-465; Ex. Comm. 2081.

Report on FY 2000 U.S.-Russian Cooperative Activities in Ballistic Missile Defense and Early Warning – May 22, letter from the Department of Defense transmitting the report, pursuant to Sec. 2705 of P.L. 106-113; unnumbered.

Report on a Program to Be Initiated in El Salvador by the U.S. Agency for International Development – May 22, letter from the U.S. Agency for International Development transmitting the report, pursuant to P.L. 106–113; unnumbered.

Presidential Message on Prohibiting the Importation of Diamonds From Liberia – May 23, message from the President wherein he announced that he has issued an Executive Order that prohibits the importation into the United States of all rough diamonds from Liberia, whether or not such diamonds originated in Liberia; H. Doc. 107-75.

Inspector General Report of the Peace Corps – May 23, letter from the Peace Corps transmitting the report, pursuant to Sec. 5 of P.L. 95-452; unnumbered.

Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to Australia for Defense Articles and Services – May 24, letter from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency transmitting (Transmittal No. 01-11), a CLASSIFIED copy of the Air Force's proposed LOA to Australia for defense articles and services, pursuant to Sec. 36(b)(1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2136.

Proposed Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to France for Defense Articles and Services – May 24, letter from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency transmitting (Transmittal No. 01-10), a CLASSIFIED copy of the Air Force's proposed LOA to France for defense articles and services, pursuant to Sec. 36(b)(1) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2137.

Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Sweden – May 24, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-33-01), a proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Sweden, pursuant to Sec. 36(d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2138.

Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Italy and France – May 24, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-32-01), a proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Italy and France, pursuant to Sec. 36(d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2139.

Proposed Technical Assistance Agreement with Mexico and Canada – May 24, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-61-01), a proposed Technical Assistance Agreement with Mexico and Canada, pursuant to Sec. 36(d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2140.

Addendum to the May 1, 2001 Annual Report, Covering Egypt and Saudi Arabia – May 24, letter from the Commission on International Religious Freedom transmitting the addendum report, pursuant to Sec. 205 of P.L. 105-292; Ex. Comm. 2141.

Treasury Department Final Rule – May 24, letter from the Department of the Treasury transmitting the Department's final rule on Blocked Persons, Specially Designated Nationals, Specially Designated Terrorists, Foreign Terrorist Organizations, and Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers: Additional Designations of Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers and Removal of Specially Designated National of Cuba, pursuant to Sec. 251 of P.L. 104-121; Ex. Comm. 2142.

Report on the United States Macau Policy Act – May 24, letter from the Department of State transmitting the report, pursuant to Sec. 204 of P.L. 106-570; Ex. Comm. 2143.

Countries Not Cooperating Fully with U.S. Antiterrorism Efforts – May 24, letter from the Department of State transmitting the Secretary's determination that eight countries are not cooperating fully with U.S. antiterrorism efforts: Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria, pursuant to Sec. 40A of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2144.

Presidential Message Regarding the Extension of National Emergency re Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and Kosovo – May 24, message wherein he transmitted his notice stating that the national emergency declared with respect to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) in 1992 and with respect to Kosovo in 1998 are to continue beyond May 30, 2001 and June 9, 2001, respectively, pursuant to P.L. 94-412; H. Doc. 107-76.

Presidential Message Regarding the Six Month Periodic Report on the National Emergency re Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and Kosovo – May 24, message wherein he transmitted a six month periodic report on the National Emergency with respect to Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) declared on May 30, 1992 and with respect to the Kosovo emergency declared on June 9, 1998, pursuant to P.L. 94-412; H. Doc. 107-77.

Presidential Determination Regarding Vietnamese Cooperation in Accounting for U.S. POW/MIAs – May 24, letter from the State Department transmitting P.D. 2001-15, determining that the government of Vietnam is fully cooperating with the U.S. in efforts to obtain the fullest possible accounting for Americans missing from the Vietnam War, pursuant to Sec. 610 of P.L. 106-553; unnumbered.

Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with the Republic of Korea – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-58-01), a proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with the Republic of Korea, pursuant to Sec. 36(c) & (d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2223.

Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Japan – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-51-01), a proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Japan, pursuant to Sec. 36(d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2224.

Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Germany – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-53-01), a proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Germany, pursuant to Sec. 36(d) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2225.

Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and Services to Saudi Arabia – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-009-01), a proposed license for the export of defense articles and services to Saudi Arabia, pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2226.

Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and Services to Israel – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-011-01), a proposed license for the export of defense articles and services to Israel, pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2227.

Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and Services to Norway, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, SABCA – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-036-01), a proposed license for the export of defense articles and services to Norway, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, SABCA, pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2228.

Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and Services to France – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-040-01), a proposed license for the export of defense articles and services to France, pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2229.

Proposed Technical Assistance Agreement with France – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-037-01), a proposed Technical Assistance Agreement with France, pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2230.

Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and Services to Japan – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-059-01), a proposed license for the export of defense articles and services to Japan, pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2231.

Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and Services to the Republic of Korea – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-060-01), a proposed license for the export of defense articles and services to the Republic of Korea, pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2232.

Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and Services to Belgium – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-057-01), a proposed license for the export of defense articles and services to Belgium, pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 2233.

Presidential Message on Peace Process in Bosnia and Herzegovina – May 25, message from the President wherein he transmitted a report on progress made toward achieving benchmarks for a sustainable peace process in Bosnia and Herzegovina; H. Doc. 107-78.

Reprogramming Notification Regarding the Migration and Refugee Assistance Account – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting notification of its intent to reprogram funds appropriated for the account, pursuant to Sec. 515 of P.L. 106-429; unnumbered.

Reprogramming Notification Regarding Ukraine’s Participation in Kosovo Forces – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting notification of its intent to reprogram funds originally allocated for Haiti, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA; unnumbered.

Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and Services to Brazil – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-055-01), a proposed license for the export of defense articles and services to Brazil, pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Canada – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-43-01), a proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Canada, pursuant to Sec. 36(d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Switzerland – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-41-01), a proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Switzerland, pursuant to Sec. 36(d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Japan – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-45-01), a proposed Manufacturing License Agreement with Japan, pursuant to Sec. 36(d) of the AECA; unnumbered.

Proposed License for the Export of Defense Articles and Services to Hong Kong, the U.K., Australia, and Canada – May 25, letter from the State Department transmitting (Transmittal No. DTC-042-01), a proposed license for the export of defense articles and services to Hong Kong, the U.K., Australia, and Canada, pursuant to Sec. 36(c) of the AECA; unnumbered.

*** Memorials ***

Memorializing the United States Congress to authorize the Governor of the State of Hawaii, or designee, to take all necessary actions to establish a sister-state affiliation with the Province of Thua Thien-Hue – May 23, a memorial of the House of Representatives of the State of Hawaii, relative to House Resolution No. 27; Memorial 81.

Memorializing the United States Congress to request the United Nations to consider the establishment of a center for the health, welfare, and rights of children and youth in Hawaii – May 24, a memorial of the Legislature of the State of Hawaii, relative to Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 149; Memorial 89.

Memorializing the United States Congress and the United Nations to review the actions taken in 1959 relevant to Hawaii's Statehood – May 24, a memorial of the Senate of the State of Hawaii, relative to Senate Resolution No. 98; Memorial 94.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS WEEK OF MAY 21

*** Senate Bills Introduced ***

S. Res. 91(Nelson) – May 21, condemning the murder of a United States citizen and other civilians, and expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the failure of the Indonesian judicial system to hold accountable those responsible for the killings; to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S. 931(Cleland) – May 22, to require certain information from the President before certain deployments of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S. Con. Res. 42 (Brownback) – May 23, condemning the Taliban for their discriminatory policies and for other purposes; to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

*** Meetings/Hearings/Markups ***

Terrorist Threats – May 22, House Committee on Armed Services: Special Oversight Panel on Terrorism held hearing.

Impediments to Digital Trade – May 22, House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection held hearing.

U.S./North Korea Policy – May 23, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held hearing.

Free Trade Proposals–Impact on U.S. Agriculture – May 23, House Committee on Agriculture held hearing.

United Nations Human Rights Commission – May 24, Senate Subcommittee on International Operations and Terrorism held hearing.

*** Appointments ***

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom – May 22, the Chair reappointed Michael K. Young to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

*** Confirmations ***

Department of State – May 22, Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr., to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs).

Japan – May 23, Senate discharged the Committee on Foreign Relations from further consideration and confirmed the following nomination: By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. EX. 166), Howard H. Baker, Jr., of Tennessee, to be Ambassador.

Department of State – May 25, A. Elizabeth Jones, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs), vice James F. Dobbins.

Department of State – May 25, Walter H. Kansteiner, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs).

Overseas Private Investment Corporation – May 25, Peter S. Watson, to be President.

Department of State – May 25, Lorne W. Craner, to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

Department of State – May 25, William J. Burns, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs), vice Edward S. Walker, Jr.

Department of State – May 25, Ruth A. Davis, to be Director General of the Foreign Service, vice Marc Grossman.

Department of State – May 25, Carl W. Ford, Jr., to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Intelligence and Research).

Department of State – May 25, Christina B. Rocca, to be Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs.

Belgium – May 25, Stephen Brauer, to be Ambassador.

Department of State – May 25, Paul Vincent Kelly, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Legislative Affairs).

Department of State – May 25, Donald Burnham Ensenat, to be Chief of Protocol, and to have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service.

Trade and Development Agency – May 26, Thelma J. Askey, to be Director.

Deputy United States Trade Representative – May 26, Peter F. Allgeier, to be a Deputy , with the rank of Ambassador.

Deputy United States Trade Representative – May 26, Linnet F. Deily, to be a Deputy , with the rank of Ambassador.

*** Nominations ***

Export-Import Bank of the United States – May 22, Eduardo Aguirre, Jr., to be First Vice President for a term expiring January 20, 2005.

Pakistan – May 22, Wendy Jean Chamberlin, to be Ambassador.

United Kingdom – May 22, William S. Farish, to be Ambassador.

Department of State – May 22, Francis Xavier Taylor, to be Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank and status of Ambassador at Large.

India – May 23, Robert D. Blackwill, to be Ambassador.

Malta – May 23, Anthony Horace Gioia, to be Ambassador.

France – May 24, Howard H. Leach, to be Ambassador.

Jamaica – May 24, Sue McCourt Cobb, to be Ambassador.