Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS SCHEDULED WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 26, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

10:30 a.m.         

“United Nations Rhetoric or Reform: Outcome of the High-Level Event” – Full Committee hearing.

Witness: The Honorable John R. Bolton, United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, U.S. Department of State Briefer: Mr. Mark Malloch Brown, Chief of Staff to the Secretary-General, United Nations.

1:00 p.m.           

MEMBERS ONLY CLASSIFIED briefing on Israeli Disengagement

1:30 p.m.                

“Keeping Democracy on Track: Hotspots in Latin America” – Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.

Witnesses: The Honorable Norm Coleman, Chairman, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Narcotics Affairs, Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate; The Honorable Charles A. Shapiro (Invited), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID; Arturo A. Valenzuela, Ph.D., Director, Center for Latin American Studies, Georgetown University; Michael Coppedge, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame; Jamie Dearemblum, Ph.D., Director, Center for Latin American Studies, Hudson Institute; Susan Kaufman Purcell, Ph.D., Director, Center for Hemispheric Policy, University of Miami.

MARKUP OF: H. Con. Res. 252 “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.” (Approved for Full Committee action.)

Thursday, September 29, 2005

1:00 p.m.           

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

Witnesses: Bruce Hoffman, B.Phil.,D. Phil., Director, Washington Office, RAND Corporation; Mr. Arnaud de Borchgrave, Senior Advisor and Director, Transnational Threats Project, CSIS; Tim Roemer, President, The Center for National Policy (Former Member of Congress); Major Dana Dillon, USAR (Ret.), Senior Policy Analyst, Asian Studies Center, the Heritage Foundation.

***Floor***

Thursday, September 29, 2005

H. Res. 388 (Diaz-Balart) – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the July, 2005, measures of extreme repression on the part of the Cuban Government against members of Cuba's prodemocracy movement, calling for the immediate release of all political prisoners, the legalization of political parties and free elections in Cuba, urging the European Union to reexamine its policy toward Cuba, and calling on the representative of the United States to the 62d session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to ensure a resolution calling upon the Cuban regime to end its human rights violations, and for other purposes.  Passed the House with 393 yeas to 31 nays.

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

H.R. 3900 (Dreier) – A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to increase the penalty on persons who are convicted of killing peace officers and who flee the country, and to express the sense of Congress that the Secretary of State should renegotiate the extradition treaty with Mexico.  (Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.  In addition, referred to HIRC.)

H. R. 3916 (McCollum) – A bill to amend the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003 to promote environmental sustainability in the implementation of programs and activities carried out under such Act, and for other purposes.

H. Con. Res. 252 (Burton) – Concurrent resolution 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.

H. Res. 461 (Smith-NJ) – A resolution encouraging the accelerated removal of agricultural subsidies of industrialized countries to alleviate poverty and promote growth, health, and stability in the economies of African countries.

H. Res. 465 (Eddie Bernice Johnson) – A resolution 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. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

H. R. 3930 (Kind) – A bill to establish the Universal Education Account and the Universal Education Corporation to promote global education reform.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

H. Con. Res. 256 (Pitts) – Concurrent resolution commending the people of Mongolia for building strong, democratic institutions, and expressing the support of the Congress for efforts by the United States to continue to strengthen its partnership with that country.

H. Res. 472 (Eddie Bernice Johnson) – A resolution 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. 

H. Res. 475 (Delahunt) – A resolution expressing disapproval of further payments by the Government of the United States to the Government of Uzbekistan relating to facilities at the Karshi-Khanabad airbase and urging the United Nations Security Council to refer the situation of Uzbek President Islam Karimov and the massacre at Andijan of May 13, 2005.

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

Final Rule to the Export Administration Regulations – September 9, 2005, Dept. of Commerce, pursuant to Sec. 15 ( c ) of the EAA, 1979 (P.L. 96-72); unnumbered.

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Focusing on our Future: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Pediatric HIV/AIDS – September 9, 2005, DOS, as mandated by Senate Report 108-346; unnumbered.

Diplomatic Construction Project – U.S. Consulate in Merida, Mexico – September 12, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 160 (a) of the FRAA, 1988-89 (P.L. 100-204), as amended by Sec. 135 of the FRAA, 1990-91 (P.L. 101-246); unnumbered.

Quarterly Report on Real Estate Transactions – September 13, 2005, Under Secretary of State for Management. Pursuant to the Conference Report H. Rept. 104-863 accompanying the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act, 1997 (P.L. 104-208); unnumbered.

Determination and Memorandum of Justification Pertaining to the Provision of Assistance to the UNDF – September 13, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 451 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 13, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $202,000 in FY05 NADR funds for small arms and/light weapons destruction to Georgia, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Renewed Charter for the Industry Advisory Council – September 14, 2005, DOS, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, (P.L. 92-463; unnumbered.

Certification and Memorandum of Justification Concerning the Protection of Human Rights, Protection of Civilians, and Professionalization of the Armed Forces by the Government of Uganda – September 14, 2005, DOS, in accordance with the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 14, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide $3,493,340 in FY05 FMF and $9,844 in MAP (Bahrain, Belize, Chile, East Timor, Estonia, Honduras, Nepal, Poland, Tunisia, and Uganda), 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 – September 14, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate up to $1,000,000 in FY05 ESF for the Dominican Republic to support institutional development to the Dominican National Police, pursuant to Sec. 534 (d) and 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 – September 15, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $50,000 in FY04 AEEB funds for cultural town hall meetings supporting the decentralization process in Kabul, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 15, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to provide up to $2,220,000 in FY05 ESF to activities that promote U.S. positions in oceans, marine and wildlife conservation, health, and sustainable natural resource management, environmental good governance, science and technological cooperation, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Notice to Reprogram $350,000 from IO&P Account for the UN Center for Human Settlements – September 15, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended and sections 515 & 516 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Notice Regarding UNFPA Earmarks – September 15, 2005, DOS, pursuant to the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Notice of Reprogramming of Funds – September 15, 2005, DOS, pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (P.L. 108-447) and the accompanying Joint Explanatory Statement (H. Rept. 108-792); unnumbered.

Notification Regarding FY05 Diplomatic and Consular Programs – September 15, 2005, DOS; unnumbered.

Notice of Updated Spending Plan for FY05 CIO – September 15, 2005, DOS; unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 15, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $144,000 in FY04 ESF to fulfill the 2005 U.S. commitment under the Economic Assistance Agreement associated with the 1987 Treaty on Fisheries, pursuant to Sec. 634A of the FAA of 1961, as amended and Sec. 515 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 19, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to obligate $125,000 in FY05 AIS funds for an educational testing program in Russia, pursuant to Sec 634A of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, and sections 515, 517, and 595 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Copies of International Agreements – September 19, 2005, DOS, in accordance with the provisions of the Case-Zablocki Act, 1 U.S.C. 112b; Ex. Comm. 3963.

Notice that the President Intends to Transfer $5 Million in FY04 & 05 funds to the INCLE Account to Support the G8 Women’s Justice and Empowerment Initiative – September 22, 2005, DOS, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 652 of the FAA of 1961, as amended, and Sec. 509 of the FOAA, 2004 (P.L. 108-199) & 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

Congressional Notification Transmittal Sheet – September 22, 2005, DOS, informing of the intent to reallocate $53,000,000 in IRRF to support Democracy Building Activities in Iraq, pursuant to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq; unnumbered.

Presidential Message – Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Persons who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism – September 22, 2005, The White House, pursuant to Sec. 202 (d) of the National Emergencies Act (P.L. 94-412); H. Doc. 109-57.

Presidential Actions Taken on Countries of Particular Concern Regarding International Religious Freedom – September 23, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Title IV, subtitle I, Sec. 404 of the International Religious Freedom Act, 1998 (P.L. 105-292); unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Gov. of Pakistan – September 23, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Gov. of Egypt – September 23, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Notification of Transfer of Excess Defense Articles to the Gov. of Israel – September 23, 2005, DSCA, pursuant to Sec. 516 of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Notice to Share Forfeited Assets with Indonesia – September 26, 2005, DOS, in accordance with Sec. 482 (e) of the FAA of 1961; unnumbered.

Determination and Memorandum of Justification Regarding the Central African Republic – September 27, 2005, DOS, pursuant to Sec. 508 of the FOAA, 2005 (P.L. 108-447); unnumbered.

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 bet. the Indonesian Gov. 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.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and Services to Saudi Arabia – September 27, 2005 DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-36), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1); unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and Services to Chile – September 27, 2005 DSCA (Transmittal No. 05-30), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1); 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 038-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 ( c ) of the AECA; Ex. Comm. 4255.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and Services to Saudi Arabia – October 30, 2005 DSCA (Transmittal No. 06-04), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1); unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and Services to Saudi Arabia – October 30, 2005 DSCA (Transmittal No. 06-05), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1); unnumbered.

Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for Defense Articles and Services to Saudi Arabia – October 30, 2005 DSCA (Transmittal No. 06-06), pursuant to Sec. 36 (b)(1); unnumbered.

***Hearings/Markups Printed***

Year Two of Castro’s Brutal Crackdown on Dissidents – March 3, 2005, Subcommittees on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations and the Western Hemisphere; Serial No. 109-58.

China’s Influence in the Western Hemisphere – April 6, 2005, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing; Serial No. 109-63.

Recognizing the 57th Anniversary of the Independence of the State of Israel; Urging Withdrawal of Syrian Forces form Lebanon; Support for Democratic Elections in Lebanon, and for other purposes; Expressing the Sense of the House Regarding Manifestations of Anti-Semitism by U.N. Member States, and for other purposes; and Welcoming the President of Afghanistan on His May 2005 Visit to the U.S., and for other purposes – May 18, 2005, Markup before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia; Serial No. 109-53.

The United States and South Asia – June 14, 2005, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific; Serial No. 109-60.

Falun Gong and China’s Continuing War on Human Rights – July 21, 2005, Subcommittees on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations and on Oversight and Investigations hearing; Serial No. 109-62.

Nonproliferation and the G-8 – June 30, 2005, Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation hearing; Serial No. 109-57.

Proliferation Security Initiative: An Early Assessment – June 9, 2005, Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation hearing; Serial No. 109-55.

The State of Democracy in Latin America – March 9, 2005, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing; Serial No. 109-59.

***Appointments***

Canada – U.S. Interparliamentary Group: The following Members of the House – Oberstar, Shaw, Slaughter, Stearns, English of Pennsylvania, Souder, Tancredo and Lipinski.

OTHER BUSINESS WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 26, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings of Interest***

House Committee on Armed Services: Committee Defense Review Threat Panel held a hearing on threats in Asia. 

House Committee on Armed Services: Committee Defense Review Threat Panel held a hearing on threats in the Middle East and Africa. 

House Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on Operations in Iraq.  Testimony was heard from: Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense; Gen. Richard B. Myers, USAF, Chairman, JCS; Gen. John P. Abizaid, USA, Commander, USCC; General George W. Casey, USA, Commanding General, Multi-National Force Iraq.

House Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on understanding the Iran threat. 

Senate Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on U.S. military strategy in Iraq.  Testimony was heard from: Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense; Gen. Richard B. Myers, USAF, Chairman, JCS; Gen. John P. Abizaid, USA, Commander, USCC; General George W. Casey, USA, Commanding General, Multi-National Force Iraq.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion held a hearing entitled, “Energy Supplies in Eurasia and Implications for U.S. Energy Security.”  Testimony was heard from: Paul E. Simmons, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy, Sanctions and Commodities; Karen Harbert, Assistant Secretary for Energy Policy and International Affairs; Alastair Ferguson, TNK-BP, Moscow, Russia; J. Robinson West, PFC Energy; Zeybo Baran, The Nixon Center; Michael T. Klare, Hampshire College.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on East Asia and Pacific Affairs held a hearing on U.S. –Japan relations.  Testimony was heard from: Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Richard P. Lawless, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs; Amelia Porges, Sidley, Austin Brown & Wood LLP; Stephen P. MacMillan, Stryker Corporation, Advanced Medical Technology Association; Gerald Curtis, Columbia University, Department of Political Science.

***Nominations Received***

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

United Nations – Margaret Spellings, of Texas, to be a Representative of the USA to the 33rd Session of the General conference of the UNESCO.

***Nominations Confirmed***

United Nations – Margaret Spellings, of Texas, to be a Representative of the USA to the 33rd Session of the General conference of the UNESCO.