H.R. 2601 - Foreign Relations Authorization Act

COMMITTEE ACTION:  REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Monday, July 18, 2005.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 228 - 190 on Tuesday July 19, 2005
MANAGERS: BISHOP(UT)/HASTINGS(FL)
109th Congress
1st Session

H. RES. 365
[Report No. 109-175]

H.R. 2601 - Foreign Relations Authorizations Act, Fiscal Year 2006 and 2007

 

1. Structured rule.

2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on International Relations.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on International Relations now printed in the bill modified by the amendment printed in Part A of the Rules Committee report shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.

5. Waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on International Relations.

6. Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules.

7. Provides that amendments shall be considered only in the order specified in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment except as specified in the report, shall be considered as read, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.

8. Waives all points of order against amendments printed in the report.

9. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

---------

RESOLUTION

 

Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2601) to authorize appropriations for the Department of State for fiscal years 2006 and 2007, and for other purposes. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on International Relations. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on International Relations now printed in the bill modified by the amendment printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. That amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. All points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules. Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. All points of order against such amendments are waived. At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment, the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted. Any Member may demand a separate vote in the House on any amendment adopted in the Committee of the Whole to the bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

PART A - SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT INCLUDED AS PART OF THE ORIGINAL TEXT FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT
(Summary derived from information provided by the amendment sponsor.)

1. Hyde/Lantos #70
Strikes section 204 from the bill.

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT TO PART A

1. Hyde/Lantos #70

*****
PART B - SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER
(Summaries derived from information provided by the amendment sponsor.)

1. Hyde/Lantos #10
Managers Amendment. Contains technical revisions and minor, non-controversial changes and amendments to clarify certain provisions and correct oversights and errors found after H.R. 2601 was reported. (10 minutes).

2. Hyde #36
Adds the Henry J. Hyde United Nations Reform Act of 2005 as passed by the House to H.R. 2601. (20 minutes).

3. Dreier #9
Provides that the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Administrator of the USAID, is authorized to establish an Active Response Corps to provide assistance in support of stabilization and reconstruction activities in foreign countries or regions that are in, are in transition from, or are likely to enter into, conflict or civil strife. Provides that the Corps shall be available if the President determines that is in the national security interests of the United States to engage in stabilization and reconstruction activities in such a country or region. Provides that the Coordinator for Stabilization and Reconstruction (Department of State) is authorized to conduct and arrange for training of the Active Response Corps. Outlines specific areas of potential training. Provides that training programs should be coordinated with and utilize to the extent possible existing programs and facilities. Provides that the Secretary is authorized to establish and maintain a volunteer roster of Federal, State, local, and non-governmental personnel to serve as a reserve component of the Corps. Provides that not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report on the status of efforts to establish the Active Response Corps. (10 minutes).

4. Poe #1
Authorizes $3 million for FY06 and $3 million for FY07 to provide emergency aid to the internally displaced people of Burma. Funding is through the Migration and Refugee Assistance account. (10 minutes).

5. Poe #61
Amends the Foreign Service Act to strengthen the statutory basis of the Department's requirement for worldwide availability for new entrants to the Foreign Service, and also to make clear that the Department's Office of Medical Services sets medical standards for admission to the Service's medical program. Also allows each agency to continue to exercise its own hiring authority, and to utilize its discretion in situations where a Foreign Service applicant who is not worldwide available but nonetheless has skills that are so needed it is in the agency's best interests to waive the requirement. Requires the Secretary to establish an internal administrative review process for medical ineligibility determinations. (10 minutes).

6. Issa #49
Eliminates language that would transfer over $240 million away from the existing U.S. foreign military financing program for Egypt and place it in the economic support fund. It also eliminates a proposed restructuring of economic assistance to Egypt. Amendment adds a Sense of Congress supporting political and economic reform in Egypt. It also contains a Statement of Policy urging the development of an economic assistance disbursement strategy for Egypt that places an emphasis on strengthening democratic institutions and individual freedoms, reducing corruption in the public and private sectors, promoting economic growth including economic freedom, and improving education and health systems for the people of Egypt. (10 minutes).

7. Burton #21
Authorizes the transfer to the government of Colombia two tactical, unpressurized marine patrol aircraft for use by the Colombian Navy in order to disable ships laden with cocaine and heroin closer to the Colombian shore before they hit open water. (10 minutes).

8. Kennedy (MN)/Hooley/Osborne/Souder #51
Requires the State Department to annually certify that the five biggest exporters and the five biggest importers of certain methamphetamine precursors are "fully cooperating" with U.S. law enforcement to prevent diversion of these chemicals for illicit purposes. If not so certified, these countries would be subject to foreign aid eligibility provisions already in law (the Foreign Assistance Act). (10 minutes).

9. Hooley/Souder/Baird #52
Directs the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to make a priority of stemming the influx of methamphetamine from Mexico into the U.S. Directs INL to improve border security and coordinate with Mexican law enforcement as well as the Mexican government. (10 minutes).

10. Souder #4
Requires a report on extradition requests for Afghans who have committed violations of narcotics laws in the United States. (10 minutes).

11. Souder #14
Authorizes up to $25 million to enable the State Department's Bureau for International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to purchase or lease a maritime refueling support vessel capable of refueling U.S. and allied vessels engaged in drug interdiction in the Eastern Pacific transit zone. (10 minutes).

12. Smith (NJ) #18
Expands activities to treat women suffering from obstetric fistula to include increased access to emergency obstetrical care. Expands activities for the prevention of fistula from providing access to contraceptive services to providing access to family planning services. Makes these prevention activities discretionary rather than obligatory. Increases the FY07 authorization from $5 million to $7.5 million. (10 minutes).

13. Hyde/Lantos/Hunter/Manzullo #11
Authorizes measures to deter arms transfers by foreign countries to the People's Republic of China. Requires the submission of an annual report to Congress on European companies who are aiding China's military buildup and on European governments whose policies support those sales. Expands U.S. export license requirements and increases Congressional oversight to those countries. Gives the President new authority to help deter future European arms-related sales. (10 minutes).

14. Ackerman/King (NY) #19
Raises the authorized level for the State Department program which provides for reimbursement to localities for services provided for the protection of foreign missions and officials to $15 million. Authorizes the State Department to pay $19.58 million in "back payments" to NYC for expenses incurred since 2002. (10 minutes).

15. Blunt #47
Declares that it is U.S. policy to use the voice, vote, and influence of the U.S. to oppose the creation of any international or global taxation by the UN or its affiliated agencies. Declares that no U.S. person shall be subject to an international tax if it is levied. (30 minutes).

16. Bordallo/Faleomavaega #69
Provides for equal treatment of employees of the Department of State who are residents of the territories of the U.S. in the personnel policies of the Department. Permits the same reimbursements for the travel of dependents of Department employees from overseas stations to public colleges and universities in the territory of the employee's legal residence as provided in law for residents of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. (10 minutes).

17. Burton #27
Requires the Secretary of State to conduct a cost-benefit analysis in conjunction with all appropriate Federal departments and agencies, including DHS, and the U.S. Coast Guard, on how to best use American security assistance dollars to thwart alien smuggling, trafficking in person, and possible terrorists entering from Ecuador. (10 minutes).

18. Crowley #8
Expresses concern about language in the declaration of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization calling for the anti-terrorist coalition to set a deadline for the temporary use of the infrastructure facilities of the SCO Member States and for their military presence in these countries and calls on the President, and the Secretaries of State and Defense to open a dialogue with the SCO concerning the importance of the use of bases in the SCO Member States and report to Congress on the outcome of such dialogue. (10 minutes).

19. Fossella #13
Withholds funding to the UN for any of its agencies or committees headed by nations on the State Department's terrorist watch list. (10 minutes).

20. Issa #48
Requires the Secretary of State to submit a report that describes the weakness of identification documents, including birth certificates, required for the issuance of passports. Establishes a requirement that all passport acceptance agents undergo background investigations and a comprehensive training program to improve document fraud detection efforts. Expands the authority of the U.S. government to investigate cases of the illegal sale of U.S. passports and visas by U.S. government personnel. Authorizes that Federal District Court for the District of Colombia to issue warrants in such cases and authorizes special agents under the direction of the Director of the Diplomatic Security Service to execute such warrants. (30 minutes).

21. King (IA) #45
Requires the Secretary of State to submit a report to the appropriate congressional committees identifying each nongovernmental organization that receives funding under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the date on which the funding was provided to the NGO, and the date on which the NGO filed a statement with the U.S. government certifying that the NGO has in effect a policy explicitly opposing prostitution and sex trafficking. (10 minutes).

22. King (IA) #46
Inserts the text of H. Con. Res. 144, condemning the attacks on U.S. citizens by Palestinian terrorists and lists all 53 victims. Encourages the Palestinian leaders to work with Israel to end all terrorist acts on innocent individuals, regardless of citizenship. (10 minutes).

23. Kucinich #67

Requires the President to direct the U.S. representatives to the United Nations to commence negotiations for an international treaty banning space-based weapons. (10 minutes).

24. Lantos #20
Requires the Department of State to develop a strategy to counter widespread perceptions among foreign students that the U.S. is no longer a welcoming place for them; undertake annual consultations with non-governmental organizations, university officials, foreign students, and other interested parties to seek input on the development of this strategy; identify and report on priority posts where important declines in visa application rates have occurred and best practice posts which have developed to improve application rates; and provide enhance training for processing and facilitating student visas. (10 minutes).

25. Mack #24
Authorizes the Broadcasting Board of Governors to initiate radio and television broadcasts to Venezuela for at least 30 minutes a day of balanced, objective, and comprehensive news programming. (10 minutes).

26. Rogers (MI) #54
States that Congress recognizes and affirms the efforts of the Great Lakes Governors and Canadian Premiers in developing a common standard for decisions relating to the withdrawal of water from the Great Lakes and urges that the management authority over the waters of the Great Lakes should remain vested with the Governors or Premiers of the eight Great Lakes States and two Canadian Provinces that share stewardship over the Great Lakes. (10 minutes).

27. Tancredo #25
Expresses the sense of Congress that recent comments made by Chinese Major General Zhu Chenghu's openly advocating the use of nuclear weapons against the United States damages U.S.-China relations and violates China's commitment to resolve its differences with Taiwan peacefully. Expresses further that the government of the People's Republic of China should renounce the use of force against Taiwan, disavow General Zhu's statements, and remove Zhu from his position. (10 minutes).

28. Watson #38
States that it shall be the policy of the U.S. Government to seek the expeditious transfer of Charles Ghankay Taylor, former President of the Republic of Liberia, to the jurisdiction of the Special Court for Sierra Leone to undergo a fair and open trial for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international humanitarian law. (10 minutes).

29. Watson #39
Authorizes $5 million for the State Department to improve intellectual property law and enforcement in developing countries. (10 minutes).

30. Berkley/Crowley #56
Contains a declaration of policy that states that the U.S. should promote the emergence of a democratic Palestinian government that denounces and combats terrorism; has agreed to disarm terrorists; has agreed to work to eliminate terrorist incitement; has agreed to respect the boundaries and sovereignty of its neighbors; and respects the human rights of all people. Adds a limitation of not more than 25 percent of the total funds available to the PA can be obligated and expended during any calendar quarter to section 932. (10 minutes).

31. Biggert #68
Makes a technical correction to section 1106 to reflect existing responsibilities regarding World Bank policy. Clarifies that the Financial Services Committee is an "appropriate committee" to receive any reports prepared by the Department of the Treasury regarding the World Bank's activities in Iran. (10 minutes).

32. Eshoo #17
Expresses the sense of Congress that special attention should be paid to the welfare of ChaldoAssyrians and other indigenous Christians in Iraq. (10 minutes).

33. Fossella/King (NY)/Menendez #28
Authorizes the U.S. Interests Sections in Havana to disseminate the names of fugitives who are enjoying safe haven in Cuba and any rewards for their capture. (10 minutes).

34. Franks #2
Strikes section 1019 of the bill, relating to consular and visa services in Pristina, Kosova. (10 minutes).

35. McCotter #7
Withholds funds from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) until the ICTY dismisses all criminal charges against journalists reporting the work of the ICTY, and until the ICTY commits to taking no further action to curtail the freedom of the press. (10 minutes).

36. Reyes #64
Urges the President and Secretary of State to boost efforts that would aid Mexican authorities in their struggle to pinpoint the identities of yet unidentified remains of murdered young women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (10 minutes).

37. Rohrabacher #55
Sense of Congress that the capture, detention and interrogation of international terrorists are essential to the successful prosecution of the Global War on Terrorism and to the defense of the U.S., its citizens, and coalition partners from future terrorist attacks; and that the detention and lawful, humane interrogation by the U.S. of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is essential to the defense of the U.S. and its coalition partners and to the successful prosecution of the Global War on Terrorism. (60 minutes).

38. Ros-Lehtinen #57
Enhances the security of the U.S. by making it the policy of the U.S. to pursue a transfer of responsibility for Iraqi forces only when they are ready to assume such responsibility and not to withdraw prematurely the U.S. Armed Forces from Iraq. Requires any withdrawal to be done only with careful coordination with a decision by the elected government of Iraq which shall be reached jointly when it is clear that the aim of the establishment of a free and stable Iraq that is at peace and not a threat to its neighbors has been or is about to be achieved. (60 minutes).

 

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENTS OF PART B

1. Hyde/Lantos #10
2. Hyde #36
3. Dreier #9
4. Poe #1
5. Poe #61
6. Issa #49
7. Burton #21
8. Kennedy (MN)/Hooley/Osborne/Souder #51
9. Hooley/Souder/Baird #52
10. Souder #4
11. Souder #14
12. Smith (NJ) #18
13. Hyde/Lantos/Hunter/Manzullo #11
14. Ackerman/King (NY) #19
15. Blunt #47
16. Bordallo/Faleomavaega #69
17. Burton #27
18. Crowley #8
19. Fossella #13
20. Issa #48
21. King (IA) #45
22. King (IA) #46
23. Kucinich #67
24. Lantos #20
25. Mack #24
26. Rogers (MI) #54
27. Tancredo #25
28. Watson #38
29. Watson #39
30. Berkely/Crowley #56
31. Biggert #68
32. Eshoo #17
33. Fossella/King (NY)/Menendez #28
34. Franks #2
35. McCotter #7
36. Reyes #64
37. Rohrabacher #55
38. Ros-Lehtinen #57

AMENDMENT TO H. RES. 365 OFFERED BY REP. BISHOP

Sec. 2. Notwithstanding any other provision of this resolution, (a) the amendments by Representative Dreier of California, Representative Crowley of New York, Representative King of Iowa, and Representative Rohrabacher of California at the desk at the time of adoption of this resolution and numbered 3A, 18A, 21A, and 37A, shall be in order in lieu of the amendments in part B of House Report 109-175 and numbered 3, 18, 21, and 37, respectively, and (b) the amendment numbered 2 in part B of House Report 109-175 shall be debatable for 20 minutes.

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENTS TO H. RES. 365

1. Dreier #3A
2. Crowley #18A
3. Rohrabacher #37
4. King (IA) #21A