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H.R.2601
Title: To authorize appropriations for the Department of State for fiscal years 2006 and 2007, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] (introduced 5/24/2005)      Cosponsors (1)
Related Bills: H.RES.365
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 Passed/agreed to in House. Status: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 351 - 78 (Roll no. 399).
House Reports: 109-168
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SUMMARY AS OF:
5/24/2005--Introduced.

Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007 - Authorizes appropriations to the Department of State for FY 2006 and 2007 for the administration of foreign affairs, international organizations and conferences, certain international commissions, and migration and refugee assistance.

Amends federal criminal law to prescribe criminal penalties for interfering with the protective functions of special agents of the Department of State and the Foreign Service.

Amends specified Foreign Service and State Department law regarding: (1) retention of medical reimbursements; (2) the Buying Power Maintenance account; (3) no obligation of the Secretary of State to convene an Accountability Review Board pertaining to certain destructive incidents at U.S. government missions in Afghanistan and Iraq; and (4) repeal of the prohibition against the eligibility of persons doing business with Libya for contracts under the Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Antiterrorism Act of 1986.

Revises requirements for the organization and personnel of the Department of State, including: (1) education allowances, official residence expenses, increased limits applicable to post differentials and danger pay allowances, and an overseas equalization and comparability pay adjustment; (2) home leave after 12 (currently 18) months of continuous foreign service; (3) a Fellowship of Hope Program; (4) suspension without pay of a foreign service member when reasonable cause exists to believe the member has committed a crime liable to imprisonment; (5) death gratuity for the surviving dependents of a Foreign Service employee; (6) repeal of the recertification requirement for members of the Senior Foreign Service; and (7) limited appointments in the Foreign Service.

Expresses congressional support for proposed changes to the career development program for members of the Senior Foreign Service.

Urges the Secretary of State to make best efforts to establish U.S. consular posts in Pusan, South Korea, and Hat Yai, Thailand.

Authorizes the Secretary to provide for U.S. participation in the Regional Emerging Disease Intervention (REDI) Center in Singapore.

Extends the authorization of appropriations for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Repeals the mandate that the United States retain ownership of the Palazzo Corpi building in Istanbul, Turkey, where the International Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue is located.

International Broadcasting Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007 - Amends the United States International Broadcasting Act of 1994 to make annual grants available to the Middle East Broadcasting Networks.

Makes broadcasting to Cuba independent of the Voice of America, and allows such broadcasts to use, under leasing agreements, the Amplitude Modulation (AM) band (currently prohibited), the Frequency Modulation (FM) band, and the Short-wave (SW) band.

Establishes permanent authority for Radio Free Asia.

Authorizes the Broadcasting Board of Governors to provide for payment of school expenses for dependents of broadcasting personnel stationed in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Declares statements of policy relating to democracy in Iran, the dual gateway policy of the Government of Ireland, and a Trans-Sahara Counter Terrorism Initiative.

Requires certain reports on Haiti, protection of refugees from North Korea, U.S. actions to encourage respect for human rights, services for children with autism at overseas missions, Internet jamming, and Department of State employment composition.

Declares the sense of Congress on Korean Fulbright programs and the location of international institutions in Africa.

Prohibits State Department participation in commemorations relating to leaders of Imperial Japan connected to the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.


MAJOR ACTIONS: (color indicates Senate actions)

5/24/2005 Introduced/originated in House
7/13/2005 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on International Relations. H. Rept. 109-168.
7/20/2005 Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 351 - 78 (Roll no. 399).


ALL ACTIONS: (color indicates Senate actions)
5/24/2005:
Referred to the House Committee on International Relations.
5/24/2005:
Referred to the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Relations.
5/26/2005:
Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
5/26/2005:
Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.
6/8/2005:
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
6/9/2005:
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
6/30/2005 11:06pm:
Mr. DeLay asked unanimous consent that the Committee on International Relations have until midnight on July 8 to file a report on H.R. 2601. Agreed to without objection.
7/13/2005 5:49pm:
Reported (Amended) by the Committee on International Relations. H. Rept. 109-168.
7/13/2005 5:49pm:
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 105.
7/18/2005 11:24pm:
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 365 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2601. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.
7/19/2005 1:20pm:
Rule H. Res. 365 passed House.
7/19/2005 1:21pm:
Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 365. (consideration: CR H5983-6074; text of measure as reported in House: CR H5991-6025)
7/19/2005 1:22pm:
House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 365 and Rule XVIII.
7/19/2005 1:22pm:
The Speaker designated the Honorable Henry Bonilla to act as Chairman of the Committee.
7/19/2005 2:07pm:
H.AMDT.454 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Hyde. (consideration: CR H6025-6027; text: CR H6025-6026)
An amendment numbered 1 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to make 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.
7/19/2005 2:09pm:
H.AMDT.454 On agreeing to the Hyde amendment (A001) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/19/2005 2:10pm:
H.AMDT.455 Amendment (A002) offered by Mr. Hyde. (consideration: CR H6027-6039, H6057-6068, H6070-6071; text: CR H6027-6037)
An amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 109-175 to add the Henry J. Hyde United Nations Reform Act of 2005 as passed by the House to the text of H.R. 2601.
7/19/2005 2:33pm:
H.AMDT.456 Amendment (A003) offered by Mr. Dreier. (consideration: CR H6039-6041; text: CR H6039-6040)
An amendment numbered 3A and made in order pursuant to section 2 of H. Res. 365 (as passed by the House) to add a new section 217 to the bill providing for establishment of the Active Response Corps.
7/19/2005 2:44pm:
H.AMDT.456 On agreeing to the Dreier amendment (A003) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/19/2005 2:44pm:
H.AMDT.457 Amendment (A004) offered by Mr. Poe. (consideration: CR H6041-6042; text: CR H6041)
An amendment numbered 4 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to authorize $3 million for FY 2006 and $3 million for FY 2007 to provide emergency aid to the internally displaced people of Burma through the Migration and Refugee Assistance account.
7/19/2005 2:50pm:
H.AMDT.457 On agreeing to the Poe amendment (A004) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/19/2005 2:51pm:
H.AMDT.458 Amendment (A005) offered by Mr. Poe. (consideration: CR H6042; text: CR H6042)
An amendment numbered 5 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to amend 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. The amendment 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.
7/19/2005 2:52pm:
H.AMDT.458 On agreeing to the Poe amendment (A005) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/19/2005 2:53pm:
H.AMDT.459 Amendment (A006) offered by Mr. Burton (IN). (consideration: CR H6042-6044; text: CR H6042)
An amendment numbered 7 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to authorize the transfer to the government of Columbia 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.
7/19/2005 3:05pm:
H.AMDT.459 On agreeing to the Burton (IN) amendment (A006) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/19/2005 3:05pm:
H.AMDT.460 Amendment (A007) offered by Mr. Kennedy (MN). (consideration: CR H6044-6046, H6071-6072; text: CR H6044)
An amendment numbered 8 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to require 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.
7/19/2005 3:17pm:
H.AMDT.461 Amendment (A008) offered by Ms. Hooley. (consideration: CR H6046-6047, H6072; text: CR H6046)
An amendment numbered 9 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to direct the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement to make a priority of stemming the influx of methamphetamine from Mexico into the U.S. and also directs INL to improve border security with Mexico.
7/19/2005 3:26pm:
H.AMDT.462 Amendment (A009) offered by Mr. Souder. (consideration: CR H6047-6048, H6073; text: CR H6047)
An amendment numbered 10 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 to require a report on extradition requests for Afghans who have committed violations of narcotics laws in the United States.
7/19/2005 3:33pm:
H.AMDT.463 Amendment (A010) offered by Mr. Souder. (consideration: CR H6048-6049; text: CR H6048-6049)
An amendment numbered 11 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to authorize up to $25 million to enable the 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.
7/19/2005 3:39pm:
H.AMDT.463 On agreeing to the Souder amendment (A010) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/19/2005 3:40pm:
H.AMDT.464 Amendment (A011) offered by Mr. Smith (NJ). (consideration: CR H6050-6052, H6073-6074; text: CR H6050)
An amendment numbered 12 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 to expand activities to treat women suffering from obstetric fistula to include increased acces to emergency obstetrical care; to expand activities fr the prevention of fistula from providing access to contraceptive services to providing access to family planning services; to make these prevention activities discretionary rather than obligatory; and to increase the FY 2007 authorization from $5 million to $7.5 million.
7/19/2005 3:54pm:
H.AMDT.465 Amendment (A012) offered by Mr. Hyde. (consideration: CR H6052-6056; text: CR H6052-6054)
An amendment numbered 13 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 to authorize measures to deter arms transfers by foreign countries to the People's Republic of China.
7/19/2005 4:07pm:
H.AMDT.465 On agreeing to the Hyde amendment (A012) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/19/2005 4:08pm:
H.AMDT.466 Amendment (A013) offered by Mr. Ackerman. (consideration: CR H6056; text: CR H6056)
An amendment numbered 14 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 to raise 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. Amendment authorizes the State Department to pay $19.58 million in "back payments" to NYC for expenses incurred since 2002.
7/19/2005 4:13pm:
H.AMDT.466 On agreeing to the Ackerman amendment (A013) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/19/2005 4:13pm:
H.AMDT.467 Amendment (A014) offered by Mr. Blunt. (consideration: CR H6056-6057; text: CR H6056)
An amendment numbered 15 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 to declare that it is U.S. policy to use the voice, vote, and influence of the U.S. to oppose the creation of any internationalor global taxation by the UN or its affiliated agencie s. Declares that no U.S. person shall be subject to an international tax if it is levied.
7/19/2005 4:21pm:
H.AMDT.467 On agreeing to the Blunt amendment (A014) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/19/2005 4:21pm:
H.AMDT.455 Hyde amendment (A002) modified by unanimous consent. Amendment was modified with language submitted to the desk.
7/19/2005 4:22pm:
H.AMDT.468 Amendment (A015) offered by Mr. Lantos. (consideration: CR H6068; text: CR H6068)
An amendment numbered 16 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 to provide 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.
7/19/2005 4:23pm:
H.AMDT.468 On agreeing to the Lantos amendment (A015) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/19/2005 4:24pm:
H.AMDT.469 Amendment (A016) offered by Mr. Burton (IN). (consideration: CR H6068-6069; text: CR H6068)
An amendment numbered 17 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 to require the Secretary of State to conduct a cost-benefit analysis in conjunction with all appropriate Federal departments and agencies on how to best use American security assistance dollars to thwart alien smuggling, trafficking in person, and possible terrorists entering from Ecuador.
7/19/2005 4:30pm:
H.AMDT.469 On agreeing to the Burton (IN) amendment (A016) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/19/2005 4:30pm:
H.AMDT.470 Amendment (A017) offered by Mr. Lantos. (consideration: CR H6069-6070; text: CR H6069)
An amendment numbered 18A and made in order pursuant to section 2 of H. Res.365 (as passed by the House) to insert a new section in the bill titled "Declaration of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization".
7/19/2005 4:38pm:
H.AMDT.470 On agreeing to the Lantos amendment (A017) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/19/2005 4:39pm:
H.AMDT.471 Amendment (A018) offered by Mr. Smith (NJ). (consideration: CR H6070; text: CR H6070)
An amendment numbered 19 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 to withhold funding to the UN for any of its agencies or committees headed by nations on the State Department's terrorist watch list.
7/19/2005 4:43pm:
H.AMDT.471 On agreeing to the Smith (NJ) amendment (A018) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/19/2005 5:09pm:
H.AMDT.455 On agreeing to the Hyde amendment (A002) as modified Agreed to by recorded vote: 226 - 195 (Roll no. 385). (text as modified: CR H6057-6068)
7/19/2005 5:17pm:
H.AMDT.460 On agreeing to the Kennedy (MN) amendment (A007) Agreed to by recorded vote: 423 - 2 (Roll no. 386).
7/19/2005 5:25pm:
H.AMDT.461 On agreeing to the Hooley amendment (A008) Agreed to by recorded vote: 424 - 1 (Roll no. 387).
7/19/2005 5:33pm:
H.AMDT.462 On agreeing to the Souder amendment (A009) Agreed to by recorded vote: 426 - 1 (Roll no. 388).
7/19/2005 5:42pm:
H.AMDT.464 On agreeing to the Smith (NJ) amendment (A011) Agreed to by recorded vote: 223 - 205 (Roll no. 389).
7/19/2005 5:43pm:
Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 2601 as unfinished business.
7/20/2005 11:14am:
Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H6117-6173)
7/20/2005 11:15am:
The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
7/20/2005 11:16am:
H.AMDT.472 Amendment (A019) offered by Mr. Issa. (consideration: CR H6118-6119; text: CR H6118)
An amendment numbered 20 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to require the Secretary of State to submit a report that describes the weakness of identification documents, including birth certificates, required for the issuance of passports; establish a requirement that all passport acceptance agents undergo background investigations and a comprehensive training program to improve document fraud detection efforts; expand 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; and authorize the Federal District Court for the District of Colombia to issue warrants in such cases and authorize special agents under the direction of the Director of the Diplomatic Security Service to execute such warrants.
7/20/2005 11:25am:
H.AMDT.472 On agreeing to the Issa amendment (A019) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/20/2005 11:25am:
H.AMDT.473 Amendment (A020) offered by Mr. Smith (NJ). (consideration: CR H6119-6122; text: CR H6119)
An amendment numbered 21A made in order pursuant to section 2 of H. Res. 365, as passed by the House, to add a new section providing funding for nongovernmental organizations under the President's emergency plan for aids relief.
7/20/2005 11:32am:
H.AMDT.473 On agreeing to the Smith (NJ) amendment (A020) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/20/2005 11:33am:
H.AMDT.474 Amendment (A021) offered by Mr. King (IA). (consideration: CR H6122-6123, H6137; text: CR H6122)
An amendment numbered 22 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to insert the text of H. Con. Res. 144, condemning the attacks on U.S. citizens by Palestinian terrorists and lists all 53 victims and to encourage the Palestinian leaders to work with Israel to end all terrorist acts on innocent individuals, regardless of citizenship.
7/20/2005 11:39am:
H.AMDT.475 Amendment (A022) offered by Mr. Kucinich. (consideration: CR H6123-6124, H6137-6138; text: CR H6123)
An amendment numbered 23 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to require the President to direct the U.S. representatives to the United Nations to commence negotiations for an international treaty banning space-based weapons.
7/20/2005 11:52am:
H.AMDT.476 Amendment (A023) offered by Mr. Lantos. (consideration: CR H6124-6126, H6138-6139; text: CR H6124-6125)
An amendment numbered 24 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to require 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.
7/20/2005 11:59am:
H.AMDT.477 Amendment (A024) offered by Mr. Mack. (consideration: CR H6126-6127; text: CR H6126)
An amendment numbered 25 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to authorize 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.
7/20/2005 12:06pm:
H.AMDT.477 On agreeing to the Mack amendment (A024) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/20/2005 12:07pm:
H.AMDT.478 Amendment (A025) offered by Mr. Rogers (MI). (consideration: CR H6127-6129, H6139; text: CR H6127)
An amendment numbered 25 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to state 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.
7/20/2005 12:18pm:
H.AMDT.479 Amendment (A026) offered by Mr. Tancredo. (consideration: CR H6129-6130; text: CR H6129)
An amendment numbered 27 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to express 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; and to express 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.
7/20/2005 12:27pm:
H.AMDT.479 On agreeing to the Tancredo amendment (A026) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/20/2005 12:28pm:
H.AMDT.480 Amendment (A027) offered by Ms. Watson. (consideration: CR H6130-6135, H6139-6140; text: CR H6130)
An amendment numbered 28 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to state 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.
7/20/2005 12:43pm:
H.AMDT.481 Amendment (A028) offered by Ms. Watson. (consideration: CR H6136-6137; text: CR H6136)
An amendment numbered 29 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to authorize $5 million for the State Department to improve intellectual property law and enforcement in developing countries.
7/20/2005 12:48pm:
H.AMDT.481 On agreeing to the Watson amendment (A028) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/20/2005 1:12pm:
H.AMDT.474 On agreeing to the King (IA) amendment (A021) Agreed to by recorded vote: 423 - 0 (Roll no. 390).
7/20/2005 1:20pm:
H.AMDT.475 On agreeing to the Kucinich amendment (A022) Failed by recorded vote: 124 - 302 (Roll no. 391).
7/20/2005 1:31pm:
H.AMDT.476 On agreeing to the Lantos amendment (A023) Agreed to by recorded vote: 373 - 56 (Roll no. 392).
7/20/2005 1:39pm:
H.AMDT.478 On agreeing to the Rogers (MI) amendment Failed by recorded vote: 156 - 273 (Roll no. 393).
7/20/2005 1:46pm:
H.AMDT.480 On agreeing to the Watson amendment (A027) Agreed to by recorded vote: 422 - 2 (Roll no. 394).
7/20/2005 1:46pm:
H.AMDT.482 Amendment (A029) offered by Ms. Berkley. (consideration: CR H6140-6142, H6165; text: CR H6140)
An amendment numbered 30 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 which 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. Amendment also 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.
7/20/2005 2:02pm:
H.AMDT.483 Amendment (A030) offered by Ms. Eshoo. (consideration: CR H6142-6144; text: CR H6142)
An amendment numbered 32 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to express the sense of Congress that special attention should be paid to the welfare of ChaldoAssyrians and other indigenous Christians in Iraq.
7/20/2005 2:11pm:
H.AMDT.483 On agreeing to the Eshoo amendment (A030) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/20/2005 2:12pm:
H.AMDT.484 Amendment (A031) offered by Mr. Fossella. (consideration: CR H6144-6145; text: CR H6144)
An amendment numbered 33 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to authorize 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.
7/20/2005 2:19pm:
H.AMDT.484 On agreeing to the Fossella amendment (A031) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/20/2005 2:20pm:
H.AMDT.485 Amendment (A032) offered by Mr. Franks (AZ). (consideration: CR H6145-6146; text: CR H6145)
An amendment numbered 34 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 which strikes section 1019 of the bill, relating to consular and visa services in Pristina, Kosova.
7/20/2005 2:31pm:
H.AMDT.485 On agreeing to the Franks (AZ) amendment (A032) Failed by voice vote.
7/20/2005 2:31pm:
H.AMDT.486 Amendment (A033) offered by Mr. Lantos. (consideration: CR H6146-6147; text: CR H6147)
An amendment numbered 36 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to urge 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.
7/20/2005 2:39pm:
H.AMDT.486 On agreeing to the Lantos amendment (A033) Agreed to by voice vote.
7/20/2005 2:39pm:
H.AMDT.487 Amendment (A034) offered by Mr. Rohrabacher. (consideration: CR H6147-6155, H6166; text: CR H6147-6148)
An amendment numbered 37A and made in order pursuant to section 2 of H. Res. 365 (as passed by the House) to express the 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.
7/20/2005 3:50pm:
H.AMDT.488 Amendment (A035) offered by Ms. Ros-Lehtinen. (consideration: CR H6155-6165, H6166-6167; text: CR H6155)
An amendment numbered 38 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to enhance 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.
7/20/2005 5:36pm:
H.AMDT.482 On agreeing to the Berkley amendment (A029) Agreed to by recorded vote: 330 - 100 (Roll no. 395).
7/20/2005 5:46pm:
H.AMDT.487 On agreeing to the Rohrabacher amendment (A034) Agreed to by recorded vote: 304 - 124, 2 Present (Roll no. 396).
7/20/2005 5:55pm:
H.AMDT.488 On agreeing to the Ros-Lehtinen amendment (A035) Agreed to by recorded vote: 291 - 137, 2 Present (Roll no. 397).
7/20/2005 5:55pm:
The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 2601.
7/20/2005 5:56pm:
The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H6171)
7/20/2005 5:56pm:
The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
7/20/2005 5:56pm:
Mr. Menendez moved to recommit with instructions to International Relations.
7/20/2005 6:11pm:
The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection. (consideration: CR H6170-6172; text: CR H6170)
7/20/2005 6:29pm:
On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 203 - 227 (Roll no. 398).
7/20/2005 6:36pm:
On passage Passed by recorded vote: 351 - 78 (Roll no. 399).
7/20/2005 6:36pm:
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

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Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] - 5/24/2005


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1. H.AMDT.454 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 1 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to make 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.
Sponsor: Rep Hyde, Henry J. [IL-6] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Hyde amendment (A001) Agreed to by voice vote.

2. H.AMDT.455 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 109-175 to add the Henry J. Hyde United Nations Reform Act of 2005 as passed by the House to the text of H.R. 2601.
Sponsor: Rep Hyde, Henry J. [IL-6] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Hyde amendment (A002) as modified Agreed to by recorded vote: 226 - 195 (Roll no. 385).

3. H.AMDT.456 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 3A and made in order pursuant to section 2 of H. Res. 365 (as passed by the House) to add a new section 217 to the bill providing for establishment of the Active Response Corps.
Sponsor: Rep Dreier, David [CA-26] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Dreier amendment (A003) Agreed to by voice vote.

4. H.AMDT.457 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 4 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to authorize $3 million for FY 2006 and $3 million for FY 2007 to provide emergency aid to the internally displaced people of Burma through the Migration and Refugee Assistance account.
Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Poe amendment (A004) Agreed to by voice vote.

5. H.AMDT.458 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 5 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to amend 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. The amendment 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.
Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Poe amendment (A005) Agreed to by voice vote.

6. H.AMDT.459 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 7 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to authorize the transfer to the government of Columbia 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.
Sponsor: Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Burton (IN) amendment (A006) Agreed to by voice vote.

7. H.AMDT.460 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 8 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to require 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.
Sponsor: Rep Kennedy, Mark R. [MN-6] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Kennedy (MN) amendment (A007) Agreed to by recorded vote: 423 - 2 (Roll no. 386).

8. H.AMDT.461 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 9 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to direct the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement to make a priority of stemming the influx of methamphetamine from Mexico into the U.S. and also directs INL to improve border security with Mexico.
Sponsor: Rep Hooley, Darlene [OR-5] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Hooley amendment (A008) Agreed to by recorded vote: 424 - 1 (Roll no. 387).

9. H.AMDT.462 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 10 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 to require a report on extradition requests for Afghans who have committed violations of narcotics laws in the United States.
Sponsor: Rep Souder, Mark E. [IN-3] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Souder amendment (A009) Agreed to by recorded vote: 426 - 1 (Roll no. 388).

10. H.AMDT.463 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 11 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to authorize up to $25 million to enable the 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.
Sponsor: Rep Souder, Mark E. [IN-3] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Souder amendment (A010) Agreed to by voice vote.

11. H.AMDT.464 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 12 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 to expand activities to treat women suffering from obstetric fistula to include increased acces to emergency obstetrical care; to expand activities fr the prevention of fistula from providing access to contraceptive services to providing access to family planning services; to make these prevention activities discretionary rather than obligatory; and to increase the FY 2007 authorization from $5 million to $7.5 million.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Smith (NJ) amendment (A011) Agreed to by recorded vote: 223 - 205 (Roll no. 389).

12. H.AMDT.465 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 13 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 to authorize measures to deter arms transfers by foreign countries to the People's Republic of China.
Sponsor: Rep Hyde, Henry J. [IL-6] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Hyde amendment (A012) Agreed to by voice vote.

13. H.AMDT.466 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 14 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 to raise 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. Amendment authorizes the State Department to pay $19.58 million in "back payments" to NYC for expenses incurred since 2002.
Sponsor: Rep Ackerman, Gary L. [NY-5] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Ackerman amendment (A013) Agreed to by voice vote.

14. H.AMDT.467 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 15 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 to declare that it is U.S. policy to use the voice, vote, and influence of the U.S. to oppose the creation of any internationalor global taxation by the UN or its affiliated agencie s. Declares that no U.S. person shall be subject to an international tax if it is levied.
Sponsor: Rep Blunt, Roy [MO-7] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Blunt amendment (A014) Agreed to by voice vote.

15. H.AMDT.468 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 16 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 to provide 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.
Sponsor: Rep Lantos, Tom [CA-12] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Lantos amendment (A015) Agreed to by voice vote.

16. H.AMDT.469 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 17 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 to require the Secretary of State to conduct a cost-benefit analysis in conjunction with all appropriate Federal departments and agencies on how to best use American security assistance dollars to thwart alien smuggling, trafficking in person, and possible terrorists entering from Ecuador.
Sponsor: Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Burton (IN) amendment (A016) Agreed to by voice vote.

17. H.AMDT.470 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 18A and made in order pursuant to section 2 of H. Res.365 (as passed by the House) to insert a new section in the bill titled "Declaration of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization".
Sponsor: Rep Lantos, Tom [CA-12] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Lantos amendment (A017) Agreed to by voice vote.

18. H.AMDT.471 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 19 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 to withhold funding to the UN for any of its agencies or committees headed by nations on the State Department's terrorist watch list.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] (introduced 7/19/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/19/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Smith (NJ) amendment (A018) Agreed to by voice vote.

19. H.AMDT.472 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 20 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to require the Secretary of State to submit a report that describes the weakness of identification documents, including birth certificates, required for the issuance of passports; establish a requirement that all passport acceptance agents undergo background investigations and a comprehensive training program to improve document fraud detection efforts; expand 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; and authorize the Federal District Court for the District of Colombia to issue warrants in such cases and authorize special agents under the direction of the Director of the Diplomatic Security Service to execute such warrants.
Sponsor: Rep Issa, Darrell E. [CA-49] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Issa amendment (A019) Agreed to by voice vote.

20. H.AMDT.473 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 21A made in order pursuant to section 2 of H. Res. 365, as passed by the House, to add a new section providing funding for nongovernmental organizations under the President's emergency plan for aids relief.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Smith (NJ) amendment (A020) Agreed to by voice vote.

21. H.AMDT.474 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 22 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to insert the text of H. Con. Res. 144, condemning the attacks on U.S. citizens by Palestinian terrorists and lists all 53 victims and to encourage the Palestinian leaders to work with Israel to end all terrorist acts on innocent individuals, regardless of citizenship.
Sponsor: Rep King, Steve [IA-5] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the King (IA) amendment (A021) Agreed to by recorded vote: 423 - 0 (Roll no. 390).

22. H.AMDT.475 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 23 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to require the President to direct the U.S. representatives to the United Nations to commence negotiations for an international treaty banning space-based weapons.
Sponsor: Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment not agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Kucinich amendment (A022) Failed by recorded vote: 124 - 302 (Roll no. 391).

23. H.AMDT.476 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 24 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to require 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.
Sponsor: Rep Lantos, Tom [CA-12] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Lantos amendment (A023) Agreed to by recorded vote: 373 - 56 (Roll no. 392).

24. H.AMDT.477 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 25 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to authorize 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.
Sponsor: Rep Mack, Connie [FL-14] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Mack amendment (A024) Agreed to by voice vote.

25. H.AMDT.478 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 25 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to state 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.
Sponsor: Rep Rogers, Mike [MI-8] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment not agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Rogers (MI) amendment Failed by recorded vote: 156 - 273 (Roll no. 393).

26. H.AMDT.479 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 27 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to express 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; and to express 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.
Sponsor: Rep Tancredo, Thomas G. [CO-6] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Tancredo amendment (A026) Agreed to by voice vote.

27. H.AMDT.480 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 28 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to state 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.
Sponsor: Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Watson amendment (A027) Agreed to by recorded vote: 422 - 2 (Roll no. 394).

28. H.AMDT.481 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 29 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to authorize $5 million for the State Department to improve intellectual property law and enforcement in developing countries.
Sponsor: Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Watson amendment (A028) Agreed to by voice vote.

29. H.AMDT.482 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 30 printed in Part B of House Report 109-175 which 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. Amendment also 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.
Sponsor: Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Berkley amendment (A029) Agreed to by recorded vote: 330 - 100 (Roll no. 395).

30. H.AMDT.483 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 32 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to express the sense of Congress that special attention should be paid to the welfare of ChaldoAssyrians and other indigenous Christians in Iraq.
Sponsor: Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-14] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Eshoo amendment (A030) Agreed to by voice vote.

31. H.AMDT.484 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 33 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to authorize 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.
Sponsor: Rep Fossella, Vito [NY-13] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Fossella amendment (A031) Agreed to by voice vote.

32. H.AMDT.485 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 34 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 which strikes section 1019 of the bill, relating to consular and visa services in Pristina, Kosova.
Sponsor: Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-2] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment not agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Franks (AZ) amendment (A032) Failed by voice vote.

33. H.AMDT.486 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 36 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to urge 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.
Sponsor: Rep Lantos, Tom [CA-12] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Lantos amendment (A033) Agreed to by voice vote.

34. H.AMDT.487 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 37A and made in order pursuant to section 2 of H. Res. 365 (as passed by the House) to express the 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.
Sponsor: Rep Rohrabacher, Dana [CA-46] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Rohrabacher amendment (A034) Agreed to by recorded vote: 304 - 124, 2 Present (Roll no. 396).

35. H.AMDT.488 to H.R.2601 An amendment numbered 38 printed in part B of House Report 109-175 to enhance 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.
Sponsor: Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-18] (introduced 7/20/2005)      Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 7/20/2005 House amendment agreed to. Status: On agreeing to the Ros-Lehtinen amendment (A035) Agreed to by recorded vote: 291 - 137, 2 Present (Roll no. 397).


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