Saturday, June 23, 2007

House Committee of Foreign Affairs Full Committee Mark Up of Lesgislation, Tuesday, June 26, 10AM in 2172 Rayburn

Committee on Foreign Affairs
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515-0128

Tom Lantos (D-CA), Chairman


June 22, 2007


You are respectfully requested to attend an OPEN meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, to be held in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building, for the purpose of marking up the following legislation:

DATE: Tuesday, June 26, 2007

TIME: 10:00 a.m.


H.R. 1400, Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007;

H.R. ____, Food Security and Agricultural Development Act of 2007;

***H.R. 2003, Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act of 2007;

H. Res. 121, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of Japan should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner for its Imperial Armed Force's coercion of young women into sexual slavery, known to the world as "comfort women", during its colonial and wartime occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands from the 1930s through the duration of World War II;

***H.R. 2798, To reauthorize the programs of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and for other purposes;

H.R. 176, Shirley A. Chisholm United States-Caribbean Educational
Exchange Act of 2007;

***H.R. 2293, To require the Secretary of State to submit to Congress a report on efforts to bring to justice the Palestinian terrorists who killed John Branchizio, Mark Parson, and John Marin Linde;

***H.R. ____, Library of Congress Public Diplomacy Collection Act of 2007;

***S. 377, U.S.-Poland Parliamentary Youth Exchange Act of 2007;

***H. Res. 208, Honoring Operation Smile in the 25th Anniversary year of its founding;

H. Res. 287, To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the first use of the name "America", and for other purposes;

***H. Res. 294, Commending the Kingdom of Lesotho, on the occasion of International Women's Day, for the enactment of a law to improve the status of married women and ensure the access of married women to property rights;

H. Res. 378, Honoring World Red Cross Red Crescent Day;

H. Res. 380, Resolution commending Idaho on winning the bid to host the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games;

***H. Res. 426, Recognizing 2007 as the Year of the Rights of Internally Displaced Persons in Colombia, and offering support for efforts to ensure that the internally displaced people of Colombia receive the assistance and protection they need to rebuild their lives successfully;

H. Res. 427, Urging the Government of Canada to end the commercial seal hunt;

***H. Res. 457, Calling on the Russian Federation to withdraw its military forces, armaments, and ammunition stockpiles from the sovereign territory of the Republic of

***H. Res. 467, Condemning the decision by the University and College Union of the United Kingdom to support a boycott of Israeli academia;

***H. Res. 482, Expressing support for the new power-sharing government in Northern Ireland;

***H. Res. 497, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of the People's Republic of China should immediately release from custody the children of Rebiya Kadeer and Canadian citizen Huseyin Celil and should refrain from further engaging in acts of cultural, linguistic, and religious suppression directed against the Uyghur people, and for other purposes;

**H. Res. 500, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives in opposition to efforts by major natural gas exporting countries to establish a cartel or other mechanism to manipulate the supply of natural gas to the world market for the purpose of setting an arbitrary and nonmarket price or as an instrument of political pressure;

H. Con. Res. 136, Expressing the sense of Congress regarding high level visits to the United States by democratically-elected officials of Taiwan; and

***H. Con. Res. 139, Expressing the sense of the Congress that the United States should address the ongoing problem of untouchability in India.

***NOTE: Measures have been added.
**NOTE: Measure has been assigned a bill number.

By Direction of the Chairman

The Committee on Foreign Affairs seeks to make its facilities accessible to persons with disabilities. If you are in need of special accommodations, please call 202/225-5021 at least four business days in advance of the event, whenever racticable. Questions with regard to special accommodations in general (including availability of Committee materials in alternative formats and assistive listening devices) may be directed to the Committee.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


I've been passing around a blank book wherever I go. I intend to give the book to the lolas when I visit them in Quezon City this summer. We are filling the blank book with love letters. Here are some of them:

Dear Lolas,
Your courage, your lives, your example should guide us. Although history cannot be changed, hopefully it will never be repeated.
With admiration,

Dear Lolas,
As you heal, live in Divine Love and Light.
Gaary S.

Dear Lolas,
I want to let you know that you are an inspiration to women. Never be silent. Your courage, strength, sense of dignity ... it has set an example to guide me. History can never be changed, but it can be avoided. Thank you for sharing your lives with us. Thank you for sharing your stories. You'll be in my heart and in my prayers.
with love and admiration,

Dear all of my grandmas!
You are most brave women in the entire world! God bless you, and I will always pray for you.
With love,
Sun Park

Querida Lolas!
I was made aware of your painful experiences during WWII. Although I had been to the Philippines, until now I was not aware of your pain. Being a child of a revolution in Cuba I know of the pain others suffer for the authority imposed on them with an abuse of power. But I know that only you that has suffered so can relate. I deeply sympathize with you.

Dear Lolas,
Don't let anyone revise history. Don't let a wrong be corrected by another wrong. Filipino pride is priceless.
P.M. Sian

Dear Lolas,
I am a Pinay writer from New York. Your stories of survival are a testament and inspiration to all Pinays worldwide and at home. Thank you for speaking up and for carrying the stories in your hearts and on your backs. Be brave and continue to fight with love, patience and truth. MAKIBAKA!
Best wishes and love,

Dear Lolas,
I signed the petition and I support you. Hope this is cheerful to you.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

A Message from 121 Coalition Leader Annabel Park

Hi everyone,

On Saturday, after a reception in Los Angeles, Congressman Tom Lantos spoke to the press and announced that H.Res.121 will be marked up on June 26th. He said he will take responsibility for shepherding it through the Foreign Affairs committee and then a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. He predicted that it will pass by a wide margin.

We still have a great deal of work ahead of us. It is not over and it is not yet time to celebrate. This is a very critical moment.

A markup does not insure that the resolution will be voted on. Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Hoyer must decide to send the resolution for a vote on the House floor.

We need to continue getting more co-sponsors and showing members of Congress that the resolution has wide support and that it will pass.

It is critical that we get more co-sponsors this week. Please, push hard for calling on Representatives to co-sponsor.

Right now, we have 141 co-sponsors of the resolution (including Congressman Honda). Let's set two goals.
--Have H.Res.121 come to the House floor for a vote with over 200 co-sponsors
--Have it pass unanimously.

That will send a very strong message around the world.

Let's keep working hard until resolution has passed. And then we celebrate. Hard.

Thank you!