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COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
FEBRUARY 12, 2004
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COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
RICHARD G. LUGAR, Indiana, Chairman CHUCK HAGEL, Nebraska
JOSEPH R. BIDEN, JR., Delaware LINCOLN CHAFEE, Rhode Island
PAUL S. SARBANES, Maryland GEORGE ALLEN, Virginia
CHRISTOPHER J. DODD, Connecticut SAM BROWNBACK, Kansas
JOHN F. KERRY, Massachusetts MICHAEL B. ENZI, Wyoming
RUSSELL D. FEINGOLD, Wisconsin GEORGE V. VOINOVICH, Ohio
BARBARA BOXER, California LAMAR ALEXANDER, Tennessee
BILL NELSON, Florida NORM COLEMAN, Minnesota
JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER IV, West Virginia JOHN E. SUNUNU, New Hampshire
JON S. CORZINE, New Jersey
Boxer, Hon. Barbara, U.S. Senator from California, submission for the record:
Article from The New York Times, Feb. 7, 2004, “The Struggle for Iraq:
Intelligence; Agency Alert About Iraqi Not Heeded, Officials Say” .........
Letter to President Bush, Feb. 10, 2004, concerning the deteriorating
conditions in Hispaniola ......
STATE DEPARTMENT: POLICY AND
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2004
Washington, DC. The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 9:34 a.m. in room SR325, Russell Senate Office Building, Hon. Richard G. Lugar (chairman of the committee), presiding.
Present: Senators Lugar, Chafee, Allen, Voinovich, Biden, Sarbanes, Feingold, Boxer, Bill Nelson, and Corzine.
OPENING STATEMENT OF HON. RICHARD G. LUGAR, CHAIRMAN The CHAIRMAN. This hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is called to order. This is a very special meeting. We have the Secretary of State with us. We appreciate that we are in the process of concluding a rollcall vote on the Senate floor, but the time of the Secretary and of all members is valuable. Therefore, I will proceed with my opening statement. Hopefully, we will be joined shortly by the ranking member of the committee, Senator Biden, and then we will call upon the Secretary for his testimony.
At some point, as I have advised the Secretary, we are hopeful to have a quorum of our membership. At such appropriate time as I see that we will continue the Law of the Sea markup, hopefully can have a vote and at least take committee action on that important convention as a part of our work today.
Today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is pleased to welcome Secretary of State Colin Powell. Mr. Secretary, we are eager to hear your views on the status of our alliances, the Bush administration's plans for making further progress in Iraq and Afghanistan, the status of negotiations pertaining to the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula, and your assessments of the State Department's budget.
During last year, American foreign policy achieved an extensive list of accomplishments, some of which have gone unnoticed but shall not today. The President put forward bold plans to fight the global spread of AIDS and to establish the Millennium Challenge Corporation, which will encourage political and economic progress in developing nations that embrace positive reforms. Congress worked closely with the White House and the State Department on these initiatives, and passed legislation that would implement them.
Our commitment of substantial funds to the Liberian crisis and to the Middle East Partnership Initiative have similarly dem