March 20, 2018

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Business Meeting Action Report – March 20

WASHINGTON – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today reported various pieces of legislation, treaties, and nominations to the full Senate for consideration.

The agenda and results from the committee’s business meeting are included below. Text of the legislation is available online here.

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Business Meeting Agenda
March 20, 2018, 10:30 a.m. ET
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Legislation

S. Res. 85, A resolution calling on the Government of Iran to fulfill repeated promises of assistance in the case of Robert Levinson, the longest held United States civilian in our Nation's history. - Agreed to as amended, en bloc by voice vote.

S. Res. 224, A resolution recognizing the 5th anniversary of the death of Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, and commemorating his legacy and commitment to democratic values and principles. - Agreed to as amended, en bloc by voice vote.

S. Res. 376, A resolution urging the Governments of Burma and Bangladesh to ensure the safe, dignified, voluntary, and sustainable return of the Rohingya refugees who have been displaced by the campaign of ethnic cleansing conducted by the Burmese military. - Agreed to as amended, en bloc by voice vote.

S. Res. 426, A resolution supporting the goals of International Women's Day. - Agreed to as amended, en bloc by voice vote.

S. Res. 429, A resolution commemorating the 59th anniversary of Tibet's 1959 uprising as "Tibetan Rights Day", and expressing support for the human rights and religious freedom of the Tibetan people and the Tibetan Buddhist faith community. - Agreed to en bloc by voice vote.

S. Res. 432, A resolution congratulating the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the 100th anniversary of their declarations of independence. - Agreed to as amended, en bloc by voice vote.

H.R.1660 - Global Health Innovation Act of 2017 - Agreed to en bloc by voice vote. 

Treaties

Extradition Treaty between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, signed at Pristina on March 29, 2016 (Treaty 115-2). - Agreed en bloc by voice vote.

Treaty between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia on the Delimitation of a Maritime Boundary, signed at Koror on August 1, 2014 (Treaty 114-13). - Agreed en bloc by voice vote.

Treaty between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Kiribati on the Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries, signed at Ajuro on September 6, 2013 (Treaty 114-13). - Agreed en bloc by voice vote. 

Treaty between the United States of America and the Republic of Serbia on Extradition, signed at Belgrade on August 15, 2016 (Treaty 115-1). - Agreed en bloc by voice vote.

United Nations Convention on the Assignment of Receivables in International Trade, done at New York on December 12, 2001, and signed by the United States on December 30, 2003 (Treaty 114-7). - Agreed en bloc by voice vote.

Nominees 

Mr. Erik Bethel, of Florida, to be United States Alternate Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a term of two years. - Agreed en bloc by voice vote.

The Honorable Kevin Edward Moley, of Arizona, to be Assistant Secretary of State (International Organization Affairs). - Agreed en bloc by voice vote.

The Honorable Josephine Olsen, of Maryland, to be Director of the Peace Corps. - Agreed en bloc by voice vote.

Mr. Robert Pence, of Virginia, to be the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Finland. - Agreed to en bloc by voice vote.

Dr. Judy Shelton, of Virginia, to be United States Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. - Agreed en bloc by voice vote.

Mr. Trevor Traina, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Austria. - Agreed en bloc by voice vote.

Ms. Andrea Thompson, of South Dakota, to be Under Secretary of State (Arms Control and International Security). - Agreed en bloc by voice vote.

Ms. Marie Royce, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Educational and Cultural Affairs). - Agreed en bloc by voice vote.

The Honorable Edward Charles Prado, of Texas, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Argentine Republic. - Agreed en bloc by voice vote.

Mr. Sean Cairncross, of Minnesota, to be Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation. - Agreed to by roll call vote, 12 to 9.

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