12. JACKSON-VANIK GRADUATION COALITION UPDATE

Legislation to graduate Ukraine
from provisions of Jackson-Vanik Amendment

Amb Steven Pifer & Amb William Miller,
Co-Chairmen Jackson-Vanik Graduation Coalition

Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 21, 2005

WASHINGTON – Given the Senate’s passage by unanimous consent of legislation to graduate Ukraine from the provisions of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment in November, the Jackson-Vanik Graduation Coalition on November 30 launched an effort to urge the U.S. House of Representatives to take parallel action.

This effort resulted in numerous messages to Congress as the membership in the Coalition grew to more than 250 businesses and Ukrainian-American, Jewish-American and non-governmental organizations.

However, the U.S. House adjourned on December 16 without taking action on Jackson-Vanik graduation. The House is scheduled to return for its next session on January 31, 2006.

Our soundings on the Hill indicate growing awareness of this issue, including of the importance of moving on graduation prior to the March 2006 Rada (parliament) elections. This greater awareness is due in large measure to the letters that have begun to flow to elected Representatives, particularly those on the House Ways and Means Committee and those who are members of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus (CUC).

Our soundings further indicate no opposition per se to graduating Ukraine and general agreement that Ukraine has met the freedom-of-emigration requirements of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment.

There appears to be reluctance, however, in the House Ways and Means Committee (the Committee with primary jurisdiction for Jackson-Vanik, which Congress considers as a trade bill) to take up graduation legislation until it has the opportunity to review the U.S.-Ukraine bilateral protocol on Ukraine’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). U.S.- Ukraine negotiations on the bilateral WTO protocol, while having made progress in recent weeks, have not yet been concluded.

In preparation for the return of the House of Representatives on January 31, the Coalition urges those who are interested in seeing Ukraine graduated from Jackson-Vanik to continue to fax letters supporting Ukraine’s graduation to their members in the U.S. House of Representatives, to the members of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus (CUC) and to members on the House Ways and Means Committee (see list of Congressional Ukrainian Caucus members, Appendix B, and the House Ways and Means Committee members, Appendix C, and contact information below).

The Coalition again recommends that messages also urge members to co- sponsor HR 1053, introduced by Rep Gerlach of Pennsylvania. We have been repeatedly told that, of the three House bills pending on Jackson-Vanik graduation for Ukraine, the Gerlach bill has the greatest receptivity in the Ways and Means Committee. As of December 14, the Gerlach bill had 33 co-sponsors (the list of co-sponsors is shown below, appendix A). The greater the number of co-sponsors, of course, the greater the pressure for early action.

Looking toward the next session of Congress, the Coalition will be considering the best tactics for securing action in the U.S. House of Representatives and for engaging the Bush Administration to make a more forceful push for Ukraine’s graduation.

A. HR 1053 (Gerlach Bill) CO-SPONSORS AS OF DECEMBER 16
To graduate Ukraine from the Jackson-Vanik Amendment

33 U.S. House members have signed on as co-sponsors
(Members are listed by date each agreed to be a co-sponsor)
Rep Harman, Jane [CA-36] – 3/2/2005
Rep Weldon, Curt [PA-7] – 3/2/2005
Rep Kennedy, Mark R. [MN-6] – 3/2/2005
Rep Kaptur, Marcy [OH-9] – 3/2/2005
Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5] – 3/2/2005
Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [MD-6] – 3/10/2005
Rep Snyder, Vic [AR-2] – 4/14/2005
Rep Platts, Todd Russell [PA-19] – 11/10/2005
Rep Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [PA-8] – 11/10/2005
Rep Boehlert, Sherwood [NY-24] – 11/16/2005
Rep Schwarz, John J.H. “Joe” [MI-7] – 11/16/2005
Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] – 11/18/2005
Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] – 11/18/2005
Rep Dent, Charles W. [PA-15] – 11/18/2005
Rep Diaz-Balart, Lincoln [FL-21] – 11/18/2005
Rep McNulty, Michael R. [NY-21] – 12/6/2005
Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1] – 12/6/2005
Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] – 12/6/2005
Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7] – 12/6/2005
Rep English, Phil [PA-3] – 12/6/2005
Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19] – 12/7/2005
Rep Peterson, John E. [PA-5] – 12/7/2005
Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] – 12/7/2005
Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11] – 12/13/2005
Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] – 12/13/2005
Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] – 12/13/2005
Rep Kolbe, Jim [AZ-8] – 12/13/2005
Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28] – 12/13/2005
Rep Gallegly, Elton [CA-24] – 12/14/2005
Rep Diaz-Balart, Mario [FL-25] – 12/14/2005
Rep Fossella, Vito [NY-13] – 12/14/2005
Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] – 12/15/2005
Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-18] – 12/15/2005
B. CONGRESSIONAL UKRAINIAN CAUCUS (CUC) MEMBERS
Members who are already co-sponsors of H.R. 1053 are marked as such

(1) Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Co-chair, Co-sponsor H.R. 1053
Contact: Monica DeLong
Phone: (202) 225-2721; Fax: (202) 225-2193
(2) Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Co-chair, Co-sponsor H.R. 1053
Contact: Jessica Roach
Phone: (202) 225-4146; Fax: (202) 225-7711
(3) Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), Co-chair
Contact: Jeff Ziarko
Phone: (202) 225-4961; Fax: (202) 226-1033
(4) Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA), Co-chair, Co-sponsor H.R. 1053
Contact: Yevgeny Bendersky
Phone: (202) 225-2011; Fax: (202) 225-8137
(5) Rep. Andrews, Robert (D-NJ) Co-sponsor H.R. 1053
Contact: David Weinreich
Phone: (202) 225-6501; Fax: (202) 225-6583
(6) Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) Co-sponsor H.R. 1053
Contact: Doug Campbell
Phone: (202) 225-4695; Fax: (202) 225-3196
(7) Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL)
Contact: David Simon
Phone: (202) 225-0123; Fax: (202) 225-2256
(8) Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Contact: Brett Gibson
Phone: (202) 225-3401; Fax: (202) 225-2266
(9) Rep. Crowley, Joseph (D-NY) Co-sponsor H.R. 1053
Contact: Gregg Sheiowitz
Phone: (202) 225 3965; Fax: (202) 225-1909
(10) Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL)
Contact: Evan Decresce
Phone: (202) 225-5006; Fax: (202) 225-5641
(11) Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
Contact: Oscar Quinones
Phone: (202) 225-4865; Fax: (202) 225-2947
(12) Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)
Contact: Sasha Suderow
Phone: (202) 225-2464; Fax: (202) 225-5513
(13) Rep. Fitzpatrick, Mike (R-PA) Co-sponsor H.R. 1053
Contact: Greg Calhoun
Phone: (202) 225-4276; Fax: (202) 225-9511
(14) Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
Contact: Joan Kato
Phone: (202) 225-8203; Fax: (202) 225-7810
(15) Rep. Hastings, Alcee (D-FL)
Contact: Fred Turner
Phone: (202) 225 1313; Fax: (202) 225 1171
(16) Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) Co-sponsor H.R. 1053
Contact: Moira Campion
Phone: (202) 225-6335; Fax: (202) 226-0774
(17) Rep. Holden, Tim (D-PA)
Contact: Keith Pemrick
Phone: (202) 225 5546; Fax: (202) 226 0996
(18) Rep. Issa, Darell (R-CA)
Contact: Laurent Crenshaw
Phone: (202) 225 3906; Fax: (202) 225 3303
(19) Rep. Kildee, Dale (D-MI)
Contact: Chris Mansour
Phone: (202) 225 3611; Fax: (202) 225 6393
(20) Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-MI)
Contact: Craig Albright
Phone: (202) 225-5802; Fax: (202) 226-2356
(21) Rep. Kucinich, Dennis (D-OH)
Contact: Samantha Stinney
Phone: (202) 225-5871; Fax: 9202) 225-5745
(22) Rep. Langevin, James (D-RI) Co-sponsor H.R. 1053
Contact: Brian Daniels
Phone: (202) 225-2735; Fax: (202) 225-5976
(23) Rep. Lantos, Tom (D-CA)
Mr. Lantos is the minority leader on the House Committee on
International Relations. His office refers Jackson-Vanik type
issues to the International Relations Subcommitte on Europe
and Emerging Threats.
Majority Staff Dir.: Richard Mereu
Minority Staff Dir.: Jonathan Katz
Phone: (202) 226-7820; Fax: (202) 226-2722
(24) Rep. Lipinski, Dan (D-IL)
Contact: Emily Chibnall
Phone: (202) 225 5701; Fax: (202) 225 1012
(25) Rep. Lowey, Nita (D-NY) Co-sponsor H.R. 1053
Contact: Beth Tritter
Phone: (202) 225-6506; Fax: (202) 225-0546
(26) Rep. McNulty, Michael (D-NY) Co-sponsor H.R. 1053
Contact: David Torian
Phone: (202) 225-5076; Fax: (202) 225-5077
(27) Rep. Menendez, Robert (D-NJ)
Contact: Jessica Lewis
Phone: (202) 225-7919; Fax: (202) 226-6025
(28) Rep. Pallone, Frank (D-NJ)
Contact: Jim Delmonico
Phone: (202) 225-4671; Fax: (202) 225-9665
(29) Rep. Pascrell, Bill (D-NJ)
Contact: Susan Quatron
Phone: (202) 225-5751; Fax: (202) 225-5782
(30) Rep. Pelosi, Nancy (D-CA)
Contact: Mike Sheehy
Phone: (202) 225-4965; Fax: (202) 225-8259
(31) Rep. Rangel, Charles (D-NY)
Contact: George Dalley
Phone: (202) 225-4365; Fax: (202) 225-0816
(32) Rep. Rothman, Steven (D-NJ) Cosponsor H.R. 1053
Contact: Shelly Stoneman
Phone: (202) 225-5061; Fax: (202) 225-5851
(33) Rep. Schwartz, Allyson (D-PA) Co-sponsor H.R. 1053
Contact: Aaron Brand
Phone: (202) 225 6111; Fax: (202) 226 0611
(34) Rep. Sherman, Brad (D-CA)
Contact: Dawn MacDonald
Phone: (202) 225 5911; Fax: (202) 225 5879
(35) Rep. Slaughter, Louise M. (D-NY)
Contact: Alan Snyder
Phone: (202) 225 3615; Fax: (202) 225 7822
(36) Rep. Smith, Christopher (R-NJ) Co-sponsor H.R. 1053
Contact: Kate Benedetti
Phone: (202) 225-3765; Fax: (202) 225-7768
(37) Rep. Waxman, Henry (D-CA)
Contact: Zahava Goldman
Phone: (202) 225-3976; Fax: (202) 225-4099
(38) Rep. Weiner, Anthony (D-NY)
Contact: Joshua Fa-Hurvitz
Phone: (202) 225-6616; Fax: (202) 226-7253
(39) Rep. Wexler, Rob (D-FL) Cosponsor H.R. 1053
Contact: Halie Soifer
Phone: (202) 225-3001 Fax: (202) 225-5974
(40) Rep. Wilson, Joe (R-SC)
Contact: Dino Teppara
Phone: (202) 225 2452; Fax: (202) 225 2455
PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW
Due to tight security/screening requirements, regular mail to Congress can be significantly delayed (like up to two weeks or more);
we therefore recommend that letters be faxed.

Please take action now to quickly and substantially increase the number of Members of the House who are co-sponsors of H.R. 1053.

This is very, very important to the success of Ukraine’s graduation from the Jackson-Vanik amendment in 2006.

C. U.S. HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE MEMBERS
CONGRESSMAN BILL THOMAS, CHAIRMAN
Contact Information:

Rep. William M. Thomas (R-CA)
(22nd District of California)
2208 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Ph. 202-225-2915; FAX: 202-225-8798
Also send letters to the Congressman’s district offices in California.
Office of Congressman William M. Thomas
4100 Empire Drive, Suite 150
Bakersfield, California 93309
Ph. 661-327-3611; FAX: 661-637-0867
Office of Congressman William M. Thomas
5805 Capistrano Avenue, Suite C
Atascadero, CA 93422
Ph. 805-461-1034 – North County
Ph. 805-549-0390 – South County
FAX: 805-461-1323

KEY COMMITTEE: HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE
Key subcommittee: Trade Subcommittee
Contact Information
Trade Subcommittee (Ways and Means)
Contact: Stephanie Lester
1104 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515-6354
Phone: (202) 225-6649; Fax: (202) 226-0158
REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE:

(1) E. Clay Shaw, FL, Chairman
Phone: (202) 225-3026; Fax: (202) 225-8398
(2) Wally Herger, CA
Phone: (202) 225-3076; Fax: (202) 226-0852
(3) Phil English, PA
Phone: (202) 225-5406; Fax: (202) 225-3103
(4) Jim Nussle, IA
Phone: (202) 225-2911; Fax: (202) 225-9129
(5) Jerry Weller, IL
Phone: (202) 225-3635; Fax: (202) 225-3521
(6) Ron Lewis, KY
Phone: (202) 225-3501; Fax: (202) 226-2019
(7) Mark Foley, FL
Phone: (202) 225-5792; Fax: (202) 225-3132
(8) Kevin Brady, TX
Phone: (202) 225-4901; Fax: (202) 225-5524
(9) Thomas M. Reynolds, NY;
Phone: (202) 225-5265; Fax: (202) 225-5910
DEMOCRAT MEMBERS OF TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE

(1) Benjamin L. Cardin, MD
Phone: (202) 225-4016; Fax: (202) 225-9219
(2) Sander M. Levin, MI
Phone: 202-225-4961; Fax: 202-226-1033
(3) William J. Jefferson, LA
Phone: 202-225-6636; Fax: 202-225-1988
(4) John S. Tanner, TN
Phone: 202-225-4714; Fax: 202-225-1765
(5) John B. Larson, CT
Phone: 202-225-2265; Fax: 202-225-1031
(6) Jim McDermott, WA
Phone: 202-225-3106; Fax: 202-225-6197
REMAINING MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE WAYS AND
MEANS COMMITTEE

REPUBLICANS ———–
(1) Nancy L. Johnson, CT
Phone: 202-225-4476; Fax: 202-225-4488
(2) Jim McCrery, LA
Phone: 202-225-2777; Fax: 202-225-8039
(3) Dave Camp, MI
Phone: 202-225-3561; Fax: 202-225-9679
(4) Jim Ramstad, MN
Phone: 202-225-2871; Fax: 202-225-6351
(5) Sam Johnson, TX
Phone: 202-225-4201; Fax: 202-225-1485
(6) J.D. Hayworth, AZ
Phone: 202-225-2190; Fax: 202-225-3263
(7) Kenny C. Hulshof, MO
Phone: 202-225-2956; Fax: 202-225-5712
(8) Paul Ryan, WI
Phone: 202-225-3031; Fax: 202-225-3393
(9) Eric Cantor, VA
Phone: 202-225-2815; Fax: 202-225-0011
(10) John Linder, GA
Phone: 202-225-4272; Fax: 202-225-4696
(11) Bob Beauprez, CO
Phone: 202-225-2645; Fax: 202-225-5278
(12) Melissa A. Hart, PA
Phone: 202-225-2565; Fax: 202-226-2274
(13) Chris Chocola, IN
Phone: 202-225-3915; Fax: 202-225-6798
(14) Devin Nunes, CA
Phone: 202-225-2523; Fax: 202-225-3404

DEMOCRATS ———-
(1) Charles B. Rangel, NY
Phone: 202-225-4365; Fax: 202-225-0816
(2) Fortney Pete Stark, CA
Phone: 202-225-5056; Fax: 202-226-3805
(3) John Lewis, GA
Phone: 202-225-3801; Fax: 202-225-0351
(4) Richard E. Neal, MA
Phone: 202-225-5601; Fax: 202-225-8112
(5) Michael R. McNulty, NY
Phone: 202-225-5076; Fax: 202-225-5077
(6) Xavier Becerra, CA
Phone: 202-225-6235; Fax: 202-225-2202
(7) Lloyd Doggett, TX
Phone: 202-225-4865; Fax: 202-225-2947
(8) Earl Pomeroy, ND
Phone: 202-225-2611; fax: 202-226-0893
(9) Stephanie Tubbs Jones, OH
Phone: 202-225-7032; fax: 202-225-1339
(10) Mike Thompson, CA
Phone: 202-225-3311; Fax: 202-225-4335
(11) Rahm Emanuel, IL
Phone: 202-225-4061; Fax: 202-225-5603

PLEASE TAKE ACTION NOW

Due to tight security/screening requirements, regular mail to Congress can be significantly delayed (like up to two weeks or more);
we therefore recommend that letters be faxed.

Please take action now to quickly and substantially increase the number of Members of the House who are co-sponsors of H.R. 1053.

This is very, very important to the success of Ukraine’s graduation from the Jackson-Vanik amendment in 2006.
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