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Ambassador Steven Pifer and Ambassador William Miller, Co-Chairmen


Jackson-Vanik Graduation Coalition Criticizes a MAUP Statement
Press Release, December 23, 2005

The Co-Chairs of the Jackson-Vanik Graduation Coalition, Ambassadors Steven Pifer and William Green Miller, today criticized the December 20 statement by the press service of Ukraine’s Inter-Regional Academy of Personnel Management (MAUP), as published on MAUP’s web-site. That statement is factually wrong on several counts.

First, the MAUP press statement claims that there is no connection between recent statements by MAUP and efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass legislation to graduate Ukraine from the Jackson-Vanik Amendment. Coalition representatives, however, in recent contacts with Congress have heard considerable concern about the anti-Semitic nature of MAUP statements, in particular those statements expressing MAUP’s support for the Iranian president following his outrageous remarks regarding Israel. There can be no place for anti-Semitism in a modern European democracy.

Second, the MAUP press statement attributes several quotes to Mark Levin, Director of the National Conference of Soviet Jewry (NCSJ). Mr. Levin, a very active and supportive member of the Jackson-Vanik Graduation Coalition, has never made such comments. Indeed, he is extremely concerned that recent MAUP statements will weaken support for Jackson-Vanik graduation among those Jewish-American organizations that make up the NCSJ.

Third, the MAUP press statement falsely suggests that Ihor Gawdiak, President of the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council, is an opponent of graduating Ukraine from Jackson-Vanik. To the contrary, Mr. Gawdiak has long supported graduating Ukraine from Jackson-Vanik and has been closely involved with the Jackson-Vanik Graduation Coalition since its founding. Mr. Gawdiak has criticized earlier MAUP statements precisely because of his outrage at the nature of those statements and because they could delay Jackson-Vanik graduation for Ukraine.


Jackson-Vanik Graduation Coalition Update from Ambassador Pifer and Ambassador Miller

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

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

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.


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 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

(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

(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

(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

(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

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.


December 9, 2005

The Jackson-Vanik Graduation Coalition, with over 240 member organizations and businesses, needs your support to encourage the U.S. Congress to pass legislation to graduate Ukraine from the Jackson-Vanik Amendment this year. The Amendment was passed in 1974 to place limitations on when trade restrictions that had been placed on the Soviet Union in response to its poor human rights policies could be lifted, particularly considering the Soviet Union's restrictions on the emigration of religious minorities. Ukraine is a success story for Jackson-Vanik, now having a strong record of open emigration and having created conditions for religious minorities to practice their beliefs freely.

Recognizing Ukraine's full compliance with the Amendment, the U.S. Senate acted to graduate Ukraine from the trade restriction on November 18, 2005 by passing Senate bill S. 632. Now the House of Representatives must also pass legislation to graduate Ukraine from the Jackson-Vanik Amendment. The House Ways and Means Committee is currently considering several possible bills. However, the House of Representatives will be in session for only two weeks, beginning on December 5, before recessing for the holidays. The Jackson-Vanik Graduation Coalition Co-Chairmen sent a letter on November 30 to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas and Ranking Minority Member Charles B. Rangel urging their action to pass legislation to graduate Ukraine (see text below). The Coalition urges that you immediately call or send a letter of support for Ukraine's graduation as well.

Due to increased security measures in Congress, correspondence through the postal service can be delayed for up to two weeks. We therefore recommend that you call or send letters via fax. You can find a list of suggested points to address in your letter of support on the US-Ukraine Foundation Website, www.usukraine.org, by clicking on the link for the "Jackson-Vanik Graduation Coalition Information Page."

Please email martam@usukraine.org for more information or to add your organization or business to the Jackson-Vanik Graduation Coalition.


Please direct your calls/letters to:

House Ways and Means Committee
Chairman Bill Thomas, R-CA
Phone (202) 225-2915, Fax (202) 225-8798
Attention: International Trade Aid, Mike Holland

Ranking Minority Member Charles B. Rangel, D-NY
Phone (202) 225-4365, Fax (202) 225-0816
Attention: International Trade Aid, Jon Sheiner

If your Congressman is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, please contact him/her with your support for Ukraine's graduation as well.

House Ways and Means Committee Membership

E. Clay Shaw Jr. , R-FL
Nancy L. Johnson, R-CT
Wally Herger, R-CA
Jim McCrery, R-LA
Dave Camp, R-MI
Jim Ramstad, R-MN
Jim Nussle, R-IA
Sam Johnson, R-TX
Phil English, R-PA
J.D. Hayworth, R-AZ
Jerry Weller, R-IL
Kenny C. Hulshof, R- MO
Ron Lewis, R-KY
Mark Foley, R-FL
Kevin Brady, R-TX
Thomas M. Reynolds, R-NY
Paul Ryan, R-WI
Eric Cantor, R-VA
John Linder, R-GA
Bob Beauprez, R-CO
Melissa A. Hart, R-PA
Chris Chocola, R-IN
Devin Nunes, R-CA
Fortney Pete Stark, D-CA
Sander M. Levin, D-MI
Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD
Jim McDermott, D-WA
John Lewis, D-GA
Richard E. Neal, D-MA
Michael R. McNulty, D-NY
William J. Jefferson, D-LA
John S. Tanner, D-TN
Xavier Becerra, D-CA
Lloyd Doggett, D-TX
Earl Pomeroy, D-ND
Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-OH
Mike Thompson, D-CA
John B. Larson, D-CT
Rahm Emanuel, D-IL

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