Committee on Foreign Affairs

Ed Royce

Subcommittee Hearing: Twenty-Years of U.S. Policy on North Korea: From Agreed Framework to Strategic Patience

2014/07/30


Hearing: Iran Nuclear Negotiations: From Extension to Final Agreement?

2014/07/29


Subcommittee Hearing: A U.S.-EU Trade Agreement: Bolstering Economic and National Security

2014/07/29

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Subcommittee Markup: H. Res. 665 and H. Con. Res. 107

2014/07/25


Subcommittee Hearing: U.S.-India Relations Under the Modi Government

2014/07/24

Chairman Chabot on the hearing: Following India’s historic national election in May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received the incredible dual mandate of generating greater economic growth and making the bureaucracy accountable to the people. The prospect of this domestic reawakening presents a significant opportunity to revitalize America’s relationship with India. India is one of the United States’ most important partners in South Asia, and cooperation with India is vital for achieving America’s political, economic, and security interests throughout Asia. This hearing will be an opportunity for Congress to examine the future of the U.S.-India relationship under the new Modi government, and discuss prospects for expanding cooperation in the economic, security, nuclear energy, and maritime arenas.

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Subcommittee Hearing: The Struggle for Civil Society in Egypt

2014/07/24

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “Since the Egyptian revolution in 2011, Egyptian civil society groups have struggled to make inroads in leading the country on the path of democracy. After the convictions of the 43 NGO workers in Egypt last June under Morsi, Rep. Connolly and I requested a GAO report seeking to assess the status of U.S. democracy and governance programs in Egypt. This hearing will look at the effect of the NGO trials on civil society in Egypt and it will give us an opportunity to hear directly from some of those NGO employees who were arrested and unjustly convicted. We will also hear from our witnesses how this crackdown has impacted their lives, and what it means for the future of democracy in Egypt. As we examine our foreign policy objectives in Egypt, we cannot forget that one of our top priorities in the region is to help promote democracy, governance and the rule of law to help these countries transform into burgeoning democracies.”

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Subcommittee Hearing: The Global Challenge of Autism

2014/07/24

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “Autism is a growing health problem around the world.  With the ever-rising cost of care, it is imperative that people with autism have the opportunity to learn skills and earn a living so that they can control their own lives as much as possible. Our hearing will present innovative strategies to achieve that goal.”

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Terrorist Advance in Iraq to be Examined Today at 10 a.m.

2014/07/23

Chairman Royce Opening Statement

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will convene a hearing to examine the terrorist advance in Iraq, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the U.S. response:.  The hearing, entitled “Terrorist March in Iraq: The U.S. Response” will begin at 10 a.m.   Live webcast of the hearing, as well as witness testimony, will be available HERE.   Below is Chairman Royce’s opening statement as prepared for delivery at the hearing:  This hearing will come to order.  This morning we consider the U.S. response to the terrorist take-over in Iraq.   Nearly six months ago, this Committee held a hearing “Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence in Iraq: A Threat to U.S. Interests.”  Then, the Administration testified that ISIS had begun to shift resources from Syria to Iraq in early 2013, that it had tripled its suicide attacks that year, and that it planned to challenge the Iraqi government for control of western Iraq and Baghdad.  The Administration testified that it had become aware that ISIS had established armed camps, staging areas and training grounds in Iraq’s western desert in the summer of 2013 and that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had again threatened to attack the United States.   The Administration told us that ISIS must be “constantly pressured, and their safe havens destroyed” and that its objective was “to ensure that ISIS can never again gain safe haven in western Iraq.”  However, what the Administration did not say was that the Iraqi government had been urgently requesting drone strikes against ISIS camps since August 2013.  These repeated requests, unfortunately, were turned down.  I added my voice for drone strikes as ISIS convoys raced across the desert.   Since that last hearing, ISIS has done precisely what the Administration predicted it would: it has taken over most of western Iraq, it has turned its sights on Baghdad, and it may be preparing to launch attacks against the U.S.  Never has a terrorist organization itself controlled such a large, resource-rich safe haven as ISIS does today.  Never has a terrorist organization possessed the heavy weaponry, cash and personnel that ISIS does today – which includes thousands of western passport holders.   The Iraqi population is terrorized; they have suffered mass executions and harsh sharia law.  Last week, the remaining members of the ancient Christian community in Mosul fled on foot in face of ISIS demands that they convert or face death.   To be clear, ISIS’s take-over has been aided by Prime Minister Maliki’s malfeasance and incompetence.  Maliki has disastrously failed to reconcile with key Sunni groups.  Many – including myself and Ranking Member Engel –urged him to form a more inclusive government so that ISIS could not exploit legitimate Sunni grievances.  Maliki has only proven himself to be a committed sectarian; certainly no statesman.  It is time for Iraqis to move forward in forming a government that serves the interests of all Iraqis.   What started as a crisis in Syria has become a regional disaster with serious global implications – including credible threats of international terrorism, humanitarian disaster, and upward pressure on energy prices in a fragile global economy.  Meanwhile, terrorist forces and the Iranian government are gaining power at the expense of regional security and friendly governments.   Of course, only Iraqis can control their future.  And the performance on the battle field of certain Iraqi units was abysmal.  Americans have spent enough blood and treasure in Iraq.  And that is exactly why the Administration should have taken the opportunity to inflict decisive damage on ISIS from the air through drone strikes while its fighters were encamped in the desert months ago.   This morning we are joined by a senior State Department official who has been in Baghdad for several weeks and an official from the Department of Defense involved in the current assessment of Iraqi security forces to learn of the path forward in dealing with this national security emergency.   I’ll now turn to the Ranking Member, Mr. Engel, for any opening comments.

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Chairman Royce Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Combat Hezbollah

2014/07/23

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauded House passage of the bipartisan Hezbollah International Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 4411), introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL). Chairman Royce and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee’s Ranking Member, are original cosponsor of the bill, which will prevent Hezbollah and associated entities from gaining access to international financial institutions. Following introduction in April, the legislation was passed by the Committee on June 26.  On the legislation’s passage, Chairman Royce said: “Hezbollah is a top terrorist threat to U.S. interests worldwide.  There has been a strong and very troubling resurgence of Hezbollah’s international operations. We must be focused on some 5,000 Hezbollah fighters in Syria, massive international drug and money laundering operations, and the terrorist organization’s acquisition of advanced missile systems. Today’s important legislation provides the Administration with essential tools to effectively target Hezbollah’s international financial and logistics network that allow for its global reach.”  

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Subcommittee Hearing: U.S.-Dominican Republic Relations: Bolstering Economic Growth and Energy Independence

2014/07/23

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “Since the implementation of the CAFTA-DR, the Dominican Republic’s economy has grown, attracting significant foreign investment, making it one of the leading manufacturers in the region. The Dominican government has sought some of the most ambitious energy projects to diversify its energy matrix with the objective of reducing energy prices to stimulate economic growth and reduce its exposure to international oil prices.  As the Dominican Republic is the largest economy in the Caribbean, it is essential that we analyze what measures are contributing to its success, and what impediments stand in the way of economic growth. This hearing will allow us to assess the measures the U.S. should consider to assist the Dominican Republic’s goal of becoming more competitive player and an energy hub for the region.

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