Committee on Foreign Affairs

Ed Royce

Subcommittee Hearing: Iran’s Noncompliance with Its International Atomic Energy Agency Obligations

2015/03/05


Hearing: Ukraine Under Siege

2015/03/04


Subcommittee Hearing: The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Prospects for Greater U.S. Trade

2015/03/04


Chairman Royce Statement on Killing of Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov

2015/02/27

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the killing of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov:  “Lawlessness now pervades Putin’s Russia.  Regardless of who killed Boris Nemtsov, this shocking murder is the latest assault on those who dare to oppose the Putin regime.  The United States must strongly support all those brave individuals who refuse to be silenced by fear and who knowingly risk their lives to bring freedom to Russia.”

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Chairman Royce Announces Ukraine Hearing - Wednesday 3/4 at 10am

2015/02/27

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced the Committee will convene a hearing to examine the Obama Administration’s Ukraine policy amid relentless Russian aggression.  The hearing, entitled “Ukraine Under Siege” will take place on Wednesday, March 4 at 10 a.m. in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building.

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “Ukraine is facing relentless Russian aggression.  Now is the time for strong and unwavering support by the United States.  But this week, Secretary of State John Kerry told the Committee that President Obama has still not made a decision on U.S. military assistance to Ukraine.  The Administration’s policy towards Ukraine is becoming its latest version of ‘too little, too late.’”

What:Hearing:  Ukraine Under Siege

When: 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4

Where: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witness: The Honorable Victoria Nuland Assistant Secretary Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs U.S. Department of State

***See www.foreignaffairs.house.gov for updates.

***Coverage note:  All Foreign Affairs Committee proceedings are webcast live at www.foreignaffairs.house.gov/live-video-feed.

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A Look Ahead — Week of March 2-6

2015/02/27

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced the following upcoming Committee events:

Wednesday, March 4

Hearing: Ukraine Under Siege

10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Victoria Nuland Assistant Secretary Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs U.S. Department of State

Chairman Royce on the hearing:  “Ukraine is facing relentless Russian aggression.  Now is the time for strong and unwavering support by the United States.  But this week, Secretary of State John Kerry told the Committee that President Obama has still not made a decision on U.S. military assistance to Ukraine.  The Administration’s policy towards Ukraine is becoming its latest version of ‘too little, too late.’”

Wednesday, March 4

Subcommittee Hearing: The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Prospects for Greater U.S. Trade

2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman 

Invited Witnesses Include:

Claude Barfield, Ph.D. Resident Scholar American Enterprise Institute

Ms. Tami Overby Senior Vice President for Asia U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Scott Miller Senior Adviser and William M. Scholl Chair in International Business Center for Strategic and International Studies

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “After years of negotiation, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may finally reach conclusion this year, and there is no greater opportunity for our economic engagement with the region. The economic significance of the TPP is considerable: U.S. trade with TPP countries accounted for more than $1.5 trillion in goods and $273 billion in services in 2013. The TPP would not only increase U.S. market access with these 11 countries, but also foster American job growth, support U.S. businesses, and promote export of American-made products. This hearing will look into how Congress could support TPP negotiations, how TPP would increase our geopolitical and economic engagement with the region, and how it will finally bolster our rebalance to the Asia-Pacific.”

 

Thursday, March 5

Subcommittee Hearing: Iran’s Noncompliance with Its International Atomic Energy Agency Obligations

9:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 5 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. William H. Tobey Senior Fellow Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard University

Michael Rubin, Ph.D. Resident Scholar American Enterprise Institute

Mr. David Albright Founder and President Institute for Science and International Security

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: "The latest IAEA reports show that Iran is still not complying with its obligations to either the IAEA or the P5+1. Outstanding questions on the possible military dimension are very troubling and indicate Iran is attempting to deceive and circumvent the international community. If Iran won’t comply with the IAEA now, we'll have an even harder time verifying its nuclear program if a comprehensive agreement is reached. This just goes to show what many of us fear, and what the administration continues to ignore: there is no way to fully monitor and verify Iran's program, and that's why the only option must be a complete dismantling of its nuclear program. This hearing will give our Members an opportunity to hear from experts in the field on exactly what Iran's noncompliance with the IAEA means for U.S. and global security as well as the nuclear negotiations."

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Foreign Affairs Committee Condemns Boko Haram, Urges Nigeria to Hold Safe and Credible Election as Scheduled

2015/02/27

Washington, D.C. –Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), unanimously passed bipartisan legislation to condemn Boko Haram and highlight Nigeria’s upcoming election.  Specifically, the legislation (H. Res. 53), introduced by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), condemns the cowardly attacks on innocent men, women, and children in northeastern Nigeria urges Nigeria to hold a safe and credible election without delay. Additionally, the legislation applauds the efforts of the African Union to standup a regional force to combat Boko Haram and expresses support of robust security assistance to this new force.  Upon passage of the resolution, Chairman Royce said:  “It’s no wonder Boko Haram is being called the ISIS of Africa.  Last month, Boko Haram launched one of their worst attacks to date; thousands are believed to be dead.  Today’s resolution condemns Boko Haram’s brutal attack and encourages the government of Nigeria to work with the United States and its neighbors to defeat this terrorist group. Nigeria’s neighbors – Chad, Niger – have been recently gaining some ground against Boko Haram; we need to ensure that this new force being authorized by the African Unions has the tools it needs to get the job done. This resolution also urges Nigeria to avoid further election delays and adhere to the new election date of March 28. Importantly, it also calls on all political candidates to uphold their commitments to prevent political violence – which unfortunately, isn’t uncommon in Nigeria.”   Last year, the Committee examined the Administration’s response to Boko Haram, at a hearing entitled, “Boko Haram: The Growing Threat to Schoolgirls, Nigeria, and Beyond.”  Prior to the hearing Chairman Royce met with Deborah Peter, a 15-year-old girl originally from the village of Chibok, Nigeria, the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram.  Deborah was the first female survivor of a Boko Haram attack to visit Washington, D.C.   The Committee today also passed:

  • H.R. 400, the Trafficking Prevention in Foreign Affairs Contracting Act (introduced by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)), which ensures U.S. tax dollars do not support human trafficking among the thousands of foreign workers the U.S. government employs overseas
  • H.R. 757, the North Korea Enforcement Act of 2015 (introduced by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)), which improves the enforcement of sanctions against the Government of North Korea.

A summary of the Committee action, including adopted amendments, will be available HERE.

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Foreign Affairs Committee Passes Chairman Royce Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking

2015/02/27

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed legislation authored by the Committee’s Chairman, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), to combat human trafficking.  The legislation, the Trafficking Prevention in Foreign Affairs Contracting Act (H.R. 400), ensures U.S. tax dollars do not support human trafficking among the thousands of foreign workers the U.S. government employs overseas.

Upon passage of legislation, Chairman Royce said:  “Today’s important legislation ensures that United States overseas contracting does not contribute to the problem of human trafficking.  Specifically, it requires the State Department and USAID to define what prohibited ‘recruitment fees’ are, and to report to Congress on their plans to improve contract monitoring to protect against human trafficking.  With over 20 million human trafficking victims around the world, it is important that we all – including this Committee -- work hard to combat this form of modern-day slavery.  Passing today’s legislation is part of that effort.”

Over the past two years as Chairman, Royce convened a number of hearings on human trafficking, including a field hearing in Orange County, California to examine international human trafficking and to assess efforts to combat trafficking at the international, Federal, State and local levels.  These hearings culminated in Committee action on multiple anti-trafficking bills.  Chairman Royce also launched a Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee (HTCAC) to address human trafficking concerns, as well as offer policy recommendations; the HTCAC is comprised of victims’ rights groups, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and community advocates.

The Committee today also passed:

  • H. Res. 53, (introduced by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL)), which condemns the cowardly attack on innocent men, women and children in the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga.
  • H.R. 757, the North Korea Enforcement Act of 2015 (introduced by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), which improves the enforcement of sanctions against the Government of North Korea.

A summary of the Committee action, including adopted amendments, will be available HERE.

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Foreign Affairs Committee Votes to Sanction Growing North Korea Threat

2015/02/27

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed H.R. 757, the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act.  The legislation, authored by the Committee’s Chairman, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), and Ranking Member, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), strengthens U.S. sanctions against North Korea.  Similar legislation passed the House last year, but was not acted on by the Senate.   In the wake of the state-sponsored cyberattack on Sony Pictures, the bipartisan legislation targets North Korea’s access to the hard currency and other goods that bolsters the Kim regime in power.  Additionally, it presses the Administration to use all available tools to impose sanctions against North Korea and on countries and companies that assist North Korea in bolstering its nuclear weapons program.  The legislation also has an important human rights focus, as a United Nations report found that the regime’s abuses have no “parallel in the contemporary world.”    Upon passage of the legislation, Chairman Royce said:  “Last November, with its cyberattack on Sony Pictures, North Korea once again reminded the world that behind its belligerent rhetoric is a country that poses a very real and serious threat to our security.  The legislation we passed today is a direct response to North Korea’s continued aggression.  At a time when North Korea is closer than ever to miniaturizing a nuclear warhead, this legislation applies tough sanctions against the regime and its enablers.  The legislation also shines a light on the gross human rights abuses Kim Jong Un and his top officials inflict on North Koreans.”     Specifically, H.R. 757:

  • denies sanctioned North Koreans and those facilitating their weapons programs, access to the United States-- including access to the U.S. financial system—by blocking their property that comes within the jurisdiction of the United States;
  • calls for a determination as to whether North Korea  is a jurisdiction of primary money laundering concerns--requiring that banks meet strict monitoring and reporting rules when dealing with North Korean  banks and other entities – a step that has been used against Iran;
  • targets banks that facilitate North Korean proliferation, smuggling, money laundering, and human rights abuses;
  • targets individuals who facilitated the cyberattacks against the United States;
  • authorizes the President to sanction banks and foreign governments that facilitate the violation of the financial restrictions of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2094, passed in the wake of North Korea’s last nuclear test;
  • requires enhanced inspection requirements of ships and aircraft arriving from ports and airports that fail to meet their international obligation to inspect North Korean cargo carefully. This provision is critical as it protects the US homeland from ports that deliberately fail to sufficiently inspect North Korean cargo;
  • holds North Korean officials accountable for human rights abuses.

  A section-by-section summary of the “North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act,” as introduced, is available HERE.  Amendments adopted during today’s Committee consideration will be available HERE.   The text of the “North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act,” as introduced, is available HERE.   Also, the Committee today passed:

  • H.R. 400, the Trafficking Prevention in Foreign Affairs Contracting Act (introduced by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)), which ensures U.S. tax dollars do not support human trafficking among the thousands of foreign workers the U.S. government employs overseas.
  • H. Res. 53, (introduced by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL)), which condemns the cowardly attack on innocent men, women and children in the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga.

 A summary of the Committee action, including adopted amendments, will be available HERE.

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Foreign Affairs Committee to Consider North Korea Sanctions, Human Trafficking, Boko Haram Measures – Today 9:30 a.m.

2015/02/27

Washington, D.C. – This morning at 9:30 a.m., the House Foreign Affairs Committee will meet to consider the following:

H.R. 400, (Mr. Royce) Trafficking Prevention in Foreign Affairs Contracting Act, To require the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to submit reports on definitions of placement and recruitment fees for purposes of enabling compliance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, and for other purposes.

H.R. 757, (Mr. Royce/Mr. Engel) North Korea Enforcement Act of 2015, To improve the enforcement of sanctions against the Government of North Korea, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 53, (Ms. Kelly) Condemning the cowardly attack on innocent men, women and children in the northeastern Nigerian town Baga.

An Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute is expected to be offered by Ms. Kelly.  What:Markup: H.R. 400, H.R. 757, H. Res. 53

When:9:30 a.m. on Friday, February 27

Where: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

***See www.foreignaffairs.house.gov for updates. ***Coverage note:  All Foreign Affairs Committee proceedings are webcast live at www.foreignaffairs.house.gov/live-video-feed.

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