Committee on Foreign Affairs

Ed Royce

Subcommittee Markup: H. Res. 148

2016/02/11


Hearing: Iran Nuclear Deal Oversight: Implementation and its Consequences

2016/02/11


Subcommittee Hearing: The Future of U.S.-Taiwan Relations

2016/02/11


Subcommittee Hearing: Jordan: A Key U.S. Partner

2016/02/11


Subcommittee Hearing: After San Bernardino: The Future of ISIS-Inspired Attacks

2016/02/10


Hearing: From Iraq and Syria to Libya and Beyond: The Evolving ISIL Threat

2016/02/10


Joint Subcommittee Hearing: The Global Zika Epidemic

2016/02/10


Chairman Royce Reacts to North Korea’s ICBM Launch

2016/02/07

Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), author of the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 757), issued the following statement in reaction to North Korea’s ICBM launch:

“Kim Jong Un has taken yet another belligerent step threatening the interests of the United States and our allies.  As North Korea works to build a nuclear arsenal capable of hitting the United States it is clear the Obama administration’s policy of ‘strategic patience’ has failed.  This latest aggression underscores the importance of enacting my legislation to strengthen targeted sanctions against this brutal regime.”

NOTE: The North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act passed the House overwhelmingly in January.  The bipartisan legislation recently passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is scheduled for a Senate vote next week.

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A Look Ahead—February 8-12

2016/02/05

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

Wednesday, February 10:

Hearing: From Iraq and Syria to Libya and Beyond: The Evolving ISIL Threat

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

Committee on Foreign Affairs Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Brett McGurk Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL U.S. Department of State

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “ISIS is far from defeated.  In the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, ISIS’s brutality and violence continues to spread.  This important hearing will provide members an opportunity to press the administration’s top official for ISIS policy, following his recent visit to Syria, on the progress of the anti-ISIS coalition and the need for a broad, overarching strategy to defeat these terrorists.”

Wednesday, February 10:

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: The Global Zika Epidemic: Emerging in the Americas

1:15 p.m. on Wednesday February 10 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), Chairman

Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Tom Frieden, M.D. Director Centers for Disease Control and Prevention U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. Director National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases National Institutes of Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Honorable Ariel Pablos-Mendez, M.D. Assistant Administrator Bureau for Global Health U.S. Agency for International Development

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “The Zika virus has been known to the global health community since 1947 when it was discovered in a remote area of Uganda. Over the next six decades, it spread slowly in Africa, south Asia and the Pacific islands.  However, in the last two years, Zika infections have exploded in the Americas, even as infections continue elsewhere.  This hearing will examine manifestations of the disease, means of transmission, programs to control infection vectors and the effort to find reliable vaccines, diagnostics and treatments. We will hear from leading U.S. health officials to analyze the danger to Americans and the world community and detail the U.S. response.”

Chairman Duncan on the hearing: “With the World Health Organization’s declaration of the Zika Virus to be a global public health emergency, this hearing is very important to furthering public awareness about the virus’ origin, spread, and implications. While Zika has been found in countries around the globe, its active spread in the Americas is alarming where 28 countries and territories have reported Zika cases since last year – many of them in the thousands. In particular, the threats to pregnant women and their unborn children are deeply concerning. Multiple countries have urged women to delay pregnancy due to the link between Zika and the birth defect microcephaly. This situation has also prompted a push for more abortion access. As a Christian who believes that every person – including the unborn child – is made in the image of God and therefore has inherent worth, these calls for greater access to abortion are heartbreaking. It is my hope that this hearing will provide greater clarity in how to fight and protect against Zika while simultaneously caring well for women, promoting life for the unborn, and assisting countries with early intervention therapies to treat babies born with special needs.”

Wednesday, February 10:

Subcommittee Hearing: After San Bernardino: The Future of ISIS-Inspired Attacks

2 p.m. on Wednesday February, 10 in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

General Jack Keane, USA, Retired Chairman of the Board Institute for the Study of War

The Honorable Alberto M. Fernandez Vice President Middle East Media Research Institute

Christopher Swift, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Georgetown University

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “The attack in San Bernardino was the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. The Administration’s efforts to protect U.S. citizens from the ISIS threat is lacking. Our air strikes are limited, a political solution is still a distant dream, and ISIS is becoming more and more advanced at launching international attacks. From countering online radicalization to fighting ISIS on the ground in Iraq and Syria, we need a comprehensive strategy that will defeat and not just contain ISIS.”

 

Thursday, February 11

Hearing: Iran Nuclear Deal Oversight: Implementation and its Consequences

10 a.m. on Thursday, February 11 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Stephen D. Mull Lead Coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation U.S. Department of State

Mr. John Smith Acting Director Office of Foreign Assets Control U.S. Department of the Treasury

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “As President Obama presses forward with this deeply flawed nuclear deal with Iran, the House Foreign Affairs Committee continues to work diligently and aggressively to provide oversight for the American people.  This hearing will seek answers on the flow of sanctions relief, Iran’s illicit missiles program and continued support for terrorism, and efforts to ensure Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon.”

Thursday, February 11

Subcommittee Markup: H. Res. 148

1:45 p.m. on Thursday, February 11 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman

Bills to be marked up include:

H. Res. 148, Calling on the government of Iran to fulfill their promises of assistance in this case of Robert Levinson, the longest held United States civilian in our Nation's history

Thursday, February 11

Subcommittee Hearing: Jordan: A Key U.S. Partner

2 p.m. on Thursday, February 11 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Gerald M. Feierstein Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs U.S. Department of State

Ms. Paige Alexander Assistant Administrator Bureau for the Middle East U.S. Agency for International Development

Ms. Fatema Z. Sumar Regional Deputy Vice President Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Latin America Department of Compact Operations Millennium Challenge Corporation

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “Jordan is an important ally that plays a strategic role for U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. By standing on the front lines in the fight against ISIS, continuing to support over a million Syrian refugees, as well as being an important partner for peace with Israel, Jordan’s contributions reflect a commitment our two nations share for promoting stability and security throughout the region. As such an important ally, the U.S. must continue to seek ways to ensure Jordan has the capability to defend itself while also supporting its economy, its people and its refugee population. This hearing will allow Members of the Subcommittee to examine our current policy toward Jordan and determine where improvements can be made in the bilateral relationship to ensure that the Kingdom can remain a strong and vibrant partner for the U.S. in the region.”

 

Thursday, February 11

Subcommittee Hearing: The Future of U.S.-Taiwan Relations

2 p.m. on Thursday, February 11 in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

Ms. Susan A. Thornton Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs U.S. Department of State

Panel II

Mr. Randall Schriver President and Chief Executive Officer Project 2049 Institute

Ms. Bonnie Glaser Senior Adviser for Asia Director of China Power Project Center for Strategic and International Studies

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “On January 16th of this year, Taiwan held yet another free and fair democratic election.  Dr. Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was successful in her campaign for presidency, and the DPP also took the majority in Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan.  The United States remains firm in its resolve to support Taiwan’s democratic society and open-market economy.  In this hearing, we will explore Taiwan's new leadership and implications for the U.S.-Taiwan relationship, and investigate avenues of continued support of Taiwan under a Tsai administration.”

 

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

***All Committee proceedings are webcast live HERE.

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Chairman Royce Announces Hearing on Iran

2016/02/05

**Credentialed media must RSVP to access press viewing area**

Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) will convene a full Committee hearing Thursday, February 11 to continue oversight on Iran and its illicit nuclear program.  The hearing, entitled “Iran Nuclear Deal Oversight: Implementation and its Consequences,” will begin at 10 a.m.

Chairman Royce on the hearing:  “As President Obama presses forward with this deeply flawed nuclear deal with Iran, the House Foreign Affairs Committee continues to work diligently and aggressively to provide oversight for the American people.  This hearing will seek answers on the flow of sanctions relief, Iran’s illicit missiles program and continued support for terrorism, and efforts to ensure Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon.” 

What:Hearing: Iran Nuclear Deal Oversight: Implementation and its Consequences

When: 10 a.m., Thursday, February 11

Where: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses: The Honorable Stephen D. Mull Lead Coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation U.S. Department of State

Mr. John Smith Acting Director Office of Foreign Assets Control U.S. Department of the Treasury

**Important planning note/RSVP requirement for press covering hearing**

The hearing will be webcast at www.foreignaffairs.house.gov/live-video-feed.   The hearing room will likely not be able to accommodate all members of the media wishing to cover the hearing from the press viewing area.   Only Congressionally credentialed members of the media will be allowed access to the press viewing area in the committee hearing room and MUST RSVP to their respective Press Gallery by 5pm on Wednesday, February 10.   All television crews must RSVP to the House Radio TV Gallery at 202-225-5214.  Gallery contact information:   House Radio/TV Gallery:  202-225-5214 House Periodical Gallery:  202-225-2941 House Daily Press Gallery:  202-225-3945 Photographer Gallery:  202-224-6548   ***See www.foreignaffairs.house.gov for updates.

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