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

Chairman Chabot on the hearing: "In 1994, the Clinton Administration announced to the world the signing of the Agreed Framework that was supposed to result in a nuclear weapons-free North Korea.  Twenty-years later, the goal of denuclearization in North Korea is no closer to reality.  Rather, Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile weapons programs continue to make progress, threatening the stability of the entire Asia region. After 20 years of failed policies, it is time for a new approach to North Korea. The regime’s efforts to proliferate, counterfeit, and undermine are well-known and documented—as are North Korea’s systematic and horrific human rights abuses. This hearing will examine whether the Administration intends to cripple the North Korean regime by considering more targeted sanctions or whether the failed policy of “strategic patience” will continue."

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Subcommittee Hearing: Building Prosperity in Latin America: Investor Confidence in the Rule of Law

2014/07/30

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “Rule of law, predictability, and strong democratic institutions are vital in providing the confidence investors need to bring economic opportunity, growth and jobs to any given country.  Latin America is rich in resources and human capital, but many countries in the region are plagued by corruption, weak institutions, and leaders who systematically erode democratic values.  Argentina’s continued flouting of past debt obligations places what should be a vibrant economy at risk of another default.  Market unfriendly regulations in Brazil, Ecuador, and Bolivia have similarly shaken investor confidence, affecting economic growth in the region.  This hearing will give my Subcommittee the opportunity to examine where confidence has been shaken, how U.S. economic interests are affected, and what if anything the United States can do to encourage greater transparency and market friendly approaches throughout the Americas.  The dire situation in Central America is a perfect example of how weak institutions and endemic corruption can have corroding effects on economic growth and opportunity.”

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Markup: H.R. 3398 and H. Res. 281

2014/07/30


Joint Subcommittee Hearing: The Shootdown of Malaysian Flight 17 and the Escalating Crisis in Ukraine

2014/07/29

Chairman Rohrabacher on the hearing: “The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 is a tragedy that should not have happened. President Putin needs to step forward and reveal the truth. The Russian government needs to help hold accountable those responsible for the shoot down. The victim’s families deserve justice and the world deserves to know that happened. This hearing will help to bring forth what facts we do know and provide the Members with additional information about how a proper investigation could be conducted.”

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “Putin’s sponsorship of terrorists in Ukraine is increasing by the day. U.S. and European leaders have been slow to respond, offering only pin pricks which Putin has now responded to by firing into sovereign Ukrainian territory. If the world doesn’t send a clear message to Putin that his reckless behavior will not be tolerated, his aggression will not end with eastern Ukraine.”

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

2014/07/29

In response to the four month extension in the nuclear talks, Chairman Royce said:  “I don’t see an extension of funding to Iran as progress.  It looks like the Iranians won extra time with a good cop-bad cop routine, backing off the Supreme Leader’s absurd claim for 190,000 centrifuges. This tells me Iran, with centrifuges spinning, thinks time is on its side.  Increased economic pressure would strengthen our hand, but the Administration opposes it.  It should welcome congressional efforts to ratchet up the economic pressure on Iran.  Any deal should be graded on its technical merits, not in the hopes of a partnership with Iran on Iraq and other issues, as some have argued.  Iran’s terrorist-backing activities, including illicitly shipping missiles to Hamas, demands even higher standards of verification for any deal.  Everything about Iran’s nuclear program signals ‘nuclear bomb,’ yesterday, today, and I worry tomorrow.”

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Chairman Royce Statement on Evacuation of U.S. Embassy Personnel from Libya

2014/07/26

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the evacuation of U.S. Embassy personnel from Tripoli, Libya: 

“I appreciate the efforts of the Departments of State and Defense to safely evacuate our embassy personnel from Libya.  Given the chaotic security situation near our embassy in Tripoli, this seems like the right call. 

“Unfortunately, this development was predictable, given the lack of direction and leadership from this Administration since it ousted Muammar Gaddafi.  Our diplomatic absence will make the hard task of achieving political stability in Libya even harder.  When security conditions permit the return of our diplomats, the Administration must give them a new charge to help end the fighting and move Libya forward. 

“Unfortunately we can add Libya to the growing list of countries in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia where extremist forces are gaining strength and threatening U.S. interests.”

Note:  Last year, the House of Representatives passed important, bipartisan embassy security legislation, sponsored by Chairman Royce and Rep.  Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee’s Ranking Member.  The legislation, H.R. 2848, is awaiting Senate consideration. 

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House Passes Haiti Oversight Legislation, Heads to President’s Desk

2014/07/25

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauded the House of Representatives unanimous passage of S. 1104, Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014.  The legislation provides greater oversight of U.S. taxpayer funding for post-earthquake reconstruction and sustainable development in Haiti, and provides greater transparency in USAID contracting and subcontracting.  The House version of the Senate bill, H.R. 3509, passed the House of Representatives last December with overwhelming bipartisan support.  On the legislation’s passage Chairman Royce said:  “The Assessing Progress in Haiti Act represents a product that provides strong oversight of U.S. aid to Haiti.   At a time when much of the funding has yet to be spent, better and more frequent reporting from State and USAID is critical to provide better oversight of taxpayer funds.  Today’s legislation does just that.”  Note: Last year, a bipartisan delegation from the House Foreign Affairs Committee traveled to Haiti to investigate reports of unrealistic objectives, costly delays, and poor oversight that hampered USAID’s assistance efforts following Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, all of which were detailed in a report by the Government Accountability Office.  Following the trip to Haiti, Chairman Royce convened a hearing to examine USAID’s administration of Haiti reconstruction funding.

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Chairman Royce Applauds House Passage of Important Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking

2014/07/25

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauded House passage of eight bipartisan bills this week to combat international human trafficking.  Among the bills passed by the House this week, are two that were passed unanimously by the Foreign Affairs Committee earlier this year. 

The House passed H.R. 2283, the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, which is sponsored by Rep Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.  H.R. 2283 would elevate the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons to a Bureau within the State Department to better prioritize the fight against human trafficking without increasing the size of the Federal Government.  The bill was passed by the Committee with unanimous support on June 26. 

The House also passed H.R. 4449, which is sponsored by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY).  H.R. 4449, requires that certain State Department personnel undergo training to identify victims of human trafficking around the world.  The bill passed the Committee with unanimous support on May 29. 

On passage of the eight bills, Chairman Royce said:  “The passage of these bills is important in our ongoing effort to combat the modern day slavery that is international human trafficking.  As I’ve long known from my work in countering human trafficking, these crimes are not only committed against faceless victims in faraway countries, but also in our own communities.  The human cost of trafficking is painfully high, so I am pleased that the House is acting yet again to bolster the fight.” 

In addition to H.R. 2283 and H.R. 4449, the House passed:

H.R. 5076 - Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act of 2014, sponsored by Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV);

H.R. 5111 - To improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking, sponsored by Rep. Joyce Beatty (R-OH);

H.R. 5081 - Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2014, sponsored by Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA);  

H.R. 4980 - The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI);

H.R. 5135 - The Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act of 2014, sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD); and

H.R. 5116 - To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to train Department of Homeland Security personnel how to effectively deter, detect, disrupt, and prevent human trafficking during the course of their primary roles and responsibilities, and for other purposes, sponsored by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).

On May 20, the House passed five other anti-human trafficking bills. 

NOTE:  Last year, Chairman Royce held a number of hearings on human trafficking, including a field hearing to examine international human trafficking and to assess efforts to combat trafficking at the international, Federal, State and local levels.  He 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. 

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Look Ahead — Week of July 28 – August 1

2014/07/25

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

Tuesday, July 29

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: The Shootdown of Malaysian Flight 17 and the Escalating Crisis in Ukraine

10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats

Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Ian Brzezinski Resident Senior Fellow Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security Atlantic Council

Mr. Anthony Salvia Executive Director American Institute in Ukraine

The Honorable William B. Taylor Vice President for Middle East and Africa United States Institute of Peace (Former United States Ambassador to Ukraine)

ChairmanRohrabacher on the hearing: “The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 is a tragedy that should not have happened. President Putin needs to step forward and reveal the truth. The Russian government needs to help hold accountable those responsible for theshoot down. The victim’s families deserve justice and the world deserves to know that happened. This hearing will help to bring forth what facts we do know and provide the Members with additional information about how a proper investigation could be conducted.”

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “Putin’s sponsorship of terrorists in Ukraine is increasing by the day. U.S. and European leaders have been slow to respond, offering only pin pricks which Putin has now responded to by firing into sovereign Ukrainian territory. If the world doesn’t send a clear message to Putin that his reckless behavior will not be tolerated, his aggression will not end with eastern Ukraine.”

Tuesday, July 29

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

2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29 in 2172 of Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Wendy R. Sherman Under Secretary for Political Affairs U.S. Department of State

The Honorable David S. Cohen Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence U.S. Department of the Treasury

In response to the four month extension in the nuclear talks, Chairman Royce said:  “I don’t see an extension of funding to Iran as progress.  It looks like the Iranians won extra time with a good cop-bad cop routine, backing off the Supreme Leader’s absurd claim for 190,000 centrifuges. This tells me Iran, with centrifuges spinning, thinks time is on its side.  Increased economic pressure would strengthen our hand, but the Administration opposes it.  It should welcome congressional efforts to ratchet up the economic pressure on Iran.  Any deal should be graded on its technical merits, not in the hopes of a partnership with Iran on Iraq and other issues, as some have argued.  Iran’s terrorist-backing activities, including illicitly shipping missiles to Hamas, demands even higher standards of verification for any deal.  Everything about Iran’s nuclear program signals ‘nuclear bomb,’ yesterday, today, and I worry tomorrow.”

 

Wednesday, July 30

Markup: H.R. 3398, To authorize the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to provide assistance to support the rights of women and girls in developing countries, and for other purposes; and H. Res. 281, Expressing concern over persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience, in the People's Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Wednesday, July 30

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

2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Glyn Davies Special Representative for North Korea Policy Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs U.S. Department of State

The Honorable Robert King Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Office of the Special Envoy for Human Rights in North Korea U.S. Department of State

ChairmanChabot on the hearing: “In 1994, the Clinton Administration announced to the world the signing of the Agreed Framework that was supposed to result in a nuclear weapons-free North Korea.  Twenty-years later, the goal of denuclearization in North Korea is no closer to reality.  Rather, Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile weapons programs continue to make progress, threatening the stability of the entire Asia region. After 20 years of failed policies, it is time for a newapproach to North Korea. The regime’s efforts to proliferate, counterfeit, and undermine are well-known and documented—as are North Korea’s systematic and horrific human rights abuses. This hearing will examine whether the Administration intends to cripple the North Korean regime by considering more targeted sanctions or whether the failed policy of “strategic patience” will continue.”

Wednesday, July 30

Subcommittee Hearing: Building Prosperity in Latin America: Investor Confidence in the Rule of Law

2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30 in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere

Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable James K. Glassman Visiting Fellow American Enterprise Institute (Former Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State)

ChairmanSalmon on the hearing: “Rule of law, predictability, and strong democratic institutions are vital in providing the confidence investors need to bring economic opportunity, growth and jobs to any given country.  Latin America is rich in resources and human capital, but many countries in the region are plagued by corruption, weak institutions, and leaders who systematically erode democratic values.  Argentina’s continued flouting of past debt obligations places what should be a vibrant economy at risk ofanother default.  Market unfriendly regulations in Brazil, Ecuador, and Bolivia have similarly shaken investor confidence, affecting economic growth in the region.  This hearing will give my Subcommittee the opportunity to examine where confidence has been shaken, how U.S. economic interests are affected, and what if anything the United States can do to encourage greater transparency and market friendly approaches throughout the Americas.  The dire situation in Central America is a perfect example of how weak institutions and endemic corruption can have corroding effects on economic growth and opportunity.”

 

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

2014/07/25

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