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Subcommittee Hearing: Assessing the President’s Strategy in Afghanistan


Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Russian Arms Control Cheating: Violation of the INF Treaty and the Administration’s Responses One Year Later


This is a joint subcommittee hearing by the Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and the Committee on Armed Services' Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.

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Chairman Royce: The Obama Administration Needs to Outline a Real Strategy to Defeat ISIS


Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) today released the following statement after President Obama’s press conference with French President Francois Hollande:  “I’m glad to see President Obama standing shoulder to shoulder with President Hollande, but what we need from the White House right now is a real plan and commitment to defeat these brutal terrorists.  France is one of our closest partners in fighting terror – and it’s counting on America’s leadership.      “So instead of doubling down on the same failed policies that allowed for ISIS’s rise, the Obama administration ought to be laying out the broad, overarching strategy needed to win.  This should include establishing safe zones in Syria, arming fighting forces – including the Kurds – already on the ground, and giving our pilots the authority and flexibility they need to carry out their missions.   “Two weeks ago it was France.  Next week, it could be us.  The White House needs to get serious about eliminating this terrorist threat.”


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Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Congratulate President-Elect Macri and Urge Obama Administration to Prioritize U.S.–Argentina Relations


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee’s Ranking Member, have sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to prioritize U.S.-Argentina relations over the next year. The letter, which includes policy recommendations in six key areas, follows Sunday’s victory by Mauricio Macri in the country’s first ever presidential runoff election.  Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel said: “We congratulate President-elect Macri on his victory in yesterday’s election. His election presents an important opportunity for our two countries to move forward. A renewed U.S. – Argentine partnership will be a win-win for our two countries. While bilateral relations have been tense, we believe that our countries can and should be natural partners. We both have highly educated populations, diverse economies and vast natural resources. Working together, we can accomplish a great deal for our two countries.”   The signed letter is available HERE.   The text of the letter follows:   November 23, 2015                                                                        The President The White House Washington, D.C.  20500   Dear Mr. President:   We write to urge you to prioritize U.S. – Argentina relations over the next year. The United States and Argentina should be natural partners. We both have highly educated populations, diverse economies and vast natural resources. As a renewed partnership would be a win-win for the two countries, we respectfully urge you to consider the following actions with the aim of revitalizing the bilateral relationship over the coming months:

  • Increase Public Diplomacy: Public opinion polls in Argentina have consistently found high levels of anti-Americanism and opposition to U.S. policies around the world.

    We urge the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy to develop a new public diplomacy strategy for Argentina and to coordinate a series of high-level U.S. executive and legislative branch visits along with cultural diplomatic exchanges.

  • Initiate a U.S. – Argentina High Level Economic Dialogue: Argentina has the third largest economy in Latin America with a GDP of $540 billion. In 2012, United States bilateral trade with Argentina was $23 billion. There is potential for this commerce to grow significantly in the coming years, particularly in the energy field.

    We recommend that the two governments initiate a U.S. – Argentina High Level Economic Dialogue, similar to the dialogue with Mexico. A U.S. government-sponsored trade mission could also be very useful.  These activities would reposition economic engagement at the center of the bilateral relationship.

  • Provide Technical Assistance on Economic and Trade Issues: The Argentine National Institute of Statistics and Census (INDEC) was long considered the region’s gold standard for key economic data.  However, in recent years there have been serious concerns about the credibility of Argentina’s statistics on inflation and economic growth. In addition, the U.S. Trade Representative remains concerned with Argentina’s lack of intellectual property rights enforcement and high levels of piracy and counterfeiting.

    We recommend that the United States offer technical assistance to the new Argentine government to revamp statistical institutions and to better enforce intellectual property rights. Technical assistance could be helpful in making import regulations WTO-compliant. The Inter-American Development Bank and other international financial institutions could potentially play an important role in providing technical assistance.

  • Support the Resolution of Arbitration Claims and “Holdout” Bondholders: While some arbitration claims from foreign companies have been settled in recent years, a number remain outstanding. Separately, reaching a settlement with “holdout” private bondholders could help Argentina gain access to international credit markets, helping Argentina’s economy.

    The U.S. should continue to support a timely resolution to outstanding arbitration claims as well as the completion of private negotiations between the Argentine Government and “holdout” bondholders.

  • Encourage Regional Leadership:  Given its highly educated population, diverse economy and vast natural resources, Argentina could again play an important leadership role in South America. The painful memory of the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center gives Argentina a powerful reason to play a leadership role in combatting terrorism.

    The United States should promote and encourage positive regional leadership from Argentina which could potentially play a much larger role at the Organization of American States in the coming years. The U.S. should also work to reestablish liaison relationships with the new government to confront terrorism and transnational criminal organizations in the Americas.

  • Improve Counternarcotics Cooperation: According to the State Department’s 2015 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, many Argentines believe drug-linked violent crime is increasing. The cocaine based drug known as “paco” is a particular problem among the country’s poor.

    We recommend that the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy start a bilateral working group with Argentina. This working group should not only focus on law enforcement cooperation but also should share with the Argentine government our most successful models in treating drug addiction in the United States.  

Thank you for your consideration of these recommendations. We look forward to working with you to prioritize the U.S. – Argentina relationship in the coming year.   Sincerely,   EDWARD R. ROYCE Chairman   ELIOT L. ENGEL Ranking Member


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Chairman Royce Welcomes Sanctions to Help Stem Violence in Burundi


Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement after the Obama administration announced a new executive order imposing sanctions aimed at those responsible for the worsening situation in Burundi:

“Burundi is spiraling into chaos.  Hundreds have been slaughtered and more than 200,000 have been forced from their homes in recent months.  Yesterday, more bodies were found piled on the streets.   “The causes and consequences of the 1994 Rwanda genocide should serve as a constant warning, including in neighboring Burundi.  Political leaders – in both the Burundi government and opposition – must be held accountable for inciting violence.  I’m glad the Obama administration is taking this important step, but make no mistake: more must be done, now.  If the conflict in Burundi is allowed to continue, I fear that mass atrocities could be just around the corner.”

NOTE:  In May, Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel sent a letter to the Broadcasting Board of Governors to express their concern over proposed cuts to the VOA Central African service.  The letter can be found HERE.


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Chairman Royce Discusses ISIS on FOX’s “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo”


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On the threat posed by ISIS, and the bipartisan, veto-proof majority that voted last week to strengthen the Syrian refugee program:

“The bomber who blew himself up outside of the stadium in Paris, he himself was carrying a Syrian passport, had come in through Greece with that refugee population…

“Right now the FBI have indicated to us that they don't have the data to really vet. They don't have the intelligence on many of these individuals…  So what we're saying here is… we need the director of the FBI and homeland security to sign off by attesting that we have got the capability to vet.”

On President Obama’s refusal to lay out a real strategy to defeat and destroy ISIS:

“If the president is really concerned about this situation, Maria, why didn’t the president…  stop ISIS from taking this territory and helping to create this refugee flow? And why won’t he sign off for example on today the type of robust air campaign against ISIS? Or why doesn’t he sign off on arming the Kurds, and the Yazidis, and the… Sunni tribesmen?

“He’s tied our hands with the containment strategy — he keeps asserting well they’re contained. No they’re not.”

On the need to establish safe zones in Syria to protect refugees, and begin rolling back ISIS:

“In both political parties, people have said, protect the Sunnis, Yazidis and Kurds up in the north by offering a safe zone so that the refugees have a place where they can be safe. If he’s not even willing to do that… how are we going to defeat ISIS?

On the need for Congressional action, given President Obama’s refusal to lead:

“…[President Obama] has underestimated the danger of ISIS from the beginning. [He said] it was the JV team. [He said] it was never going to be a threat to the United States.  So… we’re going to move legislation through my Committee, not just on arming the Kurds, but also on the issue of a safe zone. And we’re also going to try to push this administration to use airpower effectively and hit these ISIS targets.”

 Watch Chairman Royce’s full interview HERE.


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Chairman Royce to Appear on FOX’s “Sunday Morning Futures”


Washington, D.C. – Sunday morning, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) will discuss the growing threats posed by ISIS in the wake of the Paris attacks, and efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters back to the United States and our allies on FOX’s…

“Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo”   SUNDAY at 10:00 a.m. ET in Washington 7:00 a.m. PT in Orange County/LA


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PHOTO: First Woman to Chair House Foreign Affairs Committee Honored at Portrait Unveiling


Washington, D.C. – This week, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) joined Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and others to honor Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the first woman to chair the House Foreign Affairs Committee, during an unveiling ceremony of Ros-Lehtinen’s official portrait.

During the unveiling ceremony Chairman Royce said:  “As the first woman chairman of this Committee and the first Hispanic woman in Congress, Ileana has broken so many barriers.  And she has passed along an invaluable legislative legacy.   “While Ileana is no longer the Chairman, she is the Chairman Emeritus.  And that’s not just a title.  She earns it.  Every day.   “It has been a privilege to succeed Ileana, my trusted ally and friend, as Chairman of this great Committee.”


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Chairman Royce Statement on Terrorist Attack in Mali


Washington, D.C. – Today, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) issued the following statement on the terrorist attack in Mali:

“Today’s terrible attack is the latest consequence of the spread of radicalism across Africa.  This is a threat that impacts us all.   “As a former Africa Subcommittee Chairman, I have seen first-hand how the governments in West Africa are out-gunned by the Islamist terrorists who are seeking sanctuary in the area.  The French military has been a leader in attempting to disrupt the region’s terrorist networks.  Our support to the French, Malian, and an international peacekeeping force is critical.  We can’t afford another safe haven for radical jihadists.”  


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Veto-Proof House Majority Votes to Strengthen Syria Refugee Program


Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement today after a bipartisan, veto-proof majority passed the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038):

“Last week’s horrific attacks in Paris exposed the grave threats we face from terrorists seeking to exploit refugee programs.  Ahmad al-Mohammad, the bomber who blew himself up at the soccer stadium in Paris, posed as a Syrian refugee when he entered Europe. 

“There are serious concerns about our ability to vet Syrian refugees.  This common-sense reform helps reduce vulnerabilities and ensure that we fulfill our most important responsibility: keeping Americans safe.” 

Note: Yesterday, Chairman Royce convened a joint hearing with the House Homeland Security Committee to examine the threats posed by foreign fighters seeking to return to the United States and our allies.  During the hearing the committees learned that intelligence and law enforcement in Europe are overwhelmed – overwhelmed by the sheer number of foreign fighters and overwhelmed by new technologies that make jihadists harder to track.


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