Committee on Foreign Affairs

Ed Royce

Subcommittee Hearing: Islamist Foreign Fighters Returning Home and the Threat to Europe

2014/09/19

Chairman Rohrabacher on the hearing: “Evidence indicates that hundreds of British, French and German citizens, among many others,  are currently fighting  for Islamist groups in Syria. This hearing will review the potential for these fighters to travel back to their home countries in Europe and Russia and to carry out additional attacks. How are European countries addressing the threat, and how can the US assist in those efforts to thwart future terrorist attacks?”

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Joint Subcommittee Hearing: The Struggles of Recovering Assets for Holocaust Survivors

2014/09/18


Subcommittee Hearing: Unaccompanied Alien Children: Pressing the Administration for a Strategy

2014/09/18

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “In the past 12 months, over 66,000 Unaccompanied Alien Children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have left their home countries to embark on a dangerous trek to the southern border of the United States.  These children and their families are being lured and misinformed byhuman smugglers and drug traffickers who have taken advantage of our unenforced immigration laws.  This has resulted in extremely dangerous conditions for these unaccompanied children, while weakening our capacity to secure our southern border.  This is particularly troubling now as we face the specter of increased terrorist threats with the growth of ISIS, in addition to the existing insecurity posed by narcotics traffickers.  I am convening a second hearing on this crisis to press the administration for a thorough description of its strategy to address the issues contributing to the shocking migration patterns from Central America, to include  the need for stepped up economic development and citizen security programs in the region.”

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Subcommittee Markup: H. Res. 714

2014/09/17


Subcommittee Hearing: Global Efforts to Fight Ebola

2014/09/17

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “This latest outbreak of the Ebola virus has far outpaced all previous outbreaks.  Because of various challenges heretofore unseen, such as urban infections, cross-border transmissions and increasing infections and deaths of health care workers, the current outbreak is expanding exponentially.  This hearing will examine the problems faced by the global coalition to fight Ebola. We will hear directly from the National Institutes of Health, the FDA and an American doctor who contracted and survived Ebola, and other witnesses.”

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Subcommittee Hearing: A New Era of U.S.-China Relations?

2014/09/17

Chairman Chabot on the hearing: "The U.S.-China relationship has entered an era of instability and challenge.  Under the leadership of President Xi Jingping, China has displayed increasingly assertive foreign and economic policies, in place of measured diplomatic engagement. China’s actions in the East and South China Seas underscore the dawning of a new era of US-China relations. At same time, China’s use of regulations and economic laws to target American businesses demonstrates its willingness to use the same aggressive tactics domestically. This hearing will assess the current political and economic trends in China, policy options for supporting U.S. business overseas, and the implications of China’s growing hostile behavior."

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Hearing: The ISIS Threat: Weighing the Obama Administration’s Response

2014/09/16

Chairman Royce on the hearing:  “The President said his Administration had no strategy against ISIS two weeks ago, despite it long being on the march.  The Administration is sending mixed messages now.  ISIS is a serious threat to U.S. national security.  The Committee needs to hear a comprehensive strategy from Secretary Kerry on how the Administration is going to confront this brutal and sophisticated terrorist group.”

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Look Ahead — September 15 – October 1

2014/09/12

(Note RSVP requirement for media covering September 18 hearing)

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, September 17

Subcommittee Hearing: Global Efforts to Fight Ebola

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 17 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations

Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I: 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

Luciana Borio, M.D. Director Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats Office of the Chief Scientist U.S. Food and Drug Administration U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Panel II: Kent Brantly, M.D. Medical Missionary Samaritan’s Purse (Survivor of Ebola)

Chinua Akukwe, M.D. Chair Africa Working Group National Academy of Public Administration

Mr. Ted Alemayhu Founder & Executive Chairman US Doctors for Africa

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “This latest outbreak of the Ebola virus has far outpaced all previous outbreaks.  Because of various challenges heretofore unseen, such as urban infections, cross-border transmissions and increasinginfections and deaths of health care workers, the current outbreak is expanding exponentially.  This hearing will examine the problems faced by the global coalition to fight Ebola. We will hear directly from the National Institutes of Health, the FDA and an American doctor who contracted and survived Ebola, and other witnesses.”

Wednesday, September 17

Subcommittee Markup: H. Res. 714

2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairman

Wednesday, September 17

Subcommittee Hearing: A New Era of U.S.-China Relations?

2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Christopher K. Johnson Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies Center for Strategic and International Studies                                  

Mr. Gordon Chang Author

Chairman Chabot on the hearing: "The U.S.-China relationship has entered an era of instability and challenge.  Under the leadership of President Xi Jingping, China has displayed increasingly assertive foreign and economic policies, in place of measured diplomatic engagement. China’s actions in the East and South China Seas underscore the dawning of a new era of US-China relations. At same time, China’s use of regulations and economic laws to target American businesses demonstrates its willingness to use the same aggressivetactics domestically. This hearing will assess the current political and economic trends in China, policy options for supporting U.S. business overseas, and the implications of China’s growing hostile behavior."

 

Thursday, September 18

Hearing: The ISIS Threat: Weighing the Obama Administration’s Response

11:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 18 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Media RSVP requirement by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17. Details HERE.

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable John F. Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Department of State

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “The President said his Administration had no strategy against ISIS two weeks ago, despite it long being on the march.  The Administration is sending mixed messages now.  ISIS is a serious threat to U.S. national security.  The Committee needs to hear a comprehensive strategy from Secretary Kerry on how the Administration is going to confront this brutal and sophisticated terrorist group.”

Thursday, September 18

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: The Struggles of Recovering Assets for Holocaust Survivors

3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

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

Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman

Witnesses to be announced

Thursday, September 18

Subcommittee Hearing: Unaccompanied Alien Children: Pressing the Administration for a Strategy

3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18 in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Roberta S. Jacobson Assistant Secretary Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs U.S. Department of State

Ms. Elizabeth Hogan Acting Assistant Administrator Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean U.S. Agency for International Development

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “In the past 12 months, over 66,000 Unaccompanied Alien Children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have left their home countries to embark on a dangerous trek to the southern border of the United States.  These children and their families are being lured and misinformed byhuman smugglers and drug traffickers who have taken advantage of our unenforced immigration laws.  This has resulted in extremely dangerous conditions for these unaccompanied children, while weakening our capacity to secure our southern border.  This is particularly troubling now as we face the specter of increased terrorist threats with the growth of ISIS, in addition to the existing insecurity posed by narcotics traffickers.  I am convening a second hearing on this crisis to press the administration for a thorough description of its strategy to address the issues contributing to the shocking migration patterns from Central America, to include  the need for stepped up economic development and citizen security programs in the region.”

Friday, September 19

Subcommittee Hearing: Islamist Foreign Fighters Returning Home and the Threat to Europe

10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 19 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Thomas Joscelyn Senior Fellow Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Ms. Farah Pandith Fisher Family Fellow Belfer Center Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Former U.S. Special Representative to Muslim Communities)

Chairman Rohrabacher on the hearing: “Evidence indicates that hundreds of British, French and German citizens, among many others, are currently fighting for Islamist groups in Syria. This hearing will review the potential for these fighters to travel back to their home countries in Europe and Russia and tocarry out additional attacks. How are European countries addressing the threat, and how can the US assist in those efforts to thwart future terrorist attacks?”

Wednesday, October 1

Subcommittee Hearing: Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi:  Our Marine in Mexican Custody

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere

Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mrs. Jill Tahmooressi (Mother of Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi)          

Lieutenant Commander Montel B. Williams, USN, Retired (Veterans Advocate)

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “We should never forget the sacrifices men and women in uniform have made.  U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi’s combat-related PTSD is a life-threatening condition he acquired in defense of his country while serving on the battlefields of Afghanistan, and he needs to return to the United States for specific and urgent treatment.    I have maintained my respect for Mexico’s laws and sovereignty throughout, but since visiting Sgt. Tahmooressi at hisprison in Mexico, I have become more committed than ever to ensuring his immediate release on humanitarian grounds.  Sgt. Tahmooressi is an American hero, whose wrong turn at the Mexican border has had the devastating effect of delaying his much-needed PTSD treatment for too long.”

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “As Congress begins to contemplate once again committing our nation's servicemen and women to the fight against terrorism, it is incumbent on us to stand by our heroes when they return home.  As a direct result of his honorable service in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Sergeant AndrewTahmooressi now suffers from combat related PTSD.  Tragically, instead of receiving the treatment he needs, he is being held in a Mexican prison.  As a Member of Congress it is my obligation and duty to protect heroes like Andrew who have suffered the ravages of war in service to our nation. I'm convening this hearing to honor his service and work to ensure his immediate release so that he can receive the treatment he needs.”

 

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

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Chairman Royce, Salmon Announce Hearing on Sgt. Tahmooressi

2014/09/12

USMC Sergeant Held in Mexico Prison Since March

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, announced that the Subcommittee will convene a hearing to discuss Mexico’s continued detention of Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, who is currently being held in El Hongo II prison in Tecate, Mexico following his arrest in March.  The hearing, entitled, “Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi:  Our Marine in Mexican Custody,” will take place on Wednesday, October 1 at 10am in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building.  Chairman Royce on the hearing:  “We should never forget the sacrifices men and women in uniform have made.  U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi’s combat-related PTSD is a life-threatening condition he acquired in defense of his country while serving on the battlefields of Afghanistan, and he needs to return to the United States for specific and urgent treatment.    I have maintained my respect for Mexico’s laws and sovereignty throughout, but since visiting Sgt. Tahmooressi at his prison in Mexico, I have become more committed than ever to ensuring his immediate release on humanitarian grounds.  Sgt. Tahmooressi is an American hero, whose wrong turn at the Mexican border has had the devastating effect of delaying his much-needed PTSD treatment for too  long.”  Chairman Salmon on the hearing:  “As Congress begins to contemplate once again committing our nation's servicemen and women to the fight against terrorism, it is incumbent on us to stand by our heroes when they return home.  As a direct result of his honorable service in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi now suffers from combat related PTSD.  Tragically, instead of receiving the treatment he needs, he is being held in a Mexican prison.  As a Member of Congress it is my obligation and duty to protect heroes like Andrew who have suffered the ravages of war in service to our nation.” said Rep. Salmon. “I'm convening this hearing to honor his service and work to ensure his immediate release so that he can receive the treatment he needs.”  What: Hearing:  Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi:  Our Marine in Mexican Custody  When: 10 am on Wednesday, October 1  Where: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building  Witnesses: Mrs. Jill Tahmooressi Mother of Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi

Lieutenant Commander Montel B. Williams, USN, Retired   Veterans Advocate

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Subcommittee Hearing: Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi: Our Marine in Mexican Custody

2014/09/12

Chairman Royce on the hearing:  “We should never forget the sacrifices men and women in uniform have made.  U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi’s combat-related PTSD is a life-threatening condition he acquired in defense of his country while serving on the battlefields of Afghanistan, and he needs to return to the United States for specific and urgent treatment.    I have maintained my respect for Mexico’s laws and sovereignty throughout, but since visiting Sgt. Tahmooressi at his prison in Mexico, I have become more committed than ever to ensuring his immediate release on humanitarian grounds.  Sgt. Tahmooressi is an American hero, whose wrong turn at the Mexican border has had the devastating effect of delaying his much-needed PTSD treatment for too long.”  Chairman Salmon on the hearing:  “As Congress begins to contemplate once again committing our nation's servicemen and women to the fight against terrorism, it is incumbent on us to stand by our heroes when they return home.  As a direct result of his honorable service in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi now suffers from combat related PTSD.  Tragically, instead of receiving the treatment he needs, he is being held in a Mexican prison.  As a Member of Congress it is my obligation and duty to protect heroes like Andrew who have suffered the ravages of war in service to our nation. I'm convening this hearing to honor his service and work to ensure his immediate release so that he can receive the treatment he needs.”

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