Washington, D.C. – Today House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) joined Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and members of the Task Force on National Security at the Council on Foreign Relations to unveil House Republicans’ blueprint to keep America safe and advance our national interests abroad.
The agenda document – part of the House GOP’s A Better Way initiative – outlines dozens of ideas to address four main goals:
In a panel discussion, Chairman Royce addressed the threats we face from ISIS and dangerous regimes and outlined steps the U.S. should take to counter them. Video is available HERE, and several excerpts are included below.
Stop Appeasing Iran:
“We needed a tilt toward the people in Iran... Instead, the administration made the decision to engage with the ayatollah… And in so doing, empowered, enabled that revolutionary regime in many ways. And subsequently [the White House] has bought into this idea now that they can’t offend the Iranian regime. And we’ve seen this in a whole slew of decision making. You know, giving them access to the dollar – the attempt to do that – the heavy water subsidy and so forth.”
Use America’s Economic Leverage to Counter a Nuclear North Korea:
“[O]ne thing we’ve tried in the past that has worked… was the sanctions on Banco Delta Asia… [T]hat’s the one point in time when things were really desperate in North Korea…Now, I passed legislation in December, it was signed by the president, that set up a sanctions effort on North Korea to do exactly what we did the … What we have to do is stick with that policy.”
Promote Prosperity Through Free Markets and Trade Agreements That Create U.S. Jobs:
“Beijing has got an initiative underway for trade agreements all across Asia to sort of supplant U.S. influence throughout that region. And those trade deals… are based on a concept of trade—free trade—but with no standards. No rules. What the United States needs is free trade agreements with high standards. With rules that protect intellectual property. And we discuss this in this document. This is what is in the interest of U.S. jobs, but it’s also in the interest of U.S. national security.”
Restore American Leadership on the World Stage:
“Our relationship with Russia is partly a policy failure of this administration going back to the restart with Russia. When you think about it, at that time the administration made the decision to pull out of Eastern Europe the very antimissile defense system—intercept system—that we were to deploy in Poland and in the Czech Republic in case there was ever a launch from Iran towards Europe or towards the United States. In exchange for doing that, Putin sensed weakness. And on and on it went, with our red line in Syria, and then into Ukraine. Weakness, and no push back. So, I think that we see what the takeaway was, not just for the Russians.
“Why aren’t we broadcasting into Russia in the same way that Russia uses RT television? Why don’t we have an effective policy today? Reform the BBG. I have legislation to do that that we put in the NDAA bill with [Chairman Thornberry’s] help.”
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 Emerging Threats and Capabilities.
Washington, D.C. – Following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to a Joint Meeting of Congress today, Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and other leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee hosted a reception for the Prime Minister. At the reception, Chairman Royce spoke of the strong U.S.-India partnership. Following are key excerpts and video of the Chairman’s remarks.
Chairman Royce first met Prime Minister Modi 15 years ago: “When we first met, Prime Minister Modi was Chief-Minister in Gujarat and at that point, an earthquake had leveled Bhuj. And I remember we flew in with USAID the day after the quake. And my memory is of the Chief-Minister bringing order out of the chaos. I remember the leadership. I remember his efforts on the ground directing and setting an example. And as we watched the enormity of that perseverance and that entrepreneurial spirit of the people in Gujarat, what struck me was that the reforms you were bringing then, as Chief-Minister, they were bringing a situation where we saw 10 percent economic growth per year. It looked as though this was the type of leadership that India could use.”
Today, U.S.-India cooperation is better than ever: “We have seen the navy-to-navy exchanges. We have seen the cooperation on counterterrorism. We have seen efforts now that you’ve put forward to build up what we’re doing on space cooperation. And on so many different fronts that set this foundation, these two great democracies…are intent on seeing the same values. We understand that India is in a tough neighborhood, but we also understand that with your words here today, that you have, with that symphony that you spoke of, set a new note.”
View video of Chairman Royce’s and Prime Minster Modi’s remarks HERE.
Washington, D.C. –House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) issued the following statement ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the U.S. Capitol today, where he will address a Joint Meeting of Congress:
“I’m proud to welcome Prime Minister Modi to the U.S. Capitol, and honored to serve as a member of the bipartisan escort committee that will accompany him on the House floor.
“As the oldest and largest democracies, the U.S. and India have a special relationship. Our partnership on such issues as defense, nuclear power, renewable energy and space exploration is very strong. And I am confident that Prime Minister Modi’s address will provide new momentum for additional progress.”
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