Committee on Foreign Affairs

Ed Royce

Subcommittee Hearing: Africa's Displaced People

2015/07/09

Chairman Smith on the hearing: "Due to conflict, poor governance and economic desperation, the countries of Africa are experiencing the highest-ever levels of internally displaced persons and refugees," said Chairman Chris Smith (NJ-04). "This has stretched the limits of what donors and international agencies can do to help.  This hearing will examine the extent of Africa's displaced persons problem and the options our government has to respond to the continent's crises and help alleviate the suffering of millions of people."

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Hearing: Implications of a Nuclear Agreement with Iran

2015/07/09

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “As we anticipate a congressional review of the Administration's possible nuclear agreement with Iran, we’ll be looking to see how the Administration has done on Congress’ red lines.  Did we get anywhere, anytime inspections?  Full Iranian transparency regarding its past nuclear activities? No large-scale, immediate sanctions relief; but guaranteed, workable sanctions snap-backs? Meaningful restraints on Iran’s nuclear program that last decades?  This hearing will be the first in a series the Committee will hold should the Administration strike what might be one of the most significant agreements in decades.  As I have said, no deal is far better than a bad deal.”

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Subcommittee Hearing: The Gulf Cooperation Council Camp David Summit: Any Results?

2015/07/09

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “Our Gulf allies are more doubtful than ever about America’s approach and commitment to the Middle East despite attempts by the White House to reassure members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, or GCC, during May’s Camp David summit. This hearing will examine the Camp David summit and recent developments in the relationship between the United States and the GCC and analyze how GCC countries are responding to the Iran nuclear talks and the expansion of Iran and ISIL in the region. Members will have the opportunity to hear from experts on how to improve US policy in order to address GCC concerns and strengthen the security interests of the United States and our ally Israel, such as additional GCC defense cooperation and reevaluating our approach to Assad, ISIL, and Iran.”

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Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Reviewing the U.S.-China Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

2015/07/08

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “The Obama Administration recently submitted a new 30-year peaceful nuclear cooperation agreement with the People’s Republic of China for congressional review. While the current “China 123” agreement is set to expire at the end of the year, proliferation sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals remain in place and China continues to expand its own nuclear arsenal.  Congress, especially this subcommittee, has the responsibility to examine the specifics of this agreement and to determine if China is fulfilling its nonproliferation commitments.  This vital hearing will allow for a much-needed discussion on the benefits of continuing the agreement as well as the concerns we have over sharing access to dual use technologies.”

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “There has been a big debate over the renewal of the current Section 123 agreement with China, which is set to expire in December. This hearing will give Members of the Committee the opportunity to hear from knowledgeable government officials and policy experts so we can gain a better understanding of the details of this agreement and the ramifications of its renewal or expiration.”

 

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Chairman Royce Comments as Iran Demands UN Arms Embargo Lifted

2015/07/06

Iranian negotiators clearly feel emboldened, says Foreign Affairs Chair

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued this statement after reports surfaced that Iran is now pushing for the United Nations’ arms embargo on the country to be completely lifted as part of a final nuclear agreement.  Iran is under a UN arms embargo that seeks to prevent Tehran from aiding and arming its allies and surrogates in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere in the region.

Chairman Royce said: “With tens of billions of sanctions-relief cash likely coming, Iran now wants free reign to arm Hezbollah terrorists, assist Assad in Syria, and aid Houthi rebels in Yemen.  Tehran is seeking to negotiate a license to kill.  The Supreme Leader’s negotiators have clearly been emboldened by the Administration’s concessions across the board.  I can only hope that this is one line that U.S. negotiators aren’t willing to erase.”

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Chairman Royce Comments as Billions in Cash Being Negotiated for Iran

2015/07/04

More money for bombs, not butter, says Foreign Affairs Chair

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued this statement as U.S. negotiators work toward a final Iran nuclear agreement which would provide Tehran with tens of billions in sanctions relief.  Earlier this week, a senior U.S. official said that Iran would not use billions in sanctions to back its nefarious activities. "It is our assessment … that they are not going to spend the vast majority of the money on guns, most of it will go to butter," said the U.S. official. 

Chairman Royce said: “Obama Administration officials have talked themselves into the delusion that the regime in Tehran will use a sanctions relief jackpot to help its people.  But Iran’s Supreme Leader isn’t looking to cut this deal because he cares about ordinary Iranians.  He’s making it so that he can consolidate power at home, dominate the region and gain acceptance of Iran’s nuclear program, paving the path to a nuclear weapon.  Helping Iranians doesn’t even make the list.  The Obama Administration’s fundamental misread of the Iranian regime is part of what makes this potential agreement so dangerous to our national security.”                 

As the Obama Administration pushes for a final agreement with Iran, reports indicate that the deal could bring as much as $50 billion to Tehran in immediate relief, and another $100 billion could come over the next year. 

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Chairman Royce Comments on U.N. Human Rights Council's Gaza Inquiry Resolution

2015/07/03

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued this statement following the United Nations Human Rights Council's passage of a resolution in the wake of the report issued by its Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict:

“The relentless attacks against Israel – in the form of rockets, rhetoric and resolutions – continue.  Today, the U.N. Human Rights Council kept up its record of bombarding Israel with biased and shameful resolutions.  The goal of this international campaign against Israel is to question the democratic country’s right to self-defense to the point of rendering it virtually meaningless.  Why no mention of Hamas terrorism against it?  Nor the great lengths Israel went to minimize civilian casualties, as credible investigations have reported?  While this resolution fortunately does not refer the Commission's one-sided, anti-Israel allegations to the International Criminal Court, it undermines prospects for direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians to resolve their differences.  This resolution is a black mark on the Human Rights Council, not Israel.”  

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A Look Ahead – July 6-10

2015/07/03

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, July 8

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Reviewing the U.S.-China Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include: 

Panel I

The Honorable Thomas M. Countryman Assistant Secretary Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation U.S. Department of State

Lieutenant General Frank G. Klotz, USAF, Retired Under Secretary for Nuclear Security Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration U.S. Department of Energy

Panel II

Mr. Henry D. Sokolski Executive Director The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center

Mr. Daniel Lipman Vice President Supplier and International Programs Nuclear Energy Institute

Ms. Sharon Squassoni Director and Senior Fellow Proliferation Prevention Program Center for Strategic and International Studies

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “The Obama Administration recently submitted a new 30-year peaceful nuclear cooperation agreement with the People’s Republic of China for congressional review. While the current “China 123” agreement is set to expire at the end of the year, proliferation sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals remain in place and China continues to expand its own nuclear arsenal.  Congress, especially this subcommittee, has the responsibility to examine the specifics of this agreement and to determine if China is fulfilling its nonproliferation commitments.  This vital hearing will allow for a much-needed discussion on the benefits of continuing the agreement as well as the concerns we have over sharing access to dual use technologies.”

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “There has been a big debate over the renewal of the current Section 123 agreement with China, which is set to expire in December. This hearing will give Members of the Committee the opportunity to hear from knowledgeable government officials and policy experts so we can gain a better understanding of the details of this agreement and the ramifications of its renewal or expiration.”

Thursday, July 9

Hearing: Implications of a Nuclear Agreement with Iran

10 a.m. on Thursday, July 9 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Stephen G. Rademaker Foreign Policy Project Advisor Bipartisan Policy Center(Former Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control & Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State.)

Michael Doran, Ph.D. Senior Fellow Hudson Institute

Michael Makovsky, Ph.D Chief Executive Officer JINSA Germunder Center Iran Task Force

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “As we anticipate a congressional review of the Administration's possible nuclear agreement with Iran, we’ll be looking to see how the Administration has done on Congress’ red lines.  Did we get anywhere, anytime inspections?  Full Iranian transparency regarding its past nuclear activities? No large-scale, immediate sanctions relief; but guaranteed, workable sanctions snap-backs? Meaningful restraints on Iran’s nuclear program that last decades?  This hearing will be the first in a series the Committee will hold should the Administration strike what might be one of the most significant agreements in decades.  As I have said, no deal is far better than a bad deal.”

Thursday, July 9

Subcommittee Hearing: Africa’s Displaced People

2 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 in 2200 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

Ms. Catherine Wiesner Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration U.S. Department of State

Mr. Thomas H. Staal Acting Assistant Administrator Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance                                 U.S. Agency for International Development                                   

Panel II

Mr. John Stauffer President The America Team for Displaced Eritreans

Ms. Ann Hollingsworth Senior Advocate for Government Relations Refugees International

Ms. Natalie Eisenbarth Policy & Advocacy Officer International Rescue Committee

Chairman Smith on the hearing: "Due to conflict, poor governance and economic desperation, the countries of Africa are experiencing the highest-ever levels of internally displaced persons and refugees. This has stretched the limits of what donors and international agencies can do to help.  This hearing will examine the extent of Africa's displaced persons problem and the options our government has to respond to the continent's crises and help alleviate the suffering of millions of people."

Thursday, July 9

Subcommittee Hearing: The Gulf Cooperation Council Camp David Summit: Any Results?

2 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Michael Eisenstadt Kahn Fellow Director Military and Security Studies Program The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Mr. J. Matthew McInnis Resident Fellow American Enterprise Institute

David Andrew Weinberg, Ph.D. Senior Fellow Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Kenneth Katzman, Ph.D. Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs Congressional Research Service

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “Our Gulf allies are more doubtful than ever about America’s approach and commitment to the Middle East despite attempts by the White House to reassure members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, or GCC, during May’s Camp David summit. This hearing will examine the Camp David summit and recent developments in the relationship between the United States and the GCC and analyze how GCC countries are responding to the Iran nuclear talks and the expansion of Iran and ISIL in the region. Members will have the opportunity to hear from experts on how to improve US policy in order to address GCC concerns and strengthen the security interests of the United States and our ally Israel, such as additional GCC defense cooperation and reevaluating our approach to Assad, ISIL, and Iran.”

 

***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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Committee to Examine the Implications of a Nuclear Agreement with Iran

2015/07/03

Thursday hearing begins anticipated Congressional review

Washington, D.C. – As the Obama Administration works to complete a final nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today announced that the Committee will convene a hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, entitled, “Implications of a Nuclear Agreement with Iran.”  The hearing begins the Committee’s examination of the Obama Administration’s anticipated nuclear agreement with Iran.

Chairman Royce said: “As we anticipate a congressional review of the Administration's possible nuclear agreement with Iran, we’ll be looking to see how the Administration has done on Congress’ red lines.  Did we get anywhere, anytime inspections?  Full Iranian transparency regarding its past nuclear activities? No large-scale, immediate sanctions relief; but guaranteed, workable sanctions snap-backs? Meaningful restraints on Iran’s nuclear program that last decades?  This hearing will be the first in a series the Committee will hold should the Administration strike what might be one of the most significant agreements in decades.  As I have said, no deal is far better than a bad deal.”

What:Hearing: Implications of a Nuclear Agreement with Iran

When: 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 9

Where: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses: The Honorable Stephen G. Rademaker Foreign Policy Project Advisor Bipartisan Policy Center(Former Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control & Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State.)

Michael Doran, Ph.D. Senior Fellow Hudson Institute

Michael Makovsky, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer JINSA Germunder Center Iran Task Force

***See www.foreignaffairs.house.gov for updates, as witnesses may be added.

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

 

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Chairman Royce Comments on U.S.-Cuba Developments

2015/07/01

Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued this statement following the news that the United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to formally restore diplomatic relations and reopen embassies in Washington, D.C. and Havana:

“Establishing full diplomatic relations with Cuba is consistent with President Obama's record of being out-negotiated by authoritarian and anti-American regimes.  Since December’s announcement, we’ve seen no real progress on human rights for the Cuban people, or the settling of property claims. 

“Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has given no indication that it would use an Embassy in Havana to press to protect the Cuban worker whose wages are taken by the Castro regime to finance its continued repression of the Cuban people, while lining the pockets of Communist Party officials.  

“The secret negotiations that fell so short of achieving long-standing and important U.S. policy objectives should have been ended.  If this is how the White House negotiated with the desperate Cuban leadership, the American people should be deeply concerned with its ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran’s aggressive Ayatollah.”

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