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Chairman Royce Opening Statement for Hearing on Iran Nuclear Negotiations at Today 10 a.m.

2015/01/27

Chairman Royce Opening Statement

#NoNuclearIran

Washington, D.C. – Today at 10 a.m., U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will convene the Committee’s first hearing of the 114th Congress, which will examine the ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations.  The hearing is entitled “Iran Nuclear Negotiations After the Second Extension: Where Are They Going?".

Live webcast and witness testimony will be available HERE.

 

Below is Chairman Royce’s opening statement as prepared for delivery at the hearing:

This morning we’re looking at the prospects for reaching a viable nuclear agreement with Iran; one that increases our national security.  This has been, and will continue to be, the Committee’s top priority.

We have had a decade of diplomatic negotiations over Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technology in violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions. These have reached their height over the past year, as the Obama Administration – along with the UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany—have been seeking to negotiate a “long-term comprehensive solution” to Iran’s illicit nuclear program.  During these talks, Iran has agreed to limit its nuclear program temporarily in return for some sanctions relief. 

A final agreement would free Iran of sanctions - which has driven it to the negotiating table - while allowing it to maintain a “mutually defined enrichment program,” to be treated like any other “non-nuclear weapon state party to the [Nonproliferation Treaty].”  That best case would leave Iran as a threshold nuclear state.  But worse, any limits placed on Iran’s nuclear program as part of the “comprehensive solution” would expire.  Maybe in ten years, maybe sooner. 

Negotiations – now into their second extension – appear to be stalemated.  That’s even after U.S. negotiators move closer and closer to Iranian positions.  According to the Administration, “big gaps” remain, and a senior official hinted last week that talks may extend again come June’s deadline.

Meanwhile, Tehran has been advancing its nuclear program: pursuing new reactors; testing a new generation of centrifuges and operating its illicit procurement networks. These actions clearly violate the spirit of the interim agreement.  Yet, the Administration appears more concerned that sanctions – designed to strengthen its negotiating hand and which would have no impact unless Iran walks away from negotiations – could sink an agreement.  Let’s be clear: if an agreement is sunk, it is because Iran has no interest in abandoning its drive to nuclear weapons, which is what many of us believe.   

Of course, Iran’s nuclear work isn’t Tehran’s only provocation.  While Iranian diplomats put on a good face in a European negotiating room, its IRGC, Quds Force and other proxies have been busy working to influence and ultimately dominate the region.  Iran is boosting Assad in Syria, Hezbollah continues to threaten Israel and hopes for a unified and stable Iraq are being undercut by Iran.  Last summer, Iranian-supplied rockets to Hamas rained down on Israel. 

And last week, an Iranian-backed militia displaced the government in Yemen, a key counterterrorism partner of ours.  Most in the region see Iran pocketing a nuclear deal and continuing with its domination – certainly no winning game plan to stabilize the Middle East. 

Not to mention that Iran’s horrendous repression at home continues.  This isn’t a negotiating partner that gives much confidence.   

If we are going to have any chance of a deal that advances U.S. national security interests, Iran’s leaders have to feel that their only choice is a verifiable and meaningful agreement. 

We are far from it.  Worse, many in the region feel Iran is on the rise.  Falling oil prices should strengthen our hand, but the Obama Administration has yet to explain a single change as to how it will negotiate differently with Iran over the coming months. 

While the Administration reaches for a deal, it should do so understanding the regime’s duplicity and militancy.  In addition to more economic pressure, we should have an Iran policy with thought-provoking broadcasting to inspire Iranian dissent, a focus on its horrendous human rights abuses and illicit procurement networks, as well as bolstering allies in the region that face Iranian aggression. 

As one former intelligence official told the Committee last year, “Iran’s nuclear program is just the tip of a revolutionary spear that extends across the world and threatens key U.S. interests.”  This is a regime that is playing for keeps.  Yet sometimes it seems the Administration is more concerned about Congress moving on sanctions than pressuring its treacherous and deadly negotiating partner.                                                               

We look forward to hearing from our witnesses today on the future of these discussions and options we can pursue that would truly end the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. 

*Note:  Chairman Royce is the author of the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act (H.R. 850), which passed the House in 2013 and broadens economic sanctions, strengthens human rights sanctions, and increases oversight of the implementation and enforcement of existing sanctions.  Last year, the Committee launched a webpage on Iran to highlight bipartisan efforts to prevent a nuclear Iran.  The webpage is available at www.foreignaffairs.house.gov/NoNuclearIran.

 

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Hearing on Iran Nuclear Negotiations to Move Forward as Scheduled at 10 a.m. Today

2015/01/27

Chairman Royce Opening Statement

#NoNuclearIran

Washington, D.C. – Today at 10 a.m., U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will convene the Committee’s first hearing of the 114th Congress, which will examine the ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations.  The hearing is entitled “Iran Nuclear Negotiations After the Second Extension: Where Are They Going?".

Live webcast and witness testimony will be available HERE.   Below is Chairman Royce’s opening statement as prepared for delivery at the hearing:

This morning we’re looking at the prospects for reaching a viable nuclear agreement with Iran; one that increases our national security.  This has been, and will continue to be, the Committee’s top priority.

We have had a decade of diplomatic negotiations over Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technology in violation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions. These have reached their height over the past year, as the Obama Administration – along with the UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany—have been seeking to negotiate a “long-term comprehensive solution” to Iran’s illicit nuclear program.  During these talks, Iran has agreed to limit its nuclear program temporarily in return for some sanctions relief. 

A final agreement would free Iran of sanctions - which has driven it to the negotiating table - while allowing it to maintain a “mutually defined enrichment program,” to be treated like any other “non-nuclear weapon state party to the [Nonproliferation Treaty].”  That best case would leave Iran as a threshold nuclear state.  But worse, any limits placed on Iran’s nuclear program as part of the “comprehensive solution” would expire.  Maybe in ten years, maybe sooner. 

Negotiations – now into their second extension – appear to be stalemated.  That’s even after U.S. negotiators move closer and closer to Iranian positions.  According to the Administration, “big gaps” remain, and a senior official hinted last week that talks may extend again come June’s deadline.

Meanwhile, Tehran has been advancing its nuclear program: pursuing new reactors; testing a new generation of centrifuges and operating its illicit procurement networks. These actions clearly violate the spirit of the interim agreement.  Yet, the Administration appears more concerned that sanctions – designed to strengthen its negotiating hand and which would have no impact unless Iran walks away from negotiations – could sink an agreement.  Let’s be clear: if an agreement is sunk, it is because Iran has no interest in abandoning its drive to nuclear weapons, which is what many of us believe.   

Of course, Iran’s nuclear work isn’t Tehran’s only provocation.  While Iranian diplomats put on a good face in a European negotiating room, its IRGC, Quds Force and other proxies have been busy working to influence and ultimately dominate the region.  Iran is boosting Assad in Syria, Hezbollah continues to threaten Israel and hopes for a unified and stable Iraq are being undercut by Iran.  Last summer, Iranian-supplied rockets to Hamas rained down on Israel. 

And last week, an Iranian-backed militia displaced the government in Yemen, a key counterterrorism partner of ours.  Most in the region see Iran pocketing a nuclear deal and continuing with its domination – certainly no winning game plan to stabilize the Middle East. 

Not to mention that Iran’s horrendous repression at home continues.  This isn’t a negotiating partner that gives much confidence.   

If we are going to have any chance of a deal that advances U.S. national security interests, Iran’s leaders have to feel that their only choice is a verifiable and meaningful agreement. 

We are far from it.  Worse, many in the region feel Iran is on the rise.  Falling oil prices should strengthen our hand, but the Obama Administration has yet to explain a single change as to how it will negotiate differently with Iran over the coming months. 

While the Administration reaches for a deal, it should do so understanding the regime’s duplicity and militancy.  In addition to more economic pressure, we should have an Iran policy with thought-provoking broadcasting to inspire Iranian dissent, a focus on its horrendous human rights abuses and illicit procurement networks, as well as bolstering allies in the region that face Iranian aggression. 

As one former intelligence official told the Committee last year, “Iran’s nuclear program is just the tip of a revolutionary spear that extends across the world and threatens key U.S. interests.”  This is a regime that is playing for keeps.  Yet sometimes it seems the Administration is more concerned about Congress moving on sanctions than pressuring its treacherous and deadly negotiating partner.                                                               

We look forward to hearing from our witnesses today on the future of these discussions and options we can pursue that would truly end the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. 

*Note:  Chairman Royce is the author of the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act (H.R. 850), which passed the House in 2013 and broadens economic sanctions, strengthens human rights sanctions, and increases oversight of the implementation and enforcement of existing sanctions.  Last year, the Committee launched a webpage on Iran to highlight bipartisan efforts to prevent a nuclear Iran.  The webpage is available at www.foreignaffairs.house.gov/NoNuclearIran.

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Hearing: Iran Nuclear Negotiations After the Second Extension: Where Are They Going?

2015/01/27

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OPENING STATEMENT:

Rep. Edward R. Royce, Chairman[full text of opening statement]

Chairman Royce's Opening Statement:

WITNESSES:

Chairman Royce Questions Witnesses:

The Honorable Eric S. Edelman Distinguished Fellow Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments[full text of statement][truth in testimony form]

Mr. John Hannah Senior Fellow Foundation for Defense of Democracies[full text of statement][truth in testimony form]

Mr. Ray Takeyh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies Council on Foreign Relations[full text of statement][truth in testimony form]

The Honorable Robert Einhorn Senior Fellow Foreign Policy Program The Brookings Institution[full text of statement][truth in testimony form]

 

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Subcommittee Hearing: Nigeria on the Brink?

2015/01/27

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “Nigeria is an important African nation, not just for that region, but also for the international community as a whole. This major oil producer, which is also Africa’s most populous nation, is facing a variety of crises, including an increasingly vicious war against Boko Haram, the threat of post-election violence following the upcoming presidential election next month, ongoing inter-religious and inter-ethnic conflict and an economy suffering from drastically reduced revenue due to falling oil prices. This comes at a time when U.S.-Nigeria relations are said to be at a low point.  This hearing will examine Nigeria’s challenges and what the U.S. government should do to get our relations with Nigeria, especially involving security cooperation, back on track.”

WITNESSES: Panel I

The Honorable Robert P. Jackson Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs U.S. Department of State [full text of statement]

Panel II

J. Peter Pham, Ph.D. Director Africa Center Atlantic Council [full text of statement] [truth in testimony form]

Mr. Jadegoke Adebonajo Badejo Principal Partner Bonajo Badejo & Co. [full text of statement] [truth in testimony form]

Mr. Emmanuel Ogebe Manager Peaceful Polls 2015 Project [full text of statement] [truth in testimony form]

Chris Fomunyoh, Ph.D. Senior Associate and Regional Director for Central and West Africa National Democratic Institute [full text of statement] [truth in testimony form]

 

***Any changes to witness list will be reflected above.  

 

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Subcommittee Hearing: The Evolution of Terrorist Propaganda: The Paris Attack and Social Media

2015/01/27

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “Terrorist use of social media platforms exploded over the past several years. Hateful messages praising jihad are all over social media spurring calls for recruits, funding, and spreading propaganda. We need to better understand how to counter terrorists’ use of social media and we need a strategy from the Administration that lays out how we are going to do it.”

WITNESSES:

The Honorable Mark Wallace Chief Executive Officer Counter Extremism Project [full text of statement] [truth in testimony form]

Mr. J.M. Berger Author [full text of statement] [truth in testimony form]

Mr. Evan Kohlmann Chief Information Officer Flashpoint Partners [full text of statement] [truth in testimony form]

Ms. Rebecca MacKinnon Director, Ranking Digital Rights New America [full text of statement] [truth in testimony form]

 

***Any changes to witness list will be reflected above.

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House Passes Three Foreign Affairs Committee Measures to Combat Human Trafficking

2015/01/26

Bills pass during #EndTrafficking Week in House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauded House passage of three House Foreign Affairs Committee measures to combat human trafficking:  

  • Human Trafficking Prioritization Act (H.R. 514), authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), elevates the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons to the level of a Bureau within the State Department to better prioritize the fight against human trafficking without increasing the size of the Federal Government.  Similar legislation passed the Committee and the House last year.

Chairman Royce on passage of anti-human trafficking measures: “While some progress has been made in our long fight against human trafficking, more than 20 million people remain subject to the horrors of this form of modern-day slavery.  With more work to be done, I am pleased that we have chosen to make this issue a focus.  The passage of these important anti-human trafficking bills represents a concerted effort by the House of Representatives to combat this appalling injustice.”

Video of Chairman Royce speaking in support of these measures on the House floor is available HERE.

NOTE: Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel recently introduced H.R. 400, the bipartisan Trafficking Prevention in Foreign Affairs Contracting Act.  Over the past two years as Chairman, Royce convened a number of hearings on human trafficking, including a field hearing in Orange County, California to examine international human trafficking and to assess efforts to combat trafficking at the international, Federal, State and local levels.  These hearings culminated in Committee action on multiple anti-trafficking bills.  Chairman Royce 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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First Hearing of 2015 Will Examine Iran Nuclear Negotiations – Tomorrow 10 a.m.

2015/01/26

Iran Nuclear Threat Top Committee Priority

#NoNuclearIran

Washington, D.C. – Tomorrow at 10 a.m., U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will convene the Committee’s first hearing of the 114th Congress, which will examine the ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations.  The hearing, entitled “Iran Nuclear Negotiations After the Second Extension: Where Are They Going?," will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow, January 27, 2015.

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “It’s been over a year since the Obama Administration began its nuclear negotiations with Iran.  While pausing – not dismantling - some aspects of its nuclear program, Tehran is advancing others: pursuing new nuclear reactors; testing centrifuges and operating its illicit procurement networks.  All the while, the Administration has opposed bipartisan congressional attempts to strengthen its negotiating hand with new sanctions.  This hearing and other Committee hearings soon to be held will review the Administration’s negotiating approach and the challenges of reaching an effective agreement with Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism destabilizing countries throughout its region.”

Note:  Chairman Royce is the author of the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act (H.R. 850), which passed the House in 2013 and broadens economic sanctions, strengthens human rights sanctions, and increases oversight of the implementation and enforcement of existing sanctions.  Last year, the Committee launched a webpage on Iran to highlight bipartisan efforts to prevent a nuclear Iran.  The webpage is available at www.foreignaffairs.house.gov/NoNuclearIran.

What:Hearing:  “Iran Nuclear Negotiations After the Second Extension: Where Are They Going?”

When: 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27

Where: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses: The Honorable Eric S. Edelman Distinguished Fellow Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Mr. John Hannah Senior Fellow Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Mr. Ray Takeyh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies Council on Foreign Relations

The Honorable Robert Einhorn Senior Fellow Foreign Policy Program The Brookings Institution

***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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Chairman Royce Calls for International Investigation into Death of Alberto Nisman

2015/01/23

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called on the Obama Administration to press for a thorough and impartial international investigation into the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman and serious allegations of Argentina’s collusion with Iran.   

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Royce wrote:  “The Administration should press for a thorough and impartial international investigation into his death, and the serious allegations of Argentine collusion with Iran that Nisman was poised to unveil before the Argentine legislature just hours before his body was found.”

The signed letter is available HERE.

The text of the letter follows:

January 23, 2015

The Honorable John F. Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street N.W. Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Kerry,

I write to express my deep concern surrounding the sudden death this week of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman.  The Administration should press for a thorough and impartial international investigation into his death, and the serious allegations of Argentine collusion with Iran that Nisman was poised to unveil before the Argentine legislature just hours before his body was found.

As you know, a decade ago Alberto Nisman was tasked by the late President Nestor Kirchner to investigate the 1994 suicide bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires. The attack killed 85 people in one of the deadliest anti-Semitic acts since World War II.

Mr. Nisman’s investigations uncovered a web of corruption, impunity, and the irrefutable hand of the Iranian regime and its proxy Hezbollah in the 1994 bombing.  However, neither Iran nor Hezbollah have been held accountable for this horrific act. In fact, Nisman’s latest allegations point to a conspiracy at the highest levels of the Argentine government to cover up Iran’s involvement in the bombing as part of a deal to trade Argentine grain for Iranian oil.

As negotiations with Tehran continue, we must not forget Iran’s clear, long-standing commitment to obtaining a nuclear capability at all cost—an effort which once benefited from Argentinean cooperation. We must also not ignore Iran’s continued use of proxies, such as Hezbollah, to perpetrate terror worldwide.    As one analyst, Thomas Joscelyn, recently wrote, “For Nisman, the AMIA bombing was not a one-off event. It was part of a decades-long pattern of Iranian behavior.”

Assigning an independent, international panel to examine Nisman’s evidence of Iranian involvement in the 1994 terrorist attack and Argentinian collusion in its cover-up would be a major step toward finding his killer and finally bringing the perpetrators of this deadly terrorist attack to justice.

Sincerely,

EDWARD R. ROYCE Chairman

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A Look Ahead — Week of January 26-30

2015/01/23

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, January 27

Hearing: Iran Nuclear Negotiations After the Second Extension: Where Are They Going?

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Eric S. Edelman Distinguished Fellow Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Mr. John Hannah Senior Fellow Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Mr. Ray Takeyh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies Council on Foreign Relations

The Honorable Robert Einhorn Senior Fellow Foreign Policy Program The Brookings Institution

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “It’s been over a year since the Obama Administration began its nuclear negotiations with Iran.  While pausing – not dismantling - some aspects of its nuclear program, Tehran is advancing others: pursuing new nuclear reactors; testing centrifuges and operating its illicit procurement networks.  All the while, the Administration has opposed bipartisan congressional attempts to strengthen its negotiating hand with new sanctions.  This hearing and other Committee hearings soon to be held will review the Administration’s negotiating approach and the challenges of reaching an effective agreement with Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism destabilizing countries throughout its region.”

Tuesday, January 27

Subcommittee Hearing: Nigeria on the Brink?

2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27 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

The Honorable Robert P. Jackson Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs U.S. Department of State

Panel II

J. Peter Pham, Ph.D. Director Africa Center Atlantic Council

Mr. Jadegoke Adebonajo Badejo Principal Partner Bonajo Badejo & Co.

Mr. Emmanuel Ogebe Manager Justice for Jos Project Jubilee Campaign USA

Chris Fomunyoh, Ph.D. Senior Associate and Regional Director for Central and West Africa National Democratic Institute

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “Nigeria is an important African nation, not just for that region, but also for the international community as a whole. This major oil producer, which is also Africa’s most populous nation, is facing a variety of crises, including an increasingly vicious war against Boko Haram, the threat of post-election violence following the upcoming presidential election next month, ongoing inter-religious and inter-ethnic conflict and an economy suffering from drastically reduced revenue due to falling oil prices. This comes at a timewhen U.S.-Nigeria relations are said to be at a low point.  This hearing will examine Nigeria’s challenges and what the U.S. government should do to get our relations with Nigeria, especially involving security cooperation, back on track.”

Tuesday, January 27

Subcommittee Hearing: The Evolution of Terrorist Propaganda: The Paris Attack and Social Media

2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Mark Wallace Chief Executive Officer Counter Extremism Project

Mr. J.M. Berger Author

Mr. Evan Kohlmann Chief Information Officer Flashpoint Partners

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “Terrorist use of social media platforms exploded over the past several years. Hateful messages praising jihad are all over social media spurring calls for recruits, funding, and spreading propaganda. We need to better understand how to counter terrorists’ use of social media and we need a strategy from the Administration that lays out how we are going to do it.”

 

***See www.foreignaffairs.house.gov for updates.

***Coverage note: The briefing is open to the public and press. All Foreign Affairs Committee proceedings are webcast live at www.foreignaffairs.house.gov/live-video-feed.

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House Foreign Affairs Committee’s First Hearing of 2015 to Examine Iran Nuclear Negotiations

2015/01/23

Iran Nuclear Threat Top Committee Priority

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced the Committee’s first hearing of the 114th Congress will examine the ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations.  The hearing, entitled “Iran Nuclear Negotiations After the Second Extension: Where Are They Going?," will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.  

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “It’s been over a year since the Obama Administration began its nuclear negotiations with Iran.  While pausing – not dismantling - some aspects of its nuclear program, Tehran is advancing others: pursuing new nuclear reactors; testing centrifuges and operating its illicit procurement networks.  All the while, the Administration has opposed bipartisan congressional attempts to strengthen its negotiating hand with new sanctions.  This hearing and other Committee hearings soon to be held will review the Administration’s negotiating approach and the challenges of reaching an effective agreement with Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism destabilizing countries throughout its region.”

Note:  Chairman Royce is the author of the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act (H.R. 850), which passed the House in 2013 and broadens economic sanctions, strengthens human rights sanctions, and increases oversight of the implementation and enforcement of existing sanctions.  Last year, the Committee launched a webpage on Iran to highlight bipartisan efforts to prevent a nuclear Iran.  The webpage is available at www.foreignaffairs.house.gov/NoNuclearIran.

What:Hearing:  “Iran Nuclear Negotiations After the Second Extension: Where Are They Going?”

When: 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27

Where: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Witnesses: The Honorable Eric S. Edelman Distinguished Fellow Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Mr. John Hannah Senior Fellow Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Mr. Ray Takeyh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies Council on Foreign Relations

The Honorable Robert Einhorn Senior Fellow Foreign Policy Program The Brookings Institution

***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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