A Look Ahead — Week of May 13-17

May 10, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced the following upcoming Committee events:

Wednesday, May 15

Subcommittee Hearing: Recent Developments in the Investigation of the Murder of Human Rights Attorney Patrick Finucane

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

Mr. Michael Finucane
Son of slain human rights attorney Patrick Finucane

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “As part of the peace process, the British government freely committed to a judicial inquiry into government collusion in the murder of Irish human rights lawyer Pat Finucane. Yet it refuses to deliver on the commitment, and so the controversy continues. This hearing will inform Congress on the current status of the collusion case anadvisor to Prime Minister Cameron recently called, ‘the big one.’”

  

Wednesday, May 15

Subcommittee Markup: H.R. ____, H.R. ____, and H. Res. 131

11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman

 

Wednesday, May 15

Hearing: Preventing a Nuclear Iran

1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

The Honorable Wendy R. Sherman
Under Secretary for Political Affairs
U.S. Department of State

The Honorable David S. Cohen
Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “Iran’s march towards nuclear weapons continues.  A nuclear Tehran is the gravest threat facing the U.S. and our allies.  The U.S. must respond with crippling sanctions and a coherent policyaimed at preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.  Only by taking pressure on the regime to the max does this policy have a chance of succeeding.    

“Congressional testimony from the Administration regarding Iran is overdue.  This hearing will provide an opportunity to examine U.S. policy toward Iran.  The hearing will also be a chance to press the Administration on critical questions surrounding U.S. participation in the P5+1 negotiations and its implications for the enforcement of sanctions.”             

 

Thursday, May 16

Subcommittee Hearing: Assessing U.S. Foreign Assistance Priorities in East Asia and the Pacific

2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

Mr. Joseph Y. Yun
Acting Assistant Secretary
Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
U.S. Department of State

The Honorable Nisha Biswal
Assistant Administrator
Bureau for Asia
U.S. Agency for International Development

Chairman Chabot on the hearing:The Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2014 request for the Asia-Pacific region is the largest funding increase requested for any regional account.  This substantial increase is part of the Administration’s efforts to not only recognize Asia’s growing importance, but to ensure that the U.S. presence and influence there remains strong.  Given the importance of the Asia-Pacific region, the Subcommittee will hold an oversight hearing to assess how assistance programs in this part of the world are meeting U.S. priorities and national security interests, and to determine whether there are proper measures in place that ensure taxpayer funds are being appropriately used. Whenever a large increase in funding is sought, it is critical that Congress be able to measure the effectiveness of such a request.  Each dollar provided must be justified and yield a substantial return on the American taxpayer investment.”

 

Friday, May 17

Subcommittee Hearing: The U.S. Contribution to the Fight Against Malaria

10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 17 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer
U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator
President's Malaria Initiative

Colonel Peter J. Weina, Ph.D., M.D.
Deputy Commander
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
U.S. Department of Defense

Briefer:

The Honorable Mark Dybul
Executive Director
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “Malaria is one of the world’s most serious, yet common, tropical diseases.  Approximately 216 million people are infected with malaria each year, and nearly 660,000 die, mostly children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa.  At this hearing, the subcommittee will examine how the United States is contributing to the global fight against malaria, and how we can best meet the future challenges posed by this devastating disease.”

  

Wednesday, May 22 

Markup:  H.R. 850, Nuclear Iran Prevention Act

10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

 

***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.