A Look Ahead — Week of April 22-26

Apr 19, 2013

**The Look Ahead - Week of April 22-26 - has been updated. The updated version can be found here.

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, April 23

Subcommittee Hearing: Meeting the Challenge of Drug-Resistant Diseases in Developing Countries

3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 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:

Tom Frieden, M.D.
Director
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “Drug resistant diseases have become a serious threat in developed countries such as the United States, where they kill half the people who are infected.  For developing countries with fewer resources, these diseases pose an incredibly more dire health menace that must be addressed by those countries and the international community.”

 

Wednesday, April 24

Hearing: Export Control Reform: the Agenda Ahead

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

Mr. Thomas Kelly
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
U.S. Department of State

The Honorable Kevin J. Wolf
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration
Bureau of Industry and Security
U.S. Department of Commerce

The Honorable Kathleen Hicks
Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
U.S. Department of Defense

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “The U.S. has long maintained a  system of strategic export controls, restricting the commercial export of both arms and ‘dual-use’ items in order to advance our national security, foreign policy, and economic interests.  Over the years, the system has become out of step with our national security requirements, the pace of technological innovation, and the nature of the global economy.  There is widespread agreement that our export control system needs fundamental reform.  This hearing will examine the agenda for advancing export control reform, including Obama Administration proposals and prospects for additional reforms.  The Committee, with broad jurisdiction over U.S. export controls, will seek to strike the right balance between U.S. national security, American jobs and economic growth, and the health of the defense industrial base.”

 

Wednesday, April 24

Subcommittee Hearing: Kosovo and Serbia: A Pathway to Peace

3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

Panel I

Mr. Jonathan Moore
Director
Office of South Central European Affairs
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Panel II

Ms. Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi
Balkan Affairs Adviser
Albanian American Civic League

Mr. Roland Gjoni, JD, LLM
(Former Senior Legal and Policy Advisor to Effective Municipalities Initiative in Kosovo)

Mr. Robert A. Churcher
(Former Director, International Crisis Group in Prishtina)

Daniel Serwer, Ph.D.
Professor
School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University

Chairman Rohrabacher on the hearing: “The dispute between Kosovo and Serbia is hindering both states. Serbia can’t begin accession talks with the European Union and Kosovo is blocked from exercising its full sovereignty. It is in both of their interests to find a solution. As the EU facilitates negotiations, the US Congress needs to make sure that the State Department is playing a constructive role and supporting policies which solves the issues, not just paper over them. The rights of minorities in both countries need to be protected.”

  

Thursday, April 25

Hearing: The FY 2014 Budget Request: U.S. Foreign Assistance Priorities and Strategy

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 25 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

The Honorable Rajiv Shah
Administrator
U.S. Agency for International Development

The Honorable Daniel W. Yohannes
Chief Executive Officer
Millennium Challenge Corporation

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “President Obama has finally submitted his $52 billion International Affairs Budget Request.  Given our debt crisis, the bar for justifying foreign aid is higher than ever.  Wasteful spending on ineffective and unsustainable programs will not be tolerated. This hearing will provide Committee Members an opportunity to press two key agencies implementing U.S. foreign assistance programs – USAID and MCC – for an explanation of how they will effectively and efficiently use U.S. taxpayer dollars.”

 

Thursday, April 25

Subcommittee Hearing: Natural Gas Exports: Economic and Geopolitical Opportunities

2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

Mr. Rob Bryngelson
Chief Executive Officer
Excelerate Energy

W. David Montgomery, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President
National Economic Research Associates

Michael A. Levi, Ph.D.
Director
Program on Energy Security and Climate Change
Council on Foreign Relations

Mr. David Mallino Jr.
Legislative Director
Laborers International Union of North America

 

***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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