Look Ahead — Week of March 24 - 28

Mar 21, 2014

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

Tuesday, March 25

Markup: H.R. 4278, H. Res. 494 and H. Res. 418

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

 

Tuesday, March 25

Subcommittee Hearing: The First One Thousand Days: Development Aid Programs to Bolster Health and Nutrition

1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 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:

Panel I

Ms. Tjada D'Oyen McKenna
Acting Assistant to the Administrator
Bureau for Food Security
U.S. Agency for International Development

Panel II

The Honorable Kent Hill
Senior Vice President of International Programs
World Vision

Henry Perry, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Associate
Health Systems Program
Department of International Health
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

Ms. Carolyn Wetzel Chen
Chief Grant Development Officer
Food for the Hungry, Inc.

Sophia Aguirre, Ph.D.
Chair
Integral Economic Development Management Program
Catholic University of America

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “Research has conclusively shown that addressing the health and nutritional needs of children from the beginning of pregnancy and continuing over the first 1,000 days oflife results in more healthy outcomes for both children and their mothers. Integral to the success of such critical life-saving programs throughout the developing world are faith-based organizations, working in partnership withgovernments and other non-governmental organizations. This hearing will underscore how the quality of life for mother and child is so dependent on adequate medical care from the earliest stages of pregnancy, as well as thevalue of holistic outcome objectives such as educational and economic performance.”

  

Tuesday, March 25 

Subcommittee Hearing: U.S. Disengagement from Latin America: Compromised Security and Economic Interests

2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 in 2255 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

The Honorable Otto J. Reich
President
Otto Reich Associates, LLC                               

Mr. Ilan I. Berman
Vice President
American Foreign Policy Council                                   

Mr. Mauricio Claver-Carone
Executive Director      
Cuba Democracy Advocates

Mr. Michael Shifter
President         
Inter-American Dialogue

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “Last week when Secretary Kerry came before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I challenged him on the lack of a clear and cohesive U.S. strategy for the Western Hemisphere.  From the emergence of the anti-American Venezuela-led ALBA bloc, to the increased presence of our strategic adversaries, Russia, Iran and China, the U.S. has suffered a decline in influence throughout much of Latin America.  This decline affects the U.S.’ ability to advocate on behalf of our substantial commercial interests, and could present a threat to our national security.  While the world is occupied with Russian aggression in the Ukraine, we must not ignore their activities in the Western Hemisphere, which includes docking a war ship in Havana harbor.  Our hearing will examine where American influence is slipping in the region and steps we can take to re-engage our neighbors in Latin America with policies that protect and promote our commercial and national security interests.”

 

Wednesday, March 26

Hearing: The Geopolitical Potential of the U.S. Energy Boom

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

Admiral Dennis C. Blair, USN, Retired
Member
Energy Security Leadership Council
Securing America’s Future Energy

Mr. Harold Hamm
Chairman
Domestic Energy Producers Alliance

Ms. Elizabeth Rosenberg
Senior Fellow and Director
Energy, Environment and Security Program
Center for a New American Security

Michael Levi, M.D.
David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow and Director
Program on Energy Security and Climate Change
Council on Foreign Relations

Chairman Royce on the hearing:Current U.S. policies that restrict energy exports weaken our diplomatic efforts. Exporting U.S. energy not only benefits our national security, it also boosts the U.S. economy and creates American jobs.  This hearing presents the Committee with an especially timely opportunity to examine how to better utilize U.S. naturalresources in an effort to break Russia’s energy grip over Ukraine and other European countries, which undermines their security.”

 

Wednesday, March 26

Subcommittee Hearing: The Shocking Truth about North Korean Tyranny

2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

Mr. Greg Scarlatoiu
Executive Director
Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

Mr. Bruce Klingner
Senior Research Fellow
Northeast Asia
The Heritage Foundation 

Chairman Chabot on the hearing: North Korean intransigence remains a consistently vexing problem. As provocations continue, growing dangers stemming from its ongoing proliferation of nuclear weapons and missiles perpetually threaten to destabilize the entire region. And now the U.N.’s report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea for the first time comprehensively details the systematic, widespread and gross crimes against humanity being perpetrated by the tyrannical North Korean regime. While this horrific record has been known for many years, the time for willful blindness, for looking the other way needs to end. We need to move beyond reluctance because it’s evident the Administration’s strategy of implementing only minimalist measures is not working. This hearing will discuss the impact of the U.N.’s report and examine steps the U.S. and international community need to take to once and for all cut off the Kim regime.”

 

***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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