Look Ahead — Week of March 3 - 7

Feb 28, 2014

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, March 4

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iran’s Support for Terrorism Worldwide

10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman

Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa

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

Invited witnesses include:

The Honorable Pete Hoekstra
Shillman Senior Fellow
The Investigative Project on Terrorism
(Former Chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence)

Matthew Levitt, Ph.D.
Director and Fromer-Wexler Fellow
Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Mr. J. Matthew McInnis
Resident Fellow
American Enterprise Institute

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism and a threat to peace and security not only in the Middle East, but around the globe. Using its Revolutionary Guard Corp, Iran funds, arms, trains, and commands terroristsworldwide. While it is most known for directing its proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria, Iran has also sponsored attacks in countries including India, Thailand, Georgia, Kenya, and even here at home in the United States. As the Administration negotiates with Iran over its nuclear program, we must not lose focus and forget Iran’s involvement in terrorism. This hearing will examine how to stop Iran’s proxy warfare.”

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “The Administration has asked the American people to put a lot of faith in it as it continues to negotiate with Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program, yet it continues to keep the details of the Joint Plan of Action shrouded in secrecy. To make matters worse, the Administration is asking the American public to trust that it can ensure that Iran plays by the rules, but we have 35 years of overwhelming evidencethat tells us that Iran is simply untrustworthy.  And while all of the focus of these negotiations has been on Iran’s nuclear program, what has gone largely ignored is just how dangerous the Iranian regime truly is. Iran is the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism and it seeks to harm the U.S. and our allies at every turn, yet the Administration carries on as if Iran’s nuclear program exists in a vacuum – as if it is unrelated to Iran’s terror activities. This hearing will serve as an important reminder of the dangers of dealing with the rogue regime in Iran, and why it is absolutely critical that Congress continue to press for increased sanctions against Tehran until it completely dismantles its entire nuclear program.”

  

 

Wednesday, March 5

Subcommittee Hearing: Threats to Israel: Terrorist Funding and Trade Boycotts

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

Mr. Edwin Black
Author

David Pollock, Ph.D.
Kaufman Fellow
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Mr. Steven Perles
Founder and Senior Partner
Perles Law Firm, P.C.

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “As one of our staunchest allies, threats to Israel are also threats to the United States. From a Palestinian Authority program that pays salaries to convicted terrorists based on how many Israelis they kill to European countries boycotting Israeli businesses, Israel faces attacks from every angle. This hearing will examine these risks as well as what is being done to seek redress for Americans harmed by Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel.”

 

Thursday, March 6

Hearing: U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Ukraine

9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 6 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

Mr. Eric Rubin
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “The situation in Ukraine continues to change rapidly and unpredictably.  The new government faces enormous challenges, ranging from restoring order to preventing an economic collapse.  There are also separatist forces in Crimea and other regions and the potential for dangerous instability.  This hearing will be an opportunity for Committee members to examine U.S. interests in the region and review the State Department’s plans to support the new government, especially any plans for U.S. financial assistance.”

 

***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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