UPDATED: Look Ahead — Week of June 9 – 13

Jun 10, 2014

**Note: Wednesday’s Subcommittee Markup has been postponed and will be rescheduled.**


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, June 10
 
Subcommittee Hearing: The State Department's Counterterrorism Bureau: Budget, Programs, and Evaluation
 
2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10 in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building
 
Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
 
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman
 
Invited Witnesses Include:
 
The Honorable Tina Kaidanow
Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism
U.S. Department of State
 
Chairman Poe on the hearing: “Terrorism remains one of the most dangerous threats to U.S. national security. Bin laden is dead and so are some other senior al-Qaeda terrorists but the threat from broader al-Qaeda, including some of their affiliates is greater today than it was even a year or two ago. State’s Counterterrorism Bureau has a big role to play in countering the threat from al-Qaeda and its affiliates. We look forward to this oversight hearing so we can find out exactly what the Bureau is doing, whether or not it is having an impact countering al-Qaeda, and what it can do to improve its efforts.”
 
 
Tuesday, June 10
 
Subcommittee Hearing: Examining U.S. Reconstruction Efforts in Afghanistan
 
2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
 
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
 
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman
 
Invited Witnesses include:
 
The Honorable John F. Sopko
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction
                                    
Mr. Charles Michael Johnson, Jr.
Director, International Security & Counterterrorism Issues
International Affairs & Trade Team
U.S. Government Accountability Office
 
Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “Afghanistan has become the largest ever stabilization, relief and reconstruction effortundertaken by the U.S. government, with allocations now exceeding over $103billion in U.S. taxpayer money, surpassing similar efforts in Iraq which saw the total U.S. investment surpass $66 billion. The final assessment by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction painted a grim picture of the United States’ inability to conduct such endeavors on this large a scale and the end result was a waste of nearly $8 billion in taxpayer dollars lost towaste, fraud, abuse and a lack of accountability. It is important that Congress continue to conduct proper oversight over these funds, and this hearing is a chance to see if the U.S. government has learned its lessons from Iraq and if it has implemented the reforms needed to properly plan, execute and overseethis type of operation in the most efficient and effective manner.”
 
 
Wednesday, June 11
 
Subcommittee Hearing: Assessing Energy Priorities in the Middle East and North Africa
 
10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 11 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
 
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
 
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman
 
Invited witnesses include:
 
Mr. Amos J. Hochstein
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy
Bureau of Energy Resources
U.S. Department of State
 
Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “The political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa over the past several years has had a huge impact on the region’s energy supply as well as the economies of many of the countries that depend greatly on their oil and gasrevenues. Recent discoveries of large natural gas fields off the coast of Israel in the Mediterranean Sea have also been a game changer and has the potential to upend the traditional geopolitical landscape in the region. All of this has serious implications for not only the region, but also the United States’ bilateral relations with our regional partners. This hearing will address the changing dynamics of Middle East and North African oil sectors, and how U.S. policy is adjusting to meet those changes.”
 
 
Wednesday, June 11

**This markup has been postponed and will be rescheduled.**

 
Subcommittee Markup: H.R. 4653, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2014

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
 
Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), Chairman
 
 
Wednesday, June 11
 
Subcommittee Hearing: The Ongoing Struggle Against Boko Haram
 
2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11 in 2172 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:
 
J. Peter Pham, Ph.D.
Director
Africa Center
Atlantic Council
 
Mr. Emmanuel Ogebe
Manager
Justice for Jos Project
Jubilee Campaign USA
 
Mr. Anslem John-Miller
Representative to the U.S.
Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People
 
Chairman Smith on the hearing: “Worldwide concern for the nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian school girls has prompted increased international efforts to help the Government of Nigeria step up its efforts to fight the terrorist activities of Boko Haram. There are obstacles to be sure, but this hearing will examine ways to help the Nigerian government combat Boko Haram and protect its own citizens. Those girls need to come home.”
 
 
 
***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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