Opening Statements

Rep. Edward R. Royce, Chairman [full text of opening statement] Chairman Royce's Opening Statement:


Chairman Royce Questions Witnesses:

Mr. Lee Wolosky
Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure
U.S. Department of State
[full text of statement]

Mr. Paul M. Lewis
Special Envoy for Guantanamo Detention Closure
U.S. Department of Defense
[full text of statement]

Hearing transcript (PDF)


**Important planning note/RSVP requirement for press covering hearing**

The hearing will be webcast at

The hearing room will likely not be able to accommodate all members of the media wishing to cover the hearing from the press viewing area.

Only Congressionally credentialed members of the media will be allowed access to the press viewing area in the committee hearing room and MUST RSVP to their respective Press Gallery by 5pm on Tuesday, March 22.

All television crews must RSVP to the House Radio TV Gallery at 202-225-5214.  Gallery contact information:

House Radio/TV Gallery:  202-225-5214
House Periodical Gallery:  202-225-2941
House Daily Press Gallery:  202-225-3945
Photographer Gallery:  202-224-6548