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

Tuesday, January 26

Subcommittee Hearing: Jordan: A Key U.S. Partner

3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26 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 Gerald M. Feierstein
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Ms. Mona Yacoubian
Deputy Assistant Administrator
Bureau for the Middle East
U.S. Agency for International Development

Ms. Beth Tritter
Vice President of Policy and Evaluation Department
Millennium Challenge Corporation

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “Jordan is an important ally that plays a strategic role for U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. By standing on the front lines in the fight against ISIS, continuing to support over a million Syrian refugees, as well as being an important partner for peace with Israel, Jordan’s contributions reflect a commitment our two nations share for promoting stability and security throughout the region. As such an important ally, the U.S. must continue to seek ways to ensure Jordan has the capability to defend itself while also supporting its economy, its people and its refugee population. This hearing will allow Members of the Subcommittee to examine our current policy toward Jordan and determine where improvements can be made in the bilateral relationship to ensure that the Kingdom can remain a strong and vibrant partner for the U.S. in the region.”


Wednesday, January 27

Subcommittee Hearing: After San Bernardino: The Future of ISIS-Inspired Attacks

9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 27 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

General Jack Keane, USA, Retired
Chairman of the Board
Institute for the Study of War

The Honorable Alberto M. Fernandez
Vice President
Middle East Media Research Institute

Chairman Poe on the hearing:  “The attack in San Bernardino was the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. The Administration’s efforts to protect US citizens from the ISIS threat is lacking. Our air strikes are limited, a political solution is still a distant dream, and ISIS is becoming more and more advanced at launching international attacks. From countering online radicalization to fighting ISIS on the ground in Iraq and Syria, we need a comprehensive strategy that will defeat and not just contain ISIS.”

Wednesday, January 27

Subcommittee Hearing: The Growing Threat of Cholera and Other Diseases in the Middle East

10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 27 in 2200 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:

Peter J. Hotez, M.D.
Sabin Vaccine Institute

Issam I. Raad, M.D.
Health Outreach to the Middle East

J. Stephen Morrison, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President
Director of Global Health Policy Center
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “The conflicts in the Middle East are having a hugely negative impact on health in the region, especially in light of the targeting of health workers and health facilities by terrorists. A year-long cholera outbreak in 2015 may have abated, but ongoing fighting and rebel control of large, unaccountable areas prevent us from being certain.  This hearing will examine the status of cholera and other disease outbreaks in the region to determine the most effective U.S. policy options to meet this threat.”


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