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

Wednesday, July 8

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Reviewing the U.S.-China Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include: 

Panel I

The Honorable Thomas M. Countryman
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
U.S. Department of State

Lieutenant General Frank G. Klotz, USAF, Retired
Under Secretary for Nuclear Security
Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration
U.S. Department of Energy

Panel II

Mr. Henry D. Sokolski
Executive Director
The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center

Mr. Daniel Lipman
Vice President
Supplier and International Programs
Nuclear Energy Institute

Ms. Sharon Squassoni
Director and Senior Fellow
Proliferation Prevention Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “The Obama Administration recently submitted a new 30-year peaceful nuclear cooperation agreement with the People’s Republic of China for congressional review. While the current “China 123” agreement is set to expire at the end of the year, proliferation sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals remain in place and China continues to expand its own nuclear arsenal.  Congress, especially this subcommittee, has the responsibility to examine the specifics of this agreement and to determine if China is fulfilling its nonproliferation commitments.  This vital hearing will allow for a much-needed discussion on the benefits of continuing the agreement as well as the concerns we have over sharing access to dual use technologies.”

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “There has been a big debate over the renewal of the current Section 123 agreement with China, which is set to expire in December. This hearing will give Members of the Committee the opportunity to hear from knowledgeable government officials and policy experts so we can gain a better understanding of the details of this agreement and the ramifications of its renewal or expiration.”

Thursday, July 9

Hearing: Implications of a Nuclear Agreement with Iran

10 a.m. on Thursday, July 9 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Stephen G. Rademaker
Foreign Policy Project Advisor
Bipartisan Policy Center
(Former Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control & Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State.)

Michael Doran, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow
Hudson Institute

Michael Makovsky, Ph.D
Chief Executive Officer
JINSA Germunder Center Iran Task Force

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “As we anticipate a congressional review of the Administration's possible nuclear agreement with Iran, we’ll be looking to see how the Administration has done on Congress’ red lines.  Did we get anywhere, anytime inspections?  Full Iranian transparency regarding its past nuclear activities? No large-scale, immediate sanctions relief; but guaranteed, workable sanctions snap-backs? Meaningful restraints on Iran’s nuclear program that last decades?  This hearing will be the first in a series the Committee will hold should the Administration strike what might be one of the most significant agreements in decades.  As I have said, no deal is far better than a bad deal.”

Thursday, July 9

Subcommittee Hearing: Africa’s Displaced People

2 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 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:

Panel I

Ms. Catherine Wiesner
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
U.S. Department of State

Mr. Thomas H. Staal
Acting Assistant Administrator
Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance                                
U.S. Agency for International Development                                   

Panel II

Mr. John Stauffer
The America Team for Displaced Eritreans

Ms. Ann Hollingsworth
Senior Advocate for Government Relations
Refugees International

Ms. Natalie Eisenbarth
Policy & Advocacy Officer
International Rescue Committee

Chairman Smith on the hearing: "Due to conflict, poor governance and economic desperation, the countries of Africa are experiencing the highest-ever levels of internally displaced persons and refugees. This has stretched the limits of what donors and international agencies can do to help.  This hearing will examine the extent of Africa's displaced persons problem and the options our government has to respond to the continent's crises and help alleviate the suffering of millions of people."

Thursday, July 9

Subcommittee Hearing: The Gulf Cooperation Council Camp David Summit: Any Results?

2 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 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. Michael Eisenstadt
Kahn Fellow
Military and Security Studies Program
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Mr. J. Matthew McInnis
Resident Fellow
American Enterprise Institute

David Andrew Weinberg, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow
Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Kenneth Katzman, Ph.D.
Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs
Congressional Research Service

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “Our Gulf allies are more doubtful than ever about America’s approach and commitment to the Middle East despite attempts by the White House to reassure members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, or GCC, during May’s Camp David summit. This hearing will examine the Camp David summit and recent developments in the relationship between the United States and the GCC and analyze how GCC countries are responding to the Iran nuclear talks and the expansion of Iran and ISIL in the region. Members will have the opportunity to hear from experts on how to improve US policy in order to address GCC concerns and strengthen the security interests of the United States and our ally Israel, such as additional GCC defense cooperation and reevaluating our approach to Assad, ISIL, and Iran.”


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