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

Wednesday, June 13
Subcommittee Hearing: The Middle East and North Africa: Ensuring Resources Match Objectives

10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 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 David M. Satterfield 
Acting Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs 
U.S. Department of State

Ms. Maria Longi
Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator
Bureau for the Middle East
U.S. Agency for International Development

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “For too long the U.S. has shirked its responsibility as a leader in the Middle East, a region rife with conflict, crises and instability, leaving our allies and our interests vulnerable. The current Administration has shown a willingness to engage but lacks a clear and concise strategy to counter Iran’s destabilizing efforts, deal with the humanitarian crises in Syria and Yemen, or address the ongoing instability in Libya and Lebanon. This hearing will allow Members to assess how the Administration’s FY 2019 budget proposal matches its priorities and objectives and if the proposed budget will advance U.S. interests in the region.”

Thursday, June 14
Hearing: Democracy Promotion in a Challenging World

10 a.m. on Thursday, June 14, in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs
Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

Mr. Carl Gershman
President
National Endowment for Democracy

Mr. Daniel Twining
President
International Republican Institute

Mr. Kenneth Wollack
President
National Democratic Institute

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “From Turkey to Cambodia, democratic institutions around the world are under siege. That is why the U.S. is supporting innovative programs to address this disturbing trend. Promoting democracy is both a moral and strategic imperative for the United States. It helps keep America strong and free. This hearing will give members an opportunity to hear about the status of democracy around the globe, including trouble spots and successes.”

***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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