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

Tuesday, May 17

Subcommittee Hearing: U.S. Department of State Counterterrorism Bureau: FY 2017 Budget

2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Justin Siberell
Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism
Bureau of Counterterrorism
U.S. Department of State

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “The State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau’s mission is crucial: to forge partnerships internationally to advance the counterterrorism objectives and national security of the United States. In a time when terror plagues the entire world, and specifically with ISIS still holding fast to its sanctuary in Syria and Iraq while also conducting large scale coordinated massacres abroad, the effective implementation of CT Bureau’s mission could not be more vital to our national security. This hearing will examine the CT Bureau’s FY2017 budget request and give Members the opportunity to get answers from CT Bureau officials.”

Wednesday, May 18

Markup: H. Res. 374, H. Res. 650, H. Con. Res. 129, S. 284, and S. 1252

10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Measures to be marked up include:

H. Res. 374, Recognizing the 50th anniversary of Singaporean independence and reaffirming Singapore’s close partnership with the United States

H. Res. 650, Providing for the safety and security of the Iranian dissidents living in Camp Liberty/Hurriya in Iraq and awaiting resettlement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and permitting use of their own assets to assist in their resettlement

H. Con. Res. 129, Expressing support for the goal of ensuring that all Holocaust victims live with dignity, comfort, and security in their remaining years, and urging the Federal Republic of Germany to reaffirm its commitment to this goal through a financial commitment to comprehensively address the unique health and welfare needs of vulnerable Holocaust victims, including home care and other medically prescribed needs

S. 284, Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

S. 1252, Global Food Security Act of 2016

Wednesday, May 18

Subcommittee Hearing: Democracy Support Strategies in Africa

2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 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:

Panel I
Mr. D. Bruce Wharton
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of African Affairs
U.S. Department of State

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

Panel II
Mr. Rushdi Nackerdien
Regional Director for Africa
International Foundation for Electoral Systems

Mr. Patrick Merloe
Senior Associate and Director of Election Programs
National Democratic Institute

Mr. John Tomaszewski
Acting Regional Program Director for Africa
International Republican Institute

Mr. Nii Akuetteh
Executive Director
The African Immigrant Caucus

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “Requested FY17 U.S. democracy and governance funding in Africa has increased by $168 million over the FY15 actual level, which should provide additional funding necessary to address the challenges being faced in support for democracy on the continent.  The Administration has expressed dismay at backsliding among priority countries in Africa on election processes, particularly the current trend toward forcing third terms for presidents previously forbidden by a constitution.  This hearing will examine U.S. policy on meeting such challenges in Africa in our electoral programming moving forward.”


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