Media Contact 202-225-5021

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

Tuesday, May 19

Subcommittee Hearing: Trade Promotion Agencies and U.S. Foreign Policy

10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

Mr. Fred P. Hochberg
Chairman and President
Export-Import Bank of the United States

The Honorable Elizabeth L. Littlefield
President and Chief Executive Officer
Overseas Private Investment Corporation

The Honorable Leocadia I. Zak
U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Panel II

General James L. Jones, USA, Retired
Jones Group International
(Former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States)

Ms. Susan Jaime
Ferra Coffee International

Mr. Daniel J. Ikenson
Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy
Cato Institute

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “There is a big debate over what role government agencies that promote trade and investment like the Export-Import Bank, should play in our economy. But what has not been talked about much is how these agencies fit into overall United States foreign policy, if at all. Do they help or hurt United States’ geopolitical standing in the world? Do they strengthen or weaken United States relationships abroad? Answering these questions and others like them is the goal of this hearing.”

Tuesday, May 19

Subcommittee Hearing:  The Future of U.S.-Hungary Relations

2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Andras Simonyi, Ph.D.
Managing Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations
School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University
(Former Hungarian Ambassador to the United States)

Mr. Frank Koszorus, Jr.
National President
American Hungarian Federation

Mr. Tad Stahnke
Vice President, Research & Analysis
Human Rights First

Mr. Maximilian Teleki
Hungarian American Coalition

Chairman Rohrabacher on the hearing: “The United States and Hungary are NATO allies, but more than that, we are both free and democratic nations with shared values and common interests. At a time when the Congress is looking more closely at the situation in Europe, it is important that we address major challenges, but to be successful, we need to work in good faith with our European partners. This hearing will provide oversight of American policies toward Hungary and help us gain a better understanding of where Hungary’s democracy is at, where it is going, and what to expect.”

Wednesday, May 20

Subcommittee Hearing:  Egypt Two Years After Morsi: Part 1

10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Eric Trager, Ph.D.
Esther K. Wagner Fellow
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Mr. Samuel Tadros
Senior Fellow
Hudson Institute

Nancy Okail, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “Egypt remains a key geostrategic actor in the Middle East and North Africa, but since 2011, the largest Arab nation has gone from one crisis to another and has seen dramatic changes in its political landscape. In March, the Obama administration ended its freeze on military aid to Cairo to help Egypt address its growing security threats. President Sisi has a responsibility to protect his citizens from these threats in the Sinai and along the border with Libya, but he also has a responsibility to improve the economy, promote a vibrant civil society and protect the human rights of all Egyptians. This hearing will provide our Members the opportunity to weigh U.S. policy toward Cairo as Egypt struggles to balance its security concerns with its needs for democratic reforms.”

Wednesday, May 20

Subcommittee Hearing: Developments in Rwanda

2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 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

The Honorable Robert P. Jackson
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of African Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Panel II

Mr. David Himbara
Coordinator for the USA and Canada
Democracy in Rwanda Now
(Former Aide to the President of Rwanda)

Major Robert Higiro, RDF, Retired
Coordinator for Belgium
Democracy in Rwanda Now

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “The Government of Rwanda has cooperated with the international community in numerous areas but there continue to be persistent, credible reports of human rights abuses by this government both inside and outside the country.  Our hearing will examine these reports and try to determine how this reality impacts U.S policy toward Rwanda.”

Wednesday, May 20

Subcommittee Markup: H. Res. 235

2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman

Bills to Be Marked Up Include:

H. Res. 235, Expressing deepest condolences to and solidarity with the people of Nepal following the devastating earthquake on April 25, 2015

Wednesday, May 20

Subcommittee Hearing: Everest Trembled: Lessons Learned from the Nepal Earthquake Response

2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Nisha Desai Biswal
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
U.S. Department of State

The Honorable Jonathan Stivers
Assistant Administrator
Bureau for Asia
U.S. Agency for International Development

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “While international foreign aid strives to reach remote areas of Nepal after the devastating April 25 earthquake, a continuous series of severe aftershocks has caused greater setbacks and taken even more lives. Six of our Marines conducting relief operations are now missing, with no sign of their whereabouts. The magnitude of the humanitarian crisis continues to grow, and conditions will affect both Nepal and the wider region for decades to come. In this hearing, we will investigate challenges facing Nepal relief efforts, highlight the successes from our agencies and military response efforts, and discuss the long-term implications for the population and infrastructure of Nepal. This hearing provides oversight to ensure our ongoing efforts in Nepal are as effective as can be. Congressional support for ongoing U.S. and international efforts in the country is a priority. The resolution that I wrote with Ranking Member Sherman, urging support for aid and recovery efforts in Nepal, has over 110 cosponsors and reflects Congress’ concerns.”


Thursday, May 21

Markup: H.R. 2100, H.R. 2323

9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 21 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Bills to Be Marked Up Include:

H.R. 2100, Girls Count Act of 2015

H.R. 2323, United States International Communications Reform Act of 2015

***See for updates.

***Coverage note: All Foreign Affairs Committee proceedings are webcast live at