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

Wednesday, October 7

Hearing: Reforming Food Aid: Desperate Need to do Better

10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 7 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Dan Glickman
Vice President and Executive Director
Aspen Institute Congressional Program
(Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

The Honorable Rajiv Shah
Senior Advisor
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
(Former Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development)

Christopher B. Barrett, Ph.D.
David J. Nolan Director
Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Cornell University

The Reverend David Beckmann
Bread for the World

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “From Syria to the Philippines to Nepal, we’ve seen the limitations of U.S. international food aid programs.  Our food aid costs too much, takes too long to arrive, and can do more long-term damage than short-term good.  This hearing will take a look at reforms to U.S. international food aid programs so we can reach more people, in less time.”  

Wednesday, October 7

Subcommittee Hearing: Reviewing President Xi’s State Visit

2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

Jessica Chen Weiss, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Government
Cornell University

Mr. Richard Bejtlich
Chief Security Strategist

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “China’s President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to the United States was an opportunity for the United States to forge powerful momentum on issues such as bilateral trade. It was also an opportunity to signal concerns over China’s alarming track record of cyber-enabled economic espionage of U.S. assets, its aggressive behavior in the South China Sea, the looming shadow of discriminatory Chinese legislation against U.S. businesses and non-government organizations, and the country’s distressing human rights conditions. The visit left much to be desired on all these fronts. This hearing will review the recent visit, account for the successes and shortcomings, and investigate policy solutions to guide the U.S.-China relationship on a positive trajectory.”

Wednesday, October 7

Subcommittee Hearing: Food Security and Nutrition Programs in Africa

2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7 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:

The Honorable Mike Johanns
(Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Carolyn Woo, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Relief Services

Mr. David Hong
Director of Global Policy
One Acre Fund

Mr. Roger Thurow
Senior Fellow
Global Agriculture and Food
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs


Thursday, October 8

Subcommittee Hearing: Examining the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis from the Ground (Part I)

2 p.m. on Thursday, October 8 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

Ms. Bernice Romero
Senior Director
Humanitarian Public Policy and Advocacy
Save the Children

Mr. Mark C. Smith
Senior Director for Humanitarian Emergencies
World Vision

Mr. David Ray
Vice President for Advocacy
Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere

Ms. Andrea Koppel
Vice President for Global Engagement and Policy
Mercy Corps

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “This hearing is part of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee’s continued efforts to highlight the gravity and complexity of the Syrian humanitarian crisis. On Thursday, we’ll hear from several nongovernmental organizations that have a presence on the ground in Syria and its neighboring countries regarding the worsening humanitarian crisis and the current U.S. and international response effort. We’ll hear how these NGOs and their implementing partners are working to maximize their efforts and gather suggestions on how the assistance being delivered could be provided in a more effective manner so that those impacted by the fighting in Syria are receiving the relief need. The United States continues to be the single largest donor nation of assistance and our efforts to help those in need will continue. However, until we get serious about addressing the root cause of the humanitarian crisis, it will carry on unabated.”


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