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

Wednesday, September 12
Subcommittee Hearing: Reviewing Current Developments in Ethiopia

2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 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:

Panel I
The Honorable Tibor P. Nagy, Jr.
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of African Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Panel II
Mr. Girum Alemayehu
Ethiopian American Development Council

Mr. Jamal Said
Oromo Community of Denver

Ms. Emily Estelle
Senior Analyst
Critical Threats Project
American Enterprise Institute

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “When the House passed H.Res. 128 in April, it sent a clear message to the world that egregious human rights abuses must immediately end in Ethiopia and that fundamental human rights must be promoted and protected for all—and that the U.S. is watching. Since then, Prime Minister Abiy has made great strides in curbing those abuses. We can begin to hope for the emergence of a harmonious, diverse Ethiopia, though our optimism is tempered by the obstacles that remain.”

Thursday, September 13
Hearing: Oversight of U.S. Sanctions Policy

10 a.m. on Thursday, September 13, in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited witnesses:

The Honorable Manisha Singh
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
U.S. Department of State

The Honorable Marshall Billingslea
Assistant Secretary
Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “U.S sanctions are critical to fighting terrorism, stopping Iran and North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and countering Russian aggression. This committee has long played a leadership role in advancing legislation to support and direct U.S. sanctions, but their effectiveness relies on successful implementation. This hearing will give members the opportunity to hear from the administration on their efforts to enforce and implement the existing sanctions tools congress has already provided.”

Thursday, September 13
Markup: H. Res. 1017

12:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Measures to be marked up include:

H. Res. 1017, Requesting the President, and directing the Secretary of State, to transmit to the House of Representatives copies of all documents, records, communications, transcripts, summaries, notes, memoranda, and read-aheads in their possession referring to certain communications between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin.

Friday, September 14
Subcommittee Hearing: U.S. Policy Toward Syria

9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 14, 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

Mr. Robert Jenkins
Deputy Assistant Administrator
Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance
U.S. Agency for International Development

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “This hearing is an opportunity for Members to press the administration on current U.S. policy in Syria and its strategy going forward. Assad and his backers have solidified control over Syria in recent months, and appear set do so again with tragic results in Idlib, while Iran increases its presence in the country even further. With the administration yet to lay out a detailed and comprehensive strategy for achieving its goal of reducing Iranian influence in the region, Members will be interested in hearing how the latest developments in Syria impact U.S. plans and what policy changes may be necessary to protect U.S. interests and those of our allies.”


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