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

Wednesday, February 26

Hearing: International Wildlife Trafficking Threats to Conservation and National Security

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

The Honorable Kerri-Ann Jones
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
U.S. Department of State

The Honorable Daniel M. Ashe
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Mr. Robert G. Dreher
Acting Assistant Attorney General
Environment and Natural Resources Division
U.S. Department of Justice

Chairman Royce on the hearing:  “Wildlife trafficking is a global problem that criminal networks and even terrorists are profiting from.  The black market for ivory and other illegal wildlife products is worth an estimated $10 billion, a market ideal to fund deadly terrorist attacks or weapons for rebel groups.  Committee members will have an opportunity to press the Administration on its recently released National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, specifically how the strategy will be implemented, and how it will provide the tools to better target wildlife criminals.”


Wednesday, February 26

Subcommittee Hearing: U.S. Policy Toward Sudan and South Sudan

2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

Panel I

The Honorable Donald Booth
Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan
U.S. Department of State

Panel II

Mr. John Prendergast
Enough Project

Walid Phares, Ph.D.
Co-Secretary General
Transatlantic Legislative Group on Counter Terrorism

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “While the U.S. government has been very involved in setting and carrying out policy toward Sudan and South Sudan for the past two decades, our efforts have often been in reaction to crises as they occur rather than in developing a comprehensive response to the broader issues that link the two countries. Our hearing will examine the need for a more unified, wider-ranging and proactive policy that can advance the long-term goals of pursuing peace, security and sovereignty issues that the peoples of Sudan and South Sudan are facing.”

Thursday, February 27

Markup: H.R. 2548, Electrify Africa Act of 2013

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 27 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

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