(Note RSVP requirement for media covering July 28 hearing on Iran)

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

Tuesday, July 28

Hearing: Iran Nuclear Agreement: The Administration’s Case

10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

**Media RSVP requirement by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 27. Details HERE.

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable John F. Kerry
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State

The Honorable Jacob Lew
Secretary of the Treasury
U.S. Department of the Treasury

The Honorable Ernest Moniz
Secretary of Energy
U.S. Department of Energy

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “This Iran deal is one of the most important in decades.  It reverses decades of bipartisan nonproliferation and regional policy, has several shortcomings, and demands the closest scrutiny.  Secretary Kerry and the other Administration officials will face tough questions before the Committee, as we continue our comprehensive review of the Iran deal and the Administration’s overall regional policy."

Ranking Member Engel on the hearing: “I look forward to hearing from Secretaries Kerry, Lew, and Moniz to discuss the Iran agreement. I have serious questions and concerns about this deal, and input from the Administration will be critical as Congress reviews the proposal.”

Tuesday, July 28

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: The Iran-North Korea Strategic Alliance 

3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

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

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Ilan Berman
Vice President
American Foreign Policy Council

Ms. Claudia Rosett
Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Larry Niksch, Ph.D.
Senior Associate
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Jim Walsh, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Security Studies Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Chairmen Poe, Salmon, and Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing“After reaching a nuclear agreement with Tehran, a closer examination of Iran’s alliance with the North Korean regime would be prudent and necessary. A better understanding of the illicit ties between these two rogue regimes will underscore the possibility of continued circumvention of international law as set out in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), especially in light of the billions Iran stands to gain under the deal and the North Korean regime’s need for hard currency. This hearing will provide Members an opportunity to examine the long history of collusion between Iran and North Korea in defying international law through proliferation of the most dangerous weapons, and what dangers lie ahead as a result of the lifting of certain restrictions against the Iranian regime.”


Wednesday, July 29

Hearing: Women Under ISIS Rule: From Brutality to Recruitment

10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

Ms. Sasha Havlicek
Chief Executive Officer
Institute for Strategic Dialogue

Ariel Ahram, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs

Mr. Edward Watts
Director and Producer
Escaping ISIS

Kathleen Kuehnast, Ph.D.
Gender and Peacebuilding
Center for Governance, Law and Society
United States Institute of Peace

Chairman Royce on the hearing“From widespread sexual violence to trafficking to forced marriage, ISIS’s brutality against women and girls is almost without parallel. But while it may appear indiscriminate, ISIS’s violence against women is calculated and designed to further its goal of establishing an ‘Islamic State.’  In order to better understand how to fight this vicious terrorist group, this hearing will examine ISIS’s violence against women and girls, along with its increasing efforts to recruit female members to join its ranks.”

Wednesday, July 29

Subcommittee Hearing: Threats to Press Freedom in the Americas 

3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Carlos Ponce, Ph.D.
Director of the Latin America Program
Freedom House

Mr. Carlos Lauría
Senior Americas Program Coordinator
Committee to Protect Journalists

Mr. Ricardo Trotti
Executive Director
Inter-American Press Association

Mr. Nicolás Pérez Lapentti
El Universo in Ecuador

Mr. Alfredo Corchado
Mexico Bureau Chief
The Dallas Morning News 


***See foreignaffairs.house.gov for updates.

***Coverage note: All Foreign Affairs Committee proceedings are webcast live on the Committee’s website.