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

Wednesday, March 4

Hearing: Ukraine Under Siege

10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Victoria Nuland
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Chairman Royce on the hearing:  “Ukraine is facing relentless Russian aggression.  Now is the time for strong and unwavering support by the United States.  But this week, Secretary of State John Kerry told the Committee that President Obama has still not made a decision on U.S. military assistance to Ukraine.  The Administration’s policy towards Ukraine is becoming its latest version of ‘too little, too late.’”

Wednesday, March 4

Subcommittee Hearing: The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Prospects for Greater U.S. Trade

2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman 

Invited Witnesses Include:

Claude Barfield, Ph.D.
Resident Scholar
American Enterprise Institute

Ms. Tami Overby
Senior Vice President for Asia
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Scott Miller
Senior Adviser and William M. Scholl Chair in International Business
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “After years of negotiation, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may finally reach conclusion this year, and there is no greater opportunity for our economic engagement with the region. The economic significance of the TPP is considerable: U.S. trade with TPP countries accounted for more than $1.5 trillion in goods and $273 billion in services in 2013. The TPP would not only increase U.S. market access with these 11 countries, but also foster American job growth, support U.S. businesses, and promote export of American-made products. This hearing will look into how Congress could support TPP negotiations, how TPP would increase our geopolitical and economic engagement with the region, and how it will finally bolster our rebalance to the Asia-Pacific.”

Thursday, March 5

Subcommittee Hearing: Iran’s Noncompliance with Its International Atomic Energy Agency Obligations

9:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 5 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. William H. Tobey
Senior Fellow
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University

Michael Rubin, Ph.D.
Resident Scholar
American Enterprise Institute

Mr. David Albright
Founder and President
Institute for Science and International Security

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “The latest IAEA reports show that Iran is still not complying with its obligations to either the IAEA or the P5+1. Outstanding questions on the possible military dimension are very troubling and indicate Iran is attempting to deceive and circumvent the international community. If Iran won’t comply with the IAEA now, we’ll have an even harder time verifying its nuclear program if a comprehensive agreement is reached. This just goes to show what many of us fear, and what the administration continues to ignore: there is no way to fully monitor and verify Iran’s program, and that’s why the only option must be a complete dismantling of its nuclear program. This hearing will give our Members an opportunity to hear from experts in the field on exactly what Iran’s noncompliance with the IAEA means for U.S. and global security as well as the nuclear negotiations.”