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

Wednesday, February 1

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Next Steps in the “Special Relationship” – Impact of a U.S.-U.K. Free Trade Agreement

10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Nile Gardiner, Ph.D.
Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom
The Heritage Foundation

Mr. Simon Lester
Trade Policy Analyst
Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies
Cato Institute

Daniel S. Hamilton, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Center for Transatlantic Relations
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “Great Britain is one of our oldest and strongest allies. Our shared values and principles have united us together, increasing the peace and prosperity of our two countries. We now have the opportunity to negotiate a deal that not only should represent a gold standard when it comes to trade deals but also deepen our alliance even further. I look forward to hearing more about what a deal might look like and the geopolitical benefits it could bring to our special relationship.”

Chairman Rohrabacher on the hearing: “Britain is a leading global power and her people have exercised their sovereign will to chart a new course outside of the European Union. We must respect that choice and support Britain. A strong Britain means a strong ally for America and the fate of our two countries are deeply connected. A bilateral Free Trade Agreement is in our mutual interest and negotiations should begin as soon as practical.”

Thursday, February 2

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Israel, the Palestinians, and the United Nations: Challenges for the New Administration

10 a.m. on Thursday, February 2 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Hillel Neuer
Executive Director
UN Watch

The Honorable Brian Hook
Latitude, LLC

Jonathan Schanzer, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Foundation for Defense of Democracies

The Honorable Robert Wexler
S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “The UNESCO resolution last year that ignored Jewish and Christian ties to the Temple Mount, the U.N. General Assembly vote in December singling out Israeli settlements while minimizing egregious acts of terrorism and the stream of anti-Israel resolutions that regularly emanate from the so-called Human Rights Council are all evidence of a double-standard emblematic of systemic problems that must be addressed at the U.N. This hearing will examine prospects for a new accountability agenda at the U.N. and its agencies, and foster recommendations on how the United States under the Trump Administration can lead on much needed reforms.”


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