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

Tuesday, July 18
Subcommittee Hearing: Implementing the Global Food Security Act

2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18 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 include:

Mr. Theodore Lyng
Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security
U.S. Department of State

Beth Dunford, Ph.D.
Assistant to the Administrator
Bureau for Food Security
U.S. Agency for International Development

Mr. C.D. Glin
President and Chief Executive Officer
U.S. African Development Foundation

Wednesday, July 19
Subcommittee Hearing: Implementing the U.S.-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act

2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited witnesses include:

The Honorable Kenneth H. Merten
Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Special Coordinator for Haiti Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Chairman Duncan on the hearing: “The Caribbean region is a vibrant community that is vital to U.S. interests, and I believe we need to expand U.S. engagement and strengthen our relationships in the region. These islands are not only home to beautiful travel destinations that attract millions of American tourists annually, but we also have strong trade relations, and thousands of individuals from the Caribbean study in our country. Yet, we also face common threats with drug trafficking, crime, corruption, and Islamist extremist groups, which require greater collaboration and teamwork. The State Department’s recent strategy is a good step towards enhancing our partnership with Caribbean governments, and I look forward to examining the strategy’s implementation.”

Wednesday, July 19
Subcommittee Markup: H.R. 425 and H.R. 1196

2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19 in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Measures to be marked up include:

H.R. 425, FTO Passport Revocation Act of 2017 and

H.R. 1196, Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2017

Wednesday, July 19
Subcommittee Hearing: Saudi Arabia’s Troubling Educational Curriculum

2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19 in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited witnesses include:

Ms. Nina Shea
Center for Religious Freedom
Hudson Institute

David A. Weinberg, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow
Foundation for Defense of Democracies

The Honorable Frank Wolf
Distinguished Senior Fellow
21st Century Wilberforce Initiative
(Former U.S. Representative)

Douglas Johnston, Ph.D.
President Emeritus
International Center for Religion and Diplomacy

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “Saudi Arabia is a valued partner in the fight against terrorism: since 9/11 Riyadh and Washington have worked side by side to weaken terrorist groups and counter their financing streams. However, the fight against terrorism will ultimately have to be won ideologically and Saudi Arabia has simply not done enough to defeat extremist thought and ideas. In fact, for far too long its education curriculum has inspired hatred and incited students to violence both at home and across the world, laying the groundwork for future radicalization and extremism. The Saudi government promised the U.S. that a reform of its educational materials would be completed by 2008, but nearly a decade later inflammatory content in Saudi textbooks abounds. This hearing will provide Members the opportunity to learn more about this important issue and explore policy options to encourage our allies in Riyadh to finally live up to their educational reform commitments.”


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