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

Wednesday, October 11
Hearing: Confronting the Full Range of Iranian Threats

10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11, in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited witnesses include:

The Honorable James F. Jeffrey
Philip Solondz Distinguished Visiting Fellow
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
(Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Turkey, and Albania)

General Charles F. Wald, USAF, Retired
Distinguished Fellow and Co-Chair
The Gemunder Center Iran Task Force
The Jewish Institute for National Security of America
(Former Deputy Commander, U.S. European Command)

Mr. Jake Sullivan
Senior Fellow
Geoeconomics and Strategy Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
(Former National Security Adviser to the Vice President; Former Director of Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State)

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “While the regime in Tehran is expanding and developing its intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities to deliver a nuclear payload, the U.S. and our partners are facing growing Iranian-backed forces throughout the region. Hezbollah is on the march, particularly threatening Israel. This hearing will give members an opportunity to discuss how the United States can work with our allies to develop an effective response to the full range of threats Iran poses.”

Wednesday, October 11
Subcommittee Hearing: U.S. Policy Toward Lebanon

2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 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. Michael Ratney
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Ms. Jeanne Pryor
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator
Bureau for the Middle East
U.S. Agency for International Development

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “It’s been nearly a year since Lebanon broke its political deadlock and elected a president, making this an opportune time to assess U.S. policy toward Beirut under the new administration. Hezbollah and its patron Iran’s influence within the Lebanese government continues to grow, exacerbating longstanding concerns about U.S. cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces. The U.S. is also providing aid for a number of programs intended to encourage democracy and economic growth, in addition to assisting with the humanitarian needs of over one million Syrian refugees. This hearing will allow Members to question administration officials about U.S. objectives and programs in Lebanon, how they fit into larger U.S. interests in the region, and determine what changes to U.S. policy need to be made.”

Wednesday, October 11
Subcommittee Hearing: The State Department and USAID FY 2018 Africa Budget

2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, in 2200 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:

The Honorable Donald Yamamoto
Acting Assistant Secretary
Bureau of African Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Ms. Cheryl Anderson
Acting Assistant Administrator
Bureau for Africa
U.S. Agency for International Development

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “There was some real concern when the intention to make deep cuts to foreign aid and foreign operations was originally made known by the Administration. Apparently, Africa was never the main target of such cuts. But what will be the eventual impact of cuts and reorganization that do take place? This hearing is intended to ascertain the impact on U.S. policy and programming in Africa in the FY2018 budget that is being finalized over the next few weeks.”

Thursday, October 12
Markup: H.R. 535 and H.R. 1698

9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 12, in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Measures to be marked up include:

H.R. 535, Taiwan Travel Act, and

H.R. 1698, Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act

 

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

***Coverage note: All Foreign Affairs Committee proceedings are webcast live at foreignaffairs.house.gov/live-feed.

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