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

Tuesday, March 11

Joint Subcommittee Briefing and Hearing: The Northern Ireland Peace Process Today: Attempting to Deal with the Past

2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman

Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

Panel I

The Honorable Richard N. Haass
Panel of Parties in the Northern Ireland Executive

Panel II

Ms. Geraldine Finucane
Wife of slain human rights attorney Patrick Finucane

Mr. Eugene Devlin
Victim of the Military Reaction Force

Ms. Julia Hall
Expert on Criminal Justice and Counter-Terrorism inEurope
Amnesty International


The Baroness Nuala O’Loan
(Former Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland)
(Appearing via videoconference)

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “To keep the peace process moving forward, we must continue to press for justice and accountability from all partiesThe recent rejection of the Haass proposal make this the ideal time to hear from Dr. Haass and others on what is stalling the process.”

Chairman Rohrabacher on the hearing: “Peace in Northern Ireland is critical to the well-being of Europe and to the strength of our alliances. I am eager for the subcommittee to learn as much as we can to perpetuate the peace process.”


Thursday, March 13

Hearing:Advancing U.S. Interests Abroad: The FY 2015 Foreign Affairs Budget

1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited witness includes:

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

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “The challenges facing the United States and our allies around the world are growing.  In responding, we must be certain that resources are used effectively and efficiently.  This requires not only strategic thinking, but a clearer articulation by the Obama Administration of its goals.  This hearing will provide an opportunity for Committee Members to press Secretary Kerry for an explanation of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy spending priorities for next year.”  


Friday, March 14

Hearing: The Promise of the Taiwan Relations Act

9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 14 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

Invited witness includes:

Mr. Kin Moy
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “Taiwan is a beacon of hope and democracy in a part of the world that is still yearning for more freedom, more respect for human rights, and more rule of law.  Making sure that Taiwan is part of the broader international trading system is critical to Taiwan’s future.  This hearing will focus on the progress made in U.S.-Taiwan relations since the enactment of the Taiwan Relations Act in 1979, the need for greater inclusion of Taiwan in international organizations, how to bolster bilateral trade, and challenges in Cross-Strait relations.”

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

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