*Weather Note:  This hearing will take place as scheduled.

***UPDATE:  RSVP Requirement for Media***

(RSVP to Gallery by 3pm Monday)

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced that Secretary of State John Kerry will testify before the Committee on Tuesday, December 10 to answer questions about the interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear program finalized recently between Iran, the United States, and other leading nations.

Chairman Royce on the hearing:  “I continue to have serious concerns that the agreement the Obama Administration negotiated does not meet the standards necessary to protect the United States and our allies.  The deal does not roll back Iran’s nuclear program, but instead allows Tehran to keep in place the key elements of its nuclear weapons-making capability.  Under the agreement, the international community relieves the sanctions pressure on Iran while its centrifuges continue to enrich uranium.  This hearing will be an opportunity for Committee Members of both parties to press Secretary Kerry to explain why the Obama Administration believes this sanctions-easing agreement is the right course.“


Hearing:  The Iran Nuclear Deal: Does It Further U.S. National Security?”


1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10


2172 Rayburn House Office Building


Secretary of State John Kerry

Note:  Chairman Royce, along with Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), authored the bipartisan Nuclear Iran Prevention Act (H.R. 850), which overwhelmingly passed the House in July. 

**Important planning note for press covering hearing**

The hearing room likely will not be able to accommodate all members of the media wishing to cover the hearing from the press viewing area.  

Only Congressionally credentialed members of the media will be allowed access to the press viewing area in the committee hearing room and must RSVP to their respective Gallery contact before 3 p.m. on Monday, December 9.

All television crews must RSVP to the House Radio TV Gallery at 202-225-5214.

Gallery contact information:

House Radio/TV Gallery:  202-225-5214
House Periodical Gallery:  202-225-2941
House Daily Press Gallery:  202-225-3945
House/Senate Photographer Gallery:  202-224-6548

The hearing will be webcast at foreignaffairs.house.gov.

News outlets wishing to embed the live hearing webcast onto their websites may do so via the Committee YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXskKrvipXo.