*Hearing time, location, and witness list changed for today’s 12:15 subcommittee hearing.*

**Hearing time, location, and witness list changed for today’s 12:45 subcommittee hearing.**

***Hearing time and witness list changed for Thursday 10:30 subcommittee hearing. ***

****Markup added for Friday 9:15. ****

Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced the following upcoming Committee events:

Wednesday, October 7

Subcommittee Hearing: Reviewing President Xi’s State Visit

*12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7 in *2200 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

*Mr. Chen Guangcheng
The Chen Guangcheng Foundation

Jessica Chen Weiss, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Government
Cornell University

Mr. Richard Bejtlich
Chief Security Strategist

*Scott Kennedy, Ph.D.
Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “China’s President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to the United States was an opportunity for the United States to forge powerful momentum on issues such as bilateral trade. It was also an opportunity to signal concerns over China’s alarming track record of cyber-enabled economic espionage of U.S. assets, its aggressive behavior in the South China Sea, the looming shadow of discriminatory Chinese legislation against U.S. businesses and non-government organizations, and the country’s distressing human rights conditions. The visit left much to be desired on all these fronts. This hearing will review the recent visit, account for the successes and shortcomings, and investigate policy solutions to guide the U.S.-China relationship on a positive trajectory.”

Wednesday, October 7

Subcommittee Hearing: Food Security and Nutrition Programs in Africa

**12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7 in **2255 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:

Carolyn Woo, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Relief Services

Mr. David Hong
Director of Global Policy
One Acre Fund

Mr. Roger Thurow
Senior Fellow
Global Agriculture and Food
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “Ensuring food security in the developing world is both a moral and a strategic imperative.  It is a moral imperative because chronic hunger affects some 800 million people around the world, while roughly 165 million children under age five are stunted.  It is a strategic imperative, because food insecurity poses a potential destabilizing threat to countries around the world, jeopardizing vital U.S. national security interests.  Perhaps the most effective intervention we can do is ensuring that children receive good nutrition during the first 1000 days of life, from conception to age two.  You get the first 1000 days right, and then you work to get all the days that follow right as well.”


Thursday, October 8

Subcommittee Hearing: Examining the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis from the Ground (Part I)

***10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 8 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building                  

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

Ms. Bernice Romero
Senior Director
Humanitarian Public Policy and Advocacy
Save the Children

***Mr. Mark C. Smith
Senior Director
Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs
World Vision

Mr. David Ray
Vice President for Advocacy
Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere

***Mr. Michael Bowers
Vice President
Humanitarian Leadership and Response
Mercy Corps

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “This hearing is part of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee’s continued efforts to highlight the gravity and complexity of the Syrian humanitarian crisis. On Thursday, we’ll hear from several nongovernmental organizations that have a presence on the ground in Syria and its neighboring countries regarding the worsening humanitarian crisis and the current U.S. and international response effort. We’ll hear how these NGOs and their implementing partners are working to maximize their efforts and gather suggestions on how the assistance being delivered could be provided in a more effective manner so that those impacted by the fighting in Syria are receiving the relief need. The United States continues to be the single largest donor nation of assistance and our efforts to help those in need will continue. However, until we get serious about addressing the root cause of the humanitarian crisis, it will carry on unabated.”


****Friday, October 9

Markup: H. Res. 348 and H. Res. 354

9:15 a.m. on Friday, October 9 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Bills to be marked up include:

H. Res. 348, Supporting the right of the people of Ukraine to freely elect their government and determine their future

H. Res. 354, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the safety and security of Jewish communities in Europe


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

***All Committee proceedings are webcast live HERE.