*Full Committee hearing added*

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

Wednesday, March 21
Hearing: The FY 2019 Foreign Assistance Budget

9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited witness:

The Honorable Mark Green
U.S. Agency for International Development

Chairman Royce on the hearing: “It’s important that the Agency for International Development be effectively engaged throughout the world promoting development, public health, conservation and other challenges to our national security. As this committee continues its work to modernize food aid – with the goal of reaching more people at less cost – this hearing will give members an opportunity to hear directly from USAID, the agency responsible for providing humanitarian assistance, as we review the president’s budget request and USAID’s redesign efforts.”

Wednesday, March 21
Subcommittee Hearing: Implications of a U.S.-Saudi Arabia Nuclear Cooperation Agreement for the Middle East

2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 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. Henry Sokolski
Executive Director
The Nonproliferation Policy Education Center

Mr. William Tobey
Senior Fellow
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
The John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University

Ms. Sharon Squassoni
Research Professor of the Practice of International Affairs
Institute for International Science and Technology
Elliott School of International Affairs
George Washington University

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “The Administration has been moving full speed ahead on its negotiations with Saudi Arabia regarding a potential 123 nuclear cooperation agreement, and unfortunately, Congress has been left mostly in the dark. The potential ramifications, including proliferation and the easing of enrichment and reprocessing restrictions, highlight the need for long-needed reforms to the outdated Congressional review process. This hearing will provide subcommittee members with an opportunity to assess the status of Saudi Arabia’s nuclear plans, the implications if the U.S. agrees to a deal below the so-called gold standard, and legislative options to increase Congressional oversight so that the U.S. can ensure national security interests always take precedence over political or commercial considerations in any future nuclear agreement.”

Wednesday, March 21
Subcommittee Hearing: U.S. Responses to China’s Foreign Influence Operations

2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), Chairman

Invited witnesses include:

Mr. Peter Mattis
China Program
The Jamestown Foundation

Ms. Shanthi Kalathil
International Forum for Democratic Studies
National Endowment for Democracy

Aynne Kokas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Media Studies
University of Virginia

Chairman Yoho on the hearing: “As China’s power grows, so too does its influence. An outgrowth of its totalitarian control at home, China’s foreign influence operations have been called ‘sharp power,’ differing from the traditional model of ‘soft power’ because they are covert and coercive. They are based not on China’s inherent attractiveness and persuasiveness, but on the Chinese Communist Party’s ability to control information and suppress criticism and competing ideas. Here in the United States and around the world, these operations threaten the independence of media, the freedom of academic institutions, and the very primacy of democracy in the post-Cold War era. Indeed, China’s Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping has begun explicitly promoting China’s authoritarian system of government as a ‘new model’ for the developing world. In this hearing, the Subcommittee will consult with an expert panel on the nature of China’s foreign influence operations and work towards a policy response. We will give special attention to existing U.S. laws and authorities that play a role in countering these threats, and seek to ensure they are fully leveraged.”

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