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Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel Urge President to Use Sanctions to Deter Russia’s S-300 Missile Sale to Iran

2015/05/01

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee’s Ranking Member, urged President Obama to consider using sanctions to deter Russia’s planned delivery of S-300 missile systems to Iran.  In a letter to the President, Royce and Engel point out that existing U.S. law provides the President the authority to apply sanctions in response to a transfer of these destabilizing weapons systems.

In the letter, Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel wrote:  “We are writing to express our deep concern with Russia’s planned delivery of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran. If completed, the transfer of this sophisticated weapons system would significantly bolster Iran’s military capabilities and introduce new obstacles to our ability to eliminate the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon. We believe existing U.S. sanctions should be used to deter Russia from transferring this or other dangerous weapons systems to Iran.”

The signed letter is available HERE.

Text of the letter is below:

April 30, 2015

The President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Washington D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing to express our deep concern with Russia’s planned delivery of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran. If completed, the transfer of this sophisticated weapons system would significantly bolster Iran’s military capabilities and introduce new obstacles to our ability to eliminate the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon. We believe existing U.S. sanctions should be used to deter Russia from transferring this or other dangerous weapons systems to Iran.

You recently stated that the Russians “were not prohibited by sanctions from selling these defensive weapons.” And while UN Security Council sanctions may not prohibit the transfer of this weapons system to Iran, U.S. law provides your administration with the authority to apply sanctions in response to such a transfer.  For example, the Iran-Iraq Arms Nonproliferation Act and the Iran Sanctions Act provide authority for you to sanction individuals or countries that you determine are aiding Iran’s efforts to acquire or develop “destabilizing numbers and types of advanced conventional weapons.”

Given the serious implications for the United States and our allies in the region, we respectfully request that you quickly determine whether Russia’s proposed transfer of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems would advance Iran’s efforts to acquire “destabilizing numbers and types of advanced conventional weapons” and whether U.S. sanctions would be triggered by the planned Russian delivery. We are concerned that without such a determination, your recent comments could be interpreted as the United States acquiescing to this transfer.

We look forward to receiving your decision. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

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Subcommittee Hearing: Bangladesh’s Fracture: Political and Religious Extremism

2015/04/30


Subcommittee Hearing: Migration Crisis: Oversight of the Administration’s Proposed $1 Billion Request for Central America

2015/04/30

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Subcommittee Hearing: Regional Impact of U.S. Policy Towards Iraq and Syria

2015/04/30

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Updated: A Look Ahead – April 30 - May 1

2015/04/29

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

*Witness List Updated*

**Hearing Time/Location/Witness List Updated**

***Witness List Updated***

Thursday, April 30

Subcommittee Hearing: Migration Crisis: Oversight of the Administration’s Proposed $1 Billion Request for Central America

2 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

*The Honorable William R. BrownfieldAssistant SecretaryBureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement AffairsU.S. Department of State

Mr. Scott Hamilton Central America Director Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs U.S. Department of State

Ms. Paloma Adams-Allen Deputy Assistant Administrator Latin America and the Caribbean Bureau U.S. Agency for International Development

The Honorable Alan D. Bersin Assistant Secretary and Chief Diplomatic Officer Office of Policy U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Lieutenant General Kenneth E. Tovo, USA Military Deputy Commander U.S. Southern Command U.S. Department of Defense

Chairman Duncan on the hearing: “Last summer, the U.S. experienced a massive influx of migration to our U.S. Southern border. Over 68,000 unaccompanied children, most of whom were from the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, sought admittance to our country.  This migration crisis overwhelmed U.S. law enforcement agencies, spurred the governments of these three countries to craft an ‘Alliance for Prosperity’ Plan, and led the Obama Administration to propose an additional $1 billion in its FY16 budget for these countries. This hearing will examine the $1 billion request and the Obama Administration’s strategy, determine whether the strategy and money will actually target the root causes of the migration, assess the strategy’s performance metrics to effectively evaluate success or failure of this strategy, understand whether the countries themselves have the capacity and political will to implement this increase of U.S. taxpayer funds effectively, and ensure accountability to those taxpayers. I look forward to hearing from our witnesses as they make their case for how this $1 billion would be used effectively to advance U.S. national security and economic interests.”

Thursday, April 30

Subcommittee Hearing: Regional Impact of U.S. Policy Towards Iraq and Syria

**11 a.m. on Thursday, April 30 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

[This hearing was originally scheduled for 2 p.m. in 2200 RHOB]

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

Seth G. Jones, Ph. D. Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center RAND Corporation

General Jack Keane, USA, Retired Chairman of the Board Institute for the Study of War

**Tamara Cofman Wittes, Ph. D.DirectorCenter for Middle East Policy at Brookings

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “The Obama administration’s lack of a comprehensive strategy for the crises in Iraq and Syria has had a destabilizing effect on the entire Middle East. In Syria, Assad remains in power, over 220,000 people are dead, and terror groups continue to operate and expand in a conflict that has no end in sight. In Iraq, ISIL’s expansion and Iran’s influence are preventing stability there, and the turmoil in Iraq and Syria is spilling over into the region and wreaking havoc throughout the Middle East. This hearing will allow our Members to have an important discussion with experts in the field on the need for a comprehensive and decisive policy that can address and mitigate these growing threats.”

Thursday, April 30

Subcommittee Hearing: Bangladesh’s Fracture: Political and Religious Extremism

2 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 in 2255 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

Ms. Lisa Curtis Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center The Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy The Heritage Foundation

Mr. Ali Riaz, Ph.D. Professor Department of Politics and Government Chair Illinois State University

Mr. Jay Kansara Director Government Relations Hindu American Foundation

***Mr. Steven D. FleischliPresidentU.S.-Bangladesh Trade and Relations Association

***Alyssa Ayres, Ph.D.Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South AsiaCouncil on Foreign Relations

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “Bangladesh is in a state of chaos. Though the country has long been divided along political lines, the most recent parliamentary elections in 2014 have led to violent protests with the senseless deaths of numerous innocents on both sides of the political line. If this weren’t concerning enough, there have also been repeated reports of radical Islamist violence in the country. At a time when international terrorist groups are increasingly recruiting across national boundaries, and because the United States is seeking closer cooperation with regional partners in South Asia, we need a full understanding of the state of affairs in this densely populated nation. Through this hearing, we will better understand the convoluted political situation in Bangladesh and investigate how the United States can advocate for a democratic regime in Bangladesh that is stable and intolerant of violent Islamic extremism.”

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Subcommittee Hearing: The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

2015/04/29

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Subcommittee Hearing: Progress and Challenges in the Western Balkans

2015/04/29

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Subcommittee Hearing: ISIS: Defining the Enemy

2015/04/29

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A Look Ahead – April 27 - May 1

2015/04/24

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

Wednesday, April 29

Subcommittee Hearing: ISIS: Defining the Enemy

2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Ms. Maryam Rajavi President-Elect National Council of Resistance of Iran (Appearing via teleconference)

The Honorable Robert Ford Senior Fellow The Middle East Institute (Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria)

Walid Phares, Ph.D. Co-Secretary General Transatlantic Parliamentary Group on Counterterrorism

Mr. Daniel Benjamin Norman E. McCulloch Jr. Director John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding (Former Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State)

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “We cannot defeat ISIS if we do not understand it. It is critical that we know what its goals are and how it seeks to achieve them. ISIS uses ideology to recruit foreign fighters and justify its systemic murder of Christians and Muslims that do not agree with it. This hearing will explore what drives ISIS and how we can use ISIS’ ideology against it.”

Wednesday, April 29

Subcommittee Hearing: Progress and Challenges in the Western Balkans

2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Panel I

Mr. Hoyt Brian Yee Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs U.S. Department of State

Ms. Susan Fritz Acting Assistant Administrator Europe and Eurasia Bureau U.S. Agency for International Development

Panel II

Mr. Ivan Vejvoda Senior Vice President, Programs German Marshall Fund of the United States

The Honorable Joseph J. DioGuardi President Albanian American Civic League (Former Member of Congress)

Chairman Rohrabacher on the hearing: “As we approach the twentieth anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords later in the year, this is an appropriate time for the Subcommittee to hear from the Executive Branch and outside experts about the progress that has been achieved in the Western Balkans. It is disturbing that the status quo is still in flux regarding the economy and sovereignty of Kosovo.  Serbia and several other European states have yet to even recognize Kosovo’s independent status, which has existed since 2008. It is time for all parties to get serious and set in place a foundation for stability, progress, and freedom in the future. It is remarkable that a region that witnessed open warfare and horrendous ethnic cleansing during the 1990s is now on the pathway to achieve European integration. Yet, progress in too many areas appears stalled and problems of corruption, rule of law, and creating ethnic tolerance still exists. I am eager for Congress to continue to play a constructive role in the region and to provide support to those who are working to build prosperous and peaceful states.”

Wednesday, April 29

Subcommittee Hearing: The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29 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:

Mr. William Browder Chief Executive Officer Hermitage Capital Management

Ms. Rebiya Kadeer President World Uyghur Congress

Mr. Kenneth R. Weinstein President and Chief Executive Officer Hudson Institute

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “Foreign government officials involved in murder or major corruption should not be welcomed into the United States. Coming to America and owning American property are privileges, not rights. This hearing will examine efforts to keep our neighborhoods and financial systems clean from some of the world’s worst violators of human rights.”

 

Thursday, April 30

Subcommittee Hearing: Migration Crisis: Oversight of the Administration’s Proposed $1 Billion Request for Central America

2 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Scott Hamilton Central America Director Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs U.S. Department of State

Ms. Paloma Adams-Allen Deputy Assistant Administrator Latin America and the Caribbean Bureau U.S. Agency for International Development

The Honorable Alan D. Bersin Acting Assistant Secretary and Chief Diplomatic Officer Office of Policy U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Lieutenant General Kenneth E. Tovo, USA Military Deputy Commander U.S. Southern Command U.S. Department of Defense

Chairman Duncan on the hearing: “Last summer, the U.S. experienced a massive influx of migration to our U.S. Southern border. Over 68,000 unaccompanied children, most of whom were from the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, sought admittance to our country.  This migration crisis overwhelmed U.S. law enforcement agencies, spurred the governments of these three countries to craft an ‘Alliance for Prosperity’ Plan, and led the Obama Administration to propose an additional $1 billion in its FY16 budget for these countries. This hearing will examine the $1 billion request and the Obama Administration’s strategy, determine whether the strategy and money will actually target the root causes of the migration, assess the strategy’s performance metrics to effectively evaluate success or failure of this strategy, understand whether the countries themselves have the capacity and political will to implement this increase of U.S. taxpayer funds effectively, and ensure accountability to those taxpayers. I look forward to hearing from our witnesses as they make their case for how this $1 billion would be used effectively to advance U.S. national security and economic interests.”

Thursday, April 30

Subcommittee Hearing: Regional Impact of U.S. Policy Towards Iraq and Syria

2 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

Seth G. Jones, Ph. D. Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center RAND Corporation

General Jack Keane, USA, Retired Chairman of the Board Institute for the Study of War

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “The Obama administration’s lack of a comprehensive strategy for the crises in Iraq and Syria has had a destabilizing effect on the entire Middle East. In Syria, Assad remains in power, over 220,000 people are dead, and terror groups continue to operate and expand in a conflict that has no end in sight. In Iraq, ISIL’s expansion and Iran’s influence are preventing stability there, and the turmoil in Iraq and Syria is spilling over into the region and wreaking havoc throughout the Middle East. This hearing will allow our Members to have an important discussion with experts in the field on the need for a comprehensive and decisive policy that can address and mitigate these growing threats.”

Thursday, April 30

Subcommittee Hearing: Bangladesh’s Fracture: Political and Religious Extremism

2 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 in 2255 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited Witnesses Include:

Ms. Lisa Curtis Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center The Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy The Heritage Foundation

Mr. Ali Riaz, Ph.D. Professor Department of Politics and Government Chair Illinois State University

Mr. Jay Kansara Director Government Relations Hindu American Foundation

Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “Bangladesh is in a state of chaos. Though the country has long been divided along political lines, the most recent parliamentary elections in 2014 have led to violent protests with the senseless deaths of numerous innocents on both sides of the political line. If this weren’t concerning enough, there have also been repeated reports of radical Islamist violence in the country. At a time when international terrorist groups are increasingly recruiting across national boundaries, and because the United States is seeking closer cooperation with regional partners in South Asia, we need a full understanding of the state of affairs in this densely populated nation. Through this hearing, we will better understand the convoluted political situation in Bangladesh and investigate how the United States can advocate for a democratic regime in Bangladesh that is stable and intolerant of violent Islamic extremism.”

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Foreign Affairs Committee Passes Measures to Address ISIS Threat

2015/04/23

Committee also passes measures on human trafficking, global food security, Ukraine/Russia, and reunions of divided Korean families

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), unanimously passed seven measures, including three bipartisan measures to address the threats posed by ISIS.  Specifically, the measures allow denial or revocation of passports to individuals who assist terrorist organizations, improves defense cooperation between the United States and Jordan, and protects international cultural property from being destroyed or looted by ISIS.   The ISIS-related measures the Committee passed:

  • as amended, H.R. 237, the FTO Passport Revocation Act, introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), provides the authority for the Secretary of State to deny or revoke a passport of any individual determined to be a member of or who has aided, assisted, abetted, or otherwise helped an organization the Secretary has designated as a foreign terrorist organization;
  • as amended, H.R. 907, United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), would extend to Jordan expedited congressional review of proposed U.S. arms transfers that is otherwise reserved for NATO members and other close allies;
  • H.R. 1493, the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act, introduced by Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), will improve coordination of U.S. efforts to protect cultural property, and prevent those artifacts removed since the start of Syria’s civil war from being sold or imported into the United States.

Upon passage of ISIS-related measures, Chairman Royce said:  “Today, the Committee passed important legislation to help counter terrorist groups like ISIS. The Committee is taking action to stem the flow of foreign fighters, including U.S. passport holders, to ISIS and  to prevent the looting and sale of treasured Iraqi and Syrian antiquities, which ISIS uses to fund its campaign of terror.  And importantly, we strengthen our security cooperation with Jordan as it is on the frontlines against ISIS.”

Additionally, the Committee passed the following measures:

  • H. Con. Res. 40, introduced by Chairman Royce and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), which would encourage North Korea to allow Korean Americans to meet their long-lost relatives separated by the Korean War in 1950-53. (Millions of Korean families, including more than 100,000 American families of Korean descent, have been separated since the end of the Korean War);
  • as amended, H.R. 500, the Survivors of Human Trafficking Empowerment Act, introduced by Rep. Michael Honda (D-CA), which establishes the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking to review Federal Government policy on human trafficking;
  • as amended, H.R. 1567, the Global Food Security Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), which would authorize a comprehensive, strategic approach for United States foreign assistance to developing countries to reduce global poverty and hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, promote inclusive, sustainable agricultural-led economic growth, improve nutritional outcomes, especially for women and children, build resilience among vulnerable populations;
  • as amended, H. Res. 50, introduced by Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), which calls for the release of Ukrainian fighter pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was captured by Russian forces in Eastern Ukraine and has been held illegally in a Russian prison since July 2014.

A summary of the Committee action, including adopted amendments, will be available HERE.

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