Richard Gere returning to Capitol Hill to talk Tibet
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Richard Gere is making yet another return trip to Capitol Hill to talk Tibet.

The “Pretty Woman” actor — somewhat of an advocacy fixture in Washington — is poised to testify Wednesday afternoon at a subcommittee hearing on United States policy and human rights in Tibet, held under the House Foreign Affairs Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building.

Gere, 68, is the chairman of the board of directors for the International Campaign for Tibet and a longtime advocate for human rights in the region.


Gere’s racked up the frequent flier miles with trips to the nation’s capital. He was in town in June — his third trip this year to D.C. — to mark the 82nd birthday of the Dalai Lama alongside some members of Congress. Rep. Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotRepublican lawmaker introduces new cyber deterrence bill Ryan to retire as Speaker in January Expanding map creates tough choices for GOP MORE (R-Ohio) tweeted at the time that Gere discussed “Tibetan cultural resilience and steps forward” with the group of lawmakers.

The Golden Globe winner also walked the halls of Congress in 2015, when he teamed up with Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOvernight Finance: Wells Fargo hit with B fine | Top lawmakers want execs punished | Banks cash in on tax law | GOP chair blasts FDIC over data security Hensarling, Waters say Wells Fargo execs should be punished after record fine Maxine Waters asks Haley: Why suffer ‘endless humiliation’ with Trump? MORE (D-Calif.) to discuss homelessness and federal housing programs. Gere had portrayed a homeless man in the 2015 film, “Time Out of Mind.”

The performer also testified before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission about Tibetan human rights earlier that year, in yet another visit to Washington.