Also this afternoon, the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control examines the drug trade in West Africa.
The House also has a slew of hearings and markups slated for today:
• The House Natural Resources Committee takes up legislation calling for more domestic production of so-called “rare earth” minerals in the face of China's near-monopoly on the vital elements for producing electronics and other products. (H.R. 4402)
• The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on trade holds a hearing on promoting tourism in the United States.
• The House Small Business Committee examines U.S. trade strategy and “what's next for small business exporters?”
• The House Financial Services Committee's trade panel looks at U.S. access to China's financial services market in the wake of last week's Federal Reserve decision to allow a Chinese bank to take over branches in the United States.
• The House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia holds a hearing on U.S. interests in South Asia in a time of economic and political change. The State Department's Robert Blake and USAID's Nisha Desai are slated to testify.
• And the Oversight subcommittee examines the latest with Iraq's Ashraf Iranian refugee camp. The hearing comes as the State Department is considering delisting Iran's Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MeK, from its list of terrorist groups, in part to reward the dismantling of Camp Ashraf.
El Salvador: The Washington Office on Latin America examines the U.S.-El Salvador partnership with Ambassador Francisco Atschul.
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