Ben Affleck to be at Capitol Wednesday

Ben Affleck is headed to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, where he won’t be talking movies — or even the Iran hostage crisis — but will be discussing the situation in the Congo.

The star of “Good Will Hunting” and “Argo” is also the founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, a humanitarian group that provides funding for local leaders and organizations in the eastern Congo.

Affleck is testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday at a hearing on the “evolving security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the implications for U.S. security.”

The hearing will have two panels, with Affleck appearing alongside Carnegie Mellon professor Jendayi Frazer and James Jay Carafano of the Heritage Foundation and the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies.


The first panel of witnesses are from the Obama administration: Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Derek Chollet and Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs Johnnie Carson.

Affleck appeared in November on ABC’s “This Week” to talk about his organization's work in the Congo.

It’s quite possible the seed was planted for him to testify before the Armed Services Committee during that appearance — because he did the interview alongside the panel’s ranking member Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithThe tale of the last bipartisan unicorns Congress must stop the march toward war with China Pelosi floats Democrat-led investigation of Jan. 6 as commission alternative MORE (D-Wash.).