|Click on the video above to watch Rep. Royce's remarks during Wednesday's Financial Services Committee Markup.|
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, the House Financial Services Committee passed five bills to reform and reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) including legislation sponsored by Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.), H.R. 1558, the Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act. Highlights of his remarks from Wednesday’s markup are copied below:
“It has been said that ‘insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.’ Yet when it comes to the National Flood Insurance Program that is exactly what has happened.
“The Financial Services Committee has heard testimony at multiple hearings about the outsized financial impact of repeatedly flooded properties on NFIP. These properties comprise just one percent of those insured, but represent nearly one-third of all flood claims.
“This insanity must come to an end. The Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act addresses this fiscal crisis through a community-driven mitigation approach. The bill does not dictate particular responses to local flood problems but requires those communities with significant numbers of repeatedly flooded properties to develop and implement plans for lowering flood risk in these problem areas and to be held accountable for a failure to act.
“I should also mention, this is a bipartisan bill – cosponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer from Oregon. It is supported by taxpayer and environmental groups, as well as The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Association of Realtors.”
Rep. Royce introduced the Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act on March 16, 2017. The original press release can be found HERE. The bill passed the House Financial Services Committee by a voice vote.
(Published June 21, 2017)
Momentum for a museum of women’s history on the National Mall is building, with 198 lawmakers signing on to co-sponsor legislation to create it.
That’s a jump from 150 co-sponsors on June 6, a surge in support that is edging closer to a House majority.
“I believe that there’s no reason not to support it,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who introduced the bill. “It helps the country, it helps women, and it’s truly bipartisan.”
Maloney took a letter to the White House Thursday asking President Trump, first lady Melania Trump and adviser Ivanka Trump for their backing.
The top Republican sponsor, Rep. Ed Royce (Calif.), said he is encouraging House members from both sides of the aisle to support it.
“We are seeing such a large amount of bipartisan support for this legislation because of how well-planned this effort has been,” he said. “Everyone agrees that our National Mall should include a Smithsonian that tells the story of America’s great female leaders.”
The measure now has 30 GOP co-sponsors...
...The women’s museum would be built with private funds and then operated within the Smithsonian Institution’s budget.
“The way we wrote the bill is that it would be part of the Smithsonian, but it would be built with private money, which we estimate will be $150 million to $180 million,” said Maloney...
...After 1995, Maloney proposed a bill in every legislature until a law was passed in 2014 creating a privately funded commission to study the possibility of a women’s museum.
That commission returned a report in November issuing recommendations on how to move forward, including proposed locations and funding alternatives.
The Smithsonian is launching a $10 million fundraising effort to curate objects in its current collection that are relevant to women’s history.
Some of those objects could join external donations to form the museum’s permanent collection.
“It takes vision, determination and collaboration to see a project like this cross the finish line. Leaders like Carolyn Maloney, Laura Bush and countless others have done an exceptional job of including as many voices as possible in the conversation to build support for a National Women’s History Museum,” said Royce.
The current bill was introduced in March and numbered H.R. 19, in honor of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote when it was ratified in 1920.
If passed, it would provide a roadmap to construction of the museum, which Maloney said would help fill a void in the Smithsonian’s depiction of American history.
“We have to do everything we can to turn this dream into a reality,” she said. “How can we empower the next generation if we don’t tell them the whole story?”
Click HERE to read the full story published in The Hill.
(Courtesy of All America Chinese Youth Federation)
U.S Representative, Chairman of the House Foreign Affair Committee, Hon. Ed Royce and Los Angeles county Supervisor Hon. Kathryn Barger with all other supervisors signed on congratulation letters and certificates to “AACYF 2017 30 under 30” all recipients during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
All America Chinese Youth Federation (AACYF) started holding 30 under 30 selection for Chinese American from this year, 30 excellent young professional and start up entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers were selected from about 700 candidates, the award is broadly recognized as most influence and valuable recognition for Chinese young start up entrepreneurs and professionals in the states.
The selection is 1st time this kind of award focusing on oversea Chinese young generation worldwide.
30 young future leaders from east coast to west coast on different industries, some are still universities students.
Congressman Ed Royce expressed congratulation to all recipients: “This high distinction is a tribute to your hard works and commitment to leaving a lasting impact in your industry. This 30 under 30 group has taken your respective industries to new heights. I commend you on the courage it takes to push forth in new directions. I know that your efforts in this respect were not without adversity, but your perseverance and devotion to your fields has served you well and provide you with vital skills that will undoubtedly be advantageous in all of your future endeavors. ”
Los Angeles county supervisor Hon. Kathryn Barger led with Ret. Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Ret. United States Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and other supervisors signed together on county congratulation certificate.
This year’s Outstanding Startup Entrepreneur Award presented to Mr. Xiao Liu co-founder of Doctor Glasses which just listed on Shenzhen Stock market earlier this year.
Three of this year’s recipient were listed into Forbes’ 30 under 30 Asia after.
Click HERE to read the full press release from AACYF.
“For too long, the endless bureaucracy and red tape at the VA have protected underperforming and negligent employees instead of supporting our veterans. Providing the highest quality care for our nation’s heroes requires commonsense accountability measures such as those included in today’s bipartisan legislation that will now be signed into law.
“These reforms will shake up the antiquated and toxic culture that has plagued the VA while empowering the vast majority of hard working employees to restore the integrity of this department. I’m proud to have been a cosponsor of H.R. 1259, which was included in today’s legislation, and applaud my House colleagues for taking this important action that will directly improve the care of America’s veterans.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act which will provide much needed relief to California's community financial institutions in a responsible and proactive way. Copied below are his remarks.
“I would like to make the point, I’m from the state of California and that has long been the innovation capital for new ideas in America and for high-tech. A place where a person with an idea, hard-work and a little startup capital can grow a business. We have had a major problem with respect to our community banks and our credit unions, and that is they are going out of business at a very fast rapid clip.
“A large percentage of them are struggling under this Dodd-Frank legislation that was passed in 2010. Now I think this legislation was well-intended, but to put all of the regulatory burden and these costs on the smaller institutions has ended up with a one size fits all regulation that makes it very difficult for them to give credit to entrepreneurs across our state.
“I think that many of the provisions have been injurious not only to the community bank--the credit unions and smaller ones--but to the small businesses, to the borrowers, to the savers that rely on these institutions. We do need to make an adjustment of this and the Financial CHOICE Act will provide much-needed relief to the community financial institutions in a responsible and proactive way. I think that the premise is straightforward which is a banking institution has to be strongly capitalized and well managed to get the off-ramp from Dodd-Frank.”
WASHINGTON, DC — The movement to establish a new Smithsonian museum dedicated to American women’s history is gaining steam. The bill to create a women’s history museum (HR 19), sponsored by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ed Royce (R-CA), just passed the 150 cosponsor mark and the Smithsonian Institute is now raising funds for an American Women’s History Initiative. Under the new initiative the Smithsonian will hire new curators, survey its collection and begin to “amplify the voices of women from the past to inform the present and inspire the future.”
“I believe we’re closer now to a women’s history museum than ever before,” said Rep. Maloney. “Our bill is gaining more and more bipartisan support in Congress and with this new initiative, the Smithsonian is laying the groundwork for the collection and stories that will be told in a new museum. We’ve got to keep the momentum going and do everything we can to turn this dream into a reality. From the founding of our country, women have always been at the center of every major moment, but too often women are left out when the story of our nation is told. We need to change that. We need this new museum to preserve the full story of our past and ensure that women are empowered to strive for their full potential.”
“This museum is long overdue. Women have played a critical role throughout U.S. history, but their stories and accomplishments remain underrepresented in history books, monuments and museums,” said Rep. Royce. “I am proud to join Rep. Maloney in introducing the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, which acknowledges the incredible women who have helped build our great nation.”
The first step to create such a museum is underway, as the Smithsonian is launching a fundraising campaign for the American Women’s History Initiative. Funds will be used to recruit new curators, hire an education specialist, take on interns, survey the Smithsonian’s existing collection for relevant objects, and produce an annual symposium. It will expand the program with the recruitment of a senior curator, establish Washington-based and traveling exhibitions, development of print and digital resources, and the launch of a venture fund to finance competitive grants.
A Congressional Commission was created in 2014 to study the need for such a museum through legislation introduced by Reps. Maloney and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7) in the House and former Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in the Senate. The bipartisan American Museum of Women’s History Congressional Commission submitted their report to Congress in November of 2016 with its unanimous recommendation that a comprehensive women’s history museum should be established on or near the National Mall as part of the Smithsonian Institution.
The bipartisan American Museum of Women's History Congressional Commission’s report found:
HR 19 Summary:
Today, during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) and U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) reintroduced a resolution that urges the United States Postal Service to issue a commemorative postage stamp in honor of the Chinese railroad workers who helped build America’s first Transcontinental Railroad from 1865 to 1869. This week marks the 148th anniversary of the railroad’s completion.
Approximately 12,000 Chinese immigrant laborers worked under extremely dangerous and challenging conditions to help construct the railroad – which connected the U.S. from the east coast to the west coast – by laying tracks, breaking through granite and planting explosives that blasted through mountains. The workers are credited with playing an integral role in the growth of America, and being a key part of U.S. history.
“The story of the Chinese railroad workers and the tremendous contributions they made to the growth and prosperity of our country must be told,” said Meng. “They deserve the recognition they earned, and a commemorative postage stamp would be a very appropriate tribute to this important part of American history. I urge my colleagues to support this resolution.”
“I am proud to be a lead sponsor of legislation honoring the thousands of Chinese immigrants who made tremendous sacrifices to link California with the rest of the United States by building the Transcontinental Railroad,” said Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA). “Even in the face of bitter discrimination, the nearly 12,000 Chinese immigrants who worked on the project were indispensable to its successful completion. They and their descendants have left our country with an enduring legacy that has contributed to our vibrant Asian American community.”
Meng’s measure also calls on the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to recommend to the Postmaster General that a stamp honoring the Chinese railroad workers be issued. Her resolution is expected to be referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The 12,000 Chinese railroad workers who helped build the railroad comprised more than 80 percent of the workforce. Nearly 1,200 of the workers died from the harsh winters and brutal working conditions. They were also paid lower wages than other workers.
The Transcontinental Railroad has long been considered one of the most remarkable engineering feats of the 19th century.
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Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced today the Chinese American World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act (H.R. 2358). The bipartisan legislation recognizes the dedicated service of Chinese American veterans of World War II and collectively awards them the Congressional Gold Medal.
Chairman Royce: “The United States remains forever indebted to the bravery, valor, and dedication that the Chinese American veterans of World War II displayed. Their commitment and sacrifice demonstrates a highly uncommon and commendable sense of patriotism and honor in the face of discrimination.
“To these brave veterans of World War II, thank you for your service and sacrifice. We are a grateful nation, and we honor your service by working towards a better world. We must promote diplomacy over conflict and ensure that war is the absolute last resort.”
Rep. Lieu: “I am honored to join Congressman Ed Royce in introducing the Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act. As we observe this month of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the introduction of our bill is a timely reminder of the many contributions AAPIs have made to our great nation, including serving in our military. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, Chinese Americans served with courage and distinction during WWII and it is time for Congress to recognize them by awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal. As an Air Force veteran, I am thankful for those who came before who answered our nation’s call to serve. I encourage my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill to recognize the valiant contributions of our Chinese American Veterans.”
NOTE: By the start of World War II in 1941, slightly more than 100,000 Chinese Americans had made a life for themselves in the U.S. Chinese Americans faced major challenges, including discrimination, before the start of World War II due to laws such as the Chinese Exclusion Act, which limited the size of their population and their ability to build thriving communities. Nevertheless, and even with the Chinese Exclusion Act in place, almost 20,000 of these brave men and women served in the armed forces in every theater of battle and every branch of service, earning citations for their heroism and honorable service.
Royce Statement on the American Health Care Act
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement after the House passed the American Health Care Act, H.R. 1628:
“Under current law, Southern Californians are paying more and more for fewer choices. Too many families are struggling with premiums that are out of control. And things are only getting worse.
"That’s why I voted today to move the reform process forward. This bill, while far from perfect, is a step toward lowering costs, protecting those with pre-existing conditions and expanding choices for everyone. As we continue this important work, I will continue to listen to my constituents and fight for solutions that protect our most vulnerable."
Free Grant Seminar For Nonprofit Organizations
Hosted by the Office of Representative Ed Royce (CA-39)
in conjunction with CSUF’s Gianneschi Nonprofit Summer School
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: California State University, Fullerton Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, SGMH 1406
2550 Nutwood Ave. Fullerton, CA 92831
Parking and Directions here.
R.S.V.P. required here.
Programs for Nonprofit Organizations
Grant Assistance from Representative Ed Royce
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (CA-39) invites you to attend the:
Congressional App Challenge STEM Competition
2016 Exhibit and Awards Ceremony
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 7 PM PST
Location: Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
Address: 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886
- Discover the winners of the 2016 STEM Competition
- View innovative mobile apps created by CA-39's brightest minds
Featured speakers include:
Marc Fischer, CEO and Co-Founder of Dogtown Media
LTC Dennis Sugrue, L.A. Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Tom Ward, CTO of MEDL Mobile
Competition judges include:
Nanxi Liu, CEO and co-founder of Enplug, Inc.
Simon Evans, professional civil engineer and certified floodplain manager
Dr. Keun-Hang Susan Yang, Ph.D, Director of International Science Programs and Professor of Computational Biology/Neuroscience and Bioscience at Chapman University
Laurie Smith, Program Manager at Science@OC
Chi Ni, Founder of Straight A, Inc.
RSVP to Stephanie Hu at Stephanie.Hu@mail.house.gov or (626) 964-5123. More event details can be found here.
Webinar participants will learn how MIT App Inventor can help you design, build, and submit an Android app just in time for the April 30th STEM Competition deadline!Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online during the Competition Submission Period between 12 PM Eastern Standard Time on FEBRUARY 1ST, 2014, and 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on APRIL 30TH, 2014, as well as provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process. Learn more about Rep. Royce's 2014 STEM Competition here or by following #2014RoyceSTEM on Facebook and Twitter. You can also download the Rep. Royce STEM Competition mobile app, available for free in the iTunes store (Android version coming soon).
On Monday, November 4th, Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold the Committee’s first field hearing to examine international human trafficking and to assess efforts to combat trafficking at the international, Federal, State and local levels. The hearing, entitled “Regional Perspectives in the Global Fight Against Human Trafficking,” will begin at 10:00 a.m. PT will be held in the Titan Student Union building on the campus of California State University, Fullerton.
Note: Earlier this year, Chairman Royce launched a Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee (HTCAC), which is comprised of victims’ rights groups, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and community advocates. HTCAC meets on a monthly basis to address human trafficking concerns, as well as offer policy recommendations. In May, Chairman Royce convened a Committee hearing to examine local and private sector initiatives to combat international human trafficking.
Hearing: “Regional Perspectives in the Global Fight Against Human Trafficking”
California State University, Fullerton
Titan Student Union
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834
For a campus map and parking information click HERE.
Monday, November 4, 2013
10:00 a.m. PT
The Honorable Luis CdeBaca
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
U.S. Department of State
The Honorable Tony Rackauckas
Office of the Orange County District Attorney
Ms. Kay Buck
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
*Witnesses may be added.
***Important planning note for press covering hearing:
The hearing will be webcast at www.foreignaffairs.house.gov.
Members of the media must RSVP by Friday, November 1 at 12 p.m. to Audra McGeorge at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive credentials to cover the hearing from the press viewing area.
Following the hearing, there will be a media availability to discuss human trafficking.Read More
The event will feature Keynote speaker Rebekah Bell whose opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on how she graduated from college debt-free offered important advice to students on avoiding crushing student loan debt. Additionally, the seminar will provide information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) program as well as other federal and private student loans, grants, and other financing options.
A member of Rep. Ed Royce's staff will be available for mobile office hours on Thursday, October 3rd in the Red Tailed Hawk Room in the City Clerk’s Office at Chino Hills City Hall (14000 City Center Dr.). Mobile office hours provide an opportunity for constituents to meet with Rep. Royce and his staff members for assistance with a variety of services and issues. Office hours on Thursday, October 3rd will be held from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Please call (909) 420-0010 with any questions.Read More
2185 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R) is serving his eleventh term in Congress representing Southern California’s 39th District, based in Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties. He and his wife, Marie, are longtime residents of Fullerton, CA.
Royce’s priorities in Congress are: addressing our national debt, protecting our homeland, eliminating pork-barrel spending, fighting crime and supporting victims of crime, strengthening education for all students, spurring job creation and strengthening Social Security and Medicare.
Royce has a strong history of public service. In 1982, he was elected to the California State Senate where he began his fight for victims’ rights. He authored the nation’s first anti-stalker law and versions of his bill have been adopted in all 50 states. He was also the legislative author and campaign co-chairman of California’s Proposition 115, the Crime Victims/Speedy Trial Initiative, approved by the voters in 1990. In Congress, Royce continues his fight for victims’ rights. He wrote and passed the Interstate Stalking Punishment and Prevention Act in 1996. This law makes it a federal crime to pursue a victim across state lines and enables law enforcement to intervene before violence occurs. Royce was active in passing AMBER Alert legislation in 2003, and legislation in 2004 to enhance rights for victims of crime. He currently is a member of the Victim’s Rights Caucus.
For the 113th Congress, Royce was selected to be Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Royce has served on the Committee since entering Congress in 1993. Immediately prior to becoming Chairman of the Committee, Royce served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and a member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
As a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, Royce sits on two Subcommittees: Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, and Insurance and Housing. Royce has served on the conference committees for some of the most significant legislation in the financial services arena. For more than a decade Royce has called for a stronger federal regulator to limit Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s excessive risk taking at the expense of taxpayers. In 2003, he was the first member of Congress to write legislation calling for a single regulator under the Treasury Department for the three housing government sponsored enterprises: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the twelve Federal Home Loan Banks.
Royce has consistently earned honors and awards from the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Watchdogs of the Treasury, Americans for Tax Reform, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, United Seniors Association, 60 Plus, American Share Holders Association, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Small Business Survival Committee.
A California native, Royce is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, School of Business Administration. Prior to entering public service, his professional background includes experience as a small business owner, a controller, a capital projects manager, and a corporate tax manager for a Southern California company. Royce and his wife, Marie, have been married for 28 years.
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