House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot, House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions
Every year, fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up at markets around the world.
In many cultures shark fin is considered a delicacy. Often used in soup, it can sell for as much as $500 per pound.
This has led to overfishing and grisly shark-finning practices, in which finless sharks – unable to move or breathe – are dumped back in the ocean to die. Entire populations have been decimated. Many species are on the brink of extinction.
So, on this World Wildlife Day, it’s time for America to double down on efforts to save sharks and other iconic animals for future generations.
That’s why we – the Chairman of four committees in the U.S. House of Representatives – have introduced legislation to shut down the grisly shark fin trade. Our bill, the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (H.R. 1456), will build on existing federal law and state initiatives to help dismantle the market that incentivizes shark finning. Notably, this bipartisan bill, which currently has 233 cosponsors, will ban the sale, purchase and possession of shark fins across the country.
And it will encourage other countries to follow suit. For proof, we need only to look at the progress that’s been made since the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act was first introduced. China is one of the largest markets for shark fins, but after introduction of our bill, both Air China and China Southern Airlines banned shark fin cargo.
In short, the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act is a straightforward, common-sense step that will promote conservation and responsible fishing practices that are good for both the environment and our economy. As predators, sharks are integral to maintaining healthy populations of other fish that many people, including the fishing industry, rely on. Furthermore, a 2016 study found that in Florida, shark encounters raked in $221 million for the local economy. Louisiana and other states stand to benefit greatly from healthier shark populations as well.
Sadly, sharks are not the only animals that are hunted for their body parts. Elephants are poached for their ivory. Rhinos are poached for their horns. Tigers are poached for their skin. If current trends were to continue, extinction of these animals is almost certain.
We’ve already seen elephant populations in certain parts of Africa drastically decrease by 75 percent in the last decade. And the world’s wild tiger population has shrunk 96 percent over the past century to less than 4,000. In fact, there are more captive tigers in the state of Texas alone than wild tigers around the world.
In many cases, stopping these poachers and traffickers is also a matter of our national security. Just last month, authorities in Gabon dismantled the nation’s largest ivory trafficking ring. Not surprising, the arrested member’s cell phones and laptops included ties to Boko Haram – one of the world’s deadliest terrorist organizations. Rather than seeing some of the world’s most majestic animals as creatures to be cherished and conserved, rebels, international criminal networks, and even terrorists see them as sources of revenue. They have turned trafficking of animal parts into a black market worth an estimated $10 billion annually.
We’re making progress in fighting this scourge, thanks in part to the END Wildlife Trafficking Act that was enacted in 2016 to help our partner countries stop poachers and traffickers cold in their tracks. But of course, much more needs to be done.
World Wildlife Day is an important reminder of the responsibility each of us has in this fight. We cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the devastating effect that shark finning, and other gruesome practices, are having on wildlife.
As House Committee Chairmen, we will continue to work with all 233 bipartisan cosponsors to advance the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act to help save our sharks and our seas.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Ed Royce (CA-39) released the following statement after the House passed legislation he cosponsored, H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act which strengthens criminal penalties for websites that facilitate sex trafficking:
“In order to stay one step ahead of sex traffickers, local, state, and federal law enforcement need to have the tools and resources necessary to stop this form of modern day slavery before it happens. This includes the legal authority to crack down on websites that host sex trafficking content, as well as holding online collaborators accountable for criminal activity. Additionally, H.R. 1865 empowers victims to seek justice against online websites that knowingly promote sex trafficking. These bipartisan measures will ensure that fewer victims are trafficked online while sending a clear message to sex traffickers that their days are numbered.”
(Courtesy of the Speakers Office)
This legislation amends the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to hold websites that knowingly facilitate or support sex trafficking more accountable. FOSTA also creates a new federal crime for websites engaging in illegal prostitution, gives states and prosecutors the tools they need to enforce sex trafficking statutes on the books, and provides victims a path forward so they can sue websites that knowingly provide safe harbor to traffickers.
This past October, Rep. Royce partnered with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force to teach local hotel industry leaders how to spot signs of human trafficking and prostitution. Additionally, in 2013, Rep. Royce launched the Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee (HTCAC) to address human trafficking concerns, as well as offer policy recommendations. The HTCAC is comprised of victims’ rights groups, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and community advocates, and is actively working to combat human trafficking in Southern California.
Additionally, in July of 2017, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bipartisan bill sponsored by Rep. Royce called the TARGET Act. This bill turns the tables on human traffickers by allowing the State Department to use cash rewards to help bring them to justice. Rewards issued under similar programs have helped lead to the capture of major terrorists and international criminals. Click HERE to read more about the TARGET Act.
James also participated in Rep. Royce’s inauguralSouthern California Competitiveness Councillast July. This event brought together small and medium businesses in Southern California for a discussion on how to better compete in the 21st century economy. During the event, Rep. Royce highlighted James’ accomplishments as a jobs creator saying,“James is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and executive. His amazing story of success – taking the company his father grew from one truck and one employee – to where it is today is the American Dream in action.”
The White House has sent out their guest list for the State of the Union which includes two guests from California:
David Dahlberg (Santa Maria, CA): David Dahlberg works as a fire prevention technician in southern California, stationed at the Pine Canyon Fire Station in the Santa Lucia Ranger District. In July 2017, he saved 62 children and staff members from a raging wildfire that had encircled their camp.
Preston Sharp (Redding, CA): Preston Sharp was visiting his veteran grandfather’s grave in 2015, when he noticed that other local veterans’ graves were not being honored with American flags or flowers. Today, Preston has organized the placement of more than 40,000 American flags and red carnations on soldiers’ graves, as part of his goal to honor veterans in all 50 states and to challenge others to join the Flag and Flower Challenge (#FandFChallenge).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Ed Royce (CA-39) released the following statement after China Airlines confirmed the first dates for newly added international flights from Ontario International Airport (ONT) to Taipei (TPE), Taiwan:
“Today, we celebrate an important milestone in the decades-long effort to bring daily, nonstop international flights to Ontario, California. As Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I fought to make this possible given the important role that Southern California plays as
“Taiwan’s entry into the Visa Waiver Program in 2012 and Global Entry in 2017 – two programs that I championed – have already translated into new growth with travel volume between the U.S. and Taiwan increasing by more than 50 percent. Bringing international flights to Ontario Airport will energize Southern California and fulfill the promise of broad economic development.”
In August of 2017, Rep. Royce led a bipartisan delegation to Taiwan for a fifth time as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee to advocate for peace, stability, and economic growth. During the visit, the delegation met with the mayor of Taoyuan, Taiwan and the chairman of China Airlines to discuss the company’s plans to expand nonstop service to California’s Ontario Airport.
Taiwan is California’s seventh largest trading partner, and the people of Taiwan spend approximately $7 billion a year on Californian goods and services. This translates into significant economic benefits for California residents as more tourists and business travelers take advantage of a closer and more efficient way to travel across the Pacific Ocean.
Orange County Register
The Lies are Getting Out of Hand. This Tax Bill is Great for California
By: Representatives Ed Royce, Kevin McCarthy, Mimi Walters, and Tom McClintock
Originally published - January 20, 2018
Reading the news and watching television, one gets the impression that our Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is stealing from the poor to feed the rich, all while pushing old, sick grandma off a cliff. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — fearing the new year is the beginning of the end times — even called the bill “Armageddon” and the “end of the world.”
If these attacks don’t strike you as at least slightly bizarre, then consider this a trigger warning: the truth below might not be the cup of Kool-Aid you’re used to.
Let’s get some things straight. A family of four in California earning $60,000 or less a year will pay no federal income taxes. That same family earning $90,000 will see their federal income taxes fall by 22 percent, a tax cut of over $1,000. In our districts the median family of four will see a tax cut of up to $2,500 and the average single individual will see a tax cut of $1,400 to $1,900. But California is an expensive place, especially in our cities, which is why a family of four earning $200,000 will see a tax cut of over $1,500.
If you notice a trend, you’re right. Just about everybody is getting a tax cut — single or married, kids or no kids, rich or poor. Not only that, but businesses across the country are giving bonuses and increasing retirement funding for their employees while utility companies throughout the U.S. are lowering rates for their customers.
The news gets better. Our legislation cuts the small business tax rate to the lowest it’s been since the 1930s while reducing the corporate tax rate to 21 percent, below the international average of 22 percent. That incentivizes people to start businesses in America, move businesses to America, and hire Americans.
We need those businesses. California’s unemployment rate is 4.9 percent, above the national average of 4.1 percent. Meanwhile, our labor force participation rate is 62.5 percent, far below rates before the recession. According to a report by Measure of America accounting for everything from median earnings to standard of living, California is the single most unequal state in the country.
Facing an overwhelming tax burden, companies like Toyota and Carl’s Jr. have already fled California. Simultaneously, record numbers of Californians are moving to low tax states like Texas. The people of California can’t afford high state taxes that shut out businesses, destroy jobs, and deprive Californians of much-needed income.
Despite this, Gov. Brown and Sacramento Democrats just increased California’s gas tax again — a move that hits the poor the hardest — even while falsely accusing our tax plan of raising taxes.
Unfortunately, the disinformation campaign of hypocritical Democrat leaders and much of the media is sowing fear in the same people the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is going to help. The left-leaning Tax Policy Center conservatively estimates that 80.4 percent of Americans would get a tax cut in 2018, seeing an average of $2,140 more in their paychecks. Even so, only around a quarter of Americans think their taxes will go down while around 50 percent think they will go up.
The only explanation for this disconnect between perception and reality is the astounding degree of dishonesty from the bill’s detractors. So let’s refute some of the most common critiques.
Folks are worried that by limiting the state and local tax and home-mortgage deductions, Californians will pay more. Our legislation keeps the SALT deduction for up to $10,000 and the home-mortgage interest deduction up to $750,000 in loan value for new mortgages, and every time we limited or eliminated deductions or loopholes, we directed those savings to taxpayers. That’s why even with changes to these deductions, the average tax cut in California is over $2,000.
Critics also portray the elimination of Obamacare’s individual mandate as taking health care away from the American people. However, if people don’t buy bad insurance when the government stops forcing them to buy it, they haven’t lost insurance; they’ve regained freedom.
Finally, this bill is attacked as a tax cut for the rich at the expense of the poor. We do cut taxes at every single income level — for high-earners as well as everyone else. But this attack preys on resentment the American people don’t have. We don’t begrudge others getting a tax cut that we get too because we know we can all rise together.
As this tax plan is implemented, working Americans should ignore the spin, check their paychecks, and see that they keep more of their money, businesses and jobs coming back, and American workers are getting a raise.
No matter what the prophets of apocalypse say, the world isn’t ending. Federal taxes are going down because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and especially if Sacramento follows suit and reduces state taxes,
Californians can look forward to better days ahead.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Ed Royce (CA-39) released the following statement:
"It’s truly an honor to represent the people of California’s 39th Congressional District. Every day, it’s my mission to fight for freedom, opportunity and a limited government. In recent years, we’ve made a real difference. From Sacramento to Washington, we’ve enacted critical reforms to combat the modern day slavery of human trafficking. We’ve achieved commonsense tax and regulatory reforms to help small businesses and middle class families realize their American dream.
"In this final year of my Foreign Affairs Committee chairmanship, I want to focus fully on the urgent threats facing our nation. With this in mind, and with the support of my wife Marie, I have decided not to seek reelection in November. I want to extend my deepest appreciation to the people of the 39th District for entrusting me with the responsibility to represent them. Our district is blessed to be diverse, and I’ve been successful in part because of my great staff and the relationships we’ve built with families, businesses, and leaders in each of our communities.
"Orange County will always be home to Marie and me, and we look forward to being with all our friends at Lunar New Years, Korean American Days, Fourth of Julys, and many other community events for years to come."
Orange County Register
After taking Backpage money, Nancy Pelosi needs to make things right
By: House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce
December 28, 2017
At best, Nancy Pelosi’s October 2016 acceptance of a $10,000 check from James Larkin, a co-owner of Backpage.com, was extremely careless. At worst, she knew and didn’t care. Either way, it’s time for Pelosi to do the right thing and finally wash her hands of this dirty money.
Backpage.com has long been one of the most evil sites on the internet. For years, it knowingly facilitated prostitution and sex trafficking of children. Backpage was purposely filtering out certain words in web ads to help traffickers evade authorities. Now, as this has come to light, Backpage is facing increasing pressure from law enforcement agencies across the country.
In fact, just one week before donating to Pelosi’s Super PAC, Larkin was charged in California on conspiracy to commit pimping. Larkin still faces counts of money laundering, and is surely hoping Backpage’s $200,000 in contributions to Democrats will give him political protection. That’s why Pelosi’s refusal to unequivocally renounce Backpage by donating or returning this money is so troubling. There are many California victims’ rights groups that could do a lot of good with $10,000.
Because the truth is we’re still far from putting an end to this form of modern slavery. Despite some important progress, human trafficking is still considered the fastest-growing crime in the world. Tens of millions of lives have been devastated around the globe — including far too many right here in Southern California.
As representative to California’s 39th District, I’m proud to help lead the fight to protect our most vulnerable. In 2013, I launched a human trafficking advisory committee comprised of victims’ rights groups, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and community advocates to better share information and coordinate on solutions. Later that year, we held a field hearing at Cal State Fullerton for the public to hear directly from victims. And our work continues. Two months ago, we again hosted a training seminar for local hotel managers and owners to help them better prepare their staff to identify the signs of human trafficking and to report it.
Of course, each of us can play a role too. At airports, hotels and other transit hubs, human trafficking victims might lack clothing to match weather conditions, appear distressed and significantly younger than the individual they are traveling with. If you suspect someone is being trafficked, do not hesitate to call 911.
In the Capitol, I’m leveraging my role as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee to help empower our law enforcement agencies to stop these criminals cold in their tracks. I’m an original co-sponsor of H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017. This legislation, which recently moved one step closer to a vote on the House floor, provides prosecutors with new tools to bring online actors like Backpage who knowingly facilitate human and sex trafficking to justice.
Additionally, my committee earlier this month passed legislation I authored targeting forced labor profits — estimated at $150 billion annually — that are being laundered far too easily in this digital age. H.R. 2219, the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act, provides law enforcement new tools to cut off human traffickers from our banking system, and joins a series of bills my committee has passed to combat these horrific crimes.
Americans today are divided on many political issues. But human trafficking and sex trafficking shouldn’t be one of them. We should all be able to agree that more needs to be done to help end human trafficking. And we should all be able to agree that keeping money from child sex traffickers is wrong.
I hope Nancy Pelosi will choose to make things right.
Rep. Ed Royce, R-Yorba Linda, represents the 39th Congressional District.
“Since day one, I’ve been fighting for provisions that allow struggling California families to keep more of their hard-earned money. I’m pleased to see many of those provisions protected in the final Conference Report including a deduction for state and local taxes, the mortgage interest deduction, the student loan interest deduction, as well as the exclusion for graduate student tuition assistance.
“Combined with reducing tax rates for small businesses, the vast majority of California families will see their taxes reduced and simplified while keeping more of their paychecks. The final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act creates a competitive, pro-growth tax code that will empower a new generation of American innovation and prosperity.”
The full text of Conference Report can be found HERE.
Summary of the Conference Report for H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
(Courtesy of the House GOP Conference)
For job creators of all sizes:
“Human trafficking is happening in this day and age, in this country and all around the globe,” said Rep. Maloney. “It is the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the world, generating more than $150 billion in profits every year. Some of those funds are undoubtedly flowing through U.S. financial institutions – with or without their knowledge. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that financial institutions are actively monitoring for money laundering specifically related to human trafficking. This bill will help us crack down on this despicable industry and I am proud to join my friend Rep. Royce in this effort and thank him for his leadership.”
“Human trafficking, in all its destructive forms, earns criminals roughly $150 billion per year,” said Rep. Love. “It is more profitable and sophisticated than ever. Therefore, we must ensure our response is cooperative and multifaceted in order to root out these activities wherever they are. The End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2017 represents a crucial step in our efforts to defeat these tragic crimes, and I’m grateful for the efforts of Chairman Royce and the Committee to advance it.”
“Yesterday's markup underscores two important facts: that human trafficking continues to present a serious challenge for law enforcement that must be addressed, and that the most effective way to do so – as is true with most threats to human security – is in a bipartisan manner,” said Rep. Keating. “I am proud to be a sponsor of this common-sense bill with my colleagues Reps. Royce, Maloney, and Love, which will provide law enforcement and their partners with the tools necessary to prevent human trafficking and hold perpetrators responsible for their horrific crimes.”
The End Banking for Human Traffickers Act amends the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 to add the Secretary of the Treasury as a member of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking. The task force must submit to Congress recommendations for the revision of anti-money laundering programs to specifically target money laundering related to human trafficking.
The full bill text of H.R. 2219 can be found HERE.
“The California National Guard deserves modern equipment to carry out its mission,” said Rep. Calvert. “Providing our Guard with these upgraded Blackhawks has been a high priority. In recent days, the Guard has utilized its Blackhawk fleet to help combat the California wildfires. With upgraded aircraft, the Guard will be in a better position to help California.”
“Investing in California’s National Guard has proven to save countless lives when unexpected danger strikes,” said Rep. Royce. “In Southern California, the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) is vitally important to federal and state contingency operations and is essential to keeping the public safe. The addition of the upgraded Blackhawk helicopters means that JFTB will be able to better serve Californians when we need them the most.”
“The Cal Guard is the nation's most frequently deployed National Guard force, and our Black Hawk helicopters are pivotal to many of our missions. Whether it's battling wildfires at home or terror overseas, these cutting-edge aircraft enhance our ability to respond when California or the nation calls,” said Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, Adjutant General of the California National Guard. “I'm grateful to Congressman Calvert and Congressman Royce for their ongoing dedication to our Guardsmen. They understand our soldiers need the best and latest tools to accomplish their mission.”
Rep. Calvert, Vice-Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and Rep. Royce, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, led the effort along with other California members to advocate for the Guard’s Blackhawk upgrade through the Defense authorization and appropriations bills. The California National Guard currently has one of the oldest Blackhawk fleets while also having one of the highest utilization rates.
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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