Ed Royce

Ed Royce

CALIFORNIA's 39th DISTRICT

Royce Voices Opposition to Unconstitutional, Anti-Competitive Insurance Legislation

2018/07/09

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the House poised to pass the International Insurance Standards Act of 2017 (H.R. 4537) on the suspension calendar this week, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) issued the following statement:

“This bill is not only unconstitutional but anti-competitive; hampering our ability to represent U.S. interests in international fora. Supporters of this bill, including many State regulators represented by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, appear more interested in winning an imaginary turf war than acting in the best interests of U.S. consumers. Fifty-plus State regulators and their trade association simply do not have the authority or capacity to engage in international negotiations in a global economy.

“We cannot forget that the Federal Insurance Office was created by Congress to, among other responsibilities, ensure a strong, consistent, dedicated U.S. voice in international insurance arenas. Congress should be looking to build on the recent success of the first covered agreement. H.R. 4537 does the opposite; undermining our ability to work and act together internationally to promote and defend the U.S. system of insurance regulation. If chaos and confusion is the goal, we have achieved it.”


Background

On March 5, 2018, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent the Committee on Financial Services Chairman, Jeb Hensarling, a memo detailing a number of provisions in H.R. 4537 that “raise constitutional concerns.” These concerns, according to the Department of Justice, would “contravene the president’s exclusive authority over the conduct of diplomatic relations.” 

Click here to read the full memo. 

The White House included similar concerns in the May 24, 2018 signing statement accompanying S.2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act saying: “These directives contravene my exclusive constitutional authority to determine the time, scope, and objectives of international negotiations.”

On December 13, 2017, Rep. Royce joined three of his Democratic colleagues in bipartisan opposition to H.R. 4537 when the bill was considered by the House Financial Services Committee. 

This week, two major insurance organizations, the American Council of Life Insurers and the Reinsurance Association of America, issued statements in opposition to H.R. 4537 saying, “if enacted, the bill would hinder the U.S. industry’s ability to compete internationally and protect itself from future threats.” 

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Multiple Royce Wins Included in Economic Regulatory Relief Bill

2018/05/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, by a vote of 258 to 159, the House passed a bipartisan economic regulatory relief package which incorporated three provisions authored by U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA). The Royce provisions are aimed at increasing lending for small businesses, empowering under-banked consumers to access the mortgage market, and improving access to capital for companies looking to go public and hire more workers.

Following passage of S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, Rep. Royce released the following statement:

“The passage of today’s bipartisan regulatory relief package will allow financial institutions to focus on the needs of homebuyers and small business owners instead of complying with burdensome and often flawed regulations.”

“I’m pleased to have three important priorities of mine included in the final legislation that will unleash billions of dollars of capital for small businesses, provide potential homeownership for 26 million ‘credit invisible’ consumers, and empower new companies to tap into nationwide capital markets. These reforms are a major step towards correcting the mistakes of Dodd-Frank—ensuring that our financial system can responsibly increase lending to America’s small businesses.”


Specific Royce Legislative Proposals included in the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act:


Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act (Sec. 105): Removes loans made for the purchase of non-owner occupied, 1-4 unit dwellings from the calculation of the member business lending (MBL) cap currently imposed on credit unions. If enacted, the Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act would allow credit unions to lend an additional $11 billion to small businesses, freeing up much needed private sector financing for commercial businesses and rental housing.



Credit Score Competition Act (Sec. 310): Enables Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to consider alternative credit scoring models when making mortgage purchasing decisions. Alternative credit scoring models are also more likely to take into account rent and utility payments. Allowing the GSEs to consider such scores will bolster the chances of young, African-American, and Hispanic buyers attempting to enter the market.



National Securities Exchange Regulatory Parity Act (Sec. 501): Modernizes Section 18 of the Securities Act of 1933 to eliminate references to specific national securities exchanges and to clarify that the state “blue sky” exemption shall be available for all securities that qualify for trading in the national market system.





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Remarks: Rep. Royce Supports Rolling Back CFPB Auto Dealers Power Grab

2018/05/09


WASHINGTON, D.C. —U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) delivered a statement on the House floor in support of S.J.Res.57, which uses Congressional Review Act (CRA) authority to nullify the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s (CFPB) guidance relating to indirect auto lending. Following Rep. Royce’s remarks, the House passed S.J.Res.57 by a vote of 234-175. Video of Rep. Royce’s remarks can be found HERE

Below is Rep. Royce’s statement (as prepared for delivery):

“Following the housing and financial crisis, this House, led by Democrats, acted to pass major financial services legislation in the form of Dodd-Frank.

As someone who sat on the Financial Services Committee at the time, and the subsequent Conference Committee, I can tell you we did not agree upon much.

However, through all the debate, there was bipartisan belief that auto-dealers and lenders were not at the heart of the crisis and should not be the focus of new regulation.

With that in mind, as the Chairman has noted, Section 1029 of Dodd-Frank explicitly exempted auto-dealers from CFPB supervision and regulation.

If that’s the case, Mr. Speaker, why are we here today?

Why are auto-dealers the focus of CFPB action that ends the consumers’ ability to receive discounted auto loans? Why are consumers facing higher – not lower – costs when going to buy a car?

The answer is quite simple: regulatory overreach.

CFPB ignored the will of Congress. As the Wall Street Journal noted, Congress’ explicit exemption ‘didn't stop former CFPB chief Richard Cordray, who used the back door of auto-financing to regulate dealers.’

While Mr. Cordray may have been able to suspend disbelief, we do not have the same luxury.

We are not here by choice. We must act to pass this resolution today.

In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, I would like to share the bipartisan call for enforcement of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.

Let’s work together to tackle discrimination where it actually exists, not where regulators ignore the law and employ algorithms to guess it might exist.”


Background:

(Courtesy of the House Financial Services Committee)
Former Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, Richard Cordray, issued guidance on March 21, 2013, attempting to regulate automobile dealers, even though they are specifically prohibited from doing so under the Dodd-Frank Act. They did this by telling financial institutions that have indirect lender relationships with auto dealers that they should either impose controls on dealer compensation policies or forbid dealer markup practices altogether, or be held liable under fair credit lending law for any and all alleged actions made by the dealers.

In doing so, the Bureau sought to regulate companies over which it has no statutory authority, and also ignored due process as provided under the Administrative Procedures Act. Moreover, the Bureau’s own internal records show that then-Director Cordray chose to issue the guidance, which accused U.S. businesses of racial discrimination against consumers, despite knowing there were major flaws in the methodology on which it was based.

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Rep. Royce Celebrates 2018 Congressional Art Competition

2018/04/30

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) hosted the 2018 Congressional Art Contest Award Ceremony at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, California this past Saturday. Over 200 local high school students from California's 39th Congressional district displayed their artwork for the public, and awards were presented to two dozen students. A panel of independent, local judges determined the winning submissions. The winner of the online, public contest known as the “Fan Favorite” was also recognized with an award.

Before announcing the winners, Rep. Royce stated, “I am excited to once again be sponsoring this effort to discover our community's talented young artists. For over ten years, my office has collected the finest artwork from local students and recognized the very best of our artists in Washington D.C. In support of our youth, I will continue working to provide opportunities that will encourage them to pursue their artistic dreams.”

     

Christine Zhou from Diamond Bar High School (pictured below) won first place for her piece “Portal into a World of Dreams,” which will be on display in the Capitol for one year alongside winners from other congressional districts. Christine's piece was also selected as the “Fan Favorite” which received 480 votes out of a total of 4,606 votes.


Maille Uyehara from Glen A. Wilson High School
won second place for “Wake Up, Sleepyhead!”

Seokwon Lee from Buena Park High School won third place for “Me.”

Other submissions that received special recognition from the local judges are listed below.

(Category)

(Student Name)

(Title of Art)

(School)

Photography & Digital

Sydney Ogden

Behind the Blue

El Camino Real High School

 

Jonathan Sanders

Smoke Screen

Fullerton Union High School

Leonardo Ramirez

Prigionera di Primavera

Fullerton Union High School

Zizhao Zhang

Just A Little Smell

Troy High School

Yinjie Hero Xu

Pray

Southlands Christian School

Xuan (Leo) Wang

My Room-mate Alex Z

Southlands Christian School

Best (digital)

Yusi (Alice) Liu

Bestfriend

Southlands Christian School

Best (photo)

Margeaux Lau

Isabella Study

Fullerton Union High School

General Category

Anet Filatoff

Natural Beauty

Los Altos High School

Hendrix Hernandez

Little Cottage

Los Altos High School

Elizabeth Medina

Devastation of a well known moment

Glen A. Wilson

Maille Uyehara

Paint Myself American

Glen A. Wilson

Victoria Kozak

Keep the mind's eye open

Rowland High School

Yesenia Gomez

Far Out

Buena Park High School

Ashley Smith

Broken But Not Destroyed

Buena Park High School

Seokwon Lee

Lion

Buena Park High School

Youngsoeng Ryu

Lunch Time!

Buena Park High School

Maria Dominguez

New Chapter

Brea Olinda High School

Edward Zhang

The Secret Garden

L.A. County High School for the Arts

Esther Lo

Spirited

Southlands Christian School

Best Conceptual

Renee Kao

Divison

Ayala High School


All art entries were published on Rep. Royce's Facbeook page and can be found HERE

Background:
The Congressional Art Competition is a national contest organized once a year to give high school students the opportunity to showcase their artistic abilities. All high school students within California's 39th Congressional District are encouraged to submit their favorite piece of original art to the competition. The Grand Prize Winner of the competition receives 2 complimentary round trip tickets to Washington, D.C. to see their artwork displayed in the Capitol Building, and is invited to an exclusive reception in their honor. Only one winner will be chosen for each Congressional District.

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Congressional Art Competition "Fan Favorite" Voting is Now OPEN!

2018/04/19


Voting is OPEN! I need your help in deciding my "Fan Favorite" winner for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition.

This nationwide competition is held each spring and I am proud that California's 39th district had so much participation. This year we had over 200 entries submitted from high school students across the district. This event gives a chance for thousands of high school students across the country to demonstrate their incredible artistic skills. 

All of this year's entries are posted on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/EdRoyce

The artwork that receives the most “Likes” will be honored with the “Fan Favorite” Award. “Like” as many pieces as you want!

Voting is open from Thursday April 19th through Thursday April 26th at 11:00 PM. 














 
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Support Grows for Rep. Royce’s Bipartisan Shark Fin Sales Ban at Subcommittee Hearing

2018/04/17


Rep. Royce delivers testimony before members of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans.

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) submitted testimony during a House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans legislative hearing in support of his bill, the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (H.R. 1456).

This bipartisan legislation has gained 237 cosponsors and would make the possession, sale, and purchase of shark fins illegal acts in the United States. Click HERE to watch the video of Representative Royce’s remarks. 

Below is Representative Royce’s statement, as prepared for delivery at the hearing:

“Thank you, Chairman Lamborn and Ranking Member Huffman, for agreeing to hold this timely hearing on ocean conservation. I’m very grateful that my bill, the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, was included.

Coincidentally, today I was with an old friend of mine, David Marinoff, who was telling me about how he and his wife had recently witnessed sharks washed up on a beach in the Galapagos Islands. These sharks had been finned which resulted in their deaths. I found it both tragic and ironic due to the Galapagos Islands’ history as being a case-study in ecological balance. 

Sadly, each year, the fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up in the global shark fin trade, putting multiple species of sharks at risk for extinction. Shark fins, as many of you know, are considered a delicacy in parts of the world. Sold for high prices, they drive a trade that is not only inhumane due to the practice of shark finning, but increasingly detrimental to our oceans due to its size. Sharks play an integral role in our oceans’ ecosystems and if populations continue to decline at the current rate, our oceans, as we know them, will cease to exist.

My bill, which has over 230 bipartisan cosponsors, including a majority of this committee and subcommittee’s members, would make it illegal to buy, sell, or possess shark fins in the United States. To be clear, the bill does not prohibit shark fishing. The proposal builds on previous Congressional action targeting the shark fin trade and mirrors similar state-level bans. Additionally, I’ve conferred with the Congressional Budget Office, and they have told me that the bill will not cost the government.

While protecting wildlife from extinction is, from my perspective, the right thing to do, it also makes sense economically. As apex predators, sharks ensure balance below them in the food chain. Their preying, or lack thereof, on species directly below them in the food chain has a compounding effect on the availability of fish that many people rely on as a food source and that the fishing industry depends on for income. For example, a decrease in the population of tiger sharks could lead to an increase in prey species, such as turtles, monk seals, and reef sharks, which in turn could cause a decline in tuna populations.

Shark survival also contributes to the ever-growing shark eco-tourism industry. My home state, California, is home to 134 dive shops. In Florida, which is home to 185 dive shops (the most in the nation), direct expenditures for shark encounters brought in $221 million and fueled over 3,700 jobs in 2016. This market dwarfs that of the domestic shark fin market, which, in 2016, was only worth $850,000 in exports.

I’m a firm believer in the principle that when the United States leads, other countries follow. We’ve seen this with the ivory trade. After the United States took action to eliminate its own ivory trade, China acquiesced to pressure and shut down its ivory trade at the end of 2017.

I’m pleased to say that we’re starting to see this now with the shark fin trade. Last year, in response to pressure associated with this bill, both Air China and China Southern Air announced that they would no longer allow shark fin cargo. With the strong support for this bill and today’s hearing, we have laid the foundation to move this bill. I can only imagine what impact signing the bill into law will have in the United States and around the world.

Thank you for your consideration.”

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Rep. Royce Celebrates Inaugural Direct Flight from Ontario, CA to Taiwan

2018/03/25

 China Airlines’ inaugural flight from Ontario International Airport received a water cannon salute Sunday afternoon.

ONTARIO, CA
— Today, Representative Ed Royce (CA-39), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after participating in a celebration ceremony for the inaugural flight of China Airlines’ new daily non-stop service from Ontario, California to Taoyuan, Taiwan:


“For decades, we’ve been working to make Southern California the new gateway to the Asia-Pacific region. These new daily non-stop flights are a major victory for the members of our community as well as the regional industries who will have new opportunities to pursue international growth.

“Connecting the world to the United States and strengthening our economic relationships has been a top priority of mine as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. This new partnership is a recipe for success and prosperity that is worthy of celebration.” 

 Rep. Royce (pictured center) participated in a celebration ceremony at the Onatrio International Airport on Sunday afternoon.

Background:

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. 

Rep. Royce championed Taiwan’s entry into the Visa Waiver Program in 2012 and Global Entry in 2017 which have translated into new growth with travel volume between the U.S. and Taiwan increasing by more than 50 percent.

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.  

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Reps. Royce, Waters, Stivers, Beatty Spearhead Bipartisan Effort to Streamline Homelessness Prevention Resources

2018/03/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Steve Stivers (R-OH), and Joyce Beatty (D-OH) released the following statements after introducing H.R. 5393, the Working Together to End Homelessness Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation to repeal the sunset date for the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH):

“Ending homelessness is a national priority that both sides of the aisle support,” said Rep. Royce (R-CA). “However, history has shown us that increasing federal dollars alone is not enough to solve this complex issue. USICH has demonstrated a successful track record of decreasing homelessness by coordinating across all levels of government, as well as with private sector partners, in order to maximize the impact of federal resources. This approach is an effective and efficient solution proven to help lift millions of Americans out of homelessness.”

“It is shameful that there are over 550,000 people experiencing homelessness in this country, including seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and families with children,” said Ranking Member Waters (D-CA). “The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) plays a critical role in addressing this national crisis and has a far-reaching impact as it coordinates with every level of government, and communities across the nation, to work toward ending homelessness.  I am pleased to join my colleagues in introducing this commonsense bill that will make USICH permanent and allow it to continue its important work. Currently, the law says USICH will have to shutter its doors if Congress doesn’t act to extend its authority each year. Ending homelessness in this country should be a top priority for Congress, as every American deserves a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.”

“We need to address homelessness in all populations, especially for all those who wore a uniform and our children. The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) has made progress, but there is still work to be done,” Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) said. “This bill ensures the USICH will have the authority to continue working to end homelessness in our country. I am proud to work with Representatives Royce, Waters, and Beatty on this legislation.”

“Homelessness is not a Republican or Democratic issue,” said Rep. Beatty (D-OH). “That is why I am honored to join a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in introducing the Working Together to End Homelessness Act. Together, we can ensure more Americans and families have a place to call ‘home sweet home.’”


Background:

The full text of the Working Together to End Homelessness Act can be found HERE

USICH, which Congress created in 1987, serves as an independent body that coordinates the federal response to homelessness. After Congress passed the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act in 2009, USICH put forward the Opening Doors strategy, the first-ever Federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. USICH has made significant strides towards ending homelessness in this country, including overall declines in chronic homelessness by 18%, veteran homelessness by 46%, and family homelessness by 24% between 2010 to 2017. 

A 2014 Government Accountability Office report entitled “Managing for Results: Implementation Approaches Used to Enhance collaboration in Interagency Groups,” highlighted the effectiveness of USICH in implementing collaborative interagency efforts to leverage data sources, establish performance metrics, and to track and report progress in a transparent manner. The Urban Institute also published a report in October 2016, entitled “How Would Terminating USICH Affect Efforts to End Homelessness?” which found that after interviewing more than 40 federal and local stakeholders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, there was an overwhelming consensus that USICH played an important role in a highly effective performance-driven partnership, and that terminating USICH could slow down efforts to end homelessness.

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Rep. Royce Introduces Bill Increasing Taxpayer Protections from Future Bailouts

2018/03/22


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement after joining Representatives Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), and Dennis Ross (R-FL) in introducing H.R. 5381, the Government Risk and Taxpayer Exposure Reduction (GRATER) Act which reduces the risk of bailing out federal government programs by encouraging prudent risk management by agency and department heads:   

“Too often, American taxpayers are on the hook for government failures. However, recent examples of federal de-risking have shown that this doesn’t have to be the case. In the past several years, the government saved billions of dollars by transferring taxpayer risk off of its balance sheet for programs like the National Flood Insurance Program. Instead of taxpayers paying for all the damage, private reinsurance covered over $1 billion in losses from Hurricane Harvey.

“There is a ready market for the federal government to build on successful precedents and extend de-risking to more federal programs, such as export financing, U.S. aid, agricultural credits, and housing finance programs.”


Background:

The full bill text of the GRATER Act can be found HERE

The GRATER Act directs the Office of Management and Budget to identify areas of the federal balance sheet where de-risking could be used to protect taxpayers from future bailouts. This legislation builds on previous examples of successful government de-risking.

In 2012, FHFA initiated a credit risk transfer program with the goal of reducing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s overall risk. Using global capital and reinsurance markets, Freddie and Fannie have transferred almost $10 billion of taxpayer risk, while the figures from the reinsurance industry support the notion that the private sector could take up to $80 billion.

As a result of the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program, FEMA and the NFIP were required to buy $1 billion of reinsurance in what was essentially a pilot program. Unfortunately, hurricanes generated a large number of insured losses in 2017 and early reports are that taxpayers will recover eighty-five cents per dollar spent on reinsurance at NFIP.

Analysis by Aon Benfield, a global reinsurer, has estimated that there currently is an estimated $605 billion in reinsurance capital and capacity available to meet the demand for derisking and other purposes worldwide. A recent white paper by a former U.S. Treasury official, Greg Wilson, found that derisking not only protects taxpayers from future losses, but also reduces systemic risk, and enables federal agencies to meet their statutory objectives more efficiently.

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Ban Shark Fin Sales on World Wildlife Day

2018/03/03

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. 

 

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Free CA-39 Grant Seminar

2016/08/17

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.

TOPICS INCLUDE:
 Grant Readiness
 Proposal Writing
 Programs for Nonprofit Organizations
 Grant Assistance from Representative Ed Royce

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2016 Congressional STEM Competition

2016/02/18

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.

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Rep. Royce's 7th Annual Women's Conference

2015/03/28

On Saturday, March 28th, 2015, U.S. Representative Ed Royce will hold his 7th Annual Women's Conference. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will keynote the conference this year. In addition to the keynote speech, the conference will feature breakout sessions on topics such as personal finance, healthy living and cyber safety.

Held at California State University, Fullerton's Titan Student Union (800 North State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92834), the event begins at 9:00am and is free to attend. Registration opens at 8:00am, and attendees must first visit Royce.house.gov/womensconference to RSVP.

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Join MIT App Inventor team webinar and get started in the House Student App Challenge

2014/04/07

MIT's App Inventor team is collaborating with the Congressional App Challenge Coalition and Samsung to offer a special hour-long webinar for any middle and high school students from across the country who want to learn how to build an Android app with MIT App Inventor. The Webinar will take place on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM ET. Anyone who wants to learn to code, as well as students who want to apply these skills to enter Rep. Royce's 2014 House Student App Challenge, are encouraged to participate. 

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).

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Paying for College Seminar

2014/01/25

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) will hold a "Paying for College" seminar on January 25, 2014 from 12pm - 3pm at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (Room GB, 21865 Copley Drive Diamond Bar, CA 91765). This free workshop will help students and their families prepare, apply and pay for higher education. Rebekah Bell, whose opinion piece "It's Possible to Graduate Debt-Free. Here's How" appeared in the Wall Street Journal, will be the keynote speaker. 

Additionally, the seminar will provide information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) program, including on-site reviews of FAFSA forms, as well as other federal and private student loans, grants, and alternative financing options.  Representatives from local colleges, including UCLA and USC, will also be available to speak with students and their families.

Schools Attending Rep. Royce's Paying for College Seminar:
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC Riverside
  • UC Irvine
  • CalTech
  • USC
  • Pomona College
  • Cal Poly Pomona
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Chairman Royce Announces Southern California Field Hearing on Human Trafficking

2013/11/04

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. 

What:
Hearing: “Regional Perspectives in the Global Fight Against Human Trafficking”

Where:
California State University, Fullerton
Titan Student Union
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834
For a campus map and parking information click HERE.

When:
Monday, November 4, 2013
10:00 a.m. PT

Witness List:
Panel I
The Honorable Luis CdeBaca
Ambassador-at-Large
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
U.S. Department of State

Panel II
The Honorable Tony Rackauckas
District Attorney
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 audra.mcgeorge@mail.house.gov 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.

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Royce and City of Buena Park to Host Paying for College Seminar

2013/11/03

U.S. Representative Ed Royce will hold a "Paying for College" seminar in conjunction with the City of Buena Park. The event will take place on Sunday, November 3rd from 12pm – 4pm at the Buena Park Community Center (6688 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park) and is free to attend.

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. 

                                           

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Rep. Royce's Staff to Hold Mobile Office Hours

2013/10/03

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. 

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City of Brea 34th Annual Country Fair

2013/07/05

The City of Brea will host its 34th Annual Country Fair on July 4th, 2013. The event will begin with a Pancake Breakfast at 7 am and festivities, including games, rides and live entertainment, will continue to 4 pm. Admission is free and the event will take place at City Hall Park (401 S. Brea Blvd.). Visit http://www.cityofbrea.net/article.cfm?id=3231 for more information. 

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Chino Hills 21st Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Picnic

2013/07/05

Chino Hills will host its 21st Annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Picnic on July 4, 2013 from 10am to 2pm. The event will take place at Big League Dreams Chino Hills Sports Park (16333 Fairfield Ranch Road) and will include food eating contests, face painting, a rock climbing wall and water slides. Visit http://www.chinohills.org/index.aspx?nid=804 for more information. 
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Contact Information

2185 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4111
Fax 202-226-0335
royce.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Foreign Affairs

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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