Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, unveiled the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act which would make the possession, sale, and purchase of shark fins in the United States illegal acts.
“Shark finning, which leaves these animals to die a slow and painful death at the bottom of the ocean, is a cruel practice that needs to be stopped. When the United States leads, others follow. We should set an example by eliminating the shark fin trade rather than providing a market to incentivize this illicit activity,” said Chairman Royce.
“To end shark finning, we need to end the demand for shark fins. Today, the United States took an important step towards achieving this. We applaud the leadership of the bill’s co-sponsors today in helping to end the shark fin trade in the United States," said Lora Snyder, Campaign Director at Oceana.
Actor and activist Morgan Freeman joined Chairman Royce at the bill unveiling.
Oceana, the leading ocean conservation advocacy group, released a new report today demonstrating why Congress should pass a federal ban on the buying and selling of shark fin products. According to the report, the nationwide ban on the trade of shark fins would impede international fin trade, reduce the financial gains made through finning, and improve the enforcement of current finning bans.
Key findings from the report include:
- Fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up in the global market every year, putting some species at risk of extinction.
- Five of the 11 countries that export fins to the United States have no shark finning bans in place, making it likely that fins coming into the United States are from sharks that have been finned.
- There are significant discrepancies in the government's estimates of the number of metric tons of shark fins that are actually entering and leaving the United States.
Despite their menacing appearance and lethal bite, sharks are under threat.
To protect the top predators of the deep, Congress joined with Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman Thursday to introduce the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act. The bill, which has bipartisan support, would ban all trade of shark fins within the United States.
"Sharks are being killed for their fins, much like rhinos and elephants have been decimated due to the demand for their horns and tusks," Freeman said. "While shark finning is banned in U.S. waters, we continue to buy, sell and trade shark fins throughout the country. By allowing the trade of shark fins within our borders, the U.S. continues to contribute to this global problem."
Although fishing for fins is banned in U.S. waters, growing demand for fin imports to the U.S. is encouraging the killing of sharks globally. Shark fin soup is a delicacy in many parts of Asia, where demand for fins is destroying many shark populations.
The group Oceana, which Freeman is collaborating with, says as many as 73 million sharks are taken each year for the fin trade.
The Fish and Wildlife Service, in related action, had reduced quotas for commercial and sport fishing of hammerheads and other sharks off the U.S. coast earlier this year because of concerns of overfishing.
The bill has the support of Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif.Read More
San Bernardino County and the city of Ontario could reclaim control of Ontario International Airport under legislation that passed the House by a voice vote Tuesday afternoon.
The legislation, H.R. 4369, allows some of the $2-per-passenger facility charge collected at the Ontario airport to be used at Los Angeles International Airport.
A stipulation of Los Angeles World Airports' agreement to transfer Ontario International Airport to San Bernardino County and the city of Ontario last August was that the Ontario airport would reimburse LAX for millions in fees used to pay for new terminals in the 1990s. When both airports were owned by Los Angeles World Airports, the fees could be used that way.
The settlement agreement calls for $120 million in passenger facility charges collected at Ontario to go to LAX over the next 10 years. However, that isn't allowed under current law.
The bill is just another step for the Inland Empire as it faces the substantial challenge of reviving the struggling facility that has lost more than a third of its passengers since 2007 .
The bill's lead sponsor, Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Corona), called the bill one of his highest priorities.
“Today is a great day for the Inland Empire and the future of air travel for our region,” he said in a statement.
The California members who sponsored the bill said local control of the airport is better for the community.
“Ontario International Airport is a major economic engine for our region in both trade and tourism, and giving local authorities control of the airport better allows them to meet the growing demand in San Bernardino County,” Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) said.
Rep. Mark Takano (D-Riverside) said in a statement that millions of passengers travel to LAX or other regional airports, and the local community is missing out on that money.
“As the Inland Empire continues to grow in population, the Ontario International Airport can be a vital economic resource to our region with the potential to serve 30 million passengers annually," he said.
California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have filed similar legislation in the Senate.Read More
Fed Chair Janet Yellen rejected the notion that the Fed has a "third pillar" of policy to keep stock market prices afloat.
On the second day of her semiannual congressional testimony Wednesday, Yellen was asked by Rep. Edward R. Royce, R-Calif., whether the U.S. central bank's monetary policy is tied to boosting Wall Street's equity values — in effect a "third pillar" to go along with the Fed's dual mandate of full employment and price stability.
"We do not target the level of stock prices," she said. "That is not an appropriate thing to do."The Fed has enacted three rounds of so-called quantitative easing, a monthly bond buying program that has seen its balance sheet soar to $4.5 trillion. The last round of QE ended in October 2014. Each round has seen a sharp rise in the stock market.
Though the Fed is out of the easing business for now, it has kept its interest rate target close to zero, hiking just once in the last 10 years. Each signal that the Fed is about to tighten policy has resulted in market volatility, prompting Royce to ask whether the central bank will be cowed by jangled nerves on Wall Street.
"We're going to look at what the trajectory is for the economy, for the goals Congress has assigned us, namely inflation and maximum employment, and take policies we think are appropriate to foster them," Yellen said.
However, Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., charged that the Fed's policies have been targeted toward helping "the rich over the poor" by implementing policies that boost the market, where most of the value is held by the wealthiest people. He did not give Yellen a chance to respond.
In other matters, Yellen said she believes the recent weakness in job creation is "transitory" and does not reflect an otherwise growing economy.
The central bank chief sounded more optimistic than she has over the past couple of weeks, a time during which the Fed backtracked on what had been an aggressive path forward for interest rates.
"We are seeing a pickup in growth. There's been a sharp increase in consumer spending," Yellen told the House Financial Services Committee. "I'm very hopeful that we will see a pickup in growth. We will be watching for that as we assess the economy."
Yellen spoke a week after the Federal Open Market Committee slashed its expectations for future rate hikes. That decision in turn followed a much weaker-than-expected May jobs report, which showed that nonfarm payrolls increased by just 38,000.Read More
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, questioned Chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Janet Yellen at the House Financial Services Committee hearing "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy” today.
“I am worried that the Federal Reserve has created a third pillar of monetary policy – that of a stable and rising stock market. I say that because then-Chairman Bernanke when he appeared here stated repeatedly that the goal of QE was to increase asset prices like the stock market to create a wealth effect. It would stand to reason then that in deciding to raise rates and reduce the Fed's QE balance sheet, standing at a still-record $4.5 trillion, one would have to be prepared to accept the opposite result – a declining stock market and a slight deflation of the asset bubble that QE created. Yet, every time in the past three years when there has been a hint of raising rates, and the stock market has declined accordingly, the Fed has cited stock market volatility as one of the reasons to stay the course and hold rates at zero. Indeed the Fed has backed away so many times from rate normalization, that... the market now expects stock market volatility to diminish the odds of a rate increase. Madame Chair, is having a stable and rising stock market a third pillar of the Federal Reserve's monetary policy?" asked Chairman Royce.
"It is not a third pillar of monetary policy. We do not target the level of stock prices. That is not an appropriate thing for us to do," replied Chair Yellen.
“I thought you would say that. So the question I have as a follow up is does that mean you are prepared to accept stock market volatility, or a slight deflating of the asset bubbles, as the Fed proceeds towards normalization," continued Chairman Royce.
“We're going to look at what the trajectory is for the economy. For the goals Congress has assigned us, namely inflation and maximum employment, and take policies we think are appropriate to foster them. As the economy recovers, we've said we anticipate raising rates. What implications that may have for stock prices, one shouldn't assume that it will necessarily be a negative scenario for stock prices. Higher rates, to some extent, are already built into longer term interest rates. Longer term interest rates are anticipating the path of rising short term rates. They do matter to stock market valuations, but so do earnings. And in a strong growth economy... but whatever. We're not targeting equity prices, we're trying to achieve outcomes for the economy," said Chair Yellen.
"In September of 2015, you were asked whether you were 'worried that, given the global interconnectedness, the low inflation globally that we were seeing… we may never escape from this zero lower bound situation.' You answered at the time that 'while you couldn’t completely rule it out… that is not the way [you] see the outlook or the way the Committee sees the outlook.' Since that time, Governor Brainard has suggested that 'financial tightening associated with cross-border spillovers may be limiting the extent to which U.S. policy diverges from major economies.' New York Fed President Bill Dudley has said that '[global consequences] can impact the monetary policy transmission mechanism in the U.S. and influence the effectiveness of our monetary policy in achieving our objectives.' My question then is restating the question from last year. Not will we never escape, but will we escape anytime soon? To put it more clearly, does the Fed have the capacity to defy the global pattern of zero or negative rates if that's the global reality?" concluded Chairman Royce.
"We do have the capacity to have different rates than the rest of the world. But we have to recognize that differentials in our stance of our policy impact the value of the dollar, and that is a linkage back to the U.S. economy. Those linkages as my colleagues said are important. But the bottom line is what happens in the rest of the world and their stance on policy does matter, but it doesn't mean we can never escape zero interest rates," answered Chair Yellen.
Watch Chairman Royce's questioning here or by clicking the image below.Read More
L.A./Ontario International Airport took another big step toward local control Tuesday.
The U.S. House passed by voice vote a bill by Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, authorizing the use of passenger facility fees at ONT to help pay off the cost of the airport’s two terminals – a condition of the agreement under which Los Angeles World Airports and the city of Los Angeles will turn over control of the facility to the Ontario International Airport Authority.
The agreement calls for OIAA to pay LAWA $50 million from passenger fees in the first five years and another $70 million from the fees in the final five years, to reimburse LAWA, a department of L.A. city government, for investments it made at ONT.
“Since it is not possible under existing law, today we are fixing this glitch,” Rep. Calvert said.
There was no controversy in passing the bill, which is co-sponsored by area Democrats Norma Torres, Grace Napolitano, Raul Ruiz, Pete Aguilar and Mark Takano, as well as Republicans Paul Cook and Ed Royce. Still, getting legislation through the House is never a sure thing.
And this little matter nearly got caught up in something much bigger. It was part of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization, which includes a much-contested effort to privatize air traffic control. So Rep. Calvert wisely requested that his H.R. 4369 be considered separately from the FAA reauthorization, which he noted has already been extended three times.
Once this issue is resolved by passage in the U.S. Senate, the airport transfer agreement will go back to LAWA’s commissioners to ratify the funding plan. The transfer of the airport is expected to take place by October.
“The Inland Empire has [been] and continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in California and the nation, and it is far past time that we control our aviation future,” Rep. Calvert said on the House floor Tuesday.Indeed. Read More
WASHINGTON — Year after year of disappointing growth in the United States. Disappearing middle-class jobs. Turmoil overseas, including the looming possibility that British voters will decide on Thursday to part ways with Europe. Urgent economic issues all.
But what did some lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee want to talk about on Wednesday when the Federal Reserve chairwoman, Janet Yellen, was called before them for her semiannual testimony to Congress? Whether the Federal Reserve, which has the power to create money at will, is solvent.
Ms. Yellen’s final appearance before the presidential election in November was a master class in how many members of Congress have allowed real debate about the country’s economic challenges to be subsumed in the broader political din.
Wednesday’s hearing followed a more sober session on Tuesday before the Senate Banking Committee, where Ms. Yellen laid out a cautious view of the economy’s prospects, playing down the risk of recession while reiterating that near-term weakness may prompt the Fed to hold off on any imminent rate increases.
With that message dominating the headlines, it was the turn of House members to pressure the central bank, which has become a bête noire for the right, just as it once was for the left in years past.
For the most part, Ms. Yellen didn’t fall into any traps, echoing the academic, even remote tone adopted by predecessors like Ben Bernanke and Alan Greenspan in the face of congressional gadflies and firebrands.
There were moments during the three-hour hearing when the Kabuki-type theater briefly abated and Ms. Yellen was asked to address the economic questions that many ordinary Americans are wrestling with, too.
Representative Danny Heck, a Washington Democrat, noted that the government’s best-known yardstick for unemployment stands at a healthy 4.7 percent.
But he pointed out that a broader measure of joblessness, which includes part-time workers who can’t find full-time work, is still more than twice as high, an unusually large gap by historical standards that underscores the paucity of gains in the current recovery for many workers.
“I agree with you,” Ms. Yellen said, before acknowledging that the higher rate shows just how much slack remains as the economic recovery approaches its seventh anniversary.
And Representative Ed Royce, a California Republican, queried Ms. Yellen on the impact of negative interest rates in Europe and Asia even as the Fed considers an interest rate increase in the coming months.
That spread in rates could have major implications for the dollar, Ms. Yellen explained, noting how exchange rates are sensitive to monetary policy and affect things as varied as inflation and overall economic conditions.
But the insights from Ms. Yellen, who taught economics at the University of California, Berkeley, for many years, were soon drowned by the dog whistles and dubious political point-scoring.
Representative Scott Garrett, a senior Republican on the Financial Services Committee, accused Ms. Yellen of unfairly aiding Wall Street and worsening income inequality.
That’s a serious issue, subject to intense debate among economists, but Mr. Garrett made it partisan by accusing Ms. Yellen of making statements that were “eerily similar to what the administration has said,” and then giving her little opportunity to explain her position.
“Why do you see a need to benefit Goldman Sachs?” he asked.
“I’m sorry, we are not trying to benefit the rich,” Ms. Yellen responded, before trying to interject that more than 14 million jobs had been created since the recession ended in 2009.
“Excuse me, I have the floor,” said Mr. Garrett, not long before the chairman’s gavel brought the unenlightening exchange to an end.
Representative Frank Guinta, a New Hampshire Republican, was more polite. But he noted that the Great Depression, stagflation of the 1970s and most recently the Great Recession had all taken place since the Fed’s creation more than a century ago, apparently confusing correlation with causation.
He then wandered off on a tangent to inquire how often Ms. Yellen consults with Richard Cordray of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and what thoughts she had on the agency’s budget.
An apparently puzzled Ms. Yellen pointed out that it is her staff that deals with Mr. Cordray, a longtime Republican target, before waving off how the new agency is funded as a matter for Congress, which holds the government’s purse strings, not the Fed.
Using an unusual metaphor not found in economic textbooks, the committee’s chairman, Representative Jeb Hensarling, Republican of Texas, compared the central bank’s tradition of charging banks interest on reserves at the Fed to how his son chases his daughter around the house with a Louisville Slugger baseball bat.
Then it was the turn of Representative Sean P. Duffy, a Wisconsin Republican, to cite the imposition of hundreds of thousands of pages of regulations in recent years. He wanted to know if that was among the “headwinds” Ms. Yellen has cited as hurting growth.
“Are you referring to our regulations?” she asked.
“I’m talking about government regulations,” he responded. “Why don’t you cite it as a headwind?”
“It’s very hard to quantify the extent to which regulations is headwind,” she said. “Businesses certainly cite regulation as a factor.”
After a fruitless attempt to get Ms. Yellen to call health insurance costs for Wisconsin manufacturers a headwind, Mr. Duffy gave up in a fit of pique.
“I’ll accept that as a nonanswer,” he said.
Representative Bill Huizenga, a Michigan Republican, and other members peppered Ms. Yellen with questions on whether the Fed itself is too big to fail, wondering aloud whether the central bank was a threat to global stability and needed to be subject to the kind of “stress tests” it forces commercial banks to go through.
”Our balance sheet is very different,” she replied. “The Fed is very different from a commercial bank.”
Still, at least one committee member, Representative Gwen Moore, a Wisconsin Democrat, stepped in to defend Ms. Yellen, turning attention back to her fellow lawmakers.
“The failure is Congress’s failure, not the Fed’s,” she said. “Stop derailing us with nonsense.”Read More
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation cosponsored by U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) to allow Ontario International Airport (ONT) to be returned to local jurisdictional control:
“Ontario International Airport is a major economic engine for our region in both trade and tourism, and giving local authorities control of the airport better allows them to meet the growing demand in San Bernardino County,” said Rep. Royce.
When both ONT and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) were operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), passenger facility charges (PFCs) could be imposed at one LAWA airport and the revenue used at another. PFCs collected at LAX were used to fund the new terminals at ONT in the 1990s.
The cities of Los Angeles and Ontario recently executed a Settlement Agreement to transfer control of ONT from LAWA to the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), a local joint powers authority established by and between the County of San Bernardino and the City of Ontario. One element in the Settlement Agreement is that a certain amount of PFCs collected at ONT will be used for projects at LAX. However, this repayment is not possible under current law.
Today's legislation, H.R. 4369, allows PFCs collected at ONT to be used for projects at LAX, and therefore fulfill the Settlement Agreement and the transfer control of ONT to local authorities.
Representative Royce serves California's 39th Congressional District, which encompasses parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. He is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee.Read More
Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) and Joe Heck (R-Nevada) and nearly 70 bipartisan members of the U.S. House want to know how the military plans to stop using live animals in medical combat-trauma training.
The Department of Defense began scaling back the use of pigs, goats, monkeys, chickens and other animals as part of its medical training in 2015. A letter from Speier and Heck, signed by the others , points to recent research by the Department of Defense that using simulated human tissue rather than live animals is cheaper and provides better training.
“The Department of Defense has the responsibility to provide the best available combat preparation to its medics. But according to its own studies, simulations are more effective than maiming and killing animals for medical training,” Speier said in a news release. "This is a no-brainer and we expect there will be no further delays in ending this barbaric practice."
Eighteen California House members joined Speier, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee. Among them: House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) and several members on the influential Appropriations and Armed Services Committees.
The members are asking for specifics on the cost of using live animals versus using simulation-based teaching models, how many animals each military branch used for combat training in fiscal 2015, what regulations or policies still require the use of live tissue in training and what the department is doing to stop using live animals.Read More
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.), a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on the increased budget for Fannie Mae's office relocation:
"It's paradoxical that an organization overseeing a huge chunk of the mortgage market can't get a simple construction project right. Fannie falling asleep at the wheel in this manner is a perfect representation of the GSEs' model of private gains and public losses. It's time to put aside the conversation about releasing this enterprise and instead refocus on how to wind it down."
In a Management Alert dated June 9, 2016, OIG formally notified the FHFA Director that, as of March 10, 2016, the projected cost to build-out Fannie Mae’s new headquarters space to its specifications had risen 53.35% from $164.32/sf to $252.81/sf since January 26, 2015. According to Fannie Mae’s proposal, the net present value (cost) of its consolidation and relocation over the term of its lease (15 years) was $770,481,598.
Last November, the President signed legislation by Rep. Royce to cap the salaries of the CEOs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It was the first major standalone legislation enacted that dealt with the GSEs since they were placed into conservatorship after the financial crisis.Read More
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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