Ed Royce

Ed Royce


Rep. Royce Recognized for Support of American Manufacturing


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) received the coveted "Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award" award from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) for his support of legislation critical to American manufacturers. Rep. Royce's voting record in the current session of Congress has a 96% rating from NAM, one of the highest ratings of any Member of Congress from California.

"Southern California's status as a leader in aerospace, aviation, and high-tech manufacturing is threatened by an avalanche of regulations from lawmakers that raises the costs of making products here at home," said Rep. Royce. "As a former small businessman, I'll continue to be part of the solution, and not the problem, when it comes to protecting manufacturing jobs in our community."

“Manufacturers in California and throughout the United States are leading an innovation revolution, creating jobs, making more products and making them better than ever before,” said NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse. “However, manufacturers are often disproportionately and adversely impacted by decisions made by policy and lawmakers. The NAM is proud to stand with lawmakers like Rep. Royce who understands what is at stake and seek to implement policies that will energize the manufacturing economy.”

The "Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award" recognizes members of Congress for their support of manufacturers' public policy priorities, including tax relief for research and development operations and supporting tort reform. Lawmakers who voted with manufacturers on key issues 70 percent or more of the time during the 114th Congress earned the award.

The National Association of Manufacturers is the nation’s largest trade association and the voice of the manufacturing economy and its over 12 million workers spanning every industrial sector across all 50 states. It promotes policies that enable manufacturers in the United States to create jobs, compete in the global economy and improve living standards for the millions of those employed by the manufacturing sector. California alone is home to more than 30,000 manufacturers.

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Chairman Royce Meets with the Asian American Business Community


Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, convened a round table discussion with local business leaders from the Asian American community. The group spoke about federal issues of concern to small business owners including tax reform, trade agreements, access to capital, regulatory relief, and infrastructure investment.

“Asian Americans make up a significant amount of the small business community, therefore I appreciate the feedback from these local leaders. As a former small businessman, I know just how costly Sacramento and Washington make it to run a business in California. That's why I'm focused on simplifying our tax code, cutting burdensome regulations, and ensuring our roadways can support a free movement of goods to market,” said Chairman Royce.

In response to his support for pro-business legislative policies, Rep. Royce was recently recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), National Retail Federation (NRF), and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). These associations represent tens of thousands of California businesses.

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Royce Pushes Level Playing Field for U.S. Insurers


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, questioned witnesses about the importance of a U.S.-E.U. covered agreement to protect American insurance firms and consumers during a Housing and Insurance Subcommittee hearing entitled “The Impact of the U.S.-E.U. Dialogues on U.S. Insurance Markets.”

“I agree with the Chairman’s previous statement of support for a narrow covered agreement to be concluded as quickly as possible because I think it serves as the only realistic hope we have of ensuring U.S. companies that they can really compete on a level playing field. A year ago, I sent a letter to the Treasury and the USTR urging them to expeditiously negotiate a covered agreement. My concern, which I stated at the time, was that without action U.S. companies with business in the E.U. would be put at a direct competitive disadvantage and that continued open access of U.S.-based reinsurers would not be assured and U.S. insurers would be exposed to the risk of additional regulatory actions by individual [E.U.] countries. Now one of the reasons we’re here is because sadly the prognostications here have proven correct. To date, we have already seen actions taken by regulators in the U.K., the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, and Poland to place U.S. companies at a disadvantage. In the latter two countries, U.S. reinsurers are now prohibited from conducting cross-border operations without forming and capitalizing a branch or a subsidiary. We could have solved this. I would ask rhetorically when we might expect the 19 jurisdictions that have yet to adopt the NAIC’s model reinsurance law to get on board. But I already suspect I know the answer to that: not soon enough. That's the comeuppance here. Congress predicted this would be the case. I could go back to Kanjorski’s original observations. This was exactly why the concept of a covered agreement was pushed – on a bipartisan basis – by this Committee. The author of the provision, Paul Kanjorski, said at the time, back in 2009, the FIO and USTR would be given the authority to enter into a 'covered agreement' to allow for the preemption of state laws to 'harmonize reinsurance standards across national borders.' With all due respect to everybody here, notice was served 7 years ago about where we were headed if we didn’t get this worked out. Where does that leave us? Director McRaith, I would like to pose that question to you because you know better than most how we got here. You were before us as a Commissioner during discussions on Dodd-Frank, and now you are leading negotiations on the covered agreement. What do you think of the notion of a state-by-state solution on reinsurance collateral at this point?" asked Chairman Royce.

"Congressman, you are absolutely right. We are at a moment in time when these concerns are not hypothetical. This is a not some metaphysical dilemma that we can debate until the cows come home. The issue is real for our industry, it's real today. The covered agreement gives us an opportunity to bring closure to issues that have been debated and discussed for decades. It’s not to the exclusion of the states, it supports the state system. I, as you note, was a Director of Insurance in Illinois and strongly believe in the state system and the work that my former colleague Julie McPeak and her current colleagues do to protect consumers every day. The two are not mutually exclusive. The covered agreement preserves our system of regulation and delivers real, meaningful results for our industry operating in the E.U.," replied Mr. Michael McRaith, Director of the Federal Insurance Office (FIO).

Watch Chairman Royce's questioning of Director McRaith here or by clicking the image below.

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Rep. Royce Grills Wells Fargo CEO on "Toxic Sales Culture"


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.), a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, questioned Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO John Stumpf during a hearing entitled “Holding Wall Street Accountable: Investigating Wells Fargo’s Opening of Unauthorized Customer Accounts.”

“The idea of a cross-selling target of at least eight products clearly is part of a long-term practice at Wells Fargo going back at least to your predecessor because in 1998 Fortune Magazine quotes 'doubling the average product purchase to eight” as your predecessor’s 'current obsession.' Morphing the goal to a mandate here seems to be a big part of the problem and I say mandate because if people are fired for not hitting that goal it’s a mandate. That seems to be at the center of a toxic sales culture that you’ve overseen. But I’d ask you, was the goal of eight cross-sold products something understood and embraced by management and by your salesforce? In retrospect, do you think that target contributed, in some way, to the negative change in your sales culture?” questioned Rep. Royce.

“We never had a target of eight, again, it was aspirational. We had team members who would work with customers on need-based selling and when they did that right the customer won and it was good for us,” said Stumpf.

“Did you read the L.A. Times article when it came out in 2013?” asked Rep. Royce.

“I don’t... I’m sure I did, I just can’t recall it right now,” responded Stumpf.

“Was it something discussed at the Board level?” continued Rep. Royce.

“We did discuss the L.A. [Times] article,” said Stumpf.

“Did the information in that article give you pause about reporting cross-selling metrics or ratios in your annual reports and your quarterly reports in the analyst conference calls that were clearly inflated here by fake accounts, generated by your sales force?” asked Rep. Royce.

“We love cross-sell because it helps define…,” replied Stumpf.

“I understand your argument about that, here’s the question – if you know fake accounts are going into that ratio, why would you keep reporting that ratio? I’ve got a copy of what is in your quarterlies. You turned to Mr. Duffy here when he was asking the question and were saying, well it isn’t that material in terms of our bottom line, in terms of the fee income from these fake accounts. But what you’re reporting on your products per household is a constant upswing quarter by quarter by quarter. It certainly is material in terms of the stock price. What you were doing in constantly reporting these ever-increasing numbers was driving your stock price up. The point I’m making is that you have this story in 2013 that shows how much of that was based upon fraudulent behavior – that becomes material, right?” challenged Rep. Royce.

“Let me just talk about that specifically. The cross-sell ratio, even if you include all two million accounts in that, and we know we can’t because we are already finding out in credit cards that 25%, or less than 25%, either did not order it or did not remember. We have looked back for all the quarters going back to, I can’t remember if it was 2010 or 2011, and it has one-two hundredths of one product impact. It’s absolutely immaterial,” answered Stumpf.

“Look, Mr. Stumpf, this is a California company, you’ve got a lot of California customers, you’ve got people all over the world dependent upon this company, you’ve got your employees and from what I understand 1,000 of them being fired a year connected to this. I believe rebuilding the trust and righting the wrongs are going to take a course of action here that I’ve yet to see you set. Through opening unauthorized accounts or playing the shell game with a person’s money, your employees and your company negatively impacted the credit of many people in this country. I just want you to think for a minute about what that meant in terms of their ability maybe to qualify to get that home, or maybe to qualify to get that car, or maybe in terms of a student loan to send that son or daughter to a university. Not to mention working Americans wrongly terminated by your company for, what? Refusing to break financial laws, refusing to break ethical laws - that’s what we have to come to grips with here,” concluded Rep. Royce.

Watch Chairman Royce's questioning of Stumpf here or by clicking the image below.

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Stumpf’s Bad Day: A Summary of Lawmakers’ Withering Attacks


Stumpf’s Bad Day: A Summary of Lawmakers’ Withering Attacks

John Stumpf walked into a firing line Thursday when he appeared before lawmakers who were furious over revelations that Wells Fargo & Co. may have opened 2 million customer accounts that were fictitious or unauthorized.

Attacks from members of the House Financial Services Committee ranged from implying that he sold shares in 2013 because he knew the scandal would tank the stock to assertions that he should be imprisoned and that the entire board should be ousted.

It was the second time this month that the embattled Wells Fargo chief executive officer has trekked to Washington to face a blistering assault from Congress. And many lawmakers said this was just the beginning of his pain. If Stumpf thought Wells Fargo’s Tuesday announcement that he would give up $41 million of pay would buy him a reprieve, he was sadly mistaken.


Here’s an overview of the attacks:


House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, a Texas Republican, said he might drop Wells Fargo as his bank because of the misconduct.

“Mr. Stumpf, I have a mortgage with your bank,” Hensarling said. “I wish I didn’t. I wish I was in the position to pay it off because you have broken my trust as you have broken the trust of millions, and it’s going to take a long time to earn it back.”


Representative Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, laid into Stumpf over his sale of $13 million of stock in 2013, the same year that the CEO has said he first learned employees might have been opening accounts that customers didn’t approve.


Maloney said the timing of the sale was “very, very suspicious” and that it appears Stumpf tried to “help himself” before assisting the bank’s customers.

Stumpf said the share sales had nothing to do with the problems at the bank.


Representative Mike Capuano, a Massachusetts Democrat, questioned why Stumpf shouldn’t be sent to jail. He also congratulated Stumpf for unifying bitterly divided lawmakers for the first time “in years” because all of them are disgusted with Wells Fargo. For good measure he asserted that the entire management team at the bank appears guilty of fraud.

“Your problem is coming,” Capuano said. “You think today is tough? It’s coming. When the prosecutors get a hold of you, you’re going to have a lot of fun.”

Prosecutors haven’t levied any accusations.


Ed Royce, a California Republican, pushed Stumpf to give more details about the company’s sales goals, and said that the cross-sell data the bank shared in quarterly earnings reports over the years helped bolster the stock price.

“It isn’t material to the bottom line,” Royce said. But it is “certainly material in terms of the stock price.”


In one of the most heated exchanges, Greg Meeks, a Democrat from New York, accused Stumpf of being a criminal and chastised him for not being held accountable. Meeks added that the board should be fired and that Wells Fargo had hurt its competitors by giving the entire finance industry a “black eye.”

Wells Fargo “is a criminal enterprise,” Meeks said. “Would you allow someone to walk out after robbing your bank?”


Representative Denny Heck, a Washington Democrat, said that after listening to Stumpf testify for hours, his conclusion was that the CEO is “in denial.” Heck added that he thought it was “inconceivable” that the board would recoup $41 million of Stumpf’s pay without also removing him as CEO.

“I don’t personally see how you survive,” Heck said.


Representative French Hill, an Arkansas Republican, asked whether Stumpf has discussed the scandal with Warren Buffett, Wells Fargo’s biggest shareholder. Hill drew a comparison between Wells Fargo and Buffett’s famed testimony before Congress in 1991 on Salomon Brothers, in which the billionaire said he would be “ruthless” with anyone who lost a “shred of reputation for the firm.”

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Reps. Royce and Honda Support Sec. Norman Mineta for the Congressional Gold Medal


Today, U.S. Representatives Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Mike Honda (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Norman Yoshio Mineta, a former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Representative, and Mayor of San Jose, California.

“Since the American Revolution, Congressional Gold Medals have been commissioned to show our nation’s highest expression of gratitude to those who have contributed greatly to our country. Secretary Norman Mineta’s lifetime of service is deserving of this recognition. Whether as a United States Army officer, Member of Congress, or Cabinet Secretary, Norman has given America his all,” said Rep. Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“Norm had a strong record of reaching across the aisle on issues ranging from civil rights to transportation policy. He epitomizes what we can achieve when we work together. He is a true leader who has demonstrated how much someone can accomplish when they are not merely looking for credit or limelight,” said Rep. Honda. “Norm has dedicated his life to public service and has done so with exemplary dignity, leadership and integrity. This is despite having personally experienced the indignity of internment as a child by his own government. Rather, he used the experience to guide his lifelong commitment to his country.”

In 1942, Mineta and his family were among 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry incarcerated during WWII. He went on to serve in the United States Army and as Councilmember and esteemed Mayor of San Jose, California, as a Member of the House of Representatives, and as Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Transportation in Democratic and Republican Presidential Cabinets.

His appointment by President Clinton in 2000 as Secretary of Commerce made him the first Asian American to serve in a Presidential Cabinet. Secretary Mineta stayed on in President George W. Bush’s cabinet as Secretary of Transportation where he was at the helm on September 11, 2001. In the aftermath of the attacks and through the end of his tenure as Secretary of Transportation, he ushered in critical reforms to the nation’s transportation and security screening networks. Read More

Reps. Royce and Blumenauer Introduce NFIP Reforms to Save Taxpayer Money


Today, U.S. Representatives Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced H.R. 6196, the Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act. The bill aims to mitigate the financial resources expended by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and taxpayers on claims for properties flooded multiple times:

“It’s said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, yet when it comes to the NFIP and properties that flood repeatedly, that's what we do. One NFIP-insured home valued at $69,000 flooded 34 times in 32 years and racked up $663,000 in claims; it's time to stop the madness for policyholders and taxpayers who subsidize this cycle," said Rep. Royce.

“Repetitive flood loss continues to place communities and families at risk, while shortchanging the federal taxpayer and all those who pay flood insurance premiums,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “The good news is that even as the challenges mount, we know what to do. This legislation focuses on engaging communities in simple, self-help solutions that will make them safer, save them money, and ultimately, lead to the stabilization of the National Flood Insurance Program.”

As of January 2016, there were more than 150,000 structures around the country classified as “Repetitive Loss Properties" (RLPs) by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA estimates that these properties comprise just one percent of those insured by the NFIP, but represent 25 to 30 percent of all flood claims. The NFIP is more than $23 billion in debt to the U.S. Treasury and according to a 2009 report by FEMA’s Inspector General, the number of RLPs increases by nearly 5,000 each year. From 1978 through 2011, RLP losses added up to more than $12 billion— or approximately half of the NFIP’s debt.

The Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act requires communities with a significant number of RLP to:

- Map repeatedly flooded properties and public infrastructure to determine the specific areas that should be priorities for voluntary buyouts, drainage improvements, or other mitigation efforts.

- Develop and implement plans for mitigating flood risk in these problem areas.

- Submit these plans as well as reports on progress to FEMA, an organization that is under the purview of Congressional oversight.

A summary of the bill can be viewed here.

For more information, contact:
Saat Alety (Royce) at Saat.Alety@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4111.
Nicole L'Esperance (Blumenauer) at Nicole.LEsperance@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4811.

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Royce and Yellen Discuss Community Bank Consolidation and Need for Regulatory Relief


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) questioned Chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Janet Yellen about increased community bank consolidation at the House Financial Services Committee hearing entitled “Semi-Annual Testimony on the Federal Reserve’s Supervision and Regulation of the Financial System.”

“I had a question... about the unprecedented consolidation that we have seen in community financial institutions where there are fewer and fewer of them. Smaller institutions have fewer assets over which to spread their ever-growing compliance costs, so they often seek those economies [of scale] through mergers. That’s what leads to this conundrum where we have fewer banks today than we did during the Great Depression. Are you worried about the consequences of consolidation for communities and for our economy, and eventually for overleverage when you end up with just a few big institutions that hold so much weight?" asked Rep. Royce.

"I do think it’s essential that we have a vibrant set of community banks serving America’s communities. They play a very special role in our financial system and it’s important that they remain healthy. Reducing regulatory burden is important and is something that we will seek to foster using every available tool that we have. Community banks face a challenging environment, though, for reasons that go beyond regulation. The low level of interest rates, flat-yield curve, and slow pace of growth in the economy are also factors that are making it difficult for them to thrive. But, they are tremendously important in the role they play for American households and businesses, and we will certainly do everything we can to relieve burdens on them," replied Chair Yellen.

“Yes, and, some of that is driven by monetary policy and some of that is driven by fiscal policy, so that is another way in which they are adversely impacted by decisions made in Washington. It seems to me at the heart of the consolidation are these, well it’s really an avalanche, of rules that have forced small institutions to hire extra staff. That’s the situation - the economies of scale for them," concluded Rep. Royce.

Watch Chairman Royce's questioning of Chair Yellen here or by clicking the image below.

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Royce Highlights Bills to Increase Consumer Access to Credit


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) questioned witnesses on two of his legislative proposals to protect and bolster consumer access to credit during a Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee hearing entitled "Examining Legislative Proposals to Address Consumer Access to Mainstream Banking Services." The Subcommittee considered H.R. 347, the Facilitating Access to Credit Act, and H.R. 4211, the Credit Score Competition Act.

“I'm in Southern California and we have one of the highest costs of living in the country -- access to credit is really vital in our communities to the well-being of a family. The difference between good credit and bad credit is the ability to purchase a home out in California, or it’s the ability to actually own your car, or pay for a college education. This legislation that we are looking at here, H.R. 347, the Facilitating Access to Credit Act, would ensure that consumers access to credit education services isn't choked off by lumping them in with credit repair scam artists. In the digital age, the American people should have more tools at their disposal, not less. H.R. 4211, the Credit Score Competition Act, my other bill here, opens up the GSEs to alternative credit scoring models. Doing so expands the pool of homebuyers without lowering the bar for qualification and it eliminates a government-backed monopoly in this regard. Both bills are strongly bipartisan with support from many Members of this Committee," said Rep. Royce.

“When my constituents hear about this concept of credit repair, the first things they think about are those ‘too good to be true’ emails with subject lines like: 'Credit problems? No problem!' or signs that say: 'We can erase your bad credit – 100% guaranteed.' Clearly, these aren’t legitimate actors. But how do we separate out the good from the bad? People need access to credit counseling and they need education services. They don’t need to get ripped-off. As you know, with H.R. 347, we have tried to get this right by exempting the supervised credit bureaus – given that they want to provide credit education and not credit repair, and they are examined and overseen by the CFPB as opposed to these outfits that put the signs up around town. Dr. Turner, in simple terms, what are the differences between the credit repair scams that CROA was intended to stop and the credit education services that could be offered if H.R. 347 were passed out of this Committee?” asked Rep. Royce.

 Look at golf. Credit repair would be someone who, after you’ve completed 18 holes of golf, says lets me see your score card. Here, I think you double counted here, and let me shave a few strokes off there. So it’s trying to change your score after the fact. Credit [education] would be a person who coaches you on your technique, your driving ability, your short game, so that moving forward you improve in future rounds. It’s this retrospective versus prospective. It’s a very simple but quite important distinction,” replied Dr. Michael Turner, President and CEO of the Policy and Economic Research Council.

“I previously submitted for the record a letter from the Congressional Black Caucus, and Hispanic and Asian Pacific American Caucuses and the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which was sent to FHFA Director Watt in April of last year. In it, they wrote: 'The current FICO score versions designated for use by the GSEs are not the most current innovations in the marketplace… Newer credit scoring models have been introduced and are valuable … [and] the GSEs should update their current FICO model and implement other credit scoring models that provide enhanced benefits to homeowners.' Do you agree that this is exactly what H.R. 4211 is designed to do?” continued Rep. Royce.

“I do agree, and we have done research on this topic and we have found that there is no market failure in the credit score market but there is enormous path dependency. For example, FICO is having problems dislodging earlier versions of FICO. There is this dynamic. The other issue is that when this GSE guideline was created in 2004, there wasn’t competition, there was a dominant player, and that guideline now reflects an anachronistic market. There have been lots of versions of FICO, we’re on FICO 9 now, and other scores that have entered that actually have many of these benefits to other communities that just aren’t reflected… We believe that in different credit segments it would make access to credit more inclusive, fairer, and more responsible,” answered Dr. Turner.

Watch Rep. Royce's questioning of the witnesses here or by clicking the image below.

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Royce Calls for Better Efficiency and Local Control in Public Housing Spending


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) recently questioned witnesses on how to increase efficiency and local control in public housing spending during a Housing and Insurance Subcommittee hearing entitled “The Future of Housing In America: A Better Way to Increase Efficiencies For Housing Vouchers and Create Upward Economic Mobility."

"The cost of the Housing Choice Voucher program consists of two parts: payments to owners to cover the difference between a tenant’s contribution and rent; and administrative fees paid to participating housing authorities. Logic would dictate that reducing the resources expended on one would free up resources for the other. But the pool to draw these resources from is not infinite. The housing authorities in my district are unable to accept applicants to Section 8 waitlists, they tell me because administrative costs are rising. I’d like to ask Ms. Sard - you pointed to housing authority consolidation and also HUD shuttering poorly performing housing authorities as a way to increase efficiency. How will that alleviate the wait for families in need?" asked Rep. Royce.
"I want the Committee to be clear, today’s consortia rules don’t create the kinds of efficiencies that they potentially could. That makes them less attractive to PHAs and less useful to families. We need changes. The key thing is to allow the agencies that agree to form consortia to have a single funding contract with HUD. That means instead of each of them doing all the paperwork, and HUD doing all the paperwork on reporting, that saves time. It saves time on maintenance of waiting lists. Right now, each individual housing authority maintains their own waiting list. Families often apply to as many as they can in an area to maximize their chances of getting assistance, as they should. But that’s a waste of resources," answered Ms. Barbara Sard, Vice President of Housing Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

"Speaking of efficiency, I’m encouraged by HUD’s Moving-to-Work contract renewals and expansion of the pilot program. Through 'local payment standards,' the Housing Authority of San Bernardino County in my district oversaw a reduction in per unit cost from $730 to $652 in addition to a 9% decrease in residents living in the two highest poverty areas. Talk about a win-win: Spending more efficiently there while moving residents closer to better opportunities, which is why the board really likes the program. Ms. Blom, how has the MTW contributed to economic mobility and efficiency in public housing? What characteristics can be replicated in other affordable housing programs so authorities like San Bernardino’s can expand their success? I’ve expressed my feelings about this to Secretary Castro many times, I’m glad to see HUD making progress – albeit slowly," continued Rep. Royce.

“The Moving-to-Work demonstration that currently has 39 agencies participating in it, including San Bernardino, have been leading the way on reducing administrative costs and providing more housing choice and self-sufficiency options to families. We use that as one of the pieces of information to help inform the streamlining rule that we published in April. But going forward, with regard to the 100 PHA expansion on MTW, we are going to be rigorously studying the policy areas for that expansion so that we can better utilize that research to be able to make changes, and simplify, and reduce the burden to housing authorities. So I appreciate your support," answered Ms. Dominique Blom, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Public Housing Investments at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"I think with regard to consortium, the Department believes that this is a vehicle that housing authorities should voluntarily choose to do. We are looking to provide guidance on consortia beyond just the voucher program but also with public housing, we need to look at that in a unified way," continued Ms. Blom when prompted.

Watch Rep. Royce's questioning of the witnesses here or by clicking on the image below:

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Free CA-39 Grant Seminar


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.

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

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2016 Congressional STEM Competition


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


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.

Questions? Comments? Please contact Rep. Royce's Brea office at 714-255-0101 or email him here. Read More

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


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


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
  • Cal State Fullerton
  • Cal State Los Angeles
  • Saddleback College
  • Hope International University
  • Chapman University
  • Biola University
  • Cerritos College
  • Devry University 
  • Mt. SAC
  • Fullerton College
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Chairman Royce Announces Southern California Field Hearing on Human Trafficking


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

Witness List:
Panel I
The Honorable Luis CdeBaca
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


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


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


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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City of Brea 34th Annual Country Fair


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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Committee Assignments

Financial Services

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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