U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, recently wrote the United States Olympic Committee in support of the Committee's potential selection of Los Angeles as the American bid city for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
"America needs to put its best foot forward as it chases the 2024 Olympics. Los Angeles has the infrastructure and facilities necessary to host a successful Olympics that will also be an economic boon for Southern California," said Rep. Royce.
Rep. Royce was joined in signing the letter by 20 other members of California's Congressional delegation, including U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) and U.S. Representative Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park).
The letter, which was sent on Friday, November 14, can be viewed here.
The text of the letter follows:
November 13, 2014
United States Olympic Committee
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Dear Members of the United States Olympic Committee,
We write to express our enthusiastic support for bringing the 2024 Summer Olympic Games to Los Angeles.
We understand that the United States Olympic Committee intends to select an American bid city in the coming months to compete at the international level to host the 2024 Games. We stand ready to partner with the City of Los Angeles in this endeavor to make it as successful as our efforts to bring the 2015 Special Olympics World Games to Southern California.
Los Angeles is a vibrant and diverse city that embodies the highest ideals of the Olympic spirit. From the rich Olympic tradition to the world-class infrastructure, the natural beauty of the region to the hospitality, Los Angeles has the ability to provide a second to none atmosphere for the athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators.
We look forward to the opportunity to work with you and the City of Los Angeles as we pursue a winning American bid.
Rep. Xavier Becerra
Rep. Karen Bass
Rep. Julia Brownley
Rep. Ken Calvert
Rep. Tony Cárdenas
Rep. Judy Chu
Rep. Janice Hahn
Rep. Alan S. Lowenthal
Rep. Grace Napolitano
Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
Rep. Edward R. Royce
Rep. Linda T. Sánchez
Rep. Loretta Sanchez
Rep. Adam B. Schiff
Rep. Brad Sherman
Rep. Mark Takano
Rep. Dina Titus
Rep. Juan Vargas
Rep. Maxine Waters
Rep. Henry A. Waxman
The photo exhibit “Salute to WWII Flying Tigers in China” will be on display in the Capitol Hill Rayburn Foyer on November 13-14, 2014. This exhibition depicts the historical events of the Flying Tigers in some 200 photos in 48 free standing retractable banners. The exhibit is open to the public and media, and is free to attend.
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee, welcomes the exhibition to Capitol Hill and is currently working on a House Resolution honoring the Flying Tigers achievements during WWII.
"The outstanding gallantry that the Flying Tigers displayed during WWII is a source of tremendous pride throughout America and is a highlight of U.S.-China relations," said Rep. Royce. "I encourage all to attend this exhibition for the brave pilots and technicians that were willing to sacrifice everything in the name of freedom."
"Flying Tigers" is the name for the American Volunteer Groups (AVG), China Air Task Force (CATF) and the Fourteenth Army Air Force (14th AAF), all of which were under the command of United States Army Lieutenant General Claire L. Chennault during the World War II campaign to defend China against invading Japanese forces. The Flying Tigers are notable for their large volunteer presence and distinguished combat record, credited with 296 enemy aircraft destroyed. In 1996, the United States Air Force awarded the Flying Tigers pilots the Distinguished Flying Cross and the ground crew with the Bronze Star Medal.
The exhibition is the work of Mr. Pedro Chan, a long-time collector and donor of Flying Tigers items. Mrs. Anna Chennault, widow of LTG Chennault, is an honorary sponsor of the exhibit.
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement ahead of his participation in the 2nd Annual Keep Calm and Beat H.E.A.T. Rocking & Rally today:
“Human trafficking is one of the world’s fastest-growing crimes, and sadly it’s happening right here on Orange County’s streets where young women and children are being bought and sold. I commend OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas for continuing to raise awareness of both the criminals that commit this heinous crime as well as the innocent victims that need to be returned to their families. As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I’ll continue to ensure that federal law enforcement agencies are given the tools they need to work effectively with local authorities to keep our communities safe.”
The event, which is cohosted by the Orange County District Attorney’s office and Chapman University, aims to increase community awareness of the $32 billion a year human exploitation and trafficking industry, the second-largest criminal enterprise in the nation behind narcotics trafficking. The all-day rally will be held at Chapman University today and features food, music, and other entertainment. The rally is open to the public and free to attend.
As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Royce earlier this year applauded passage of eight bipartisan bills through the U.S. House of Representatives to combat international human trafficking, two of which were passed unanimously by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Rep. Royce also launched a Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee (HTCAC) last year to address human trafficking concerns, as well as offer policy recommendations. The HTCAC is comprised of victims’ rights groups, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and community advocates, and is actively working to combat human trafficking in Southern California. Additionally, Rep. Royce held a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing titled “Local and Private Sector Initiatives to Combat International Human Trafficking” to examine international human trafficking and to assess efforts to combat trafficking at the international, national, state, and local levels. At that hearing, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe testified for lawmakers that girls as young as ten years old were being trafficked on the streets of Los Angeles County.
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today convened a meeting of Asian American business owners at his office in Rowland Heights. Topics of discussion during the Asian American Business Owners' Roundtable included the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), increasing small business lending, and construction on the 57/60 confluence:
“Asian American business owners have long been a spark for California's economy, and now more than ever Californians need businesses to succeed, grow, and hire,” said Rep. Royce. "The TPP can open up new markets for American goods while sorely needed legislative fixes will free up capital for small business lending. I look forward to pursuing these goals in Washington on behalf of Californian businesses."
“I greatly appreciate Congressman Royce's outreach to the business community, and was glad to have the opportunity to discuss with him the challenges that many business owners face in Southern California,” said attendee Harry Leu, Director of the Board at First General Bank.
Approximately 20 business leaders attended the meeting from fields as varied as manufacturing, banking, telecommunications, and biotechnology. Specific companies represented included Emerdex Stainless Steel of El Monte, Daisy Tool Corporation of Walnut, and First General Bank of Rowland Heights.
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has awarded U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. The award is based on his voting record in the 113th Congress on issues that are critical to manufacturing in the United States.
“Manufacturing has long been the bedrock of a strong American economy as economic opportunity for all is grown through access to the good-paying jobs that manufacturers provide. I’ll continue to ensure our communities in Southern California remain home to innovative manufacturers that create cutting edge products made by American workers,” said Rep. Royce.
“Manufacturers in California and throughout the United States are making a comeback, 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 impacted by decisions made by policymakers in Washington. The NAM is proud to stand with lawmakers like Congressman Royce who understand what is at stake and seek to implement policies that will foster innovation, growth and competitiveness.”
The NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence honors members of Congress who demonstrate support for policies that enhance the ability of U.S. manufacturers to succeed in the global economy. In the 113th Congress, 278 lawmakers earned this distinction. Key votes included in NAM’s voting record are selected by executives from small, medium, and large manufactures who serve on the NAM’s Key Vote Advisory Committee.
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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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