Ed Royce

Ed Royce

CALIFORNIA's 39th DISTRICT

CCAGW Awards Rep. Royce 100% Rating “Taxpayer Super Hero” Award

2015/07/30

Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) recognized U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), the sole Californian and one of only 17 lawmakers to earn a perfect score of 100 percent in CCAGW’s 2014 Congressional Ratings, as a “Taxpayer Super Hero” for the fifth time. Rep. Royce has earned a lifetime rating of 95 percent from the CCAGW.

The Congressional Ratings, which the CCAGW has issued every year since 1989, scores the voting records of all 535 members of Congress. The 2014 Congressional Ratings used 85 individual votes in the House of Representatives to determine which lawmakers helped protect and save the taxpayers’ money.

“The American people work hard for their money and ensuring that their tax dollars are spent prudently is one of my top priorities,” said Rep. Royce. “I look forward to continuing to eliminate government waste, redundancies, and excesses whenever possible.”

“We applaud and wholeheartedly thank Rep. Royce for his hard work on behalf of the taxpayers while serving in Congress,” said CCAGW President Tom Schatz.  “His courageous votes to cut wasteful spending and make government more accountable should serve as an example to other members, encouraging them to make good on promises to protect the fiscal interests of American taxpayers.”

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is the nation’s largest nonpartisan and nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.

Rep. Royce represents California's 39th Congressional District which encompasses parts of Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties.

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Financial Services Committee Votes for Royce Cap on GSE CEO Pay

2015/07/29

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) released the following statement after the House Financial Services Committee voted 57-1 today to advance his legislation, the Equity in Government Compensation Act of 2015, to limit compensation packages for the Chief Executive Officers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac:

“Multi-million dollar paydays for the CEOs of Fannie and Freddie represent a failed grasp of reality on the part of both the GSEs and their regulator,” said Rep. Royce. “At a time when American families are still struggling, members of both parties clearly find it incomprehensible that the FHFA would authorize the taxpayer-backed GSEs to hand out $4 million compensation packages to their CEOs.”

Earlier this year, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt authorized the GSEs to propose new executive compensation plans for the position of CEO that may be as high as the 25th percentile of the market, or approximately $7.26 million a year. This month, the GSEs announced that their CEOs would receive $4 million a year compensation packages, a dramatic raise from their current annual salaries of $600,000 at a cap set by former FHFA Director Edward DeMarco.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently stated it "does not support FHFA’s new approach to CEO compensation at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and urged the agency to reject any increase." White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has also stated "I think it is entirely legitimate for the executives at those institutions to be subject to compensation limits" when asked about the White House's view on executive raises at the GSEs.

The Equity in Government Compensation Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Royce on May 8, 2015, was amended during the Committee markup yesterday per negotiations with Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). As amended, the bill suspends the $4 million a year compensation packages for the CEOs at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and limits their total compensation to the prior level of $600,000 a year each.

The House Financial Services Committee voted on similar legislation, the Equity in Government Compensation Act of 2011, on November 15, 2011. The bill passed the committee on a bipartisan vote of 52-4, with now-FHFA Director and former Committee member Mel Watt voting against the legislation, and spurred former FHFA Director DeMarco to institute salary limits at the GSEs.

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Rep. Royce Introduces Bipartisan Solution to Veteran Burial Delays

2015/07/29

Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) introduced the Veterans Dignified Burial Act, H.R. 3278, legislation spurred by reports of improperly handled veterans’ remains at the Los Angeles County mortuary.

"The improper treatment of veterans after their passing is deeply troubling and the result of easily fixable loopholes in VA procedures," said Rep. Royce. "I look forward to advancing this critical bill to ensure our veterans receive the best possible treatment as they are laid to rest."

The bill calls for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to follow up on pending burials 30 days after a body has been identified as a veteran, which prevents the extended burial waiting times that have plagued the Los Angeles County mortuary and others throughout the country. It also requires the VA to submit an annual report to Congress on deceased veterans who were interred after the 30 day reporting period in an effort to provide lawmakers with a better understanding of the scope of this problem.

Last year, Rep. Royce and House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) wrote former VA Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Steve Muro regarding the improperly handled bodies. The letter asked for a review of the process and highlighted the roadblocks at the VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) when it comes to veteran burials. Acting Under Secretary Ronald Walters responded with confirmation that he will institute a 30-day follow up period, though this is not a permanent procedure or codified rule as this legislation would make it.

Rep. Royce previously introduced the Veterans Dignified Burial Act on July 31, 2014, legislation that garnered nine bipartisan cosponsors. U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) also introduced a Senate companion version of the bill last year.

For more information, contact Saat Alety at Saat.Alety@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4111.

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Rep. Royce Supports Renewal of Los Angeles Olympics Bid

2015/07/27

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the renewed possibility of the selection of Los Angeles as the United States bid city for the 2024 Summer Olympics:

“Los Angeles is a proven host of the Olympics and has the infrastructure necessary to host a successful Games that will put our nation’s best foot forward. With the opening this past week of the Special Olympics World Games, we’ve witnessed the spirit of international unity that our city can bring forth. I'm hopeful that the USOC will reconsider Los Angeles for this future honor," said Rep. Royce.

Last year, Rep. Royce was joined in signing a letter of support for Los Angeles' bid 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, 2014, can be viewed here.

The text of the letter is as 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.

 
Sincerely,

 
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

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An all-of-the-above approach to drought

2015/07/26

An all-of-the-above approach to drought

California continues to endure its worst drought in more than 1,200 years. A growing number of communities have been impacted by the severe drought conditions, and mandatory water usage reductions are doing little to alleviate their effects. While we can’t make it rain, we can do more to utilize readily available water.

Local desalination projects have continuously undergone permitting battles with government agencies. After six years of back and forth with the California Coastal Commission and 14 lawsuits, the largest desalination project in the Western Hemisphere, in Carlsbad, has finally been approved. It’s been estimated that this project will employ 2,500 people and provide 50 million gallons of drinking water every day when it opens next year.

Desalination plants, using a process called reverse osmosis, convert seawater into drinking water. This idea is not new, nor should it be seen as partisan. John F. Kennedy saw the potential for desalination: “If we could produce freshwater from saltwater at a low cost, that would indeed be a great service to humanity, and would dwarf any other scientific accomplishment.”

In April, Gov. Jerry Brown authorized $200 million for desalination and water recycling projects. But delays from state and federal agencies have resulted in a pile-up of 15 pending desalination projects along the coast awaiting approval, essentially denying residents of a potential reliable water source.

As chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I recently sent a letter with San Diego-area Democratic Rep. Juan Vargas to the State Department, urging it to complete its review of the Otay water project, which could bring up to 50 million gallons of desalinated water from Mexico to California. Since 2013, the State Department has been reviewing the environmental impact and U.S. national security interests of the project. As one of the many agencies that are required to pursue an action, it is important that the State Department conclude its work promptly.

We see these types of projects becoming more common around the world. In Israel, where drought is not uncommon, similar government-backed projects provide 130 billion gallons of desalinated Mediterranean seawater to more than half of the nation’s population. Israel also treats and reuses nearly 70 percent of its waste water for agriculture. Even during times of drought, Israel has a reliable water supply. We should consider modeling our water projects after countries that have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

Government often stands as an obstacle to even the most obvious solutions. Large-scale infrastructure projects are not an exception to this rule. Congress has a responsibility to help streamline and reform the permitting process for water projects.

To that end, I am an original co-sponsor of the Western Water and American Food Security Act authored by Central California Republican Rep. David Valadao. This bill, which passed the House of Representatives on July 16, provides both emergency and long-term water supply to California, increases water storage capacity and streamlines the permitting process to approve water recycling and reuse projects. It also establishes “one stop shop” permitting reforms aimed at building infrastructure to capture more water.

Our current system of moving water through the California State Water Project is slow and nontransparent; this bill takes steps in order to get more water to Southern California and will allow us to pump more water during the wet months to use in the dry months.

This is just a start. Our current water crisis did not appear overnight, and it will not be solved in a day. Long-term planning requires a regulatory environment that both ensures that water projects in the pipeline today are not bogged down by excessive red tape, and that innovative solutions being employed around the globe can be quickly adopted here. We should begin by approving viable and proven desalination projects as part of an “all of the above approach” to the drought.

Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, represents California’s 39th Congressional District.

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Rep. Royce Questions Progress Made on Cross-Border Resolution

2015/07/24

Yesterday, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) questioned witnesses on progress made by regulators instituting a cross-border resolution framework during the House Financial Services Committee hearing entitled “Ending ‘Too Big to Fail’: What is the Proper Role of Capital and Liquidity?”

"The need for cross-border resolution of compromised financial institutions, I think, was made pretty painfully apparent during the ‘08 global financial crisis. Rightfully, cross-border resolution is today at the forefront of the international regulatory reform agenda. During a recent update on the FDIC’s efforts to create a framework for the resolution of SIFIs and G-SIBs, Chairman Martin Gruenberg that ‘there has been no greater or more important regulatory challenge in the aftermath of the financial crisis than developing the capability for the orderly failure of a systemically important financial institution.’ Now I agree with him that this is an issue of paramount importance," began Rep. Royce. "However, I question the comment in describing the work to date in solving this cross-border resolution conundrum as ‘the progress has been impressive.’"

In response to the question, “What steps do policymakers around the globe need to take to actually ensure a method of cross-border resolution exists, one that does not place American companies at a competitive disadvantage while still preventing future taxpayer bailouts,” Dr. Charles W. Calomiris, professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, answered at Rep. Royce’s request.

“I agree with you. If you look at what the problem was in terms of cross-border with the failure of Lehman, it was which regulator is in charge of which assets. That was the major problem, that was the major disruption and confusion. I think that that is something we are really moving to solve and I think it can be solved. That’s different from orderly liquidation, which I think is a pipe dream,” said Dr. Calomiris. “The only way we’re going to solve this problem is with some kind of ring-fencing where there is clear allocation of authority over which assets and which liabilities will be adjudicated and controlled by which regulatory entities. We can’t have a completely fluid international balance sheet, it’s simply not pragmatic. My view is that international financial institutions can have operations that are international but they have to have legal entities that are well-defined within national borders.”

Rep. Royce is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, with membership on both the Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee and Housing and Insurance Subcommittee. Read More

Royce Legislation to Cap GSE Salaries Advances

2015/07/23

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) released the following statement after the House Financial Services Committee announced that it will markup his legislation, the Equity in Government Compensation Act of 2015, to limit salaries at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac:

“Congress needs to put a stop to the planned multi-million dollar paydays at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Holding compensation packages at taxpayer-backed organizations to responsible limits is in the interest of the public trust. I thank Chairman Hensarling for advancing this legislation and look forward to building the bipartisan backing it previously garnered.”

Earlier this year, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt authorized the GSEs to propose new executive compensation plans for the position of CEO that may be as high as the 25th percentile of the market, or approximately $7.26 million a year. This month the GSEs announced that their CEOs would receive $4 million a year compensation packages, a dramatic raise from their current annual salaries of $600,000 at a cap set by former FHFA Director Edward DeMarco.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently stated it "does not support FHFA’s new approach to CEO compensation at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and urged the agency to reject any increase." White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has also stated "I think it is entirely legitimate for the executives at those institutions to be subject to compensation limits" when asked about the White House's view on executive raises at the GSEs.

The Equity in Government Compensation Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Royce on May 8, 2015, suspends the compensation packages for executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and limits salaries to the highest level paid at the FHFA, which was estimated at $255,000 a year by the Congressional Budget Office in 2011. The bill also places non-executive GSE employees on the General Schedule (GS) pay scale, the highest rank being $132,122 per year.

The House Financial Services Committee voted on similar legislation, the Equity in Government Compensation Act of 2011, on January 17, 2012. The bill passed the committee on a bipartisan vote of 52-4, with current FHFA Director and former Committee member Mel Watt voting against the legislation.

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Royce Questions NCUA's Matz on MBL and FOM

2015/07/23

Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) questioned National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Chairman Debbie Matz on her support of H.R. 1422, the Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act, as well as action by Congress on clarifying field of membership rules at a Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee hearing entitled “National Credit Union Administration Operations and Budget."

"I want to thank the NCUA for its recent efforts in working to provide regulatory relief to credit unions that are sound, safe, and stable. I think doing so will be beneficial not only to credit union members, but also to the American economy. I also appreciate your testimony today in support of legislation that Mr. Meeks and I have crafted to provide relief to credit unions from the member business lending cap. As you express, particularly for smaller credit unions, the current statutory cap 'makes it very difficult or impossible to successfully… support the small business community,'" began Rep. Royce.

"While your testimony specifically cites your support for this bill H.R. 1188, the Credit Union Small Business Jobs Creation Act, I also want to get your thoughts on H.R. 1422, the Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act. As you know, this bipartisan bill would correct the disparity – between banks and credit unions – in the treatment of loans made to finance the purchase of 1- to 4-unit, non-owner-occupied residential dwellings. I see this is a simple, straight-forward fix; especially when you consider the potential positive impact in helping finance investment in multifamily and affordable housing. Chair Matz, would the NCUA support this?  Do you see a difference between 1-to 4-unit loans and commercial business loans?" asked Rep. Royce.

"Thank you, and thank you also for sponsoring the IOLTA parity bill. Yes, we certainly support that legislation and in fact in the risk-based capital rule we treat the 1-to-4 residential units as consumer loans rather than business loans, but that's as far as we can because of the statute. So we would welcome that relief," replied Matz.

"I appreciate your support for that. I also encourage other Members of the Committee to join me in supporting this bill because it would unlock about $11 billion in credit union lending for small business, that's important," said Rep. Royce.

"On another front, as you indicated in your testimony, improving the field of membership rule is a priority for the NCUA; you have even set up a separate working group to address regulatory relief needs on this front.  I know the NCUA has a proposed rule addressing proposed streamlined field-of-membership procedures, and is working to address issues related to community charters, and occupation charters. My question was, while much of this work can be left to the NCUA alone, is there anything Congress should be doing to address field of membership issues in the statute?" continued Rep. Royce.

"Thank you for asking that. Yes, there are several things that can be done, but probably the most impact would be if community charters would be allowed to take on underserved areas. That would help keep the federal charter competitive and would provide relief to a number of community charters which would really like to take on underserved but can't do it. It really makes no sense, I can't figure out any reason for it. We hate to say no but we have no choice," answered Matz.

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

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Rep. Royce: Dodd-Frank Ignored Root Cause of Financial Crisis

2015/07/21

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) released the following statement on the fifth anniversary of President Barack Obama's signing of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act:

“Aside from enshrining too-big-to-fail, the Dodd-Frank Act ignored the root of the financial crisis by failing to address the duopoly of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Five years later, the government dominates an unstable secondary mortgage market with taxpayers at risk of being tapped for a bailout should we see another downturn. The legacy of Dodd-Frank should be judged not just by what was included in it, but also what was left out of it. Policymakers owe it to the American people to wind down the GSEs before recent history repeats itself."

Rep. Royce served as one of the conferees assigned to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of the Dodd-Frank Act. He voted against both the House version of the bill and the Joint Conference Committee report that passed the House on June 30, 2010. President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law on July 21, 2010.

Rep. Royce is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, with membership on both the Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee and Housing and Insurance Subcommittee.

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Royce Hosts Grant Seminar for Local Nonprofit Organizations

2015/07/21

The office of U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) is hosting a Grant Seminar for nonprofit organizations in and around California's 39th Congressional District. This unique event will allow representatives of these organizations the opportunity to learn effective methods for preparing a grant proposal and application.

"Local nonprofits educate, house, and feed many of those in need, and I'm glad to be able to assist them in their mission of building stronger communities and families," said Rep. Royce.

Presentations at the seminar include: Grant Readiness by Regeanie Corona of Advancing the Seed, Proposal Writing by Cathleen Kiritz of the Grantsmanship Center, and Federal Opportunities for NPO by Greg Ericksen of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Speakers will discuss how nonprofit organizations can increase their chances of successfully obtaining a grant as well as additional resources available to groups seeking funding.

The event is open to the public and will be held on Wednesday, August 12, from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM at California State University, Fullerton, Steven G. Mihaylo Hall, Room 1406 (2550 Nutwood Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92831).

General attendees can RSVP by clicking here.

Those interested in further details on the event may contact Alison Martin in Rep. Royce's office at (714) 255-0101 or Alison.Martin@mail.house.gov. Read More

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.

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

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).

Watch the Congressional App Challenge Coalition Webinar at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvOKpJ5mvNs&feature=share Read More

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
  • 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

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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OC Registrar of Voters Holds Free Election Academy

2013/10/03

The OC Registrar of voters will offer a complimentary "Election Academy" that will cover virtually all aspects of elections. The course is designed for all who are interested - from voters to candidates. The sessions last from 6pm - 9pm and are held at the Orange County Registrar of Voters (1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C, Santa Ana, CA 92705). Visit http://www.ocvote.com/community/orange-county-election-academy/ or call (714) 567-7600 for more information. Read More

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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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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Join Rep. Royce in Celebrating Flag Day

2013/06/14

June 14th commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Our Flag is an informative document that explains the history of the American flag as well as the appropriate observance and display practices. The publication also includes a brief history of each state flag. Make sure to take a look at the document here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CDOC-109sdoc18/pdf/CDOC-109sdoc18.pdf Read More

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Royce Elicits Lew Support for GSE Reform Building Blocks, 6/17/2015

2015-06-17 16:20:25


Chairman Royce Questions Witnesses on Definition of Cyberwar, American Cyber Defenses 6.16.15

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Rep. Royce Questions HUD's Castro on Increased Non-Bank FHA Lending

2015-06-11 17:31:09


Rep. Royce Questions HUD Secretary Julian Castro on GSE Risk Sharing and CSP, 6-11-15

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2015-05-19 19:31:34


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2015-05-14 16:21:37


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2015-05-01 15:34:12


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2015-04-12 22:30:33


Rep. Royce Questions SEC's Andrew Ceresney, 3/19/15

2015-03-19 14:19:34


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2015-03-18 18:19:41


Rep. Royce Announces Introduction of Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act

2015-03-18 16:31:46


Chairman Royce Questions Treasury Secretary Jack Lew at HFSC Hearing, 3/17/15

2015-03-17 15:58:04


Royce Questions Hearing Witnesses on Oversight of the Federal Housing Administration, 2/26/15

2015-02-26 20:05:13


Contact Information

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

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.


Serving With

Doug LaMalfa

CALIFORNIA's 1st DISTRICT

Tom McClintock

CALIFORNIA's 4th DISTRICT

Paul Cook

CALIFORNIA's 8th DISTRICT

Jeff Denham

CALIFORNIA's 10th DISTRICT

David Valadao

CALIFORNIA's 21st DISTRICT

Devin Nunes

CALIFORNIA's 22nd DISTRICT

Kevin McCarthy

CALIFORNIA's 23rd DISTRICT

Steve Knight

CALIFORNIA's 25th DISTRICT

Ken Calvert

CALIFORNIA's 42nd DISTRICT

Mimi Walters

CALIFORNIA's 45th DISTRICT

Dana Rohrabacher

CALIFORNIA's 48th DISTRICT

Darrell Issa

CALIFORNIA's 49th DISTRICT

Duncan Hunter

CALIFORNIA's 50th DISTRICT

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