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Astrophysics Hosts Rep. Royce at City of Industry Headquarters


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) visited the headquarters of X-ray inspection systems manufacturer Astrophysics, Inc., today. Astrophysics is headquartered in the City of Industry, California, where all of its products are assembled exclusively. Rep. Royce toured the company's headquarters, met with Astrophysics' executives and employees, and viewed a live demonstration of the company’s next generation counter-terrorism technology.

“Astrophysics is a company making products that keep us all safe, and it's doing it right here in our backyard – growing the economy and creating high paying jobs in Southern California,” said Rep. Royce. “While our country has the best educated and most productive workforce in the world, policies that promote STEM education at our schools and lessen regulatory burdens for American businesses will ensure that success stories like Astrophysics are far more common.”

Astrophysics employs over 200 workers in the United States and the company’s systems are used in more than 100 countries at airport checkpoints, courthouses, sporting events and sea ports, making it one of the largest exporters of X-ray technology globally. 

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

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Fullerton supports 'comfort women' apology


FULLERTON – The city gave its support Tuesday night to a House of Representatives resolution that asks Japan to acknowledge and apologize for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.

A bill co-authored by 39th District Rep. Ed Royce and passed unanimously in 2007, recognizes the plight of so-called “comfort women,” sex slaves used by the Japanese army in World War II.

Acting on a recommendation of the Korean American Forum of California, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about comfort women, the City Council, by a 3-2 vote Tuesday, supported the resolution.

Council members Doug Chaffee, Greg Sebourn and Jennifer Fitzgerald voted to support the resolution.

“I see this as a statement on human trafficking and the damage it causes,” Sebourn said. “It’s not about the Japanese government or the Korean government. ... It’s about humanity.”

Bruce Whitaker and Jan Flory turned in the dissenting votes.

“While I certainly condemn the acts that led to comfort women being exploited during World War II ... I think it’s inappropriate for a city council to weigh in on it,” Whitaker said.

Dozens of Korean and Japanese citizens filled the Council Chambers. Comments, were split among the dozen or so who addressed the council.

“It’s only to acknowledge so it is not repeated,” said Phyllis Kim of the Korean American Forum.

Those opposed said facts regarding comfort women are distorted.

“It creates prejudice and wrong ideas about certain populations,” said Amy Watanabe, a social worker from Chino Hills.

In the coming months, the Fullerton Museum Foundation will vote on whether to display a monument honoring comfort women as part of an exhibit on the issue scheduled for 2015.

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Rotary International president is honored in Diamond Bar


New Rotary International President Gary Huang promises to “light up” the worldwide service club. Only a month into his term, Huang lit up the banquet room of the Diamond Bar Golf Course on Friday.

The Rotary Club of Walnut Valley hosted the reception for the new president from Taiwan. Huang noted he was the first Chinese president in the Rotary’s 109 year history.

The service club is one of the oldest and largest organizations in the world, with more than 1.2 million members. Rotary International has led the way on important global issues like polio.

“With the help of the United States government, Rotary International has reduced polio by 90 percent,” Huang said. “And with their continued support, we will eradicate this disease.”

The club has saved millions of children since its first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. In fact, Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2 billion children against polio in 122 countries. Now it wants to eradicate the disease forever.

“The people we are helping are my grandchildren and your children all over the world,” Huang explained. “Because we decided we are going to keep them safe.”

Working with the World Health Organization, Rotary International hopes to announce a polio free world by the end of 2018. Huang pointed out there were more than 450,000 cases of polio in 125 countries only 30 years ago. But now only three countries reported less than 400 cases this year.

“We are this close to ending polio,” Huang said, “and many of you have contribute to this incredible job.”

The new Rotary president lauded people like Rep. Ed Royce (R-Rowland Heights) for being a champion in the fight against polio. Royce later received an award for his hard work from Huang.

“I recently met with Bill and Melinda Gates,” Royce said. “And we when we looked at the work, 98 percent of the work on polio has already been done by 1.2 million members of Rotary from countries all around the world.”

“And they literally eliminated, eradicated, polio in 122 countries,” Royce continued. “Now that is a service organization like no other and I think we need we need a round of applause to the rank and file, the members of Rotary, who have done so much for humanity.”

The congressman felt Huang was just the man to “light up” Rotary International. The Taiwanese industrialist has dedicated his efforts to developing membership throughout Asia.

And to think it almost never happened. Huang tried to join the Taipei Rotary Club three times. The Taiwanese businessman never gave up, finally becoming a member in 1976.

Huang rose through the leadership, becoming the first Rotary International vice-president from a non-English speaking country in Asia. He was named president last month.

Now, Huang is on a whirlwind tour of the U.S.

“I flew in from Philadelphia this morning,” he said. “While in Philadelphia, they let me throw out the first pitch in the baseball game between the Phillies and Houston.”

The Rotary International president even got Royce to join the Walnut Valley Rotary, where he will join State Sen. Bob Huff.

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Reps. Royce, Hahn Introduce Solution to Veteran Burial Problems


Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) and U.S. Representative Janice Hahn (D-Carson) introduced the Veterans Dignified Burial Act, legislation spurred by recent reports of improperly handled veterans’ remains at the Los Angeles County Mortuary.

“Stories of unburied veterans’ bodies at the Los Angeles County Mortuary are deeply unsettling, and the result of loopholes in burial procedures at the VA. This bipartisan bill ensures the VA follows up on pending burials 30 days after the deceased has been confirmed as a veteran, so that we know he or she is treated with both dignity and respect," said Rep. Royce. "While the quality of healthcare that veterans receive has been in the news lately, our veterans deserve the same attention when it comes to their burial.”

“Our commitment to our nation’s heroes does not end at the battlefield’s edge. Rather, we must honor our promise to ensure they have the finest care and respect long after they return home. Failing to meet this promise to our veterans by letting them languish unburied is unacceptable,” Rep. Hahn added. “The legislation I have introduced today with Representative Royce will ensure that we never again allow bureaucracy to stand in the way of the dignity these men and women are owed.”

The bill calls for the 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 LA County mortuary. 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 at mortuaries across the country.

Last month, Rep. Royce wrote VA Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Steve Muro in regards to the improperly handled bodies, seeking a comprehensive review of the process the VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) implements when it comes to veteran burials. Acting Under Secretary Ronald Walters responded this week confirming 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.

For more information, contact:
Saat Alety (Royce) at Saat.Alety@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4111
Breelyn Pete (Hahn) at Breelyn.Pete@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-8220

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Rep. Royce Commends Passage of Bipartisan VA Reform Bill


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement after voting for the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3230), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives today:

"Like many across the country, I was sickened by news of abuses at the VA that have been directly linked to the deaths of veterans. Today's bill allows veterans to see non-VA doctors if they are unable to make an appointment at a VA facility, and gives the VA Secretary the power to fire entrenched senior VA officials for negligence and poor performance. The President should sign this bipartisan bill into law immediately, and Congress needs to explore further VA reforms to ensure veterans get the care they deserve."

The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system as of August 2014, or who are newly discharged combat veterans, to receive non-VA care if they are unable to secure an appointment at a VA medical facility within 30 days or resides more than 40 miles from the nearest VA medical facility. The bill would also authorize the Secretary of the VA to fire or demote currently difficult to remove senior employees for poor performance and misconduct.

Rep. Royce cosponsored and voted for the Veteran Access to Care Act of 2014 that passed the House last month, and voted for the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014 in May, both of which were heavily incorporated into the final version of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act.

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

Rep. Royce Renews Push for Wildfire Funding Fix


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement in light of the recent spread of forest fires and historic high temperatures throughout California:

"As the threat of a major wildfire continues to grow across California, Congress needs to adjust the federal wildfire budget to better protect our citizens and their property. In peak activity years, fire agencies borrow from other non-fire agencies to pay their bills – clearly an unsustainable operating model. Funds to fight wildfires should instead be treated like those used during hurricanes and floods. Congress should pass the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act and make the resources available to local agencies so they can do their jobs safely and effectively."

The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2014 would create a separate emergency funding account for fire response. This funding structure mirrors existing federal funding mechanisms for responses to other natural disasters, and would prevent borrowing from other agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service or U.S. Department of the Interior. Since 2000, these agencies have run out of money to fight emergency fires eight times. Under this bill, routine wild land firefighting costs, which make up about 70% of the cost of wildfire suppression, would continue to be funded through the normal appropriations process. Larger fires, which account for approximately 1% of all wild land fires, would be treated like similar natural disasters that are funded through emergency disaster funds.
Rep. Royce cosponsored the legislation on May 29, 2014, and is joined by over 120 of his colleagues from both parties.
For more information, contact Saat Alety at Saat.Alety@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4111.

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Republican lawmaker to grill U.S. SEC over Ackman tactics


(Reuters) - A U.S. lawmaker will pressure the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday to consider a raft of reforms, after William Ackman's aggressive efforts to take over Allergan Inc raised concerns about loose rules governing disclosure and shareholder voting.

Republican Representative Edward Royce of California plans to grill SEC Corporation Finance Director Keith Higgins at a House Financial Services hearing.

Among his top concerns is a rule that lets investors such as Ackman delay publicly reporting when they have amassed a large stake in a company for days.

"I am especially interested in the SEC's process when looking at novel or creative deals like the announced joint-bid by Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Pershing Square for Allergan," Royce said in a statement.

"Mr. Higgins' appearance before the committee is an opportunity to make sure that the Commission is making robust reviews of these sorts of deals to ensure strong investor protections and market transparency."

Saat Alety, Royce's spokesman, said that Royce is prepared to take legislative action if the SEC fails to fix the problem on its own.


In recent months, Royce has been writing letters to the SEC to express concerns about some unusual maneuvers that Ackman's company Pershing Square Capital Management has used in its joint effort with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc to win a $53 billion hostile takeover of Allergan, which is headquartered near Royce's California district.

In one May letter, Royce said he was concerned about early efforts by Ackman to call a non-binding shareholder vote outside of Allergan's typical election procedures as a way to pressure Allergan to negotiate a deal.

Royce said he feared this "shadow" election would make it tough for shareholders to "truly understand what is going on."

Pershing Square dropped plans for a shareholder referendum in May and has since pursued a more traditional proxy battle.

In a July 2 letter to Royce, SEC Chair Mary Jo White said that the Corporation Financedivision will "continue to consider issues raised by the filing related to the abandoned shareholder referendum" and "issues raised by any future filings of a similar nature."

Ackman's tactics have raised a number of regulatory questions, both about his actions and about hostile takeover bids generally.

It has renewed calls to fix a SEC rule that affords large investors a 10-day delay before they must report when they have amassed more than a 5 percent stake in a company.

The 2010 Dodd-Frank law authorized the SEC to shorten the reporting period, but so far the SEC has not taken up the measure.

Higgins' division is in charge of reviewing financial statements of public companies and corporate governance matters.

In that role, his division would oversee a rule-writing on the reporting period and also review proxy filings and related regulatory matters.

Royce's questions on Thursday will touch on just one of what is expected to be a wide-ranging list of topics at the hearing.

Lawmakers also plan to ask Higgins about other matters, from rulemakings required by the Dodd Frank and JOBS Act laws, to how the SEC oversees proxy advisory firms.

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Rep. Royce Supports Bipartisan Federal Student Loan Process Reform


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 4984, the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act:

"As national student loan debt rises, it's imperative that borrowers know exactly what their financial obligation will total so they can make informed decisions about spending for college and paying off loans afterwards. A college education is often the cornerstone of the American Dream, and gaining one in a fiscally responsible manner better places young people on the path to success."

The Empowering Students Through Financial Counseling Act ensures borrowers, both students and parents, who are participating in federal student loan programs receive interactive counseling each year that provides awareness about the financial obligations students and parents are accumulating. Borrowers are required to consent each year before receiving federal student loans.

Additionally, it calls for informing low-income students about the terms and conditions of the Pell Grant program through annual counseling that will be provided to all grant recipients. And finally, the legislation directs the United States Department of Education to maintain a consumer-tested, online counseling tool that academic institutions can use to provide annual loan, exit, and Pell Grant counseling to students.

Rep. Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, served as a cosponsor of the legislation and spoke on the House floor to encourage his colleagues to lend their support for the bill. It passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 405-11, and joins multiple education reform bills passed by the House that await Senate action.

Watch Rep. Royce's floor speech on the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act here or by clicking the image below:

For more information, contact: Saat Alety at Saat.Alety@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4111.
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California Heat Soars, House's Comprehensive Drought Solution Languishes


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement in light of the National Weather Service's declaration that the first six months of 2014 were the hottest on record in the state of California: 

“As Californians suffer under extreme drought conditions, it's unfathomable that vital water supplies are routed to the ocean instead of farms and homes. Crops are dying, food prices are climbing, and the economic activity that California so desperately needs is being stunted, all the while bureaucrats attempt to protect smelt fish. More outrageous are stories of 'water cops' responsible for doling out fines to Californians as they go about their daily business. The House passed the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act earlier this year with my support, and it's a workable and comprehensive fix to California's water shortages. There's no end in sight for this record heat, and it's time for the Senate to pass this legislation for the good of all Californians."

Rep. Royce cosponsored the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act (H.R. 3964) alongside every GOP member of the California Congressional delegation. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support on February 5, 2014.

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

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Rep. Royce: Dodd-Frank Codifies "Too Big To Fail"


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement on the fourth anniversary of President Barack Obama's signing of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: 

“Upon signing the Dodd-Frank Act into law, President Obama remarked that ‘the American people would never again be asked to foot the bill for Wall Street’s mistakes.’ The Dodd-Frank Act not only failed to eliminate ‘Too Big To Fail’, but codified it, all the while ignoring the $10 trillion government mortgage monopolies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Adding to the calamity that is the Dodd-Frank Act are the restrictions on lending that it saddles the American economy with during a time of record low labor participation, anemic small business expansion, and shrinking GDP. The implementation of Dodd-Frank also has led to a lack of harmonized cross-border regulations, a consequence that places American financial institutions at a significant disadvantage when competing against European and Asian companies. Even simple bipartisan fixes to Dodd-Frank, like ensuring that credit-worthy borrowers can buy their first home, can't make it past Harry Reid’s desk. Dodd-Frank as is leaves taxpayers at risk of making future bailouts and severely hinders the American financial system from jump-starting our economy."

Rep. Royce served as one of the conferees assigned to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation. 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.

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

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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. Read More

Rep. Royce's Staff to Hold Mobile Office Hours in Chino Hills


Rep. Royce’s staff will be available for mobile office hours in the Red Tailed Hawk Room in the City Clerk’s Office at Chino Hills City Hall. Read More

Paying for College Seminar


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) will hold a "Paying for College" seminar on January 25, 2014. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

Rep. Royce's Staff to Hold Mobile Office Hours


A member of Rep. Royce's staff will hold mobile office hours on Thursday, October 3rd from 9am - 4pm at Chino Hills City Hall. Read More

OC Registrar of Voters Holds Free Election Academy


The OC Registrar of voters offers a complimentary "Election Academy" that will cover virtually all aspects of elections. Read More

U.S. Military Service Academy Info Series For Students


U.S. Rep. Ed Royce welcomes all interested students to a series of three informational meetings about the U.S. Military Service Academies. Read More

City of Brea 34th Annual Country Fair


Food, games, rides and live entertainment. Something planned for all ages! Read More

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. Read More

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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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