Ed Royce

Ed Royce


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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Chairman Royce Explores Global Coordination to Halt Money Laundering for Financing Terrorism


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, questioned witnesses on preventing money laundering from financing global terrorism at a Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing hearing entitled “Trading with the Enemy: Trade-Based Money Laundering is the Growth Industry in Terror Finance."

“I guess the real surprise here is just how much money we’re talking about in terms of revenues to these governments in the Western hemisphere, across the developing world. You are talking about hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars, in terms of helping us balance our books and helping those governments as well. So I think civil society, if it was really focused on just how much money you're talking about here, would bolt upright in terms of trying to figure out a structure in order to try to capture the revenue flows back to the government's related to this.

"So the World Customs Organization, is there -- is that the entity that we should consider the platform for enforcement if we were to work internationally or is it the OECD? Is it is their Financial Action Task force that has that 40 plus IX recommendations, is there a way to maybe incorporate this into that entity with the understanding there of how much were talking about in terms of potential revenue? Therefore that certainly could compensate for taking on that added burden on the part of that institution. Where would you begin and first what would be the practical problems with establishing such a platform? And second what would be the political problems maybe in doing it?" asked Chairman Royce.

“The answer to your question is all of the above. GFI and other NGOs are engaged in this. The OECD is focused on that. There are U.N. conventions against transnational organized crime, against terrorism finance, and against corruption, that have relevant provisions that all countries on the planet are bound by. So you have the handles to do all this. What you can do then with the incentive for revenue raising and better governance, and therefore development, foreign investment, and all the good stuff that comes after this, you provide the incentives for integrity. You bring all of the actors together. They contribute their brains and the data. You do the analysis, you feed it back, you turn the lights off. That's why I was saying that the answer is within reach,” answered Dr. Nikos Passas, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University.

“Since 9/11, either myself or the people that work for me and the group that I managed, visited 40 countries on behalf of the Commissioner who was in charge of customs at the time. And we were trying to extend our borders out with the container security initiative of the countries that we visited. And some of these were former Soviet countries. Every single person we demonstrated the program to, ‘where do we get a copy of this?’ And I had permission to give this to the law enforcement people, OK? And we often made it available. They got the program. We own the program, so we were able to give it to them. We had countries that don't give us anything. The Netherlands wanted to hand us a disc and actually did hand us a disc and said, ‘here's our data’. We couldn't go back to our organization. The programmers wanted the Netherlands to pay for the processing of their data.

"When we had funding, we were able to take this data and do it. The United States has a different bookkeeping system than everywhere else in the customs world. It's a blanket statement. Most other countries use a system called ASYCUDA. We don't use that. Their data is in one format, we don't accept it according to our IT people unless they present it in our format. It costs a lot of money to do this. We could just as easily have it done ourselves. And we did while we were funded. Now, when you go out to somebody, they want money to convert the data. These people just want to give it to us, as long as we share with them. And I would be willing to bet, we could extend this thing to 40 countries, probably within very short order if we had money to do it,” said Mr. Louis Bock, former Senior Special Agent, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“In the international community, the Financial Action Task Force makes things happen regarding anti-money laundering and counterterrorism finance. One of the recommendations I have in the book and in my prepared statement is I believe we should go to our U.S. Department of Treasury, who heads up our U.S. Government Financial Action Task Force delegation, and ask them to study the possibility of having trade based money laundering be the next FATF recommendation,” concluded Mr. John Cassara, former U.S. Intelligence Officer and Treasury Special Agent.

Watch Chairman Royce's questioning of the witnesses here or by clicking below:

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Royce Announces Congressional App Challenge CA-39 Exhibit Speakers


Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) announced the speakers for this year's Congressional App Challenge Exhibit and Awards Ceremony which will feature mobile applications created by high school students from California's 39th Congressional District.

A panel of independent judges will determine the winning team and Rep. Royce will announce their decision at the ceremony. Competition winners will have their work displayed in the United States Capitol.

“I look forward to seeing what the talented students of California's 39th Congressional District created for this year's competition," said Rep. Royce. "Thank you to the event speakers and judges, all of whom share a passion for instilling the value of a STEM education in our community's students."

Event details are as follows:

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

Event speakers include:

Marc Fischer, CEO and Co-Founder of Dogtown Media
Marc Fischer is the founder and CEO of Dogtown Media, a mobile technology studio based in Santa Monica, California with offices in San Francisco and New York City. Marc has over a decade of experience designing, developing, and launching digital products for tech startups and multi-national organizations; including Lexus, Google, CitiBank, and the United Nations.

Marc is also a Professor at Santa Monica College where he teaches Mobile App Design to computer science and graphic design students. He is a mentor with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship as well as a board member of Beauty Earth, a non-profit focused on revitalizing urban areas thru local art initiatives.

LTC Dennis Sugrue, Los Angeles District Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Lieutenant Colonel Dennis P. Sugrue received a Regular Army commission in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through the United States Military Academy in 1999. His military education includes the Engineer Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, Ranger School, and Airborne School.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from West Point, and two Master of Science degrees in Geological Engineering and Environmental Engineering from Missouri Science and Technology and Johns Hopkins University, respectively.

Tom Ward, CTO of MEDL Mobile
Tom Ward is the Chief Technology Officer of MEDL Mobile, a mobile application studio committed to building and promoting next generation mobile apps and games for the iPhone and iPad. MEDL Mobile's iPhone apps have hit #1 in the App Store and been featured in the New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, CNBC, Fortune, Fast Company, Orange County Register, Chicago Tribune, and more.

Ward is also a former adjunct professor in the computer science department of California State University, Fullerton. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Full Sail University.

Those interested in attending the event may do so by contacting Stephanie Hu at (714) 255-0101 or Stephanie.Hu@mail.house.gov.

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House chairman demands answers from Kerry over ‘ransom’ to Iran


House chairman demands answers from Kerry over ‘ransom’ to Iran

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce is demanding answers from Secretary of State John Kerry on why the administration last month paid Iran a $1.7 billion settlement, which many Republicans have likened to a “ransom” payment tied to the recent release of American prisoners.

The administration contends the payment was made to settle long pending claim before an international tribunal in The Hague set up to resolve disputes between the United States and Iran in the wake of the hostage crisis spanning from 1979 to 1981.

But congressional Republicans have raised questions about its timing, arguing it coincided with the release of prisoners, including the Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian, as well as the implementation date of the nuclear deal struck between Iran and world powers in July.

“The Department had ample opportunity to seek Congressional input on this matter,” Royce (R-Calif.) wrote Kerry on Wednesday. “Yet, it never raised this potential financial settlement with the Committee.”

Royce laid out a list of 10 questions he wants answered by Feb. 17, including the timing of the payment, why the funds weren’t first used “to compensate American victims of Iranian terrorism” and how the administration arrived at the sum that was paid out.

Royce also demanded a list of all individuals who participated in the various negotiations over the Iran deal, the release of the hostages and the settlement of the tribunal claim, as well as a list of all outstanding claims before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in the Hague.

“I have a larger concern that in choosing to resolve this relatively minor bilateral dispute at this time, the Obama Administration is aggressively moving towards reestablishing diplomatic relations with Iran,” Royce wrote.

The United States and Iran broke off diplomatic relations in 1980, after months of unfruitful negotiations to release hostages seized the year before. While other countries have taken steps to restore diplomatic relations and reopen embassies in the wake of the nuclear pact’s conclusion, the United States has given no public indication it intends to do the same.

Lawmakers from both parties have raised concerns about whether the administration is aggressively holding Tehran accountable for objectionable activities outside the parameters of the nuclear deal, including recent ballistic missile tests.

In the Senate, lawmakers on the Foreign Relations Committee are soon expected to release legislation that would elevate sanctions on such non-nuclear activities. Royce too, expressed doubts in his letter that the administration is committed to “countering the threat Iran poses to the United States and our allies in the region.”

Royce’s office decided to send the letter to Kerry after the administration did not respond to earlier inquiries.

The committee is also planning to question administration officials as part of an Iran hearing next Thursday. Witnesses have not been announced.

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Rep. Royce Pushes for Freeing Up Much-Needed Capital


Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives in favor of H.R. 2354, the Streamlining Excessive and Costly Regulations Review Act, included within Title V of H.R. 1675, the Capital Markets Improvement Act:

"The reason this legislation is on the floor is because of the anemic economic growth that the United States is facing. We've got less than two percent economic growth. If we're going to get the economic engine running again, we've got to do something to remove barriers to access to capital.

"Let's face it, regulators, like lawmakers, aren’t perfect. They're like lawmakers in that sense. Regulators have a certain obligation to examine their record to determine failures and to rectify missteps as needed.

"The Streamlining Excessive and Costly Regulations Review Act will give the Securities and Exchange Commission the opportunity to do so and it would set that up on an ongoing basis.

"What it does is to require a retrospective Commission review of rules and regulations that have an annual economic impact or cost of $100 million or more, result in a major increase of costs or prices for consumers, or harm the ability of U.S. enterprises to compete against foreign competitors.

"Commissioners will be able to reverse ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome regulations with the guidance of public notice and comment under this legislation.

"And it ensures that the SEC isn’t simply rolling out the red tape in a vacuum, oblivious to the negative economic impact that their actions have on consumers or investors, and on businesses.

"The success of regulation or rulemaking shouldn’t be measured in quantity; instead we need smart guidelines to protect our economy and preserve the world’s strongest capital markets here in the United States," said Rep. Royce.

Watch Rep. Royce's deliver his remarks here or by clicking on the image below:

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Royce Announces Congressional App Challenge CA-39 Exhibit and Awards Ceremony


Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) announced details of this year's Congressional App Challenge Exhibit and Awards Ceremony, which will feature mobile applications created by high school students from California's 39th Congressional District.

A panel of independent judges will determine the winning team and Rep. Royce will announce their decision at the ceremony. Competition winners will have their work displayed in the United States Capitol.

“I look forward to seeing what the talented students of California's 39th Congressional District created for this year's competition," said Rep. Royce. "Thank you to the event speakers and judges, all of whom share a passion for instilling the value of a STEM education in our community's students."

Event details are as follows:

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

Competition judges include:

Nanxi Liu
Nanxi Liu is the CEO and co-founder of Enplug, Inc. Enplug’s award-winning software has been used by startups and Fortune 500 companies around the world to manage and display content such as interactive Twitter and Instagram feeds, news, and many other third party apps. Ms. Liu has garnered a sea of approval from entrepreneurial experts with her work with Enplug, earning recognition from: 2014 Silicon Valley Business App Awards #1 Social App Award; 2015 Digital Signage Expo’s APEX Contest Award; Forbes’ 30 Under 30; Fortune’s Top 10 Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs; Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30; LA Business Journal’s 20 in their 20’s; and CSQ Magazine’s Top 10 Innovators Under 40 lists.

Simon Evans
Simon Evans is a professional civil engineer and certified floodplain manager who completed his BS and MS in Civil Engineering at UCLA. He is an expert in hydraulic modeling and floodplain mapping who has designed drainage forecasting systems as part of the Los Angeles District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

Dr. Keun-Hang Susan Yang, Ph.D
Dr. Keun-Hang Susan Yang is the Director of International Science Programs and Professor of Computational Biology/Neuroscience and Bioscience at Chapman University. She is a specialist in modeling of neuronal disorders, electrophysiology, and chemical impacts of pollution as well as the areas of computational biology and bioinformatics.

Laurie Smith
Laurie Smith is a program manager at Science@OC, where she works with educators to enhance their middle school science programs. She is experienced with developing educational programs, providing strategic planning and implementation support, conducting research and program evaluation for K-12 STEM programs, and facilitating connections between educators and STEM professionals to support student learning.

Chi Ni
Chi Ni attended the University of California, San Diego for engineering, but discovered that his passion lies with helping people and teaching others how to innovate. Mr. Ni founded Straight A, Inc., a “leaducation” company, which focuses on intertwining education with leadership. Straight A's mission is to utilize leadership principles to create fun and innovative programs that affect change and make a difference for everyone involved.

Those interested in attending the event may do so by contacting Stephanie Hu at (714) 255-0101 or Stephanie.Hu@mail.house.gov.
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California House Republican Delegation Statement on Drought Relief Legislation


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), and the other members of the California House Republican delegation released the following joint statement on the current status of California drought relief legislation in Congress:

“Over one month ago, the entire California House Republican delegation stood behind solutions to capture El Niño rain and snow for our constituents. That same day, Senator Feinstein promised that within a week she would produce a legislative package agreed to by the Obama administration and the Brown administration. A month has passed and nothing has been introduced. Despite this abdication of leadership, we eagerly await the introduction and consideration of California water legislation in the Senate. Doing this would finally provide our constituents with a path towards real relief.

“If we had been operating under the guidelines of the Valadao legislation since December 1, we would have captured over 62.6 billion gallons of water. That equates to enough water for 1.9 million people for one year – which is enough water for the people of San Diego or San Francisco or Fresno.

“The House has shown it will not stop fighting for our communities by passing California drought legislation several times over the past few years. It is time our Senators rise to this challenge with us. We cannot allow 2016 to be remembered as the year of ‘the lost El Niño.'"

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Reps. Royce and Pocan Launch Bipartisan Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) have announced the founding of the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus, a bipartisan initiative to promote the cooperative business model as a method of commerce that both stimulates local economies and empowers its members.

"Cooperatives not only provide valuable goods and services to consumers around the world, they also offer their members a piece of their success,” said Rep. Royce. “As a longtime advocate of cooperative businesses, from California’s credit unions and mutual insurers to Africa’s rural electric co-ops, I look forward to highlighting the benefits these organizations provide to their communities and customers."

“Cooperatives create good paying jobs and offer employees a chance to be directly involved in business decisions,” said Rep. Pocan. “I’m proud that my District is home to thriving cooperatives from the Willie Street Food Co-Op to UW Credit Union. I look forward to working with Rep. Royce to promote greater awareness of the cooperative business model and to advocate on federal policy issues unique to the co-op community.”

“We are thrilled by the formation of this historic caucus dedicated to advancing the role of cooperatives in the nation’s economy at the federal level,” said Judy Ziewacz, interim CEO and president of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) CLUSA. “We worked hard on behalf of our members and co-ops across the country to secure this caucus as an outlet for raising awareness of and advancing the cooperative business model.”

Cooperatives exist worldwide and inject $3 trillion into the U.S. economy every year. They create millions of jobs; can be found in virtually every sector of the U.S. economy; and offer solutions to meet challenging public policy needs — from affordable housing, to quality sourced food, greater access to electricity, banking and credit needs, and for early childhood learning.

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Miss America Nina Davuluri to Keynote Royce's 8th Annual Women's Conference


Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) announced that former Miss America Nina Davuluri will deliver the keynote address at his 8th Annual Women's Conference. The event, held in conjunction with the California State University, Fullerton's (CSUF) Philanthropic Foundation, will take place at CSUF's Titan Student Union Center (800 N. State College Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92831) on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

"Nina not only won the Miss America scholarship contest, she also showed a phenomenal amount of poise in the face of adversity after her victory," said Rep. Royce. "I look forward to Nina joining my constituents at this year's Women's Conference to discuss issues we both share a passion for: making sure more girls are STEM educated and celebrating cultural diversity."

"It is an honor to be participating as the keynote speaker at Representative Ed Royce's 8th Annual Women's Conference. I am a proud advocate of STEM, particularly engaging young girls in STEM initiatives," said Davuluri. "As Miss America 2014, I am excited to share my experiences and journey to assimilation as a second generation Indian American."

Nina Davuluri was one of over 14,000 young women to vie for the coveted title of Miss America 2014 and its $50,000 scholarship award. In September of 2013, Nina, a University of Michigan graduate, gained international acclaim by becoming the first contestant of Indian descent to win the Miss America Competition representing the state of New York.

Over the course of the Nina’s year of service as Miss America, she logged approximately 250,000 miles traveling across the country to address an array of audiences on her platform: “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency.” As part of her consciousness-raising efforts on behalf of diversity, Nina also launched a social media campaign, Circles of Unity to encourage constructive and civil dialogue on diversity issues. Through her social media channels, Nina asks people to share “representative thoughts and stories about their experiences on how we as a nation can advance cultural awareness.” Nina is proud to have spoken at almost 35 different universities including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Duke, and University of Pennsylvania spreading her message of inclusion.

Nina’s talk primarily focuses on her experiences growing up as a second generation Asian American. Although born in Syracuse, Nina spent most of her childhood in rural Oklahoma and Michigan. From a young age, Nina realized she was culturally different; she wasn’t part of the stereotypical “American Family.” As the only person of Indian origin in her classes for many years she saw many forms of prejudice and misconceptions about communities of color. She often found herself in conversations with classmates, correcting stereotypes and media images. “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency” is intended to spark a conversation about diversity, inclusion, and assimilation. As Nina has stated, “With each new generation, the face of America changes. Diversity is a rich and endless source of experience, language, custom and tradition that enhances our nation and makes us unique.”

In addition to her personal platform, Nina also has a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Education promoting women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related fields. She has collaborated with tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Dell and Texas Instruments to advance their STEM initiatives. Furthermore, she has worked with many charities/NGOs in the U.S. and India advocating for equality and education--most notably Pratham, Magic Bus, and Girl Rising.

The Women’s Conference, which Rep. Royce has hosted every year since 2009, is a half-day seminar dedicated to giving women the tools and resources necessary to enrich their lives. Past speakers include former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, and actress Kristen Bell. In addition to the keynote speech, the conference will include breakout sessions on topics suggested by past conference attendees, such as personal finance, healthy living and career advice. Specific breakout session details will be announced later this month, in addition to the opening of general admissions.

For more information about Rep. Royce’s annual Women’s Conference, please click here.

NOTE: This event is open to the press, but an RSVP is required. Media RSVPs and inquiries can be directed to Rep. Royce's Communications Director Saat Alety at saat.alety@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4111.

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Rep. Royce to Attend FINRA Investor Education Forum


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) will attend "What Every Investor Needs to Know," a free workshop hosted by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in Brea next month. The informational session will cover material that will assist attendees in making informed and prudent decisions regarding their retirement savings.

"As a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, I am acutely aware of the widespread need for greater retirement security and the tools that get investors on the right path," said Rep. Royce. "I appreciate FINRA dedicating its resources to the critical cause of investor protection and market integrity for the members of our community."

"FINRA is committed to providing investors with knowledge and resources to capably navigate markets and make informed investing decisions. Our investor forum program is just one way that FINRA helps to deliver this important information to people in their communities," said FINRA Chairman and CEO Richard Ketchum.

Event details are as follows:

What: "What Every Investor Needs to Know" Informational Session
Host: Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Location: Embassy Suites Brea 
Address: 900 E. Birch Street, Brea, CA 92821 
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM - 8 PM

This event is free to attend and open to the public. Questions regarding the informational session may be directed to Alison Martin in Rep. Royce's office at Alison.Martin@mail.house.gov or (714) 255-0101.

Rep. Royce serves California's 39th Congressional district, which encompasses parts of Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties. He is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States. FINRA's mission is to protect investors by making sure the United States securities industry operates fairly and honestly. FINRA oversees about 3,955 brokerage firms and approximately 643,320 registered securities representatives.

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Rep. Royce Explores Options to Mitigate Flood Risk and Reduce Taxpayer Exposure


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) questioned witnesses on reducing the risk carried by taxpayers for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) during a Housing and Insurance Subcommittee hearing entitled “Opportunities and Challenges Facing the National Flood Insurance Program."

"Mr. Ellis, you said that 'masking subsidies with lower rates prevents policyholders from understanding their true level of risk.' Is my understanding correct that, under the current program, policyholders just see the premium payment that they need to make, right?" asked Rep. Royce.

"That's my understanding," confirmed Mr. Stephen Ellis, Vice President at Taxpayers for Common Sense.

"How difficult would it be to break out the subsidy? How difficult would it be to make transparent the amount the government, or other taxpayers, are covering on behalf of the homeowner?" continued Rep. Royce.

"One of the challenges will be for many of the policies that get the grandfathered subsidized rate, the pre-flood insurance rate map subsidies, they don't know the actual elevation of the actual policy. I think it'd be something worth doing, especially considering, as we've recommended, that anything going forward trying to do affordability issues that the subsidy or support be means tested and outside the rate structure. So I think it'd be a valuable effort, Congressman Royce," answered Mr. Ellis.

"It seems to me that if you could capture the information, the increased transparency would have a positive impact on future decision-making. It would probably decrease moral hazard and increase mitigation efforts perhaps. But letting the policyholder understand that upfront would be helpful," replied Rep. Royce.

"The Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 attempted to address the issue of repetitive loss properties, where multiple claims had been made on the same property. The GAO found that while these properties amount to only 1 percent of policies, they account for nearly 40 percent of all program claim costs. Do you think the 2012 reform bill gave the NFIP the tools necessary to address high-risk repetitive loss properties? What else could be done there?" asked Rep. Royce.

“Certainly in Biggert-Waters 2012 they had the provision there for increasing rates for severe, repetitive loss properties. That did not get changed in the subsequent legislation, that is still going on. We think that is a positive step," concluded Mr. Ellis. "Looking at some of the programs FEMA already has, they have the ICC program with the $30,000 cap. You could potentially increase that cap on trying to help people elevate, mitigate, or relocate. As you pointed out Congressman, it is such a drain on the program, that those are... the best investment to try and mitigate or relocate them out of the flood plain."

"I agree. I think we need to indicate what the actual rate is, we need to write actuarial rated policies," added Ms. Patty Templeton-Jones, Executive Vice President and Chief Program Advocate of the Wright National Flood Insurance Company. "The challenge is, like Mr. Ellis has said, unless we have the elevation certificate and... [for] your pre-FIRM properties, your older properties, your properties that are in the B, C, and X zones... we don't have elevation data. Without that elevation data, we can get an idea, and come April 2016 FEMA is implementing clear, concise information to the policyholder. But again, not having that elevation is an impediment to it."

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

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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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OC Registrar of Voters Holds Free Election Academy


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

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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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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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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