| WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) teamed up with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) for the second time in the past three years to host an Anti-Human Trafficking Training Seminar designed specifically for the hospitality industry. Participants included Southern California hotel managers and owners who learned how to identify the signs of human trafficking and how to report it.
“Millions of people, particularly in the hospitality and health industries, come into contact with victims of human trafficking every day, but are either not able to identify the nature of the problem or do not know where to report the situation. As a community, we have a duty to do everything we can to help those in danger and provide each other with the resources and training needed to properly identify and report victims of this horrific crime. All it takes it one person to notice what is going on and make a phone call to possibly end this cycle of modern slavery,” stated Rep. Royce.
Additionally, Rep. Royce honored local hospitality industry leaders for their outstanding efforts in assisting the task force in combatting human trafficking.
Pictured below: Anaheim PDSergeantJuan Reveles, representing the OC Human Trafficking Task Force, and Rep. Ed Royce presented awards to Buena Vista Inn, La Quinta Inn-Costa Mesa, and Motel 6-Stanton, honoring them for their tireless efforts to fight human trafficking in our communities.
| Rep. Royce has previously partnered with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force in 2015 to teach local hotel industry leaders how to spot signs of human trafficking and prostitution.
In 2013, Rep. Royce launched the Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee (HTCAC) to address human trafficking concerns, as well as offer policy recommendations. The HTCAC is comprised of victims’ rights groups, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and community advocates, and is actively working to combat human trafficking in Southern California.
Many of the challenges that we face as a nation can be solved with a strong economy and a thriving job market. When local businesses and entrepreneurs succeed, it positively impacts our entire community. As a new tax reform plan was unveiled last month, I will be continuing a new feature called “Local Business Spotlight.” Every business has a story to tell and I think they deserve to be heard.
I’d like you to meet Lee Salas (second from the right in the picture above), owner and operator of Massage Envy in Diamond Bar.
A consequence of three decades in the corporate world, Ms. Salas was looking for a fresh start. After trying her hand in the real estate business, she quickly decided that it was not for her. Still seeking an alternative to another corporate job, Lee’s husband opened her eyes to an intriguing proposition. Mr. Salas was an employee of Massage Envy and showed his wife some of the numbers behind the business. This catalyzed the entrepreneurial spark that propelled Lee out of the corporate world and into the realm of being her own boss.
In 2011 Lee became a Massage Envy franchisee. Since then, she has grown her franchise to employ almost 70 employees over two locations. When asked about what contributed to the success of her small business, Lee emphasized the importance of community relationships. “Getting to know the community makes you part of the community, as opposed to a big business which is just a box name. We’re not that.” Lee emphasizes the importance of forging strong community relationships by including her business in activities like the Diamond Bar Birthday Party, the Diamond Bar Gala, and the Walnut Family Festival.
Although her Massage Envy franchise has been successful since it’s opening, Lee admits that there are challenges involved with owning a business in California. “I talk to business owners in other states and sometimes I think if I didn’t live here, I’d open a business somewhere else.” Everything from worker’s compensation insurance to federal taxes on tip money weighs heavy on Lee’s ability to hire new employees. “When I hire them, I see more state taxes, more federal taxes…you have to work to a certain point just to pay for that.” She believes a tax credit for hiring employees might help alleviate some of the growing pains of owning a business in California.
Despite this, Lee understands that the most important step towards a successful small business is to make employees want to stay working with you. She offers medical, dental, and vision insurance and hopes to expand her employees’ benefits package to included 401k and paid time off. Much to her employee’s delight, one of many things Lee took from her experience in the corporate world is the value of time off from work. “We’re definitely going to do time off next year, my employees deserve a vacation and they deserve for us to pay for it.”
Encapsulating the spirit of small business--which is so important to our economy--Lee Salas’ success story is one to celebrate.
Click on the video above to watch Rep. Royce's remarks during Thursday's Financial Services Committee Hearing with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) questioned U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on federal housing reforms including his legislation, H.R. 3556, the Taxpayer Protections and Market Access for Mortgage Finance Act during a House Financial Services Committee Hearing.
“Mr. Secretary, at the outset I want to invite you to my district, especially out to San Bernardino, California, where the Housing Authority is working on a ‘Moving to Work’ program. It’s an agency that’s been up and running for some time there and it’s running very effectively. They have had a number of self-sufficiency programs including home ownership programs with term limits and work requirements.We would love to have you see this first-hand if you could. I wanted to extend that invitation.
“I was wondering if you could talk a little more about what the Department is doing to advance MTW as it’s called, the ‘Moving to Work’ program and other sustainable best practices which lift people out of their situations and onto economic independence,” said Rep. Royce.
“Thank you for that question. The ‘Moving to Work’ initiative really aims to provide various municipalities with the ability to be flexible, recognizing that they were probably the people who best knew what their needs were. This allows for a significant amount of innovation. The first 39 districts that benefited from this have produced some pretty good results. This has resulted in us extending the program to another 100 communities over the next seven years. I’m hopeful that we will be able to go far beyond that and I look forward to working with you on ways to expand that program. We are looking for everything that is highly effective. Some of the programs that have been talked about here this morning have had some components that are highly effective. We are going to make sure that we learn from those things and continue to push those things. There may be different mechanisms to do it but we are not going to abandon those things. That would be foolishness,” replied Secretary Carson.
“Two other questions, one is the Department is reviewing its policy to allow PACE (Property-Assessed Clean Energy) lien on FHA financed loans. As you know the defaults on these loans are on the rise. I was going to ask if you would comment on when you might make a decision on whether to withdraw the current Mortgagee Letter or clarify how the FHA will treat these PACE loans,” asked Rep. Royce.
“Well you know obviously it’s a serious issue when you put in the first lien position somebody other than the major lender,” answered Secretary Carson.
“It’s very concerning for us,” responded Rep. Royce.
“It’s very concerning for me too. We are taking that into consideration and we will have a decision on that soon,” answered Secretary Carson.
“And one last question. As you know Mr. Secretary, GSE’s have engaged in significant credit sharing transactions. This shields American taxpayers to some extent. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and I have a bill to get them to do even more in terms of that approach. I’ve been told that the FHA may have the authority to do similar risk sharing transactions, or at least purchase co-insurance to reduce the risk to the public. I think this could be a very constructive means to reduce taxpayer exposure. Would you support legislation, or regulatory clarification of FHA’s existing authority to explore credit risk sharing,” asked Rep. Royce.
“We have already engaged in some discussions on that and are continuing those discussions. I’m very much looking forward to having an FHA Commissioner but I agree with you that it’s an area ripe for discussion and movement,” answered Secretary Carson.
Watch Rep. Royce’s full line of questions HERE.
The Taxpayer Protections and Market Access for Mortgage Finance Act directs the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director to establish guidelines requiring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs) to engage in significant, increasing, and varied credit risk transfer (CRT) with an emphasis on front-end transactions when mortgages are originated. The GSEs would be required to set and publish guarantee fees, including loan level price adjustments (LLPAs), to reflect the reduced credit risk resulting from new CRT transactions. Both authors of the legislation are senior members of the House Financial Services Committee. Full text of the bill can be viewed HERE.
The Protecting Americans from Credit Entanglements Act, or PACE Act, amends the Truth in Lending Act, to ensure that PACE lenders are subject to the same basic disclosure requirements that apply to traditional lenders, including providing to consumers the annual percentage rate, a schedule of payments, and the total cost of the loan. Homeowners will also be notified that they will be taking a lien on their home. The full text of H.R. 1958 can be found HERE.
Many of the challenges that we face as a nation can be solved with a strong economy and a thriving job market. When local businesses and entrepreneurs succeed, it positively impacts our entire community. As a new tax reform plan is unveiled today, I will be starting a new feature called “Local Business Spotlight.” Every business has a story to tell and I think they deserve to be heard.
To start off, I’d like you to meet Nitin Patel, General Manager of Midas Auto Service Store in Diamond Bar.
When Nitin first moved to California in 1984 he was blown away by the constant stream of cars whizzing by on the 405 and 5. A Kenyan immigrant who spent most of his first eight years in America driving on four lane highways in West Virginia, California’s vast expanse of interstate freeways were a unique feature to get used to in his new home. Nitin didn’t know it at the time, but the seeds for a new career path had been planted.
Prior to the 2008 recession, Mr. Patel worked as a retail manager for large chains like Walmart, Adidas, and Toys R Us. Like many Americans who fell on hard times during the recession, Mr. Patel was laid off from his job in 2008. Given his background as a retail manager, Mr. Patel felt it was time to go ahead and pursue something on his own.
Looking to capitalize on California’s love of cars, Nitin Patel became the manager of Midas Auto Service Store in Diamond Bar in 2010. One of the biggest challenges to overcome since he started working for Midas Auto Service has been to change customers’ perceptions about what the business does. “A lot of people think of Midas and think it’s just an exhaust and brake business. But guess what, we’re a total car care company. Our biggest challenge has been to let the community know this.”
Like many other successful local businesses, Mr. Patel understands the relationship between business and community goes hand in hand. “I believe a business cannot exist without community, if you’re not involved with them in some form. Owning a business is not a give and take situation.” That’s why he emphasizes the need to take part in the community with actions like the sponsorship of the Diamond Ranch High School and Diamond Bar Women’s club.
Establishing an ethos of high quality work that places the customer first is as equally important to a business’ success as community involvement. “Our basic mission is to do each repair once and only once, do it correctly, and make sure customers have a reliable and safe vehicle.”
When asked about what type of policy decisions could help his business overcome challenges, Mr. Patel’s concern for his customers rings true again. “In California, the biggest thing I see is people have spent 40-50% of their budget on housing, by the time they’re left with a car repair bill, it’s like really? Consumers need more disposable income, either by giving corporations the relief that was promised so they can bring profits back, or by a personal tax cut. I’d like to see relief given to both businesses and the consumer.”
Nitin Patel is a hardworking and successful American we all can look up to. More than anything, he wants his customers to reap the benefits of him, “coming to work every day knowing I’m going to get you someplace safer.” I hope his story can inspire more to pursue their entrepreneurial spirit.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and U.S. Treasury Department signed the U.S.-E.U. covered agreement:
“Today’s signing of the covered agreement is a big win for American consumers. Providing regulatory certainty and leveling the playing field for U.S.-based insurers and reinsurers operating in the E.U. will result in billions of dollars in savings while protecting American jobs.”
Last September, Representative Royce questioned Federal Insurance Office (FIO) Director Michael McRaith about the importance of a U.S.-E.U. covered agreement to protect American insurance firms and consumers during a Housing and Insurance Subcommittee hearing entitled “The Impact of the U.S.-E.U. Dialogues on U.S. Insurance Markets.”
Chairman Royce also sent a letter to the Treasury Department and USTR urging them to begin the negotiations with the E.U. that led to the agreement.
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), circulated draft legislation, the Anti-Money Laundering Modernization Act, which strengthens the United States anti-money laundering (AML) and countering terrorism financing (CTF) system. Rep. Royce is seeking comments from stakeholders and bipartisan support to move this bill forward.
“Our nation’s anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing regime has been a 40-year work in progress and there is increasing recognition that it needs to be modernized,” said Rep. Royce. “The guiding principle of our anti-money laundering regime must be to protect the national security of the United States and our allies, as well as the integrity of the international financial system. In order to accomplish this end, our regulatory infrastructure must keep pace with the times. Criminal syndicates, rogue nations and terrorist networks are not sitting idly by, and neither can we.”
In July, Representatives Royce and Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) sent a letter to the Treasury Secretary with several recommendations for improving the U.S. AML regime. Several of their recommendations are contained in this draft legislation, including adjusting for inflation the thresholds for filing suspicious activity reports (SARs) and currency transaction reports (CTRs) which haven’t been updated since 1996 and 1972, respectively. Doing so would reduce the number of filings which now total over 55,000 per day and allow FinCEN to prioritize those of the highest law enforcement and national security consequence. The draft bill furthermore would expand the ability of financial institutions to share suspicious activity reports within their organization to improve enterprise-wide risk management and require the Treasury Department to improve qualitative feedback for financial institutions and Federal financial regulators on their AML/CTF efforts. Lastly, the legislation would improve FinCEN’s administrative rulings process and require Treasury to explore the potential for artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other technologies to help detect and prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.
Rep. Royce is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee. Full text of the draft bill can be viewed HERE and a section-by-section HERE. Rep. Royce gave keynote remarks at the Bipartisan Policy Center this week about his efforts to curb money laundering and terrorist financing. You can watch his remarks HERE.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) questioned witnesses on his legislative proposal to protect and bolster consumer access to credit during a Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee Hearing entitled “Legislative Proposals for a More Efficient Federal Financial Regulatory Regime.”
“Thank you Ms. Fortney, I think Congresswoman Maloney made a point there. Perhaps I could ask on my time. Ms. Fortney, would you respond to the Congresswoman’s question?” said Rep. Royce.
“I would be glad to. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has brought action under its authority to deal with unfair or deceptive acts or practices. There is nothing in the Royce bill that addresses that at all that would interfere in any way. What the bill would do would simply let the FTC and consumers pursue the rights and protections of consumers under the credit repair organization act it does not in any way interfere with the ability of the CFPB to enforce the law,” answered Anne Fortney, Partner Emerita, Hudson Cook LLP.
“Thank you and I’ll continue with another point here. CROA is a law that protects consumers from the predatory practices of credit repair organizations. It does this by requiring written contracts, statutory disclosures, a cooling-off periods, a prohibition on prepayment under what we’re doing here with the Credit Service Protection Act, what we propose is leaving CROA in place for credit repair while changing the regulatory regime, for what? For credit education. That’s the point. We’ve tried to strike the right balance. On one hand offering a clear path to better financial literacy for consumers, while maintain the strong consumer protection by the FTC, by the CFPB, and by the state Attorneys General. So, how would consumers continue to be protected under this provision? Can the bad actors that offer predatory forms of credit repair simply use this law to escape CROA liability? No, but I will ask Mrs. Forte if she wanted to reply?” asked Rep. Royce.
“I would be glad to because that’s one of the misconceptions about this bill, that somehow companies that actually engage in credit repair could use this regulatory framework within the Federal Trade Commission to evade compliance with CROA. Actually in order to be certified and registered as an authorized credit services provider, there has to be a determination by the Federal Trade commission that you don’t engage in credit repair. I can say that there is no agency or entity in America that is better qualified to determine whether somebody’s engaging in credit repair or not. The FTC has successfully and vigorously enforced CROA for the last 20 years. What this bill does is create a separate regime, a separate framework, under the supervision of the FTC. One of the objections was that somehow credit repair organizations would apply in mass--I think it would take the FTC five minutes to determine if somebody is in fact a credit repair organization, or if somebody is an entity that actually wants to provide individualized consumer education; products and services; and identity theft protection services. The FTC would very carefully review the qualifications and the business of each of these entities. It would require a three day cancellation period. It would require a notice. I think there is concern also about whether this notice would be clear and conspicuous. You know the FTC has developed the standards for what’s clear and conspicuous--they’re going to know if the notice is clear and conspicuous. These companies that want to be authorized service providers would in fact subject themselves to very close scrutiny by the FTC. I think this would enhance the protections for consumers with respect to credit education and identity theft protection products,” answered Ms. Fortney.
“I’ll throw another point out there for Mr. Quaadman because your members provide credit to millions of Americans who want to buy a house or a car or to finance education and so forth. In previous testimony, we heard from the Economic Research Council, personalized credit education materially benefits consumers, and 23% of consumers improved and moved up score bands such as from subprime to near prime or to prime, after receiving personalized credit education from a national credit bureaus. What then does access to credit education mean for consumers from your standpoint?” asked Rep. Royce.
“You know Mr. Royce I think you’re exactly along the right lines that consumers are much more savvy and understand they need to stay on top of their credit scores and be much more aware of what is impacting their financial situation. To the extent that we can help educate consumers to be better informed and to better use tools to protect their credit scores they’re going to be not only better consumers they’ll be better entrants into the financial system,” responded Thomas Quaadman, Executive Vice President, Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“Mr. Chairman, I'd like to ask for unanimous consent to submit for the record, nine letters of support for my draft legislation, including from the Coalition to Improve Credit Education, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the National Bankers Association, the Policy and Economic Research Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,” said Rep. Royce.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement on the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) immigration policy:
“The status of eligible DACA recipients should not change from one administration to the next. Congress should act now to provide a permanent, legislative solution that gives certainty to these kids. We should not deny residence to children who have only known America as their home, positively contributed to this great country, and passed a background check.”
Rep. Royce meeting with Henry Cheng, Acting Chairman and CEO of 85℃USA Division.
TAIPEI, TAIWAN – This week, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) met with several leaders from the Taiwanese government and local businesses, including 85°C Bakery, as part of a U.S. delegation trip to highlight the positive economic cooperation that exists between Taiwan and the United States. After the meeting, Rep. Royce released the following statement:
“The successful economic partnership between the United States and Taiwan continues to play a major role in bringing jobs to Southern California. Thriving businesses, like 85°C, have introduced Taiwanese-style bakery products to a mainstream audience while creating roughly 1,000 jobs in my home district. The success of 85°C is a phenomenon that has swept the country and I’m thrilled to learn that they plan to continue growing and providing more job opportunities in California. With our shared values of democracy and open markets, it is more critical than ever that we continue to cultivate this positive economic relationship.”
Note: Chairman Royce also met with CH Biotech, headquartered in Ontario, California, a Taiwanese company that is a leading producer of non-toxic agricultural products that help farmers grow more produce.Read More
|Rep. Royce and members of the U.S. delegation met with the Mayor of Taoyuan, Cheng Wen-tsan (pictured third from left), and China Airlines Chairman Ho Nuan-hsuan (pictured far right).
Rep. Royce and Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan seated in a China Airlines simulator.
TAOYUAN, TAIWAN – During his first day in Taiwan, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) met with the Mayor of Taoyuan, Cheng Wen-tsan, to discuss expanding Taiwanese investment in the U.S. Rep. Royce was joined by China Airlines Chairman Ho Nuan-hsuan during the meetings to discuss China Airlines’ plans to expand direct flights from Taoyuan to Ontario Airport. After the meeting Rep. Royce released the following statement:
“I am grateful to Mayor Cheng for extending such a warm welcome to the U.S. delegation. As Taiwan’s gateway to the world, I know that Mayor Cheng understands the importance of the free flow of tourism, goods, and services. I look forward to strengthening the long-standing relationships between American businesses and Taiwan that serve as a win-win for our economies.”Read More
Free Grant Seminar For Nonprofit Organizations
Hosted by the Office of Representative Ed Royce (CA-39)
in conjunction with CSUF’s Gianneschi Nonprofit Summer School
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: California State University, Fullerton Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, SGMH 1406
2550 Nutwood Ave. Fullerton, CA 92831
Parking and Directions here.
R.S.V.P. required here.
Programs for Nonprofit Organizations
Grant Assistance from Representative Ed Royce
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.
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).
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
The Honorable Luis CdeBaca
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
U.S. Department of State
The Honorable Tony Rackauckas
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
2185 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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