Ed Royce

Ed Royce


Reps. Royce, Maloney, Love, and Keating Applaud Unanimous Committee Passage of Bill to Combat Human Trafficking


 — Today, Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Mia Love (R-UT), and Bill Keating (D-MA) released the following statements after the House Financial Services Committee unanimously passed the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act (H.R. 2219) during a full committee markup:

“In order to stop sex trafficking in our local communities and around the world, we must constantly strive to be one step ahead of the perpetrators who commit these horrible crimes,” said Rep. Royce. “This abhorrent trade is increasingly carried out by sophisticated international criminals who pose a threat to U.S. national security interests. The End Banking for Human Traffickers Act will hit these criminals where it hurts the most: their bank accounts. I’m pleased to see this bipartisan solution continue to gain support in order to proactively fight human trafficking before it occurs.”


“Human trafficking is happening in this day and age, in this country and all around the globe,” said Rep. Maloney. “It is the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the world, generating more than $150 billion in profits every year. Some of those funds are undoubtedly flowing through U.S. financial institutions – with or without their knowledge. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that financial institutions are actively monitoring for money laundering specifically related to human trafficking. This bill will help us crack down on this despicable industry and I am proud to join my friend Rep. Royce in this effort and thank him for his leadership.”

“Human trafficking, in all its destructive forms, earns criminals roughly $150 billion per year,” said Rep. Love. “It is more profitable and sophisticated than ever. Therefore, we must ensure our response is cooperative and multifaceted in order to root out these activities wherever they are. The End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2017 represents a crucial step in our efforts to defeat these tragic crimes, and I’m grateful for the efforts of Chairman Royce and the Committee to advance it.”

“Yesterday's markup underscores two important facts: that human trafficking continues to present a serious challenge for law enforcement that must be addressed, and that the most effective way to do so – as is true with most threats to human security – is in a bipartisan manner,” said Rep. Keating. “I am proud to be a sponsor of this common-sense bill with my colleagues Reps. Royce, Maloney, and Love, which will provide law enforcement and their partners with the tools necessary to prevent human trafficking and hold perpetrators responsible for their horrific crimes.”



The End Banking for Human Traffickers Act amends the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 to add the Secretary of the Treasury as a member of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking. The task force must submit to Congress recommendations for the revision of anti-money laundering programs to specifically target money laundering related to human trafficking.

The full bill text of H.R. 2219 can be found HERE.

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In Case You Missed It: California National Guard to Receive Upgraded Blackhawk Helicopters



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) and Congressman Ed Royce (CA-39) announced that the California National Guard will be receiving upgraded Blackhawk helicopters. Specifically, the Guard’s old UH-60L/A Blackhawks will be replaced by with UH-60M Mike models.

“The California National Guard deserves modern equipment to carry out its mission,” said Rep. Calvert. “Providing our Guard with these upgraded Blackhawks has been a high priority. In recent days, the Guard has utilized its Blackhawk fleet to help combat the California wildfires. With upgraded aircraft, the Guard will be in a better position to help California.”

“Investing in California’s National Guard has proven to save countless lives when unexpected danger strikes,” said Rep. Royce. “In Southern California, the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) is vitally important to federal and state contingency operations and is essential to keeping the public safe. The addition of the upgraded Blackhawk helicopters means that JFTB will be able to better serve Californians when we need them the most.”

“The Cal Guard is the nation's most frequently deployed National Guard force, and our Black Hawk helicopters are pivotal to many of our missions. Whether it's battling wildfires at home or terror overseas, these cutting-edge aircraft enhance our ability to respond when California or the nation calls,” said Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, Adjutant General of the California National Guard. “I'm grateful to Congressman Calvert and Congressman Royce for their ongoing dedication to our Guardsmen. They understand our soldiers need the best and latest tools to accomplish their mission.”

Rep. Calvert, Vice-Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and Rep. Royce, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, led the effort along with other California members to advocate for the Guard’s Blackhawk upgrade through the Defense authorization and appropriations bills. The California National Guard currently has one of the oldest Blackhawk fleets while also having one of the highest utilization rates.


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Rep. Royce: Secret Taxpayer-Funded Settlements Betray the Trust of the American People


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Royce (R-CA) released the following statement after becoming a cosponsor of H.R. 4494, the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act, legislation to inject accountability and transparency into the process for harassment claims paid out under the Congressional Accountability Act and ends the ability for Members of Congress to use taxpayer dollars to settle future sexual harassment or sexual assault claims:

“Members of Congress are public servants of the people and should not be afforded a privileged status. There is absolutely no justification for Members of the House and Senate being able to use taxpayer dollars and forced non-disclosure agreements to cover up sexual harassment settlements. This not only betrays the trust of American taxpayers, it also creates incentives for bad behavior and produces a hostile work environment. This harmful practice must end now and I’m pleased to see so many of my colleagues—on both sides of the aisle—support this common sense legislation.”


(Courtesy of Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
The Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act will:

  • Require disclosure within 30 calendar days of all settlement payments funded by taxpayers, the reason for the payment and the nature of the allegation, and the member of Congress or congressional staffer implicated in the matter.
  • Prohibit the future use of taxpayer dollars to pay sexual harassment and sexual assault claims against members of Congress and staff.
  • Prohibit members of Congress from using office budgets to camouflage payments.
  • Require members of Congress and staff that have ever been named in a sexual harassment or sexual assault settlement paid for by taxpayers reimburse the U.S. Treasury with interest.
  • Any individual who received an award may make public statements about the claims notwithstanding the terms of a nondisclosure agreement and nondisclosure agreements cannot be made a condition of any future settlements.

The full text of H.R. 4494 can be found HERE.


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Royce-Supported Bill to Remove “Orientals” from Federal Regulations Unanimously Passes the House


WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the House unanimously passed H.R. 995, the 21st Century Respect Act, legislation cosponsored by Rep. Royce which requires the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Interior to replace the term “Oriental” with “Asian American or Pacific Islander” from all regulations. 

“Nobody, let alone the federal government, should use a hurtful term like ‘Orientals’ when referencing Americans of Asian descent,” said Rep. Royce. Americans of all backgrounds deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Congress is responsible for updating our laws and regulations with the times. This should also be true for the terminology. I’m pleased to see my House colleagues unanimously support taking action to ensure that our laws and regulations will no longer refer to Asian Americans in such an offensive way.”


Rep. Royce has taken a lead role in removing offensive terminology from federal laws and regulations during the 114th and 115th sessions of Congress. 

In May of 2016, former President Obama signed legislation first authored by Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Royce to strike the term “Oriental” from preexisting federal law and replace it with “Asian American.” That legislation, H.R. 4238, also removes the terms “Negroes,” “Indians,” and “Eskimos” from federal law.

In December of 2015, Rep. Royce and Rep. Grace Meng successfully amended H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015, to strike the term “Oriental” from Title 42 of the United States Code and replace it with “Asian American.” The amendment also removes the terms “Negroes,” “Indians,” and “Eskimos” from the same law.


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From my family to yours... Happy Thanksgiving!


From my family to yours, I’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

We have so much to be thankful for, and this year I’d like to share one person in particular that deserves our gratitude.

Earlier this month, I was extremely proud to attend the ceremony held at the Pentagon for Yorba Linda resident Bridget Blehm as she was sworn in to serve as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA).

Military families throughout Orange County are very familiar with Bridget and the incredible work she has done serving as Executive Director of For Families of Active Military (FFAM). For more than a decade, Bridget has hosted an annual Thanksgiving dinner to provide hope and support to local military members and their families. As a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Bridget is the ideal candidate to support and advocate for U.S. Army soldiers, veterans, and families of Southern California.

Rep. Royce (pictured far right) attended the ceremony for Bridget Blehm (pictured center right) as she was sworn into be a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.

Bridget was one of five Californians to be selected to serve as a CASA, which comes with a 3-star general rank. Bridget’s duties will include participating in advisory panels that will help create a better dialogue between the civilian and military communities in Southern California. 

Our military men and women make countless sacrifices for us and many are away from their families during the holidays. Making sure they have a place to go and get a nice, warm, home cooked meal on Thanksgiving is incredibly important. We’re so lucky to have such a dedicated hostess in our community.

Bridget Blehm (pictured center) is sworn in by the U.S. Secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy (pictured left), during a ceremony held at the Pentagon earlier this month.

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House Passes Pro-Growth Tax Reform Bill


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, legislation that will lead to new job-growth, more take-home pay, and a stronger American economy:

“It’s been 31 years since we last reformed our tax code. The current tax system is broken, burdensome, and continues to hurt job creation. In order to compete in a 21st century economy, California families and small businesses need tax relief—not more of the status quo. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act focuses on boosting growth and helping people across the board keep more of what they earn.

“Enacting pro-growth tax policies will directly lead to more economic prosperity for every single American. While this bill is not perfect, it’s a good start. I’m committed to ensuring that the final product works for all Californians, especially for those who need it most.”

Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on California:
According to the analysis conducted by the non-partisan Tax Foundation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would lead to an increase of 111,108 new full time jobs in California over the next 10 years. Additionally, the median household in California would see a gain of $2,932 in after-tax income. 

Overview of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
• Lowers individual tax rates for low- and middle-income Americans. Income from $24,000 to $90,000 will be taxed at 12%, income from $90,000 to $260,000 will be taxed at 25%, income from $260,000 to $1 million will be taxed at 35% and income above that is taxed at the current top rate of 39.6%.

• Simplifies our increasingly confusing and complex tax code so an individual or family can file their taxes on a form as small as a postcard.

• Significantly increases the standard deduction to protect roughly double the amount of what you earn each year from taxes – from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples.

• Establishes a new Family Credit, which includes expanding the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $1,600 to help parents with the cost of raising children, and providing a credit of $300 for each parent and non-child dependent to help all families with their everyday expenses.”

• Continues to allow people to write off the cost of state and local property taxes up to $10,000.

A full overview of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act can be found HERE


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Royce Legislation Included in House-Passed 21st Century Flood Reform Act


 – Today, the House passed H.R. 2874, the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, which incorporates a number of reforms authored by Rep. Royce including language aimed at decreasing the number of repeatedly flooded properties and a provision mandating better disclosures to consumers about flood risk before the sale of a house.

Rep. Royce gave the following remarks (as prepared for delivery) in favor of the bill’s passage:

“I rise in strong support of the 21st Century Flood Reform Act. I would like to congratulate Chairman Hensarling and Chairman Duffy on putting forward a bill that has brought together the Montagues and Capulets. A bill supported by the environmental community, taxpayer advocates, conservative think tanks, affordable housing groups, reinsurers, and insurers.

“I set two priorities as we looked to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program: To provide better disclosure to consumers about flood risk and decrease the number of repeatedly flooded properties. This bill accomplishes both.

“Section 108 of the bill includes language I authored, which will provide information to homebuyers about past flood events, damage, insurance claims, and any obligation to carry flood insurance. The National Association of Realtors supports this common-sense approach.

“Section 402 of the bill includes the bipartisan Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act, sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer and myself.  Repeatedly flooded properties comprise less than two percent of NFIP policies, while accounting for one third of all claims. Responsible, community driven mitigation is a win-win proposal; one which will help make our neighborhoods stronger and address the fiscal footing of the overall program.

“Finally, Mr. Speaker, I would particularly like to thank the Pew Charitable Trusts’ flood-prepared communities initiative’ for their support of our reform efforts. I urge passage of the underlying bill, and I yield back.”

Video of Rep. Royce’s remarks can be found HERE

Specific Royce Legislative Proposals included in the 21st Century Flood Reform Act:

Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act: The bill requires communities participating in the NFIP with a significant number (50 or more) of repeatedly flooded properties to reduce flood risk rather than continually rebuilding. Communities would be required to map repeatedly flooded areas and create a unique plan to lower flood risk, including identifying areas that need drainage improvements, and areas that could be part of a voluntary buyout program or other mitigation efforts. The bill also sets deadlines for FEMA to develop criteria to govern these plans and determine any appropriate sanctions for failure to act. 

The Homeowners’ Flood Risk Disclosure and Transparency Act: The bill requires those who sell or lease a property to disclose available information to consumers about past flood events, known flood risks, and obligations to carry flood insurance. This will provide current and potential homeowners with the information necessary to accurately assess flood hazards and history, foster interest in flood insurance, and promote investments in mitigation against future events.

In June of this year, the House Financial Services Committee passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Royce, H.R. 1558, the Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act. The original press release can be found HERE.

The taxpayer-backed National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was created in 1968 to provide government insurance protection against flood risks for both homeowners and commercial businesses. 50 years
later, the federal program has a monopoly, has borrowed over $30 billion from taxpayers, operates a $1.4 billion annual deficit and lacks the innovation expected of a company with $1.2 trillion of insurance coverage. The NFIP’s 5 million policies represent 4% of U.S. households at an annual average cost of $884. Over 94% of NFIP residential policyholders paid less than $2,000 in annual premiums for NFIP coverage.

The House Financial Services Committee’s revised package of reforms is supported by: the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), and many other industry stakeholders.


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Reps. Royce and Gonzalez Kickstart Bipartisan Effort to Crack Down on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA) and Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) introduced H.R. 4373, the bipartisan Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Modernization Act or the AML and CTF Modernization Act which strengthens the United States anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CTF) system. 

“Financial criminals and terrorists have evolved in the decades since our anti-money laundering regime was built but our regulatory structure hasn’t kept pace,” said Rep. Royce. “By some estimates, nearly 70 percent of spending on AML compliance is focused on inputs over outcomes. This does little to thwart criminal syndicates, rogue nations, and terrorist networks but it strips away resources that could be better spent on new technologies and other innovations to support national security. The AML and CTF Modernization Act will refocus our regime on quality over quantity, providing new tools to assist law enforcement.”

Rep. Royce also echoed previous calls for passage of legislation to combat anonymous shell companies involved in money laundering saying, “Tackling beneficial ownership is an essential part of comprehensive reform.” Specifically, he is a cosponsor of the bipartisan Corporate Transparency Act, sponsored by Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Peter King (R-NY).

“Money laundering poses a serious threat to the legitimacy and stability of our local, national, and international financial institutions,” said 
Rep. Gonzalez. “The Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Modernization Act establishes a protocol that allows banks to share targeted information without liability; requires regulators to produce rulings that will advance financial institutions’ ability to abide by Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing regimes; and will require the U.S. Department of the Treasury to share helpful Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing intelligence that would empower our financial institutions to fight against money launderers. Enacting this important legislation will bolster the transparency and efficiency of our financial system while enhancing our ability to prevent money laundering schemes in a timely manner.” 


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 the legislation introduced today, 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.

H.R. 4373 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 gave keynote remarks at the Bipartisan Policy Center in September about his efforts to curb money laundering and terrorism financing. You can watch his remarks HERE

Last week, Rep. Royce questioned the Treasury Department’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Sigal Mandelker, at a Subcommittee hearing where he asked her about adjusting the threshold for SARs and CTRs, to which the Under Secretary responded by calling on Congress to go even further, saying “I think it’s time for us to revisit the [anti-money laundering] regime writ large.  We have to get out of the 1970s and the 1990s and move way past 2017…” You can watch the video from that hearing HERE.

Rep. Royce is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and both Rep. Royce and Rep. Gonzalez are members of the House Financial Services Committee. Full text of the bill can be viewed HERE and a section-by-section can be found HERE.

For more information, contact:
Steven Smith (Royce) at Steven.Smith@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4111
Aryn Fields (Gonzalez) at Aryn.Fields@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-2531

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Yorba Linda Resident Sworn in as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army


Rep. Royce (pictured far right) attended the ceremony for Bridget Blehm (pictured center right) as she was sworn into be a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) attended a ceremony at the Pentagon for Yorba Linda resident Bridget Blehm as she was sworn in to serve as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA). After the ceremony, Rep. Royce released the following statement: 

“Military families throughout Orange County are very familiar with Bridget Blehm and the incredible work she has done serving as Executive Director of For Families of Active Military (FFAM). For more than a decade, Bridget has provided hope and support to active military and their families when they needed it the most. As a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Bridget is the ideal candidate to support and advocate for U.S. Army soldiers, veterans, and families of Southern California.”

Bridget Blehm (pictured center) is sworn in by the U.S. Secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy (pictured left), during a ceremony held at the Pentagon on Tuesday.


Rep. Royce endorsed Bridget Blehm’s nomination to serve as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) and submitted a letter of support which can be found HERE

Bridget Blehm was one of five Californians to be selected to serve as a CASA, which comes with a 3-star general rank. Bridget’s duties will include participating in advisory panels that will help create a better dialogue between the civilian and military communities in Southern California. 

(Courtesy of For Families of Active Military)
Bridget Blehm founded FFAM in 2006 after years of inviting active military to her home at Thanksgiving and Christmas. When the invitation list kept growing, she moved the celebrations to a larger space. She soon realized how formalizing her efforts would allow her to increase support for active military men and women as well as their families. She expanded her support to include pre-deployment activities, soldier care packages, welcome home celebrations, new baby baskets, respite care and more. And, in 2016 FFAM opened The Re-Entry Lodge in Lake Arrowhead where military from Camp Pendleton, Miramar Air Station and Fort Irwin (all branches across the US) may take their families for time away together to reconnect and rejuvenate post-deployment or in times of need. 

For families of Active Military (FFAM) is a not for profit that began in 2006 in response to the increasing awareness of the hardships that our military families experience, and the desire to give back to those who sacrifice so much on our country's behalf. FFAM works with military bases in Southern California to provide holiday meals and gifts, pre- and post-deployment support, food and furnishings assistance, new baby baskets, bereavement and respite care, and a retreat center for families to reintegrate and relax after returning from deployment. 


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Rep. Royce Discusses Solutions for a Better Housing Finance System



Click on the video above to watch Rep. Royce's remarks during Thursday's Housing and Insurance Subcommittee Hearing Entitled “Sustainable Housing Finance: Private Sector Perspectives on Housing Finance Reform – Part II.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) participated in a Housing and Insurance Subcommittee Hearing Entitled “Sustainable Housing Finance: Private Sector Perspectives on Housing Finance Reform – Part II.” During the hearing, Rep. Royce advocated for two of his bills aimed at increasing private sector involvement in the secondary housing market and improving the structure and transparency of PACE loans.

Key excerpts, as prepared for delivery:

“Housing finance reform remains the great undone work of the financial crisis. A nationalized mortgage market is an unsustainable status quo. Sadly, the situation we find ourselves in today was a predictable one. In 2003, I introduced legislation, and again in 2005, in the form of an amendment, which would have reigned in the GSEs, allowing them to be regulated for systemic risk.

“Alan Greenspan backed the amendment. But it was not enough to overcome the outsized political pressure brought by the GSEs themselves. While claiming that Fannie and Freddie posed no threat to the financial markets and the systemic risk was “a theoretical term,” the opponents of my amendment won that day.

“But they do not have to win today. We have a chance to learn from the past and put to rest the model of private gains and public losses once and for all. Increasing private sector involvement in the secondary housing market – through increased credit risk transfer and a truly common securitization platform – is the first step in preventing another bailout paid for by American taxpayers.” 


Rep. Royce went on to question witnesses participating in Thursday’s hearing asking, “Mr. Stevens, as you know, along with Rep. Gwen Moore, I have put forward bipartisan legislation that would direct Fannie and Freddie to increase the amount and the types of credit risk transfer transactions to the maximum level that is economically and commercially viable. When FHFA Director Watt appeared before this Committee, in early October, he told me that they are looking to encourage more front-end credit risk transfers at Fannie & Freddie. How do you think they intend to accomplish this goal? Do you think deeper mortgage insurance is part of the equation?”  

David H. Stevens, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mortgage Bankers Association replied, “Credit risk transfers are critical to almost every model being presented going forward. To date, the credit risk transfer model has mostly been in the form of structured finance through CRT executions that have taken place. We believe in order to have a truly functioning deep first-loss credit enhancement market you need to utilize both institutional risk transfers via mortgage insurance and reinsurance markets as well as structured. FHFA should be directed to do this sooner rather than later because we believe ultimately proving that point will bring more capital into the markets—both good and bad—regardless of whether credit spreads are wide or narrow. It’s something we encourage FHFA to pursue and we appreciate your efforts to try and do the same.” 

“Mr Goodwin, in your testimony you highlight the work SFIG has done around the revitalization of the PLS market. Outside of lowering conforming loan limits, can you highlight some of the recommendations you have that we, as legislators, can undertake to help?” asked Rep. Royce.

Dan Goodwin, Director of Mortgage Policy, Structured Finance Industry Group responded saying, “There are three broad areas that need focus. One is an industry focused area of providing alignment of interest. Defining clear roles and responsibilities is part of the undertaking that SFIG is doing under its RMBS 3.0 umbrella. That is an industry self-regulating piece. We should continue the work we have been doing over the last several years with prudential regulators and the CFPB to clarify liability around investors, and to tailor regulatory and capital rules to better suit the products we are working with. Finally, we should continue to work to reduce the GSE footprint.”

“Mr. Stevens, as you know, Rep. Sherman and I share some of your criticism of the PACE Loan program. On the face of it, helping homeowners improve energy efficiency is a good thing. But the structure of these loans and sales practices have raised some concerns - what role should the GSEs play in addressing these concerns?” asked Rep. Royce.

David H. Stevens replied, “The PACE program we view as a danger to the average home owner. One of the problems is that it’s not a loan, it’s a tax assessment which means it’s not subject to the traditional consumer disclosures and protections that have been established under the CFPB’s consumer disclosure requirements. As a result it creates an opportunity for a cottage industry of whoever can invent the next energy enhancement without oversight can go sell it to consumers who may have no idea whether the value is there. It also takes first lien rights after the fact. Our view is that the GSE’s should be forbidden from allowing the PACE loan in their portfolio as well as the FHA.”

Kevin Brown, Chair, Conventional Financing & Policy Committee, National Association of Realtors added, “I totally agree. There needs to be a consumer educational component. Most consumers that get PACE loans don’t understand what they are. It does take a first lien holder position. I very much agree with Mr. Stevens.”


In July of this year, Representatives Royce and Gwen Moore (D-WI), introduced H.R. 3556, the Taxpayer Protections and Market Access for Mortgage Finance Act, legislation requiring the GSEs to increase credit risk transfers (CRT) with the private sector. This legislation 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.

In April, Representative Royce cosponsored H.R. 1958, the Protecting Americans from Credit Entanglements Act introduced by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA). This legislation 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


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Free CA-39 Grant Seminar


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.

 Grant Readiness
 Proposal Writing
 Programs for Nonprofit Organizations
 Grant Assistance from Representative Ed Royce

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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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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.

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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. 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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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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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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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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