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Ed Royce


Rep. Royce Hosts Asian American Business Owners' Roundtable


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today convened a meeting of Asian American business owners at his office in Rowland Heights. Topics of discussion during the Asian American Business Owners' Roundtable included the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), increasing small business lending, and construction on the 57/60 confluence:

“Asian American business owners have long been a spark for California's economy, and now more than ever Californians need businesses to succeed, grow, and hire,” said Rep. Royce. "The TPP can open up new markets for American goods while sorely needed legislative fixes will free up capital for small business lending. I look forward to pursuing these goals in Washington on behalf of Californian businesses."

“I greatly appreciate Congressman Royce's outreach to the business community, and was glad to have the opportunity to discuss with him the challenges that many business owners face in Southern California,” said attendee Harry Leu, Director of the Board at First General Bank.

Approximately 20 business leaders attended the meeting from fields as varied as manufacturing, banking, telecommunications, and biotechnology. Specific companies represented included Emerdex Stainless Steel of El Monte, Daisy Tool Corporation of Walnut, and First General Bank of Rowland Heights.

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Rep. Royce Recognized for Pro-Manufacturing Voting Record


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has awarded U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. The award is based on his voting record in the 113th Congress on issues that are critical to manufacturing in the United States.

“Manufacturing has long been the bedrock of a strong American economy as economic opportunity for all is grown through access to the good-paying jobs that manufacturers provide. I’ll continue to ensure our communities in Southern California remain home to innovative manufacturers that create cutting edge products made by American workers,” said Rep. Royce.

“Manufacturers in California and throughout the United States are making a comeback, creating jobs, making more products and making them better than ever before,” said NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse. “However, manufacturers are often disproportionately impacted by decisions made by policymakers in Washington. The NAM is proud to stand with lawmakers like Congressman Royce who understand what is at stake and seek to implement policies that will foster innovation, growth and competitiveness.”

The NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence honors members of Congress who demonstrate support for policies that enhance the ability of U.S. manufacturers to succeed in the global economy. In the 113th Congress, 278 lawmakers earned this distinction. Key votes included in NAM’s voting record are selected by executives from small, medium, and large manufactures who serve on the NAM’s Key Vote Advisory Committee.

Additional information on the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence can be found here.

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Rep. Royce and Diamond Bar Library Host Law Librarian of Congress David Mao


The office of U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) in coordination with the County of Los Angeles Public Library, Diamond Bar Library, and the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library are hosting David S. Mao, 23rd Law Librarian of Congress, for a presentation titled "Serving Digital Natives in Libraries Today." 

Mao, who manages the world’s largest collection of legal materials, will highlight ways that libraries can grow, adapt, and innovate in order to appeal to a new generation of students that have grown up immersed in modern technology. Rep. Royce will also deliver remarks about the state of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education across our nation's schools and universities.

“The digital revolution has touched virtually every part of our lives. Students today have never known life without smart phones and the cloud and access to worlds of information at the touch of a keystroke. While some may suggest this means libraries are less relevant today, I believe this revolution makes libraries and librarianship even more important," said Mao. "I look forward to speaking at Diamond Bar – and am honored to do so on the occasion of its 25th anniversary – about the role of libraries in the 21st century.”  

“I’m looking forward to hearing Mr. Mao’s presentation on how our libraries can evolve to engage our kids that have grown up with cell phones, iPads, and wireless internet,” said Rep. Royce. “Public libraries that move forward with the technology of the day will continue to attract students who are eager to learn, and Mr. Mao shares my passion for ensuring that the next generation of Americans has the resources it needs to excel academically.”

Details of the event are as follows:


"Serving Digital Natives in Libraries Today”


23rd Law Librarian of Congress David M. Mao
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton)


AQMD Government Building
21865 Copley Drive
Diamond Bar, CA91765


Saturday, October 18, 2014


2 PM

 This event is free and open to the public, but general attendees must first make reservations by calling (626) 960-2861.

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Rep. Royce Votes to Pass Job Creation Packages


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement after voting for two large legislative packages aimed at boosting job creation, the Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4) and the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act (H.R. 2), which both passed the U.S. House of Representatives today:

"America is facing a historically low labor participation rate, and many workers who are seeking full-time work are only getting part-time jobs. This tepid economic recovery needs a jump start, which is why I was happy to support the jobs packages that passed the House today to lower energy prices, cut unnecessary regulations for small businesses, and give tax relief to our small business owners who are looking to hire workers. Harry Reid needs to allow a vote on these bills that will ensure better economic opportunities for all Americans."

Included in the Jobs for America Act are the Save American Workers Act (H.R. 2575) and the America's Small Business Tax Relief Act (H.R. 4457). The Save American Workers Act re-defines full-time employment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as 40 hours per week. The 30-hour full-time definition is already resulting in less opportunities, fewer hours and lower incomes for workers. The America's Small Business Tax Relief Act would permanently set small business expensing levels at $500,000, and adjusts them for inflation, which would be predictable and adequate for small businesses’ needs. Expensing helps alleviate two top concerns for small-business owners, reducing tax complexity and improving cash flow, and allows them to hire more freely.

Included in the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act is the Northern Route Approval Act (H.R. 3). The Northern Route Approval Act would allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline to move forward immediately, creating thousands of jobs in communities near the construction project and along shipping routes. Additionally, the pipeline would stabilize the cost of energy, which currently eats into business revenues that could otherwise be used to hire workers. Read More

Rep. Royce Pushes for Increased Transparency at FSOC


Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) questioned Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary Patrick Pinschmidt of the Financial Services Oversight Council (FSOC) at a House Financial Services Committee hearing titled "Oversight of the Financial Stability Oversight Council.” Rep. Royce's questions for Pinschmidt focused on FSOC's work related to the asset management industry, as well as the lack of transparency and public disclosure at FSOC:

“While FSOC's step back from rashly designating asset managers as SIFIs was a positive development, it did not address the Council's lack of transparency in the process before and after a vote,” said Rep. Royce. “I was disappointed by Mr. Pinschmidt's non-answers when it comes to some very simple questions about how the Council plans to look at asset managers going forward.”

In response to Rep. Royce questions about the lack of public comment on FSOC work related to asset managers and asset management activities Pinschmidt stated, "The Council recognizes the importance of engaging with the public on its work, and that was part of the reason why the Council hosted an asset management conference back in May. We would expect, to the extent that this work moves forward, additional consultation and collaboration."

The Dodd-Frank Act empowers FSOC to designate non-bank financial institutions as “systemically important financial institutions,” or SIFIs, which are subject to heightened prudential standards and supervision by the Federal Reserve. Rep. Royce voted against the final version of the legislation in 2010, citing its lack of focus on subprime mortgages that caused the crisis of 2008, failure to eliminate “Too Big To Fail” and future taxpayer bailouts, and restrictions to access to capital for small businesses and consumers. He has been a vocal proponent of increasing transparency, Congressional oversight, and public disclosure at FSOC, and supports legislative efforts to do so. Read More

Rep. Royce Honored as "Guardian of Small Business" by NFIB


The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business association, today named U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) a “Guardian of Small Business” for his voting record on behalf of America’s small business owners:
“The record shows that Representative Royce is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress,” said NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business. Small-business owners are very politically active – paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on key business issues and stand by those who stand for them.”
“Small businesses are the fuel for America’s economic engine, and I’m proud to be recognized as a fierce advocate for Southern California’s small business owners. When small businesses succeed, our communities and families succeed, as business growth means more high paying jobs for workers,” said Rep. Royce. “I will continue to fight unnecessary regulations and restrictions coming from the federal government that weigh down our small businesses.”
NFIB’s “How Congress Voted,” which serves as a report card for members of Congress, was unveiled this week. The report presents key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker. Those voting favorably on key small-business issues at least 70 percent of the time during the 113th Congress are eligible for the Guardian award. Rep. Royce received a score of 100 percent, indicative of his dedication to ensuring small businesses in California’s 39th Congressional District are able to succeed, grow, and hire. 

The NFIB is the nation’s leading small business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 to give small-business owners a voice in public policy-making, NFIB’s policy positions are set by its 350,000 business-owner members. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of its members to own, operate and grow their businesses. Read More

Reps. Royce and Hinojosa Push for Accessible Credit Education


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and U.S. Representative Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas) recently introduced H.R. 5446, the Facilitating Access to Credit Act of 2014. The bill amends the Credit Repair Organizations Act (CROA) to better allow national credit bureaus the ability to assist consumers trying to improve their credit score, while keeping in place CROA's consumer protections against firms' false claims of credit score manipulation:
“The benefits of a good credit score cannot be understated, as anyone who has taken out a mortgage, purchased a car, or signed up for student loans will tell you. The Facilitating Access to Credit Act will ensure that reputable national credit bureaus can help people who want to turn their credit score around but simply don't know how,” said Rep. Royce. “A more financially literate and creditworthy consumer base is good for American businesses, the American economy, and hardworking American families saving up for that big purchase.”

"Having a good credit score can mean the difference between buying a home, a car, or neither," said Rep. Hinojosa. "Credit scores also play an important role in today's economy, but the average consumer sometimes has a difficult time obtaining the information that could help them improve their credit scores. It is my opinion that the national credit reporting agencies are unnecessarily being prevented from providing credit advice to consumers in a timely manner. As a leading advocate for financial literacy on Capitol Hill, I believe that Congress should remove those barriers that hinder consumers from obtaining valuable financial information."

CROA has been interpreted broadly by courts to apply to national credit bureaus, even though these organizations were never intended to be included within the statute’s jurisdiction.  Signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996, CROA was intended to stop entities who make false claims that they can “fix your credit” by removing negative information from a consumer’s credit history. Credit history information, whether positive or negative, cannot be removed from a consumer’s record so long as it is accurate, therefore making such claims is misleading and dishonest.

Because courts have construed the broad definition of a credit repair organization in CROA to include credit bureaus, consumers have to navigate the CROA requirements before a credit bureau can provide individualized feedback about a consumer’s credit score.  The most significant barrier is that consumers must currently wait at least three business days from when they sign up for credit education to actually receive any information on how they can improve their credit scores.  The consumer cannot waive this waiting period no matter what. A three-day wait makes little sense in the Internet-era and alienates consumers attempting to better their credit scores.

The Facilitating Access to Credit Act of 2014 would exempt well-known and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) supervised organizations such as Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion from CROA limitations that make getting information on improving a credit score needlessly cumbersome. The legislation keeps intact the critical consumer protections of CROA, as it opens up the relationship between consumers and trustworthy firms that can assist with credit history repair.

Reps. Royce and Hinojosa, both senior members of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced the Facilitating Access to Credit Act of 2014 on September 10, 2014, and urge swift action from their colleagues to advance this bipartisan legislation. Read More

Federal money approved for fixes to bottleneck at 57 and 60 freeways


Los Angeles - There may be relief in sight for drivers and truckers facing one of Southern California’s worst bottlenecks.

Federal officials Tuesday approved a $10-million grant for a series of fixes to the congested interchange between the 60 Freeway and the 57 Freeway in eastern Los Angeles County.

For two perilous miles in Diamond Bar, the Pomona Freeway and the Orange Freeway combine into one, reducing 17 lanes to 14, while more traffic merges on and off from a local intersection. Cars and trucks frequently veer across up to five lanes to reach the correct exit. Officials say the area has more than 600 accidents a year.

The $10-million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will partially fund on- and off-ramps to the eastbound 60, officials said. The first stage of construction is expected to cost about $53 million and will probably start next summer.

"We’re trying to separate the movements, so that you don’t have to cross over so many lanes to go in the direction you want," said John Ballas, the city engineer for the City of Industry.

The 57 runs north from Orange to the San Gabriel Valley. The 60 links East Los Angeles to Riverside County and carries an estimated 26,000 trucks a day, most of them leaving the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. As port traffic continues to grow, officials say the 60 could see 44,000 trucks a day by 2035.

Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), whose district includes the bottleneck, told The Times the congestion poses problems for the goods movement industry and causes air pollution and quality of life problems for people who live in nearby cities.

Intersecting freeways are typically built at 90-degree angles. But in the early 1970s, engineers built the 57 alongside the 60 because the curve of the hillside was too steep to accomodate another configuration, Ballas said.

"The worst place to put a local street with ramps on it is in the middle of this whole blender, but this is our reality," Ballas said.

The total project is expected to cost at least $258 million. City of Industry and Diamond Bar officials hope to eventually build a new interchange that will completely separate local traffic merging from Grand Avenue from the two freeways below.

The project also has funding from other federal sources, the City of Industry and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Multiple officials from Washington have visited the site, including Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), who chairs the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

When Shuster came to tour the site, the event organizers asked him to drive to the event. Then they fudged the start time, giving him an extra hour to arrive.

"Turns out, he needed it," Royce said, laughing. "That baptism by fire was enough to convince him."

Drivers frequently complain it takes more than half an hour to drive two miles during rush hour. Traffic on the eastbound 60 frequently backs up to Hacienda Heights, and cars and trucks on the northbound 57 often encounter congestion as far south as Brea.

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Reps. Royce, Napolitano, & Chu Announce $10 Million Grant for 57/60 Improvement Project


Today, U.S. Representatives Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte), and Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) are pleased to announce the awarding of a $10 million Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery Program (TIGER) grant for the 57/60 Confluence Project – Freight Corridor Bottleneck Relief.

“From my office in Rowland Heights I can see firsthand the traffic that backs up every day keeping commuters from getting home to their families and bringing trucks delivering trade goods to a halt,” said Rep. Royce. “Prioritizing the 57/60 confluence for transportation dollars is a win-win for public safety and economic growth. I was proud to work with California lawmakers from both parties to alleviate the gridlock on our freeways, and look forward to following this project’s progress closely.”

“We are thrilled to welcome these new federal funds which will create local jobs, increase safety, and reduce traffic congestion in our region,” said Rep. Napolitano. “Ensuring the safe transport of goods and people along one of our nation’s busiest corridors is critical, and we thank Secretary Foxx, the County of Los Angeles, and our San Gabriel Valley cities for partnering to continue to fund this effort.”

“This grant is great news for San Gabriel Valley residents who rely on the incredibly congested 57/60 corridor,” said Rep. Chu. “Improvements made possible by this grant will alleviate the traffic problems that, in addition to needlessly delaying commuters, create dangerous conditions and contribute to our air pollution. I am glad we will be able to improve our transportation infrastructure to meet the needs of one of the busiest and most used routes in the country.”

Royce, Napolitano, and Chu sent a joint letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx following his visit to the region in March, supporting the $10 million TIGER grant funding request submitted by the Cities of Industry and Diamond Bar. The awarded funding will be used for the construction of westbound direction elements of the Project, including the addition of auxiliary lanes before and after the Grand Avenue interchange. These improvements provide independent utility from the eastbound improvements and will increase peak hour speeds and improve safety by reducing weaving movements in the westbound direction. 

The 57/60 Confluence Project will relieve congestion and improve safety along a regionally and nationally significant goods movement corridor; 340,000 vehicles converge at this interchange every day, weaving through traffic to continue onto their destination. The Project also strongly supports the TIGER Program's goal of investing in transportation projects that better connect communities to centers of employment, education, and services, while stimulating long-term job growth.

The TIGER grant will be matched by $4.5 million of local Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority funds, $10.6 million of City of Industry funds, and $9.4 million of Federal Regional Surface Transportation Program funding, for a total of $34.5 million. An additional $2.7 million investment by the City of Industry to finance the engineering design, the total project cost is $37.2 million, and it will generate approximately 5,100 jobs. 

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

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Astrophysics Hosts Rep. Royce at City of Industry Headquarters


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

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

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

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

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Join MIT App Inventor team webinar and get started in the House Student App Challenge


MIT's App Inventor team is collaborating with the Congressional App Challenge Coalition and Samsung to offer a special hour-long webinar for any middle and high school students from across the country who want to learn how to build an Android app with MIT App Inventor. Read More

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


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

Paying for College Seminar


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

Chairman Royce Announces Southern California Field Hearing on Human Trafficking


On Monday, November 4th, Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold the Committee’s first field hearing to examine international human trafficking and to assess efforts to combat trafficking at the international, Federal, State and local levels. Read More

Royce and City of Buena Park to Host Paying for College Seminar


U.S. Representative Ed Royce will hold a "Paying for College" seminar in conjunction with the City of Buena Park. Read More

Rep. Royce's Staff to Hold Mobile Office Hours


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

OC Registrar of Voters Holds Free Election Academy


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

U.S. Military Service Academy Info Series For Students


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

City of Brea 34th Annual Country Fair


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

Chino Hills 21st Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Picnic


Chino Hills will host its 21st Annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Picnic on July 4, 2013 from 10am to 2pm. Read More

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U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R) is serving his eleventh term in Congress representing Southern California’s 39th District, based in Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties. He and his wife, Marie, are longtime residents of Fullerton, CA.

Royce’s priorities in Congress are: addressing our national debt, protecting our homeland, eliminating pork-barrel spending, fighting crime and supporting victims of crime, strengthening education for all students, spurring job creation and strengthening Social Security and Medicare.

Royce has a strong history of public service. In 1982, he was elected to the California State Senate where he began his fight for victims’ rights. He authored the nation’s first anti-stalker law and versions of his bill have been adopted in all 50 states. He was also the legislative author and campaign co-chairman of California’s Proposition 115, the Crime Victims/Speedy Trial Initiative, approved by the voters in 1990. In Congress, Royce continues his fight for victims’ rights. He wrote and passed the Interstate Stalking Punishment and Prevention Act in 1996. This law makes it a federal crime to pursue a victim across state lines and enables law enforcement to intervene before violence occurs. Royce was active in passing AMBER Alert legislation in 2003, and legislation in 2004 to enhance rights for victims of crime. He currently is a member of the Victim’s Rights Caucus.

For the 113th Congress, Royce was selected to be Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Royce has served on the Committee since entering Congress in 1993. Immediately prior to becoming Chairman of the Committee, Royce served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and a member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

As a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, Royce sits on two Subcommittees: Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, and Insurance and Housing. Royce has served on the conference committees for some of the most significant legislation in the financial services arena. For more than a decade Royce has called for a stronger federal regulator to limit Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s excessive risk taking at the expense of taxpayers. In 2003, he was the first member of Congress to write legislation calling for a single regulator under the Treasury Department for the three housing government sponsored enterprises: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the twelve Federal Home Loan Banks.

Royce has consistently earned honors and awards from the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Watchdogs of the Treasury, Americans for Tax Reform, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, United Seniors Association, 60 Plus, American Share Holders Association, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Small Business Survival Committee.

A California native, Royce is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, School of Business Administration. Prior to entering public service, his professional background includes experience as a small business owner, a controller, a capital projects manager, and a corporate tax manager for a Southern California company. Royce and his wife, Marie, have been married for 28 years.

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