Ed Royce

Ed Royce

CALIFORNIA's 39th DISTRICT

President Signs Royce Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act

2014/12/18

Today, President Barack Obama signed the Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act, H.R. 3468, into law.  The legislation, originally introduced by U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) last November, passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously on May 6, 2014, and the U.S. Senate on December 11, 2014.

"The Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act strengthens national credit unions' commitment to IOLTAs and the legal services they help fund for local communities," said Rep. Royce. "I applaud the President for supporting my efforts to deliver regulatory relief to our nation's credit unions that currently serve over 100 million members.”

“I applaud the President for signing this legislation into law because it is critical in ensuring IOLTA's full value in light of any potential credit union failure," ​said U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), a cosponsor of the legislation. "More importantly, the interest earned on Lawyer Trust Accounts goes to grants improving access to civil justice and legal services for the poor."

The Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act expands federal deposit insurance to include Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTAs) and similar escrow accounts housed within credit unions.

Unlike FDIC coverage, the current regulatory opinion of the National Credit Union Administration is that funds held by credit union members on behalf of those who are not federally-insured credit union members will not be insured by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund.  This has created a disparity in coverage when examining IOLTAs.

Specifically, the bill amends the Federal Credit Union Act to require that pass-through share insurance coverage be provided when a credit union member holds funds on behalf of a nonmember in an IOLTA or other similar account.

Rep. Royce is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee and has served on the committee since 1995.

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The fight against human trafficking

2014/12/12

In her junior year of college, Southern California native Rachel Thomas found herself trapped in a sex-trafficking ring after being lured by a pimp claiming to be a talent agent. The pimp threatened to kill Rachel’s family if she attempted to escape.

Angela Guanzon was promised a good-paying job in the United States by a recruiter in the Philippines. Instead, she found herself forced to sleep on the floor of a retirement home in Long Beach, working 18 hour days for no pay.

Rachel and Angela shared their incredible stories of survival with me earlier this year. Their experiences are important reminders that human trafficking is a global problem, but not a faraway one.

Human trafficking is affecting communities across Southern California, including in Orange and Los Angeles counties. At a hearing in Washington I convened last year as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe described 10- to 12-year-old girls being pimped on the streets of Los Angeles – a shocking reality also confirmed by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas at our hearing last year in Fullerton.

In fact, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force has served over 225 victims of trafficking in 2013 alone. The enhanced penalties of California’s new anti-trafficking law (enacted in 2013 as Proposition 35) were put to use for the first time last October, when a man who had attempted to lure a 13-year-old girl from Bakersfield into sexual slavery in Sacramento was sentenced to more than 32 years in prison. Increasing the penalties for traffickers is a step in the right direction, but more can and must be done to combat the efforts to lure minors into sexual or labor trafficking.

That’s why last year I started my Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee, comprised of victims’ rights organizations, local and federal law enforcement agencies and community advocates. Our members include representatives from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office Human Exploitation and Trafficking Unit, the Anaheim Police Department, Crittenton Services for Children & Families, the O.C. Salvation Army, and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, to name a few. Once a month, the HTCAC meets in my Orange County district office to share concerns and policy recommendations in the fight against trafficking.

One pressing issue HTCAC has brought to my attention is the need for collaboration between local nonprofits and agencies in providing housing options for victims under age 18. The passage of Proposition 35 in 2012 determined that minor victims of commercial sexual exploitation would no longer be detained in juvenile hall – a practice that often revictimized them. However, private shelters are often not secure. Young victims need an environment where they can cope and recover from their traumatizing experiences. They need counseling, treatment and a well-staffed facility where they can work with law enforcement to prepare to testify against their trafficker.

Without this support, survivors are often too scared of retribution to speak out, and the perpetrator is never caught. With nowhere to turn, many young victims return to their pimps out of fear and violent threats to themselves or their families.

To more adequately prepare local agencies to address this very problem, I’ve co-sponsored the Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act. This legislation helps ensure that child welfare agencies have the necessary tools to understand the unique needs of child trafficking victims and the resources to appropriately serve them. Improving the child welfare response to trafficking is an important step toward effectively caring for these young survivors and removing dangerous traffickers from our communities.

We must also work to combat overseas traffickers who bait foreign-born workers to move to the U.S. with promises of good jobs, then trap them into exploitation and slavery. Last year, I introduced the Fraudulent Overseas Recruitment and Trafficking Enforcement (FORTE) Act. This legislation combats the growing problem of international human trafficking by requiring overseas labor recruiters to provide detailed employment information to workers – to help avoid the bait-and-switch into slave labor or sexual slavery once workers enter the U.S. – and creating additional penalties and enforcement mechanisms.

I have convened a number hearings focused on how the United States can increase efforts to combat human trafficking, particularly the fraudulent recruitment of overseas workers. Through bipartisan action, I am confident we will make substantive progress in this important fight.

With an estimated 60,000 people living in slave-like conditions in the U.S., now is the time to act and collaborate. We must do all we can to protect victims, prosecute traffickers and fight the spread of this grievous offense against human dignity.

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Rep. Royce Disappointed in FHFA Housing Trust Fund Decision

2014/12/11

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement in response to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) announcement that it will divert money to the Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund pursuant to the Agency’s interpretation of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA):

"Contrary to what Fannie and Freddie apologists claim, the GSEs have yet to repay any of the taxpayer-funded bailout funds they received, which makes today's announcement by the FHFA outrageous. Money coming in from the GSEs should go to the taxpayers instead of a slush fund for ideological housing groups to play around with.”

Rep. Royce, a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, authored the Pay Back the Taxpayers Act of 2014 to specifically prohibit contributions by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Market Fund while the institutions are in conservatorship or receivership.

Rep. Royce also joined House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) in a writing a letter to FHFA Director Mel Watt urging the continuation of the FHFA’s five-year-old policy of suspending contributions to the Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund.

Additionally, during consideration of the FY 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill, the House unanimously adopted an amendment authored by Rep. Royce which prohibits the GSEs from distributing funds to both the Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund.

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Senate Passes Royce-Perlmutter Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act

2014/12/11

Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act, H.R. 3468, by unanimous consent.  The legislation, originally introduced by U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) last November, passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously on May 6, 2014.

"The Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act strengthens national credit unions' commitment to IOLTAs and the legal services they help fund for local communities," said Rep. Royce. "The universal support for this bill in both chambers of Congress speaks to the merits of establishing parity for the treatment of IOLTAs and other similar accounts regardless of whether they are kept at a bank or a credit union.”

"Prior to being elected to Congress, I practiced law for 30 years and in that time I established many Lawyer Trust Accounts for clients. This legislation is critical to ensuring an IOLTA's full value in light of any potential credit union failure," said cosponsor U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO). "More importantly, the interest earned on Lawyer Trust Accounts goes to grants improving access to civil justice and legal services for the poor."

The Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act expands federal deposit insurance to include Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTAs) and similar escrow accounts housed within credit unions.

Unlike FDIC coverage, the current regulatory opinion of the National Credit Union Administration is that funds held by credit union members on behalf of those who are not federally-insured credit union members will not be insured by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund.  This has created a disparity in coverage when examining IOLTAs.

Specifically, the bill amends the Federal Credit Union Act to require that pass-through share insurance coverage be provided when a credit union member holds funds on behalf of a nonmember in an IOLTA or other similar account.

Reps. Royce and Perlmutter, members of the House Financial Services Committee, urge the President to sign this bill into law without delay.

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Californian families vs. the Delta smelt

2014/12/10

This week, the House of Representatives voted to approve H.R. 5781, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014. The 26-page bill is a simple, common sense solution to the water shortages that have plagued our state during this historic draught.

There’s no understating the importance of California’s agricultural industry to the vitality of our state’s people, businesses, and economy. Our state alone produces nearly half of US-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables, and we grow them on over 80,000 farms that range from the Central Valley to Orange County. Dairy farms brimming with calves and grape groves blooming with a full harvest directly translate to jobs and economic activity for Californians, and not just for those who work on farms themselves.

Many of our neighbors rely on the shipping, trucking, and vending that is spurred by a robust agricultural industry for a way of living. Sadly, all of these folks are being placed at risk due to stubborn and wrongheaded politicians in Washington and Sacramento.

A radical interpretation of federal law has severely compounded the California drought. By prioritizing the Delta smelt to the point of curtailing billions of gallons of water slated to be pumped to local communities, bureaucrats have cost our state thousands of jobs and bankrupted hundreds of Californian farms.

The California Emergency Drought Relief Act is a stopgap measure that stems the tragic loss of jobs, crops, and family farms that will fall victim to this drought if we don’t take action right now. 2014 marks the third consecutive year that California has been declared in a drought. Seven of the last eight years have been categorized as “below average” to “critically dry.” Things aren’t getting better, they’re getting worse.

In February of this year, the House passed legislation to grant local agencies the flexibility necessary to pump hundreds of billions of gallons of water to Southern California. The legislation passed yesterday is based on language developed during negotiations between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and California House Republicans. The negotiations were intended to resolve the difference between the Senate and House bills passed separately to address the water distribution.

Provisions in this bill sunset in 18 months and set the stage for negotiations towards a permanent solution, all the while aiding Californians that are in immediate need and providing temporary flexibility for the California Water Project to redirect water flow where needed.

There’s no doubt that this drought is a natural disaster, and a tragedy for the harm it has caused farmers. But while we can’t control the weather, we can ensure that our state’s water resources are used in a smart and effective manner to relieve the pain.

The House overwhelmingly passed this critical bill and the ball is now in the Senate’s court. Senate Leader Harry Reid needs to bring this bill to the Senate floor immediately. His refusal to follow regular order and bring House passed bills to a vote prior to the election deeply damaged our country’s ability to address pressing issues.

With the elections over, there is no longer any reason for continued inaction while Californians suffer.

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. This editorial appeared in the Orange County Register.

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Rep. Royce Office Hosts "Coffee and Grants" Sessions

2014/12/09

The office of U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) will be hosting several events to educate the residents, business owners, and nonprofits of California's 39th Congressional District on pursuing a grant from the federal government. These sessions are open to the public and attendees can RSVP here. Details of the events are as follows:


What: Coffee and Grants - informational sessions on pursuing grants from the federal government.
Who: The office of U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton)
Where: Brea Office
210 W. Birch Street, Ste. 201
Brea, CA92821

Rowland Heights Office (Diamond Plaza)
1380 S. Fullerton Road, Ste. 205
Rowland Heights, CA91748
Dates: Monday, January 12th, 2015 (Brea)
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 (Rowland Heights)
Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 (Brea)
Thursday, January 15th, 2015 (Rowland Heights)
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Media wishing to attend must ​RSVP to Saat Alety at saat.alety@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4111.

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Rep. Royce Votes for Much Needed CA Drought Relief

2014/12/09

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement on passage of the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014, H.R. 5781, through the U.S. House of Representatives after voting for the bill:

"A radical interpretation of federal law has severely compounded the California drought. By prioritizing the delta smelt to the point of curtailing billions of gallons of water slated to be pumped to local communities, bureaucrats have cost our state thousands of jobs and bankrupted hundreds of Californian farms. The California Emergency Drought Relief Act is a stopgap measure that slows the tragic loss of jobs, crops, and family farms that will fall victim to this drought."

The legislation is based on a bill passed by unanimous consent in the Senate and features language developed during negotiations between U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and California House Republicans. The negotiations were intended to resolve the difference between the Senate and House bills passed separately to address California's water shortages. Provisions in the bill, which allow local agencies flexibility when managing water distribution, sunset in eighteen months and set the stage for negotiations towards a permanent solution all the while aiding Californians that are in immediate need.

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Reps. Royce, Jenkins to Shore Up Security of Government Used Software

2014/12/04

Today, U.S. Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA) and Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) introduced H.R. 5793, the "Cyber Supply Chain Management and Transparency Act of 2014." The legislation will ensure all contractors of software, firmware or products to the federal government provide the procuring agency with a bill of materials of all third party and open source components used, and demonstrate that those component versions have no known vulnerabilities.

"As a house is only as strong as its foundation, it's no wonder cyber attacks are on the rise with reports showing 71 percent of software contains components with critical vulnerabilities," said Rep. Royce. "This bill protects our nation's cyber infrastructure by ensuring the building blocks that make it up are secure and uncompromised.”

"I have voiced concerns to the government agencies in charge of healthcare.gov that our nation’s cyber infrastructure was vulnerable and not secure,” said Rep. Jenkins. “But the problem is not limited to one website; the entire federal government lacks guidelines for website security. This vital legislation will put the appropriate checks and balances in place to ensure that the government has the tools it needs to create a more sound and secure system for taxpayers.”

Additionally, the Cyber Supply Chain Management and Transparency Act of 2014 also takes into account future discoveries of open source components with vulnerabilities, like the Heartbleed vulnerability, and mandates that software applications be patchable, or updatable, when the need arises.

For more information, contact:
Saat Alety (Royce) at Saat.Alety@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4111
Tom Brandt (Jenkins) at Tom.Brandt@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-6601

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Rep. Royce Applauds Bipartisan Passage of the ABLE Act

2014/12/03

U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement in reaction to passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 by the U.S. House of Representatives:

"Americans with disabilities face incredible challenges every day and saving for the future shouldn’t be one of them. The ABLE Act provides disabled individuals the financial independence to earn a paycheck and save their wages, rights that all Americans deserve.”

The ABLE Act would ease the financial burden for individuals with disabilities by creating tax-free accounts that can be used to save for disability-related expenses. These accounts can be created by individuals to support themselves or by families to support their dependents. Expenses would qualify as disability-related if they are for the benefit of an individual with a disability and are related to the disability. They include education, housing, transportation, employment support, health, and wellness costs, as well as costs related to assistive technology and personal support services.

Rep. Royce cosponsored the legislation on November 18, 2013, and voted for its passage today. He urges swift action from the Senate on similar pending legislation in order to move this important bill to the President's desk for his signature.

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Burial delays prompt push for VA oversight in Congress

2014/11/21

A bill aimed at decreasing recent delays in veteran burials by giving Congress new VA oversight got a push forward from lawmakers Thursday.

A Senate version of the bill requiring the VA to report any burial delays longer than 30 days was introduced by Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., following a filing earlier this year in the House, which boosted the odds Congress may act to pass the new reporting rules before the end of the year.

Reports have sprung up around the country that deceased vets are waiting months to be interred in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ system of national cemeteries.

“This legislation will keep the VA accountable for ensuring every veteran receives a proper burial in a timely manner,” Heller said in a joint released statement with Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the House sponsor.

Under the bill, the VA would be required to track and record any burials not completed within a month as well as the names of the entities that are responsible for the bodies, including local medical examiners, funeral directors, and county service groups.

Data on the burial delays would be collected in an annual report and given to the House and Senate veterans’ affairs committees, according to the bill language.

Reports of delays are only one of the recent headaches for the VA, which is working on a massive overhaul following a scandal over patient wait times in his nationwide veteran health care system.

The agency oversees a system of 131 cemeteries and burial rights for veterans. Over the past year, there have been media reports of long delays for deceased veterans at facilities in California and elsewhere.

 

Royce cited a May report by the Los Angeles Times that 52 unclaimed veteran bodies had accumulated in the Los Angeles County morgue in his home state.

“While the quality of the healthcare that veterans receive has been in the news lately, our veterans deserve the same attention when it comes to their burials,” Royce said in the statement.

Still, the legislation is likely to face steep odds.

Both chambers of Congress left Washington on Thursday and are not scheduled to return until after Thanksgiving. Next month, lawmakers will only have a couple of weeks to pass crucial budget and war bills and other issues may get pushed aside.

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

2014/04/07

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

2014/03/06

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

2014/01/25

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

2013/11/04

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

2013/11/03

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

2013/10/03

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

2013/10/03

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

2013/09/19

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

2013/07/05

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

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

2013/07/05

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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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4111
Fax 202-226-0335
royce.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Financial Services

Foreign Affairs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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