Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) announced that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will deliver the keynote address at his 7th Annual Women's Conference. The event, held in conjunction with the California State University, Fullerton's (CSUF) Philanthropic Foundation, will take place at CSUF's Titan Student Union Center (800 North State College Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92831) on Saturday, March 28, 2015.
"Secretary Rice is an accomplished diplomat, scholar, and business leader who is often cited as a role model for women around the world. She has lived a life dedicated to public service, and I'm honored that she will keynote the Women's Conference this year," said Rep. Royce. "I look forward to joining many members of our community as we gather to learn from Secretary Rice's unique insights and life experiences."
Rice is currently a professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University.
From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position.
Rice served as Stanford University’s Provost from 1993-1999, during which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As Provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. In 1997, she also served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender -- Integrated Training in the Military.
From 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council staff. She served as Director; Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs; and, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rice also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The Women’s Conference, which Rep. Royce has hosted every year since 2009, is a half-day seminar dedicated to giving women the tools and resources necessary to enrich their lives. Past speakers include actress Kristen Bell and former eBay Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman. In addition to the keynote speech, the conference will include breakout sessions on topics suggested by past conference attendees, such as personal finance, healthy living and career advice. Specific breakout session details will be announced in the coming weeks.
For more information about Rep. Royce’s annual Women’s Conference, please click here.
NOTE: This event is open to the press, but an RSVP is required. Media RSVPs and inquiries can be directed to Rep. Royce's Communications Director Saat Alety at email@example.com or (202) 225-4111.
Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) will introduce the Pay Back the Taxpayers Act of 2015, legislation that prohibits Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (GSEs) from diverting funds to the Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund in accordance with the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) interpretation of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA):
“We heard directly today from Fannie and Freddie's regulator that while they remain under-capitalized and over-leveraged, it is the right time to start siphoning money away from these taxpayer-backed GSEs to questionable housing groups,” said Rep. Royce. "Anyone who witnessed the financial crisis knows exactly how this will play out. A larger government presence in housing distorts the market and promotes a boom-and-bust cycle that leaves taxpayers holding the bag. Coupled with the recent decision by the FHA to reduce mortgage premiums, it appears that the Administration is taking us in the complete wrong direction when it comes to stabilizing housing markets. The Pay Back the Taxpayers Act will preempt payments from the GSEs to housing advocacy groups and instead reroutes them where they belong: with the taxpayers.”
Under current law, the FHFA is required to suspend allocations to the funds if such payments would: 1) contribute to the financial instability of the GSEs; 2) cause the GSES to be undercapitalized; or 3) prevent the GSEs from successfully completing a capital restoration plan.
The Pay Back the Taxpayers Act removes any ambiguity under the law and states that no funds from Fannie and Freddie can be used to fund the national Housing Trust Fund while the GSEs are in conservatorship or receivership. In light of FHFA Director Mel Watt’s recent decision to reverse course on the funds’ capitalization, the bill includes a prohibition on any future transfers from the GSEs to the funds and will require any payments that have already been allocated or set aside be instead used to reduce the budget deficit.
Rep. Royce questioned FHFA Director Mel Watt at today’s House Financial Services Committee hearing entitled “Sustainable Housing Finance: An Update from the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency” as to why he has directed the GSEs to fund these housing groups when the GSEs are over-leveraged and under-capitalized. Click here to watch Rep. Royce’s questioning and Director Watt’s answers.
Rep. Royce is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, with membership on both the Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee and the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee.Read More
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) recently received the "Outstanding Friend Award" from the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library:
"I am deeply honored to receive this special recognition from the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library, a group of citizens that works tirelessly to better our community and serve its students," said Rep. Royce. "The Friends exemplify what makes Diamond Bar and the surrounding area such a special place, and I will continue to support them however possible."
"Over the years, Congressman Royce has championed our mission of promoting literacy in our community and provided unwavering support for our organization. He was instrumental to our hosting of Law Librarian of Congress David Mao, who gave a presentation to over 300 members of the community, leaving a lasting impression on those in attendance," said Ruth Low, President of the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library. "Congressman Royce is truly a champion for the Friends and is most deserving of this very special recognition."
The Diamond Bar Friends of the Library is a non-profit, all-volunteer community service group dedicated to supporting the Diamond Bar Library, improving literacy and encouraging the love of reading. Each year, the group gathers to thank and honor individuals who have contributed in an extraordinary way to the library and the cause of literacy in the community. This year the award ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2015, and Rep. Royce recorded a video message for the event that can be viewed by clicking the image below:
Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) and U.S. Representative Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) introduced H.R. 347, the Facilitating Access to Credit Act of 2015. The bill amends the Credit Repair Organizations Act (CROA) to better allow national credit bureaus 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 ensures reputable national credit bureaus can help people who want to turn their credit score around but simply don't know where to start,” said Rep. Royce. “A more financially literate and creditworthy consumer base is good for the economy as hardworking American families save up for those big purchases.”
"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. I believe that the Facilitating Access to Credit Act does just that while still safeguarding consumers from deceptive practices."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.
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement after cosponsoring H.R. 285, the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act:
"Human trafficking is one of the world’s fastest-growing crimes, and sadly it’s happening right here on Orange County streets where young women and children are being bought and sold. I’ll continue to fight to ensure that federal law enforcement agencies are given the tools they need to keep our communities safe and those who profit from trafficking are punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
The SAVE Act would make it unlawful to profit from the distribution of advertising that offers a commercial sex act in violation of Section 1591 of the federal criminal code (Section 1591 deals with sex trafficking offenses). The protections included in the SAVE Act apply to two classes of victim: underage children and those who are being forced to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. Furthermore, the offense created by the SAVE Act applies to any form of advertisement; online postings, newspaper classifieds, and billboards would be considered unlawful if the advertiser knows they would lead to sex trafficking.
As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Royce earlier last year applauded passage of eight bipartisan bills through the U.S. House of Representatives to combat international human trafficking, two of which were passed unanimously by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Rep. Royce also launched a Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee (HTCAC) in 2013 to address human trafficking concerns, as well as offer policy recommendations. The HTCAC is comprised of victims’ rights groups, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and community advocates, and is actively working to combat human trafficking in Southern California.
Additionally, Rep. Royce held a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing titled “Local and Private Sector Initiatives to Combat International Human Trafficking” to examine international human trafficking and to assess efforts to combat trafficking at the international, national, state, and local levels. At that hearing, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe testified for lawmakers that girls as young as ten years old were being trafficked on the streets of Los Angeles County.
They sang, raised their arms to the sky and bowed their heads – this time, for victims of human trafficking.
“A lot of people don’t even realize it’s happening in their own backyard,” said Alexis Miller, coordinator for Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, at the Pray for Freedom event Saturday at Newport Mesa Church. “It happens in Irvine, in Costa Mesa, down the street from houses.”
About 80 people attended the event, hosted by the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking and the Vanguard center as part of National Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery and Trafficking. The service was available online and broadcast live to 14 churches and organizations across the country.
An estimated 27 million people around the world are trafficking victims, which includes both sexual slavery and labor, according to a 2013 State Department report.
One common misconception is that the issue exclusively involves sex trafficking, said Vanguard’s Sandra Morgan, who led the event. Labor trafficking is much more prevalent, but it’s harder to find and requires more resources to investigate, she said.
As consumers, Morgan said, “we are actually complicit in labor trafficking” with our thrifty nature and demand for inexpensive goods.
“Is it really the best deal to get two chocolate bars for a dollar or spend two dollars for one chocolate bar so a parent in West Africa has dignity and can support their children?” Morgan said.
In 2013, 226 victims of trafficking were rescued in Orange County, including a 12-year-old girl in Irvine, according to a recent Vanguard video. Of those rescued, 154 were American and 64 were minors forced to work against their will or sold into sexual slavery.
Anaheim resident Lynne Bradley, 71, said she wasn’t aware of the severity of the situation in the United States or that these activities occur in affluent communities.
“Slavery still exists in every country in the world,” said Ken Morris, founder of abolitionist organization Frederick Douglass Family Initiative. “It ensnares the most vulnerable among us.”
Speakers including Morris, Rep. Ed Royce and others offered prayers for the victims of human trafficking – often the poor, minorities, immigrants and other excluded populations.
“We gather together today ... to pray for victims of human trafficking and prevent further incidents,” said Royce, who represents California’s 39th Congressional District.
Morgan suggested that people think about prevention: befriending new immigrants or refugees so they don’t get involved in illicit businesses or helping homeless kids, who are more at risk, in after-school programs. Other ways to help include volunteering, knowing your neighbors, and taking action if you suspect suspicious activity, according to the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force.
The White House has declared January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
“This was inspiring to us, (since) we’re starting a movement at our church,” said Dawn Lemonds, 63, who attends Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Tustin.
To report suspicious activities, call the national hotline at 888-373-7888 or visit humantrafficking.org.Read More
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement after being assigned to the Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee and Housing and Insurance Subcommittee by Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) of the House Financial Services Committee:
"As a longtime advocate of eliminating the failed duopoly that is Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, I look forward to completing the unfinished work of financial reform and passing legislation that returns long-term stability to the housing market. Congress must act to ensure a sustainable housing system that ends taxpayer-funded bailouts and encourages private sector capital, investment and innovation. I'll also aim to reverse Dodd-Frank's failure to harmonize cross-border regulations, bring transparency and accountability to the regulatory bureaucracy, and shore up the financial system's defenses against cyber attacks."
The Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee has jurisdiction over U.S. capital markets, the securities industry, and government-sponsored enterprises, such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Housing and Insurance Subcommittee oversees the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and government-sponsored insurance programs such as the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Rep. Royce is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee and has been a member since 1995. He also serves as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.Read More
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement of the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA) reduction of annual mortgage insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage points:
"The President's decision reflects a race to the bottom between the FHA and the GSEs in which the private sector is crowded out and taxpayers are left holding the bag. The financial crisis is proof positive that an increased government presence in housing distorts the market and promotes the very boom-and-bust cycle we are trying to avoid.”
Rep. Royce is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee and served on the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee during the 113th Congress.Read More
Soheil Arabi will soon have a rope around his neck. The 30-year-old father is languishing on Iran’s death row. Yet Mr. Arabi did not kill anyone. He did not rape or steal. The “crime” Mr. Arabi committed was writing several Facebook posts that were deemed religiously offensive.
Mr. Arabi’s abhorrent treatment throws harsh light upon one of the defining struggles of his generation. The Internet is the newest arena for one of our oldest fights – the right to free speech. The world’s freedoms are increasingly being given - and denied - online. It is a fight the Obama administration has not fought strongly enough.
While Internet usage has climbed to more than 40 percent of the world’s population, global Internet freedom has declined for the fourth year in a row, according to Freedom House’s Freedom of the Net 2014 report. Online censorship and monitoring is becoming more aggressive and sophisticated around the globe.
In Russia, Putin’s government has gone on the offensive, using the Internet as a weapon against democracy. It has been widely reported that Russia is financing hundreds of “trolls” – fake online personalities who attack social media sites with misleading and false information. While the space for free speech in Russia is shrinking, the number of state-owned “news” websites is proliferating. The Kremlin uses these websites to create confusion and discredit authors, leaving readers wondering what is true and what is false.
China’s “Great Firewall” employs thousands of people to scan the Internet, searching for information for that repressive government to block. China also uses technical methods like bandwidth throttling and keyword filtering to censor the Internet. Online libraries, text messaging applications and cloud computing services are also shut off. Right now, China is blocking information on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Sadly, even our allies in Europe are threatening Internet freedom. Europe’s highest court issued a ruling last year allowing individuals to request that Google remove search results about themselves. Under this “right to be forgotten,” Google has removed roughly 500,000 links. Those removed links include articles about criminal convictions, investigations and botched medical procedures. A European Union group of privacy regulators is now calling on Google to expand its censorship to global sites. This offers a bleak glimpse into Internet freedom in Europe.
Internet freedom is not just an American value; it is a global value. People around the world are fighting for this freedom. In Cuba, where the Castro government restricts Internet access, people resort to downloading articles to thumb drives and sharing them with each other. In Turkey, when the government earlier this year banned YouTube and Twitter, Internet freedom advocates used outdoor graffiti to instruct people how to use virtual personal networks to circumvent government controls.
We must not let oppressive governments win – we must ensure the continuity of the global Internet. The House Foreign Affairs Committee, which I chair, is fully engaged on this issue. We have held hearings on Internet freedom, championed passage of an Internet freedom resolution and pressed individual countries behind the scenes to stop Internet blocking.
I am concerned that the Obama administration has not prioritized the fight for Internet freedom and Internet governance. I plan to continue pressing the administration to develop a clear strategic plan to reverse the troubling decline in Internet freedom. U.S. efforts through the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development should address the proliferation of repressive laws, reverse regulatory controls of online media and push back on increased demands on the private sector to self-censor.
We are still in the early days of the Internet. It’s us up to all of us to ensure that the Internet remains free and open so that future generations may enjoy its social and economic benefits. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, credited with inventing the World Wide Web in 1989, conceived of it as a network of freedom. Let’s not allow repressive regimes to use it as a web of oppression.
Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.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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