Today, during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) and U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) reintroduced a resolution that urges the United States Postal Service to issue a commemorative postage stamp in honor of the Chinese railroad workers who helped build America’s first Transcontinental Railroad from 1865 to 1869. This week marks the 148th anniversary of the railroad’s completion.
Approximately 12,000 Chinese immigrant laborers worked under extremely dangerous and challenging conditions to help construct the railroad – which connected the U.S. from the east coast to the west coast – by laying tracks, breaking through granite and planting explosives that blasted through mountains. The workers are credited with playing an integral role in the growth of America, and being a key part of U.S. history.
“The story of the Chinese railroad workers and the tremendous contributions they made to the growth and prosperity of our country must be told,” said Meng. “They deserve the recognition they earned, and a commemorative postage stamp would be a very appropriate tribute to this important part of American history. I urge my colleagues to support this resolution.”
“I am proud to be a lead sponsor of legislation honoring the thousands of Chinese immigrants who made tremendous sacrifices to link California with the rest of the United States by building the Transcontinental Railroad,” said Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA). “Even in the face of bitter discrimination, the nearly 12,000 Chinese immigrants who worked on the project were indispensable to its successful completion. They and their descendants have left our country with an enduring legacy that has contributed to our vibrant Asian American community.”
Meng’s measure also calls on the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to recommend to the Postmaster General that a stamp honoring the Chinese railroad workers be issued. Her resolution is expected to be referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The 12,000 Chinese railroad workers who helped build the railroad comprised more than 80 percent of the workforce. Nearly 1,200 of the workers died from the harsh winters and brutal working conditions. They were also paid lower wages than other workers.
The Transcontinental Railroad has long been considered one of the most remarkable engineering feats of the 19th century.
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Royce Statement on the American Health Care Act
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement after the House passed the American Health Care Act, H.R. 1628:
“Under current law, Southern Californians are paying more and more for fewer choices. Too many families are struggling with premiums that are out of control. And things are only getting worse.
"That’s why I voted today to move the reform process forward. This bill, while far from perfect, is a step toward lowering costs, protecting those with pre-existing conditions and expanding choices for everyone. As we continue this important work, I will continue to listen to my constituents and fight for solutions that protect our most vulnerable."
Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced today the Chinese American World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act (H.R. 2358). The bipartisan legislation recognizes the dedicated service of Chinese American veterans of World War II and collectively awards them the Congressional Gold Medal.
Chairman Royce: “The United States remains forever indebted to the bravery, valor, and dedication that the Chinese American veterans of World War II displayed. Their commitment and sacrifice demonstrates a highly uncommon and commendable sense of patriotism and honor in the face of discrimination.
“To these brave veterans of World War II, thank you for your service and sacrifice. We are a grateful nation, and we honor your service by working towards a better world. We must promote diplomacy over conflict and ensure that war is the absolute last resort.”
Rep. Lieu: “I am honored to join Congressman Ed Royce in introducing the Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act. As we observe this month of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the introduction of our bill is a timely reminder of the many contributions AAPIs have made to our great nation, including serving in our military. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, Chinese Americans served with courage and distinction during WWII and it is time for Congress to recognize them by awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal. As an Air Force veteran, I am thankful for those who came before who answered our nation’s call to serve. I encourage my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill to recognize the valiant contributions of our Chinese American Veterans.”
NOTE: By the start of World War II in 1941, slightly more than 100,000 Chinese Americans had made a life for themselves in the U.S. Chinese Americans faced major challenges, including discrimination, before the start of World War II due to laws such as the Chinese Exclusion Act, which limited the size of their population and their ability to build thriving communities. Nevertheless, and even with the Chinese Exclusion Act in place, almost 20,000 of these brave men and women served in the armed forces in every theater of battle and every branch of service, earning citations for their heroism and honorable service.
Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) today received The Order of Diplomatic Service Merit, Gwanghwa Medal, 1st Class, for his significant contributions to strengthening relations between the Republic of Korea and the United States. The medal is the highest honor a foreign dignitary can receive from the Republic of Korea.
On receiving the award, Chairman Royce said: “I am honored to receive one of Korea’s highest distinctions. I have long championed closer ties between our two nations. As a member of Congress from Southern California, I have seen Korean Americans serve as important pillars of strength for the friendship between the U.S. and South Korea. I know firsthand the incredible respect Korean Americans have for their heritage and for their adopted homeland, the United States. Korean Americans’ love for the U.S. has continually driven me to work to bolster a partnership I firmly believe is the most important in Asia.
“The United States has no better partner and friend in the Asia Pacific than the Republic of Korea. And that is why I’ve dedicated so much time focusing on this special partnership. The future of our partnership is bright, and I will continue to build upon our truly remarkable progress.”
Republic of Korea Ambassador Ahn: “It is my immense, yet humble honor to bestow upon Chairman Ed Royce, The Order of Diplomatic Service Merit 'Gwanghwa' Medal. The scope and breadth of the Chairman's indispensable leadership, unwavering support and personal affection for the U.S.-Korea alliance has been both remarkable and unmatched in his nearly a quarter century of service in the United States Congress. The Gwanghwa Medal carries with it, a deep and abiding appreciation for Chairman Royce's distinguished career not just as a legislator but as a true statesman and ardent defender of democracy, free market economy and the rule of law on the Korean Peninsula, in Northeast Asia and beyond. It is given in the spirit of friendship, admiration, and gratitude by the Government and people of the Republic of Korea. I wish to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Chairman Royce and to also his wife Marie."
NOTE: Chairman Royce has worked to highlight the historic wrongs committed against the "Comfort Women," denuclearize the Kim regime, strengthen U.S.-Korea trade ties through KORUS, and address the abysmal human rights situation in North Korea.
Reps. Royce, Maloney, Love and Keating Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Combat Human Trafficking
Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Mia Love (R-UT), and Bill Keating (D-MA) have introduced the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act (H.R. 2219) to help law enforcement and the financial industry better detect money laundering related to human trafficking.
Chairman Royce: “Human trafficking has devastated the lives of tens of millions of victims around the world, including here in the United States. The perpetrators of these disgusting acts prey on some of the most defenseless people in our societies, including women and even young children. This form of modern-day slavery makes criminal gangs billions each year. The End Banking for Human Traffickers Act will help law enforcement and financial institutions identify and report suspected human traffickers so that they can be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. We must start using every tool at our disposal to help end human trafficking.”
Rep. Maloney: “Many Americans remain unaware that modern day slavery is happening here in the United States, but it is a multibillion dollar criminal industry. Human traffickers are holding people captive, degrading their humanity and selling victims and their bodies over and over again – and making huge profits. They are using our financial institutions to launder illegal income. This bill’s straightforward approach directs federal banking regulators to coordinate with law enforcement and financial institutions to target pimps and the traffickers and stop their operations. By employing smart strategies to follow the money in these illegal transactions, we can more effectively identify and prosecute traffickers. I am proud to join Reps. Royce, Keating and Love as a cosponsor of the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act.”
Rep. Love: “Human trafficking is both a domestic and global problem that takes many forms and severely harms millions of victims every day. While these pernicious and heinous crimes destroy lives, families, and communities, they bring billions of dollars of revenue in for criminals each year. This is unacceptable. That’s why I am proud to cosponsor the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act, which provides the financial industry and regulatory agencies additional tools to deny traffickers access to the financial system.”
Rep. Keating: “This legislation is a critical piece of the puzzle necessary to eliminate human trafficking. By providing financial institutions and regulators with the resources and tools to both detect and prevent these crimes and hold criminals responsible, we are further reinforcing the tireless work of the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. I am proud to join in introducing this common-sense, bipartisan legislation.”
NOTE: Earlier this week, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act (S. 952).
Washington, D.C. – Ahead of President Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) – along with 150 of his colleagues – sent a letter to President Trump that emphasizes the mutual interests between the U.S. and Taiwan and urges the president to reaffirm the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances as the cornerstone of U.S.-Taiwan bilateral relations.
Text of the letter is below, and a signed copy is available here.
Dear Mr. President:
We write to emphasize the mutual interests of the United States and our vital strategic partner Taiwan before your upcoming meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.As co-chairs and members of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, and other good friends of Taiwan in Congress, we seek to ensure that the United States continues to adhere to the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the Six Assurances – cornerstones of U.S.-Taiwan policy. We also urge your administration to uphold the commitment of every president since the TRA’s passage in 1979 to continue to provide defensive weapons to Taiwan predicated on Taiwan’s demonstrated military needs, and without any prior consultation with Beijing.
Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and our tenth largest trading partner. Consistent U.S. policy toward Taiwan is key to sustaining peace, security, and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. We trust that any future discussions will be rooted firmly in the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances. We wish you success in your impending meeting with President Xi Jinping.
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) announced that his office is now accepting submissions from California’s 39th Congressional District for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.
The Congressional Art Competition is an annual contest organized to give the nation’s high school students an opportunity to showcase their artistic talents. All high school students within California's 39th Congressional District are encouraged to submit their favorite piece of original art to the competition.
“I look forward to the Congressional Art Competition every year, and I’m excited to again showcase the creativity and talent of our local high school students,” said Rep. Royce.
The winner, as determined by a panel of independent judges, will receive two complimentary airline tickets to Washington, D.C. so that they may see their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Complex and meet with Rep. Royce. Only one winning artist will be chosen from each Congressional District around the country.
Bianca Gutierrez of Glen A. Wilson High School won last year’s Congressional Art Competition with her entry "Doña Agustina.”
Artwork must be submitted to either Rep. Royce’s Brea Office (210 W. Birch Street, Ste. 201, Brea, CA) or Rowland Heights Office (1380 S. Fullerton Road, Ste. 203, Rowland Heights, CA) by 5 PM on Friday, April 14, 2017. Additional details and important privacy release forms that must accompany every competition entry can be found here.
Questions regarding submitting a piece of art to Rep. Royce's Congressional Art Competition may be directed to Lauren Pong at (626) 964-5123 or Lauren.Pong@mail.house.gov.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the below statement after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a suit seeking the removal of the comfort women statue in Glendale’s Central Park:
“I applaud the Supreme Court's decision to let the Glendale Peace Memorial stand. By remembering the past, including the women who suffered immensely, we help ensure these atrocities are never committed again. Now that the highest court in the land has spoken, I hope those who’ve wasted years trying to rewrite history will finally move on.”
NOTE: Rep. Royce’s statement in defense of the Glendale Peace Memorial, read at a March 7 rally in Glendale, can be found here.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement on the American Health Care Act:
“Southern Californians are struggling with rising health care costs, and today’s events leave this fact unchanged. I want to thank those – on all sides of this debate – who’ve reached out to share their stories. Rest assured, I will continue to work in a bipartisan and constructive manner on solutions to increase access to quality, affordable health care."
Free Grant Seminar For Nonprofit Organizations
Hosted by the Office of Representative Ed Royce (CA-39)
in conjunction with CSUF’s Gianneschi Nonprofit Summer School
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: California State University, Fullerton Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, SGMH 1406
2550 Nutwood Ave. Fullerton, CA 92831
Parking and Directions here.
R.S.V.P. required here.
Programs for Nonprofit Organizations
Grant Assistance from Representative Ed Royce
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (CA-39) invites you to attend the:
Congressional App Challenge STEM Competition
2016 Exhibit and Awards Ceremony
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 7 PM PST
Location: Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
Address: 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886
- Discover the winners of the 2016 STEM Competition
- View innovative mobile apps created by CA-39's brightest minds
Featured speakers include:
Marc Fischer, CEO and Co-Founder of Dogtown Media
LTC Dennis Sugrue, L.A. Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Tom Ward, CTO of MEDL Mobile
Competition judges include:
Nanxi Liu, CEO and co-founder of Enplug, Inc.
Simon Evans, professional civil engineer and certified floodplain manager
Dr. Keun-Hang Susan Yang, Ph.D, Director of International Science Programs and Professor of Computational Biology/Neuroscience and Bioscience at Chapman University
Laurie Smith, Program Manager at Science@OC
Chi Ni, Founder of Straight A, Inc.
RSVP to Stephanie Hu at Stephanie.Hu@mail.house.gov or (626) 964-5123. More event details can be found here.
Webinar participants will learn how MIT App Inventor can help you design, build, and submit an Android app just in time for the April 30th STEM Competition deadline!Students entering the competition must submit their app’s source code online during the Competition Submission Period between 12 PM Eastern Standard Time on FEBRUARY 1ST, 2014, and 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on APRIL 30TH, 2014, as well as provide a YouTube or VIMEO video demo explaining their app and what they learned through this competition process. Learn more about Rep. Royce's 2014 STEM Competition here or by following #2014RoyceSTEM on Facebook and Twitter. You can also download the Rep. Royce STEM Competition mobile app, available for free in the iTunes store (Android version coming soon).
On Monday, November 4th, Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold the Committee’s first field hearing to examine international human trafficking and to assess efforts to combat trafficking at the international, Federal, State and local levels. The hearing, entitled “Regional Perspectives in the Global Fight Against Human Trafficking,” will begin at 10:00 a.m. PT will be held in the Titan Student Union building on the campus of California State University, Fullerton.
Note: Earlier this year, Chairman Royce launched a Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee (HTCAC), which is comprised of victims’ rights groups, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and community advocates. HTCAC meets on a monthly basis to address human trafficking concerns, as well as offer policy recommendations. In May, Chairman Royce convened a Committee hearing to examine local and private sector initiatives to combat international human trafficking.
Hearing: “Regional Perspectives in the Global Fight Against Human Trafficking”
California State University, Fullerton
Titan Student Union
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834
For a campus map and parking information click HERE.
Monday, November 4, 2013
10:00 a.m. PT
The Honorable Luis CdeBaca
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
U.S. Department of State
The Honorable Tony Rackauckas
Office of the Orange County District Attorney
Ms. Kay Buck
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
*Witnesses may be added.
***Important planning note for press covering hearing:
The hearing will be webcast at www.foreignaffairs.house.gov.
Members of the media must RSVP by Friday, November 1 at 12 p.m. to Audra McGeorge at email@example.com to receive credentials to cover the hearing from the press viewing area.
Following the hearing, there will be a media availability to discuss human trafficking.Read More
The event will feature Keynote speaker Rebekah Bell whose opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on how she graduated from college debt-free offered important advice to students on avoiding crushing student loan debt. Additionally, the seminar will provide information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) program as well as other federal and private student loans, grants, and other financing options.
A member of Rep. Ed Royce's staff will be available for mobile office hours on Thursday, October 3rd in the Red Tailed Hawk Room in the City Clerk’s Office at Chino Hills City Hall (14000 City Center Dr.). Mobile office hours provide an opportunity for constituents to meet with Rep. Royce and his staff members for assistance with a variety of services and issues. Office hours on Thursday, October 3rd will be held from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Please call (909) 420-0010 with any questions.Read More
2185 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R) is serving his eleventh term in Congress representing Southern California’s 39th District, based in Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties. He and his wife, Marie, are longtime residents of Fullerton, CA.
Royce’s priorities in Congress are: addressing our national debt, protecting our homeland, eliminating pork-barrel spending, fighting crime and supporting victims of crime, strengthening education for all students, spurring job creation and strengthening Social Security and Medicare.
Royce has a strong history of public service. In 1982, he was elected to the California State Senate where he began his fight for victims’ rights. He authored the nation’s first anti-stalker law and versions of his bill have been adopted in all 50 states. He was also the legislative author and campaign co-chairman of California’s Proposition 115, the Crime Victims/Speedy Trial Initiative, approved by the voters in 1990. In Congress, Royce continues his fight for victims’ rights. He wrote and passed the Interstate Stalking Punishment and Prevention Act in 1996. This law makes it a federal crime to pursue a victim across state lines and enables law enforcement to intervene before violence occurs. Royce was active in passing AMBER Alert legislation in 2003, and legislation in 2004 to enhance rights for victims of crime. He currently is a member of the Victim’s Rights Caucus.
For the 113th Congress, Royce was selected to be Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Royce has served on the Committee since entering Congress in 1993. Immediately prior to becoming Chairman of the Committee, Royce served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and a member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
As a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, Royce sits on two Subcommittees: Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, and Insurance and Housing. Royce has served on the conference committees for some of the most significant legislation in the financial services arena. For more than a decade Royce has called for a stronger federal regulator to limit Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s excessive risk taking at the expense of taxpayers. In 2003, he was the first member of Congress to write legislation calling for a single regulator under the Treasury Department for the three housing government sponsored enterprises: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the twelve Federal Home Loan Banks.
Royce has consistently earned honors and awards from the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Watchdogs of the Treasury, Americans for Tax Reform, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, United Seniors Association, 60 Plus, American Share Holders Association, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Small Business Survival Committee.
A California native, Royce is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, School of Business Administration. Prior to entering public service, his professional background includes experience as a small business owner, a controller, a capital projects manager, and a corporate tax manager for a Southern California company. Royce and his wife, Marie, have been married for 28 years.
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