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."
U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement on the postponement of his 2017 Women's Conference:
"I meet with constituents of all political leanings, host tele-town halls while I'm in Washington to gather constituent feedback, and am home as much as possible. My office ensures that every constituent who writes, emails, calls, or visits me receives a response from me.
“I've hosted a nonpartisan Women's Conference every year since 2009 that features speakers and resources chosen by women from my district. The audience is made up of women from all walks of life.
“A vocal and disruptive group of political activists has repeatedly harassed this year’s speakers in an effort to intimidate them and stop them from speaking. As my first priority is the safety and comfort of all involved, I have decided to postpone the 2017 Conference and will reschedule for a later date.”
Rep. Royce's Women’s Conference is a Congressional, nonpartisan seminar dedicated to giving women the tools and resources necessary to enrich their lives. Past speakers include former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, and actress Kristen Bell. In addition to the keynote speech, the Conference traditionally includes breakout sessions on topics suggested by past conference attendees, such as personal finance, healthy living and career advice.
For more information about Rep. Royce’s past Women’s Conferences, please click here.
Today, U.S. Representatives Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced H.R. 1558, the Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act. The bill aims to limit the financial resources expended by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on claims for properties flooded multiple times:
“A tiny number of properties that are flooded and rebuilt over-and-over again are responsible for a massive chunk of the indebted NFIP's spending. Any serious effort by Congress to reform the Program and make it less of a drain on taxpayers needs to address repeatedly flooded properties and reward local communities making progress on mitigation. I look forward to continuing my work with Chairmen Hensarling and Duffy to see the Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act included in this year's NFIP reauthorization and enacted into law," said Rep. Royce.
“We have a unique and timely opportunity for real reform with the NFIP reauthorization this year,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “Repetitive flood loss is a weak point in the system—burdening taxpayers, homeowners, and families. Allowing these proprieties to continue to flood is dangerous and irresponsible, yet existing policy continues to encourage it. This legislation will help communities across the country address repeated flood loss and is a critical step to stabilize the troubled flood insurance program.”
As of January 2016, there were more than 150,000 structures around the country classified as “Repetitive Loss Properties" (RLPs) by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA estimates that these properties comprise just one percent of those insured by the NFIP, but represent 25 to 30 percent of all flood claims. The NFIP is more than $23 billion in debt to the U.S. Treasury and according to a 2009 report by FEMA’s Inspector General, the number of RLPs increases by nearly 5,000 each year. From 1978 through 2011, RLP losses added up to more than $12 billion— or approximately half of the NFIP’s debt.
The Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act requires communities with a significant number of RLP to:
- Map repeatedly flooded properties and public infrastructure to determine the specific areas that should be priorities for voluntary buyouts, drainage improvements, or other mitigation efforts.
- Develop and implement plans for mitigating flood risk in these problem areas.
- Submit these plans as well as reports on progress to FEMA, an organization that is under the purview of Congressional oversight.
A summary of the bill can be viewed here.
Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) questioned expert witnesses about his proposal to help local communities mitigate flood risk and ways to increase transparency in flood insurance coverage for homeowners during a Housing and Insurance Subcommittee hearing entitled “Flood Insurance Reform: A Community Perspective."
“Mr. Hecht, you testified that, ‘Of course, no private market provider will choose to write FEMA’s severe repetitive loss properties.’ And really that’s no surprise, because repeatedly flooded properties make up one percent of those insured by NFIP, but it represents 25 to 30 percent of all the flood claims. They are not a ‘good risk’ for private insurers or the American taxpayer. Today, Congressman Blumenauer and I introduced, a bill, H.R. 1558, this is the Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act, and the concept here is to proactively reduce flood risk instead of continuing our current model of rebuilding these properties over and over again.
The way we do it, and let me just give you by way of example, we got a couple of cities here: Tulsa and Charlotte. Both have had very pronounced success in decreasing flood risk because what they did was proactively take on a plan for storm water management, promoting voluntary buyouts, sometimes that can be effective, reviewing new development proposals for flood impacts, and steering development away from risky areas. So that’s part of their plan Many of their peers though, many of the other cities and communities have not kept up with that kind of approach. So, what this bill would require, is that communities with a large amount of repeatedly flooded properties to implement plans, to have that city council or those counties put forward that plan for lowering flood risk and then, in terms of keeping the records, holds them accountable for failing to act. I would just ask for thoughts on this issue,” said Rep. Royce.
“And I would also ask a follow up question that I wanted to get to. Do you think the home buying public truly grasps flood risk? Is this registering with them? Do they understand how subject to hazard their property is when they talk with their realtor? Do they understand how flood risks change over time when areas nearby are developed or when a forest fire might occur? So maybe I could ask the panel also on that aspect about recommendations for how we can change this lack of education on flood risk. Besides just what we can do at the county level or city level, how do we improve take up rates for flood insurance and strengthen these mitigation efforts?” asked Rep. Royce.
“My statement that 'of course we would not want to write severe repetitive loss properties' is a statement that we would not want to write severe repetitive loss properties at rates that were competitive with FEMA, because FEMA charges much too little for the severe repetitive loss properties. [Per] the Wharton study last year, regarding consumer recognition of flood risk, consumers… think their property is going to flood more than it actually does, they overestimate that, but they underestimate the amount of damage an actual flood would do,” answered Mr. Hecht, Chief Executive Officer of the Flood Insurance Agency.
“Congressman Royce, we’ve taken a look at the legislation you and Congressman Blumenauer have introduced. We’re supportive, and one of the things we like about it is that it does have a measure of accountability. Under current law, which comes from the Stafford Act, community mitigation plans are required to at least assess how many repetitive loss properties there are. But it doesn’t really require them to do anything about it. So I think the innovative element to this legislation is that it does have some requirements there to actually do some planning and actual mitigation, or face some potential consequences. In terms of broader education and awareness of risk…we’ve got to, first of all, map all of these areas in the country. Oroville Dam, I think, is a great example in California. 200,000 people evacuated, far beyond what the mapped flood plan showed, yet how many of those people knew that they were in… a dam release inundation zone? Probably none of them. Because that information, while it has been produced, is not publicly available,” added Mr. Chad Berginnis, Executive Director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers.
Watch Rep. Royce's questioning here or by clicking the image below.Read More
Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) questioned a witness from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about the need for greater flood risk mitigation and transparency during a Housing and Insurance Subcommittee hearing entitled “Flood Insurance Reform: FEMA’s Perspective.”
“My question is sort of a follow up on the Chairman’s question concerning repetitive loss properties. I actually have bipartisan legislation with Mr. Blumenauer from Oregon on this. One of the things we seek to do here is empower communities to tackle this problem and we’d like to work with you on that legislation. The precise numbers change from time to time, but the bottom line seems to be that a small fraction of policies, let’s say it’s roughly 1% of the policies, seem to account for somewhere between 20% and 30% of the claims and losses. In ‘09 the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General said that an increase in new and repetitive loss properties was outpacing what we were attempting to do in terms of mitigation by a factor of 10 to 1. Now that is a troubling number. Have our mitigation programs began to catch up, as in have the numbers turned lately or does it look like we are still growing the number of repeat loss properties? Can you provide the Committee with the most up-to-date data on that?” asked Rep. Royce.
“So I can get back to the Committee on the specifics on the data and I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with you all as you look at potential legislation. The number continues to rise,” answered Mr. Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator of Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA.
"The other point I would make is just taking FEMA’s current guidance document on the Community Rating System, as it relates to potential homeowners, and I think it is pretty cogent here:
'Most prospective buyers do not take the time (or know how) to investigate whether a property is subject to a hazard. In many cases a property may not be near a shoreline or a stream, past flooding may have been minor, or there may be no history of flooding since the area was developed. As a result, many people are caught by surprise when the properties are flooded. One of the best times to advise someone of a flood hazard is when he or she is considering the purchase of that property.’
So as I understand it, FEMA gives credit to communities that are able to work with local realtors and the community to push this sort of pre-closing flood disclosure.” said Rep. Royce.
“We do and we offer discounts on the premiums on the result of those activities,” said Mr. Wright.
“And I think that is helpful, and my question is, what more can FEMA or what more can Congress do to ensure the American people aren’t in the dark when it comes to flood history? Won’t we improve take-up rates for flood insurance and strengthen individual and community mitigation if we better inform communities and people about flood risks when they’re looking at potential properties or developing potential properties?” asked Rep. Royce.
“So this is a conversation that I have a couple of times a year with the realtors who obviously become that first forward leaning part of this conversation. And we’ve had conversations with some of the private sector app developers that we all know well that provide data on the values of homes and what is for sale. I think greater disclosure about the risks on the front side are very helpful, some states require this, and most states do not," answered Mr. Wright.
“As we look at what different states are doing, we can get feedback of what seems efficient, what seems easy, and what is effective in getting to this conclusion,”stated Rep. Royce.
“I think there are some things to be learned from your state of California that does have some responsive requirements related to earthquake risks, related to dam safety risk and the like. There’s things that could be learned from there,” said Mr. Wright.
Watch Rep. Royce's questioning here or by clicking the image below.Read More
Today, U.S. Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (I-MP) introduced the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (H.R. 1456) to make the possession, sale, and purchase of shark fins illegal acts in the United States.
“The United States can set an example for the rest of the world by shutting down its market for shark fins, which are often harvested by leaving these animals to die a slow and painful death at the bottom of the ocean. While California led the way with a state-wide ban, there are still almost 40 states where the purchase of shark fins is legal. The bipartisan Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act is needed to eradicate shark finning for good,” said Chairman Royce.
“Americans don’t want shark fins in the U.S. Eleven states have already passed bans on fins, and now we need to take this movement nationwide,” said Lora Snyder, campaign director at Oceana. “Healthy shark populations support healthy ocean ecosystems, which, in turn, contribute millions of dollars to economies around the world. The bill introduced today will remove the United States from the shark fin trade altogether, a huge step in the right direction for shark conservation."
The demand for fins, the key ingredient in shark fin soup, is one of the greatest threats facing shark populations around the world. Fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up in the global market every year, and more than 70 percent of the most common shark species involved with the fin trade are considered at high or very high risk of extinction. While shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, shark fins continue to be bought and sold throughout the U.S. and imported through California ports. The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act eliminates the market for shark fins on a 50-state basis.
Actor and activist Morgan Freeman previously joined Chairman Royce at an event on Capitol Hill in support of the cause of banning the sale of shark fins.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.