Ed Royce

Ed Royce


Rep. Royce Statement on Passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, legislation that the President is anticipated to sign into law:

"The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act extends protections to the victims of trafficking long after they are freed, and allows law enforcement officers to use new investigative tools to get more offenders off our streets. Today marks a major step in the effort to stamp out human trafficking, and I'll keep up the fight to end this crime both here at home and abroad.”

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act protects victims by requiring traffickers to be treated as violent criminals for purposes of pre-trial release, monitoring, and detention. It also recognizes child pornography production as a form of human trafficking and ensures that victims have access to crucial support services.

As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Royce earlier this year oversaw passage of three pieces of anti-trafficking legislation by the Committee. Rep. Royce also authored H.R. 400, the Trafficking Prevention in Foreign Affairs Contracting Act, an anti-trafficking measure to ensure U.S. tax dollars do not support human trafficking among the thousands of foreign workers the U.S. government employs overseas.

In 2013, Rep. Royce launched a Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee (HTCAC) 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.

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Rep. Royce Questions Witnesses on Consumer Data Security, Breach Notifications, and Cyberterrorism


Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) questioned representatives from both the financial services and retail industries on consumer data security, data breach notifications, and cyberattacks during the House Financial Services Committee hearing “Protecting Consumers: Financial Data Security in the Age of Computer Hackers."

"When a data breach occurs, how should we allocate financial responsibility for that breach? For example, if a breach of sensitive customer information occurs at a financial intuition and it is shown that the institution did not protect the customer information as Gramm-Leach-Bliley requires, do you agree that the financial institution should be responsible for the cost of that breach?" questioned Rep. Royce.

"We believe that the entity that was negligent, or entities plural, should be responsible for their negligence," replied Tim Pawlenty, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services Roundtable.

"Should the same be true of a merchant? If there is a breach with a high-likelihood of harm being done to the consumer should the merchant be responsible for the costs associated with that breach to the extent that the entity has not met minimum security requirements?" continued Rep. Royce.

"Absolutely," replied Pawlenty.

Royce continued, "It has been proposed by some that consumers should receive notification of a data breach directly from the company that was breached, even if they have no relationship with that company. Wouldn’t a simpler solution be to allow the notice to come from the company that the consumer gave their financial information to directly – while also allowing the company to identify where the breach occurred if it is known? It is my understanding that there is currently no law, no contractual obligation that would preclude a financial institution from identifying the institution where a data breach occurred when sending out a notification to their customers.  Is that your understanding as well?"

Pawlenty responded, "Yes... if there is a breach that unfolds in the early hours and days with a great deal of uncertainty and sense of crisis around it, as people think about what they are going to say publicly in sending out notices, particularly if it incriminates another company, you want to make very sure that you are articulating that correctly and accurately for fear of liability. And so I think some companies don't name names in those initial notices over some of those concerns."

Rep. Royce, who is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also raised questions about cyberattacks on American institutions that originate from or are funded by foreign governments.

"What can or should be done... to hold these countries accountable in situations like this, and how do we do that?" asked Rep. Royce.

"To the extent that this has evolved into an international dynamic... the United States is going to have to respond in kind at a level of country to country discussions and potential consequences. As you may know under current law the only entity that can fire back, if you will, in cyberspace is the U.S. government. Private entities can not 'hack back' so the deterrent or consequences for this potential behavior can only come from the U.S. government," answered Pawlenty.

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Rep. Royce Introduces Legislation to Cap GSE Executive Pay


Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) introduced H.R. 2243, the Equity in Government Compensation Act of 2015, to suspend the 2015 compensation packages for executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in light of Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt directing the GSEs to submit proposed executive compensation plans for the position of Chief Executive Officer that may be as high as the 25th percentile of the market, or approximately $7.26 million a year:

“I'm deeply disappointed with Director Watt's decision to open the door to multi-million dollar salaries at the GSEs, which continue to be propped up by taxpayers. It's imperative that we reform and wind down the failed duopoly of Fannie and Freddie before their model of public losses and private gains once again places taxpayers at risk."

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.

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Rep. Royce Announces Winners of Congressional Art Competition


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) announced Hailey Shi of Diamond Bar High School the winner of his Congressional Art Competition, which received nearly 100 entries from high school students across California's 39th Congressional District:

"The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity for the talented young people of our community to showcase their creative skills and I'm happy to announce Hailey the winner," said Rep. Royce. "Congratulations to all of the artists that submitted their work for the community to enjoy."

Michelle Guo of Troy High School received second place for her work “The Places We’ll Go,” and Andres Gonzalez of Los Altos High School was recognized with third place for his piece "Boyhood."

Shi, a resident of Walnut, will have her artwork "Flying with Hope" displayed in the United States Capitol alongside winning pieces from each Congressional district across the country. Shi and her family will also join Rep. Royce in Washington for a special reception honoring contest winners.

Rep. Royce also posted photographs of each submission on his Congressional Facebook page and asked his fans to choose their favorite submission for the "Fan Favorite" award, which was received by Connie Mach of Diamond Bar High School for her piece "Track."

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GSE Executives Getting Gold Plated Compensation Packages While Taxpayers Remain On the Hook


Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.) released the following statement in reaction to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt directing Freddie Mac to submit a proposed executive compensation for the position of Chief Executive Officer that may be as high as the 25th percentile of the market, or approximately $7.26 million a year:

“At a time when American families are still struggling to find their footing financially, it is absolutely unconscionable that regulators would allow the taxpayer-bailed out Freddie Mac to pay its CEO over $7 million dollars a year. Just last week a stress test of the GSEs showed the possibility of a future taxpayer bailout to the tune of $150 billion, yet FHFA appears to be pursuing the pre-crisis model of private gains and public losses. We can't simply put the blinders on and say the GSEs are just like other companies. We need to move towards a model that allows the private sector to compete on a level-playing field, not one where Fannie and Freddie act like the private corporations with taxpayers on the hook for losses. In the interim, I will be introducing legislation to block this potential hike in CEO pay.”

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.

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Royce Visits Canyon Hills Jr. High to Encourage Financial Literacy


Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) visited Canyon Hills Junior High School of Chino Hills, where students are participating in the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation 12th Annual Stock Market Game Capitol Hill Challenge.

This 14-week challenge organizes teams of students by congressional district who are investing a hypothetical $100,000 in listed stocks, bonds, and mutual funds and learning the value of saving, investing, and the capital markets as they work together to maximize the return of their portfolios. The national top 10 teams will be recognized at an awards reception in Washington, D.C., this summer.

"It's never too early to impart the value of saving for a rainy day or retirement to the next generation, and it's safe to say the students of Canyon Hills Junior High are a step ahead of the game," said Rep. Royce. "Teaching financial literacy in our schools ensures that young people will go on to make responsible borrowing decisions, maximize their earning potential, and be well-prepared for their future."

“For over a decade, the Capitol Hill Challenge Stock Market Game has helped students from around the country grow and learn about financial literacy,” said Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., SIFMA President & CEO. “Our industry is committed to giving students the necessary tools to build a solid foundation of information regarding investing and saving, so they can one day achieve their financial goals. I’d like to give special thanks to lawmakers like Representative Royce who are making personal visits to engage students on these important issues.”

“We thank Congress for its second year of unanimous support of youth financial education through 100% participation in SIFMA Foundation’s Capitol Hill Challenge program, proven to enhance students’ math and economics test scores and students’ and teachers’ personal financial behavior,” said Melanie Mortimer, President of the SIFMA Foundation. “And we commend the personal commitment of Congressman Royce for visiting his Capitol Hill Challenge students and teachers to bring learning to life.”

Photographs of Rep. Royce's visit to Canyon Hills Junior High School in Chino Hills can be viewed here.

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Rep. Royce to Host Congressional Art Competition Exhibition


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) will host a Congressional Art Competition Exhibition for the nearly 100 high school students from the 39th Congressional District of California that submitted an entry to the contest. The winner of the contest will be announced at the exhibition and his or her artwork will be displayed in the United States Capitol alongside winning pieces from every Congressional district across the country:

"The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity for the talented young people of our community to showcase their creative skills and I was delighted to receive a record amount of submissions this year" said Rep. Royce. "I look forward to personally congratulating all of the contest entrants and announcing the contest's winner, whose work will be proudly displayed in our nation's capital."

The contest and exhibition are a part of a nationwide Congressional Art Competition sponsored by the Congressional Arts Caucus. The winning submission will be determined by a panel of judges made up of volunteers, including:

Veronica Alvarez, Director of School and Teacher Audiences at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Aimee Aul, Event Coordinator at the Fullerton Museum Center
Marsha Judd, Artist and Instructor at California State University, Fullerton
Matthew Leslie, Director of Exhibitions at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Nancy Meyer, Co-curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Event details are as follows:

What: Congressional Art Competition Exhibition
Location: Fullerton Museum Center
Address: 301 N. Pomona Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832
Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Time: 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

The exhibition is free to attend and open to both the public and media.

Rep. Royce has also posted photographs of each submission on his Congressional Facebook page and has asked his fans to choose their favorite submission. The winning artist of this contest will receive the "Fan Favorite" award.

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Reps. Royce and Himes Aim to Improve Early Diagnoses and Treatment of HHT


Today, U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) and U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) introduced H.R. 1849, the Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Diagnosis and Treatment Act of 2015, legislation to improve the diagnosis and treatment of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT):

"While a cure does not exist for this terrible disease, early diagnoses and preventative treatment can lessen the suffering of those living with HHT," said Rep. Royce. "The Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Diagnosis and Treatment Act will result in more early detection of HHT, an emphasis on preventative care, lower healthcare costs for families taking care of a patient, and lives saved."

“HHT is a serious genetic disorder that can lead to sudden internal bleeding, stroke and disability, and even death. Unfortunately, only nine in ten affected individuals are diagnosed and the only visible warning sign is often a common nosebleed,” said Rep. Himes. “I was pleased to introduce the bipartisan HHT Diagnosis and Treatment Act with Representative Royce to support much-needed federal research and surveillance efforts to improve HHT early diagnoses and interventions. Through the work of the NIH and CDC, we can help reduce suffering for HHT patients, further our nation’s strong commitment to medical research and lower health care costs.”

HHT, also known as Osler-Weber-Rendu Syndrome, is a commonly misdiagnosed genetic disorder that afflicts one in 5,000 Americans and over 1.4 million people across the world. A person with HHT may form blood vessels without the capillaries, tiny blood vessels that pass blood from arteries to veins, that are usually present in the body. Those with HHT experience a variety of symptoms, including chronic nosebleeds, disfiguring skin lesions, seizures, and bleeding into major organs such as the lungs and brain. HHT affects individuals of all ages, races and genders and there is currently no cure.

The Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Diagnosis and Treatment Act of 2015 creates a federally led and financed initiative for early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of HHT that will prevent the premature deaths of HHT patients and lower health care costs through proven treatment interventions for those who have HHT.

Specifically, the bill establishes a HHT resource center within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide comprehensive education on, and disseminate information about, HHT to health professionals, patients, and the public. It also directs the CDC to conduct a population study, supplemented by sentinel health care provider or center surveillance, and administrative database analyses, to more accurately identify the prevalence of HHT and hemorrhagic strokes resulting from the disease. Additionally, the legislation requires the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to implement a HHT initiative to assist in coordinating activities to improve early detection, screening, and treatment of people who suffer from HHT. The NIH initiative will focus on advancing research on the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of HHT.

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DOL Proposed Fiduciary Standard Rule Potentially Harmful to Consumers


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the Department of Labor's (DOL) proposed fiduciary duty rule:

“As I review the Administration’s current proposal, I remain concerned that previous iterations of the rule would have limited access to investment advice and education for low-income savers – the very Americans DOL claims it is trying to protect. It’s my hope that the DOL has changed course, but I’m not optimistic. If the Administration insists on applying the failed philosophy of ‘government knows best’ to retirement savings, Congress should intervene to ensure savers can continue to choose how best to plan for their own retirement.”

Rep. Royce is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee and sits on the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises.

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

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Rep. Royce's 7th Annual Women's Conference


On Saturday, March 28th, 2015, U.S. Representative Ed Royce will hold his 7th Annual Women's Conference. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will keynote the conference this year. In addition to the keynote speech, the conference will feature breakout sessions on topics such as personal finance, healthy living and cyber safety.

Held at California State University, Fullerton's Titan Student Union (800 North State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92834), the event begins at 9:00am and is free to attend. Registration opens at 8:00am, and attendees must first visit Royce.house.gov/womensconference to RSVP.

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Condoleezza Rice draws crowd to women's conference in Fullerton


FULLERTON – Swimming pools and drinking fountains still had “whites only” signs when Condoleezza Rice was growing up in Birmingham, Ala.

She felt the weight of that persecution in 1963, after her kindergarten classmate was among the four girls killed when members of the Ku Klux Klan bombed Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

Still, her parents — both educators who never made more than $60,000 between them — taught her to never be a victim. They told her she’d have to work twice as hard. But if she did, there would be no limits on what she could accomplish.

“Somebody has to be first,” said Rice, who went on to become the first woman to serve as National Security Adviser and the first black woman to serve as Secretary of State.

Rice shared this message with more than 1,000 women at Rep. Ed Royce’s Women’s Conference on Saturday at Cal State Fullerton.

The seventh annual conference was the largest by far, and Royce, R-Fullerton, attributes much of that to having Rice as keynote speaker.

“She is a role model for women around the world,” Royce said, with successes as an author, Stanford professor, businesswoman and pianist since leaving politics behind when George W. Bush left office.

Rice is the reason Silvia Negrete spent her Saturday morning at the conference for the first time. But the Buena Park resident said she also drew inspiration from a breakout session earlier that morning on women as leaders in the workplace, with reminders to trust herself and not be afraid to ask questions.

In another breakout session, Heidi Murkoff, author of the pregnancy bible “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” spoke to a room packed with young mothers and grandmothers, activists and a few men.

Murkoff partnered with Lucy Martinez Sullivan, director of the 1,000 Days initiative to improve nutrition for pregnant women and infants. Spurred by questions from the audience, Murkoff and Sullivan discussed everything from the benefits of breastfeeding to the need for a federal mandate granting paid maternity leave.

“Nobody is going to say they don’t support babies. That would be crazy talk. But they don’t act on it,” Murkoff said. “We need to tell Congress that healthy babies are a priority.”

As women find their passion and a balance in life, Rice encouraged them to engage with democracy, working to make the country better.

The message struck a chord with Malia Javier Fontecchio of Buena Park. She’s a social worker in Los Angeles County, and said she wishes she could play Rice’s speech for her clients.

“It was really inspiring,” Fontecchio said.

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


MIT's App Inventor team is collaborating with the Congressional App Challenge Coalition and Samsung to offer a special hour-long webinar for any middle and high school students from across the country who want to learn how to build an Android app with MIT App Inventor. The Webinar will take place on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM ET. Anyone who wants to learn to code, as well as students who want to apply these skills to enter Rep. Royce's 2014 House Student App Challenge, are encouraged to participate. 

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).

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Paying for College Seminar


U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) will hold a "Paying for College" seminar on January 25, 2014 from 12pm - 3pm at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (Room GB, 21865 Copley Drive Diamond Bar, CA 91765). This free workshop will help students and their families prepare, apply and pay for higher education. Rebekah Bell, whose opinion piece "It's Possible to Graduate Debt-Free. Here's How" appeared in the Wall Street Journal, will be the keynote speaker. 

Additionally, the seminar will provide information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) program, including on-site reviews of FAFSA forms, as well as other federal and private student loans, grants, and alternative financing options.  Representatives from local colleges, including UCLA and USC, will also be available to speak with students and their families.

Schools Attending Rep. Royce's Paying for College Seminar:
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC Riverside
  • UC Irvine
  • CalTech
  • USC
  • Pomona College
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • Cal State Fullerton
  • Cal State Los Angeles
  • Saddleback College
  • Hope International University
  • Chapman University
  • Biola University
  • Cerritos College
  • Devry University 
  • Mt. SAC
  • Fullerton College
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Chairman Royce Announces Southern California Field Hearing on Human Trafficking


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

Witness List:
Panel I
The Honorable Luis CdeBaca
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
U.S. Department of State

Panel II
The Honorable Tony Rackauckas
District Attorney
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 audra.mcgeorge@mail.house.gov 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.

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


U.S. Representative Ed Royce will hold a "Paying for College" seminar in conjunction with the City of Buena Park. The event will take place on Sunday, November 3rd from 12pm – 4pm at the Buena Park Community Center (6688 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park) and is free to attend.

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. 


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Rep. Royce's Staff to Hold Mobile Office Hours


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. 

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OC Registrar of Voters Holds Free Election Academy


The OC Registrar of voters will offer a complimentary "Election Academy" that will cover virtually all aspects of elections. The course is designed for all who are interested - from voters to candidates. The sessions last from 6pm - 9pm and are held at the Orange County Registrar of Voters (1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C, Santa Ana, CA 92705). Visit http://www.ocvote.com/community/orange-county-election-academy/ or call (714) 567-7600 for more information. Read More

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


Chino Hills will host its 21st Annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Picnic on July 4, 2013 from 10am to 2pm. The event will take place at Big League Dreams Chino Hills Sports Park (16333 Fairfield Ranch Road) and will include food eating contests, face painting, a rock climbing wall and water slides. Visit http://www.chinohills.org/index.aspx?nid=804 for more information. 
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City of Brea 34th Annual Country Fair


The City of Brea will host its 34th Annual Country Fair on July 4th, 2013. The event will begin with a Pancake Breakfast at 7 am and festivities, including games, rides and live entertainment, will continue to 4 pm. Admission is free and the event will take place at City Hall Park (401 S. Brea Blvd.). Visit http://www.cityofbrea.net/article.cfm?id=3231 for more information. 

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Join Rep. Royce in Celebrating Flag Day


June 14th commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Our Flag is an informative document that explains the history of the American flag as well as the appropriate observance and display practices. The publication also includes a brief history of each state flag. Make sure to take a look at the document here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CDOC-109sdoc18/pdf/CDOC-109sdoc18.pdf 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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